Reviewing what we do is part of our annual cycle of routine, rigorous and robust self-evaluation process. Feedback from all those involved with our school community is encouraged. We benefit from the expertise of our very supportive and proactive Governing Body, led by David Bower, and we were delighted when our application to become an Academy was agreed in February 2011. Also, as a result of our longstanding commitment to and involvement in the professional development of all our staff and having been part of the Training School programme we were thrilled when we heard that we shall be one of the key partners in Hayesbrook School’s successful bid to become one of the first wave of Teaching Schools.
Thanks to the voluntary generosity of parents to our Development Fund plus good housekeeping the site and buildings continues to be enhanced. In September 2011 we returned to extended dining facilities and refurbished changing and cloakrooms. Providing a stimulating well equipped academic learning environment staffed by highly qualified professionals is critical to the development of our progressive curriculum and student well-being. Students experience is securely built on the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography and a Foreign Language (EBacc). Equally the students enjoy vibrantly taught options, for example, Technology and Art which combine together to afford students the opportunity to confidently transfer to A level study with the additional choice of following the exciting AQA Baccalaureate. Weald of Kent students confidently secure places at their first choice University including Oxbridge and those in the Russell Group.
In 1999 the school was awarded Specialist College status in Modern Foreign Language and in April 2008 the second specialism of Science was granted as part of our a high performing school recognition. From September 2011 we pushed the boundaries again with our plans to secure Thinking School accreditation. Gaining this quality mark alongside Governor Mark is one of the many challenges we have set ourselves this year alongside retaining the standards expected of Gold Arts Mark, Investors in People and our more recent Investors in Careers Award.
Our vision extends far beyond the immediate learning community of the school as proved by our diverse extra-curricular programme that offers something for everyone. Our school and the local communities we serve influence the broad range of experiences we offer as do the amazing relationships with a host of other partners beyond these shores. In 2011 alone we visited Ghana, Norway, Slovakia, Poland as well as France, Spain and Germany. Students returned eager to share news about new friends, cultures and for some in Year 12 colleagues met through work experience.
We hope that you will enjoy finding out more on our web site or by visiting us in the very near future.
Mrs M E Johnson