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Headteacher's Message

Welcome to Weald of Kent or as we are more affectionately known WoK.
 
We make a positive difference in the education we deliver for the 1,100 students aged 11-18 who study here, by successfully creating opportunities for our students to achieve high academic results whilst still affording them a platform to extend their personal qualities, talents and interests. Our ethos values and nurtures individuality not stereotypes.  Our curriculum engages, enthuses and sparks curiosity.  This prepares students for the competitive world as it develops intellect and stimulates personal confidence and resilience. 

Ofsted judged the school to be outstanding in April 2007 and has confirmed that this level of performance has been sustained.  We are not a complacent school and we demand that the learning experience for our students moves with the times whilst maintaining the traditions of good manners, discipline and respect for others.  Working supportively alongside parents and students we believe is essential to our aim of providing an outstanding education.  We have upgraded our systems to improve electronic communication with parents including this website and “Keep Kids Safe”.  However, we are a school that welcomes the chance to meet parents face to face not only on formal occasions, but also at many informal events including concerts, shows, Duke of Edinburgh Award hike supervision, etc.  The PTA, enthusiastically led by Sheila Viola and Lynne Morris, provides many other ways for staff, students and parents to enjoy time together and the popular Christmas Fayre and Year 7 and 8 Disco are two favourites. 
Reviewing what we do is part of our annual cycle of routine, rigorous and robust self-evaluation. 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. 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 are thrilled to be one of the key partners in The Brook Alliance Teaching School. In March 2014 we look forward to leading a Teaching School, having been invited to apply for this status.
 
Thanks to the voluntary generosity of parents to our Development Fund plus good housekeeping, the site and building continues to be enhanced.  In the Spring 2014 we look forward to opening our new Maths, Exams and Sixth Form Centre.  Providing a stimulating well equipped academic learning environment staffed by highly qualified professionals is critical to the development of our progressive curriculum and student wellbeing.  Students experience is securely built on the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography and a Foreign Language (EB acc).  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 Languages and in April 2008 the second specialism of Science was granted as part of our high performing school recognition.  In September 2011 we pushed the boundaries again with our plans to secure Thinking School accreditation by 2014.  Gaining this quality mark alongside Governor Mark is an example of one of the many challenges we have set ourselves.
 
Our vision extends far beyond the immediate learning community of the school 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 offers as do the amazing relationships with a host of other partners beyond these shores.  In 2013 alone we visited Austria, France, Germany, Ghana and Spain.  Students returned eager to share news about new friends, cultures and for some Year 12 colleagues met through work experience. 
 
We hope that you will enjoy finding out more on our website or by visiting us in the very near future.
Mrs M E Johnson
Headteacher

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