Proudly comprehensive, we provide a challenging, vibrant and supportive learning environment into which we welcome children of all academic abilities. We understand that every child is unique and all our staff are committed to helping each one develop their independence, resilience and self-esteem; offtering them every available opportunity to reach their full potential. We have high academic expectations of all our students and offer a creative and aspirational curriculum whilst always respecting traditional values by demanding high standards of behaviour, attendance and appearance.
Our students are well supported, as recognised in our most recent Ofsted inspection. We have dedicated in-school Student Welfare Officers, and a variety of support is offered to students through our 'Support for Learning' Faculty. Our Learning Managers oversee the academic and pastoral progress of all our students.
Our ethos is one of shared leadership throughout the school. We have a senior leadership team, consisting of a Headteacher and two Assistant Headteachers. Our middle leadership team comprises of Leaders of Learning and Learning Managers. Some of these middle leaders also have whole school responsibilities and work alongside the SLT. We are keen to support staff who show leadership potential - irrespective of age and experience. Teachers are well supported by enthusiastic and experienced teams of administrative staff, teaching assistants and technical specialists.
A wide variety of professional development opportunities are offered to all staff including:
- An induction programme for all new or newly promoted staff
- Peer coaching
- Opportunities for 'action research' and curriculum development
- Mentoring support
- LA consultant / advisor support
- General Inset opportunities
- Leadership training
- Head of House
- Working groups
KS3 - In Years 7-9 the curriculum is broad and balanced. Students in Key Stage 3 will study a curriculum that offers English, Mathematics, Science, French, Spanish, Physical Education, ICT, History, Geography, Religious Education, Design Technology, Music, Drama, Art and Personal Development.
KS4 - We offer a wide range of academic and vocational courses:
Subjects available 14-16:
- Art & Design, Dance, Drama, Music
- Business Studies
- Design Technology - Food, Resistant Materials, Graphics, Textiles
- English Language and Literature
- French, Spanish, Japanese
- Geography, History, RE
- Science (Double Award), Science (Single Award)
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- PE, Sport
There is an alternative curriculum, which includes:
- Work-Related Learning