We are proud of our open and inclusive ethos as a school.
Students have a tutor who will be the first point of contact for the student and the parent if there are any concerns. In addition, we have a team of mentors who are committed to tackling any barriers to learning that students may face and we have a successful tradition of work closely with outside agencies to support our students and their families.
We hope that the students and their parents will talk about any concerns they may have and that they come to see school as a safe place if there are any difficulties at home. Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. Parents will normally be consulted and their consent obtained before any referral is made to an agency outside the school under local ‘child in need’ procedures. However, staff cannot guarantee to consult parents first, or to keep a student’s concerns confidential, if referral must be made to the appropriate agencies in order to safeguard the student’s welfare.
We have introduced a School Senate which has representatives from all year groups. These students are selected by their peers after a rigorous application process. They make key decisions on behalf of the student body and run projects throughout the year. We also have a huge range of other leadership opportunities for students to get involved in to develop their personal potential. These include enrichment leaders, eco leaders, lead learners and house leaders.
Opportunities to get involved in art, dance and drama activities feature regularly and individual music tuition is available for a range of instruments. Many students reach high grades in examinations and some play in various school and county orchestras and bands. Annually, there are a number of evening performances, shows, exhibitions and concerts to which parents are invited.
A number of clubs run at various times during the year such as the ICT Club, the Reading Group, Film Club and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Clubs. As with all extra opportunities, these are advertised termly so that students know what is on offer.
Our outstanding physical education and sport facilities include a five badminton court sports hall, a twenty five metre swimming pool, a health and fitness suite, a dance and aerobics studio, state of the art all-weather football and hockey pitches, tennis and netball courts.
We offer an extensive out of school hours learning programme and the school has a proud record of producing successful individuals and teams at district, county, regional and national standard. We are particularly pleased with our Sports Leadership Programmes. These include: