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Prospectus THE WILNECOTE SCHOOL

Headteacher’s Welcome

Siân Hartle (MA Oxon)

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our prospectus. No single document, however glossy, can tell you everything you need to know about a school. In the case of The Wilnecote School it is even harder to summarise the elements that make it special, as there are so many. It has a long and proud history and remains very much part of the community it serves. It is full of highly committed teachers with a wide range of experience and in-depth subject knowledge. It enjoys energetic and innovative leadership at all levels. It is constantly improving.

The Wilnecote School has a very special place in my heart too. I am committed to continuing to improve the educational experience and academic outcomes of our children. If you were to ask me to distil my own vision for our students I would borrow the words of Daphne Park,

“The qualities which I would wish for them are courage, stamina, intellectual curiosity, the desire for excellence, an adventurous spirit and above all an abiding belief in the decency of human beings”

I know that The Wilnecote School can provide all of these things and so much more

“The actions of senior leaders…have led to rapid improvements in teaching (and) pupil progress” Ofsted November 2016

CEO’s Welcome

Philip Hamilton OBE

We are proud and excited that The Wilnecote School is part of the family of schools that is The Community Academies Trust.

The Community Academies Trust is a successful school based multi academy trust that was founded in 2012 by The Polesworth School and Birchwood Primary School. Our name originates from our shared and determined commitment to ensure communities are well served by their local school. Our schools are:

  • Focussed on achieving outstanding academic, personal and social outcomes for the children.
  • Committed to the moral imperative of community school improvement and improving all children’s lives.
  • Mutually supportive, not in competition and fiercely loyal to each other.
  • Equal partners with all other schools irrespective of their phase, size or successes.
  • Multi academy trust minded – our schools celebrate the success of others as well as themselves and share accountabilities.
  • Financially disciplined and committed to fulfilling their delegated responsibilities to the best of their abilities under a robust governance arrangement.

This culture and ethos ensures your school benefits from shared expertise and support. This means we can maintain our attention to your child’s individual talents and potential.

Our Values

The students at The Wilnecote School are empowered to achieve to a consistently outstanding level. We value and promote three main areas of achievement.

Academic:

We believe all young people have the potential to achieve great things. Intelligence can be developed regardless of emotional and social background, given high quality teaching and bespoke, personalised support. They should be equipped with a crucial sense of possibility based on a well-developed self-awareness and an ambition for themselves and for the local and global communities in which they live and work.

Nurturing Individual Talent:

All young people achieve things they can be proud of every day, in addition to academic success and outside our school’s planned curriculum. We have a vital role in ensuring individuals develop their own talents and interests and have a responsibility to instil in them a sense of pride in who they are and what they achieve.

Relationships:

Excellent relationships for learning are a prerequisite for all other achievements. Relationships that engender mutual respect between young people, all other members of our school, local and global communities will ensure learning can be fun in a disciplined and caring environment where the highest expectations of behaviour, courtesy, manners and respect are the norm.

Academic Outcomes

With our parents, The Wilnecote School shares the very highest academic expectations of our students. We are committed to ensuring our students achieve outstanding individual outcomes, which afford them the maximum opportunities in future phases of their lives and careers.

To achieve the very best outcomes for students we know we have to provide the very best curriculum. Both to ensure national requirements, which are a passport to future progression are met but also so that individual needs are realised. We are committed to a broad and balanced 21st Century curriculum, taught by specialist teachers with a passion for their subject, for teaching and for the future progression of the young people in their classroom. High quality first teaching makes the biggest difference to a student’s experience of school and their outcomes.

The Wilnecote School ensures that all students leave well-equipped for the next stage of their education, employment or training. Students go on to post-16 study at local institutions, including schools with selective sixth forms, access apprenticeships and take up employment offers with relative ease due to the quality of the advice and guidance they are given.

Nurturing Individual Talent

Achievement of the very best outcomes for students is The Wilnecote School’s core business but we also recognise the chance we have as educators to broaden a student’s experience beyond the mainstream. Extra-curricular opportunities abound and we strive hard to provide complementary activities, trips and visits to enhance cultural literacy. A valuable commodity in the wider world. We are lucky to have excellent on-site facilities including a Leisure Centre and Public Library, resources which support our extra-curricular offer and our links with the wider community.

Excellent Relationships

The Wilnecote School is a cohesive learning community and the way we behave towards one another is very important in maintaining its character.

We take behaviour seriously. Good behaviour, which facilitates effective learning is encouraged, rewarded and reinforced. There is a very transparent and universal behaviour policy which is consistently applied and allows students to work in a calm and purposeful environment.

Through form tutor support, daily assemblies, our PSHE programme and the wider curriculum, as well as through role-modelling from staff, we promote our safe community and the key messages of tolerance, understanding and respect, to ensure students have the space to develop personally as well as academically.

“The school is developing opportunities for pupils to develop their leadership skills within the school community and beyond” Ofsted November 2016

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