I am incredibly proud of all the School has accomplished during its first year of educating the students of South Woking and it remains a huge privilege to work with such exceptional young people, their families and the local community. The strong values of our School and our unrelenting focus on excellent teaching ensures our students are happy, confident learners who make exceptional progress. I am delighted that our current parents agree, with 100% of respondents in a recent parent survey stating they would recommend the School to another parent.
As a smaller than average secondary school we know our students’ strengths and talents and the areas they need to develop. This means the curriculum and enrichment offer is tailor made and makes sure that no student slips through the net. We believe all our students are gifted and that it is the job of our school to identify and develop their talents.
I know that with inspiring teaching, an exciting and challenging curriculum and a safe space where students can take risks with their learning, all students can thrive and realise their potential. All of the staff at the School are committed to this aim and to ensuring that our students leave the School knowing how to confidently take up their place in the world. We ensure this in three ways:
- Excellent Academic Outcomes: We offer a five year GCSE programme which ensures all students are motivated and challenged from the beginning and that no learning time is wasted. The extended school day means we can deliver an academically rigorous range of subjects along with additional time for English and Maths. Our students are therefore not only highly literate and numerate but can access other areas of the curriculum in more depth and with a critical and questioning mind.
- Students are ‘work ready’: Our curriculum is mapped against the skills students need to succeed in life beyond education. Students work through a number of projects with experts from different industries to consolidate these skills which explicitly links their learning to the world of work. This ensures students are applying their academic learning to real life contexts, exposes them to different potential career paths and prepares them for the world of higher education.
- Good Citizens: Everything we do is underpinned by our CIRCLE values to ensure we are developing thoughtful, responsible citizens.
In terms of the future, I was delighted to have our planning application for our permanent site on Egley Road supported by the Woking Borough Council planning committee and subsequently approved by The Secretary of State. We also look forward to welcoming our next cohort of students through a number of exciting transition events at the School.
Having met hundreds of parents since being appointed in this exciting role, I know that many of the same questions and concerns are raised. I have tried to answer as many as possible on the frequently asked questions page but please do contact the team should you wish to discuss the School in more detail.
Penny Alford, Head Teacher (MA, NPQH)