Welcome from the Headteacher
Welcome to Heathcote School and Science College. Thank you for taking an interest in our school and I hope that you will find the information on our website helpful.
Heathcote is a fully inclusive mixed comprehensive school with 1150 learners, including a specialist unit for up to 15 deaf learners. We are situated in North Chingford. In our most recent inspection in January 2014, Ofsted recognised us as a good school. They went on to write “that one of the strengths of the leadership, and the school, is the way every student, regardless of ability, behaviour or attitude is treated as an individual with the potential to succeed. As a result students flourish and are prepared well for the next stage of their education, training or employment.”
After seventeen wonderful years at Heathcote it is time for me to retire. Before I go, I will ensure that the new Year 7 base is ready for September. Staff and students have visited the site and it is beginning to look like a place of learning. The new Year 7 students came to visit a couple of weeks ago and one of our new students asked me if I knew one of the students who had just left. I said I did and had taught her brothers and sisters over the years as well. She replied, “And my mum too!” This was a confirmation, if ever there was one, that I had made the right decision to retire. Since my last letter to you, my family has increased in size again with another baby girl, so retirement will be busy.
The new Year 7 building is making progress, as can be seen from the photos below.
After many years of loyal service we are saying goodbye to Mr Thompson, Ms Ellison, Ms Elgie and Ms Cook, I am sure you will want to join me in wishing Mr Thompson and Ms Ellison a long and happy retirement and Ms Cook and Ms Elgie every success in their future careers. As can be seen from our latest newsletter, members of staff at Heathcote have provided fantastic opportunities for your children. I am always grateful for the additional time they give to our students for enrichment activities. A good example is the way students appreciated their teachers who drove them to the South Downs, encouraged them when the going got tough and supported them throughout their training to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Governing Body, staff, parents and students for their support and encouragement over the years. I am confident that under Miss Hillman’s leadership the school will go on to even greater success.