A very warm welcome to our 11-18 school and our amazing and talented pupils. This is a very different school from the ‘old’ Heathcote.
Our website is constantly evolving and we aim for this to be an exemplary hub of information providing all the material that you need to support your child or prospective pupil at school.
We are so proud of our community, the way everyone coped during lockdown and the quality of education we provided both in and out of school. Heathcote School and Science College has a clear vision and values statement which makes it plain what we stand for:
- We encourage our pupils to take pride in their learning and community – to work hard, pursue continual improvement and achieve to the best of their abilities. Pupils seek and embrace feedback and show tolerance and mutual respect to each other.
- We challenge our pupils to take responsibility for their learning, to be resilient to failure and to self-regulate their behaviour. All our staff and governors are determined that all pupils confidently strive for success and expect them to be present and punctual.
- We succeed when all pupils reach their academic potential and are thoughtful, caring and honest citizens; leaving Heathcote fully prepared for the next stage of their life – whether that be in education, training or employment. We succeed by letting them do so in a comfortable and safe environment where they take a proactive role and develop socially.
I have an excellent team of Senior and Middle Leaders, as well as Governors, who are committed to driving school improvement to ensure Heathcote provides you and your children with the best education both academically as well as spiritually, socially, culturally and morally. This will ensure that all pupils can become the best they can be and doors will be opened to them in the pathways they wish to follow after school, more important now than ever before in such an unknown world. In addition, my team of teachers and support staff are absolutely determined to provide the very best learning and teaching experiences in a wide variety of subjects, ensuring lessons are typically challenging and inspiring. This includes ensuring the very best remote learning offer to future-proof us for the years ahead.
We have amended our School Improvement Plan to ensure we are focusing on the things that really matter in the world after we had so many pupils and staff unable to attend school. All levels of school improvement work this year will be based around these seven objectives:
- To ensure that our revised curriculum (supported by a clear IT strategy) fully develops each pupil’s capacity to process, remember and apply information (Rosenshine) through high and consistent standards of learning and teaching backed up by an exemplary remote learning offer at all key stages, a cultural capital pledge and a VESPA research project at post 16.
- To ensure that pupils of all ability levels are challenged to achieve academic success and success in their adult lives relative to their starting point irrespective of their personal circumstance or Covid experience. There will be a specific focus on disadvantaged pupils and ensuring Year 11 and 13 have every opportunity to reach their potential ensuring intervention and remote learning provide additional support.
- To ensure that all operational processes associated with a post Covid world are implemented to keep all stakeholders safe in school and that pupils meet these high standards leading to continuing improved standards of behaviour and an improvement in key indicators
- To ensure that attendance in school for all stakeholders increases with a focus on disadvantaged and Year 11 & 13 pupils, and to ensure HR processes support and challenge staff to improve attendance
- To ensure that our mental health and professional conduct policies for staff and pupils have lasting impact and create a more consistently happy and stable community
- To ensure that we consider all aspects of marketing and rebranding the school and finding our USP to ensure that parents, staff and pupils choose Heathcote as a first preference including finding alternatives to the traditional Open Evening and ensuring we can remain financially viable
- To develop a high quality AP provision that contributes to the improved life chances of the target groups by supporting them to return successfully to their original schools
Our 2019-20 Sixth Form results show pupils continue to achieve some amazing results at Heathcote and the number of pupils securing Russell Group offers remains very high. Vocational results continue to be outstanding. Further details are available here.
We are immensely proud of our GCSE pupils (2019-20), who have, although they could not sit their exams, achieved some phenomenal results although comparisons with national are fruitless this year. We conducted the submission of our centre assessed grades with integrity and based on firm data and evidence, but this was not the case everywhere sadly. Our attainment figures in English increased again and remain above national figures from the year before. Maths results are steadily improving. Results are improving across the board and it was so disappointing that this could not have been backed up with proper national and local comparisons which I know would have shown our improvement compared to other schools. Further details are available here.
We were delighted to receive good judgements in all areas in our 2018 Ofsted Inspection. Pupils were extremely open and engaging with the Inspectors and clearly very proud of their school, and we know we have made huge progress since then. Ofsted should visit us again next year and we welcome this prospect.
This year, we are looking to adapt the opportunities for providing cultural capital for pupils inside and outside of school despite the pandemic, looking at leadership opportunities, as well as increasing work experience opportunities in virtual ways, plus providing more opportunities to engage with universities.
Pupils and parents regularly give us feedback about the positive changes in school and we constantly reflect on these changes to ensure that we adapt if we need to; ultimately to ensure that policies and procedures are absolutely right for our pupils and the school community. This will ensure the very best outcomes as well as ensuing our pupils are happy and safe.
Our curriculum remains broad and balanced with the practical subjects like Drama, Music, Art and DT remaining an important part of the curriculum. We will review our curriculum in light of the new Ofsted framework over the next year, ensuring it is challenging as well as engaging and exciting.
We are looking to build stronger links with parents and carers this year to ensure that you too can be part of the school community and support us as we go from strength to strength.
Once we have settled down with the demands of the return to school, we will be publishing a weekly bulletin on the website.
Ms E. Hillman