Welcome from the Headteacher

Hillman E2

October 2019 


I am delighted that you have shown an interest in the school and the website whether you are a current parent or carer or prospective ones. If you are new to Heathcote, please ensure you visit our school at the Open Evening on October 2nd or one of the Open Days the next week. This is our new website and we will be building up content throughout October including the curriculum area, providing detailed information about what children are learning.


In the meantime, do please have a look around and make sure you look at the new prospectus and Latest News. There is nothing better than visiting us though and, in addition to the dates above, you are welcome any time to visit – please email me if you would like a tour. For current parents, there are also planned coffee mornings on the Monday 14th October at 8.45am and we look forward to meeting some of you then.


We have had a great year and look forward to continuing to improve and develop the school in 2019-20 to make sure we provide the best holistic education possible for our amazing pupils, ensuring they are able to realize their dreams in this rapidly changing world.


I am pleased to share the successes of our post 16 pupils with some amazing results – see more here – with some outstanding A Level outcomes and some of the best BTEC results in the country. We are especially proud of Aliza Zafar, who used the tragic death of her sister during Year 13 to fuel her determination and she goes to read Psychology at Cambridge in September.


The GCSE results showed the huge amount of hard work pupils and staff have invested. English results were outstanding and again above national results with Maths fast catching up and a significant number of subjects with above national results. The, as yet unconfirmed, Progress 8 score indicate that pupils have made the best progress ever in line with national and this is just the start. A number of pupils achieved outstanding results – see more here – including Rachel Lott, who was delighted to score eight grade 9s and two grade 8s, Hussain Waseem with 3 9s and a spread of 8s and 7s and  Alice Dunleavy with two grade 9s and eight grade 8 GSCEs achieved.


Our new daily line up and other changes to the school, such as the focus on calm corridors has had huge impact on the ethos and feel of the school and behaviour is a significant strength with pupils being proud of Heathcote and keen to do their best at all times.


Outside of the classroom in 2018-19, our pupils have continued to amaze me with their skills and talents from the brilliance of our Sports Teams to our Year 10s who excelled themselves at the Gardiner and Theobald Work Experience day, as well as a number of pupils who completed prestigious summer work experience placements. Outside of school, Layla, in Year 9, won 3 awards at Crufts and we have a number of young people making a name for themselves in the sporting world, including Stephanie and Amy our Open Water swimmers. We will keep you updated with their successes. All these stories can be accessed via the news pages and the newsletter. In school sport, our football teams have already had huge success against local schools this term, including 2 8-3 wins from Year 8 against Highams Park and Walthamstow Academy.


This year, the school community has benefitted from the work of two organisations - Humanotopia and the Robert Levy Foundation - both of whom have worked with year groups to consider issues young people face, keeping themselves safe and building better communities. This has had a significant impact on the school and promoted much reflection in pupils and staff.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any comments or feedback - ehillman@heathcote.waltham.sch.uk.

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Emma Hillman