Welcome from the Headteacher

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A hugely warm welcome to our 11-18 school. I have been in post since September 2017 and am hugely privileged to have this job; ensuring that all our pupils have the best education they can both in and out of the classroom. We are a fully inclusive school and tolerant of all; we have a 13 place Hearing Impaired Provision on the school site. I have an excellent and committed team of leaders, teachers and support staff who choose to work with our children over any other. They were described by Ofsted as ‘hungry for improvement’.

I am a single parent to a 9 year old and live in Chingford. I will begin the process of looking for a secondary school for her over the next year or so and am therefore fully aware how important it is that you know your child will be happy and safe, but also that you feel you can connect with the school. Pupils, parents and visitors comment on the great relationships at Heathcote and the warmth and care of the staff who genuinely want the best for our pupils.

Heathcote School and Science College is on a journey and it is an exciting place to be – a place full of encouragement, challenge and opportunity. We have a new team of Deputy Heads with track records of success and a number of new leaders and teachers all of whom are committed to our vision and values. All the changes we have put in place in the last 12 months are all about making the school an even better place to be and pupils are very supportive of these changes; telling Ofsted inspectors for example that they genuinely felt ‘happy and safe’ and respected the changes made as they were making the school ‘much better’.

Our pupils are a wonderful group of young people with passion, fire and ambition. Part of our job is to help them to use this in the best way they can to create their best future. We are lucky enough to have a Sixth Form; full of young people that have already succeeded through secondary school, and use these pupils to support lower down the school.

If you are a current parent or carer, thank you for your support through the year and the feedback – both positive and also where you think we can improve. We do listen to it all and are always reflective. You are 100% behind your children and, although we won’t agree on everything all the time, we succeed in working in partnership to and will continue to do so. After all, we all want the same things for all of our pupil community – the chance for them to be the best they can be.

We are awaiting publication of our Ofsted report and look forward to sharing this with you. Meanwhile, we are working on improving our school website and I will shortly be writing a blog, along with key contributors from the staff, sharing some of the amazing achievements of the school, examples of learning and teaching as well as some of our reflections about working in the best job there is.

Do come and visit us at any time – whether your child is here, thinking of coming here or you just want to take a look. We would like to encourage members of the community to arrange a visit to meet and talk to our pupils and hear their points of view and determination to succeed. At present we are not spending money on gloss prospectuses because we believe the school speaks for itself.

All the best and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments. In the meantime, if you are wondering "Why should we choose Heathcote?", this page should answer all your questions! Please also feel free to come along to one of our Open Mornings on Tuesday 16th or Wednesday 17th October, or contact us to arrange a visit any time.


Emma Hillman