Welcome from the Headteacher

Emma for website 3I would like to extend a warm welcome to you all and I am delighted to be the recently appointed Head of this wonderful school. The school is characterised by its warm and inclusive approach and pupils comment on the quality of relationships with each other and with staff. In addition, the school has the highest academic standards and this year we will focus, amongst other things, on challenge in the classroom and beyond and ensuring rapid progress for all pupils. This will ensure they have the very best life chances through exam success, but also through developing skills such as resilience and tolerance.

2017 GCSE and A level results were very impressive with particularly amazing results at maths and English GCSE, some of the best in the Borough. In 2014, Ofsted gave the school a Good rating and stated that there was a ‘strong climate for learning’ and that each individual ‘is treated as an individual with the potential to succeed’ and as a result ‘flourish’ at the school.

I am so thrilled with the quality of resources and the buildings at Heathcote and, in this time of Government cuts, we are incredibly lucky. The new Transition Building is fantastic and we will be inviting parents to come and have a look at this in the near future. Further details and photos are accessible in the News and Events section.

We have now developed our school vision and vision statement and pupils, staff and Governors have contributed to this: 

Encourage. Challenge. Succeed.

At Heathcote School, no one is left behind. We challenge and stretch each pupil through a broad and balanced curriculum, outstanding resources and high-quality learning experiences ensuring everyone develops resilience leading to success in the classroom and beyond. We include everybody in our vision and support staff and pupils in being self-aware, self-motivated and independent and create an all-round safe and comfortable experience allowing self-confidence to thrive. This thirst to succeed will ensure learners have bright futures and are ready to meet the demands of the 21st century.

Our School Improvement Plan has four main areas of focus:

  • Building at all levels an ambitious culture of high challenge and low threat enabling Heathcote to be the school of choice for staff and parents
  • Ensuring the best possible learning and, leadership of learning, across the school
  • Ensuring 'safety first' ethos and values and standards of behaviour and attendance that are exemplary within the school and community
  • Giving all pupils equal opportunities to make maximum progress - we will not be a COASTING school

I will update you when we have completed this work and welcome your feedback. In addition, we will be looking at all methods of communication including the website and ensuring these enable you to support your child with their learning and personal growth.

Please feel free to look around the website, re-visit it frequently, give us your feedback and contact the school ([email protected]) if you wish to visit or find out more. Please mark any emails for my attention if you wish to have a direct response. I will be writing a weekly blog updating you with news and events and also please follow us on Twitter @Heathcotee4.

Here’s to our most successful year yet!


Emma Hillman