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     Dear Parents / Carers,

    WELCOME TO ALDWORTH SCHOOL

    Welcome to our school website. At Aldworth we have high expectations of our students and this is reflected in their progress, aspirations and conduct around the school. In the summer examinations 79% of our Year 11 students achieved  grades 9-4 (Grade C or better) in English and/or Maths in August 2018. The number of students achieving grades 9-4 in English is 76% and in Maths is 63%. The combined figure for grades 9-4 in English and Maths is 60%. 

    Our vision is to be a vibrant learning community with an ethos of ambition and achievement. With almost 1,000 students on roll we are able to offer a full and broad curriculum and we are fully staffed in every subject area. We received a visit from OFSTED in March 2017 and inspectors mentioned, in support of our work: "Parents are positive about the quality of teaching and the progress their children make at Aldworth" and "The Headteacher and his leaders are ambitious for the pupils in their care. They have high aspirations for pupils and have overseen a rise in the standards of attainment." You are welcome to view our OFSTED report, which is available on this website. We aim to prepare our students academically so they are ready to take the ‘next step’ into college. We also support each young person to enable him or her to develop personally in preparation for adult life.

    We have a collaborative approach to developing teaching and learning. Teachers plan lessons centred on ‘exploratory questions’ with the ambition to:

    • Provide a positive climate for learning
    • Develop powerful learners
    • Deliver adaptive and responsive teaching
    • Encourage high challenge

    This is a having a really positive impact on learning and all of our staff share this commitment.

    The expectations we have for our young people are summed up in 3 short statements: RESPECT yourself and others, ENDEAVOUR to do your best and ACHIEVE your full potential. As a growing school we recognise each student as a unique individual and never lose sight of our ethos and values. If you would like to know more about these please click here.

    Aldworth is a successful school and we are a popular choice with parents. We have seen our numbers on roll grow from 500 to just under 1,000 in the last few years. In the last couple of years we have completed a £2.5 million external refurbishment programme on two of our buildings and were able to refurbish them internally as well.  We are proud of our really impressive site which provides superb facilities for our young people and we are committed to investing in their futures. If you would like to find out more about us, please take a few moments to explore the rest of our website.

    We were oversubscribed for places in Year 7 for September 2016, 2017 and 2018 entry and have admitted students above our published admission number to accommodate parental preferences. If you wish to discuss any aspect of the admissions process, for any year group, please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone or email. If you applied for a place in Year 7 for September 2019 entry, offers were sent out from the Local Authority on 1st March 2019. If you missed the deadline you can still make a late application to the local authority. If you are unsure what to do then please do get in touch with me or our admissions officer. If you have not been allocated your first preference school or are reconsidering your allocated school, then do get in touch as we have the capacity to exceed our allocation. We are more than happy to arrange a tour of the school for you.

    Denis McCabe

    Headteacher

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