Excellent students make an outstanding school

As your new Headteacher from September I am extremely proud to be in the position to continue to build on The Warwickian spirit and ensure all students have every chance of success. I started my career as a PE Teacher here and it is a great privilege to return to this great school community. The Warwick School has a fully inclusive culture and it is our expectation that every single pupil can and will succeed; this is embodied by the staff team who have great determination, resilience and expertise. At The Warwick School we believe that education can transform the lives of young people so that they can be successful adults, helping to develop their understanding of positive human values and attitudes and developing their vision, ambition and aspirations for their future.

Excellent students make an outstanding school

Share via Email Schools need to pursue a culture of excellence that permeates every classroom and department. In this climate, there is a temptation to simply try to get through the changes unscathed, to focus on the data and getting the best possible place in league tables.

But this short-term outlook is a barrier to genuine improvement as each action becomes a response to the latest crisis or government diktat. Live chat Read more What is needed instead is a culture of excellence that permeates every classroom, department and school; a focus not on simply getting the best grade, but on getting the best education and creating a lifelong passion for learning.

This shift in focus matters. Research from The Equality Trust suggests that countries with low levels of educational achievement suffer from higher levels of inequality. I feel lucky to work in a school where excellence is expected from every student, regardless of their background.

Students, teachers and visitors are greeted by a quote from Aristotle. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. The following are the steps we have put in place to start creating this culture of excellence.

Excellent students make an outstanding school

Raise your standard high The first step is to agree on what excellence actually looks like in your subject. What can an excellent year 7 geography student do? What are your expectations of the quality of work for a year 12 student in chemistry?

In our department, we start planning every new unit of work by coming up with a checklist of what we expect students to know and be able to do. We can then use this to plan the learning and create knowledge organisers for pupils to use at home.

This approach means that we are always thinking about the purpose of our subject and considering the best it has to offer. In department meetings, we share examples of excellent work that pupils have created, and log them so we have a bank of work to exemplify standards. This can then be shared with pupils, parents and colleagues so everyone knows where we are aiming.

These learning checklists and knowledge organisers also help to hand back responsibility to pupils to check that they are on track. They can clearly see what they are expected to know and do, and can seek support for any areas of concern. The bank of excellent work is one way to do this; it can be annotated to explain the criteria it meets and then displayed and discussed.

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One of the most powerful ways to support a culture of excellence is through live modelling, where the teacher answers a question themselves and explains their thought process in front of the class.

The technique can be adapted so that a piece of work is produced as a class and developed through carefully planned questioning. Varndean College in Brighton has been embracing the idea of a culture of excellence with a number of working groups looking at various pillars of teaching and learning.

One group has been focusing on the use of academic language in discussions to show the standards expected. Complex, subject-specific words are used with their meanings added as an aside.

Pupils are challenged on the use of colloquial words in their answers to questions and asked to respond more formally. Is it excellent yet?An Extraordinary School. Our mission is to inspire excellence and fulfil potential.

We aim for all students to be nurtured as uniquely talented individuals, finding fulfilment through their learning and the development of their intellectual, creative, physical and emotional capabilities.

One fifth of the population is affected by disability, and laws protect their rights as individuals to have access. To be accessible, an environment—work, home, school, shopping, medical, leisure, and virtual/digital—must be functional for everyone. The Warwick School is a non-denominational mixed secondary school, educating students aged from 11 to 16 years.

Situated in the centre of the Redhill community, we are committed to providing the highest quality educational experience to young people of all abilities and backgrounds.

Students, teachers and visitors are greeted by a quote from Aristotle. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” This idea is central to creating a culture of excellence at a school and departmental level. The following are the steps we have put in place to start creating this culture of excellence.

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