We set extremely high expectations of all of our pupils and these are constantly reinforced throughout Key Stages of the school by the staff and by the students themselves. The students are expected to take a significant level of responsibility for their own progress and development alongside the high quality support and teaching they receive from the staff. We are a school that not only expects the children to do their best, but also to celebrate success at every opportunity – it is the norm to celebrate the achievements of others.
The quality of teaching provided at Chetwynde School continues to be excellent in every way. Systems are in place to maintain and develop the quality of the teaching provision at the school across the complete age and ability range and a culture of peer review and sharing of good practice is in place. Opportunities for staff development and training are actively encouraged and monitored, ensuring that the Chetwynde School experience draws upon the excellence of all of the staff and strives to engage with new ideas and strategies to enable pupils to achieve their potential. Teaching focuses on the delivery of a broad base of GCSE qualifications, whilst we continue to offer other opportunities such as the Extended Project at Level 3 and ASDAN CoPE to those students who require added breadth. Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team will offer an excellent provision of support for those who have additional needs so that all can flourish. Constant monitoring of the progress made by different cohorts, for example SEN and those who are socially disadvantaged, ensures that Chetwynde is a place where all children can achieve.
Beyond the classroom
Ensuring that the learning experiences and opportunities made available to the students does not finish in the classroom or at the end of the school day will be a priority. Outdoor education and in particular the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (DofE) will form a major part of the students’ experiences outside the classroom. Our expectation will be that all Year 9 students will begin the Bronze Award, with a very high percentage of students completing their Silver Award and a good number completing their Gold Award whilst at school. Sport, drama, music and many other extra-curricular activities will help the students identify and access their talents.
Chetwynde School is renowned for its calm and respectful community, with a highly structured school day and a formal start and end to lessons. It is an educational establishment where success is seen as the norm, is celebrated and is not only accepted but desired. Poor behaviour that would cause disruption of the teaching by the staff or the learning by the students will not be tolerated. Students not only have high expectations of themselves but also of their peer groups and of the staff. High standards of behaviour and manners are the norm. The younger pupils look up to the older as good role models and the older understand the responsibilities inherent in helping to lead a 4 to 16 school.
The school focus’ on ensuring all students possess a very strong foundation in the core subjects of Maths, Science and English. This is especially noticeable in Key Stages 1 and 2, where this enables them to access the academic curriculum on offer throughout the Primary School and on into the Senior School. Whilst SATs are taken within the Primary School, we use a variety of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ methods of assessing progress within these main ‘building blocks’ of the curriculum. We continue to recognise the value of specialised teacher knowledge and therefore continue to make use of specialised teaching staff in the Senior School to help deliver certain aspects of the curriculum in the Primary School.
We are a small school of around 500 children from 4 to 16, with class sizes of a maximum of 24 in the Primary School and year groups of 75 students in Key Stages 3 and 4 split into three forms or three teaching classes in the core subjects. These small classes and year groups not only ensure that the students receive the desired level of tuition/contact time and support from the members of staff, but it helps to nurture a family atmosphere. The school is full of children and staff who know and respect each other. This will also instill an understanding and positive culture within the school’s wider community.
The quality of the school’s pastoral care is our strength. The overarching drive is to create a safe and happy school, giving the students the support, care and advice they need to secure their wellbeing. There is a clear pastoral line management and a clear discipline policy, understood and adhered to by all. Undoubtedly the first couple of years saw a large number of new students join the school, but this is managed thoughtfully and carefully, giving opportunities for children to visit and experience the school beforehand and working very closely with other schools and organisations.
There is nothing more important than the safety of young people. Our staff – including catering, IT, admin, site and office – are all be trained in Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures. All have the appropriate safeguarding clearances before starting to work here. A clear safeguarding policy is available to the public on the website and will be reviewed by the Senior Management Team, the Governing Body and by all departments annually. All visitors are asked to sign in at Reception and wear the appropriate lanyard. Those staying for more than a short meeting are asked to read the Safeguarding at Chetwynde leaflet. All entrances to buildings are secured by a PIN-registered lock.
With a view to educating the children on safety, there are regular assemblies and PSHE lessons on issues such as cyber-bullying, e-safety, healthy relationships and extremism. All departments see it as their duty to include in schemes of work references to British values and the dangers of radicalisation, whatever its forms.
We have been entrusted with the care of your children and see this as a sacred trust.