About Our School

 

We are a good school determined to rapidly achieve our ambition of becoming truly outstanding. Our aim is to ensure that every boy and girl receives the very best quality education in a safe and supportive environment in which all our students can learn, develop and achieve. 

We are proud of our school. We are proud of our students: their achievements, their successes and their development in their time with us.

We are located in the south of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, directly accessible from Waterloo by train (25 mins) via Wimbledon (12 mins). Chessington South station is located next to us. Having been completely rebuilt (at a cost of £27 million) in 2008, we now have a modern theatre, dance studio, sports hall, climbing wall and outdoor sports pitches. Our superb facilities are used to full advantage, not just for the teaching and learning of our curriculum but also for a wide range of extra-curricular indoor and outdoor enrichment activities.

We are a co-educational 11-16 inclusive school as we believe that outstanding comprehensive schools are the best type of school to meet the needs of all students. Our diversity is our strength and our students have the benefit of learning and developing in an environment of students of different genders, abilities, cultures and interests. All our students are guided to reach their full potential, whatever their ability. We believe in developing confident and healthy members of the community and our extensive community provision teaches our students that learning and wider personal development continue throughout adult life.

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students including the most academically able and those for whom more practical studies are more appropriate.  Most of our younger students experience a broad and academically stretching curriculum that includes maths, English, science, history, geography, modern foreign languages, art, music, technology, food and PE.  A small number of students embark on a slightly different programme that provides them with more contact time with selected teachers and a curriculum that enables them to consolidate their literacy and numeracy.  Our key stage 4 curriculum provides choice and breadth.  Most older students undertake the ‘English Baccalaureate’ pathway that in addition to English, maths and science GCSEs also includes history or geography (or both) and a modern foreign language but they also choose from a range of other options subjects.  A small number of students have access to some much more practical and vocational courses including hairdressing, motor vehicle and regular work experience.

Our students are guaranteed access (subject to grade criteria) to an extensive programme of BTEC and A Levels that are taught at nearby Esher College (rated as outstanding by Ofsted).  Other students choose to embark on a wider variety of courses at other locations in particular Kingston College.  In particular many students who do not wish to pursue the traditional A Level route undertake a wide variety of courses at Kingston College.

Daytime tours can be arranged should prospective parents and students wish to visit us. Please telephone 020 8974 1156 to make an appointment.