Grey Court School
Front of the school
Headteacher’s name: Ms. Maggie Bailey Contact Person’s name, email, and direct contact telephone number: firstname.lastname@example.org 07713 345033 School Website: www.greycourt.richmond.sch.uk School telephone number: School fax number: School Founded: 1950 Number of Learners： Girls: Boys: 020 8948 1173
020 8332 2428
Year groups and average age for each year group: Year 7 Age 11-12 Year 8 Age 12-13 Year 9 Age 13-14 Year 10 Age 14-15 Year 11 Age 15-16 Number of Teachers： Number of Classrooms: Specialist Classrooms: Average class size: 74 49 25 28-30
Location of the School:
Grey Court School is situated close to Richmond Park and the River Thames. The school is set in an outstanding 20 acre site.
History of the School:
Classroom of the future
Grey Court School is a mixed comprehensive school built in the 1950’s. It converted to become an academy on 30 September 2012. In March 2013 it was graded outstanding by the government inspection team. Grey Court is an average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students whose parents need support financially is in line with the national average. More students than average are from minority ethnic groups and more speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action is higher than that found nationally. The proportion of those supported through school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs is below average. A few students attend local college courses for subjects not available in the school. The academy achieves well above the national average in terms of attainment and progress.
Description of the School:
Our site provides an ideal environment for students, with a range of specialist teaching facilities. ICT provision includes specialist suites, zoned wireless provision across the school and use of laptops and interactive whiteboards. Our ‘Classroom of the Future’, known as the Ingenium, has achieved national renown.
Newman House, our listed 18th Century building, provides a wonderful space for personalised and small group programmes, has been enhanced with a specialist language and communication centre. The sports hall and gym facilities are complemented by extensive grounds and courts, enabling students to engage in a wide range of physical education and sporting activities. By 2014 Grey Court will have a state of the art sixth form building in place, one hundred students in our first year 12 beginning A level courses and a variety of vocational training, as well as students studying for apprenticeships. Our facilities will have been upgraded considerably and we will have a wide selection of activity areas outside, which will include a smallholding with a variety of animals, an allotment, an orchard and wide ranging sporting facilities. All students and members of staff contribute to a thriving and caring community within and beyond the school. We are an ‘Extended School’, which means we make additional provision before and after school and through the holidays with extra classes and a wide range of activities. Many of these are linked to our locality, where we work in partnership with primary schools and community groups. Accountability to each other is important and all are expected to participate. Our diversity makes us interesting - we commit to developing students’ potential as healthy, well-balanced citizens who respect one another.
The School Curriculum:
Core Subjects: English, Maths, Science Additional Subjects: Accelerated Reader Business BTEC Critical Thinking Drama Electronics Equality and Diversity AS Environmental Science Food & Nutrition Graphics German Health and Nutrition IT Diploma It Core Learning to Learn Mathematics Art Cooking Citizenship Design Technology English English Tutoring Food Technology French Geography History Health & Social ICT GCSE INTERVENTION Latin Media Studies
Mandarin Performing Arts Product Design PE GCSE Science Statistics
Music PE BTEC PE Core Religious Studies Spanish Textiles
Our curriculum ensures that students keep as many options open as possible for further study and employment. During their first year at the school, students are taught in a mixture of class and attainment based groups. We concentrate on developing competency skills, alongside encouraging social groupings within the tutor group. At the start of Year 8 further setting by attainment is introduced. By Year 9 the majority of subjects are taught in attainment-based sets. From Year 10 students join our personalised programme which is tailored to individual needs and allows students to access up to 13 GCSE subjects. Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9 In Year 7 all our students study: Art & Design, Design & Technology, Drama, English, French, Information & Communications Technology, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Geography, History, ICT and Religious Studies. Our ‘Learning to Learn’ lessons develop skills and competencies through a cross curricular theme. In Years 8 and 9 all students study: Art & Design, Design & Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, German, History, Information & Communications Technology, Mathematics, Music, Religious Studies, Physical Education, Science. Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11 In Years 10 and 11 all students cover a core curriculum of: English, Information & Communications Technology, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Science. Most students take separate GCSE examinations in English and English Literature and three Science GCSEs in the separate Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Mathematics the more able students are offered the opportunity to take GCSE early and additionally then complete an AS equivalent course in Additional Mathematics. There is also the opportunity for some students to take GCSE Statistics, alongside the normal Mathematics examination. At Key Stage 4 students can choose further optional courses to study to GCSE level. The current choice includes:
AS Critical Thinking, AS Computing, AS Environmental Studies, Art, Drama, Electronics, Food Technology, French, Geography, German, Graphics, History, Media Studies, Music, Product Design, Physical Education. The school is committed to continuing to offer a range of choice at Key Stage 4, including accredited, applied and vocational courses. Physical Education The aims of our Physical Education curriculum are to include all students and to promote positive attitudes to healthy living. There are numerous club activities before and after school which offer sports such as tennis, cricket, badminton, volleyball, dance and gym/circuit training. In June 2007 we held our first Sports Award event at the Oval Cricket Ground. This has now become an annual event to celebrate our ever increasing sporting success. Grey Court sporting achievements are recognised annually at a celebration awards dinner. 2013’s event was held at Twickenham Rugby Ground and each year we invite high achieving sports personalities as guest speakers. Religious Studies and collective worship The school policy is that Religious Studies and acts of collective worship, while of a broadly Christian nature, should include all students and promote respect for different cultures and beliefs. Parents/ carers can exercise their right to withdraw their child from religious studies. Student Support The Student Support Centre has been established to cater for able students and students with special educational needs. Our able learners have access to appropriate programmes through the curriculum and extracurricular activities, such as AS equivalent studies in Additional Mathematics, Computing, Environmental Studies and Critical Thinking. For the last three years we have also run holiday programmes for most able students. Our Special Educational Needs co-ordinator ensures that students with special needs have their own individual education plan, which may incorporate small group work to enable access and learning development. The school has a student programme that provides students with personal effort, academic achievement and school and community service. Students receive house points, merit certificates, letters of commendation and prizes.
Trips and visits Grey Court School is proud of its tradition of offering students a full programme of visits and trips. In Year 7, all students have the opportunity to participate in a full day’s activity during the Autumn term, where they take part in a variety of different sports. This enables the students to get to know, not only members of their tutor group, but the year group as a whole, thus developing the social bond so important when first beginning secondary education. In Years 9 and 10, students have an opportunity to go on school exchanges to Spain and Germany. In addition, all students, during their time at Grey Court, will take part in a number of field trips and museum visits which help to further enhance the school curriculum. Clubs and out of school activities There is an enormous range of clubs and extra-curricular activities on offer at Grey Court. Students are encouraged to take a full part in the life of the school. We have a club to suit everyone’s needs and aspirations. Most curricular areas offer subject based clubs, including extra language practice for students who have a particular interest. We also provide additional classes before and after school for students who are keen to take up languages such as Mandarin and Latin twilight sessions. The highlight of these experiences is often the opportunity to be involved in international visits, which we run annually. There is a wide range of sport clubs such as football, netball, basketball and rugby with the opportunity to take part in competitions throughout the academic year. We regard competitive sport as an important life opportunity for teenagers and support this fully. Our students have an excellent record of success in borough & National competitions and a number of our students have reached international level. We also encourage students to take the Bronze level Duke of Edinburgh Award. There are Art and Drama clubs, choir and orchestra during lunchtimes and after school. We have an annual event in March where we encourage our GCSE students to organise a ‘Charity Gig’. Parents were entertained by the end of year production of ‘Midsummer night’s dream’ and a quarter of the school took part in the Biggest Band concert at Wembley. The ‘Shakespeare Group’, which meets
weekly in the Ingenium, took to the road during the Summer term visiting our local primary schools to show the students.
ICT in School:
The vision: ICT at Grey Court aims to give pupils the capability to participate and engage in modern society. The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning everyday life and employment. We aim to give pupils the skills and understanding needed to use technology effectively every day and in the world of work ahead. The faculty: We have 3 specialist ICT teachers. We have 4 dedicated ICT classrooms, one of which is an Apple suite. The equipment is no older than 3 years old and has the technical capacity to allow students to use industry standard software. The Orchard is an Apple suite dedicated to ICT options, AS computing ad diploma. It allows students broad experiences in ICT> The curriculum for KS3: Students use ICT in a range of contexts e-safety - reliability and accuracy of information - data handling – video editing – podcasting – photo editing – website creation – modelling (excel) – creating games and animation – planning systems based on criteria. The curriculum for KS4: Students use ICT in a range of contexts Functional skills in ICT (core) – this course enables students to use skills gained at KS3 to solve problems independently and effectively AS Computing – this course has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of computing would be beneficial. Course content is up-to-date with new and emerging technologies as well as having emphasis on computer science and computation. This course with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning and scientific/engineering based thinking, is a good foundation for understanding possible technological challenges taking place currently and in the future.
Diploma in ICT – the IT diploma will enable students to master essential life and work skills in a practical, creative and challenging environment. Students are encouraged to develop skills such as teamwork, project leadership and management, time management and problem solving, all of which are crucial in today’s competitive job market. Students learn how to express themselves confidently and professionally in a business environment. Learning is influenced and sometimes led by, real business people from various industries. Gifted and Talented students can opt for AS computing in KS4.