Aspire Together â€¢ Inspire Together
“The school has inspired me to do great things.” Alex, Year 9
WELCOME It is with great pleasure I welcome you to Hampton High. We are an ambitious school that ensures every student aspires to achieve their full potential and develop the resilience and confidence to be successful in life. Our success lies in our close and caring community and in the excellent relationships between staff and students. Inspiring teaching is at the heart of our school and our committed team of highly qualified teachers ensure students are challenged daily in their lessons, enjoy learning and strive to achieve their best. Our extra-curricular opportunities further develop our students into well-rounded individuals confident and excited about their future. Collaboration is a key value. Partnership with parents and carers is central to our ethos and we encourage as full an involvement as possible in school life. We are also delighted to be partnered with a new family of local schools:
Teddington School, Twickenham Academy and Waldegrave School. Together our schools are stronger. Our commitment to collaboration extends to our close relationship with our feeder primary school and by building relationships with our local Year 6 pupils we can help make the transition into secondary life as smooth as possible. Our vibrant sixth-form is housed separately in a fully refurbished block with access to an extensive library. Here students play a full and active role in school life, including working with younger students as mentors, teaching and learning leaders and role models. We are proud to be a school that serves the community and reflects the diversity it brings. We hope you too will be inspired and we warmly encourage you to visit during the school’s working hours and meet our wonderful students and their teachers. I look forward to meeting you then.
Our Vision Hampton High is an inspirational school; a beacon in the community. We listen, we care, we respect, we aspire; we work together to create a happy learning community where resilient and confident students relish the opportunities and challenges that come their way. An inclusive school that all students, staff, parents and the community are proud to call ‘their school’.
Mair Hughes, Head Teacher
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“ Teachers are always there to help us fulfil our potential.” Megan, Year 10
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Teaching and learning High expectations are key to aspiration and this permeates our teaching and learning. Our teachers design lessons to inspire and challenge. Nothing but a student’s best work and a positive attitude to learning is accepted. Achieving high levels of literacy and numeracy is crucial to our success. We lead dedicated literacy lessons in Key Stage 3 and all subjects further develop these skills. Extra support is available for students who need to catch up quickly with reading, spelling or numeracy and we know this improves learning and aspiration.
“ The school brings out the best in me.” Jeni, Year 7
Educational visits Aspiration and inspiration often takes place outside the classroom. We take students to visit Oxford and Cambridge Universities in Years 9 and 10; students spend time at Imperial College, attending lectures and experiencing life as undergraduates. We have visits to museums and galleries, talks by inspirational speakers and events run by business and careers people – all of which help students raise their aspirations. Students compete in science and maths contests against other schools locally and nationally and gain confidence from taking part and winning.
Other opportunities We constantly find ways to challenge our students to aspire. Several attend the Guildhall School of Music and others have been accepted by the National Youth Theatre and have performed with the National Theatre. In sport, former students represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics and will compete in Rio 2016. The local Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) brings together the talented students across a range of schools, including Hampton School and Lady Eleanor Holles, allowing students to aspire and be inspired together.
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“ The school council gives us the opportunity to share our opinions and be listened to.” Megan, Year 10
Teaching and learning
The school as a community
Being able to collaborate is a skill that will enable students to be successful in the future. Lessons are designed to enable them to work together, challenge each other and develop confidence through team skills. Staff plan carefully, ensuring collaboration leads to better understanding of the work. Our teachers value the opportunities of working across the family of schools to share best practice and we ensure our expectations for students, teachers and leaders are in line with other high-achieving schools.
We collaborate at many levels to develop a sense of community. Our annual sponsored walk raises more than £10,000 in memory of members of our community. The performing arts faculty produces quality performances, with students from Years 7 to 13 taking part. Our Friends of Hampton High (FOHH) work with us to run fairs, quizzes and other fundraising events.
Working with parents is crucial to students realising their ambitions. As well as parents’ evenings we hold termly parents’ forum to meet and listen to parents. For busy parents we have a regular newsletter and up-to-date website highlights, a Twitter feed on school activities and events to help keep you in touch.
Student voice We value what students tell us about their school and student voice is central to our school’s development. The student council works with the leadership of the school to make improvements and our Head Boy and Girl have a lasting impact on the life of the school.
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“It’s not just a school, it’s a community.” Lucas, Year 7
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“ The school has made me into a better person overall. With the teachers by my side, I feel unstoppable.” Billy, Year 10
Relationships Developing successful relationships based on mutual respect is key to our success and enables students to thrive. We create a safe classroom environment where students feel their voice is respected. We value emotional intelligence within the school. We reward good work, effort and behaviour and ensure students work hard and achieve well.
SEN and Inclusion A culture of respect enables us to develop a very inclusive ethos. Students are tested for their reading and spelling ages, as well as their working memory. This ensures their needs are met in both the classroom and socially. The inclusion team works closely with teachers to ensure all students can achieve their goals and extra support can be given.
PSHCE Curriculum Our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship (PSHCE) programme enables students to discuss difficult topics such as healthy eating and living, sexual relationships, drugs and alcohol awareness, mental health issues and anti-bullying within a respectful environment. This allows them to develop their understanding and respect others’ views.
Religious Studies We promote an enquiring and sympathetic approach to the study of religion. Students are encouraged to appreciate the contribution of British values in our diverse society. We recognise our school, its staff, students and families have more in common with each other than the things that divide us.
Sports The team-building and competitive aspect of sport helps develop respect between students. The success our teams experience at local and national level inspires us all. From football to handball, badminton to rowing, students enjoy the fitness, competition, skills and respect they develop through sport.
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WE ARE RESILIENT
“ You can try and give up but they will pick you back up and set you back on track.” Ellie, Year 8
Teaching and learning One of the fundamental aspects of our teaching and learning policy is creating a learning environment that promotes risk-taking by both staff and students, where making mistakes is actively promoted as a tool for learning. Teachers prepare lessons to challenge students and build resilience in learning.
Curriculum and Assessment Our broad curriculum at KS3 ensures all students experience a wide-range of subjects. Year 7 students will be timetabled for performing and visual arts, technology, humanities, computing, PE and MFL as well as the core subjects of English, maths and science. In Year 9, students will choose to study some subject areas for their KS4 GCSEs before making further focused choices post-16. Students receive clear advice and guidance throughout to ensure the right choices are made at every stage.
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Our assessment system allows for half-termly tests in each subject and formal exams at the end of each school year. This helps students to develop a resilience to testing requirements, as well as embedding and securing the skills and knowledge needed to succeed at each level. Students will get regular feedback and are expected to respond to this using their green pens which helps to ensure they are always involved in reflection.
Duke of Edinburgh and Jack Petchey Awards We strive to develop the resilience of students in many ways outside the curriculum. Year 10 students take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, including community work, camping and hiking. Sixth-formers can take this a step further by aiming for the silver award. Students who demonstrate resilience, aspiration, respect and collaboration on a regular basis will be rewarded with the prestigious Jack Petchey Award.
Hampton High, Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 3HB T 020 8979 3399 E firstname.lastname@example.org
Aspire Together â€˘ Inspire Together
Published on Sep 1, 2016
We are an ambitious school that ensures every student aspires to achieve their full potential and develop the resilience and confidence to b...