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Malmesbury School E-prospectus OPEN HERE Click on the Ofsted Logo to read our latest report

Malmesbury School • Corn Gastons • Malmesbury • Wiltshire • SN16 0DF

CONTENTS click on the links below

Welcome Our Vision Academic Excellence Curriculum Care, Guidance & Support Extra Curricular Activities & Enrichment Houses & Student Voice Contact Us

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Welcome to Malmesbury School Many students who will join us next September will already know about the school from older brothers, sisters or friends. Others may have already visited the school to see productions, or as part of our liaison programme. However, for many this e-prospectus will be their first contact with Malmesbury School. Our goal is to be a Happy, Caring and Excellent school community. We are proud to be the truly ‘Outstanding’ comprehensive school serving our catchment area and, as a High Performing Specialist Academy, we offer a wide range of opportunities to all our students, not only in our specialist areas but in all sorts of extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities. We are a supportive and friendly school in which all students can excel and reach their full potential. In our recent Ofsted inspection one parent said of the school ‘This is a wonderful school. It nurtures, cares and educates the children.’ Tim Gilson Headteacher Previous Contents Next

Vision statement “To be a happy, caring and excellent community” Mission statement “We will promote an inspirational culture in which everyone feels valued and challenged to reach their potential” Previous Contents Next

“This is an outstanding school…Students, parents, carers and staff are overwhelmingly positive about its work.” “Students are confident to ask questions, respond to teachers’ questions and express their views in a safe environment” -Ofsted 2012 Previous Contents Next

Academic Excellence Malmesbury School has a long established reputation for academic excellence. 2012 has been an excellent year for Malmesbury School A Level students with 38% of grades at A* or A and 66% at A*- B. These are the best ever results at the School following on from last year's excellent results and cement the School’s position as one of the highest performing comprehensives in the country. They are a testament to the hard work and positive attitude of our students and the superb teaching and support from the staff who worked with them. GCSE students again performed extremely well in 2012 with 64% A - C including English and Maths and 29% A*/A Previous Contents Next

Curriculum At Malmesbury School our students follow a broad and balanced curriculum, to allow them to develop a wide range of skills and personal qualities. Our curriculum is constantly under review in our bid to meet the changing learning needs of all our students In Year 7, all students follow study the following subjects: English Maths Science History Geography Religious Studies Languages

Design & Technology Art Music Drama PE Religious Studies iLearn

(Either French and Spanish or French and German)

(PSHE, Citizenship and Learning to Learn)

“Students’ progress is impressive as they gain new skills and knowledge rapidly” -Ofsted 2012

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GCSE In Year 9, students will make choices about five optional subjects they would like to study to GCSE (or equivalent accreditation) in Year 10 along with the compulsory subjects of English, English Literature, Maths, two/three science qualifications, core P.E. and iLearn.

A Level We offer a wide range of AS and A Level courses in our thriving Sixth Form. Students currently study 4 subjects to AS Level in Year 12, continuing with just three of these subjects to A level in year 13. Students are given guidance about appropriate combinations of subjects based on their aspirations.

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Care, Guidance and Support At Malmesbury School, we take the happiness of each of our students very seriously. Our first class care begins in the close working relationship we have with our feeder primary schools and the work we do together to ease the transition to secondary school. There is a large network of support available to care for our students, from tutors to Pastoral and Academic Leaders. These roles are supported by a large number of pastoral support staff, who work closely with students and offer a reassuring point of contact. Together, they play an important role in guiding and supporting our students to achieve their best. In addition, our Learning Support faculty and its team of teaching assistants, is exemplary in the quality of care, guidance and support it provides. Previous Contents Next

Care, Guidance and Support We are proud to be the first school in Wiltshire to be awarded Careers Mark in recognition of the high quality of careers education, information, advice and guidance available to all students, providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a life after school in employment, training or further education. We offer weekly health drop-ins in partnership with the local surgery and the school nurse team, and run classes such as power yoga to help combat exam stress. There is also a homework club after school, designed to provided a quiet, safe environment in which homework can be completed with easy access to IT facilities. “Impressively, all students say they feel very safe in school, and all parents and carers agree� -Ofsted 2012 Previous Contents Next

Students “display highly positive attitudes to school, their learning and each other. They enjoy school, they want to be there and they want to learn.� -Ofsted 2012 Previous Contents


Extra Curricular Activities & Enrichment There is a broad range of extra-curricular activities that exist at Malmesbury School which supports the personal growth and development of our students outside the classroom. We are able to offer a wide variety of extra curricular sports from Rugby and Hockey to Archery and Yoga. Students also have the opportunity to become involved in drama productions and concerts and each year amaze us with their talents. We also provide an excellent range of opportunities for students to travel and benefit from experiencing other cultures. There are exchange visits to France, Germany and Spain and an annual ski trip as well as field trips to locations in the UK.

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Extra Curricular Activities & Enrichment We have a long tradition of participating in World Challenge and Raleigh International expeditions and in recent years have taken groups to Argentina, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and India. Each year we send a delegation of students to the Sondeza AfriYouth Camp and an expedition to the Goedgedacht Path Out of Poverty Project, both on the Western Cape South Africa. Student led groups like the Fair Trade Committee and the Global Action group are representative of the compassion and enthusiasm demonstrated by students in their fund raising for charities and campaigning on environmental and political issues. We have a very active Eco Schools team in school, are involved in the local Model United Nations competition each year and support a number of local, national and international charitable projects. “Outstanding opportunities are provided for students to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally� - Ofsted 2012

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Houses & Student Voice Each student and member of staff at Malmesbury School is a member of one of our four houses (William, Hobbes, Athelstan & Eilmer). Throughout the year, students receive housepoints for their outstanding work, contributions and care and consideration towards others in a bid to win the coveted House Cup. In addition, there are many inter-house competitions throughout the year, ranging from traditional sports to gardening and the school year ends with two challenge days in which students work in mixed aged teams to claim the Challenge Cup for their house. The Houses are lead by Heads of Houses and a Student Council, and are designed to provide opportunities for students to work with different age groups, reward excellence and to have some fun! It is not just in the Houses however, that Students play an important role. Student Voice is vital to the development of the school, and we have a very active school council lead by Senior Students in the 6th Form.

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“Your school provides you with an outstanding education. All of you achieve significantly above average standards and make rapid progress in your learning. You rise to the challenge admirably” -Ofsted’s Post Inspection letter to Students 2012

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CONTACT US Malmesbury School Corn Gastons Malmesbury Wiltshire SN16 0DF

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