Preston Manor School Carlton Avenue East, Wembley HA9 8NA Telephone: 020 8385 4040 Fax: 020 8908 2607 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.preston-manor.com
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Welcome from the Headteacher It is a privilege and an honour to lead this successful and vibrant all-through school. Preston Manor has an excellent reputation, committed staff, dedicated governors and supportive parents. We all value working in partnership together with our young people to achieve the best outcomes for every student. Here at Preston Manor School children have the unique opportunity to stay with us throughout their school career, making lifelong friendships and moving smoothly from one phase to the next. Our community is rightly proud of this school and its successes from the consistently high performance in public examinations to the wide range of enrichment activities we offer. At Preston Manor we wish to instil an enjoyment of learning and a desire to always learn more. We have the highest ambitions and expectations for every student in all aspects of school life and strive to nurture these qualities in every child. We want all children to fulfil their potential both academically and socially so that they leave us with the widest range of choices open to them and prepared for a globally changing future. Underpinning our educational philosophy are the values of the Co-operative Trust and developing a ‘growth mindset’ in all our students. Nurturing development of the ‘whole child’ is of key importance to us. We believe the character, life skills and confidence to be gained from this approach are beyond measure. We also offer a broad curriculum and know that excellence will be achieved by constantly providing students with appropriate challenge, raising aspirations, and insisting that good behaviour enables great learning. Our school is a harmonious and respectful one, where in line with our school’s crest, students agree that with rights come responsibilities. Preston Manor is a very inclusive school. Our young people are treated as individuals, we celebrate diversity and we are strongly committed to equality of opportunity. We value the partnerships we have with families and the wider community, the quality of relationships we build, and the rich variety of backgrounds and experiences that our students bring to Preston Manor. As a Co-operative Trust school, we enjoy working with and learning from other schools both in the local community and beyond. We take pride in our caring ethos and welcoming atmosphere and strive to make all who visit feel our hospitality. At Preston Manor we seek to provide an education that enables our students to gain university places of their choice, the desire to continue learning lifelong, the skills needed to be successful in the workplace, and the ability to be emotionally aware. It is our ambition for students to leave us well prepared to be an active citizen of both today and the future. I hope that you will find the prospectus and our website both stimulating and informative, or alternatively, please arrange a visit to our school. I am confident you will recognise our commitment to making school memorable by striving for excellence. Ms Beth Kobel Headteacher UPPER SCHOOL PROSPECTUS
Achieving Excellence in Science and Maths Preston Manor has an outstanding reputation for Science and Maths education throughout London and for achieving exam results significantly above the national average. Students achieve best when they are motivated and eager to learn, so we offer a comprehensive range of enrichment activities to inspire and engage. We offer opportunities to visit museums and educational sites around London, take part in national competitions, workshops, summer schools and attend lectures from expert research scientists. Our science specialism has enabled us to modernise laboratories, equipping them with technologically advanced facilities. Since achieving specialist Science and Maths status, A-level numbers have grown and are well above national averages. We are one of the top schools nationally for progression to A-level Science and a large number of our students are awarded places at leading universities on Science and Maths based courses. 4
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Curriculum We believe in a broad and balanced curriculum, reflected in our success in the newly introduced English Baccalaureate. Each year we review our curriculum and the way we group students in response to individual need as well as changes in national policy. Up to date details of individual subject choices are on separate sheets in this folder. Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) provides excellent preparation for National Curriculum assessments at age 14 and subsequent GCSE study. Key Stage 4 (GCSE Years 10 and 11) allows all students continue to study English Language & Literature, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship and Ethics are delivered through a series of half and whole day conferences. Following careful advice and guidance from staff, students have some freedom to personalise their study through different pathways. Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) offers extensive opportunities in our thriving and highly successful Sixth Form. Most of our Year 11 students choose to stay on at Preston Manor and many gain places at Oxford, Cambridge and leading Russell Group Universities. Students are able to study a wide range of A level subjects or choose alternative pathways.
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ICT and Media Resources We have recently upgraded our large ICT network with internet access throughout the school and WiFi in almost all areas. All staff and students have their own username and passwords encouraging a culture of high use. There are five ICT suites for use by whole classes and a range of mobile devices available to teachers and students. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and students have open access to computers after school and at lunchtime, with teacher assistance at hand. Staff are confident and innovative in the use of this modern technology. The school has taken over the facilities previously used by the Brent City Learning Centre. This is a specialist Media Studies, ICT and Digital Arts area offering access to well-equipped, spacious and fully networked computers and digital editing suites. Media Studies, ICT and Music students benefit from this additional resource which ensures that they are working with up-to-date technology and well-trained staff in order to prepare them for the fast-paced world of work. The C-Block also benefits from having a music and TV studio and up to date software for digital arts and animation. Popular classes have included, DJ skills, radio programme production and digital art.
Literacy and Numeracy Placing literacy and numeracy at the top of the agenda has unlocked studentsâ€™ potential to succeed. The school offers intervention programmes, ranging from numeracy challenges to small group literacy withdrawal and the dedicated Literacy and Numeracy College to support students in Year 7. Time in registration is also dedicated to literacy and numeracy, and we have expect students to have a reading book with them at all times. Students whose reading needs to be monitored more closely attend early morning reading clubs. UPPER SCHOOL PROSPECTUS
Pastoral Care Directors of Student Development care for students’ academic, personal, social and emotional wellbeing, supported by a team of tutors and other key pastoral staff. Every student is a member of one of four houses - Earth, Fire, Water and Air - which encourages a sense of belonging and teamwork as well as developing healthy competition. Registration time and a discrete PSHEE lesson at KS3 encourage students to develop emotional literacy and enterprise while preparing them for involvement in family, social, economic and civic life. At KS4, a programme of one day conferences on important life issues are led by external experts, with the emphasis on social, moral and ethical responsibility. The school has Healthy School Status. We encourage healthy lifestyles and provide students with a range of healthy meals that are both nutritional and tasty.
Music at The Manor As winner of the Mayor of London’s Excellence in Music School’s Award music is an important part of life at Preston Manor. All students are offered the opportunity to learn an instrument, either during the week (for the most popular instruments) or as part of the Saturday Music Academy which aims to offer a stimulating and focused musical environment in which students are encouraged to become well-rounded musicians. In addition to small group instrumental lessons students take part in orchestra or general musicianship classes, sing in a choir and have lessons in music theory. We have also been awarded Roland’s Champion School for Music status.
Working in Partnership with Parents We greatly value our relationships with Parents and Carers and are proud to have recently received the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) in recognition of this. We appreciate and welcome the active involvement of parents at Preston Manor. Parents are invited into schools to discuss their child’s progress at Parents’ Evenings and Target Setting Days and we keep in regular contact through newsletters, Information Evenings, the SIMS Learning Gateway, Show My Homework and our website. We have an active Parent Association that is a valued forum for parents to share ideas and to provide important feedback to the school on how we can improve the learning experience for our students. 8
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Mentoring and Interventions The school has a highly acclaimed Learning Mentor Programme. Mentors and mentees meet in a dedicated mentoring suite that offers a relaxed environment in which to hold regular, time-tabled sessions. A large group of trained and dedicated 6th form student mentors work with enthusiasm alongside experienced adult mentors and external organisations such as Adaction, Directions, and The African Child. More intensive support is provided by our trained Intensive Mentor and other support staff running small groups aimed at managing emotions and raising self-esteem. The school offers individual counselling provided by professional counsellors through our partnership with the Brent Centre for Young People. UPPER SCHOOL PROSPECTUS
After school support clubs are offered across the curriculum. Forensic Science master classes stretch our more able scientists and the excellent Maths Challenge and support club engages our future mathematicians. The vibrant Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is well stocked with multi media resources and is run by a professional librarian who is on hand to support independent study.
Our mission is to develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, qualities of character and leadership traits that are necessary for every child to succeed at all levels and become successful citizens in tomorrow’s world. Character education and development is taught and caught through lessons which place a great emphasis on our learning identity and a ‘growth mindset’ (influenced by the work of Covey and Dweck). Students are provided with the tools and training to be resilient and to develop a ‘can-do’ attitude, and are rewarded when applying this approach. Student leadership is developed through many routes to include our prefect systems in Years 13 and 11, the Whole School Council, Year Councils, Brent Youth Parliament, within classroom settings, extra-curricular activities and in sporting competitions.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities We place great importance on identifying and meeting individual needs so that each child can make progress whatever their starting point. In line with the new SEND Code of Practice (2014) we follow a graduated approach to meeting those needs based on ‘Assess, Plan, Do and Review’. Teachers within the SEND department liaise closely with subject teachers and where appropriate other education professionals to identify barriers to learning and put effective special educational provision in place. Progress is reviewed on a termly basis and targets recorded on an Individual Plan which incorporates student and parent views. In addition to mainstream provision the school has two Additionally Resourced Provisions (ARPS) each with twelve places for children on the Autistic Spectrum and those with speech, language and communication needs. Both bases provide a more personalised curriculum aimed at helping children achieve the best possible outcomes both academically and in terms of social emotional well-being. Further details of the school offer can be found on the website. 10
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Student Leadership The leadership potential of students is nurtured at Preston Manor. The School Council has a strong voice, contributing to whole school decision making with students attending Governors’ meetings and sitting on Brent’s Youth Parliament. The innovative Student Behaviour Panel gives students responsibility for tackling bullying and for creating a culture where there are very high standards of behaviour. Students play an active part in the life of their school and the wider community through volunteering and participation in events. It is our mission to inspire students to become engaged citizens at a global, national and local level.
Beyond the School Day We believe in widening students’ horizons through a variety of visits and organised trips. These include visits to Tate Modern, The Globe theatre, the Science Museum and excursions to Germany, Spain and France developing modern foreign language skills. Aspiring performers may take part in initiatives such as the National Theatre Connections project where students are provided with the opportunity to work in a professional theatre and dance students work with established choreographers. Music, drama and dance are used to celebrate cultural diversity and the performing arts.
All students are encouraged to participate in sport, whether for health, recreation or to develop excellence. We are fortunate to have extensive playing ﬁelds comprising three fully drained football pitches to FA standards, an all-weather cricket pitch, two practice nets, three rounders pitches and a 400m grass athletics track. These are supplemented by four outdoor tennis courts and a full size floodlit astroturf pitch which allows sport to continue during autumn and winter evenings. Indoor space consists of a Sports Hall that accommodates four badminton courts, a second gym and a dance studio.
Our Community As a Co-operative Trust School, we greatly value working together with our local community. Through our Co-operative Trust Forum, we work in partnership with parents, learners, staff and community organisations. This Forum enables Preston Manor School to embed the co-operative values into our school, but also ensures that the community is at the heart of education provision. We believe that it is only through the active engagement of communities that the aspirations and expectations of educational achievement can be transformed.
Making school memorable by striving for excellence Our aim is to be an excellent and memorable school that supports all children, students and staff to achieve as highly as possible. We recognise our duty to contribute to a society in which there is a common vision and sense of belonging and the diversity of our multicultural community is appreciated, celebrated and valued. This means ensuring that similar life opportunities are available to all and strong, positive relationships are developed at home, in school and in the wider community. 2
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