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Welcome from the Principal
Welcome to Waingels where we aim to be an exceptional school, striving for excellence, at the heart of our community where Better Never Stops.
Our ethos and culture are values based. We set high standards and expect all our students and staff to be respectful, kind, resilient and proud of our school, our achievements and our community. And it is a busy and thriving community…..
On February 21st we had a visit from Ofsted. Ofsted’s judgement is that Waingels “continues to be a good school .. where standards are rising rapidly”. You can read the full report here. We are not defined by Ofsted, but we do recognise the need for external accountability and we are very pleased with Ofsted’s endorsement of the achievements, improvements and direction we are travelling.
The 2017 Performance Tables were published in January 2018. We are very proud of the achievements of our students. Under the new measures our students at Key Stage 4 made very good progress. Their Progress 8 score of +0.32 places us in the top 20% of schools nationally. At A Level, our Progress score of +0.31 places us in the top 5% of schools nationally. We are delighted that the vast majority of our students stay on to our Sixth Form and that 97% of our leavers gain a place at University or choose to enter apprenticeships and employment.
Our students follow an academic core curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This includes the study of History, Geography and a Language as well as English, Maths and Science. But our students also have the opportunity to do a range of practical and vocational subjects including a wide range of creative and performing arts, physical education and other humanities like Business studies, Psychology and Economics. Please see our school prospectus for more details.
Outside the formal curriculum we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs. In sport, we teach Trampolining, Lacrosse and Golf as well the more usual range of athletics and ball sports. Our students travel the world – recent trips have been to China, Poland, Berlin, Skiing in Utah, and Barcelona, along with many opportunities to attend fieldwork, theatres and museums more locally.
Our students are also very active in the community working alongside local and overseas charities to raise money for good causes. As a school, based on recent fund-raising, we have made contributions of £5000 to a partner school in Botswana called Banabametsi and another £5000 to the Reading based charity for the homeless, Launchpad.
We were delighted recently to welcome the Prime Minister (our local MP) Theresa May to the school. She came to visit 3 Year 9 scientists who had excelled in a national competition sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates. She said: “A lot of work by both staff and pupils has gone into making Waingels the success it is today, and I look forward to hearing more of its progress and achievements in the future.” To read more about her visit click here.
Ofsted also recognised that the staff at Waingels are honest, committed and determined and “will stop at nothing to make things even better”.
Our staff and students are proud of our school and we would be happy to welcome you if you would like to come and have a closer look.