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"It's so much better than I ever thought was possible" Nic - Year 9.
"I love learning at TWS, the teachers are really supportive and want us to do well." Charlie - Year 8.
"I just feel comfortable here, the school suits me and I really like being here." Isabel - Year 7.
'TWS is a really friendly place with great teachers who care about your learning.' Callum - Year 11.
'TWS is the perfect school for me.' Emily - Year 8.
Our motto is “Learn Locally Think Globally”.
The Whitstable School puts learning first – which enables pupils to acquire and develop the core knowledge and skills they need to be confident, curious and caring members of a diverse and international community, working together to promote a better more purposeful, peaceful world.
The Whitstable School's balanced curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of today's pupils and prepare them to thrive amidst the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow's world as lifelong learners.
We believe that our knowledge rich curriculum allows pupils to unleash their creative potential and prepares them for the challenges of the twenty-first century. Becoming knowledgeable about the world around them and studying ‘the best that has been thought and said’ stimulates pupils’ minds and makes them better, more creative thinkers.
Our school has wonderful, purpose built facilities. Our permanent Exhibition Hall showcases pupils’ work from all subject areas. The recital area allows pupils to enjoy watching each other perform. The school’s Debating Chamber and Student Leadership Council area give opportunities for pupils to argue, debate and challenge each other whilst testing out ideas. Our science space exhibition ‘Life at the Limits’ has interactive investigation stands that encourage pupils to reflect on the fundamental questions of existence.
The school’s curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of today’s pupils and help them thrive amidst the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow’s world. At the end of Year 8 pupils are given an element of choice in their curriculum, choosing from performing or creative arts, sports and technology subjects.
At The Whitstable School, we know all of our pupils and take the time to support and guide them towards targets and goals that are realistic and personalised. Whilst grades are important, school is about so much more than academic achievement. We seek to celebrate our pupils’ talents and skills at every opportunity and are proud of what we achieve together as a school community. Pupil voice is gathered regularly to enable our pupil body to help shape their school.
Mutual respect permeates the school and relationships between staff and pupils are positive. A form tutor meets your child every day and delivers engaging activities that prepare pupils with transferable skills and support wellbeing.
“My child couldn’t be happier at the school and is thriving both emotionally and academically” (A parent writing on the Parent View Ofsted website)
The Whitstable School is a candidate school* for the CP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. * Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org
The Whitstable School are delighted to announce that we are now an authorised IB World School and will be offering the International Baccalaureate Career Programme (CP) from September 2019. We are excited to add this additional pathway to accompany our established and successful BTEC and A level pathway at Post-16. The CP was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.
In an official letter to confirm the result of the International Baccalaureate verification process, The Whitstable School was given the following feedback: ‘We commend your school’s educators, administrators, students and families for their active roles in choosing to offer the CP. The positive results of this choice will become evident in your community as classes of CP students graduate and undertake activities that enhance social, cultural and economic environments locally, nationally and, perhaps, internationally’.
Mrs Gibson, Headteacher, said ‘Becoming an IB World school affirms our school culture of “Learn Locally, Think Globally”. It encourages both personal and academic achievement. It challenges students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.’
IB International Day—18th July 2019
The school celebrated this achievement by having an International Day, where students could take part in different activities such as talking Italian, Olympics and sports events, Day of the Dead mask making, origami, landmark building and an international film. Students really enjoyed the afternoon and there was a real buzz around the school.
There are limited places available at The Whitstable School Sixth Form for September 2019.
Call Mrs Brown (Assistant Headteacher/IBCP Coordinator) on 01227 931300 for more information.
Please see below, a lovely, positive message from Mrs Scott, a parent governor at TWS:
Going the Extra Mile
It has struck me more than ever this term how lucky we are to be part of a school which is so clearly on an exciting journey.
Let's reflect for a moment on how far we have come as a school community in the last few years. Already blessed with a beautiful location in a unique and creative community, gradually the elements have been coming together term by term, and it feels as though our school is now blossoming before our very eyes!
As a Parent Governor for the last three years, I am now more than ever aware that these things don't just happen. The work behind the scenes is immense and tireless. The planning, the evaluating, the analysing, the constant challenges. Securing the right team, delivering the right lessons, responding in the best way to the very individual needs of a diverse mix of students. Teaching and inspiring, managing and engaging, coaching and moulding. The day job for our teachers is intense.
At the end of possibly the busiest term of the year, I want to just think about those teachers who do even more, beyond the day job. Spending evenings and weekends with our children purely for the love of it! In the last few weeks my two kids between them have been to the university for a day, travelled to Eastbourne for a Shakespeare festival (a late night all round), performed in a new rock band in the school studio, been on stage at the Marlowe, performed in Bugsy Malone... plus of course started their new timetables and sat mock exams. I know there have also been countless sports events, a Duke Of Edinburgh expedition, the annual art exhibition, and the list goes on.
The programme of work and the constant evolving of our school is no mean feat to manage. The number one priority for TWS is improving outcomes for all our children. The fact that at the same time, we are witnessing the flourishing of a new creative school which celebrates the talents of everyone, is pretty amazing. There is plenty more work to do. But aren't we lucky to have children blooming in a school that appreciates the individuality of them all, with incredible teachers who are going the extra mile?
Does your son/daughter want to learn a musical instrument, or can they play something already?
Well, did you know that at The Whitstable School we offer a range of private music tuition, such as guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and singing?
All private tuition is during the school day and are 30 minutes in length. These private tuition sessions are all delivered by professional musicians, who have extensive knowledge and skills in their musical area. We are also looking into expanding tuition to orchestral instruments, such as flute, violin, saxophone and trumpet, just to name a few.
If your son/daughter is interested in learning an instrument, please contact Mr Richardson via email at email@example.com
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