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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal -

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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Ethos and Values

Our motto is “Putting Learning First”.  Teaching is most effectively delivered in traditional classrooms to small class groups and we use our open spaces within our curriculum areas when needed.

The Whitstable School will:

  • have high expectations of our pupils and our staff as life-long learners
  • aspire for achievement beyond expectation
  • focus on learning, engagement and progress
  • celebrate shared values showing care, courtesy and consideration              

The Whitstable School’s curriculum has been designed to flexibly 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 creative arts, sports science, child development, hair and beauty, technology and motor vehicles.

Achievement in all subjects is monitored closely ensuring aspirational but realistic targets are set for each learner. The targets will be shared and the journey towards achievement will be celebrated throughout the school community. Pupil voice is gathered to enable the pupil body to be listened to and help shape their school.

Conduct throughout the school shows care, courtesy and consideration. Pupils that fall short of expectations will be dealt with swiftly, effectively and fairly. 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.

Our shared school values are illustrated by our ‘on TRACK’ system that include:

Tolerance

Resilience

Achievement

Courtesy

Knowledge

These core values are central in all we do at The Whitstable School and are linked intrinsically to classroom behaviours, pedagogy and IBCP learner profiles.

We promote these values with all stakeholders and celebrate pupils who demonstrate these values.