Welcome to Weald of Kent Grammar School

Maureen Johnson June 2014

Welcome to Weald of Kent or, as we are more affectionately known, WOK.

We make a positive difference in the education we deliver for the 1422 Students aged 11-18 who study here by successfully creating opportunities for them to achieve high academic results whilst still affording them a platform to extend their personal qualities, talents and interests. Our ethos values and nurtures individuality not stereotypes. Our curriculum engages, enthuses and sparks curiosity. This prepares Students for the competitive world as it develops intellect and stimulates personal confidence and resilience.  

Ofsted judged the School to be outstanding in April 2007 and in May 2014, as a further indicator of our sustained performance, the DfE awarded us Teaching School status. We are not a complacent School and we demand that the learning experience for our Students moves with the times whilst maintaining the traditions of good manners, discipline and respect for others. Working supportively alongside Parents and Students, we believe, is essential to our aim of providing an outstanding education. We have upgraded our systems to improve electronic communication with Parents including this website and “In Touch Communication”. We are a School that welcomes the chance to meet Parents face to face; not only on formal occasions, but also at many informal events including concerts, shows, Duke of Edinburgh Award hike supervision, etc. The PTA, enthusiastically led by Barbara Dean, provides many other ways for Staff, Students and Parents to enjoy time together and the popular Christmas Fayre and Year 7 and 8 Disco are two favourites.  

Reviewing what we do is part of our annual cycle of routine, rigorous and robust self-evaluation. Feedback from all those involved with our School Community is encouraged. We benefit from the expertise of our very supportive and proactive Governing Body, led by David Bower. Working with Kent County Council and the DfE, the Weald of Kent Grammar School Academy Trust has just opened an Annexe in Sevenoaks. This opportunity to expand has been welcomed by Staff, Students, Parents and the community we serve.

Thanks to the voluntary generosity of Parents to our Development Fund plus good housekeeping, both site and buildings continue to be enhanced. In January 2014 our new Mathematics and Examination Centre was completed followed, in September 2016, by our wonderful new Sports Hall which was opened by Olympian Max Whitlock. Our Sixth Form accommodation has also been enhanced; offering a full suite of facilities including a learning hub and urban style café. Providing a stimulating, well equipped academic learning environment, staffed by highly qualified professionals is critical to the development of our progressive curriculum and student wellbeing.

Students’ experience is securely built on the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography and a Foreign Language (EBacc). Equally, Students enjoy vibrantly taught options, for example, Technology and Art which combine together to afford Students the opportunity to successfully transfer to A level study with the additional choice, of following the exciting AQA Baccalaureate. Weald of Kent Students confidently gain places at their first choice University including Oxbridge and those in the Russell Group.

In 1999 the School was awarded Specialist College status in Modern Foreign Languages and in April 2008 the second specialism of Science was granted as part of our high performing School recognition. We then decided to push the boundaries again, and were awarded accreditation as a Thinking School by 2014.

Our vision extends far beyond the immediate learning community of the School proved by our diverse extra-curricular programme that offers something for everyone. Our School and the local communities we serve influence the broad range of experiences we provide, as do the amazing relationships with a host of other partners beyond these shores. In 2017 we visited Austria, France, Ghana and Spain. Everyone always returns eager to share news about new friends, cultures and, for some Year 12 Students, colleagues met through work experience. A similarly ambitious programme of activities is planned, including a repeat visit to Ghana and a Geography trip to Iceland in the coming months.

We hope that you will enjoy finding out more on our website or by visiting us in the very near future.

 

Mrs M E Johnson

Headteacher

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