Employer Number - 3914
The Warwick School
<p>The Warwick School is a 7 fe mixed Specialist Technology College for pupils aged 11-16 years. Currently we have approximately 1000 pupils on roll but, with the ever increasing popularity of the School, we shall become an 8 form entry school in 2003, when a £1.9m building project will provide additional classrooms and a Performing Arts Centre.<br /><br />We were awarded Specialist Status in Mathematics, Science and Technology in September 1998. We also have the Sportsmark Award, Artsmark Silver, Investor in People status, the Charter Mark, and awards as a Litter-free and Health Promoting School. These awards recognise our strengths in a range of subjects, our forward-looking, ICT-enriched curriculum and our commitment to our local community. Additional funding (of £123 per pupil) for resources and staffing enables us to remain at the forefront of educational developments and our expanding roll provides excellent opportunities for career development and progression.<br /><br />The School is situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on a green site within 5 minutes’ walk of Redhill town centre and rail and bus stations. The M25 and M23 are only a few minutes’ drive away and rail links to London, the South Coast and Gatwick Airport are excellent.<br /><br />Our intake is truly comprehensive in terms of social, ability and racial mix. For example, whilst some pupils take AS level Mathematics and triple Sciences in Y11, others receive additional classes in literacy and numeracy in Y7.<br /><br />In recent years we have featured in various league tables of improved schools/schools adding exceptional value. In the current PANDA our GCSE results are graded A and A* in every category when compared with similar schools. This success is the result of exceptional commitment and teamwork on the part of teaching and support staff.<br /><br />For further information about our school, please visit our website www.warwick.surrey.sch.uk or telephone us. We welcome your interest.</p>
We welcome all colleagues new to The Warwick. In this document, we set out some of the ways in which we provide support for members of staff who join us. It should be emphasised, however, that all colleagues are happy to give help whenever it is needed.
Your work as a subject teacher will be supported by your Head of Department, who will give information on syllabi, schemes of work and methodology. All colleagues are encouraged to develop their own teaching styles, but equally are offered advice on what is more or less likely to be effective in a particular situation. Heads of Department will also give every possible support in developing classroom management skills.
The role of the form tutor is seen as central to the organisation of The Warwick and makes a number of demands that are quite distinct from those made of the subject teacher. We acknowledge that this aspect of our professional responsibilities is not always covered during initial training, and are therefore ready to help new teachers to do this work effectively. As a tutor you will be a member of a Year Team and the Head of Year will be your mentor for tutorial work.
The First Deputy Head, William Carter, has specific responsibility for the care and induction of colleagues new to the profession. He organises a series of meetings during the year where existing colleagues provide information on School activities and procedures, where matters of general interest and concern are discussed and where progress, achievements and difficulties can be shared.
Mr Carter will also arrange for new colleagues to have a “flexible friend” - a colleague who has started teaching fairly recently - who will provide informally any help and advice her/his partner wishes to seek.
Surrey County Council provides a series of induction sessions (including a residential) to which all newly qualified teachers in the Authority are invited. This gives you the opportunity to meet colleagues from other local schools and to address issues which have been selected on the basis of previous requests. We also follow the County’s scheme of New Teachers’ Competencies which provides a structure for mentoring by your Head of Department. Newly qualified teachers are given a reduced timetable during their first year of teaching.
Heads of Department and Head of Year will provide all necessary guidance on new colleagues’ responsibilities as subject teachers and tutors respectively. The Headteacher, Deputies and Assistant Headteachers are also available for consultation - or informal discussion. New Heads of Department will have a series of induction and professional development meetings with their line manager on the Senior Management Team.
The preceding paragraphs have given some information about the structural support offered to new teachers. What is less easy to describe, but is at least as important, is the highly supportive and friendly informal network of relationships among the staff. This is something that we all value, because it makes The Warwick a stimulating and happy place to work. A series of social events is organised throughout the year by our active Staff Association.
Colleagues are able to continue their professional development by attending relevant courses. Extensive opportunities are provided to attend conferences, workshops, seminars or lectures. The INSET Co-ordinator ensures that all information on outside courses reaches those colleagues who would benefit from them.
All new colleagues are warmly invited to visit the school for a day or more before they take up their post. This should be arranged through the Headteacher or the Head of Department, as appropriate.
Headteacher and staff
The present establishment is Headteacher plus 60 teachers. Our Governors seek to appoint well qualified, highly motivated teachers who will make an all-round contribution to the School. Successful applicants will join a friendly, cohesive and supportive team of teachers, dedicated to providing a quality educational experience for the young people in our care. Technical and administrative support is very good. We were awarded Investors in People Status in 1997. We offer a well-established induction programme for new staff and we seek to assist all staff in developing their careers. Our expanding school roll provides good opportunities for professional development and progression.
We encourage our pupils to take responsibilities in school and representatives are elected to Year and School Councils, which meet each term to discuss issues based on a student-initiated agenda. Prefects and Head Boy and Girl are appointed towards the end of Y10 to offer service to the School including supervision duties and mentoring Y7 pupils. Other students help to maintain our ICT facilities, our Learning Resource Centre and serve as Captains to various subject departments and Clubs..
Pupils are placed in a mixed ability tutor group. The Tutor has day-to-day responsibility for the care and supervision of the pupils, with the support of the Head of Year. Heads of Year and Tutors progress through the School with the pupils. The School has strong reward, sanctions and communications systems in place to promote good behaviour.
Our pupils continue their sixth form courses, either at Reigate College or East Surrey College. Recent years have seen an increase in the numbers going on to universities, including Oxbridge, to read traditional and "new" subjects and subject combinations.
Pupils are taught in ability sets in all subjects except Art, Music, Drama and PE. Each year group is divided into two populations, with one extension set and 3 or 4 ability sets (depending on the size of the year group. Set placements are formally reviewed each term.
Pupils are expected to wear the school uniform with pride and to bring credit to the school.
The school uniform consists of a green blazer with school tie and black trousers or skirt. The PE kit is gold and black.
Prefects are distinguished by a specially designed tie, bearing the school logo.
Pupils are issued with a Record Book and homework timetable each September. Teachers set homework according to the timetable and pupils make a record of the work set and the deadline in their Record Book. Whilst more than one day may be allowed for homework, pupils are encouraged to complete the homework on the day it is set. Parents and tutors support pupils in meeting homework deadlines by checking and signing the Record Book each day. Our LRC is open from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm for private research and computing. Also large numbers of pupils use the ICT rooms, which are open from 8.30 am until 5.00 pm.
In conjunction with local colleges, from September 2002 we are offering GCSE Leisure and Tourism and NVQ Performing Engineering Operations and Hairdressing.
Our most recent OFSTED inspection was in May 1997. Since then we have continued to develop and expand. Our next inspection will be a short inspection at the beginning of January 2003.