Welcome from the Headteacher
We are a happy, successful and very popular 11 to 16 mixed comprehensive school in Walthamstow.
These are exciting times at Willowfield. We moved into our fantastic new buildings in September 2015 and since then we have gone from strength to strength. We recorded our best ever GCSE results in 2017 and beat them again 2018!
We are proud to be a local school that gives all of our students the best possible start in life. Our school community is amazingly diverse with more than 50 languages spoken. We are very proud of our inclusive ethos characterised by a striking culture of mutual respect and support. Willowfield students are happy effective learners who make great progress. Our ethos and values are centred on developing our young people as great citizens and this infuses the entire curriculum and learning experience. We have strong partnerships with local schools and colleges and are involved in many community projects.
Students at Willowfield enjoy a broad and balanced learning experience.
In Years 7, 8 and 9, the curriculum is planned to stretch and challenge everyone to be the best they can be, preparing them for the challenges ahead in years 10 and 11. At the end of year 9 students choose from a range of options allowing them to opt for subjects related to their areas of interest or possible future career pathways. We work hard to help our students achieve the best possible examination results and become thoughtful citizens able to play a full, positive and productive part in the 21st century world they will inherit.
We are proud of our inclusive ethos. Students from all backgrounds and abilities are welcomed and flourish within a safe and caring environment. Our great pastoral system is the glue that keeps our school happy and successful. Form groups have two tutors to maximise personal attention and are overseen by experienced pastoral leaders. Students make great progress during their time with us because they are supported but also challenged to be the best they can be. We have the highest expectations of all students and will not allow them to settle for ordinary.
Life at Willowfield is characterised by mutual respect and an environment where staff and students enjoy happy, harmonious and very positive relationships. This atmosphere of mutual respect is key to our success and stems from the great support and care every student receives making them feel valued and cared for. We expect the very best in terms of courtesy and respect from our students and they rise to meet our high expectations.
We have a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities available to all students, something that we have been able to extend and develop since we moved to the new site. Opportunities to engage in activities related to citizenship are many and varied, while our Arts Mark Award reflects our commitment to the Arts and the range and quality of the opportunities offered here. Students enjoy a range of activities including visits to theatres, galleries, museums and residential trips. There are many opportunities to take on responsibilities such as sports captains, prefects, school journalists, librarians and the very active Student Leadership Council who play a real role in helping shape the direction of the school.
We believe the partnership with parents and carers is key to the happiness and success of our students. We celebrate student success and ensure that parents/carers are kept up to date about their child’s progress through termly reports and a parents evening. Sometimes students need some support to make good decisions. We will always let parents/carers know at the earliest possible time of any problem so that we may work together to help the child learn and move on from their mistakes.
Our vision is for Willowfield students to leave us and be able to compete with anyone, anywhere, professionally and personally, in the world that is their future. We want them to be well rounded young adults who have developed into great citizens able to play a full, positive and productive part in their 21st century world. Our year 11 students progress on successfully to college, work and University and we are always proud to hear from them and their successes after Willowfield.