Welcome from the Headteacher
Welcome to Willowfield! We are a happy, successful, oversubscribed and expanding 11 to 16 Community School in Walthamstow.
These are exciting times at Willowfield! We moved into our fantastic new buildings in September 2015 and the enhanced facilities are bringing to life even greater opportunities for our students. OFSTED visited us as in June 2016 and were very impressed with what they saw, commenting upon how we have improved since our last inspection.
We are proud to be a local community 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.
At key Stage 3 the curriculum is planned to be inclusive but also to stretch and challenge all students to be the best they can be, preparing them for the challenges ahead in years 10 and 11. At Key Stage 4, students can choose from a range of options allowing them to opt for subjects related to their areas of interest or possible future career pathways. Enabling our students to achieve the best examination results they will need is key to our work but not the only purpose of the curriculum and wider school experience. We are also committed to developing them into thoughtful citizens able to play a full, positive and productive part in the 21st century world they will be living and working in. Our Humanities specialism is key to developing this citizenship and its ethos and values infuse the whole learning experience from year 7 through to year 11.
We are proud of our inclusive ethos. Students from all backgrounds and abilities are welcomed and flourish within a safe and caring environment. Our caring and effective 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 produce their best. 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. The list of possible activities includes sport, music, drama, art and extra help with learning. Opportunities to engage in activities related to citizenship are many and varied, while our Artsmark Award reflects 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 peer mentors, sports captains, prefects, citizenship ambassadors, school journalists, librarians or bank managers. We have a very active Student Leadership Council who play a real role in helping shape the direction of the school – not least they played an important role in the appointment process for the new Headteacher!
We believe the partnership with parents is key to the happiness and success of our students. We celebrate success with our parents and ensure that parents are informed of their child’s progress through termly reports and a parents evening. Sometimes students need some support to make good decisions and we are committed to working with parents and letting them know at the earliest possible time so that we can 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.