Headteacher Welcome

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our website and share with you what Willowfield is all about.

Willowfield is embedded into our local community, educating, and caring for local children for over 100 years. Willowfield today is a happy, expanding, oversubscribed, financially secure school doing great work – as is so clearly identified in the October 2021 OFSTED inspection. Such is our popularity that we are expanding over the next few years.  We have 930 students on roll from September 2021 rising to 1050 from September 2025.   

We are a mixed 11 to 16 comprehensive School within the London Borough of Waltham Forest.   We are proud to be a community school that gives all our students the best possible start in life and nurtures them as effective learners and happy, productive 21st Century citizens.  Willowfield is characterised by great relationships, and a real sense of community.

We are a truly inclusive and international multicultural school.  There are around 50 different languages spoken in the homes of our students. The school welcomes and celebrates this diversity that helps make us the school we are.

The school ethos and values are centred on developing our young people as great citizens and this infuses the whole curriculum and learning experience.  A difficult start on the learning journey or challenging home circumstances are never seen as a reason for a child not to reach their full potential.   We have strong partnerships with local schools and colleges and are involved in many community projects. We have a happy, dedicated, and stable staff team who are valued and looked after.

Teaching groups are mainly mixed attainment, with some setting in Mathematics and Science. The special educational needs of students are met mainly through in-class support, although there is some extraction for intensive help with literacy and numeracy.  Key Stage 3 is over three years ensuring our young people have depth and breadth of experience before moving onto GCSE courses in year 10.  At Key Stage 4, all students follow a humanities course (either History or Geography) in addition to the compulsory subjects and choose a further 3 options. 

High quality pastoral care is a major strength of the school and plays a key role in maintaining the excellent relationships that characterises life at Willowfield. 

We live in challenging times, but Willowfield has navigated the pandemic better than most.  I am immensely proud of the work we did throughout this period to maintain learning momentum and in particular support our most vulnerable children.  We did not lower our standards or expectations, we worked tirelessly to care for and keep Willowfield students safe, whether in school or working from home - whilst providing the best possible learning experiences.

We look to the future post-pandemic world with great optimism. We are confident that there are great things to come for everyone at Willowfield.

Clive Rosewell



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