What an amazing year we have had at Windsor High School and Sixth Form! As we come to the end of the academic year, it is worth reflecting on some of our successes.
We came back from the summer to some excellent examination results for our Year 11 and 13 students. Students did extremely well and got the results that their hard work and determination deserved. For those that look in school performance tables, you will know that these results evidence the outstanding progress our students make and put us in the top 25% of schools across the country. This is always very gratifying for everybody in the school community and we look forward to this year’s results.
This year we were visited by Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner. He spent time in school, met senior staff and our students and complimented us about our teaching and learning culture. During the course of the uear has also seen the Windsor Academy Trust grow with The Kingswinford School, Tenterfields Primary and Colley Lane Primary joining our family. We have also been given permission to create a new 16 – 19 free school in Walsall which highlights how the trust is viewed and regarded nationally. The free school is due to open in September 2019.
November witnessed the school being inspected by Ofsted. Their findings were very pleasing and they have validated the high quality of education that we provide for our youngsters. In the report, we were praised for our rigorous safeguarding arrangements, high outcomes, good teaching and calm and purposeful ethos. They also noted that the attendance and behaviour of our students is strength of our school and that they thrive on the array of extra-curricular clubs on offer.
In recognition of this the school once again was awarded with the Sports Mark Gold, this is given to schools that display in recognition of the schools continuing commitment to extra-curricular activities, interschool sport and intra school competitions. The award also reflects the commitment of our staff and students’ commitments to sports, volunteering and leadership.
Numerous excursions and educational visits have gone out during the year; for example Iceland, the football tour to Holland, the 'Battlefields' trip and various foreign exchanges, to name but a few.
Along with the range of trips and visits, we have been fortunate to witness many wonderful performances led by the dance and music departments. The highlight of the year had to be the outstanding production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Anyone who attended any these performances would have been impressed with the talent displayed by the students involved and how much fun they had in preparing and performing in these shows. We hope you will be able to attend our production of ‘The Sound of Music’ later on this year!
Here at Windsor, teachers continue to seek to develop themselves as professionals and model the principal that we all can improve in whatever role we play in the school community. A number of staff delivered this year presentations as part of their Action Research into teaching and learning. The presentations were based around year-long projects to develop teaching and learning that will not only develop the individual, but will also impact on whole school outcomes and practices. We were also visited this year by Julia Flutter from the Chartered College of Teaching. Since her visit a member of staff has been appointed by the college as their teaching ambassador for the West Midlands.
Students and the School Senate too have played a key role this year in developing the Learning Pit, inspired by James Nottingham. The students have been able to lead on this key teaching and learning imitative which has involved them meeting with staff and visiting and presenting to other schools. The Learning Pit now plays a key role in teacher’s everyday practice.
As well as developing practice within the classroom during the year we have been able to upgrade the heating and the windows to the main school building. More recently in July we have started to complete work on the school roof ensuring that we are providing world class learning environment for our students to study and learn in.
We hope this round-up of another successful year at Windsor will make you proud to be a member of the Windsor Alumni. This is just a small flavour of our successes this year as a school, we look as ever to build on this next year to ensure that the students who attend Windsor achieve the best possible outcomes so they are able to pursue their aspirations.
As Alumni, you are valued members of our school community – please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to attend an event, visit the school or contribute in any way to life at Windsor!