Our School

Headteachers Welcome

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Welcome to The Kingswinford School: an excellent school striving for all of our community to ‘Be Extraordinary’. We pride ourselves in being one of the very best schools in our area whilst remaining very much at the heart of our community.

Since joining the Windsor Academy Trust in November 2016, the school has gone from strength to strength with exam results climbing rapidly each year; the range and extent of wider experiences growing exponentially and site and facilities being revamped, developed and expanded. We are rightly proud of the incredible work of our students, staff and whole community in making this a truly exceptional place for young people to learn, grow and develop.

At Kingswinford we believe that all students in our community deserve the very best start in life and our excellent team of staff strive daily to make sure that they have the very best opportunity to do just that. For many years we have had a strong reputation for achieving high academic standards and for ensuring our students can be happy and safe.

The Kingswinford School offers an academically broad education supported by an incredibly rich extra-curricular programme based around our student ‘Pledge’: a set of twelve challenging experiences for students to achieve and excel at before they leave the school. This combination of academic and extra-curricular activities, we believe, prepares our students perfectly for the next step in their education and on into their future careers.

Our last full Ofsted inspection was extremely successful and The Kingswinford School was judged as a “Good school” (with some outstanding features). However, we are not content with just being ‘Good’ and will continually strive to improve and make the lives of the young people of Kingswinford better and brighter year on year.

Windsor Academy Trust is one of the country’s most innovative and progressive trusts, deliberately putting teaching and student experience at the very centre of all of our development work. The success of this approach is clear and ensures that we have the capacity to grow and improve long into the future. Our collaboration with the trust makes us an employer of choice in the region and ensures we give our students the best experience possible.

You are welcome to come and visit us to see for yourself the calm, purposeful atmosphere of our school; testimony to the dedication of an excellent staff and superb students. Please ring reception or my Personal Assistant, Mrs Guest, to make an appointment.

Tom Macdonald
Headteacher

Vision & Values

At The Kingswinford School we recognize that every child is full of potential and we strive to unleash that potential so as to allow all of our students to ‘Be Extraordinary’. We must realise the particular challenges, needs, skills and talents of all of our community and ensure that challenges are overcome; needs met; skills developed; and talents nurtured.

Our vision includes the academic – we expect our students to make exceptional progress in their time at school – but goes beyond that: education is about the whole child and our curriculum will be designed to ensure that they can grow in all aspects of their life.

We will achieve this through our whole school approaches:

  • Extraordinary Teaching & Learning: Enthuse; Engage; Inspire. Every Lesson. Every Day
  • Extraordinary Wellbeing: Stay Safe; Pursue Happiness
  • Extraordinary People & Leadership: Architects of Learning
  • ASPIRE for Excellence
  • Prepared for Excellence
  • Achieve Excellence

WAT Philosophy

WAT is committed to achieving the highest quality learning experience for all of its students and to achieving the best possible outcomes for all.

The learning experience is based upon a set of learning and teaching principles that have been developed by teachers across the Trust and provides a uniting philosophy that places the learning needs of all children at the heart of the trusts work.

A powerful component has been the synergy of primary and secondary collaboration. Whilst secondary specialists in Mathematics, English and Physical Education have added high quality capacity to the learning experience of the primary children the detailed knowledge and experience of excellence at primary level has led to a changed and ever more challenging curriculum for the secondary students.

Each Headteacher is responsible for the standards in their own school and they in turn are accountable to the Chief Executive who in turn reports to the Board of Directors. Whilst there remains considerable autonomy in each school there are centralised strategic functions around Finance and Personnel that allow for very effective economies of scale and ensure a unity and consistency of purpose.

Each school has its own Local Advisory Board (LAB) encapsulating the fundamental commitment of the trust to maintaining each school at the heart of its own community. The LAB works with the Headteacher to oversee and support the curriculum and progress of all its students.

The WAT Way

Windsor Academy Trust has the highest aspirations for all. Crucial to our success is the unlocking of personal as well as academic potential to grow character and a core set of values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.

Our students, teachers, support staff and parents/guardians understand, support and practise these values. Daily interaction between and amongst members of our community are based on these beliefs and have become a natural part of what we do and how we do it.

We aim, “To nurture a culture within our community that is largely self regulating (looks after itself), based on mutual respect (treat others as you wish to be treated), and allows for academic success and personal development”.

Here is how we live together within Windsor Academy Trust; we value and practise respect and responsibility.

Respect

  • for myself, other students and all adults, regardless of background, race, age, gender, disability, values, lifestyles, opinions or interests
  • for the property of the individual, group and school
  • by using language that is not offensive or abusive to others
  • by being open, honest, friendly, and accepting of others
  • by sharing ideas and opinions openly and thoughtfully
  • by not talking at key times and listening actively to the ideas and opinions of others

Responsibility

  • for controlling my own language and behaviour
  • for resolving conflicts and disagreements in an open, cooperative and peaceful way
  • for completing all work to the best of my ability
  • for managing my own time effectively
  • for asking for support and help when I need it
  • for ensuring my own physical and emotional well-being
  • for creating my own success
  • for seeking new challenges to extend my knowledge and skills

Vision, Ethos & Priorities.pdf

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The Kingswinford School
Water Street
Dudley
West Midlands
DY6 7AD

Tel: 01384 296596