About The High Weald Academy
Welcome from the Principal
Miss C Longhurst - Interim Principal
High Weald Academy
High Weald Academy is a rural school serving a widespread rural area. There is a calm and orderly environment and a commitment to excellence in all aspects of academy life. The welcoming and family ethos is reflected in our PRIDE values and in our House structure which promotes a strong sense of community and belonging and supports students to develop and flourish both academically and as young people. It is a school completely connected to the local community. High Weald Academy has high expectations of all students and aims to ensure that students achieve the highest possible academic results as well as supporting them to develop as good citizens able to take their place in the world. We have an active and supportive parent body who are advocates of the work we do and promote the academy positively in the local area.
High Weald Academy currently has just under 400 students. It is beginning to grow and entry to year 7 this academic year are up by 20%. The School Farm is outstanding and wins a range of accolades and prizes as a result of the work we do with the community and local primary schools. It also gives opportunities to learn in a different context within and beyond the curriculum. In reshaping our curriculum to respond to the needs of our students we are also part of an exciting project in Kent working with the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation) intending to launch the IB Careers Pathway as the main provision in our sixth form from September 2017.
High Weald Academy is on a trajectory of improvement having achieved its highest set of results in the summer of 2015 with 59% of students reaching the benchmark of 5A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. The results this summer consolidate much of this improvement and with the new government performance measures focussing on progress High Weald has continued to improve in the headline progress measures in KS4. The results in Btec (vocational) subjects are particularly strong at both KS4 and sixth form. We have a growing partnership with Cranbrook School that allows students in the sixth form to be able to study some courses in either school.
Our key priority and focus is to remove the barriers to learning in order to secure good and better progress and outcomes for all students no matter what their starting points or challenges. Working with a small multi-academy trust, the Brook Learning Trust, this is an academy that is committed to ensuring that children achieve well and are given every opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills and abilities that will serve them well in adult life. The Trust will provide executive leadership and strategic planning as well as opening up opportunities for further collaboration between both staff and students. At a time of flux in education we have a strong belief that schools can no longer exist in isolation and that partnerships of this kind are a way of providing stability, support and innovation.
We welcome the opportunity to show you round and to talk to you in person either today or on a future visit. Choosing a secondary school is a huge decision and it is important that you are able to make the right choice for your child. Do tell us about your son or daughter's interests, abilities and personality and we will show you how High Weald Academy can provide an environment in which they will thrive.