The High Weald Academy is a small school serving a widespread rural community set in the heart of Cranbrook. We are committed to delivering high quality education and strong pastoral care, where our students are encouraged and supported to achieve both personal and academic success. We have a strong community feel and pride ourselves in having an inclusive culture with a welcoming and family ethos. 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.
The academy currently has just under 300 students. 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.
The High Weald Academy is on a trajectory of improvement. 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 the Brook Learning Trust, a small multi-academy 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 provides opportunities for collaboration between both staff and students across the three schools it works with. 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 The High Weald Academy can provide an environment in which they will thrive.
Lisa Barker - Head of School
To pupils, parents/carers and staff - past and present - today marks the final day of High Weald Academy. Thank you to all of our families and colleagues over the years, it has been a privilege to serve this community. To mark the final day, pupils have enjoyed a range of activities including creative tasks followed by an inflatable assault course. Pupils were also given booklets which celebrated the history of the school and allowed for farewell comments from peers and staff. We want to wish all of our pupils and their families the very best for their next step.
Students celebrated the end of term by racing around the Sports Hall in electric Go Karts. Mr Pain and Mrs O'Connor enjoyed it too!
The students have had a fascinating morning learning about the First World War and making trenches using a variety of art supplies. As we were unable to visit the "Experience life in a first world war trench" at Detling, Andy Robertshaw kindly offered to visit us in School. He gave the students a talk about life in a war trench and also gave the students an opportunity to try on the a demonstration "Tommy's" kit and handle some artefacts.
Mabel is a Mum! Eight gorgeous piglets arrived late on Friday evening
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