Miss C Longhurst and Mrs N Taylor
The High Weald Academy is a small 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 cohort 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.
The academy currently has just under 400 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.
Within the school each student, teacher and member of staff has their own role to play, whether it be serving food in the cafeteria, to running the school as Principal. Each role they play has a significant impact on the school. The Head Boy has many vital roles that allow not only the sixth form to run smoothly, but also to create the link between the lower school and the community.
One of the most influencing roles that the Head Boy and Head Girl has is to provide the face for the sixth form and the Academy, as well as representing the aspirations of the academy and what the students and staff aspire to achieve. Although representing the school is a crucial role that the Head Boy has to fulfil, as the representative he would also have the partnering role of welcoming new faces to the school plus promoting the school as a whole and all of our successes. As well as the link between sixth form and the main school, the Head Boy also creates the bridge between staff and pupils, so that we as students are able to share and promote either any issues, or any beneficial changes that we feel will help us and the school to continue to develop.
A goal I would like to achieve as Head Boy is to improve the relationship between the sixth form and the lower school. At this point in the year, sixth formers have taken on the role of assisting teachers in the activities of enrichment and during afternoon tutor times. The aim is to assist the teachers in these times and to tell students that the sixth formers are nice and friendly people to talk to. I would like to further encourage this message to the lower school to build the relationship.
Another method I think that would be extremely beneficial in building the rapport between the sixth form and the lower school is cooperating with each other during fundraising events. As a sixth form, we have raised money for a prom and for two charities; we aim to continue to do this throughout the year. During these fundraising activities, we found we became closer as a group and as a whole sixth form. Because of this I would like to invite the lower school to propose any ideas they have about raising money, so that, in time there is a possibility that a group of students from the lower school are able to work with the sixth form in creating a real event that they came up with themselves. This would be something for them to be proud of, knowing that it was there idea and at the same time they are raising money for a good cause.
Another method I hope to use in the future is the safe space. The SAFE space is an idea thought up by the SAFE ambassadors of the school who are 4 sixth formers. The idea of SAFE is to improve awareness of mental health and how we all have mental health. Currently still in its developmental phase, the SAFE space will be a designated room in the school where children can go to simply have a chat, and maybe play a few games. The room will be supervised by 2-4 sixth formers at all times and although there will only be a small amount of people in there, it will still be beneficial in creating relationships between the lower school and the sixth form.
Being Head Girl is an amazing opportunity that comes with a lot of responsibilities that I am always excited to take on. It’s important to have a good relationship with all of the students in school, especially in sixth form. It’s vital as Head Girl to bring everyone together so that we can all work as a team and create a happy environment for us all to work in. I feel that team work is very important, it’s reassuring to know that if there was ever a problem with a student they know that they have the Prefect Team to help guide them about their studies or school life. It’s always comforting getting advice from someone who has just previously been in the same position as you.
The responsibilities that I have to take on as being Head Girl is being a great listener and a great communicator, it’s important that I listen to everyone’s views and opinions and then communicate then with Head Boy and the Prefect Team so that we can achieve success in our sixth form. I enjoy welcoming new faces to the school and promoting all our achievements and success as I believe this is something to be very proud of. I have a great a relationships with all the teachers at The High Weald Academy and an excellent knowledge of how the school works and what we can offer. It’s important that I take on all of these responsibilities with an open mind and take into consideration all of my peers views and opinions.
Currently I feel that the 6th form only involve ourselves with the lower school in enrichment and sports day, but I want to do more. One thing that I would love to introduce is a system where students who are struggling and are effected by the pressure of exams can pair up with a 6th former who can give them additional advice and guidance about revision and coping strategies. I feel that this will form friendships across the school and give students someone to communicate with who will be understanding and supportive. Another way I want to bring the school community together is through charity and fundraising events such as talent shows, teacher VS student games and fancy dress days. This would help us to raise money for local charities whilst having fun as a community and integrating with students who we may not already socialise with.
I have been at The High Weald Academy since 2009, and sixth form is definitely my favourite part of my secondary school education, I have made lots of new friendships and proud of the happy, safe environment that we work in. Help is always needed in sixth form with teachers and especially help from the Prefect Team. Our Prefect Team puts 100% into the jobs that we do, this involves visiting the lower school during break times to make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves and if they need any help we are there. I believe this to be reassuring for the students of The High Weald Academy as they know that they don’t walk alone.
I am excited to take on all of these responsibilities and make a difference in our school.
3 days ago
Don't forget we have a Parent Consultation Evening for Year 11 and Year 13 this Thursday (6:00 - 7:30). If you haven't already confirmed your attendance please let us know by calling 01580 712754
3 days ago
We are looking forward to welcoming students from Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst, @GandKPrimary and Frittenden Primary schools for the Humanities Challenge on Thursday - Good luck to you all.
1 month ago
It has been great to welcome back our students and staff today after a the well deserved Christmas break. This term may be a short one but there is a lot happening so please keep an eye on the weekly briefing emails.
2 months ago
Incredibly proud of the students in our Lower Cohort who, together with their families and tutors, have been collecting food for the hampers we will be sending to our local food bank this Christmas. https://t.co/BLyOFyNPoK
2 months ago
RAG Week Day Three and it was Christmas lunch for all. A Fantastic meal prepared by our catering team @ISS_Education and served to the table by our brilliantly organised team of Prefects. https://t.co/YdXMhFTSBj
2 months ago
RAG Week Day 2 and the staff have been replaced by Christmas Characters. Spreading Christmas cheer whilst imparting their wisdom. Let's hope the Sixth Form can respond with a wider range of characters... https://t.co/gpMd4aSiFV
2 months ago
Fantastic start to RAG week with a cake and hot chocolate sale raising funds for @crisis_uk . Well done to our Senior Prefect Team for organising such a great start to the week. https://t.co/NY39T9PuJB
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