Local secondary school prides itself upon its inclusivity and student support

By Jessica Durston - 2 September 2022


Staff at Highworth Waneford School believe the school's ethos and principles help to provide a safe a vibrant learning environment.

Highworth Warneford School is a small, collaborative 11-16 school serving the market town of Highworth and the surrounding area.
Staff say the school have a proud tradition of academic excellence and they describe the school as providing a very safe and vibrant learning environment for pupils.
A spokesperson for the school added: "This is a place where the students are all ‘known’ and valued: the quality of pastoral care is outstanding. You are always welcome to come and visit us to see the school in action."
Highworth Warneford prides itself upon being an inclusive school, which caters for the needs of all of its students, no matter what their ability or background.
The spokesperson added: "We provide a well-rounded education that enables our students to acquire and develop the skills, knowledge and personal attributes they will need throughout their adult lives.
"This is complemented by an absolute focus on academic achievement, with our students aiming for the very best exam grades that will ensure ongoing success. Some of our students need extra support and our amazing SEN and Pastoral teams are always there to help where needed."
Staff at Highworth Warneford say that when youngsters join their school, they become part of a family. The school team adds that they aim to do everything they can to nurture their students and enable them to reach their potential.
The school's House system is said to form the backbone of the school and underpins much of what staff do – from pastoral care to student leadership and beyond.
The school's spokesperson added: "We are modern in outlook but also cherish our traditions. We celebrate our students’ achievements at every opportunity and hard work is rewarded. Behaviour and attitudes to learning are excellent – our specialist teachers can teach using the very best educational approaches and students can learn without distraction.
"We are particularly proud of the many opportunities available outside of the classroom – clubs, activities, sports, music, events, trips, work experience, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and residentials. There is something for everyone!"
Everything Highworth Warneford school does is said to revolve around five clear principles. They are as follows:
  • Excellence: Every student must aim for excellence in everything that they do
  • Aspiration: Students should aspire to do amazing things and not settle for doing ‘just enough’
  • Challenge: The school aims to improve students’ resilience and help them to adapt to face life’s many challenges
  • Values:  Students will develop independence and confidence and become moral, curious and enterprising learners, leaders and adults
  • Community: The school is part of local, national and international community

Sited on the edge of Highworth, Warneford school have plenty of outdoor space, which is said to give the school a rural and community feel, as well as giving it strong sporting provision.

Additionally, the school is said to have excellent, specialist facilities that enable students to access a wide range of subjects at a high level. This includes a large, modern Sports Hall, a full range of DT and IT rooms and well-provisioned Science labs.

Highworth Warneford School can be located on Shrivenham Road, Highworth, Sn6 7bz.
Members of the public can get in touch by calling 01793 762 426. More information is also available on the school's website at www.warnefordschool.org
The school will also be hosting an Open Day next month. The details are below:

Open Mornings will take place at the school on 10, 11 & 12 October.

Members of the public are being asked to contact Mrs Lewis to book an appointment via llewis@warnefordschool.org or 01793 767083

An Open Evening will be held on 6 October, from 5 - 7:30pm. Headteacher presentations will take place at 6pm & 7pm.

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