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Falinge Park High School

Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential

Head’s Welcome

Head’s Welcome

Janice-Allen-September-2016Our school is a warm and welcoming environment where children are well supported and cared for. We have worked hard together as a community to embed our vision of ‘Creating a Compelling Learning Experience’ and we have now, in 2019-20, reached the next phase of our journey. We are reaching out even more to our community and parents, hoping that you will help us to make Falinge the community school in Rochdale.

Over the past three years we have increasingly become the first choice for pupils in our community and are full in all year groups; our recruitment and retention of highly specialised subject teachers is strong and we are fully staffed in all areas of the curriculum; we provide extensive opportunities for pupils beyond the classroom and, most importantly, our staff look at each child as an individual and unique person whose potential is “unknown, and unknowable.” It is our job as teachers to draw this out of each child and, in my fifth year as the Head at Falinge Park High School, I am proud to see this as more than just a dream.

We are an inclusive school and we know that for some pupils the transition to Secondary School can be difficult. This is why we have designed specialist spaces for pupils within the school to nurture and support those children who find the transition more challenging than others and who may need additional support throughout their time at the school.

Opportunities

We have a dedicated Careers Adviser in school and we engage with a range of work providers. All our Year 11 undertake two weeks’ work experience and there are opportunities for networking events throughout your child’s time with us. In the last two years we have worked with Bletchley Park, ITV, McCanns Advertising Agency, Rotary Youth Speaks, Royal Air Force, Royal Society of Arts, National Football Museum, Zen Internet and People’s History Museum alongside many other providers. We have a strong relationship with the University of Manchester Science and Engineering Research Innovation Hub and a member of our Science team has been seconded to work alongside the University which will only provide more opportunities. We have been designated a beacon school for Holocaust Education, a Parliamentary Ambassador school, a regional hub for professional learning and development and we are embarking on a long term project with the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation to explore human rights and social justice before a huge festival takes place in 2020. The reason for this is we are very open as a school to working in partnership with others because, whilst academic success is important, we want to provide the same opportunities to our children as you would find afforded to those pupils who attend the top private schools. We want our children to be successful, not just now, but in the future.

Our Ofsted visit in 2018 identified that we, “… have been cautious in not adopting quick-fix solutions and have preferred to take a more considered approach to school improvement.” Furthermore, the report states that,Staff are proud to work at the school…. This culture, where staff feel valued and their work and life balance is considered important, is appreciated by those who work at the school. The promotion of this culture has proven to be successful, as the outcomes for most pupils are strong.”

Our future together as a community

When I applied for the Headship at Falinge Park High School, I knew I wanted to create a “School with Soul” – a place which was positive; creative; where mistakes didn’t define you; where you could take risks in a supportive environment and get things wrong – but learn from them to become better; where the school was part of the community and worked within the community; where listening to each other was paramount and where debate was encouraged – a place where you want to be – a place which is compelling. We’ve gone about this in the right way, supporting pupils and staff so that our community continues to grow and develop together. We don’t all get it right all of the time – but that is because we are human – and to all of us at Falinge, a school is so much more than a building or a set of timetabled lessons. When a school gets it right, it sits at the heart and soul of the community and has a commitment to the local community. That’s what we want – to be the community school of Rochdale.

There is so much I could tell you about our achievements – but why don’t you come and have a look for yourself? You are always welcome at Falinge Park High School.

Janice Allen

Headteacher

OPENING DOORS; UNLOCKING POTENTIAL

Janice-Allen-September-2016Our school is a warm and welcoming environment where children are well supported and cared for. We have worked hard together as a community to embed our vision of ‘Creating a Compelling Learning Experience’ and we have now, in 2019-20, reached the next phase of our journey. We are reaching out even more to our community and parents, hoping that you will help us to make Falinge the community school in Rochdale.

Over the past three years we have increasingly become the first choice for pupils in our community and are full in all year groups; our recruitment and retention of highly specialised subject teachers is strong and we are fully staffed in all areas of the curriculum; we provide extensive opportunities for pupils beyond the classroom and, most importantly, our staff look at each child as an individual and unique person whose potential is “unknown, and unknowable.” It is our job as teachers to draw this out of each child and, in my fifth year as the Head at Falinge Park High School, I am proud to see this as more than just a dream.

We are an inclusive school and we know that for some pupils the transition to Secondary School can be difficult. This is why we have designed specialist spaces for pupils within the school to nurture and support those children who find the transition more challenging than others and who may need additional support throughout their time at the school.

Opportunities

We have a dedicated Careers Adviser in school and we engage with a range of work providers. All our Year 11 undertake two weeks’ work experience and there are opportunities for networking events throughout your child’s time with us. In the last two years we have worked with Bletchley Park, ITV, McCanns Advertising Agency, Rotary Youth Speaks, Royal Air Force, Royal Society of Arts, National Football Museum, Zen Internet and People’s History Museum alongside many other providers. We have a strong relationship with the University of Manchester Science and Engineering Research Innovation Hub and a member of our Science team has been seconded to work alongside the University which will only provide more opportunities. We have been designated a beacon school for Holocaust Education, a Parliamentary Ambassador school, a regional hub for professional learning and development and we are embarking on a long term project with the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation to explore human rights and social justice before a huge festival takes place in 2020. The reason for this is we are very open as a school to working in partnership with others because, whilst academic success is important, we want to provide the same opportunities to our children as you would find afforded to those pupils who attend the top private schools. We want our children to be successful, not just now, but in the future.

Our Ofsted visit in 2018 identified that we, “… have been cautious in not adopting quick-fix solutions and have preferred to take a more considered approach to school improvement.” Furthermore, the report states that,Staff are proud to work at the school…. This culture, where staff feel valued and their work and life balance is considered important, is appreciated by those who work at the school. The promotion of this culture has proven to be successful, as the outcomes for most pupils are strong.”

Our future together as a community

When I applied for the Headship at Falinge Park High School, I knew I wanted to create a “School with Soul” – a place which was positive; creative; where mistakes didn’t define you; where you could take risks in a supportive environment and get things wrong – but learn from them to become better; where the school was part of the community and worked within the community; where listening to each other was paramount and where debate was encouraged – a place where you want to be – a place which is compelling. We’ve gone about this in the right way, supporting pupils and staff so that our community continues to grow and develop together. We don’t all get it right all of the time – but that is because we are human – and to all of us at Falinge, a school is so much more than a building or a set of timetabled lessons. When a school gets it right, it sits at the heart and soul of the community and has a commitment to the local community. That’s what we want – to be the community school of Rochdale.

There is so much I could tell you about our achievements – but why don’t you come and have a look for yourself? You are always welcome at Falinge Park High School.

Janice Allen

Headteacher

OPENING DOORS; UNLOCKING POTENTIAL

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