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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 are now, in 2018-19, at an exciting chapter of our story.

We are increasingly becoming 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 fourth year as the Head at Falinge Park High School, I am proud to see this becoming a reality.

Our facilities are excellent and we have recently extended our provision within Maths as well as building a specialised Key Stage 4 Art room. 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 difficult and who need the additional support throughout their time at the school either through their learning needs or through their emotional needs. Please see our pages on our Pastoral provision and our Local Offer for more information.

Opportunities
We have a dedicated Careers Adviser in school and work 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 at the school. In the last year we have worked with Bletchley Park, ITV, McCanns Advertising Agency, Rotary Club debating, Royal Air Force, Royal Society of Arts, National Football Museum, Zen Intenet, 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. The reason for this is we are very open as a school to working in partnership 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 – we had a very proud moment when our debating team outperformed a fee-paying independent school in national Rotary club debating!

GCSE results
Our GCSE results continue to remain good despite a challenging context of constant examination and curriculum changes. Our progress figures in Maths and English in 2017 were positive and we were very close to the National Average for strong passes in Maths and English. In 2018, early analysis suggests that we have improved by 5% in standard passes; our strong passes, before remarks, look to show an increase on the previous year and early indications suggest that our overall attainment is stronger than the previous year. Our Grades 7-9 in English have also seen a significant increase with a 7% rise this academic year. The quality of teaching and learning in Mathematics and the progress our children have made has also seen us recongnised as lead school for the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics.

This success is not achieved through short term interventions – cramming and pressure in Years 10 and Year 11 – my focus at the school since I arrived has been on improving the provision in Years 7, 8 and 9 and improving the quality of teaching and learning through teachers working collaboratively to identify how children learn and how they can develop their practice to help all pupils achieve. It’s not just about success in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science – it’s about pupils achieving in all the subjects and being given the opportunity to successfully pursue their passions.

This was recognised in our Ofsted report in February 2018 which 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 encouraged – a place where you want to be – a place which is compelling. I was fortunate to lead a school where a lot of love and care had been built into the school by my predecessor, Mr Lonsdale, and his team. We’ve continued that over the past three years and built on the foundations so that our pupils and our staff are continuing to grow and develop together and build a place where the support for staff and pupils is stronger than ever. 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 Falinge is about and will continue to be so. We will continue to get better – but we will do it in the right way and will continue to recognise each and everyone of the children who are entrusted with us.

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 are now, in 2018-19, at an exciting chapter of our story.

We are increasingly becoming 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 fourth year as the Head at Falinge Park High School, I am proud to see this becoming a reality.

Our facilities are excellent and we have recently extended our provision within Maths as well as building a specialised Key Stage 4 Art room. 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 difficult and who need the additional support throughout their time at the school either through their learning needs or through their emotional needs. Please see our pages on our Pastoral provision and our Local Offer for more information.

Opportunities
We have a dedicated Careers Adviser in school and work 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 at the school. In the last year we have worked with Bletchley Park, ITV, McCanns Advertising Agency, Rotary Club debating, Royal Air Force, Royal Society of Arts, National Football Museum, Zen Intenet, 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. The reason for this is we are very open as a school to working in partnership 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 – we had a very proud moment when our debating team outperformed a fee-paying independent school in national Rotary club debating!

GCSE results
Our GCSE results continue to remain good despite a challenging context of constant examination and curriculum changes. Our progress figures in Maths and English in 2017 were positive and we were very close to the National Average for strong passes in Maths and English. In 2018, early analysis suggests that we have improved by 5% in standard passes; our strong passes, before remarks, look to show an increase on the previous year and early indications suggest that our overall attainment is stronger than the previous year. Our Grades 7-9 in English have also seen a significant increase with a 7% rise this academic year. The quality of teaching and learning in Mathematics and the progress our children have made has also seen us recongnised as lead school for the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics.

This success is not achieved through short term interventions – cramming and pressure in Years 10 and Year 11 – my focus at the school since I arrived has been on improving the provision in Years 7, 8 and 9 and improving the quality of teaching and learning through teachers working collaboratively to identify how children learn and how they can develop their practice to help all pupils achieve. It’s not just about success in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science – it’s about pupils achieving in all the subjects and being given the opportunity to successfully pursue their passions.

This was recognised in our Ofsted report in February 2018 which 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 encouraged – a place where you want to be – a place which is compelling. I was fortunate to lead a school where a lot of love and care had been built into the school by my predecessor, Mr Lonsdale, and his team. We’ve continued that over the past three years and built on the foundations so that our pupils and our staff are continuing to grow and develop together and build a place where the support for staff and pupils is stronger than ever. 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 Falinge is about and will continue to be so. We will continue to get better – but we will do it in the right way and will continue to recognise each and everyone of the children who are entrusted with us.

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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