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We wish our pupils to be creative and innovative in their thinking and have an independent approach to their learning, whilst exhibiting the skills and confidence to aspire to leadership roles. Such ambitions are nurtured in an inclusive, safe and stimulating environment that is conducive to learning – inside the classroom and beyond.
Wycliffe invests in both curriculum and staff development to ensure that pupils benefit from the best teaching and learning available. A broad and balanced curriculum gives pupils plenty of opportunity to try new subjects and realise where their interest and talents lie.
At GCSE, pupils can choose from 20 subject options, with more unusual ones, such as Business and Japanese. There are 28 courses in the Sixth Form including A Levels and BTECs, and the Extended Project Qualification.
Our value-added is one of the best in the country. This is supported by constant and robust monitoring, tracking and assessment, meaning that pupils’ attainment is being continuously reviewed and strategies implemented to help them succeed. Our results for GCSE and A Levels and BTECs show how effective this value-added can be to help individuals achieve what they want.
We are a member of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) – now known as Potential Plus. NAGC supports our staff development opportunities to help us maintain our high standards in educating our pupils. The Gifted and Talented Programme for our most academically able pupils gives opportunities for curriculum enrichment and extension but also challenges to stretch their learning.
The Scholars’ Society Programme gives enhanced learning opportunities to our Scholars, including external academic speakers, authors and poets. To support those applying to the best courses or the most competitive universities, our Competitive Courses Co-ordinator gives advice on applications and choices.
Our experience shows that with appropriate teaching, support and resources, pupils with dyslexia and other special educational needs gain the confidence to achieve superbly well.
In recognition of our provision for pupils with specific learning difficulties, Wycliffe has been accredited by CReSTeD – (Learning Support Centre category), for the past twelve years. The designated Learning Support Unit has highly experienced, specialist teachers who offer individual tuition to those pupils who need support to develop their skills.
The commitment to excellent pastoral care, appropriately differentiated teaching and realistic expectations have resulted in pupils with a wide range of difficulties and needs being successful in reaching their potential.’ Or, as a Year 11 pupil wrote, ‘Wycliffe has inspired me always to do the best I can and never give up.
Wycliffe’s bespoke Life Skills Programme gives our pupils real preparation for the world and has been highly praised by Inspectors on two recent visits. The Programme includes topics such as: Finance, Drug and Alcohol education, Sex and Relationships, Careers, Media or Anti-Bullying and Global and Political Awareness. In the GCSE year and Year 13, the focus is on how to study and revise effectively with strategies for managing stress and anxiety. The pupils also learn practical Life Skills including ironing, cooking, sewing and car maintenance.
In the heart of the school is the Library – a haven for independent learning. Pupils have access to 22 PCs and regularly updated material. The facilities are provided for the use and enjoyment of the whole school community. We aim to promote lifelong learning by encouraging a love of books and reading.
Members of the Library Team are always on hand to answer queries, to assist in finding information for pupils and to teach library research skills. The adjacent Silent Study Room holds an extensive collection of films which can be borrowed.
Teaching creates a positive and purposeful learning environment in nearly all lessons… Pupils are aware and,…highly appreciative that they can ask for help, both in and out of class time, and that it will be given willingly and promptly.