Sir William Romney’s School is justifiably proud of all our students’ social and academic outcomes and students make exceptional progress during the time that they attend our school. The vision statement above is not just empty rhetoric. All governors, teaching and support staff create a culture of ambition and aspiration by having high expectations of all students. Across the entire school we support all students and inspire them to reach their full potential across our broad curriculum. Furthermore, we understand that every child is unique and we are committed to developing their aspiration, confidence, collaborative skills, independence and resilience.
As a school community we are extremely proud of our comprehensive status and inclusive credentials. We are determined that all students make exceptional progress at Sir William Romney’s School. This commitment is emphasised by our outstanding GCSE outcomes achieved by students of all abilities and talents. Our Progress 8 score, in 2018 +0.25 and +0.09 in 2019, places us amongst the highest performing comprehensive schools for a sixth consecutive year. Students’ attainment is also exceptional in 2018 with 26% of all grades being above a Grade 7 and 80% of all grades being a Grade 4 or higher. Achievement in English and Maths continues to rise with 75% of students achieving a Grade 4 in both subjects and 41% a Grade 5.
While we fully acknowledge that academic success is vital to support students’ aspirations in adult life, we firmly believe that students should enjoy learning and attending school. This is evident in the positive relationships between students and all staff. Additionally, we remain committed to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, as well as vibrant extra-curricular provision, that offers all students the opportunities to thrive and develop their talents and abilities. High quality teaching and learning across the school inspires all students to achieve and support students in progressing to a variety of Post-16 opportunities. We were very proud that our most recent OFSTED inspection, in February 2020, recognised these values across our curriculum and contributed to the school being judged as good in all aspects once again.
Sir William Romney’s reputation continues to grow not only in our local area but further afield, reflected in parental choice. In September 2020, we enjoyed our fourth successive year of over 100 students joining in Year 7. In combination with in-year admissions in other year groups, this has enabled the school to grow from 398 students on-roll in September 2017 to almost 530 students in September 2020.
At Sir William Romney’s School we do not accept that our sole aim is to ensure that all students make exceptional academic and social progress that prepares them to make a positive contribution to society in their adult lives. This is a result, or even a consequence, of our core purpose. Our core purpose directly supports our whole school vision and is engrained in the DNA of the school. Indeed, all governors, staff and students reflect our core purpose in all that we do:
High expectations for all students are central to our core purpose. We believe that all students, however challenging their circumstances and whatever their background, can achieve.
We encourage and expect everyone across our school community to be aspirational. Therefore, we challenge students to remove any glass ceilings or barriers that stand in the way of students realizing their full potential.
We expect our students to emerge into adult life as good citizens who make positive contributions to the communities in which they live. We can best ensure this by providing opportunities for students to collaborate with each other and other organisations across our local community.
We are passionate that all students will mature into confident young adults who are fully prepared for the next stage of their learning and careers. Confidence can be displayed in many ways. While we provide a multitude of opportunities for public speaking and performances, confidence can equally be shown through clearly articulating your opinion, leading others through student council or by simply being the best version of you!
We are passionate that our students will develop sophisticated independent learning skills that will enable them to become successful in their future careers. Therefore, students of all ages are provided with opportunities to develop their independence both inside the classroom, through homework and our extra-curricular provision.
It might sound strange, but we expect our students to embrace failure. We know that genuine learning happens when you are pushed outside of your comfort zones and develop the mind set to keep on trying. When students suggest that they ‘can’t do’ or ‘have never been good at,’ we will always ask them to add ‘yet’ at the end of their sentence.