Welcome to Stratford upon Avon School
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Stratford upon Avon School. We are passionate about our mission is to engage, enthuse and inspire young people and this is reflected in the warm relationships between our staff and students. You are very welcome to come and visit to discover our unique selling points and why this is a great place to learn and work.
THE ADVANTAGES OF A BIG SCHOOL
We offer the breadth of opportunities that you’ll only find in a big school, with an enviable range of specialist staff, courses and extra curricular opportunities. From Architecture to Hair and Beauty, from the RSC to Cambodia, our array of courses, clubs, trips and enrichment opportunities offer something to enthuse everyone. Our teams regularly progress to the final stages of regional and national competitions in a range of sports, including girls’ and boys’ football, netball, dance, trampolining and go-carting.
THE FEEL OF A SMALL SCHOOL
The school has a genuinely warm atmosphere and supportive relationships between students and staff. We offer a friendly, family feel through our college system and vertical tutoring that makes us feel like a small school. New students quickly settle in. Whilst it seems big from the outside, it doesn’t once you’re part of it. As well as specialist subject teachers, key staff will monitor the progress of students to ensure that individuals fulfil their potential.
THE LITTLE THINGS MATTER
We have a clear focus on raising standards of appearance, behaviour and conduct. Behaviour is very good at the school and you are welcome to come and see for yourself just how good it is by attending one of our Open Mornings.
PREPARING FOR THE NEXT STAGE OF LIFE
The purpose of education is to prepare youngsters for adult life and we believe that the best place to do that is in a non-selective, co-educational environment. Students need to develop the skills to thrive alongside different people in different environments. We strive to ensure that youngsters keep their options open and develop the skills, attributes and qualifications to flourish in future. The quality of careers guidance given to students is exemplary and ensures that our students are extremely well prepared for their next steps.
GREAT STUDENT OUTCOMES
Over the last few years we have made tremendous progress as a school and this is now reflected in strong examination results for our students at both GCSE and A Level. Given the comprehensive nature of our intake, we focus on ensuring that our students make excellent progress from their individual staring points.
This is a lovely school with outstanding facilities, delightful students and a talented, dedicated staff. There is a real ‘feel good factor’ around the wider school community with students, staff and parents being very complimentary about our positive culture. Please come and see us in operation during the day and follow us on twitter @StraUponAvonSch for regular updates, examples of which are on the right of this webpage.
Neil Wallace, Headteacher
We became a specialist Mathematics and Computing College in September 2004, this has enhanced our ability to provide teaching and learning to challenge and encourage our students.
What sets us apart?
- A 100% entry to 1st and 2nd place University choices for the last 3 years. This means every student that has attended Stratford High School in the past three years has been accepted at one of their top two University offered places.
- A consistently high pass rate at A2 level, with a 100% pass rate last year.
- A professional life development programme which supports students emotional development, HE and career skills.
- A wide range of subject options and curriculum paths including A2 and AS level, as well as link courses with the grammar schools and Stratford college and personalised pathways which provide opportunity to sit key GCSE’s alongside AS levels.Our sixth form is run hand in hand with the senior student team and staff, which provides invaluable experience and helps produce the inspiring, well grounded individuals that we are so proud of.
- An open door policy in the sixth form office to answer student’s queries.
- An independent careers and higher education advisor.
The newly built High School opened in 2002 on the current site, which includes extensive playing fields and specialist sporting facilities, such as all weather floodlit pitch and athletics track, tennis and netball courts and sports hall.
Our superb facilities include a Technology suite, drama, music and performance studios, well-equipped science laboratories, specialist art rooms, and comprehensive networked computer suites and video-conferencing facilities.
The Sixth Form have their base on the second floor of the science block, close to the Learning Resource Centre, and with a lift close by. Entering from the front of the block, they have a large social area /common room with a kitchen, a separate exam and study room, ICT suite, sixth form office and post-16 classrooms on this and the floor below. AS and A2 teaching takes place in post-16 classrooms, for the non-practical subjects such as Maths, English, Sociology, French. Sixth form toilets are adjacent to the centre, at the front of the science block. Practical lessons will usually take place in the appropriate subject suites, in designated, well-equipped rooms, including Art, ICT, Drama, Physics and Chemistry.
The Sixth Form team includes 8 tutors, Head of Sixth Form, Post-18 and Learning Coordinator, Student Support Coordinator, and Key Stage 5 Manager. All are available to support students as needed. Individual support specifically is provided by the Post-18
and Learning Coordinator in preparing Personal Statements and completing the UCAS process, and selecting appropriate courses and universities. She also provides Careers support and liaises with the Connexions service. The Student Support Coordinator is available
to support students with SEN, and those on Personalised Pathway programmes where greater structure and guidance with learning is needed. Personalised Pathways programmes are individually tailored programmes of study for students who may need to re-take certain
modules in Mathematics or English and are following a reduced AS level programme. Support is also provided through the PLD course in such areas as preparing Personal Statements for UCAS applications. All Sixth Form students receive regular Learning Reviews
to report on progress, and all are interviewed individually by their tutors at the end of the Autumn term to assess progress and identify priorities for the following term.
All learning providers are required to take reasonable steps to cater for all learners. We have an Accessibility Plan under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act aimed at continually improving accessibility to the curriculum, physical environment and written information. We also have a Disability Equality Strategy under the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
Where Religious Education is taught, parents have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and acts of Collective Worship. For any specific queries please contact the schools direct.
For details of our attainment rates and other information such as absences, click on the ‘DCSF’ link at the right hand side of this page.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Stratford upon Avon School directly.