The Willink School

The Willink School

About the school

The Willink is a successful and oversubscribed school with a strong international ethos, and is situated in a pleasant semi-rural setting south west of Reading. The school received an exceptional Ofsted report in June 2019. As a National Teaching School and Maths Hub lead school we can offer the successful candidate excellent support and professional development.

The Willink offers a wide range of opportunities, academic, practical, cultural and linguistic, and sporting to all students. The school’s paramount concern is the individual student; their personal development, their academic tuition, their interests and their career needs. The school’s aims are:

  •  To promote the maximum possible development of individual students’ talents and potential within a tolerant and caring community
  •  To help students to develop a lively, enquiring mind and the ability to question, to argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills
  •  To help students to acquire in all areas of the curriculum the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to adult life, employment and leisure in a fast changing world
  •  To help students to use language and number effectively
  •  To promote equal opportunities for all, to counter racism, sexism and all other forms of discrimination whenever they occur
  •  To encourage respect for religious and moral values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life
  •  To help students to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations, including awareness of economic and environmental issues
  •  To help students to appreciate human achievement and aspirations in all forms of human endeavour
  •  To help students in the development of their personal and social skills

Our aims are primarily concerned with individual students’ development. However, many parents will wish to know how these aims are implemented and to find out more about the philosophy, policies and practice of the school which turn ideals into real achievement. The most important of these can be quickly summarised:

  • The school’s high expectations of students which encourage all to achieve their maximum potential irrespective of race, gender, background or ability
  • Its emphasis both on hard work, especially homework, and on a broad balanced education of the whole person in which opportunities in drama, foreign languages, music, technology and sport play an important part
  • Its effective pastoral and student support system, including year teams and houses, which provides encouragement, care and support for all students including the disadvantaged and those with learning difficulties
  • Its continuing emphasis on the academic side including entry to higher education from its sixth form

Teachers’ expectations, like parental support, are known to be crucial to students’ success at all levels. Both have always complemented each other at The Willink. We know we can make a big difference in the lives of our students and we gladly accept our responsibility.

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