WELCOME TO THE WILLINK SCHOOL
Stop Press - Ofsted Report
Willink: Good with outstanding features -
We are delighted with the positive nature of the report and the numerous strengths of the school that have been acknowledged. The inspection team were very complimentary about the school, the staff and our students. The inspection report is very much in line with our own analysis; we assessed ourselves as good with outstanding features and this is corroborated in the report. May I thank all of you who provided your opinion of the school via the Parent View questionnaire; receiving feedback from parents is important to us. We thank you for your continued support.
As we continue to strive to give the very best education, opportunities and support for all our students, we shall reflect upon and act on the improvement points as outlined in the inspection report.
Thank you for your interest in The Willink School. Choosing the right school for your son or daughter is one of the most important decisions you will make.
The Willink is a dynamic learning community whose ethos is encapsulated in the phrase “village school, global outlook”. Our success is based on an approach which combines the highest expectations with sensitivity to learners’ individual needs, concentrates on developing and maintaining the very best standards of learning and teaching, and takes every opportunity to recognise and reward achievement.
Our standards are always well above national averages, but over the last few years examination results have steadily risen such that the school is now acknowledged as one of the highest achieving schools in the region. Students across the ability range are well catered for including gifted and talented children and those with special needs. This year 74% of our students gained 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths, our best set of results ever and the highest achieving school or academy in West Berkshire. At A Level 36% of grades achieved were A*/A and 63% were A*-B, impressive figures comparable to the best selective schools. The result of this success has meant that this year the Willink has sent its largest contingent yet to the UK’s top Russell Group universities including Oxbridge.
There is a very happy atmosphere at Willink. It is genuinely a place where young people of every talent and aptitude can thrive and blossom. We do aim to develop every child’s potential; to build on strengths; to encourage our students to be well-disciplined, polite and considerate, well-motivated and compassionate. We are very proud of the confident, skilled and ambitious students who leave us. These qualities are the result of the opportunities that derive from our broad curriculum and innovative approach.
When Ofsted last visited the Willink in February 2014 the school was judged to be good with outstanding features. The Inspection Report noted a rising trend in achievement across the ability range at both GCSE and A level, good and outstanding teaching, outstanding behaviour and strength in leadership at middle and senior level and governance. Our aim now is simply to continue to strive for excellence in everything we do so we provide the very best education for our young people.
Please do make an appointment to visit us during the school day when members of the school community will be pleased to show you around. I look forward to welcoming you to The Willink School.
Peter Fry, Headteacher