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We welcome all our pupils and their families to Whitefriars School Secondary Section

Whitefriars School is a fully integrated 3 to 18 all-through school. Our pupils make rapid progress and achieve academic excellence in an environment of love and care. Our school is a strong family where expectations are high, values are positive and children are treasured. Our goal is to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills and character to achieve top grades at GCSE and A level and to lead successful lives.

We believe that anyone can learn anything and the growth mind-set underpins everything we do. We do not believe that some pupils are bright and that others are not. We believe in the limitless capacity for everyone to achieve great things. We believe that what we become and what we achieve comes from great teaching, hard work and fantastic support.

We provide pupils with a curriculum of the highest quality. We have new state-of-the art buildings with a wide range of extensive facilities. Our pedagogical approach is rooted in the science of how children learn. We ask lots of questions, we explain in small steps, we link to prior learning and we guide first practice. Our pupils think hard about their learning.  Our home learning system is very well organised. We read a lot because it has a profound impact on educational outcomes.

Our teachers get to know the pupils as individuals and build meaningful relationships that last. We ensure that all of our pupils feel they belong. We explicitly teach our pupils to live by positive shared values and to hold these deep in their hearts. We are a Rights Respecting Gold accredited school. We offer a wide range of innovative clubs.

In May 2018 OFSTED graded our school as outstanding:

‘Pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds are welcomed into the school. They receive the support and encouragement they need to excel’.

‘High quality teaching ensures that pupils continue to make exceptional progress…’

‘Pupils’ attitudes towards learning are exceptional’.

‘The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. The school is a calm, orderly place’.

‘All pupils are seen as individuals. Staff go out of their way to ensure all pupils are fully included in school’.

Please click here to see the May 2018 Ofsted Report.

In September 2021 we opened our brand new sixth form.

We look forward to working closely with each and every one of you to find friendship, fun and success as we build a bright future together. We love our school and we hope you enjoy our website.

Jonathan Watson
Headteacher