Notices and dates for your diary
- The newsletter for Term 1 and 2 is now available.
Click here to view it
- Parent Forum date change - please note the parent forum meeting in March has now been moved to Term 5 on 16th April 2020 5pm - 6pm
- Year 7 Valentines Disco Thursday 13th February 2020 6pm - 7pm
- Term 3 ends Friday 14th February
- Term 4 starts Monday 24th February
- Parents' Evening Year 8 Thursday 5th March 2020
- Parents' Evening Year 7 Thursday 12th March 2020
- Year 8 Options Evening Thursday 19th March 2020
- Parents' Evening Year 11 Thursday 26th March 2020
- Term 4 ends Friday 27th March
- Easter Break Monday 30th March to Monday 13 April 2020
- Term 5 starts Tuesday 14th April
Term 3 Information
- Pupils have received new timetables - please ensure they familiarise themselves with it especially days when PE kit is needed.
- 6th Form parents' evening - Thursday 16th January.
- Swale Academies Dance Fever - Friday 17th January (selected pupils)
- Holocaust Memorial Day - Monday 27th January.
- Exams - please see the exams page for timetables and information.
- Contact details - if you have changed any details: address, telephone or email please do let the school office know so that we can update our systems. This will ensure that you don't miss notices and letters.
- Lost property - is stored at reception. Pupils should go there to look for any lost items.
- Open drop in sessions with the Headteacher - every Friday between 9am and 9.30am.
- Last day of term 3 - Friday 14th February.
- Term 4 starts - Monday 24th February.
End of term arrangements and activities
17th & 18th December
Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime. The show takes place at 6.30pm in The Stage, tickets are £4 available now from reception.
Christmas Lunch in the Restaurant. click here to see the menu. Annual Christmas Jumper Day, a minimum of £1 donation will be collected from pupils participating.
Winter Soiree. Including a choir and session band. Join us from 5.45pm for a festive evening.
School will be finishing for pupils in Years 7-13 at 12.20. Those pupils unable to go home at this time are welcome to work in the school library. Pupils that receive a free school meal will be able to purchase food at break time on this day.
The last day will count towards the Attendance Challenge, pupils will need to attend on this day in order for them to receive their 100% attendance reward in Term 3.
We wish all of our pupils and parents a very merry Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 6th January 2020.
Festive refreshments and live music.
Free entry - donations welcome.
Book Fair in school next week!
We are having a Book Fair in school next week.
Located in the library pupils will be able to peruse and purchase books at break, lunch and after school.
Books start from as little as £2.99, there is lots of choice.
Payments can be made the following ways:
- Cash - please send in as close to the correct amount as possible
- Cheque - made payable to The Whitstable School
- Book Fair gift vouchers - can be purchased online here (if you purchase online you will receive a 20% discount)
Any queries please contact Mrs Davies in the library at email@example.com
Sixth Form Open Evening 21st November 2019
The Whitstable School receives prestigious Artsmark Award
Pupils and staff at The Whitstable School are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award for schools and education settings that champion cultural education. It celebrates settings that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people.
In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, The Whitstable School had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.
The Whitstable School was supported by Artswork in planning and developing their initial objectives. Artswork worked alongside the school at various stages to support their Artsmark Award achievement.
”As an Artsmark school, The Whitstable School gained access to exceptional networks and resources from some of the most treasured cultural organisations in the country, which helped to strengthen and deliver their arts provision. Through Artsmark, The Whitstable School will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil’s life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character.”
On receiving the award, Mr Chaplin, Senior Assistant Headteacher said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. The pupils and staff have worked extremely hard over a 2 year period to promote high quality arts and cultural education. We are wholeheartedly committed to the arts and the fundamental Impact they have. We, as a school value the arts in a time when they are being marginalised and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.”
Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:
“I would like to congratulate The Whitstable School on their Artsmark Award. As an Artsmark school, The Whitstable School exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each of its pupils is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life.”
Year 10 Parent Consultation Evening
The Whitstable School gets the best results for a high school in the district!
Of the students in Year 11 who sat their exams at The Whitstable School, nearly 90% of students achieved a pass in at least one GCSE English subject or GCSE Maths. Overall, 65% achieved a pass in both English and Maths. Notably, every student in our Grammar stream achieved 5 GCSEs at Grades 9 to 4 including English and Maths. In fact, these students achieved on average over half a grade higher than their peers nationally!
Particular congratulations go to Megan Chatwin, Marcus Jackson, Alex Dickers and Orla Preston-Hibbert who achieved GCSE grades 8 and 9 across their qualifications, including English, Maths, Science, Food Technology, Geography, History and Photography. The school is also delighted with students, such as Daisy Cooper, who made excellent progress achieving on average, 2 grades higher than their peers across the country who had similar KS2 starting points.
Not to be out done, the vocational BTEC subjects all achieved 100% pass rates with students getting the top Distinction and Distinction* grades in Business Studies, Drama, Music, Health & Social Care and Sport.
This is the second year of the reformed GCSE examination system which are increasingly relying on students’ ability to recall knowledge and vocabulary over a significant period of time. This is not something that can be achieved easily and our students should be very proud of the resilience and high levels of effort they have shown over their time spent here at The Whitstable School.
Open Evening - Thursday 10th October 2019. School closes at 12.20pm
School will end at 12:20pm on Thursday 10th October so that we can prepare for our Year 6 Open Evening. We appreciate that your son or daughter may need to remain on the premises due to childcare or transport issues, if this is the case they will need to remain in LZ26, the Library or the Hub where they will be supervised until 3:00pm. Any pupils who receive free school meals can pick up a hot snack between 12:20 and 12:30, all others will need to bring something to eat as the restaurant will be closing at 12:30.
If your child will be remaining on school premises they will need to be registered for health and safety reasons. Please email their name and form to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Term Parent Information
Our Year 7 students have settled in beautifully and their uniform has been exemplary.
Below are a few notices:
Biometrics - those who have not returned their consent form please do so ASAP, all new Year 7 pupils will have their biometric taken by Friday 6th September
ParentPay - letters are being posted home today to Year 7 parents with details of how to set up your ParentPay account
Year 7 Meet the Mentor evening - Thursday 19th September, letter being posted home today with appointment booking details
Lockers - please email email@example.com if you require a locker for your son or daughter including their name and year group
Google Classroom – All students will have their accounts set up by Friday 6th September. For more information and FAQs click HERE.
Grammar Stream - Pupils are invited to apply for the grammar sets at the end of Term 2 with a view to the grammar set starting from end of Term 3.
Edulink One - For more information and FAQs click HERE.
Year 11 Parent Information Evening 2019
Click here to view the Year 11 Parent Information Evening, which happened on 28th August.
The Whitstable School - IB World School
The Whitstable School is delighted to announce that we are now an authorised IB World School and will be offering the International Baccalaureate Career Programme (CP) from September 2019. We are excited to add this additional pathway to accompany our established and successful BTEC and A level pathway at Post-16. The CP was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.
In an official letter to confirm the result of the International Baccalaureate verification process, The Whitstable School was given the following feedback: ‘We commend your school’s educators, administrators, students and families for their active roles in choosing to offer the CP. The positive results of this choice will become evident in your community as classes of CP students graduate and undertake activities that enhance social, cultural and economic environments locally, nationally and, perhaps, internationally’.
Mrs Gibson, Headteacher, said ‘Becoming an IB World school affirms our school culture of “Learn Locally, Think Globally”. It encourages both personal and academic achievement. It challenges students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.’
IB International Day—18th July 2019
The school celebrated this achievement by having an International Day, where students could take part in different activities such as talking Italian, Olympics and sports events, Day of the Dead mask making, origami, landmark building and an international film. Students really enjoyed the afternoon and there was a real buzz around the school.
There are limited places available at The Whitstable School Sixth Form for September 2019.
Call Mrs Brown (Assistant Headteacher/IBCP Coordinator) on 01227 931300 for more information.
July 2019 Newsletter
Click here to view the July 2019 Newsletter
Going the Extra Mile
Please see below, a lovely, positive message from Mrs Scott, a parent governor at TWS:
Going the Extra Mile
It has struck me more than ever this term how lucky we are to be part of a school which is so clearly on an exciting journey.
Let's reflect for a moment on how far we have come as a school community in the last few years. Already blessed with a beautiful location in a unique and creative community, gradually the elements have been coming together term by term, and it feels as though our school is now blossoming before our very eyes!
As a Parent Governor for the last three years, I am now more than ever aware that these things don't just happen. The work behind the scenes is immense and tireless. The planning, the evaluating, the analysing, the constant challenges. Securing the right team, delivering the right lessons, responding in the best way to the very individual needs of a diverse mix of students. Teaching and inspiring, managing and engaging, coaching and moulding. The day job for our teachers is intense.
At the end of possibly the busiest term of the year, I want to just think about those teachers who do even more, beyond the day job. Spending evenings and weekends with our children purely for the love of it! In the last few weeks my two kids between them have been to the university for a day, travelled to Eastbourne for a Shakespeare festival (a late night all round), performed in a new rock band in the school studio, been on stage at the Marlowe, performed in Bugsy Malone... plus of course started their new timetables and sat mock exams. I know there have also been countless sports events, a Duke Of Edinburgh expedition, the annual art exhibition, and the list goes on.
The programme of work and the constant evolving of our school is no mean feat to manage. The number one priority for TWS is improving outcomes for all our children. The fact that at the same time, we are witnessing the flourishing of a new creative school which celebrates the talents of everyone, is pretty amazing. There is plenty more work to do. But aren't we lucky to have children blooming in a school that appreciates the individuality of them all, with incredible teachers who are going the extra mile?