Walthamstow Hall

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“Thriving girls’ day school in Sevenoaks. Produces quietly confident young women with a ‘can do’ attitude and an adventurous spirit. The strong academic results are a happy by-product of all this.” The Good Schools Guide

Walthamstow Hall is an Independent girls’ day school based on two separate sites in Sevenoaks. Founded in 1838; the school celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2013. The Junior School, in Bradbourne Park Road takes pupils from age 3 – 11 years and the Senior School, in Holly Bush Lane takes pupils from 11 – 18 years.

 

The school has a long established history of preparing academically able girls for stimulating, purposeful and happy lives within and beyond school. The belief that every student given the right opportunities, encouragement and inspiring teaching can develop an incredible range of skills and talents is central to the everyday life of the school.
The school was judged to be ‘Excellent’ by the ISI in 2013, excellent being the highest category awarded.

“Pupils are eager and committed learners. They evidently enjoy learning and are ambitious to succeed.”

“Opportunities to participate in sporting pursuits, both competitive and recreational, is excellent.”

“The range of opportunities to participate in sporting pursuits, both competitive and recreational, is excellent.”

“Pupils achieve excellent standards in their work and activities.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2013

Gifted & Talented

Walthamstow Hall recognises that students with exceptional ability are present in our school population. We are committed to providing an environment which encourages all students to maximise their potential and this clearly includes students who display some form of giftedness.

Diversity is valued as a rich resource which supports the learning of all. In this school we recognise a child’s right to a broad, balanced, relevant and challenging curriculum which is appropriate to their individual abilities, talents and personal qualities.
Provision for the gifted and talented

We aim to:

  • Ensure that opportunities for extension and enrichment are built into all our departmental schemes of work.
  • Maintain an ethos where it is acceptable to excel
  • Recognise achievement
  • Encourage all students to be independent learners.
  • Be aware of the effects of ethnicity, bilingualism and social circumstances on learning and high achievement.
  • Provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs.
  • Provide a wide range of enrichment activities.
  • Always provide work at an appropriate level.

 

Types of provision

Classroom differentiation:

We aim to ensure that:

  • Teachers have high expectations.
  • Tasks are designed to take account of and build upon levels of existing knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • There are planned extension opportunities or open-ended tasks.
  • There is access to higher tier assessment papers.

School based provision:

This will vary according to subject area and is covered using a variety of methods:

  • School clubs
  • School societies/councils 
  • Fast tracking groups
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • Opportunities for performance
  • Specialist teaching

 

Out of school provision:
(provided through external agencies)

  • Weekend acceleration courses
  • Weekend and after school enrichment courses
  • Easter schools
  • National schemes/competitions/festivals

 

Role of Teachers

Teachers will:

  • provide a classroom environment which encourages the development of student potential;
  • integrate methods of improving learning for able, gifted and talented students within their existing programmes;
  • collaborate with appropriate personnel to develop programmes to realise learning potential;
  • contribute to the collection of data for identification purposes;
  • monitor student progress.

 

Role of the Learning Support Coordinator (with responsibility for overseeing AGT provision)

The Learning Support Coordinator (with responsibility for overseeing AGT provision) will:

  • assist in the identification of able, gifted and talented students
  • keep a register of able, gifted and talented students
  • liaise with Heads of Department to identify strategies, activities and resources aimed to challenge and inspire AGT students
  • help to increase teacher awareness of the needs of these students
SEN

Walthamstow Hall is committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils whatever their needs or abilities.
The school aims to follow the guidelines laid down in The Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs (DfES 2001) and The Education (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) (England) Regulations (DCSF 2008) specifically in defining SEN. The school also refers to guidance from the DfE.
There are dedicated Learning Support Co-ordinators in both the Junior and Senior Schools and a team of five specialised Learning Support teachers working in the schools. A fully integrated system ensures a 360 degree approach to learning support.

Role of Specialist Support Tutors

  • assist in the identification of pupils with special educational needs; (in the Junior School this is through an in-house assessment after a referral by the LSC)
  • write IPMs or IEPs; (this is overseen by the LSC in the Junior School and with liaison between class teacher and SST) 
  • keep records to monitor the progress of pupils; 
  • collaborate with other key staff to ensure that all learners make the best possible progress; 
  • contribute to the professional development of teachers through input to the internal INSET programme.

 

Role of Teachers 

  • be aware of the procedures for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SpLD;
  • provide a classroom environment which encourages the development of pupil potential; 
  • integrate methods of improving learning for SpLD pupils within their existing programmes; 
  • collaborate with appropriate personnel to develop programmes to realise learning potential where necessary; 
  • contribute to the collection of data for identification purposes; 
  • monitor pupil progress. 
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