Walthamstow Hall

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“Thriving girls’ day school in leafy Sevenoaks, which produces confident young women with an adventurous spirit and strong academic results,” The Good Schools Guide, 2019

Founded in 1838 in Walthamstow (hence the name) and moving to Sevenoaks in 1878, Walthamstow Hall is the oldest girls’ school in Kent but as Muddy Stilettos found on a recent visit, “That’s not to say that it’s stuffy or outdated, far from it.

The School’s core values of respect, integrity, aspiration, community and individuality are very much in evidence at this friendly school where girls grasp the many opportunities on offer.

In June 2019, the Independent Schools Inspectorate found that Walthamstow Hall was ‘Excellent’ in all areas:
‘The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent’ and ‘The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.’
‘Pupils achieve great success in a very broad range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.’
‘Pupils develop excellent social and physical skills through the comprehensive sports programme and in outdoor pursuits.’
‘They embrace new experiences readily and are prepared to ‘have a go’.’
‘Behaviour is exemplary with self-discipline evident within and beyond the classroom.’
‘Pupils spoke of the friendly atmosphere in the school.”

The successful outcomes of students were borne out in the 2019 GCSE and A level results. At GCSE a record-breaking 56% of all grades awarded at a 9 or 8 and 79% of grades were 9 – 7. A level results were equally impressive with 55% of grades awarded at A* & A and 80% at A* – B. Students took up places at prestigious universities studying a wide array of courses including, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Architecture, Animation Production, Politics, Law, Textile Design, Classics and Mechanical Engineering.

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. We celebrate diversity and aim to identify and minimise any barriers to learning and participation that may be experienced by pupils, irrespective of age, ability, ethnicity, language and background. We also aim to maximise resources to reduce these barriers.

Able students are those with strong intellectual and academic abilities. Gifted and talented students excel in specific areas, for example, music, art, design, drama, dance or sport. An able student may be defined as one who achieves, or has the ability to achieve, at a level significantly higher than her peer group in the school students are generally taken to be those in the top 5% of the national ability range.

We acknowledge that able, gifted and talented students possess exceptional ability in one or more of the following areas under the following categories:

Area

  • general intelligence.
  • specific academic areas.
  • visual and performing arts (Art, Music, Drama, Dance).
  • practical (3D Design).
  • physical talent (Sport).
  • outstanding leadership and social awareness.
  • able underachiever (not reaching potential).

Able, gifted and talented students require supportive teachers and carefully planned learning environments in order that their potential may be translated into demonstrated ability and talent. They will be recognised through various forms of assessment. Walthamstow Hall is committed to identifying our able, gifted and talented students so that their individual needs might be more appropriately met.

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.
  • Consistently provide work at an appropriate level.

For full information please visit our website

SEN

Walthamstow Hall is committed to offering a curriculum that can meet the individual
needs of all its pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
(SEND). All pupils deserve an equal opportunity to receive the best education possible.
To this end, the School will make its best endeavours to meet the needs of each pupil
within the resources available.

There is a Head of Learning Support (HoLS) in both the Junior and Senior Schools and they are responsible for coordinating the day to day educational provision for those pupils with SEND.

The school will take reasonable steps to ensure equal access for all pupils to all areas of school life, within what can reasonably be provided given the resources of the school including: the financial cost of making the adjustment; the extent to which the adjustment would be practicable and effective; and the Health and Safety requirements.

Curriculum delivery is developed with the goal of minimising barriers to learning by incorporating good practice into our provision for all. Where ‘Quality First Teaching’ is insufficient to meet the whole remit of a pupil’s needs, additional and different provision will be made.

The specific objectives of our SEND policy are as follows:

  • To implement good practice and comply with current legislation.
  • To ensure that no pupil is discriminated against, in any area of school life, on the basis of her SEND.

SEND Policy June 2019 3

  • to identify, at the earliest opportunity, any pupil with special educational needs and disabilities and ensure that their needs are met.
  • to ensure that, wherever possible, reasonable steps are taken to ensure equal access to learning, regardless of SEND.
  • to ensure that all teachers are aware of each pupil’s needs and understand that such needs are the shared responsibility of all staff.
  • to provide support for teachers so that all are able to make reasonable adjustments for the individual learning needs of their pupils
  • to provide a regular INSET programme for teachers as necessary.
  • to work in partnership with the pupils’ parents at all stages.
  • to ensure that learners express their views and are fully involved in decisions which affect their education including the types of intervention and the targets for action.
  • to promote effective partnership and involve outside agencies when appropriate.

For full information please visit our website

Bursaries & Scholarships

Since its foundation in 1838 Walthamstow Hall has maintained a strong ethos of making a Walthamstow Hall education accessible to girls with potential whatever their circumstances.

The Senior School offers means-tested bursaries to enable girls from families facing financial limitations to benefit from a Walthamstow Hall education. Bursary applications are examined on a case-by-case basis and offered on a sliding scale dependent on the value of a family’s income and assets. Founder’s bursaries, offering virtually 100% of tuition fees are available for families in the greatest need. Parents whose daughters are in receipt of a Founder’s Bursary are asked to pay a nominal fee of £50 per term.

Walthamstow Hall Senior School also offers financial Awards to girls who show exceptional promise academically or in sport, music, art and drama. There are two types of Award: Exhibitions are Awards worth a value of up to 10% of tuition fees and Scholarships are Awards worth between 11 and 20% per discipline of fees. Awards worth between 5 – 20% of the value of annual fees is usually the norm, but combined scholarships of a value of up to 50% of the fees are also offered to very exceptional students.

Awards are offered for Year 7 (academic, music and sport) and for Years 9 and 12 (academic, music, sport, drama and art). Students wishing to apply for Awards are assessed by examination, interview and, where appropriate, audition/practical assessment.

Senior School Awards and bursaries may be combined.

For full information visit our website .

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