Ernest Bevin College
Wandsworth, United Kingdom
About Ernest Bevin College
Context: Ernest Bevin College is a six form entry boys’ school, maintained by Wandsworth Education Authority. The current roll is 1,300 pupils, including approximately 380 in the co-educational Sixth Form. One third of the annual intake is selected by means of a general ability test. The college continues with its original specialisms in Sports, Maths & Computing. The college has recently been awarded STEM Assured status – one of only 4 schools in the country to achieve this. As a result, the college will aim to become a STEM hub which will open up a vast number of opportunities for our pupils and staff. The College was judged ‘Outstanding' in our last Ofsted.
Leadership: The College is led by the Principal, one Vice Principal, four Assistant Principals, four Senior Teachers and one Director of Finance and Administration. The College operates a Faculty system whereby each faculty is led by a member of the Leadership Team. Each Faculty supports and monitors pupil progress rigorously through our Quality Assurance Cycle. The Head of Year leads a team of tutors who are responsible for the wellbeing of their year. The ethos of the college is one of high expectations of behaviour and learning in conjunction with a warm, friendly and positive environment. The College has a track record of succession planning and staff have many opportunities for internal promotion: 10 out of 13 of our Senior Team started as NQTs at Ernest Bevin.
Colleagues: The College has a highly stable and committed staff who have high expectations of themselves and their pupils and who work very hard to meet individual needs. We like to look after our staff by providing support and training and a good environment in which to work. The facilities in subject areas are of a high standard and every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard or Smart TV. All staff are provided with a surface tablet. New members of staff are supported through a comprehensive mentoring programme with a dedicated mentor. Staff have many opportunities for social activities: there is a yoga class once a week and access to our wide range of sporting, keep fit and swimming facilities all free of charge. There is also free tea and coffee throughout the day, a half termly staff quiz and a huge number of social events during the year.
Environment: The College buildings are of a very high standard, providing excellent facilities in all curriculum areas. We have recently refurbished our Science Laboratories and Food Technology room which reflect our desire for continuous improvements in our learning environment. The College opened its new £7 million Sixth Form Centre and Sports Complex in recent years which has provided us with new Sixth Form accommodation, including a lecture theatre and common room.
Success: We are extremely proud of the achievements of our pupils. In 2016: 59% of the Year 11 achieved both English and Maths, 34% achieved the Ebacc and the percentage of A*- C was 65%. These figures are above the national average for boys. Our Sixth Form has grown steadily over the last 5 years both in terms of the number of students and their achievements. This year 75% of our Year 11 have returned to our Sixth Form. Each year over 100 students go to university out of a cohort of approximately 150.
Sport: The College has a proven record of sporting success at local, regional and international level. The sports facilities are of the highest standard and include a sports hall, a 25m swimming pool, a dojo (for judo) and a fitness suite. We work with Greenhouse and Harlequins with 4 dedicated sports coaches training our pupils to compete at national and international levels in the sports of judo, table tennis, volleyball and rugby. We have just opened a Cricket Academy which will enable students to benefit from professional cricket coaching and a full programme of competitive matches alongside their studies. We are the only school in London to open a new Combined Cadet Force unit (CCF) in recent years and the Royal Marines will be working with some of our pupils.
Staff Benefits: Staff have many opportunities for social activities: there is a yoga class once a week and access to our wide range of sporting, gym, keep fit and swimming facilities all free of charge. There is also free tea and coffee throughout the day, a half termly staff quiz, regular social events during the year and an active Staff Association.
Bevin is a place where passionate teachers create eager learners.- Djamel (Head of Year)
Still working here after 44 years. It must be good!- Adrian (Learning Resources Manager)
Bevin is vibrant and exciting! No two days are ever the same! Djamel (Head of Year) Bevin is a place where passionate teachers create eager learners.Bevin believes- Alexandria (Teacher of Maths)
Working at Ernest Bevin has a community feel where staff at all levels are approachable and support and encourage each other to succeed. The students we teach are hugely varied and can offer significant challenge and rewards for any teacher. Working here has allowed me to develop my career and expand my ability as a teacher.- Jim (Head of Physics)
Lots of hard work but also lots of rewards which make it all worthwhile.- Lydia (Head of Citizenship)
I have been at Ernest Bevin for a long time and have experienced many transformations in my entire time here. What I enjoy most is the sense of community and the open door policy that gives staff the opportunity to discuss any issues they may have.- Michael (Head of Maths)
Ernest Bevin is a brilliant school to develop your teaching skills at, as it is such a supportive environment. Help and advice from colleagues in Bevin can be found from anyone at anytime, anywhere.- Aine (Beginning English Teacher at Ernest Bevin and now a NQT)
Ernest Bevin remains an organisation in which people; pupils and staff alike, are important; particularly when times are tough for them. Humanity and compassion abound.- Alastair (Assistant Principal)
Ernest Bevin has a very dedicated team many of whom have worked here for years. The school offers opportunities to move up in your career and also has a very friendly atmosphere.- Sharon (Health, Social and Well-Being Co-ordinator)
Ernest Bevin College is one of the best schools I have found over the years for a truly community feeling whereby you feel appreciated and if you are ever down then someone is there to listen or help.- Geraldine (Exams Officer)
Ernest Bevin College achieves its aim, to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed in a supportive environment built on mutual respect.- Ofsted