Hampshire, United Kingdom
About Yateley School
Yateley School was constructed in 1968 as the first purpose built comprehensive school in Hampshire. It was designated as an adult and community education centre, the Yateley Centre, in 1971. The school shares a campus with a junior and infant school and the grounds occupy about 40 acres in total.
In addition to the usual buildings, we are fortunate to have our own swimming pool as well as an excellent health and fitness suite which staff may use. The library is also the town’s public library, an arrangement which gives the school a first class service. All departments occupy suites of specialist rooms with their own offices. The school has good IT facilities, with ten computer suites and computers in most departments. Most classrooms have digital projectors or interactive whiteboards. Books, equipment and audio visual aids are well provided for. Most classrooms are carpeted.
There is a nursery on site which takes children from 3 months upwards. Preference is given to the children of staff in the allocation of places.
The school has extensive adult and community use every evening and at weekends. We have developed the full range of extended services in partnership with our local cluster of primary, infant and junior schools. The Yateleys Club provides pleasant bar facilities for all adult users of the site every evening. There is a non-smoking policy in force throughout the campus.
We were redesignated as a specialist Performing Arts College in July 2008. Dance, Drama, Graphics and Music play a very large part in the life of the school and we benefit from the work of various artists in residence. A superb new performing arts studio and a new creative and media studio have been built. The school has the Gold Artsmark Award and in 2008 was awarded the Sportsmark.
The School Community
Yateley is a large school with 1570 pupils on roll, of whom 290 are in the successful sixth form, one of the largest in Hampshire. The intake covers the full range of ability but the majority of pupils have above average attainment on entry. Parents are generally supportive of the school and their children’s education. The GCSE five plus A* to C percentage is generally in the region of 70% or higher. AS and A level results are also good with our average point score equivalent to 330 in 2008.
There are about 200 staff of whom 100 are teachers. Significant numbers of newly qualified teachers have joined us in the last few years so there is a good balance of age and experience on the staff. There is an induction programme for all new staff, all of whom are linked to an existing member of staff for support and advice.
There are high expectations of all staff but we also place a strong emphasis on professional support and development.
All students, pupils and tutor groups are members of one of the school's three houses, Arnold, Lister and Newton. The Houses are the main pastoral structure of the school and the Heads of House, assisted by a non-teaching assistant are concerned with pupils’ progress and personal development. The house system also provides a way of encouraging students to organise school activities, including Drama, Dance, Music and Sport competitions.
There is a weekly cycle of meetings which are held after school on Mondays. Parents’ consultation evenings are held on about eight Thursdays over the course of the year. There is a weekly staff bulletin, a weekly parents' bulletin and a weekly form tutor letter. The parents’ bulletin is also published on our VLE, www.yateley.hants.sch.uk
Philosophy and Ethos
We are very concerned about quality and standards, but we are also concerned about people as individuals. We try to ensure that every pupil and member of staff feels valued for what they do. We also believe that pupils, students and adults respond best to being treated with dignity and respect. We insist on high standards of uniform, punctuality, good manners and hard work.
The school places a very high premium on the provision of extra curricular activities so you will be expected to give a firm commitment towards helping with these if appointed.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all who work here to share this commitment.