Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School
Warrington, United Kingdom
About Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School
We are an inclusive, comprehensive 11-16 school, serving the community of Latchford and providing high quality Anglican secondary education for families in the dioceses of Chester and Liverpool.
It is a real privilege for me to lead Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School. It is a fine school, served by a talented, dedicated team of staff. The facilities are superb and getting better all the time.
I'm so proud of our young people. They excel in so many ways and it's lovely to hear all the nice things visitors to the school and local people have to say about them. They make the school the happy community it is.
Mrs Beverley Scott-Herron: Headteacher
This is our mission statement. Our school promotes Christian Values, focusing on the following four areas:
Christ - we promote values of compassion, trust, hope and reconciliation.
Creation - we encourage everyone to be stewards of the world around them.
Community - we respect all members of the school and wider community and celebrate our differences. We strive to serve the needs of others.
Child - we show that every child is valued and strive to meet their social, spiritual and physical needs.
The curriculum at Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School follows the guidelines laid down in the National Curriculum. This ensures that the school provides a broad, balanced curriculum for all children. In addition there are many more opportunities available to extend and enhance pupils’ experiences.
Careers Education and Guidance
Careers Education is integrated with Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and helps prepare children for the world of work. During Year 9 children learn about vocational areas in order to help them with their choice of subjects for Years 10 and 11.
In Year 10 pupils have group meetings with the Connexions (careers) adviser.
In Year 11 personal interviews with Connexions staff are arranged and individual action plans are drawn up.
During the course of Years 10 and 11 visiting speakers talk about careers in assemblies and PSHE lessons.
Collective Worship and Religious Education
Our school’s ethos is based upon Christian beliefs, values and practices. However, we recognise and respect other faith groups within our community. Each day begins with an act of collective worship which is Christian in nature and promotes spiritual and moral understanding. Religious Studies is taught to all pupils and follows the Liverpool and Chester Diocesan framework.
We feel it is important that pupils can broaden their educational experiences beyond the classroom. It helps them understand the world and themselves better and it builds confidence. As well as taking part in sporting fixtures against other schools and day visits out of school to complete fieldwork or investigations, pupils can take part in a wide variety of residential opportunities these include:
- Year 7 activity-based residential at Kingswood, Denbigh
- Year 8 activity-based residential at the Conway Centre, Anglesey
- 2 week work experience for Year 10 pupils including the opportunity for a week of manoeuvres with the Army.
- History Department - First World War battlefields in France and Belgium, Krakow and Auschwitz, Poland and Ireland (a History and Culture tour with the Art Department).
- Geography Department visit to Sorrento, Pompeii and Rome to visit volcanoes and archaeology sites.
- A weeks skiing in the French Alps.
- Delegates to the 10 day International Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, USA.
- A four day sailing cruise in the Irish Sea with the Ocean Youth Trust.
- Examination Entry Policy
- Nationally recognised qualifications will provide the foundation for access to Further and Higher Education and a successful career.
We will continually develop the range of qualifications our young people can achieve.
The school will pay all entry fees for external examinations provided candidates attend regularly and complete all coursework.
Decisions about entry for an examination are made only after consultation and agreement between staff, parents and student.
Should a student be entered for an examination and then fail to complete the coursework or attend the examination, the student will be expected to reimburse the cost of the entry fee.
The school is a vital resource for the community of Latchford and has developed excellent links to ensure its facilities are well-used. The Community Sports Centre runs a comprehensive programme of activities and many of the other school resources are open for community use out of school hours. We work closely with local primary schools to support a varied programme of activities for young people and provide out-of-hours study opportunities. We also co-ordinate the work of the support agencies, to ensure that each child’s particular needs are met.
The school runs an extensive extra-curricular programme, and details of the range of opportunities are published regularly in the fortnightly Boteler Bulletin.
There are many opportunities for study, research, computing and completing homework, as well as revision and extension lessons in many subjects.
The majority of pupils take part in our comprehensive programme of Sports, Drama, Music and Art activities. There is something for everyone, whether they are an expert or a novice. Many of the activities are run by school staff, but others (for example, the Archery Club and the Samba Bands) are facilitated by specialist coaches, or musicians. We are lucky to have first rate facilities too, and many of our groups are achieving outstanding results.
Gifted and Talented
The school is highly committed to stretching and engaging its Gifted and Talented students. For this purpose the school has a Gifted and Talented co-ordinator who works with identified youngsters to support their academic and emotional development. Gifted and Talented students are provided for through the curriculum and specific events run in school, locally or at a national level. The Gifted and Talented co-ordinator supports student applications for the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, this is for the top 5% of students by academic ability nationally.
We are committed to the values and principles of the Learner Entitlement for 14 – 19 year olds in Cheshire and Warrington. Our staff will work in partnership with the Learning and Skills Council, Local Authority, Connexions, Schools, Colleges and Providers across the area to provide the best guidance and educational opportunities.
We believe that pupils need to develop an understanding of sexual attitudes and behaviour, introduced in a way which complements and supports and role of parents and emphasises the central role of the family.
In Science, pupils study physical changes at adolescence and sexual reproduction as a life process in accordance with National Curriculum.
In the Personal, Social and Health Education programme, they consider moral and ethical issues. They also learn about relationships and parenting.
Pupils from Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School progress to various colleges and sixth forms, but we have very strong links with Priestley, our local Sixth Form College.
Our Key Stage 4 Health and Social Care course is taught partly at Priestley and we have strong links with many staff in other curriculum areas too. Staff from the College come in to school regularly to give pupils advice about their choice of courses and transition interviews are held in our school. This collaboration ensures that there is a natural and smooth progression for students from Sir Thomas Boteler to Priestley.
The College believes in the pursuit of academic excellence and strives to ensure that all students make the most of their abilities. Results have been consistently outstanding. More information is available on our website or from Priestley College.
The school firmly believes in its equal opportunities policy. However, each child has different abilities and needs, so teaching groups are arranged accordingly.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
Year 7 pupils are placed in one of 2 bands. Band X pupil’s work is pitched at a more difficult level. Band Y teaching groups receive additional support within the classroom.
By Year 8 pupils are setted by ability for most subjects. Regular assessments and reviews take place and there is ample opportunity for pupils to move sets, if it is appropriate.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 all pupils study the following subjects:
- Design Technology
- Information Technology
- Literacy Skills (Year 7)
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
All pupils study English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education. In addition they may choose four of the following:
- Accounting and IT Skills (NVQ)
- Art and Design
- Business Administration (NVQ)
- Business Studies
- Child Care (NVQ)
- Child Development
- Engineering (NVQ)
- Hairdressing (NVQ)
- Health and Social Care (VGCSE double option)
- Horse Care (NVQ)
- Horticulture (NVQ)
- Information Technology
- Manufacturing (VGCSE double option)
- Media Studies
- Physical Education (to GCSE or BTec First)
- Religious Education (to GCSE)
- Retail and Warehousing (NVQ)
- Sport (BTec)
At Key Stage 4 pupils can specialise more. Some pupils combine lessons in school with a vocational course elsewhere. The school has developed effective partnerships with Priestley College, Warrington Collegiate and a range of Training Providers. These courses provide pupils with a head start with their continuing education, training or employment when they leave school.
After studying at Priestley, over 20% of our former pupils go on to university and the trend is rising steadily. Through motivational activities such as “Aimhigher”, many pupils are given the opportunity to visit universities and gain a better understanding of the benefits of a university education.
We have recently developed a partnership between Priestley College and Liverpool Hope University, who offer substantial bursaries to our pupils who progress through Priestley to Liverpool Hope.
Work Related Learning
An important aspect of our curriculum is to prepare young people for the world of work. The focal point of this is a two-week work placement for all pupils during Year 10. There is extensive preparation during PSHE lessons and all pupils have the opportunity to take part in a “mock interview” with a member of the business community. The young people tell us that this process is very helpful in preparing them for the world of work.
During Year 10 and 11, some pupils follow a different curriculum. They spend part of the week in school and the rest of the time with a training provider, at a work placement, or studying at Warrington Collegiate. These valuable experiences would not be possible without our extensive network of business partners, many of whom also support the school in other ways. Three times a year the school holds a Business Breakfast, when these and other projects are developed.