Blenheim High School
Surrey, United Kingdom
About Blenheim High School
Blenheim is Surrey’s most improved Secondary School (DfE 16.10.18) after a record breaking set of GCSE results in 2018.
Blenheim is a dynamic, exciting and supportive environment in which to work. The school opened in September 1997 with one year group and has grown to its current size of approximately 1275 students on roll including 200 in the Sixth Form. Blenheim is a mixed comprehensive and our reputation in the community is excellent and as a result the school is very popular. The intake comprises of students from all surrounding areas and ability levels are favourable.
The school has been under new leadership since April 2017 and a number of comprehensive measures have been put in place, designed to improve the consistency of teaching, the quality of assessments and the impact of feedback, so that all students make good or better progress.
The ethos of Blenheim now revolves around a growth mindset where all members of the school community are actively encouraged to develop the characteristics of hard work, resilience, innovation and improvement. 2017 – 18 saw much change including the implementation of a new permanent Wider Leadership Team, an extended day, a comprehensive Easter Revision programme with appropriate staff remuneration and improved whole school consistency.
Several major changes were introduced with effect from September 2018. These included:
- The recruitment of a number of high quality middle managers and teachers.
- A six period school day.
- A fortnight October half term & seven week Summer holiday.
- A three year Key Stage 4.
- A Chelsea Girls’ Sixth Form Football Academy.
- An alternative pathway for our less academic Key Stage 4 learners providing access to high quality local vocational provision.
In a short amount of time, many issues have been addressed and, according to our visitors, Blenheim now feels like a ‘good school’. Of course, we want to continue to be better and as Headteacher I have made a long term commitment to Blenheim.
Blenheim converted to Academy Status in March 2012 and we have developed many community and primary school links. We are a well–resourced school and are fortunate to have outstanding facilities including our own grounds, grass football and rugby pitches and an artificial pitch. We are not part of a Multi Academy Trust, although we continue to investigate this. However, with a significant capital reserve, from which we have complete autonomy to invest, we are genuinely in charge of our own destiny. Together with a very supportive governing body this has meant we have been able to ‘move quickly’ and invest significantly in several areas, not least in the appointment of high quality teachers and site infrastructure. Our buildings are modern and have just received an internal £150,000 face lift. Visitors now comment on the calm, purposeful learning environment that pervades. A recent peer review from the Sutton Alliance cited significant improvements and few development areas.
We have an iPad for learning scheme under which all students have access to an iPad with the over whelming majority having their own personal device and, naturally, teaching staff need to be willing to engage with new technologies.
Mr A A Bodell