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Friday 18th April 2014
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Welcome to Attleborough High School 
 
Attleborough High School is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the school and are often commented on when visitors come to the school. The school is a hardworking and caring community of people with high standards and high expectations. Our core values use the word CARE as an acronym. They are:
 
  • Commitment
  • Acknowledgement
  • Respect
  • Expectation 
CARE therefore has a genuine meaning within our community as we want the school to be a place where these values are seen in all aspects of our work together.
 
Our students are our greatest asset. We have mixed age tutor groups and there are student leaders within each form who take a prominent role in the leadership of the school. Our team of Prefects in Year 11 and Sixth Form Presidents provide younger students with role models for behaviour and learning.
 
Our vision is simple:
  • To be the best we can be
  • To have happy and successful students
  • To have happy and successful staff
For For a student to be ‘successful’ though, we believe it is far more than just attaining results. Whilst, obviously, we recognise the great importance of qualifications, we are not just a ‘results factory’. We take our roles as educators very seriously and so it is our aim to assist parents and carers to educate the ‘whole child’ into a thoroughly decent human being – such that when they leave us, they are able to compete in what we predict will be, for them, a globally competitive and challenging world but also that they are an admirable person and a conscientious citizen.
 
Our expectations are quite traditional. We expect students to be punctual, well mannered and well presented. We expect excellent behaviour and attitudes in lessons and we support this through our ‘SAFE’ (Student and Family Enrichment) Team who work closely with students and their teachers in achieving a positive and effective working environment. The SAFE Team form an important link with parents and the community as we recognise that home and school have to work together in a productive and genuine relationship of harmony and trust in order for our students to flourish.
 
“It takes a whole village to develop a child” (Old African Proverb) 
 
 
Student ability levels on intake are average compared to schools nationally and students make good progress from a variety of starting points. We have achieved a nationally recognised award for our work with Gifted and Talented students. We were the first school in the Eastern region to achieve this award and the only school to have been re-accredited. We achieve high levels of success at both area and county level in sporting activities.
 
We were recognised as a specialist college for Mathematics and Computing in September 2004 and re-designated in 2008. Even though Specialisms are no longer in vogue, the legacy of our Specialism has impacted positively across the whole school. Our ICT facilities are rated amongst the best in the county and are continually developing. All of our teachers are provided with laptops and all classrooms have data projectors which allow us to deliver exciting lessons which appeal to a variety of learning styles. Our award winning Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allows an innovative and challenging approach to teaching and learning throughout the school.
 
The school was originally built for 250 students and we are now approaching 1000 students. Our student roll has risen significantly over recent years and we have worked creatively with the buildings we have to develop high quality teaching areas to accommodate this growth. We have ten high quality ICT suites, large playing fields, a recently renovated gym and school hall along with a large sports hall which we share with the community. Attleborough as a town is proposed to grow by a further 4000 houses over the next ten years and we therefore have exciting and innovative draft plans in place to provide even better facilities for educational, technical, sporting and community facilities on our site.
 
We are on the brink of becoming an Academy sponsored by the TEN Group. This group are locally based and have a genuine ambition to improve education for Norfolk children. Their expertise, influence and ambition will provide outstanding support to our community to ensure that our all-inclusive agenda is greatly enhanced as we move into the next phase of our development. City College Norwich and the new University Technical College (UTC) in Norwich are part of the TEN Group and so we will share in their ambition to foster ‘KS1 to degree” pathways for all our students.
 
Our Sixth Form have a base in a purpose built study centre but are also integrated into the main school. We operate a course linking arrangement with Wymondham College and as a result, are able to offer approximately thirty six different Advanced Level/BTEC Level 3 courses to prospective students. Our future will therefore offer strong opportunities for all students, whether they wish to take a traditionally academic, a technical or a vocational route.
 
Attleborough High School is a school with ambition. We are committed to continuous improvement and we have an outstanding teaching and support staff who genuinely care for the education and progress of all of our students. The growth of the school and the challenges and opportunities that will go with it make Attleborough High School a very exciting place to work and learn.
 
Neil McShane
Headteacher 
Neil McShane
Headteacher
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