It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Waldegrave School.
Waldegrave School has much to offer young adults of the future. We set high standards of behaviour and have high expectations of all our students. We are proud of the partnership we have with parents to ensure all students reach their full potential and enjoy school. OfSTED reported in 2007 that this is an outstanding school. Our examination results are excellent and reflect the work of committed staff and students. We were awarded comprehensive school of the year in 2016 by the Sunday Times which recognised our excellent GCSE and A’Level results. Prior to that we were the top 11-16 school in the country in the Sunday Times Parent power tables. Our results show that we are in the top 10% of schools nationally each year.
Waldegrave School, however, has much more to offer than examination results. We firmly believe that the most successful students are those who really throw themselves into the life of the school. The opportunities here are many and varied and all students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and make the most of leadership opportunities they are given both in and out of lessons.
At Waldegrave traditional values and respect for all members of the school community are combined with innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The staff are a committed team of highly qualified teachers and support staff who work tirelessly to gain the best from all students in the school. We want all students to enjoy learning, achieve success and be empowered to take responsibility for themselves and their futures.
We welcome students of all abilities and celebrate the diversity of cultures, backgrounds and talents which students, parents and staff bring to the school. We want every student to enjoy their time at school and to achieve their best. We believe everyone has something special to contribute. We take pride in developing academic achievement, a sense of responsibility, independence, confidence and mutual respect for others.
Excellence is evident across the curriculum, which is broad and balanced and designed to encourage responsibility and independent learning. Students achieve very well here because we work hard with parents to encourage every member of the school to enjoy, achieve and be empowered.
After 12 very happy years at Waldegrave and 17 years as a Headteacher I have taken the decision to move on, I will remain working in education but in a part time role. I am pleased that in January 2019 Mrs Elizabeth Tongue will take over as Headteacher of Waldegrave School.
Our last inspection was in 2007, when the school was judged to be outstanding. The inspection team looked at all aspects of the school including: standards of achievement, teaching and learning, the personal development and well-being of students, and leadership and management. All were graded outstanding which put the school in the top 5% of schools in the country.
Currently schools which have been judged outstanding are not routinely inspected.
Please use the downloads section to view our 2007 Ofsted report.
Specialism in Science and Maths
Waldegrave School has had a specialism in Science and Mathematics since 2004.
As part of this provision we:
- offer a wider range of courses in Science and Mathematics
- offer separate sciences at GCSE and A’Level
- challenge students to achieve excellent results in these subjects
- provide clubs and enrichment activities related to Science and Mathematics
- provide opportunities for students to engage with Higher Education in Science and Mathematics
- build stronger links with the local community including primary schools and local businesses.
We do not select our students on scientific aptitude or ability and we continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum.
Waldegrave is a comprehensive school for girls with a mixed sixth form.
Everyone enjoys learning, feels valued and experiences success
To empower us all through:
- Great teaching and learning
- Positive relationships
- Being the best we can be
- Embracing the new
- Great leadership
- Being open-minded and respectful
- Sharing common values and practices
- Developing strong partnerships and by throwing ourselves into the life of the school
This is summarised using the three words;
Enjoy, Achieve, Empower
Our School Rule
Learning comes first: we show mutual respect and understanding for everyone, through courteous and considerate behaviour at all times.
Mrs Philippa Nunn, Headteacher