What type of school is Wye School?
Wye School was set up by the proposers as a comprehensive, not a high school. This means we cater for students across the ability range. Our GCSE results from 2018 and A level results from 2020 have shown us to be the highest attaining non-selective school locally and evidence that our students make as good progress (officially 'above average' in government league tables) as the students at local grammar schools. We can therefore verify our claim to be as academically challenging as selective schools for high ability students.
Why would anyone not choose a selective school?
In this area, a selective school may seem to be the more obvious choice. It is however worth considering an alternative for many reasons.
are ideologically opposed to selection
want a mixed sex environment
do not want the stress of a summer cramming for tests
want to avoid notions of success / failure for young children
want a different, often less formal, atmosphere
believe their child would benefit from being at the top of the ability for one school, rather than lower down in another
noted that our GCSE results show our high ability students at Wye made as good progress as students at the local grammar schools
Wye School is good at getting students good grades in exams but is not an exam factory and as a smaller than average secondary school is able to get to know each student well and provide individualised support.
The Classroom Matters – Learning at Wye School
For all core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science, we group students by ability. These sets are predominantly based on their Key Stage 2 SATS scores and other baseline tests that students take at the start of Year 7. Setting is continually monitored to ensure that all students are stretched and challenged in each of their subjects. Within classrooms, teachers plan and cater for high ability students, encouraging students to demonstrate higher level thinking and offer tasks to extend the learning of all students.
Beyond the Classroom – Opportunities for the Most Able
Our co-curriculum and Enrichment Week activity programmes allow children to choose from a wide range of activities. These are highly diverse and allow students to pursue their own interests.
Our Student Voice group gives students a chance to devise and realise ideas which would normally be the reserve of teachers. Our students have contributed to our transition events, our behaviour and reward systems, our library, their social areas and helped organise numerous events.
Our Future Curriculum
With our ability profile, as noted above, virtually all of our learners will follow a traditional curriculum of GCSEs and many go on to A levels, with many going on to universities, including the Russell Group and 1994 Group.
This is the parent of an exceptionally able child who chose to transfer to us from a selective school.