Welcome from the Head Teacher

I am delighted to be writing to you as the new Headteacher of Welling School. I am proud to be returning to the school where my teaching career began and since my appointment in the spring term I have had the opportunity to visit on a number of occasions.  This has helped ensure that the start of the Summer term is focused on key priorities. Firstly, supporting all students who are sitting their GCSEs and A Levels.  Secondly, promoting a positive and respectful learning environment where both students and staff can flourish.

At the heart of everything we do are our students and therefore I am determined that staff have high expectations for all. Improvements in behaviour for learning within lessons have been made.  We are now putting in steps to raise standards throughout the whole school day as I am determined to maximise learning time.

Firstly, there is a drive on punctuality to school and to lessons. To improve punctuality to lessons additional bells are being introduced to help with student movement around the school.

Secondly, whilst many students already behave to a high standard outside of lessons I expect the very best conduct from all students.  I have delivered assemblies to all students and set out the school’s clear expectations. These expectations are that:

  • Students will put their litter in the bins
  • Conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and consider others
  • Not take part in any form of verbal or physical aggression including play fighting
  • Wear the correct school uniform at all times
  • Ensure that they follow instructions from all adults.

 

Following a successful trial before the Easter break we will be continuing with one morning break. This has allowed us to have more staff on duty and also increase the number of activities for students. It also means that we now have another lesson where the school is much quieter and staff are able to maximise student learning.

The final way that the school is ensuring that we maximise learning is through the introduction of one rule in lessons:

No one speaks whilst the teacher is speaking. When a student is speaking the same rule applies to everyone. No compromises.

Low level disruption stops student learning and this expectation is overwhelmingly supportive by both teachers and students.

These steps are about creating the right culture.  Over the coming months I will be working with all stakeholders to start shaping Welling School’s vision and values for the next chapter in the school’s history.  This is an incredibly exciting time for Welling School.  Many of the school’s strengths will remain but I am also keen to embrace new, innovative practice so that we give our students the very best opportunities when they leave Welling School.

I look forward to working with all Parents/Carers and meeting many of you at future school events. With very best wishes.

Yours faithfully

Mr R Pett

 

The Kemnal Academies Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company number 7348231.  Its registered address is The Atkins Centre, Kemnal Technology College, Sevenoaks Way, Sidcup, Kent DA14 5AA.  Welling School is a business name used by The Kemnal Academies Trust