I would like to welcome you to Plymstock School. I am honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to lead such a vibrant, inclusive and ambitious school community where staff, students and parent/carers share our vision of achieving excellence through our curriculum and culture to give every individual the best chance to aspire to be the very best they can be.
Our ambition is to empower our young people, through education, to have the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in life and make a positive difference to their communities. Our school culture is underpinned by our core values of be kind, work hard and aim high.
We believe that the key to achieving our ambition is giving every single student a broad, balanced and ambitious academic curriculum. By learning our curriculum, we know that our students will be provided with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve well, which provides them with the opportunity and choice to pursue their personal and career ambitions.
At the heart of our school community is our wonderful library which supports us with one of our key priorities, reading, which is a real strength of our school. Students have the opportunity to read daily, through our DEAR and Tutor Reading provision, developing a love of reading and accessing high quality and challenging texts. Where students may find reading a bit more challenging, we prioritise providing those individuals with the support needed to help them become competent and engaged readers.
Alongside our academic curriculum, we are proud of the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities we provide our students, from sports to drama and music to science. In addition, we aim to offer cultural experiences beyond the school gates, including work experience, student leadership, trips, visits, excursions and our annual enrichment week programme. Our students value these experiences as it enables them to further develop their skills, knowledge and experiences to support their personal development as young people. Alongside this, we aim to prepare our young people for the demands and challenges of our ever-changing multicultural society and to be equipped for life in modern Britain.
We believe that students will fulfil their talents and abilities within a framework of high expectations, and we work hard in ensuring that we create a culture where we establish clear routines to enable all students to consistently meet our school CORE expectations. We focus on developing strong, respectful and positive relationships within our school community, where everyone conducts themselves safely and appropriately and are organised to ensure learning is maximised, where mutual respect is shown and where students are willing to apply themselves with the effort needed to aim high and achieve well.
Our pastoral care provision is strong and where students find it difficult to meet our CORE expectations, we endeavour to work with the student and the parent/carer to support. Our year teams, along with our wider pastoral, welfare and inclusion teams work hard to create a safe and supportive environment in which all pupils can thrive.
We are very proud of our school community and every year we see our students progress onto their next stage of their education, employment or training. This is also true at the highest academic level and we are delighted to frequently have pupils gain places at both Oxford and Cambridge University alongside those who secure apprenticeships and traineeships with internationally renowned organisations such as Babcock, Princess Yachts and the NHS.
We remain committed to our restless focus on securing the highest possible outcomes for all our students, regardless of any individual’s starting point, circumstance, or barrier to learning. We firmly believe that this unlocks doors for a brighter future!
Please feel free to contact us to discuss our provision further; we also warmly encourage you to visit our school community to see what we are all about.