Our vision at Glenmoor & Winton Academies' is ‘High Achievement, High Standards’ in all that we do and together, we work to our core values of integrity, compassion and courage. We have very high expectations both of and for our students and my priority as Principal is to ensure all leave as well-rounded citizens, with a range of skills and experiences and who achieve academic excellence. Glenmoor & Winton is a highly inclusive school that caters for the needs of all students, as I am a firm advocate that every child matters and every lesson counts. We ensure our most able students are stretched academically and students with special educational needs and disabilities are expertly supported, allowing the Academies to bring out the best in everyone.
Glenmoor & Winton are unique schools due to the decision to co-locate the two Academies but remain separate schools through lessons being taught in a single sex environment. This has proved hugely successful with resources; staffing expertise and curriculum opportunities now being fully utilised for the benefit of all students at the Academies. Co-location has been seen by all stakeholders as offering the ‘best of both’ which I believe provides our students with the best possible chance of educational success.
I am exceptionally proud and feel privileged to lead two of the highest performing non-selective 11-16 schools in Bournemouth and to be part of the multi Academy Chain United Learning.
Student progress is strong at the Academies’ and continues to improve year on year, as recognised in the outcomes achieved by Glenmoor and Winton students and the wider community with Ofsted highlighting the high expectations and standards across the school, judging both Glenmoor and Winton to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.
In the inspectors’ report, leaders were praised for their ‘unrelenting focus on continual improvement’ which has seen students achieving impressive results and make rates of progress far beyond the national average.
Teachers were said to be skillful experts in their subjects, impressing the inspectors by how keen they are to innovate and try new approaches to ensure the quality of teaching is always as high as it can be. According to the report, teaching is ‘characterised by universally high expectations’, meeting the needs of all students in their classrooms – no matter their ability level, educational needs or background.
Inspectors also highlighted staff’s determination to provide a rich and engaging education with character. According to the report, ‘there is a strong commitment to developing pupils’ sense of self and of their place in the modern world’, providing a broad range of opportunities outside of day-to-day lessons that help the girls develop key skills and attributes for success.
As Principal, I believe that in addition to the outstanding academic curriculum and outcomes, an education with character is just as important. Therefore, students are able to access a huge number of extra-curricular opportunities across the Academies, from sporting and STEAM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to expressive arts and choir, opportunities for student leadership, fundraising and house charity events and a variety of high quality off site educational trips to places such as London, New York, France, Spain and Italy to name but a few. Extensive links are also well-established with local businesses including JP Morgan and Barclays, as well as local and Russell Group universities.
At Glenmoor & Winton we positively encourage and value the support and contribution of parents/carers. There are a number of ways in which parents can become involved including joining the parent association - SWAG (Society of Winton and Glenmoor). Please have a look at our ‘PTA SWAG’ tab on the website for further details.
Please do take the time to look on the website and please do not hesitate to contact the Academies if you wish to organise a tour and see for yourself the excellent work being done by the outstanding students who attend Glenmoor & Winton. If you would like to be kept up to date with developments, please follow us on Twitter, Instagram and by accessing the Academies' newsletter.
Very best wishes
Glenmoor & Winton Academies