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Altwood School Maidenhead Head Teacher Personal Statement

Main School Number: 01628 622236 / Email: altwood@altwoodschool.co.uk

For All Admission enquires either for Year 7 entry or for In-Year Transfer applications – please ask for Mrs Woodruff, Headteacher’s PA

For all other enquires please contact the school office on the main number or email address

From Maidenhead Station – Altwood Church of England School is a five minute taxi ride. There is also a regular public bus service from the centre of Maidenhead serving Altwood Road where the school is located. From M4 – exit the motorway at junction 8/9 and take the A404 signposted for Maidenhead and High Wycombe. Leave the A404 at junction 9b signposted for the A4. At the roundabout take the third exit signposted A4 heading towards Maidenhead town centre. At the next roundabout take the third exit on to Cannon Lane. Once on Cannon Lane, take the second left in to Altwood Road. Altwood Church of England School is located approximately 300 yards down Altwood Road on the left hand side. From M40 – join the A404 heading towards the M4 / Maidenhead / Reading. Leave the A404 at junction 9a signposted for the A4. At the roundabout take the first exit signposted for Maidenhead town centre. At the next roundabout take the third exit on to Cannon Lane. Once on Cannon Lane, take the second left in to Altwood Road. Altwood Church of England School is located approximately 300 yards down Altwood Road on the left hand side. School transport – In addition to public transport, a significant number of students travel to school using the school coach. Details of this means of transport can be obtained via contacting the school. View Larger Map

A headteacher has hit back after his school was named among ‘England’s worst’ in the national press.

Figures released by the Department for Education (DfE) last week showed Altwood CE School, in Altwood Road, was ‘well below average’ in its Progress 8 score.

But in an open letter to parents headteacher Neil Dimbleby warned against ‘reading headlines without the full context’ and that the school was more concerned with providing ‘moral purpose’ and a safe environment – instead of forcing all pupils to sit exams in eight different subjects.

Progress 8 scores are based on a comparison of test results from Key Stage 2 and primary school level up to GCSE, including English, maths and science.

Mr Dimbleby said: “We do not insist students take a full complement of subjects as it may not be in their best interests.

“However, for our school this inevitably means our Progress 8 score will suffer.

“We believe as a faith school that we should offer a curriculum which best fits the needs of our learners rather than the political agenda of the government in power at the time.”

According to the DfE, Altwood had a Progress 8 score of -0.53 compared to the

average figure for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead of 0.13.

The national average for English state schools was 0.03.

The best performing school for Progress 8 in the borough was Newlands Girls’ School, in Farm Road, which had a score of 0.67.

Altwood was rated Good in all areas by Ofsted inspectors in November, just two-and-a-half years after it had been marked Requires Improvement by assessors.

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