The Weald School is a thriving and vibrant community and we welcome interest from both prospective students and staff. Most students join us from local primary schools in September each year. Our Open Evening for Year 6 students and their parents takes place late September each year for admission the following year. Once West Sussex County Admissions have confirmed school places around March, Year 6 students join us for a Welcome Day in late June / early July. Admissions for students at other times of the year are managed through the Admissions Office (North) which may be contacted by email on [email protected] or by telephone: 03330142903. The postal address is: County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH. Further information relating to admissions can be obtained from West Sussex County Council at www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions.
Parents should note that school places are allocated by the Admissions Office according to published criteria, rather than The Weald School itself.
On entry to The Weald, students are allocated to mixed year group tutor groups within one of the school’s five houses: Wilberforce, Elgar, Austen, Livingstone and Darwin. Every effort is made to ensure that form tutors remain the same throughout the students’ time in the school until the end of Year 11. Form Tutors and Heads of House are particularly concerned with developing the ethos and culture, friendships, social behaviour and involvement in school life as well as maintaining high standards in punctuality discipline and uniform.
In addition, there are two Directors of Learning, one for Key Stage 3 and one for Key Stage 4 and they are responsible for monitoring students’ strong academic progress throughout each year at secondary school.
Mixed aged group support is a strength of our structure. Within form groups both form tutors and student peer mentors support and guide students through their school career, building up a sound knowledge and understanding of the qualities and needs of each of the young people in their care. Through the House structure, students have the opportunity to learn from each other, compete in events and quizzes together, share ideas, experiences and develop leadership skills.
Across the school, in a range of environments, students are encouraged to learn, lead and work co-operatively in support of one another. We believe that every child is capable of achieving highly at The Weald and we work with each individual to build self-esteem, resilience and confidence to enable them to make the most of every opportunity.
Weald students grow into young adults who are responsible, productive and positive members of their community. This is a vital part of our pastoral work and extends into all aspects of students’ social and academic life at school. Weald students are supported to be engaged and proactive, to enrich the community and go on to achieve well beyond their expectations.