William Brookes School in Much Wenlock is a unique, modern, coeducational 11-18 comprehensive with a dynamic, welcoming atmosphere and outstanding state-of-the-art facilities.
As the only Coubertin School in the UK – and named after the founder of the Modern Olympic movement – William Brookes School is justifiably proud of its Olympian ethos, and its 980 students and 170 staff aspire to the school motto to “be the best we can be through courtesy, enterprise and endeavour”.
In 2010, staff and students moved into their brand new, custom-built school building – a light, bright and airy building over three spacious floors with sociablebreak-out zones for break times and group work.
Every classroom is equipped with interactive whiteboards and laptops for class work.
There are fully equipped DT workshops, food technology kitchens and Art rooms, as well as separate whole class Apple and PC suites for ICT teaching.
Up on the third floor, the clean and modern science rooms are the setting for exciting experiments and demonstrations, which bring the subjects to life.
However, it is far more than technology that makes William Brookes such a successful school.
The school has worked hard to create a supportive, nurturing environment in which students feel happy, safe, secure and receptive to learning.
The dedicated team of 110 inspirational teachers and teaching support staff are therefore able to deliver the engaging and stimulating teaching across the curriculum that consistently produce strong GCSE and A-level results year after year.
Rated Good by Ofsted for its teaching, student assessment and student outcomes, William Brookes School pays great attention to the academic development and achievement of each and every student.
Geoff Renwick, Head of William Brookes School, said: “Setting individual targets and goals and monitoring and supporting their progress and personal wellbeing throughout their secondary school careers, teachers bring out the best in their students at all levels of ability, whether they hope to go on to Modern Apprenticeships, vocational training or higher education and even Oxbridge.
“One of the many advantages of William Brookes School is that it offers an excellent Sixth Form, so that students can opt to stay on to study A-levels rather than have to move elsewhere after GCSEs.
Having formed strong friendships and found plenty of choice in the 20 A-level options available, at least a third of students make the transition into Sixth Form every year.
“William Brookes School is also a specialist college for the Performing Arts with its own in-house Artist in Residence, a 250-seat theatre, a professional dance
studio and recording studio as well as sound-proofed music rehearsal rooms and an active school radio station.
“For me, the measure of the heart of a school is best seen in its sports and the performing arts, and it is fantastic to see just how many of our students contribute
to this important aspect of school life.”
In summer 2017, the school staged its first ever public Performing Arts Festival over a period of three weeks, featuring live theatre productions, dance performances and music concerts by students.
One audience member was moved to write of the dance evening: “What an amazing show! Ambitious, superbly executed and emotionally moving throughout.
Very talented and clearly dedicated performers really did keep us entertained.
The students involved should be proud of themselves”.
True to its Olympian credentials, William Brookes School is passionate about sport, and makes the most of its exceptional sporting facilities.
There isa stunning indoor 25m swimming pool, a fitness suite, a vast indoor sports hall for netball, basketball, table tennis and badminton, outdoor tennis courts
and netball pitches, all-weather hockey pitches, athletics tracks and football and rugby pitches.
In summer, activity spills over onto the neighbouring Gaskell fields for cricket.
The annual Sports Presentation Evening celebrates not only students’ progress and achievements, but also the valuable contribution that many make to sports development in local junior schools and in organising school sports. In 2017, school teams from William Brookes won county and district titles in hockey, football, cricket, athletics and trampolining, whilst record numbers qualified for the regional swimming championships, and three outstanding athletes even represented Great Britain – two in biathle and one in sailing.
When you are deciding on a secondary school for your child, you can do endless paper research, but nothing beats actually visiting the school for yourself.
This October, William Brookes School is welcoming Year 6 students and their parents to visit its facilities, talk to staff, students and their parents, and hear from
the Head and Chair of Governors.
The William Brookes School Open Days will take place on the evening of Wednesday 11 October (7-9pm) or the morning of Friday 13 October (09.15am-
12noon) and all are welcome.
Find out more about William Brookes School by visiting www.williambrookes.com
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