Executive Headteacher's Introduction
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Our school provides the perfect balance and blend of academic challenge, personal care, development and enrichment that allows for the holistic development of each and every child: the development of the child as an individual, as a whole person. The quality of teaching and learning which occurs at our school enables us to achieve our aim to help our students to develop into the very best they can be.
Our School Christian Vision and Values permeate every aspect of school life. Our Christian Vision is taken from The Parable of The Good Samaritan:
‘Jesus told him, Go and do likewise.’ Luke 10:25-37
We live with love and compassion, seeking help in times of need.
As an all-through school, our Christian Vision must be comprehensible to all members of our school community from the youngest to the eldest. The learning from The Parable of The Good Samaritan offers the opportunity for the development of wisdom, kindness, respect and reflection to our youngest learners in reception class at Charvil through to our Year 13s at Wargrave.
Our Christian Vision allows us to learn from Jesus, our teacher, reflecting on the messages of the Good Samaritan parable. It helps us to take forward the compassion and charity that we can show to others, and also realise that each of us at some time needs the help of others through no fault of our own. We want our school community to reflect this learning and ‘Go and do likewise’.
Our School aims help our students by providing a caring environment based on our Christian Vision and Values. We help them
- To enquire and be independent in their thinking.
- To value lifelong learning.
- To be open to new ideas.
- To encourage respect and tolerance.
My staff passionately advocate the importance of recognising each and every child as an individual; with their own gifts and talents; their own needs, their own aspirations. I believe the care and guidance offered at The Piggott School by our truly outstanding staff provides a culture and ethos that successfully helps our students to become whatever they wish to be. To be the best they can be.
“The distinctiveness and effectiveness of The Piggott School as a
Church of England School are outstanding”. SIAMS
Our latest OfSTED inspection reported that:
- Pupils make superb progress.
- The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.
- The strong relationships between staff and pupils ensure behaviour is typically superb.
- Effectiveness of Leadership and Management: Outstanding.
- Pupils at key stages 3 and 4 make exceptional progress.
- They make accelerated progress, gaining exceptionally strong outcomes in A-levels, vocational subjects and technical awards.
- Students have very positive attitudes to learning.
- Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent at this school.
In 2022, 94% of pupils passed English Language and 95% passed mathematics GCSE at Level 4 or above. Our combined best English and mathematics Level 4+ pass rate was 92%.
Our five or more Level 4+ including best English and mathematics was 91%.
Exceptional results were achieved across the whole range of subjects, with pass rates of 100% in eleven subjects: Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Dance, Drama, French, Further Maths, Music, Physics and Statistics.
All our other subjects achieved outstanding pass rates including Computer Science (97%), Photography (97%), Media Studies (96%), Spanish (95%), History (94%), German (92%), English Literature (92%), Combined Science (91%), Geography (91%), Food Technology (90%), Religious Education (89%), Creative iMedia (88%), Design Technology (87%), Sports Studies (85%) and Business Studies (82%).
Our Progress 8 (P8) score, using the latest available data (FFT), is estimated to be +0.8. This means on average, every child, in every P8 subject, achieved nearly one grade higher at The Piggott School than at an average school.
A level and Level 3 results were equally impressive, being the highest in Wokingham for A*-B and A*-C grades. Our A level pass rate was 99.5% with an amazing 47.5% of grades at A* & A.
75% of our results were graded at A*-B, and 92% graded A*-C. The average point score per A level entry was 42.7 points using the QCA system, making the average grade a B+.
Our Vocational Level 3 pass rate for Applied General qualifications was over 98%, with Distinction Star to Merit being 95%. For Technical subject entry, 100% of students passed the course, with 89% at Distinction star to merit.
Our extracurricular offer is amazing. Children have the opportunity to visit France, Germany or Holland. We have multiple ski-trips, visits to the Natural History Museum, Dinton Pastures, Marwell Zoo, The West End and Wycombe Swan, Harry Potter World, Thorpe Park, Hampton Court, the Big Bang Fair, Euro Disney, Italy, New York and Iceland. We have Foreign exchanges to France, Spain & Germany. We also usually have a biennial exchange programme to China.
We have sports clubs such as football for boys and for girls, dodgeball, rowing, badminton, cross-country, rugby, netball, athletics, table tennis, dance, cricket, trampolining & fitness.
We have competitions, drama productions, music concerts and recitals, choir, instrumental tuition, band club, robot club, Young Engineers, chess club, film club, debating, Dragons Den, Horrible Histories. The teachers and support staff here are exceptionally dedicated professionals who continually strive for excellence. I am indebted to them for their commitment, passion and achievements.
Our School Christian Values are:
- Respect – which incorporates tolerance: for others, the environment & self.
- Equality – which incorporates inclusively, individuality, fairness.
- Honesty – which incorporates Trust & Integrity, Kindness and Goodness.
- Dedication – which incorporates Resilience, a personal motivation and desire to succeed.
- Courage – to make good choices, to do what is right.
- Love – As a Christian community, Love, Agape, is central to our beliefs.
Our Values of Respect, Equality, Honesty, Dedication, Courage and Love; are what make us different. They define who we are and our relationships with each other.
SIAMS is the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools and occurs every five years. Inspectors reviewed documentation, conducted learning walks, observed lessons and collective acts of worship, met with parents, governors, staff and pupils over a two day inspection.
The inspectors concluded that “The distinctiveness and effectiveness of The Piggott School as a Church of England school are outstanding”.
- “Relationships between all members of the school community are exceptional.”
- “Achievement is significantly above floor standards … and progress is outstanding.”
- “Christian love (agape) is the cornerstone of the school which leads to a meaningful and effective education for all pupils, particularly for those who are vulnerable. The comprehensive review of the Christian values was an uplifting and transformational experience for all stakeholders, particularly for pupils. The values are lived out by all, and the Christian ethos now lies at the heart of strategic planning.”
- “The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding.”
- “The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.”
Our mission is to be a school which inspires and encourages the highest achievement for each and every child. Our Christian Vision and Values reflect this mission and are evidenced in every aspect of our school.
Thank you for viewing our website and I look forward to you welcoming you to The Piggott School.