Welcome to Wadebridge School

Message from Miss Yardley, Headteacher

As Headteacher of Wadebridge School I welcome you to our website and hope that the information included here provides you with all you are looking for, but also conveys what is important to us, what we stand for and what we are striving to achieve for our students.  

Wadebridge School aims to create a caring and stimulating environment in which high standards of teaching and learning are promoted and in which all students can achieve success. During our last Ofsted inspection the team said:

  • “The ethos of a caring school where every individual matters and is valued is strongly demonstrated in all aspect of the school’s work. Care, guidance and support are outstanding and make a significant contribution to students’ achievement”
  • “The curriculum is innovative and continually evaluated so that it meets the needs of individuals and groups of students”

We strive to achieve an effective balance of: the highest levels of achievement and progress for all;  ensuring that our students are cared for, safe and happy; working in partnership with our parents, staff and the local community and this balance helps to make our school the special place that it is today.

We also aim to develop in all students a sense of self-esteem, responsibility and mutual respect. In a rapidly changing world we aim to equip each student with a range of transferable skills and the ability to make informed decisions. Employers want to see a balance between “qualifications” and those personal strengths which makes our young people so successful. Qualities and skills such as: resilience; honesty; effective communication; the ability to problem solve and to work independently or as a part of a wider team.

In March 2013, in order to evaluate our progress and plan our next steps of school improvement, we undertook a full survey of the views of our students, their parents and staff. A summary of the findings can be accessed here but I wanted to highlight the fact that when “rating” how successful the school is in achieving its core priorities, parents rated “developing confidence”, “school discipline” and “encouraging and listening to parents’ views” the highest. Students rated “careers advice” “school facilities” and “discipline” and staff, “pupils’ respect for staff and others” and “pupils’ attitudes to learning”.

This valuable process has informed our key objectives and we are focusing on:

  • Achievement and progress for all
  • High expectations
  • High quality teaching and learning which engages, enthuses and motivates.

The achievement of our students is of paramount importance to us, not just their academic progress, but also their development as young adults and the need to equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in a challenging and ever changing world. With this in mind we will be focusing on all aspects of school improvement and how we can ensure that our teaching and learning is challenging and exciting and continues to improve.

Learning is a lifelong experience and we want every member of our school community including parents and carers, to take an active role in not only the learning of the students, but also to consider where we can work in partnership, enhancing our learning power and taking an active role in supporting the school and the journey that we are all on.

Finally I want to stress that every member of the Wadebridge School community is valued: students, staff, parents, governors and our local community. We all expect the highest levels of achievement as well as respect and traditional values. We all assume responsibility, have a thirst for learning and care for each other. However we have to be ambitious, aspirational and rise to the challenges that our journey will bring.

Tina Yardley



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