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Welcome to The Swan School – a new secondary school for Oxford that is set to open in September 2019. As founding headteacher, my vision is to work with the local community and exceptional establishments in Oxford and around the world to build a truly outstanding school where every single child can achieve his or her potential. We believe that students should leave The Swan School having achieved more than they ever believed possible, and with the qualifications, skills, and confidence to achieve even more in the future. We also believe they should leave with happy memories, plenty of friends and a sense of responsibility for their community. We plan to send every student out into the world with an understanding of the way it works and the empathy and drive to make it better, in whatever way they can.
Kay Wood, Swan School Headteacher
Our values will be at the heart of everything we do at The Swan School:
WE BELIEVE THAT STUDENTS SHOULD LEAVE THE SWAN SCHOOL HAVING ACHIEVED MORE THAN THEY EVER BELIEVED POSSIBLE
The curriculum at The Swan School will be tailored to provide a rigorous academic education. We will set the highest expectations of what students will learn and will encourage them to learn quickly and securely, while being sympathetic to all abilities. Students who need additional support will be quickly identified and provided with timely and effective intervention to help them make rapid progress. Creative and cultural education will be seen as just as important as traditional academic subjects. Art, design and technology, and music will be taught to both appreciate the achievements of others, discover their own creative abilities, and develop their transferrable skills such as teamwork and resilience. Compulsory enrichment activities will ensure that all students participate in the arts and high-quality performances will showcase our students’ hard work and talent.
Teaching and Learning
High-quality teaching is the most important factor in helping children learn to the best of their ability. At The Swan School, teachers will keep up to date with the latest developments in research to ensure that lessons are planned expertly and that no time is wasted on tasks that do not move students on. We will recruit dedicated members of teaching and support staff and invest heavily in professional development to enable them to continually improve their craft and give students the best possible experience.
Behaviour and Engagement
The Swan School will have unapologetically high expectations of behaviour; no student should have their learning disturbed by the behaviour of others. We will therefore have a strict behaviour policy, yet one whose focus is on ensuring that young people learn from their mistakes. We will use a restorative approach to explain to students why their behaviour is unacceptable and build their integrity so that they make better choices for themselves in future. Positive attitudes, behaviour and progress will be publicly celebrated.
At The Swan School, personal development will be valued just as highly as academic achievement. We will have dedicated pastoral teams of both teaching and non-teaching staff who will promote a culture of kindness throughout the school. All staff will ensure that students feel supported and any unkind behaviour such as bullying is swiftly and effectively dealt with.
Kay Wood Short Biography
Kay is 32 and has taught in London state schools for more than a decade.
Since last September she has been Vice Principal (Teaching and Learning) at The City Academy, Hackney.
Before that she was Assistant Headteacher at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School.
She studied geography at Oxford’s Christ Church college.
Before that she went to Bancroft’s School in Essex.
Her mother is Chinese and Kay’s full name is Kay Cheng Hua Wood.