WELCOME TO THE WILLINK SCHOOL
“This year we were a little apprehensive in receiving the results for our students, given the expected instability nationally in GCSE results and our record-breaking results in 2013. However, we need not have been - we are thrilled with the results overall and this year we have achieved the highest proportion in the school’s history of students gaining 5 or more good GCSE grades (86%), the Ebacc (38%), and the top A*/A grades (28%). May I congratulate our students on their success and our staff for their outstanding commitment enabling our students to achieve their very best”.
A level results
This is an excellent set of results overall. My congratulations go to our students who achieved so well and have gained well deserved places at top universities - and my thanks to our teaching staff for making it possible. The average grade achieved was the school's best ever and, for the second year running, over 30% of grades were either A or A*. This is quite an achievement and underlines the growth and success of The Willink Sixth Form in recent years.
Thank you for your interest in The Willink School. Choosing the right school for your son or daughter is one of the most important decisions you will make.
The Willink is a dynamic learning community whose ethos is encapsulated in the phrase “village school, global outlook”. Our success is based on an approach which combines the highest expectations with sensitivity to learners’ individual needs, concentrates on developing and maintaining the very best standards of learning and teaching, and takes every opportunity to recognise and reward achievement.
Our standards are always well above national averages, but over the last few years examination results have steadily risen such that the school is now acknowledged as one of the highest achieving schools in the region. Students across the ability range are well catered for including gifted and talented children and those with special needs. This year 74% of our students gained 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths, our best set of results ever and the highest achieving school or academy in West Berkshire. At A Level 36% of grades achieved were A*/A and 63% were A*-B, impressive figures comparable to the best selective schools. The result of this success has meant that this year the Willink has sent its largest contingent yet to the UK’s top Russell Group universities including Oxbridge.
There is a very happy atmosphere at Willink. It is genuinely a place where young people of every talent and aptitude can thrive and blossom. We do aim to develop every child’s potential; to build on strengths; to encourage our students to be well-disciplined, polite and considerate, well-motivated and compassionate. We are very proud of the confident, skilled and ambitious students who leave us. These qualities are the result of the opportunities that derive from our broad curriculum and innovative approach.
When Ofsted last visited the Willink in February 2014 the school was judged to be good with outstanding features. The Inspection Report noted a rising trend in achievement across the ability range at both GCSE and A level, good and outstanding teaching, outstanding behaviour and strength in leadership at middle and senior level and governance. Our aim now is simply to continue to strive for excellence in everything we do so we provide the very best education for our young people.
Please do make an appointment to visit us during the school day when members of the school community will be pleased to show you around. I look forward to welcoming you to The Willink School.
Peter Fry, Headteacher