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The Willink



The Willink, based in Burghfield Common, is a vibrant community school for over 1,200 students aged 11-18. As the preferred state school in our area, we attract learners beyond our catchment, including Hampshire, Reading, and Wokingham. 

Our broad and balanced curriculum has a strong international flavour, tailored to cultivate a global mindset in our students. Rooted in our heritage as a Language College, we teach four foreign languages which fosters linguistic proficiency and cultural understanding. 

Exceptional academic outcomes position us among Berkshire’s top ten non-selective schools, reflecting our commitment to educational excellence. 

As leaders in mathematics instruction we head the Mobius Maths Hub, a national centre of excellence, thus extending our influence across Berkshire and Wiltshire. We maintain strategic partnerships with Teaching School Hub Berkshire, underscoring our dedication to exceptional education. Above all, The Willink is a lively, welcoming institution encouraging high aspirations and expectations for our learning community.


Message from Headteacher, Ms Nicolle Browning:

Thank you for your interest in The Willink. Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. The Willink is a wonderfully dynamic learning community for students and staff whose ethos is encapsulated in the phrase “Village School, Global Outlook”. This ethos is reflected in our seven school houses: the international, multicultural cities of Paris, Mexico City, London, Shanghai, Berlin, New York City and Tokyo.

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. We desire all our students to “Engage, Respect and Achieve”.

We are very proud of the confident, skilled and ambitious students who leave us as future global changemakers. These qualities are the result of the opportunities that derive from our broad curriculum and innovative approach. 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. Appointments can be booked through Miss Alison Luaces-Fernandez - Business Support Officer

I look forward to welcoming you to The Willink.

Nicolle Browning,

Headteacher - September 2023

 To view the Head's Blog, please click here.

The Willink Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team

From left to right:

  • Mr D Green - Senior Leader
  • Mr I Ballantyne - Deputy Headteacher
  • Mr A Sizer - Deputy Headteacher
  • Ms N Browning - Headteacher
  • Mr A Collot - Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs G Schofield - Assistant Headteacher