Reigate School

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Reigate School
Established 1958
Religion Mixed
Headteacher Mrs Susan Wardlow
Location Pendleton Road
Reigate
Surrey
RH2 7NT
England
Coordinates: 51°13′28″N 0°11′36″W / 51.22448°N 0.19325°W / 51.22448; -0.19325
Local authority Surrey
DfE URN 125257 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 150 (approx)
Students 1246 (approx)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Colours Blue and yellow-gold
Website Reigate School website
The School Logo[1]

Reigate School is a state secondary school in the town of Reigate, Surrey, England, for students from the ages of 11 through to 16. The current headteacher of the school is Mrs Susan Wardlow. She points out that the school has "high expectations of [its] students and strive to ensure that every child achieves academically, socially and personally. We will provide your child with a balanced curriculum, a happy, stimulating environment and opportunities in abundance."[2]

Ofsted Inspections[edit]

During the 2012 Ofsted inspections of 2012/2013, Reigate School was ranked an 'Outstanding School'. The Ofsted report stated: "Reigate is an outstanding school where students make exceptional progress to reach very high standards from average starting points."[3]

Location[edit]

Reigate School's central location in the centre of Reigate and Redhill, Surrey, makes it ideal for many students, and the school has a catchment area of about 2.5 km. The nearest state-owned secondary schools to it include The The Warwick School, Redhill and Oakwood School, Horley, and is in a partnership with these two schools and 6 other schools known as the Warwick partnership, which allows teachers to train at all these various schools.[4] The school is also a feeder school into Reigate College, a very popular Sixth Form college in Reigate, Surrey, which makes it very popular with parents living nearby.[5]

GCSE Courses Offered[edit]

Reigate School offers a wide choice of GCSEs for students to select from. Students study all subjects from Years 7-8, and where in Year 9 this would have continued, the school is now changing the system so students pick their options in Year 8 and study their selected subjects from Year 9 onwards. The school's core subjects which all students must study, as well as the exam boards used, include:

  • English Language (AQA)
  • English Literature (AQA)
  • Mathematics (Edexcel)
  • Science (Double or Triple award) (AQA)
  • Religious Studies (AQA)

From 2016, Students will also be made to study one language, from either French or Spanish. All students are encouraged to study via the EBACC route, however, this is not compulsory. Other option subjects offered include:[6][7]

  • French (AQA)
  • Spanish (AQA)
  • Geography (AQA)
  • History (Edexcel)
  • Dance (AQA)
  • Drama (WJEC)
  • Music (Edexcel)
  • Business Studies (Edexcel)
  • Business Studies BTEC (Edexcel)
  • ICT BTEC (Edexcel)
  • Computer Science (Edexcel)
  • Physical Education (AQA)
  • Design and Technology (AQA)
  • Graphics and Design (AQA)
  • Catering (WJEC)
  • Art
  • Textiles

Additional GCSEs[edit]

On top of all the listed subjects, Students also have the choice to take additional GCSEs, such as Astronomy or Media Studies after School. Although this will require them to stay in school additional time every week, it allows students to learn new skills, and could help them make better career choices in the future. Students who are fluent in another foreign language not offered at the school such as Hindi, German or Mandarin may also take the GCSE in that subject if they are ready to give up some free time, however it is well worth it for students who do. Overall, the average student will end up with 11 GCSE certificates by the time they finish school.

Facilities and Amenities[edit]

Reigate School has many facilities throughout including Sports Terrain, Tennis Courts, A dedicated Food Technology Block and many more different options for students to learn from.

Main Building[edit]

The View from the Front Entrance of the Front of the School

When passing through the main reception, which was refurbished in early 2011, is the main Hall in which Assemblies for Students are held, Parents evenings occur once in the year,and the pupils have their Lunch in during the 12.25-1.00 lunch period. During the summer term, Students are also able to have lunch on the school field, located behind the Mathematics Department. Behind this main hall is also a canteen, being one of three options in which to get lunch, a faster self-service being another option also located on the other side of the main hall. The school canteen serves many different meals (Menu's can be found here), including Breakfast in the morning, and is operated by Surrey County Council. On the ground floor of this section also lays the Modern Foreign Languages Department, the School offering several Languages including French and Spanish [2] and includes 6 Modern Foreign Languages Classrooms. On the 1st floor of the main building, can be found the Humanities department, including the History and Geography Classrooms. The Main school building forms a square like shape, which can be seen on the satellite view of Google Maps A Satellite View of Reigate School with a courtyard and playground located in the centre of it. To the left of this area can also be found the Religious Education Department, with RE being one of the core subjects in the school. On the left hand side of the hall, located on another corridor, is where the Performing Arts Department is located, with Music, Dance and Drama being several options available. 2 Multi-Use classrooms can also be found here, known as D1 and D2, which host a variety of different activities such as the School Council Meetings, Staff Reunions and are also used as form rooms during the registration period (Lasting from 8.45-9.05). The Drama and Dance rooms both have fairly modern equipment, including Laser Lights, several other lighting options including Spotlights and even a Disco Ball. Performances for Dance and Drama are often performed in the main hall as well, and big performances such as the 'Youth Theater' musical are hosted in Nearby theater, The Harlequin [3]. Found behind the main hall and Performing Arts Department, is where the Science Department is Located. The Science Department spans all of the Main Corridor up North of the School, and is Connected to the Performing Arts/Administration corridor, and the Physical Education department, where some PE Changing rooms and the Three main Gyms can be found. The Science Department in Reigate Schools covers a vast range of topics, and hosts timely events throughout the year, such as the Science Festival in Early July. In Late 2009/Early 2010, the addition of a new Food Technology Block was added, as well as 3 new Science Classrooms several years earlier, one of which was a computer room until September 2013. At the other end of the science corridor, is the Physical Education Department and 3 Gymnasiums, which is where Exams are sat during the Exam Season for Year 10's and 11's, as well as students taking subjects such as French in Advance. The Three Gyms are fairly recent, and offer a huge variety of different activities, including many extra-curricular or after school activities.

The English, Technology and Mathematics Departments[edit]

Throughout the Mid-2000s, several new building were constructed in order to accommodate the ever increasing capacity of the school. This Included the English and Tech Block, and the Mathematics Department.

The English and Technology Building[edit]

Whilst Exiting the main School Building through either the Gymnasiums or the Exit opposite Room 6 or 7, the English Department is immediately Accessible. On the ground floor of this building, the Technology Department is a series of 4 Different classrooms including Resistant Materials Rooms, one of Many options available for GCSE, and the Graphics and Design room in front of the Staircase to go up into the English Department. The technology department is equipped with everything students need to make successful projects, and a Technology Club is available on the Wednesday Afternoon run by a notable staff member. On the first floor of the Building, is the English Department of the School. In the English Department of the School, 7 Classrooms lay parallel to each other, and have a nice view on the All Weather Surface of the School. Many clubs are run in this department, such as Debating Club and Carnegie Medal (literary award) Club is also available weekly.

The Mathematics Building[edit]

After Exiting North of the English and Technology Building, the Mathematics Department is directly opposite. The Mathematics department has 6 New Mathematics Classrooms, and hosts brand new technology all throughout, including the Smart Board and several other additions. The Mathematics Classrooms have a view on the School Field, a Corridor being on the South Side of it, facing the English Block, and all classrooms have Central Heating and Large Open Windows. The building is two floors high, and offers all the support students deserve when in their math class.

The ICT and PE Buildings[edit]

In late 2010/2011, work began to construct a new PE building, featuring new changing room facilities for students, and two new classrooms for PE theory work and graphics and design. This allowed the school to expand its capacity, and meant that students have easier access to the sports facilities including the astro turf opposite. This is also after a new ICT department was added to the school in the mid-2000s, where three ICT rooms are located, and used for teaching IT, Business Studies and Computer Science, which was recently added to the curriculum starting 2015. The transformation of an old art room in the ICT Building also meant that there are two new multi-use classrooms at the end of the building, used for English, Maths and Student Support Lessons.

The Learning Resources Centre[edit]

The Learning Resources centre, or LRC for short, is the school's library centre, where students have a choice from a wide range of books available, and have many resources available to help them with their homework's. The LRC is used after school to host a Homework Club, where students can do their homework's and revise using the school's facilities. In December 2015, a new initiative by the school's Maths reps and Maths Department led to the creation of a school tuck shop in the LRC, supplying stationery to students at an inexpensive price. For example, a pencil can be bought for the small price of 10 Pence, making it easy for all students to be well equipped. The LRC is also used for lessons, where teachers read to students or students can revise for exams. The LRC offers printing facilities for students to print their work, and offers a great all-round experience.

Sports Facilities[edit]

Reigate School hosts many excellent sports facilities for students to use, including a large multi-purpose terrain and several tennis courts. The school also features a large field, which students are permitted to have lunch on in the summer months, and where PE lessons often occur in the summer. The field also features a running track, used to host running activities and contests against other schools, and also used at the school's yearly 'Sports Day'. The tennis courts located behind the School's Science Department are also used for a wide range of sports, including Tennis, Netball, Handball and more. Three gyms also make up a portion of the main building, and are used all throughout the year, as well as to hold exams during the exam seasons. The school offers a wide range of extra curricular activities, and offers something for everyone.[8] Some examples of clubs offered at the school in 2015/2016 include:

  • Football Club
  • Netball Club
  • Rounders Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Hockey Club
  • Cross-Country Club
  • Trampoline Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Health and Fitness Club
  • Athletics Club
  • Rugby Club
  • Table-Tennis Club

Headmaster and Leadership[edit]

Reigate School's Headmistress is currently Mrs S. Wardlow. Over her time at Reigate School, the school has improved significantly, and the quality of education has increased greatly, with new schemes introduced to support all students. The Deputy Head Teacher at the School is Mr Baston, and the Chair of Governors for the school, elected every four years by the local authority, is Mr N. Gout.[9]

Uniform[edit]

Likewise to the majority of schools in Britain, Reigate School has a strict approach to uniform, ensuring students look their very best at all time. The Uniform for boys and girls varies, and all uniform is sold through Swots [4] Shop in Reigate, Surrey. The Uniform consists of:[10]

Boys[edit]

  • Royal blue v-necked pullover with Reigate School logo
  • Reigate School tie
  • Plain white shirt with a top button.
  • Plain black tailored trousers. Denim style trousers are not permitted.
  • Dark socks.
  • Sensible plain black leather, flat-heeled shoes which can be polished.

Girls[edit]

  • Royal blue v-necked pullover with Reigate School logo.
  • Reigate School blue and white striped blouse.
  • Plain black, smart trousers with no embellishments.
  • Reigate School plain black skirt with logo.
  • Sensible plain black leather, flat-heeled shoes which can be polished.
  • Opaque black plain tights or black or white socks.

In the summer term, boys are also permitted to remove their jumper and instead wear a plain white polo shirt, which must be purchased from Swots.

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