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Alderwood School is a mixed secondary school in Aldershot, Hampshire for 11- to 16-year-olds. In its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2015 the school was rated "Requires Improvement". It forms part of an "all-through" consortium of students aged 4 to 16 together with Alderwood Infant (formerly Belle Vue Infant School) and Alderwood Junior (formerly Newport Junior School) schools.
The senior school started life as Heron Wood County Secondary School for Boys in 1964, changing its name to The Connaught School in 1987 and making the decision to become a mixed gender institution. In 2017 the school was renamed Alderwood School. The current Headteacher is Mrs. Lindsey Abbott.
In June 2013 an Ofsted inspection was made of English and Literacy across the school, the outcome of which was ‘Good’ with outstanding features. Ofsted remarked on the “excellent provision” for pupils and also on “commitment across the curriculum” to raising standards. It was also noted in the report that “pupils across the school are making good progress.” A further inspection of the school in 2015 rated it as "Requires Improvement".
In 2017, as a result of these Ofsted reports and considering that The Connaught School had "performed relatively weakly on attainment measures for the previous three years" (in 2015 29% of students attained 5 good GCSEs including English and mathematics compared to a national average of 57% placing the school well below the minimum Government Floor Standard of 40%) Hampshire County Council decided to merge The Connaught School with the Federation of Newport Junior School and Belle Vue Infant School from September 2017, to create a single all-through (age 4 to 16) school to collectively be called Alderwood School.
All pupils are affiliated to one of the four houses:
Given the Town’s strong military connection, the houses have been named after four great military leaders.
In 2011 The Connaught School, in partnership with Aldershot Town FC won the National LiteracyActionNet Award for Double Club, an after school provision for pupils and parents that teaches skills in both Literacy and Sport.