Head's Introduction

TP.jpgWelcome to Woolwich Polytechnic School, one of the most successful boys’ schools in the country. We have a relentless focus on ensuring that your child achieves the very best outcomes in the pursuit of our vision ‘Success for Everyone’. By choosing our school, you are giving your child the best opportunity to be happy and successful.

“The Poly” is a very special school and one with a unique ethos. We regard ourselves as a family and we place care and ambition at our heart. Our pastoral system is truly exceptional and we pride ourselves on the quality of care for every student. Our whole way of working is grounded in a highly inclusive and steadfastly secular ethos: we believe that this provides the best basis on which to enhance our community relations and develop our students to be leaders within our communities, respecting the differences amongst us that are our collective strength.

From this platform of care, we then put our focus on creating lessons that engage, challenge and motivate students. We have the highest ambitions and we are very lucky to have an extremely dedicated team of staff who are always willing to give their time freely. An example of this is our Extended Schools Programme whereby we open every Saturday and have an average attendance of 350 students, all willing to take advantage of the extra opportunities that the Poly provides. This ambition is at the heart of our practice – we are never satisfied, no matter what our achievements.

We believe that our students are capable and deserving of the greatest achievements and our aim is for them to attend the best universities in the country. Our heavily over-subscribed, co-educational Sixth Form continues to go from strength to strength with 20% of our students securing places at the top Russell Group universities – double the London average. In recent years, students have secured places at Cambridge and the top medical schools. Students experience the highest quality lessons and the opportunity to attend cultural events such as the opera, theatre and dining out in London restaurants. The result is that students leave us as self-assured adults, ready to face the next step on their journey to success.

However, we would like to stress that life at the Poly is about so much more than the classroom. The richness of our extra-curricular activities means that we have triumphs in sport, drama and music and an exceptional student council that has represented the school on a number of occasions and made a major impact on the local area.

Our 2019 Ofsted report recognised the school’s strengths; below are some selected quotations of which we are very proud:

“There is an exceptional ethos of care across the school and pupils view the school as their family.”

“There is an exceptionally good system of pastoral support for pupils…behaviour around the school is exemplary. Pupils welcome visitors and the opportunity to demonstrate their pride in the school and they are an absolute credit to the school.”

“Teachers use their good subject knowledge to plan exciting lessons which motivate and inspire their pupils.”

“The sixth form is outstanding because students’ outcomes are very strong and the quality of teaching is consistently high.”

“Pupils are highly ambitious, because of this culture set by leaders.”

Mr Parker and I continue to support other schools in London and beyond through our work with the Partners In Excellence (PiXL) Club. This work brings us many ideas back to our home school and ensures that we are always able to find and share exciting new ideas.

Mr Parker shares with me the role of Chief Executive of our Trust – PolyMAT – and he is also the Trust’s Leadership Advisor. This means that he works across both Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys and Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls (due to open in September 2019). He and I have worked in close partnership as Co-Head Teachers for many years and I am delighted that the partnership will continue in this new form from the summer term of 2019.

Whatever your interest in the school, you are always welcome to visit. Please come and see for yourself what makes us such a special school.

Tim Plumb

Tel: 020 8310 7000 Email: enquiries@woolwichpoly.co.uk
Registered Office: Hutchins Road, London, SE28 8AT
Woolwich Polytechnic School is operated by POLYMAT which is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales. Reg no. 9078530