Welcome

Twyford Church of England High School is part of Twyford Church of England Academies Trust.

Welcome to Twyford

Twyford is an 11-18 comprehensive School with a roll of just under 1400, including over 500 in the Sixth Form.

Twyford is organised into year groups each containing seven tutor groups, which are also members of the school's seven houses Truro, Wells, York, Fountains, Ripon, Durham and Canterbury.

Each Year Group has a Head of Year and an Assistant Head of Year. The Head of Year 7 liaises with the Primary Schools that our students have come from, and for this reason remains Head of Year 7 each year. Once students move into Year 8 they will then remain with their new year head until the end of Year 11.

The lower years (7 to 9) cover the National Curriculum's Key Stage Three and are overseen by the Head of KS3. In the same way years 10 and 11 are overseen by the Head of KS4.

In the Sixth Form there is a permanent Head of Year 12, and also one for Year 13 as well as an overall Head of KS5.

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History

Twyford became a church School in 1981, when the London Borough of Ealing sold the premises to the London Diocesan Board.

The present School came into being largely as a result of a determined campaign by a group of local parents, a number of whom are still involved in supporting the School.

In its 2012 Ofsted Inspection Twyford was praised as being an outstandingSchool, at which the pastoral support and monitoring, the relationships between staff and students and the leadership of the school are all excellent.

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Community

Twyford aims to make the very most of its students. We do this by providing an education that is both challenging and fulfilling. We offer a full educational diet; not only in the formal curriculum, but also in a wide range of available extra-curricular activities!

School life at Twyford is full of opportunities for students to learn. We encourage them to grow as individuals and we have a strong sense of community. We expect students to do their best for their own sake and for the sake of others. Most importantly in a faith school, we believe that all of our lives are given and governed by God.

We expect our students to fulfil their potential academically, personally and spiritually.

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Ethos vision

At Twyford we wish to instil a love of learning. The curriculum is broad and balanced. The core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science provide a very secure foundation for progress. With each intake of new Year 7 students we aim to build immediately on their achievements at Key Stage 2. Setting in Maths, Science and Languages starts in Year 7 and in other subjects in Year 8. As students move up the school, their available options become increasingly varied.

In the past 4 years Twyford has developed its reputation as a Specialist Language College to become a Unesco Associated School. Our curriculum is very well developed as at KS3, half of the year group studies two languages and Latin is a core subject. All students are then encouraged to study at least one Modern Language at GCSE (they choose from French, German or Spanish). Many take more than one language at GCSE and some elect to study Latin as an extra subject. This year Mandarin is also offered as an extra-curricular subject. At KS3 pupils have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of trips to Normandy, Barcelona, Paris, Bath and the University of Cambridge and we also run an exchange programme in Year 8 to Moenchengladbach in Germany. At KS4 the school has exchanges with 2 other partner schools in Toledo and Lyon and at KS5 students are encouraged to take part in the Comenius and Erasmus schemes, which allow them to debate at the European Parliament in Brussels and visit Mozambique, China and our same sister school in Lyon. Approximately four hundred students are involved in the Language College wider learning opportunities, which help to enrich their experience of learing a foreign language. In addition, our teachers have developed privileged links with primary schools across the borough and help to train teachers to teach French and Latin at KS2

All students take ICT, History, Geography, Music, Drama, PE, Art and Religious Education. Religious Education GCSE is taken one year in advance of other subjects and our success rate in this subject is particularly high.

All students have ICT lessons and use computers as a learning tool in many subjects. A full programme of Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship is also followed by all students.

As a Specialist Music College Twyford has a well established reputation throughout the local community. In 2011 it has been the lead partner within the newly established Ealing Music Partnership providing support with the development of ensemble music and music teaching across the Borough. Twyford's extensive programme of over 20 extra curricular ensembles has led to collaborations with BBC Songs of Praise, The World Service, The English Chamber Orchestra, The Mayor of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Ealing Youth Orchestra, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, Jazz FM, Trinity College, Streetaction, Inspire-works and Music for Youth. More recently the school organised and hosted the Ealing Youth Music Prom in association with Ealing Youth Music and amazing event featuring acts of over 500 students from 17 different schools across the borough.

The Arts have a very high profile at the school. In Drama and Music students learn confidence in performance which enriches their ability to learn in all other subjects. The school also has an excellent reputation for a wide range of sports. PE lessons cover Netball, Gymnastics, Dance, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Cricket, Rugby and Athletics; with each sport entering teams into borough competitions.

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