Baylis Court School - "Advancing the Art of Learning"
Baylis Court School is a Foundation school for girls from 11-18 which is located in the borough of Slough, Berkshire. We offer a dynamic and vibrant learning environment which enables each individual to reach their full academic potential.
The school is a model of a completely harmonious community. It has worked hard to raise the self-esteem of pupils and is succeeding in building their confidence as individuals. Pupils are achieving well because they are given every opportunity, support and encouragement to succeed.
Quote from the last OFSTED report on Baylis Court School
Baylis Court School has been recognised locally and nationally for its phenomenal progress over the last five years, as shown in the adjacent 'blockquote':
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About Baylis Court School
Baylis Court School
Baylis Court School is a multi-cultural Foundation school for girls from 11 to 18 years of age. Post 16 education is delivered through the Herschel Consortium which comprises Herschel Grammar School, the Westgate School and Baylis Court School.
Numbers being updated. 6th September 2007.
The School Aims
Achieving full potential
At Baylis Court School we are committed to providing a friendly and supportive atmosphere where pupils can fulfil their individual potential, grow in confidence and be happy that they are part of a community where people are valued. We aim to provide each individual with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and to achieve their full potential in terms of academic, performing, sporting and social success.
Admissions policy for Baylis Court School
The policy for Baylis Court School is based on the criteria for admissions used by the Local Education Authority. The criteria are given below and are in descending order of priority.
Children who are Looked After by Slough Borough Council
Children who live in the designated area of the school (Slough)
Children who have either strong medical or social grounds for admission
Children who have older sisters at the school when the applicant would enter
Children of staff at the school
Children whose parents have selected for single sex or co-educational reasons
All other applicants
Information and Communication Technology
Baylis Court School has two industry standard Information and Communications Technology (ICT) suites. In addition, there are also three specialist ICT rooms, 18 computers in the library, two trolleys of radio linked laptops and extensive networked computers and internet facilities available across the school. The Science and Mathematics departments also have a class set of wireless linked laptops. Pupils have access to stand-alone computers in other areas of the school.
Over thirty of the classrooms at Baylis Court School have interactive whiteboards which provide an interactive portal to the outside world. We encourage pupils to use them in fun and imaginative ways during their lessons.
PA System in the Hall
The hall has a state of the art, industry standard sound and light system which helps to provide a professional touch to our Performing Arts productions.
Multi use PE courts
Our sports teams and individual pupils have been very successful in competitions against other schools and some pupils have had national and international success. Multi-use tennis, netball and basketball courts have been added to the PE facilities at Baylis Court school to enable our pupils to practice their skills in a superb environment.
New teaching block
A brand new extension to our teaching accomodation was added at the beginning of September 2006. The new teaching block includes four new classrooms and extensive changing facilities for PE.
Art shows how an object can be perceived in different ways
Curriculum by Key Stages
A child's progress through school is measured in Key Stages. Each Key Stage covers a number of school years. Starting at Key Stage 1 the compulsory phase of education finishes at Key Stage 4 but more and more pupils are staying on through Key Stage 5 . . . . more >>
Curriculum by Subject
At Baylis Court School we believe that Pupil Voice has been an important contributor to our success. We have asked pupils to give their views so that you have some idea of what it is like to experience the Baylis Court School curriculum . . . . more >>
The core subjects of English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Technology are examined at GCSE level by the AQA examination board . . . . more >>
Teaching and Learning
Pupils are encouraged to develop creative thinking
An inclusive teaching environment
At Baylis Court School, we recognise that in order for pupils to learn effectively, they must be taught in an environment which not only challenges their ability but adds interest, inspires and enthuses them. A variety of learning and teaching strategies are used to ensure that every pupil's needs are met. Pupils are encouraged to work in a variety of ways and to foster and develop their creative thinking and independent skills necessary in today's working world.
We aim to provide:
an inclusive teaching environment in which pupils feel all their contributions are valued
access to the mainstream curriculum unless ‘disapplication’ is applied
teaching which takes account of pupils' cultural backgrounds and linguistic needs where appropriate
teachers who take positive steps to include all groups and individuals
varied pupil groupings within the classroom to ensure the promotion of interpersonal and communication skills
Our broad, balanced and relevant curriculum is challenging and yet accessible to all. We constantly review the curriculum on offer to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to progress and to achieve success.
Tools to explore learning
Pupils learn best when they can determine their own goals and work towards them. We encourage creativity by providing an environment where pupils are given the tools to explore their learning to the limits.
Pupil Care and Voice
Mrs Ball, Headteacher, with pupils
At Baylis Court we ensure guidance and support in all aspects of school life through the use of Form Groups headed by Form Tutors . . . . more >>
At Baylis Court School, the pupil's voice is maximised in running the school by means of the School Executive Team, the School Council and involvement in the Curriculum . . . . more >>
The school publicly supports diversity and actively promotes good personal and community relations, following these principles:
Racism and discrimination is unacceptable in this school
Every pupil and member of staff will endeavour to promote this principle by contributing towards a caring environment and by showing respect for each other as individuals
The primary objective of the school will be to educate, develop and prepare the pupils to embrace the diverse elements of our society
The school acknowledges the complexity of British society and recognises that it would be failing the students if it did not prepare them for their integral part in society