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Sir William Ramsay School
Rose Avenue, Hazelmere, HP15 7UB, UK High Wycombe
+44 (0)1494 815211

Sir William Ramsay School

A Visual Arts College

Our Aims and Objectives


'Creating brighter futures together'


Students at Sir William Ramsay School are encouraged to be self-disciplined, considerate and respectful.  They aspire to be team players, goal orientated with the ability to persevere; gaining the skills to communicate effectively and to think things through critically in preparation for higher academic study and the world of work.



Creativity by encouraging all areas of the school to promote original thinking.

Positive attitudes by providing for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development where all students of all students.

Positive community by providing pastoral care that provides support for all students and an environment where all students are able to enjoy learning.

Positive experiences by providing a broad, balanced curriculum that encourages students to want to learn and understand more both inside and outside the classroom.



In order to bring about our aims we have identified the following objectives:

To provide an ethos which celebrates individual differences so that all can become respectful

and caring of others.

To provide an education that gives pupils the essential skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT.

To provide opportunities to students to develop their communication skills and to be tolerant of all in the community.

To offer a learning environment to enable students to become critical thinkers and to be self-disciplined and self directed in their desire to learn.



Mrs G Comber, B.Sc. (Hons)


All students in Year 7 to Year 11 receive a broad, balanced, relevant and coherent curriculum. We strive to equip each student with the necessary intellectual, physical, cultural, emotional and moral skills and attitudes to enable them to face the adult world with confidence and honesty.

The school day is divided into 5 one hour lessons.  We operate a two week timetable providing 50 periods in a two-week cycle.

Each year the school and Governors review the curriculum offered at Key Stages.  The outcome of each review is to ensure that the range of courses reflects the needs of students and follows National Curriculum requirements. A recent review has resulted in a new course being developed for Y8 students to support the needs of the kinaesthetic learner.


Key Stage 3

In addition to English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Religious Education and PSHCE all students study at least one Modern Foreign Language, History, Geography, Drama, Art & Design, Information Technology, Music and Design & Technology. 


Key Stage 4

Students are able to follow up to ten subjects at GCSE or the equivalent level.  A range of vocational courses is available to all students.  During Year 9 a consultation exercise between student, parents, teaching staff and the tutor ensures that a more individualised curriculum is chosen which best reflects the student’s ability, aptitude and interests. 


All students follow English, Mathematics, Science, PSHCE, Physical Education, Religious Education , and an Arts based course.  A wide range of options courses can be followed including:


Art & Design

Graphical Art

Art Textiles


Business Communications

Information Technology

Business Studies

Leisure & Tourism

Child care

Media studies

Design & Technology




French or Spanish

Physical Education





Vocational subjects are studied at Sir William Ramsay or in collaboration with other local education providers; students are transported to other sites for their study.  Increased vocational opportunities and work-based learning are areas under current development within the school.


Sixth Form

Mrs S Hillier - Pastoral Co-ordinator

Mrs S Bell - Pastoral Manager

  Mrs Hillier Mrs Bell



Many students continue their post-16 education at Sir William Ramsay because of the relevance of the courses on offer and the environment and guidance provided.  A wide range of GCE A level courses is offered which lead to university or directly to employment.  One year courses are also available making sure that the range of courses suits 16-18 year olds of all abilities.

To ensure that there is the widest possible choice for Sixth Form study we collaborate with another local upper school to offer a shared timetable for a number of courses.  Students from both schools work together effectively and enjoy the opportunities of being based on two sites for some of their study.   Courses offered in recent years include:




Art Textiles





Leisure Studies

Business Studies



Media Studies

Critical Thinking



Physical Education

Design & Technology







Theatre Design


Additionally all Sixth Form students are involved in an enrichment programme including PE, PSHCE, young driver course.  RE conferences and involvement in community activities.


Facilities and School Activities:


We have a dedicated 6th Form Centre with 4 teaching classrooms, which includes an ICT Suite consisting of 16 PC’s, colour and mono laser printers, Interactive Whiteboard and a scanner.  Also in the centre is a large common room and Sixth Form students have dedicated access to the Resources Centre equipped with wireless laptops.

The 6th Form is very much an integral part of the school and is actively involved in whole school activities such as the working organisation of Open Evening and Parents Evening.  Sixth Form students are involved in pupil mentoring with fellow students in Year 7 and organising charity events such as Children In Need.


Extra Curricular Activities:

Students in the Sixth Form will take part in a Curricular Enhancement Programme with career linked work experience placements.

Students have taken part in a county ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ campaign, looking at road safety, and a ‘Drugs Awareness’ workshop to help the mentoring of younger students, in raising awareness of these issues.


We have close links with both Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and Oxford Brookes Universities which helps with the progression of our students into Higher Education.


This year approximately 80% of our students are applying to continue studying in Higher Education.




For Year 7 admissions a limit, of 165 applies.  As the school roll now exceeds capacity it is very unlikely that additional student numbers will be admitted above the standard number.  The County's normal review and appeal arrangements will apply from 2006.


Applications to the school in 2006/2007 show Sir William Ramsay as:



1st Preferences 92

2nd Preferences 101

3rd Preferences 97

4th Preferences 85

5th Preferences 48

6th Preferences 27


The wearing of the 'hijab' by Muslim girls as part of religious observance is permitted.  This is on the understanding that:

  • A request has been received by the Headteacher in writing from parents.

  • The 'hijab' should be plain navy blue.

It is anticipated that a similar regulation will apply to other requests for dress code variations on religious grounds which the governing body may consider in future.



No trainers to be worn around school

No coloured sweaters

No denim or cord clothing can be worn in school

No jewellery other than a wrist watch - This ban extends to the wearing by students of earrings of any kind, including "sleepers" or any form of body piercing.

No make-up or nail varnish




The Headteacher reserves the right to take action where the appearance of a student is considered to have fallen below the School's standards.  The action may be severe if warnings are not acted upon such as where appropriate to require a student to go home to obtain suitable clothing or if there is repeated infringement of school uniform regulations.



The schools pastoral and academic structures support the individual.  Staff and students work closely together to promote a caring environment.

Every student at Sir William Ramsay is allocated to a tutor group when they join the school in year 7; they will remain with that tutor group, and tutor, until the end of year 11.  The tutor is a very important person and is responsible for the pastoral needs of their tutees, helping them to cope with everyday life at Sir William Ramsay.  Each year group of six tutors is managed and supported by a Pastoral Co-ordinator.  Concerns and problems from home are referred initially to the tutor of the student and in more serious cases to the Pastoral Co-ordinator.  The pastoral team works closely with the Senior Leadership Team, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), Matron, Connexions and other external support agencies.

Our first priority is every student's safety and welfare.  Therefore, it may be necessary, on occasion, when our concern for your child means that we need to contact other agencies before we contact you.  Buckinghamshire Child Protection Committees have determined the procedures we follow.  If you want to know more about these procedures, please contact the Headteacher.

Useful leaflets for parents and students: Bullying for Parents | Bullying for Students


Link to: Pastoral Staff

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