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Notley High School
Notley Road, CM7 1WY, UK Braintree
+44 (0)1376 556300

Simon Thompson - Headteacher

Achieving examination success at school has never been more important for our young people than it is today. All that we do at Notley High School is therefore geared to our primary aim that each and every pupil, irrespective of ability, should fulfil their academic potential.

In recent years, the school's GCSE results have shown a sustained improvement. Moreover, we have been particularly pleased by the excellent performances of many individual students in relation to their academic ability.

Pupils will achieve success when their teachers have high expectations of them and when they are well taught in a stimulating and challenging manner. At Notley High School we also place particular emphases on the traditional values of civilised behaviour, courtesy to all and a smart appearance.

Notley High School has a diverse and vigorous programme of extra-curricular events. Participation in these activities enables pupils to develop a wider range of interests and acquire essential personal skills which they will need in their future career. All the evidence shows that employers and colleges value the extra dimension which such activities promote. Moreover, involvement in extra-curricular opportunities tends to enhance academic achievement.

I am proud of Notley High School's recent achievements and am very confident about its future success. I do hope interested parents will take the opportunity of visiting the school and seeing for themselves the high quality of education we can offer their child.

Simon Thompson


Key Stage 3

All pupils receive personal support and guidance from their tutors through a rolling tutorial programme that operates through individual pupil withdrawal from lessons.

To ease the transition from primary to secondary school pupils in Year 7 are taught, for the majority of their subjects, in their tutor groups. A tutor period is included in Yrs 7,8 & 9 to support the teaching of Citizenship. The work in each subject is designed to ensure every pupil has the opportunity to progress at a rate which matches their ability and yet stretches them.

Progress groups run for small groups of Year 7 pupils to help them catch up with any shortfalls in their literacy skills.

In Years 8 and 9 pupils are moved progressively into groups or sets based on their ability in a particular subject. For example, a pupil may be placed in a top set for Languages and yet be in the middle set for Mathematics. By the time pupils reach the upper school they are set in most subjects. In some subjects, however, experience has shows that it is favourable to keep pupils in mixed ability groupings.

The Curriculum in Years 7 - 9 is as follows:

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Creative Arts (Music, Art and drama)
Information Communications Technology
Tutor Period / Citizenship

*In Year 9 pupils with aptitude and ability in Languages study a second Language as well as French. In Year 9 Careers Education is rotated within the ICT lesson pattern.

Key Stage 4

The programme of subjects on offer in Years 10 and 11 ensures that all pupils continue with a broad and balanced education, whilst providing a significant degree of choice to allow pupils to gear their education towards their individual interests and possible future careers. Links with Braintree College allow some pupils to diversify their curriculum to a greater extent in other vocational areas. Able scientists can follow a Triple Science course in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Able mathematicians are able to take Statistics as an additional GCSE subject. The ICT GNVQ and the Engineering GCSE courses are Double courses taking up two teaching blocks (10 periods).

The rolling tutorial programme based on withdrawal from lessons continues.

A strong theme emphasised in the last two years is Education for life in the adult world. Thus Careers, Health, Work Experience, RE and Citizenship is delivered through an extensive programme of PSHE. This is delivered through the ASDAN scheme.

The pattern of courses in Years 10 and 11 is,

Year 8
Year 9
Double Science
Triple Science
Technology Choice : Food, Textiles, Graphic Design, Resistant Materials, Systems & Control.
Engineering (double subject)
PE core

Four Free Choice subjects from:
Art, Business & Communication Studies, Child Development, Dance, Drama, Engineering, French, Geography, History, ICT Double award (GNVQ), Music, PE, RE, Spanish. | College Diversification Programme


In their final two years at Notley each pupil develops an Action Plan for their future, identifying the skills, experiences and qualifications they will need to follow their chosen career. This plan results in their National Record of Achievement, a folder recording all that they have achieved with us, that they can take on with them to work or college.

At the end of Year 11 pupils take their GCSE exams, almost all pupils are entered for at least 8 GCSE's, most will do more. In addition they work for their ASDAN accreditation in PSHE.

Basic and Key Skills

An increasing emphasis is being placed across all subjects, throughout Years 7 to 11, to ensure that pupils develop not only knowledge but also the skills essential both for study and future life.


The basic skills are reading, writing speaking and using mathematics sufficiently well to be able to function in society and at work. Key skills build on these in three main ways:-

  • They include a wider range of personal, learning and work related skills
  • They require the use of these skills in a broader range of contexts and up to higher levels.
  • They require pupils to make connections between contexts, demonstrating the ability to use skills
  • learned in one environment to meet new demands.

The Key Skills are:-

  • Communication
  • Application of NumberInformation Communication Technology
  • Problem Solving
  • Working With Others
  • Improving Own Learning and Performance

There are a wide range of initiatives in the school to support the development of reading, writing, speaking and numeracy within the taught curriculum and through Learning Support and extra curricular activities. Relevant policies and Schemes of Work explain the details.

Key Skills are increasingly developed as pupils move up the curriculum with a wide range of activities on offer again within the taught curriculum and:

  • through the ASDAN programme and the Notley Award scheme
  • through Work Experience / Trident Gold challenges
  • with Industry links
  • the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The school has developed an extensive mentoring programme to support pupils who particularly require assistance to improve their own learning.


Here you will find pages showing the daily life of students at Notley High School.

We have essential information for those students who have just joined us, or who may be coming to Notley in the next academic year. For those students moving up into year 10 we have the full course "Option Pack" available online.

There are full descriptions of relevant policies and procedures, details of our innovations in education and sections devoted to extracurricular activity, music and sport.

Also in this section is the Online student magazine "Notley Active", including the Bulletin Board, where you can discuss a wide variety of subjects with the whole online community.

New Students

School Clubs

Music & Drama



School Policies

Year 9 Options


  • To enable each pupil to maximise their academic potential
  • To provide a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum, relevant and responsive to individual needs and which builds on previous educational experiences.
  • To promote the personal, social, and spiritual development of each individual.
  • To encourage pupils to develop a sense of responsibility towards the community.
  • To foster positive partnerships between home and school.
  • To develop and encourage self esteem and self confidence, self discipline and self reliance.
  • To require high standards of behaviour, respect for others and themselves.
  • To provide a diversity of learning and extra curricular experience that widens our pupils’ outlook.
  • To make the school a secure place in which all feel valued.
  • To create a positive learning community for all.
  • To recognise and celebrate personal and collective achievement.


The school is proud to an+nounce that The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) has awarded Notley High, specialist school status as a Technology College from 1st September 2001.

This provides enormous opportunities for the school and its local community to develop a wide range of exciting initiatives which are funded directly by the DfES.

“As a Technology College Notley High School will become Braintree’s centre of excellence for technological education. We shall design a curriculum in which there are many new opportunities for pupils to excel in the areas of Technology, Science, ICT and Mathematics” (quote from our mission statement).

However we are also committed to maintaining a balanced curriculum which continues to support all subjects across the curriculum including English, Humanities, Creative Arts, PE and Modern Foreign Languages. All areas of the curriculum will gain from our Technology College status.

Above all we aim to raise educational standards and maintain the current upwards trend in exam performance for all pupils within the school.

We will work with and support our partner primary schools and other local secondary schools.

Within the community we will act as a focus for adult learning deploying the power of Information and Communications Technology in their education.

We are fully committed to work with our business and industrial sponsors to build important links with local companies. In this way we aim to promote and support technological skills and understanding in the workplace.

Over a period of 4 years, with funding provided from the DfES and our sponsors, the school will invest almost half a million pounds into developing school based initiatives and £163,000 in community based projects.

Specialist status will change Notley in many ways to help provide a unique educational provision. There are no other specialist Technology secondary schools in the Mid Essex region and as such we aim to become a leader in this field.

Listed below ia a range of initiatives which we are committed to develop over the next 4 years.

We look forward with excitement to working with our pupils and the wider community with Notley operating as a specialist Technology College in the heart of Braintree and the local district.

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