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The Chadwell Heath Foundation School
Christie Gardens, Chadwell Heath, RM6 4RS, UK Romford
+44 (0)208 252 5151


From the Headmaster - Keith Wilkinson

Welcome to the Chadwell Heath Foundation School web page. I hope that you will find the information useful and that it will give you an insight into our school.

We have a commitment to teaching that always comes first in all that we do. Our progress from LEA control to Grant Maintained to Foundation Status to Technology Status has been driven by our desire to ensure that all our pupils have the opportunities to develop their various talents and be set firmly on the road to adulthood as successful young men and women.

We work hard to ensure that the foundations for future success are laid in the main school - Years 7 to 11 - and then offer the opportunity to all our students to follow courses in the Sixth Form that will enable them to fulfil their ambitions whether that be gaining immediate employment or progressing on to further or higher education.


We are a successful, all ability 11 to 18 six form entry co educational Foundation School. We have approximately 1200 pupils on roll, including 300 in the Sixth Form.

We believe in the importance of supporting and encouraging all our students to succeed. It is our expectation that the majority of our pupils will complete their education in our Sixth Form.

To encourage achievement, effort grades and credit certificates are presented throughout the year for academic, artistic and social endeavour. Academic progress is monitored through a mentoring programme and regular assessment. All spupils are tested in formal end of year examinations.

Support teaching is an important feature of our approach to education. Pupils with learning difficulties are carefully assessed and given additional help in subject lessons.

There are many opportunities for pupils to develop their special interests and aptitudes, with many clubs connected to academic subjects as well as regular Music Concerts and Drama productions providing the opportunity not only to perform, but also to be involved 'backstage'.

Pupils have the opportunity to join teams in many different sports and participate in numerous inter school competitions.

Trips abroad to improve language skills and understanding of cultures take place to France and Germany. Winter ski-ing holidays are also organised.

We are very much part of the community and all Year groups become involved in charity work.

Each year we have a Prizegiving Evening to celebrate, through the distribution of trophies, medals and books, the full range of social, sporting and academic success of our pupils.

How the School is Organised

On entering our school, pupils are placed in one of six tutor groups under the pastoral care of a Form Tutor and Head of Year. They stay within this group to the end of Year 11 thereby ensuring that they have the continuity and stability necessary for success.

We seek to create an environment in which pupils feel that staff are available to listen to them, guide them and where necessary take action on their behalf. We find that this is best achieved by organising the School into three tiers, corresponding with each of the key stages. Each tier has a Head of School whose responsibility is to coordinate the work of the academic and pastoral teams to ensure that all our pupils achieve their very best.

Parental Contact

We believe that pupils progress most effectively when their parents are involved in their education. If problems occur, it is our policy to involve parents at an early stage and seek parental support in finding solutions. Every eight weeks all pupils are assessed on effort and attainment in all subjects and a report sent home. This allows parents to monitor their child's progress through the year. Parents may request meetings with the Head of Year and/or subject teachers to discuss any particular problems that may arise during the year.

There is a formal Parents Evening each year when parents have the opportunity to meet all the subject teachers to discuss progress.

Each term pupils are issued with an organiser in which to record all their homework. The organiser is also used to pass messages between parents and school. Parents are asked to check it regularly and sign it each week.

Attendance and Homework

The programmes of study in all subjects follow on from one lesson to the next and therefore regular and punctual attendance is an essential ingredient for success. We monitor attendance and punctuality regularly and request that parents always supply a note if an absence occurs. We ask, wherever possible, that attendance at the Dentist or Doctors be held outside of normal school hours.

Homework is given regularly in order to help develop self-reliance and the ability to work alone. It also provides the repetition and reinforcement which is indispensable in the acquisition of skills. We ask parents to help their children by encouraging them in their homework and ensuring that there is a quiet time at home for it to be completed. We recommend the following as a guide;

Years 7 and 8: 1 hour per evening
Year 9: 1 to 1.5 hours per evening
Years 10 and 11: 1.5 to 2 hours per evening
Sixth Form: 10 to 15 hours per week depending on courses


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

When pupils first enter the School they are placed on a reading programme as a first step in ensuring that they continue to develop the skills with which to achieve their potential. All pupils follow a reading programme designed to enhance their skills. They also follow the DiDA Information Technology syllabus that leads to examination equivalent of GCSE.

Our curriculum for each Year group includes the requirements of the National Curriculum in terms of times allocated and range of subjects offered. The curriculum is divided into 8 week modules. Each module ends with an assessment which is sent to parents as a continuous guide as to their child's progress.

In each subject we aim to give our pupils the skills they need to extend their knowledge and have the firm foundation necessary for success at GCSE.

Much of the teaching in Years 7 and 8 takes place in mixed ability tutor groups, with the average group being thirty pupils.

Most subjects in Year 9 are taught in smaller groups with setting in some subjects so that teaching can be carried out at levels most suited to the pupils' developing needs.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

During Year 9, parents and pupils are invited to an evening at the School to explore and discuss the range of subjects offered at key stage 4.

In Years 10 and 11 extra classes are created to ensure that average group size is in the low 20's.

All pupils follow a core curriculum consisting of English Language GCSE, English Literature GCSE, DiDA Information and Communication Technology, Mathematics GCSE, Physical Education, Personal and Social Education (which includes Religious Education) and Science GCSE.

Pupils will then have the opportunity to choose additional subjects leading to either GVNQ or GCSE. Choices are guided and depend upon aptitude and ability.

All pupils in Year 10 also have two weeks of closely monitored and evaluated work experience, for which a certificate of competence is awarded. Some Year 11 pupils on designated courses will have a further period of work experience.

The range of additional subjects available in Years 10 and 11 are:

Art and Design GCSE, Business Studies and Economics GCSE, Dance GCSE, Drama GCSE, French GCSE,  Geography GCSE, German GCSE, Graphic Design GCSE, History GCSE, Media Studies GCSE, Media Communication and Production GNVQ, Music GCSE, Physical Education (Games) GCSE, Religious Studies GCSE, Product Design GCSE, Textiles GCSE.

The Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13)

During Year 11, parents and students are invited to an evening at the School to explore and discuss the range of available opportunities for further study.

Students who enter the Sixth Form are assigned to a Tutor who keeps daily contact with them and discusses how their studies are progressing. We have subject assessment of progress each term, which is discussed with the student and a copy of this assessment is sent to parents. There is also an annual parents evening to discuss progress.

Each year we send the majority of our students on to University, College or other places of Further Education.

In the SIXTH FORM the range of AS and A2 courses available are: Business Studies, Economics,  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computing, Information and Communication Technology, Music Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies,  English Literature, Media Studies, French, German, Geography, History, Law, Psychology, Physical Education,  Politics and Government, Art and Design, Graphics, Product Design, Textiles.
We also offer Sixth Form students the opportunity to 'top up' their GCSE qualifications with courses in English Language, English Literature, Information Technology, Mathematics, Media Studies and Sociology.
 All students have a tutorial period and 2 periods of Core Studies, which includes Religious Education.
 NB: The range of courses offered may be subject to change dependent on the circumstances of any particular year.  


Why choose the Chadwell Heath Sixth Form?

We believe that we offer our students the opportunity to continue to achieve success. Our performance at GCSE places us as one of the top schools in Redbridge. We build upon this success when students enter the Sixth Form and we have a clear track record of gaining excellent results.

Higher and Further Education

We pride ourselves on being able to place the majority of our Sixth Form students in further education.

Each year we send the vast majority on to University or College, and we send to the best ... Cambridge, Durham, the LSE, St Andrews, Imperial, University College, Kings, Bristol...

Our Higher Education Library is well resourced and accessible to every Sixth Former. A knowledgeable team of tutors have developed a structured programme which takes every student through the initial stages of research, application and final placement after results day.

So why choose The Chadwell Heath Foundation School? - Because we offer quality teaching and our students stand a higher than average chance of achieving individual success.

Making the Right Choice

What you SHOULD NOT do

  • Choose subjects because friends and family want you to.
  • Choose subjects which you do not enjoy unless they are vital.
  • Choose subjects because you like the teacher.
  • Choose subjects on the assumption that some are better than others.
  • Choose subjects just because you did them at GCSE.

What you SHOULD do

  • Ask for help and advice. Book appointments to discuss your future with subject teachers, form teachers and members of the Sixth Form team.
  • Explore all possibilities, consider yourself an adventurer and delve into unknown territories.
  • Study each subject carefully by looking at the content, the coursework, the opportunities for practical work, the trips and the method of examination.
  • Make a list of what you enjoy doing, then match this to the subject.
  • Re-read your careers interview notes. Are there special subject requirements? If so, do they match your interests and expectations?

If you cannot make up your mind, do not worry!! We are here to help and advise.

Sixth Form Life


Guidance begins before students join the Sixth Form. All future Sixth Form students are required to take part in the Sixth Form Induction Programme. This takes place during the month of June, after the GCSE Examinations. Over the course of a week students work closely with the Sixth Form Tutor Team and are given the opportunity to attend a variety of 'taster' lessons. These will help students decide on the subjects they wish to study in the Sixth Form and give a clearer idea of the differences between GCSE and A/S and A2 (A-Level). Students are welcome to use the Sixth Form Centre and its facilities during Induction and are encouraged to meet and talk to other Sixth Formers.

 Life In The Sixth Form

The Sixth Form Centre is for the sole use of Sixth Formers and is out of bounds to other pupils of the School. Besides the administrative offices, there are two private study areas; a library containing information on universities and polytechnics and five teaching rooms.

The purpose built study areas are fully equipped with computers and are open throughout the day.

The School Canteen is open all morning for Sixth Formers as an area in which to relax. Soft drinks and food may be purchased.

There are toilets for both male and female students in the Centre.

Time Management

All students are issued with a Personal Planner to help them organise their time effectively and record assignment titles. Target setting is encouraged and the diaries are a valuable aid to study.


This is an important part of the school day, as messages are given out and daily problems can be discussed with the Form Tutor. All students register twice a day, at 8.50 a.m. and at 2.00 p.m. The tutor quickly gets to know all their students.


All students have a personal tutor who acts as their form teacher. Regular individual meetings are held to discuss progress, career aspirations and provide support and understanding at all times.


In addition to tutorials, students have target grades set to improve their standards and progress towards achieving these are reviewed regularly. Reports on progress are issued at regular intervals during the year, and cover the following areas: attainment against the target grade, participation in lessons, commitment to work, attendance and meeting deadlines.

Trial examination dates for One Year students vary according to the nature of the chosen courses.


All Sixth Formers follow individually designed timetables to suit their own needs. There will be a limited number of non contact periods allocated to private study.

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