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A Few Words from our Headteacher
Welcome to The FitzWimarc School website.
We are proud of the school's standing in the community and its reputation as a centre of excellence in so many aspects of education. Equally, we are proud of the trust thousands of parents have placed in us over the years to educate and care for their children.
We are a happy school with a staff dedicated to bringing out the best in every individual in our care and instilling in each pupil a real sense of belonging. We do that by providing high standards of teaching and first-class facilities, many of which we have funded or part-funded through the efforts of the staff, parents, pupils and our numerous local supporters. We are also an open school, ensuring that parents have quick and easy access to us at all times. While we are naturally intent on pupils passing as many examinations as they can, we also place great emphasis on teaching life skills so the pupils enter adulthood as caring and considerate members of the community.
J R Fuller
FitzWimarc is a co-educational comprehensive school, occupying a single site within a semi-rural area, less than a mile from the centre of Rayleigh. The buildings are a blend of old and new architecture, providing comfortable accommodation for over 1300 pupils.
The facade is deceiving, hiding as it does a great deal of modern accommodation and extensive playing fields. Much of the new and refurbished accommodation results from an ability to anticipate future trends and to bid successfully for funds to pay for projects.
We are grateful to The Friends of FitzWimarc - local businesses which support the school. Visit The Friends of FitzWimarc page on this site.
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- To provide a stable and caring yet disciplined environment in which individuals may develop.
- To extend pupils’ horizons and to broaden and deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding.
- To develop respect for religious and moral values and to encourage acceptance of others and their differing views.
- To prepare pupils for a positive role as adults in a changing society.
- To develop personal and social skills, creativity and the ability to question and argue rationally.
- To develop skills for adulthood, including physical competence, numeracy, literacy, computer skills, application to tasks, problem solving and thinking skills.
- To provide in pupils the capacity to learn how to learn.
- To promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils.
- To be renowned as the regional centre of excellence for teaching and learning in modern languages.
The FitzWimarc Language College
The importance of having a second or third language in order to communicate successfully in the global marketplace is clearly underlined by the school's dedication to languages and its enthusiasm for giving pupils every opportunity to use what they have learnt. In the annual Essex "Have Your Say" modern languages competition teams converse in French, German or Spanish in front of a panel of judges. The school has an outstanding record, winning 11 prizes at one contest.
The adage that travel broadens the mind has been consistently and practically applied at FitzWimarc. The "expeditions" include a Mediterranean cruise, trips to the Great War battlefields of Northern France and Belgium, French, Spanish and German exchanges, outdoor pursuits in France, ski trips to Austria and many more.
In September 2000 FitzWimarc earned the distinction of becoming a Language College. Such designations brings with it over £650,000 in additional funding over four years. This has a positive impact on the school, providing additional staff, extra resources, subsidies for foreign visits and exchanges, and the very latest advances in teaching languages.
Language College status enables FitzWimarc to offer language courses to our partner primary schools, other secondary schools, parents and other adult and local business people. Such courses are as diverse as "Holiday Spanish" and "A" Level German.
For the first three years pupils follow a general course of education, which includes all the prescribed National Curriculum subjects and encompasses:
English Language and Literature; Mathematics; Religious Education; Physical Education; Art; History; Geography; French; Science; Music; Drama; Dance; I.T; Technology; Skills for Life (SfL).
There is the option to study languages such as Latin, Russian, Italian and Mandarin Chinese through extra-curricular activities.
In Year Eight, pupils continue with French and proceed either to a second language of Spanish or to Modular Studies.
Towards the end of Year Nine, the decision is taken about which subjects each pupil will study to examination level. Parents, pupils, teachers and careers staff collaborate to enable the pupil to make an informed choice. There is currently a requirement for each pupil to study within the following categories:
- Physical Education (P.E.);
- Information Technology;
- Religious Education (RE);
- At least one Modern Language (from French and Spanish).
In addition pupils can currently choose to study:
- Business Studies
- Diploma in Digital Applications(DiDA)
- Food Technology
- Graphic Products
- Health and Social Care
- Information Systems
- Media Studies
- P.E. (Short or Full Course)
- Resistant Materials
At the end of Year Eleven, pupils are entered for GCSE examinations. The headteacher decides the number of subjects taken after consultation with parents and the relevant staff.
The next step for nearly 90 per cent of the school’s pupils is the transfer to full-time further education. The A level track record of former FitzWimarc pupils remains consistently strong and a considerable number of them go on to win places in colleges or universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
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