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Ravens Wood School
Oakley Road, BR2 8HP, UK Bromley
+44 (0)1689 856050

Welcome to Ravens Wood School

As Headteacher, I am very proud to welcome you to the Ravens Wood website.  Choosing a school for your son is not an easy task but I am sure as you explore the pages of this website you will receive a clear insight into the culture and ethos of Ravens Wood. 

Here at Ravens Wood we see ourselves as a school community, committed to excellence and innovation.  We encourage our students to participate in this community knowing this will enrich their education and allow them to become successful students. We believe that these elements combined have made Ravens Wood one of the most successful schools in the country.

 Dr G T Berwick C.B.E., Headteacher

Ravens Wood has a Vision

'Our vision at Ravens Wood is to be an internationally renowned community that provides an outstanding education for our students so they can make a valued contribution as citizens of the world'

"A good school radiates confidence and purposefulness.  Ravens Wood is a good school; its pupils are filled with optimism and a sense of independence."

Professor Nigel Paine
Head of People Training and Development - BBC

About Us

Ravens Wood School is an oversubscribed 11-16 boys' school with a mixed Sixth Form. We have a clear focus on the academic achievement we want for our students. Student performance has been exceptional over a number of years and this is reflected in excellent examination results. We are recognised as a Leading Edge school by the Department for Education and Skills. However, we also see ourselves as a school community, committed to excellence and innovation. We encourage participation in a wide range of educational and life enriching activities, celebrating success in many varied ways.  Our ultimate aim is to help students prepare to take maximum advantage of lifelong learning experiences in further education and careers, establishing themselves as responsible members of the community.

In recent years we have forged strong links with schools in Quebec where we manage and co-ordinate a unique project of school improvement.  As a Technology College we are also continually seeking to pioneer Information Technology as a teaching and learning strategy with the aim of raising the performance of our students and equipping them with the skills they will require to embrace the 21st Century.


Our vision at Ravens Wood is to be an internationally renowned community that provides an outstanding education for our students so that they can make a valued contribution as citizens of the world.

Our Aims

In order to achieve this vision we aim to:

  • Provide opportunities to promote the student’s moral and social development
  • Deliver an outstanding education that leads to high academic performance
  • Create wider opportunities to achieve
  • Prepare the community for the knowledge age
  • Enhance skills for a lifetime of learning.

"A good school radiates confidence and purposefulness…
Ravens Wood is a good school – its pupils are filled with optimism and a sense of independence"

Professor Nigel Paine


Ravens Wood prides itself on the broad and balanced curriculum it offers its students.  Our curriculum is based around the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, reflecting our specialist schools status.  We believe in monitoring the progress of our students and providing them with quality feedback that allows them to set clear and relevant targets to be successful in their subjects.

At the beginning of year 7 students undertake ‘CAT’ tests whereupon they are placed into sets in English, Mathematics and Science.  Ravens Wood believes that setting by ability is the fairest and most efficient way of grouping students.  We operate a flexible system regarding ‘setting’ and make termly reviews to ensure students are best placed to progress at the various key stages.

To learn more regarding the curriculum, please click on the link. 


Starting at RWS

For your son, starting at a new school is always full of mixed emotions and expectations.  Here at Ravens Wood we try to make the transition as easy a journey as possible.  From the first day that your son enters the school we endeavour to integrate him successfully into our community.

The Form Tutor

Is the first point of contact each day for your son.  During the first week the form tutor will ensure that your son is equipped and informed on every aspect of life at Ravens Wood.  They will undertake a tour of the school, meeting staff and learning how the school operates on a day to day basis.

Early Lunch

To help with the ‘settling in’ process students in year 7 sit down to lunch 15 minutes earlier than the rest of the school.  This allows your son to continue the process of making relationships without the sometimes overwhelming feelings of being in such a large school.  Parents need to be aware that the school runs a cafeteria style system and that your son will need to have sufficient money to purchase a balanced meal.

Head of Year

Leading the form tutors and the integration of all students in year 7 is the Head of Year.  If there are issues that have arisen either from your son, or you have concerns that cannot be dealt with by the form tutor, the H.o.Y is your next contact point.  The H.o.Y is the learning manager for your son through the school.

CAT Testing

During the induction period your son will undertake ‘Cognitive Ability’ tests.  The results from these tests allow Ravens Wood to place your son in an academic group according to his ability as we believe ‘setting’ is an efficient and fair method of grouping students. 

Getting to and from School

It is important that your son arrives on time to the school each day.  In view of recent health and environmental concerns, we encourage students to walk or cycle to school.  There are facilities at school to keep bicycles secure. 

For those living further afield, please consider using public transport, especially as students get free travel cards now.  If you do plan to drop your son via car please could you refrain from entering the school site.  We are concerned about the number of cars that gather outside the school gates when there are large numbers of students.  You could also consider sharing transport or even to compromise by dropping your son at a bus route, rather than outside the school gates.  The bus stops are supervised by staff at the end of the day to ensure that students safely leave the school environs.  Bus routes, times etc can be downloaded below  

Other Issues

Parents need to be aware that moving from Primary to Secondary education places a greater physical demand upon students so please be aware that your son may be far more tired than usual at the end of the day or school week.


Like many schools in the UK Ravens Wood has a dress code that is part of our school culture. 

We believe that having a school uniform brings many benefits to the students; not only does it provide an identity that our students can be proud of but also diminishes the effects of peer pressure to conform to certain fashions or clothing brands.

As parents we ask for your support in ensuring that your son complies with the school’s uniform policy.  The school uniform can be purchased from the PSA, prices are competitive and any profit made from sales is returned to the school.

Uniform can be purchased through Meryl Clarke, from the PSA, by phone on: 07956 103786 or by email on:

Please click on the link to download the ‘RWS Uniform List’ 

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