|Swanley Technology School|
|St Mary`s Road, BR8 7TE, UK Swanley|
+44 (0)1322 665231
Our vision is to be:
“An extended technology rich community school, a centre of excellence for vocational education, raising attainment and enriching the lives of members of the Swanley community.
Through collaboration with community partners we will create a unique technological establishment where learning how to learn, is the key to unlocking the potential of all children and adults in the community. Our aim is for our students to realise their full potential as resourceful, independent, community-minded citizens equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing technological world”
In January 2005 the school had a successful OfSTED Inspection and we also achieved specialist status in Technology. In addition to this in September 2006 a specialist 14-16 vocational centre of excellence will open at the school to allow us to continue to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, which is more relevant to the demands of the modern work place and a rapidly changing technological world.
STC is four form entry with 120 students in each year group including a small and growing Sixth Form. We are in a collaboration with two other High Schools, two local grammar schools and North West Kent College to provide a coherent 14-19 curriculum entitlement for all our young people.
STC is a school which places good relationships, care for each other and a friendly working atmosphere alongside a determination that only the best will do for our students and our community.
We recognise that during the college day, and on all extra-curricular activities, we have the responsibility of caring parents.The College is organised and built on the belief that each student is a unique and important person. Each student is looked after by a
Form Tutor concerned with both their academic and social well-being, and you will be regularly informed of your child's progress.
Students are divided into three phases.Years 7 and 8. Years 9 and 10 and Years 11-13. In each phase a teams of tutors, led by a Learning Manager, and a Student Support Co-ordinator are able to give the specific guidance needed at that time in your child's academic and emotional development. Tutor groups are named after local castles - Hever, Eynsford, Rochester, Lullingstone and Allington - and the House System, a basis for friendly rivalry during sporting events, is based on these groups.These Tutor groups are mixed ability and our aim is that your child will have the same Form Tutor throughout the five years. Learning Managers are available for consultation, by appointment and Student Support Co-ordinators are very accessible for meetings and phone calls. Our Student Support Co-ordinators deal with most of the low level pastoral issues which may involve your child during their time at Swanley Technology College.
Organisation of Teaching Groups
On entering the college students are placed in mixed ability tutor groups where they remain for five years. Academically students are set according to their ability.We review our students’ progress frequently and there is movement between sets based on our assessments.Technology and other practical subjects are taught in smaller sets. We operate a two week timetable which has six lessons each day. Each lesson is 50 minutes long.
PROGRAMME OF STUDY
Core Curriculum Subjects are English, Mathematics Science which are complimented by, Creative Arts, Humanities (Geography, History, Religious Education and Citizenship), Information Technology, Modern Languages, including French and German, Music, Performing Arts (Dance and Drama) Physical Education,Technology.
Education doesn't just happen in the classroom. Swanley Technology College is well-placed to take advantage of easy access to London and its museums and also the many historic and notable areas in Kent.
The History Department uses Lullingstone Villa, and the Castle and Cathedral at Rochester, to enrich the Year 7 curriculum. The visit by a 'Roman Centurion', his wife and female companions, is also a great success. For Key Stage 4 a day trip to the World War 1 battlefields is an annual visit. Fieldwork is an important aspect of Geography, too. In Year 7, a whole day is spent on a transect of the North Downs. Year 7 also enjoy an induction day at Eagle Heights in Eynesford.
The Modern Languages Department run study visits abroad. Bringing Literature to life is an important aspect of English teaching and Year 9, 10 and 11 students have worked with visiting theatre groups and seen performances in the school auditorium, ranging from recreations of war poetry to classic drama such as Romeo and Juliet.
In addition there are Poetry Weeks with staff and students involved in writing and reading poetry. The computer room opens most lunch times for those who want to practice their ICT skills or complete homework or coursework. The Library is open every break and lunch time for students who wish to complete homework, read or play board games.There is also a homework club at lunch time and at 3.30pm for students who require assistance and support to complete their homework. January 2006 sees the launch of our Breakfast Club. Swanley Technology College is the first Secondary school in Kent to secure Sure Start funding to operate such a scheme.A cooked breakfast, games, homework clinic,TV a friendly adult ear are all available for our students for a cost of £1.00.The
Breakfast Club is open from 7.45-8.30am daily. We hope that college doesn't necessarily end at 3.30 p.m. There are plenty of extra-curricular clubs where students can pursue particular interests. Some examples are; badminton, football, netball, dance and drama clubs as well as book, gardening, fantasy games clubs, and young engineers. Something for everyone.
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