Welcome from the Headmaster
Thank you for visiting the Sir Thomas Fremantle School website. Choosing a school for your child is a significant decision and one that you shouldn't take lightly. So why should your child join the 400 or so students at Sir Thomas Fremantle School in September 2017?
Firstly, whilst only in our fourth year, we have already been judged as 'Good' with Outsanding features by Ofsted when they visited in May 2015. Whilst we would never suggest that parents choose a school solely on the basis of Ofsted, it does give an indication of how a school compares against a national standard.
We are committed to remaining a small school and we teach our classes in groups of around 20. This gives us a unique opportunity to get to know each of our young people and their families, to develop a geuinely personalised approach to their learning and to offer the very best in academic rigour and pastoral care and we believe in educating the whole child. We expect the highest standards of behaviour but the focus is on building a school where mutual respect is valued by all of us.
Our teaching team have a range of experiences and bring a diverse set of interests to our school. My aim was to recruit the very best teachers and I believe accomplish this. We have recruited a team whose interests and experiences complement each other and who work well in our small team. We have also ensured that each of them shares our high aspirations and my passion and desire to do things differently. All of our teachers are subject specialists in their area of responsibility.
Our focus will not be distracted from securing the highest possible standard of education for the children in our care. We understand that students have different abilities and interests but I am determined that each of them is allowed and encouraged to develop both in terms of ability and in confidence.
We are focused on using new technologies to support our students and prepare them for the world they will face when they leave school. Ultimately this means embracing technology to the full whilst ensuring that all students become informed and responsible e-citizens.
We believe that our daily enrichment sessions allow our students to truly develop beyond the classroom, giving them the time and support to explore their interests to the full.
Educational trips and visits are a key part of our students' year as I recognise just how important these opportunities are to young people. To this end, we run a range of residential trips in the summer and students are expected to participate as we feel that these are key to their overall experience of school. These opportunities along with our support for students to undertake The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme from Year 9 or 10 will give them valuable leadership experience. Most recently, we have opened our own Combined Cadet Force (RAF) with the aim of developing leadership, teamwork and a range of truly transferable skills in our students. We are the only state, non-selective school in the area with a CCF.
STFS is a school which students overwhelming support. It is a school where they feel safe, supported and challenged to do their very best.
Darren J Lyon