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GCSE results 2019: 32% of grades achieved were the top 9-7 grades!OUTSTANDING: Personal development, behaviour and welfare (Ofsted, 2017)“Governors and staff promote positive relationships combined with high aspirations for themselves and pupils” (Ofsted, 2017)"The behaviour of pupils is outstanding" (Ofsted, 2017)GCSE results 2019: English, 87% / Maths 80% achieved a grade of 9-4OUTSTANDING: Effectiveness of leadership and management (Ofsted, 2017)..the school's culture of respect for all and positive relationships, summarised succinctly in "do your best and be nice" (Ofsted, 2017)GCSE results 2019: The proportion of students who achieved both English and Maths at grade 9-4 is a truly impressive 77%!GCSE results 2019: 80% of students achieved grades 9-4 in 18 subjects


LATEST NEWSLETTER: monday 18 november 2019




Dear Parents and Carers

A very well done to our Year 11 students who have completed their mock exams - they have been excellent all week in what is a very pressurised time for them. We have all been struck by their calm and diligent approach to the week which is as good as anything I can remember seeing. Teachers will be feeding back to students as soon as possible once papers have been marked and you will be able to review progress data in Go4Schools shortly. This should create a very good platform from which students can push ahead with their studies. Every student will have aspects/subjects to improve - this is exactly where they should be at this time. The final exams are still a good way off and what matters now is the time and effort that goes into building on the feedback they receive from the exams. Putting on and running examinations in school is a significant event. It requires that we use our three indoor sport facilities as well as a number of other spaces to ensure that we can accommodate all of our students whilst also ensuring those students entitled to exam access arrangements e.g. extra time, or a reader are appropriately accommodated. The photo below shows all of the adults required to run this afternoon’s Science exam. You may be surprised to see that it is quite a small army! These are the invigilators who oversee the exams and the teaching assistants who support students with access arrangements. We are indebted to these colleagues who provide a wonderful service that ensures students can excel - without them exam cannot operate. 

You will be aware that this year we have introduced Character for Learning grades as a replacement for Attitude to Learning grades and you can see this in Go4Schools. The Character for Learning grades are designed to help focus attention on those character traits that underpin success, particularly, but not exclusively, in students' learning in school. Achieving to the top level ‘Role Model’ is designed to be challenging as it requires students to consistently demonstrate greater levels of independence and dedication.

Last week we were delighted to host a group of veterans for lunch as part of our marking of Remembrance. The veterans were looked after by a group of keen historians who had the opportunity to hear first hand of their experiences in the armed forces. We also have a presence at Remembrance services locally. At the Cuckfield Church service I laid a wreath on behalf of the academy and two of our senior students, Anna Record and Lara Berzins, read the names of First and Second World War service personnel from the Ansty and Cuckfield parishes. 

We are having a particular push to further improve attendance rates in the academy this year. I am pleased to say that we have had a very positive response to this and our attendance rate is ahead of where we were this time last year. I have shared statistical details with you and with students through assemblies which show the very strong correlation between 97%+ attendance and better than expected outcomes in GCSE grades. Over the last two years, students whose attendance was 97%+ achieved, on average, seven extra GCSE grades across their subjects compared to what would nationally be expected. Being here really is very important and such a simple way to boost academic achievement. Thank you for all your efforts at home to ensure that your child is here every single day and we really appreciate your efforts to ensure that e.g. medical appointments take place outside of school hours wherever possible.

I have mentioned regularly in the newsletter issues we have with the volume of traffic on the drive at the end of each day. Regrettably things seem to be getting worse. Please, please, please could I ask that you don’t wait on any of the double yellow lines. At times the first part of the drive leading up to the island has been completely grid locked. We have a number of bus services that pick up students on site and consequently these have been unable to get onto the site. Often this leaves large numbers of students standing on the playground in the rain. If on arrival there is no available space that doesn’t have double yellow lines then you will need to go around the island and head back off site to collect your child elsewhere. I would hate to reach a point where it was necessary to prevent all parental traffic from coming onto the site but I do please need your help to prevent this.  

Mr Dom Kenrick, Headteacher

equestrian squad in action again!

The equestrian squad have continued their successful season in both showjumping and arena eventing.

In October, Liv N competed in the Showjumping with Style National Championship which she had previously qualified for. This was an enormous class with a high standard. After nearly 8 hours of competition she finished in a very respectable 16th place.

More recently Liv, Henry and Luke were placed 3rd in showjumping and 5th in arena eventing at Felbridge Showground. Henry also took 3rd place in the individual class. This qualifies the team for the Arena Eventing National championships at Hickstead later in the season.

A big congratulations to all the students on their continued success and a thank you to all the parents for their support, particularly Sue Nolan for helping with organisation of the team. 

Ms Simmons, Assistant Headteacher

House Photography Competition Winners

We have our first winners from the first term's House Photography Competition! The theme was straight lines, and Mr Iden, who kindly judged the entries, was really impressed with the creativity shown by entrants. 

The winners are as follows:

Y7 - Lucy B (Downs)
Y8 - Edwin G (Coombe)
Y9 - Libby S (Coombe)
Y10 - Grace B (Beacon)
Y11 - Freddie B  (Beacon)
Staff - Mrs Markham (Coombe)

Congratulations to Coombe House, who will receive 2500 House Points! Thank you also to everyone who took part - every student who did received Exceptional Student Points.

Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge the image.

The House Co-ordinators

Year 7 Inter Tutor Group General Knowledge Quiz

The first round of the Year 7 Inter Tutor Group Quiz took place on Wednesday morning.

Each Year 7 Tutor group had six representatives taking part. Each week will see the two tutor groups with the lowest scores being eliminated from the competition.

The last two tutor groups left in the competition will compete in the grand quiz final in an assembly before Christmas.

Through to next week are:

710J - 25 points

73N - 24.5 points

72B & 75R - 23.5 points

74S & 77S - 23 points

76O & 71L - 22.5 points

Eliminated this week: 79M - 22 points & 78L - 20 points.

Miss Stockford, Deputy Head of Year 7


This week has been national Anti-Bullying Week but at Warden Park we a have renamed it 'It's cool to be kind' week.

We have focused on how small changes can make big differences.

Remember to let Miss Rees and MIss Barton know of any random acts of kindness that happen around the school


Kindness Council Co-ordinators 




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Mr Regan, Assistant Headteacher

Friends of Warden Park Update

Thank you for your support of Quiz Night – just to let you know that Christmas raffle tickets will be available shortly, via ParentPay and priced £1 each. Prizes already donated include a 3-course, mid-week meal for 2 at Jeremy’s Restaurant (Borde Hill), and a voucher for Urban Sanctuary in Haywards Heath.

More prizes will be announced shortly. If you have a prize to donate, please contact Friends via friendsofwardenpark@gmail.com

Christmas shopping online? Don’t forget to sign up and use the school easyfundraising link each time: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wardenparksecacd

This really does cost you nothing, but is a great source of funds for the school

Tutor Group


Francesca S

Delivering and leading several class discussions for Student Voice. 


Lucy C 

Very proactive in taking part in tutor class discussions and running for roles and taking part in the inter tutor quiz 


Liv E

Always cheerful, positive and helpful in tutor time. Very willing to get involved in events and charity work. Great house points score.


Lucy M

Very proactive in running for roles, and seeking feedback as to how she can make her speeches even better.


James F

Excellent attitude across all lessons and in form time. James is always friendly, positive and supportive to others.


Marcus C

For being kind and supportive of other members of the tutor group. 


Matilda A

Cheery, positive attitude in tutor. Always willing to help and contribute to group discussion.


Emily J

Emily is thoughtful and an active member of the tutor group. She listens to others opinions and is proactive about the school environment, encouraging others to join in.


Ollie W

Always does the right things.  Positive attitude. Very supportive towards others.


Aaron D

Aaron always shows great enthusiasm in tutor, and was one of the only boys to put himself forward for the tutor captain role, showing leadership and courage. 


News from PE!


Click here for the Bob Woolmer Sales website dedicated to Warden Park PE clothing

February 2020 half term courses now available to book.

(As both courses are indoors, space is limited, so booking early is essential)

Click on link below for information, prices and how to book


Indoor Football

Grace flies the flag!

Grace Budd was selected as flag bearer for the Germany v England women’s football game at Wembley last Saturday - she led the teams out and carried the flag

It was a record breaking attendance too!

refer to website for more comprehensive information    

18 November 2019 - Apprenticeships Information Evening (6 pm)

19 November 2019 - Year 12 Certificate & Coursework Collection (Day 1) (5 pm to 6 pm)

21 November 2019 - Year 12 Certificate & Coursework Collection (Day 2) (5 pm to 6 pm)

29 November - Inset day (Academy closed to students)

12 December - Year 11 Parents Evening (appointments) (4.45 pm onwards)

18 December - Christmas lunch in Parkes

18 December - Christmas Concert (performance starts at 6.30 pm) - Click here to book tickets

20 December - last day of Autumn term (students dismissed at 1 pm)

23 December to 3 January 2020 inclusive (Christmas holiday)

6 January 2020 - students return for the Spring term

community kindness

Michael K and Yacine S in Year 11 recently represented Warden Park at the Remembrance Day parade as flag bearers.

Before half term they both enjoyed a week at a Cadet Interservice Skills at Arms Training Camp, winning competition badges.

Well done to you both.


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