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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

Headteacher's Welcome

Welcome to The Piggott School. I hope you enjoy our website and that it tells you the story of who we are as a school.

It is a great honour to be the Headteacher and I am humbled and privileged to lead such a wonderful school.

Our School Christian vision and values permeate every aspect of school life. Our Christian vision is taken from The Parable of The Good Samaritan:

‘Jesus told him, Go and do likewise.’ Luke 10:37

As an all-through school, our Christian vision must be comprehensible to all members of our school community from the youngest to the eldest. The learning from The Parable of The Good Samaritan offers the opportunity for the development of wisdom, kindness, respect and reflection to our youngest learners in EYFS through to our Year 13s at Wargrave. Our vision allows us to learn from Jesus, our teacher, reflecting on the messages of the Good Samaritan parable. It helps us to take forward the compassion and charity that we can show to others, and also realise that each of us at some time needs the help of others through no fault of our own. We want our school community to reflect this learning and ‘Go and do likewise’.

Our Christian values of Respect, Honesty, Equality, Dedication, Courage and Love stem from the Fruits of the Spirit; these are exemplified within the parable of the Good Samaritan. These values embody the Fruits of the Spirit to inspire our students to embrace our learning community and explore education for life in all of its fullness. We are dedicated to enlightening a generation to take these values and ‘Go and do likewise.’

The care and guidance provided by the staff at our school creates a culture and ethos, based on our Christian vision and values, which helps every child to develop fully.

Academic challenge and personal enrichment

Our school provides the perfect balance and blend of academic challenge, personal care, development and enrichment that allows for the holistic development of each and every child: the development of the child as an individual; as a whole person. The quality of teaching and learning which occurs at our school enables us to achieve our aim to help our students to develop into the very best they can be.

We help our students by providing a caring environment based on our Christian Vision and Values.

We help them to:

  • Enquire and be independent in their thinking;
  • Value lifelong learning;
  • Be open to new ideas;
  • Encourage respect and tolerance.

The staff at The Piggott School passionately advocate the importance of recognising each and every child as an individual; with their own gifts and talents; their own needs, their own aspirations. I believe the care and guidance offered by our truly outstanding staff provides a culture and ethos that successfully helps our students to become whatever they wish to be. To be the best they can be.

When OfSTED last inspected The Piggott School they reported that:

  • Pupils make superb progress.
     
  • The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.
     
  • The strong relationships between staff and pupils ensure behaviour is typically superb.
     
  • Effectiveness of Leadership and Management: Outstanding.
     
  • Pupils at key stages 3 and 4 make exceptional progress.
     
  • They make accelerated progress, gaining exceptionally strong outcomes in A levels, vocational subjects and technical awards.
     
  • Students have very positive attitudes to learning.

Academic Progress

In the last set of formal examinations in 2019/20, 90% of our pupils passed English and 90% passed Mathematics GCSE at the new Level 4 or above (a level 4 is equivalent to an old C grade). Our combined best English and Mathematics Level 4+ pass rate was 86%. Our %5A*-C/ Level 4+ including best English and Mathematics was 85%.

Amazing results were achieved across a range of subjects with GCSE Level 4+ pass rates of 100% in History, Dance, DIDA and Chinese, 99% in Art, 98% in Biology and Physics, 97% in Computer Science, 96% in Chemistry, 95% in Media Studies, 94% in French and 90% in Food Technology.

Drama achieved 87% L4+, Combined Science 86%, Business Studies 85%, Music 83%, RE 83%, Sports Studies 82%, and Geography 82%.

Our Progress 8 (P8) score for 2019 was +0.93. This once again placed us in the top 3% of schools nationally. This means on average, every child, in every P8 subject, achieved nearly one grade higher at The Piggott School than at an average school.

Our A level and Level 3 results were equally impressive, being the highest in Wokingham for A*-B and A*-C grades.

Beyond the classroom

Our extra-curricular offer is amazing. Every child has opportunities to visit France, Germany or Holland. We have ski-trips, visits to the Natural History Museum, Dinton Pastures, Marwell Zoo, The West End and Wycombe Swan, Harry Potter World, Thorpe Park, Hampton Court, the Big Bang Fair, EuroDisney, Italy, New York and Iceland. We have foreign exchanges each year to France, Spain and Germany. We also have a biennial exchange programme to China.

We have sports clubs such as football for boys and for girls, dodgeball, rowing, badminton, cross country, rugby, netball, athletics, table tennis, dance, cricket, trampolining & fitness.

We have competitions, drama productions, music concerts and recitals, choir, instrumental tuition, band club, robot club, Young Engineers, chess club, film club, debating, Dragons Den, Horrible Histories. My staff, teachers and support staff, are exceptionally dedicated professionals who continually strive to make this the excellent school it is, and I am indebted to them for their commitment, passion and achievements.

Our Christian Vision and Values are what sets us apart. They define who we are and our relationships with each other. Our mission is to be a school which inspires and encourages the highest achievement for each and every child. Our vision reflects this mission and is evidenced in every aspect of our school.

SIAMS is the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools and occurs every five years. Inspectors reviewed documentation, conducted learning walks, observed lessons and collective acts of worship, met with parents, governors, staff and pupils over a two day inspection.

The inspectors concluded that “The distinctiveness and effectiveness of The Piggott School as a Church of England school are outstanding”.

  • “Relationships between all members of the school community are exceptional.”
     
  • “Achievement is significantly above floor standards … and progress is outstanding.”
     
  • “Christian love (agape) is the cornerstone of the school which leads to a meaningful and effective education for all pupils, particularly for those who are vulnerable. The comprehensive review of the Christian values was an uplifting and transformational experience for all stakeholders, particularly for pupils. The values are lived out by all, and the Christian ethos now lies at the heart of strategic planning.”
     
  • “The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding.”
     
  • “The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.”