15:26 PM - 7 Aug 2019

Thank you to all the parents / carers for giving the students such a lovely welcome at Heathrow and for your support since the trip launched! We (the teachers) had a great time and are proud of all the students!

13:51 PM - 7 Aug 2019

Have most of the bags, we won't be long (hopefully)

13:13 PM - 7 Aug 2019

We have just landed, see you all once we get through customs and baggage reclaim ✈✈✈

03:46 AM - 7 Aug 2019

First two legs of journey are over, both teams are currently in Doha awaiting our final flight, no delays thankfully... See you in Heathrow at 1.45pm next to Costa Coffee 👍

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1158168775016865792

01:12 AM - 5 Aug 2019

Team 2 have survived the jungle! The students have done brilliantly and are back in KK for a well deserved R&R day of snorkelling 🐢🧘‍♀️ https://t.co/l6vQtjqDFM

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1157192568150482944

08:33 AM - 2 Aug 2019

Team one clearing one of the ox bow lakes overcome with the zativa weed in the Borneon Jungle https://t.co/v2xZySCPvj

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1156575051950514181

15:39 PM - 31 Jul 2019

Team one arrived at Kinabatagan yesterday for their KOPEL project and have spent today collecting and planting seeds to help grow more trees in areas of the jungle affected by deforestation. It's been a hot but productive day! 🌲🌿 https://t.co/8gRz1aci3N

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1155761043706011654

09:44 AM - 29 Jul 2019

Team one have survived the jungle! We are back in Kota Kinabalu feeling very refreshed and clean https://t.co/ZV6peDebB8

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1155279563502411776

01:51 AM - 28 Jul 2019

Our time at KOPEL has come to an end. The students’ experience here will be one they will not forget and they are so grateful for the community’s hospitality 🐒🍃🚤 https://t.co/CcBE1UxKYH

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1154002009072140289

13:14 PM - 24 Jul 2019

Team one are enjoying our penultimate night in Survivor school before we brave the jungle! https://t.co/7oTi47wqba

Vision and Values

We regard the five Hinchley Wood School values of confidence, consideration, determination, enthusiasm and independence as a golden thread that runs through our work to inspire learners. Over the past 18 months, we have done a great deal to help all our students to develop our values - here’s a brief summary:

  • We have actively promoted the importance of our five values via school assemblies and regular tutor group email shots under the branding ‘HWS builds Character’.  We believe our House system helps our students to feel part of our school community, launching ‘Belonging at HWS’ to link students to our four Houses – Luther King, Frank, Nightingale and Hawking.
  • Students in all year groups have enjoyed a range of House activities that has helped them develop a sense of belonging and demonstrate our values in school. Here are just some (but not all!) of the events we ran:
    • Spelling Bee competition
    • Hinchley Wood School Christmas card design competition, with Elin from Year 9 seeing her design produced and sent out across the local community during the festive season.
    • Inter-House sports competitions, including netball, football and dodgeball.
    • The return of the ever-popular annual Hinchley Wood Bake Off
    • House Gym and Dance competition, performed by students in Years 7 – 11 to a packed hall
    • Whole school Christmas Quiz
    • House Sports Day
    • House chess competition
    • The ‘Grenfell to Gulu’ walk on the last day of the school year. A big congratulations to all students in Years 8 – 11 and the Hinchley Wood staff who between them walked an incredible combined 8,526 km in just over two hours in our bid to walk from Grenfell Tower to Gulu, Uganda! We raised an incredible £2,700 for our partner schools in Gulu, whilst also coming together as a whole-school community to show our support for the victims of the Grenfell fire tragedy.
  • We also marked a number of important events during the year, including Move for Movember, Race for Life, the sad passing of one of our House figureheads, Stephen Hawking and the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King.
  • A big congratulations to all our Year 7 students who successfully completed their Values and Participation Diplomas to evidence how they have started to demonstrate our five school values during the first year of their journey with us at Hinchley Wood School. There were eight aspects to the diploma to complete: confidence, consideration, determination, enthusiasm, independence, extra-curricular activities (inside and outside of school), house activities and additional credit (positive attitude to learning, attendance etc.) During weekly tutor sessions Year 7 students worked to buil up a range of evidence to show how they met, or were working towards, each of the eight criteria. During the Summer Term, each student took part in an interview with a member of staff or school governor to talk about the aspects of their evidence they were most proud of and how they found the experience. Finally, they were rewarded with a ‘graduation’ assembly, prizes and their Diploma Certificate from the Headteacher, Mr Bartlett. It’s fair to say we were completely blown away by some of the amazing things our students do!
  • This year, our Headteacher Awards were also linked to our values and Houses to help celebrate the fantastic achievements of all our students. Mr Bartlett was delighted to personally hand out over 460 Awards from October until the end of the school year and he hopes to be able to break the 500 mark this year…so come on Hinchley Wood students – show us yet again all the wonderful things you do, both inside and outside of school!