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14:12 PM - 21 Sep 2018

Great turnout for our first of the year watching - the picture quality on our new projection system is incredible - and we still have space for more viewers next week! Also, why not join our Film Club online? You can request future films. Details from Mr H! https://t.co/NjXLeZUrDb

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13:21 PM - 21 Sep 2018

Retweeted From Steven Chapman PE

Really insightful and helpful talk by about SEND pupils! https://t.co/SFVGGBDAgM

22:35 PM - 20 Sep 2018

Retweeted From About Thames Ditton

Sports Awards this evening. What a privilege to hear guest speaker, British explorer, tell her story. This incredible lady inspired the kids, parents and teachers with her motivational speech.

22:34 PM - 20 Sep 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

What a fantastic sports awards evening. Huge thanks to for her inspirational words and well done to all of our students on their achievements 🙌🏽

17:49 PM - 20 Sep 2018

We are very much looking forward to hosting 60 students from tomorrow for a conference on - and interested to read their thoughts, reflections and questions on the hashtag

16:35 PM - 19 Sep 2018

Film Club starts back tomorrow! 1.40-3.30pm in the Main Hall, open to all students in Y7-10. Come along! Bring lunch/snacks. Our first film is Ender's Game, one of Mr Holmes' favourites! Film Club is every Friday after school in the Main Hall and is supported by

18:16 PM - 16 Sep 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Just a couple of days left to buy Sports Awards Evening tickets. Please remember a ticket is needed for the student as well as an additional ticket if they are bringing a parent/carer.

10:38 AM - 15 Sep 2018

Hello , very sorry to hear about this and thanks for bringing it to our attention. Could you possibly take a photo of it and send it to us in a DM so we can get it fixed? Alternatively please send it in an email to sholmes.co.uk? Many thanks!

21:40 PM - 12 Sep 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

HWS PE department are looking for raffle/auction prizes for their upcoming Sports Awards evening. If there are any local businesses who feel they may be able to donate a prize we would be very grateful and happy to recognise their support.

21:39 PM - 12 Sep 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

First fixture of the year today and the first W on the board. Congratulations to our 6th form boys who ran out 4-0 winners against Glyn. ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️

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International Links

The school is committed to developing the ‘International Dimension’ across all subject areas and was awarded International Schools Award (ISA) for ‘outstanding development of the International Dimension within the school curriculum by the British Council.  We aim to:

  • encourage all curriculum areas to develop the international & global dimension at all Key Stages
  • create opportunities for pupils to visit other countries and learn about other cultures
  • welcome visitors from other countries into the school

In 2007 Hinchley Wood set up links with a school in Northern Uganda - the ‘Gulu Police P7 Primary School’, which has 2000 pupils aged from 5 to 12 years old.  In 2012, we developed links with a second much smaller primary school in a nearby rural area called ‘Mama Cave School’.

Over the past decade, we have received British Council funding for teachers from both countries to visit each other’s schools.  In 2012, two teachers and 20 students went on a World Challenge expedition to Uganda and spent a week at the school creating a new orchard, painting classrooms and helping to create a new library.  Our next ‘Uganda Challenge’ when we will take a group of students to work at Mama Cave School is planned for 2019.

Over the years, Hinchley Wood students have organised many events in aid of the Ugandan schools, raising thousands of pounds.  The donations have enabled Gulu Police P7 Primary School to buy items such as a new photocopier, musical instruments, classroom chairs, books and equipment.   We have also been able to build and furnish a new computer room for the school, buy a new electricity generator and install an inverter that stores electricity and provides power when the local power supplies cut out.  In February 2016, further student fund raising enabled Police P7 Primary School to replace the original photocopier that was bought a few years ago which allows students at the school to sit regulat mock examinations ahead of their final leaving exams at the end of Year 7. 

Fund raising for Mama Cave School has enabled us to replace and repair much needed sewing machines and fund the training of local teachers to teach the students how to use them.  In February 2017, we provided the funds for Mama Cave to purchase their first computers for use by teachers in researching lessons and sharing ideas and resources with teachers in other local schools including Police P7 Primary School.  With other collaboration including letter writing and Skype conferencing, links between Hinchley Wood and Gulu continue to flourish.

In 2017, the focus of our fund raising will be to raise £6,500 to re-equip the ICT suite at Police P7 Primary School with a suite of 45 N-Computers and to encourage students, staff and members of the local Hinchley Wood community to fund the £10 per year it costs to sponsor a child for a year of primary education.  With government funding providing just £2 per year, local families are asked to pay for each child in school – something the poorest families struggle to do.  Our aim is to raise sufficient funds to enable 100 of the poorest children in Gulu District to receive the fundamental literacy and numeracy skills that come through a primary education. 

We organise and run a whole host of trips that have an international dimension and expose out pupils to different cultures.  The school regularly hosts visiting students from schools in South East Asia.  In 2016, students from the National Chungli Senior High School in Taiwan spent two weeks shadowing our Year 10 students in school. The visitors were in the UK to improve their English and learn about life in a British school.

The great successes of our international projects still only make up a small part of the wide variety of opportunities on offer at Hinchley Wood.  We continually look for ways to offer our pupils as many enriching experiences as possible in order to fully engage them with the world around us. Most of all, we want to develop well-rounded, life-long learners and recognise that the best way to do this is to offer a multitude of ways to enrich the curriculum.