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13:19 PM - 22 May 2018

Retweeted From National Autistic Society

Wonderful to hear that a talented student from our Cullum Centre is a finalist in the awards. Well done Greta, what an achievement! https://t.co/6SBjsFe0aO https://t.co/dDmCnlpnK3

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15:32 PM - 24 Apr 2018

Retweeted From Thames Ditton Jrs

Isn’t science awesome?! Year 6 visiting https://t.co/uX1QYIfXSK

11:02 AM - 24 Apr 2018

Good luck to our Year 11 students this week doing GCSE French, German and Spanish speaking exams!

09:41 AM - 24 Apr 2018

Retweeted From HWSMFL

Good luck to all of our Y11 language students doing their speaking tests this week!

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11:57 AM - 17 Apr 2018

Retweeted From HWSMFL

We've explored Park Güell in the glorious weather (about time!) and are now heading to Barceloneta for a picnic on the beach! Great to spend a day exploring all together with our exchange partners! https://t.co/U64Z4d3dTa

03:55 AM - 17 Apr 2018

Retweeted From Music

Hey to all Senior Jazz - hope you had a great holiday- big Jazz Day coming up on May 3rd. We start rehearsals tomorrow Tuesday. See you then.

17:32 PM - 16 Apr 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Calling on all of our students who are competing at county/regional/national or academy club level to fill out our sporting achievements form! Has been sent home to parents by email🏊‍♂️⚽️🏀🏈🎾🏸🏓🏐🏒🏑🏏🥋🥊🎽🏋️‍♂️🤸‍♂️🏌️‍♀️🤾‍♂️🧗‍♂️🚵‍♂️🚣‍♀️💃🕺🥇🏆

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17:32 PM - 16 Apr 2018

Retweeted From HWSMFL

It's the final evening of our fantastic Spanish exchange 😢. A great day today in Barcelona, visiting La Padrera and the Boqueria Market. Tonight is our last chance to have delicious tapas (& for Mrs Martin to scoff even more Patatas Bravas!) Thanks to everyone ! https://t.co/gC6v07FsMF

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15:16 PM - 13 Apr 2018

Retweeted From HWSMFL

A fab day in visiting the and getting to know the city, with ice cream. And some lush tapas for the teachers! https://t.co/ZBZID7mxls

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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.