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21:15 PM - 13 Dec 2018

Retweeted From Music@StMaryStokeDab

Do come and listen to HWS students Derik, Ella, Maddie-Jo, Sam, Sophie & William sing in our Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols on Sunday 16 December at 6pm. All welcome to join us for sherry & mince pies after the service in the hall. https://t.co/ODIdiU0sCT

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19:50 PM - 12 Dec 2018

Well done & thank you to the families of Year 10 - this is just some of the produce that you've collected for the East Elmbridge/Esher branch of the food bank - such a worthy cause helping our local community - amazing community spirit at Christmas time! https://t.co/wOmT2Xj79x

20:13 PM - 7 Dec 2018

It was our pleasure to host you - we are looking forward to our Student Equalities Groups being able to do work together in the future! https://t.co/Lj69VbL0tz

06:38 AM - 7 Dec 2018

Well done to all involved, and thanks for organising a great event! https://t.co/Dp6VeFc0gm

19:25 PM - 29 Nov 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Well done to the boys. Fantastic achievement 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 https://t.co/OGjL635H13

19:19 PM - 29 Nov 2018

Retweeted From Music@StMaryStokeDab

Congratulations to William, HWS yr 9 student, and St Mary's chorister, who has just been awarded a place in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain!

11:50 AM - 17 Nov 2018

Retweeted From YESURREY

Congratulations to Diffuse at Hinchley Wood School. First award this year in North Surrey Company Programme for producing the best Business Plan. Good luck with the candles!

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20:18 PM - 11 Nov 2018

Proud & humbled to take part in service led by Fr Jenner from St Christopher's Church with reps from the Primary School, , local Guides & other local groups. Well done Freddie playing the Last Post, Khanyi for reading and Will & Ellie laying a wreath https://t.co/1OFjmoCxxS

20:24 PM - 31 Oct 2018

History visit: landed safely at Heathrow, fifteen minutes ahead of schedule. Will ask students to contact you when we board the coach back to school. It's been a wonderful visit, we hope that the students have come away with a much deeper understanding of Berlin past and present.

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15:57 PM - 31 Oct 2018

Retweeted From HWSMFL

Olympiastadion! https://t.co/rGiyaqu5qF

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International Links

Hinchley Wood School is committed to developing the ‘International Dimension’ across all subject areas and was awarded the 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 2020.

Over the past 10 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 regular 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.  Further funding in 2018, allowed for the replacement of concrete floors and redecoration of all of the classrooms at Mama Cave 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 for Police P7 Primary School was to raise £6,500 to expand and re-equip the school ICT suite with a network of 45 new computers.  We are delighted to say that this target was reached in record time thanks to the generosity of students, staff and parents/carers and the new ICT suite at P7 Police Primary School was officially opened in September 2018. 

The focus of our fund raising for Mama Cave School was 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.  We are delighted that we have now raised the funds to pay for 30 of the poorest children in Gulu District to receive a full 7 years of education and so have the opportunity to learn 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, in doing so, expose our pupils to different cultures.  Our students take part in regular foreign language exchange visits to France and Spain with curriculum visits to Germany, Poland, Iceland, Japan and the US.  In addition, the school has successfully run the World Challenge with groups of 6th Form students visiting India, Nepal and Costa Rica in recent years.  The school also hosts visiting students from schools in South East Asia with students from the National Chungli Senior High School in Taiwan spending two weeks shadowing our Year 10 students in school in order 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 encourage them to fully engage 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.