http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1351881111538982913

13:15 PM - 20 Jan 2021

"The Wear Something Festive fundraiser at the end of last term raised £871.50 which was split between the 5 year group charities - Thank You!" https://t.co/sWYmrVolO1

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1351848562276114434

11:06 AM - 20 Jan 2021

Retweeted From HWS House System

Our first House Challenges of 2021 are now live! You have two weeks to complete both of these challenges..Good Luck! https://t.co/lJddizRBXD

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1351540208873959429

14:41 PM - 19 Jan 2021

“Excellent work completed during one of the recent History live interactions by Matthew in 7OW!” https://t.co/G11vpCoki7

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1351445380102320128

08:24 AM - 19 Jan 2021

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

The HWS weekly PE challenges are back. Check your PE Google Classrooms for more details and the link to the Google Form you need to use when submitting your entry. 🗑 🏉 💥 https://t.co/awllolwD8N

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1351445269318148097

08:23 AM - 19 Jan 2021

Retweeted From HWS House System

During our last lockdown managed to complete 4307 flights of stairs to reach Mount Everest, whilst raising an amazing £770 for the NHS. We are now planning for more virtual House events and can't wait for you to give them a go! Keep your eyes peeled... https://t.co/71HdHanpcn

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1351445016254828545

08:22 AM - 19 Jan 2021

"And some more cardboard transformations!" https://t.co/HgTuYhNoL3

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1351444383724433409

08:20 AM - 19 Jan 2021

"Some amazing Yr7 cardboard transformation task results for the twitter page, more to follow!" https://t.co/SHZG0GucPl

12:09 PM - 14 Jan 2021

“Thursday is Assembly day! Each student has an assembly from their Head of Learning which can be found in their Tutor Group Google Classroom”

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1349676358566350850

11:14 AM - 14 Jan 2021

“Ms Pike was very impressed with work completed at home by 7PM last week, including the piece below. Keep up the great work Y7 Historians!” https://t.co/sUs3TMv5Sd

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1349014896202149893

15:26 PM - 12 Jan 2021

'We would like to share with you this amazing piece of artwork by Isabelle in Year 10 - drawn as a Christmas present for her parents!' https://t.co/Yh0zfcIhqN

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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.