The Chantry School is a mixed Academy for pupils aged 11-16. It is situated in the village of Martley, in rural Worcestershire, seven-and-a-half miles west of Worcester, nestling amongst the hills of Abberley and Woodbury to the north with The Malvern Hills to the south. There are currently 712 pupils on roll with an intake of now 145 pupils in each year. The school has been over-subscribed for a number of years.
The Chantry serves a wide rural catchment area including the villages of Abberley, Astley, Broadheath, Broadwas, Clifton-on-Teme, Great Witley, Grimley & Holt, Hallow, Martley and touching the western suburbs of the city of Worcester. We have a strong partnership with our local primary schools. The school is also a partner in the Worcester City and Martley Consortium (known as ‘Aspire’), which consists of six 11-16 schools, Worcester Sixth Form College and Worcester College of Technology where many our pupils go for their post-16 education. Others go onto a range of providers as far afield as Hereford and Stourbridge. The School works hard to ensure good liaison with both our primaries and our 16+ providers to ensure continuity for our pupils.
The Chantry High School opened in 1963 and became a comprehensive when Worcestershire re-organised in 1983. Since then the school has gone from strength to strength, becoming an Academy in July 2011. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum to all pupils regardless of ability. We value the sense of community at The Chantry and strive to help pupils become active and responsible citizens. We have the support of a strong Governing body and an active ‘Friends of The Chantry’ group led by parents. The school prides itself upon its high standards and calm and positive working atmosphere, where children can learn and teachers are committed, enthusiastic and expert in their field.
The school had an Ofsted inspection in 2009 and achieved an overall ‘outstanding’ grade. The standards of teaching are high and relationships between staff and pupils are continually good. In Summer 2013 77% of our pupils achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths. Standards of behaviour in and out of class are outstanding.
In the last few years the school has received many awards from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and the DfE for student achievement. We are a Fairtrade school, have achieved ‘Healthy Schools’ status, and are heavily involved in both the Eco-schools and the Sustainability agendas. We have just achieved a RHS Gold medal for our school grounds and playing fields. We have recently had our International School Award re-accredited and have an active British Council Comenius Award in conjunction with schools in Poland, Turkey, Spain and Italy. Our pupils also benefit from an exchange programme with schools in France and China. Recently our Investors in People, was also reaccredited, reflecting our investment in our staff.
The school buildings are situated in the heart of the countryside and range from 1960’s to 2009 structures. We have a Sports Hall with fitness suite and climbing wall which is used out of school hours by the local community. The entire front elevation of the school was refurbished in Summer 2013 and, as part of our continual re-investment in the learning environment, we also refurbished Art and Science rooms. In the main, subject classrooms are grouped together: Maths and Science, Design Technology, Languages, English and Humanities. Drama has its own studio. At the heart of the school is the Learning Resource Centre/Library which extends opportunities for flexible learning.
As well as the formal curriculum the school runs a range of lunchtime and after-school activities. There are also many off-site visits within the school day, for example theatre trips for History, English and Drama; Music trips; fieldtrips for Geography, R.E., History, D.T; lectures e.g. Maths and Science. Trips also run at weekends and during holidays, for example language exchanges, fieldtrips, ski-trips, art visits.
The pastoral and curriculum support in the school is strong, starting with good liaison with our partner primary schools, working through each year group and moving beyond The Chantry through our careers programme into post 16 provision and the world of work and training.
There are currently 48 full and part-time teaching staff, 41 support staff, plus cleaning and catering contract staff. Our management structure includes the Leadership Team of Headteacher, Deputy, three Assistant Headteachers and Business Manager supported by Heads of Departments and Year Heads. Almost all teachers are tutors; we have fixed Year Heads and tutors rotate through the two key stages. We run a 2 week timetable, with a teaching week of 25 one-hour lessons. In lessons pupils are grouped in a variety of ways to suit learning needs. Special Educational Needs are supported both through and alongside the regular curriculum.
We offer an extensive and dedicated PSHE time and a mixture of academic and vocational courses at KS4, where pupils have a free choice of subject combinations.
We can only offer a brief view of the school here. The best way to judge the school is to visit. We always welcome visitors, so if you want to see our pupils and staff in action, please do contact us.