Welcome from the Headteacher
Acting Headteacher - Fionnuala Rodgers
On behalf of the students, staff and governors of Willingdon Community School, we would like to give you a very warm welcome to our website and invite you to explore its content.
For those of you who are already part of the school, I hope it provides you with the information you require but if not, then please don’t hesitate to call us. For those of you who don’t know us, I hope it gives you some insight into what we are about and what we think is important.
Willingdon has had a fine academic reputation for many years and, as the new Headteacher, I will be seeking to continue to build on its strengths to ensure that every student at the school reaches their full potential, not only in academic terms but also as confident individuals who are eager to take the steps in fulfilling their ambitions and dreams.
When I was introduced to the school during the interview process, I was immediately struck by the friendly, relaxed atmosphere within the school. Whatever the activity, all students seemed happy and actively engaged in learning. Staff were enjoying the teaching process and the students were responding in a positive manner.
One of the main ingredients of a successful school is the relationship between students, parents and staff. In my opinion, Willingdon staff have built up excellent relationships with students, even during the primary phase and this ensures a smooth transition to the secondary stage. Parent feedback and support is also encouraged, and parents value the regular communication and updates about their child’s progress and welfare.
‘Developing Personal Excellence’ is at the heart of everything that we seek to achieve at Willingdon. Our overarching goal is to ensure students leave Willingdon, not only with opportunities available to them because of their academic success, but as well- rounded individuals. Our school will be responsible for helping students create their own identity and become active participants in society. They will acknowledge that learning never stops, and that it is essential to develop the grit and resilience to cope with future challenges.
Students will be encouraged to contribute to our local community, and school will be the driving force in ensuring that students are well educated, informed and able to express their opinions through the appropriate channels.
I would encourage all members of the community, and potential students and parents, to visit the school, to experience the special atmosphere which determines the quality of the learning at Willingdon.
I look forward to welcoming you to our school.