Gillotts is a school that takes great pride in its unique identity. It is one of four mixed 11-16 schools in south-east Oxfordshire and occupies a 33 acre site on the edge of Henley-on-Thames. Its 900 students come from Henley and the surrounding villages. The site incorporates a Victorian house as well as extensive grounds, both of which contribute to the school’s special character.
As a high-performing school, Gillotts places innovation in teaching and learning at the heart of its development. However, more than this, the school is developing its thinking and practices to ensure that each student’s experience of the school is tailored to his or her needs. At the centre of this is the tutoring system, which puts each child in a group of about twenty students of mixed age. The tutors monitor the academic progress of each of their tutees, and work with them to develop their learning skills.
There is a strong pastoral focus too, recognising that students’ well-being is crucial to their learning. Students’ voices are increasingly contributing to decision making in the school, and they are working alongside teachers to understand how they learn best.
Academic standards at Gillotts are both high and improving. In 2018, 57% of students achieved the benchmark of grade 5 or above in both English and maths, against a national average of 40%. Gillotts however also prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive community. Its motto – ‘non nobis solum’ – translates as ‘not by ourselves alone’ and the sense of teamwork, collaboration and cooperation underpins the life of the school.
Please do come and visit us – you would be very welcome.
Ms Catharine Darnton