Hydesville Tower School

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25 Broadway North
Walsall
West Midlands
Walsall
WS1 2QG
01922 624374
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Pupils
293
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Ages
3 - 16
Gender
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Mixed
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Other independent school
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NATIONAL AVG. 2.04
Independent inspection report
(12/5/16)
98%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
95%
NATIONAL AVG. 40%
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
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School Description

Hydesville Tower School is an independent day school for boys and girls aged three to 16 years. It is located in Walsall in the West Midlands. The School has been part of the Cognita Schools’ Group since 1997, and it has been open since 1952. Although the school is not selective, prospective pupils undertake assessments to ensure their suitability before being offered a place. There are no pupils with a statement of special educational needs. The school is registered for 380 pupils. There are currently 291 pupils on roll aged three to 16 years. Provision for children aged three to five in the Early Years Foundation Stage is made in a Nursery class and two Reception classes. The school provides before- and after-school care for its pupils. The school was previously inspected by the Schools Inspection Service in May 2016. The school’s mission is, ‘to provide pupils with the academic, social and emotional skills necessary for them to become well-rounded and socially competent members of the world beyond Hydesville’.

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Hydesville Tower School Reviews

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“Grade A for Hydesville”
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Both our Son and Daughter have been through the Hydesville experience from reception to year 6. Our Son is currently still there in year 6. They have both benefited from their time at this wonderful school which has a strong emphasis on family values and good behaviour. The Leadership team is very good and there is such a happy vibe as soon as you arrive. We would be happy to recommend Hydesville to any parents who are looking to give their child or children a grade A start to school life.
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My son is in year 4 and he is absolutely loving it at Hydesville Tower. All his teachers and everyone at school do their best to help your child to achieve his or her best. We have a small community room at Hydesville where the staff hold meetings with coffee mornings to find out if parents have any concerns and we are constantly given feedback on any changes or on new polices. The parents and their children are first priority at Hydesville and the service this school provides is excellent. Your child is treated with respect and given all the encouragement a person needs to prosper as an individual.
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News & events from Hydesville Tower School

Last update: 03 December 2019
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HYDESVILLE TAKES MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING TO A NEW LEVEL 

 

Pupils at Hydesville Tower School in Walsall joined over 45,000 children and young people around on Friday 27th September 2019 to draw attention to the vital role of mental wellbeing in education.

Hydesville collapsed the curriculum for the entire day to mark Global Be Well Day, a worldwide event led by Cognita, the group of 74 schools of which Hydesville Tower School is a member. 

With children ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old, the challenge at Hydesville Tower School was to create a meaningful series of events that would have value immediately but also for the months and years to come. Big favourites included the Animal Café, with time to pet and look after a range of animals; Zumba and kickboxing to get the pulse raising; meditation and yoga to help promote calm and mindfulness; and lots and lots of smiles.

Warren Honey, Headmaster at Hydesville Tower School, said: “this was a wonderful opportunity for the Hydesville community to come together and put mental health in the spotlight. As a school, we value the person and their emotional wellbeing, so planning these events felt a natural opportunity to prepare our children for the various challenges of life.

“The School’s Mental Health Champion Aimee Kingston was instrumental in designing elements of the day, and all the staff were involved at various stages to promote the initiative.”

Global Be Well Day emanated from conversations between the global leaders last October, and a commitment to action in all the Cognita schools. Resources from world experts in sleep and nutrition, alongside the shared ideas for activities have helped this initiative reach over 45,000 students, 7,000 staff and countless parents and families.


 

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OUR ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME

 

"New experiences enrich children’s lives and help them decide where their interests and passions lie."
 

For one lesson a week the timetable is collapsed and given over to pupil enrichment. The programme draws on the interests and talents of our teachers and is a chance for pupils to enjoy pastimes that are beyond the confines of the examination curriculum. The activities are carefully planned to ensure there is something to appeal to all pupils.

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HYDESVILLE TOWER SCHOOL NURSERY RECEIVES MILLIE’S MARK

 

Hydesville Tower School Nursery has announced that it has received national recognition for going above and beyond the minimum requirements in paediatric first aid. With its robust processes and documentation, the nursery staff strive to keep children safe by minimising risks and accidents and giving parents that greater reassurance.

 

Hydesville Tower School Nursery has been awarded Millie’s Mark by National Day Nurseries Association in collaboration with Department for Education and Millie’s Trust. 

 

Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who tragically died as a result of choking in a nursery in 2012. Her parents Dan and Joanne Thompson have campaigned for all staff to have paediatric first aid training and having Millie’s Mark demonstrates that nurseries have met this. In addition, it shows they work hard to keep these crucial skills in the forefront of employees’ minds, so they are competent and can apply paediatric first aid in any situation.  

Sam Smith, Nursery Manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Millie’s Mark.  This is a special achievement and shows how serious we are about ensuring children are safe when they are in our care. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us during this process and we are all very much looking forward to celebrating our success.”

 

Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) adds: “Achieving Millie’s Mark is a great achievement for the nursery, it shows that all staff are fully trained in paediatric first aid and that they have reflected on their current practice to improve competence and confidence. Becoming a Millie’s Mark’s nursery is a clear indicator for parents that this nursery has met the highest standards and gives them the reassurance that their children are safe’.


 

HYDESVILLE TOWER SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE SUPERB GCSE ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2019

 

 

Pupils from Hydesville Tower School in Walsall are celebrating excellent 2019 GCSE results, with 98% of all papers taken achieving a “good pass” or better at the new Grade 4+.  The national average was 67%.

 

Most impressively, 44% (compared to the national average of 20.6%) of exam grades at Hydesville were awarded at Grade 7 or above with half the cohort securing 5 or more GCSEs at Grades 7-9 – the previous A grade equivalent. Over a fifth of all exams were awarded Grades 8 or 9, the latter being the equivalent of an A** to show exceptional performance. 

 

Results in specific subject areas were exceptional.  In Science, 55% (compared to the national average of 42.3%) of grades were 7 or above in Biology, 72% (the national average was 43.9%) were Grade 7 and above in Chemistry, with 18% (compared to 13% nationally) at Grade 9, and 73% (43.8% nationally) achieved Grade 7 and above in Physics. 

 

In addition, an outstanding 100% of History grades were Grade 8 and above and over 84% achieved a “strong pass” at Grade 5+ in English Language.  

 

All of the Year 11 cohort at Hydesville are to be congratulated for a superb set of results.  In particular, Karn, Tyler and Zara each collected a large number of the highest grades – 8s and 9s. 

 

Miss Lauren Jenkins, Head of Senior School, remarked: “This has been a group of children that we have enjoyed nurturing over the past five years. The measure of their achievements is evident in their value-added scores, with a sizeable increase on each child’s potential from starting with us.  As a year group, they have offered a great deal in the classroom and in the various extra-curricular activities available.”

 

Hydesville Tower School, situated on Broadway North in Walsall, is proudly non-selective and is fully committed to helping pupils achieve the very best results possible. Mr Warren Honey, Headmaster, said: “It is a pleasure to celebrate with our staff and pupils who have worked so hard to achieve these results. My congratulations go to all of our GCSE pupils and I wish them every success as they take their next steps into post-16 education and beyond. These results provide a clear indication that the personalised approach taken at Hydesville gives every child the opportunity to flourish and fulfil their potential.”

 

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Every day is an open day at Hydesville and we host personal visits and private tours throughout the year to suit individual families.  Do contact us if you want to look round sooner than the following dates and we will happily arrange this.

Call to book a Taster Day: 01922 624374 or email [email protected]

 


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Come along to our Early Years' Open Event to find out more about our Nursery & Reception classes.  See our school in action, meet staff and pupils and find out for yourself what makes us so special - including small class sizes.

Tours are available at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm.  Please arrive in time for the start of your preferred tour slot.

Book your place below, and come along to find out more.

01922 624374
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Meet the Head: Mr Warren Honey

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Mr Honey joined Hydesville Tower School as Headmaster in September 2017, arriving from King Henry VIII School in Coventry where he was Deputy Head. He has brought a wealth of experience to Hydesville, having a strong track record as a teacher delivering exceptional academic outcomes and as a school leader taking a role in all aspects of school life. His professional experience in addition to teaching, includes a number of positions in two highly regarded HMC schools.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I first realised the impact a teacher could have on a group of pupils when Mr Clarke taught me Biology. His nickname  – The Honey Monster – was derived from his imposing frame, and he had the ability to scare everyone with a single look. His sunflower stalk could reach anyone on the front two rows, but it was his manner to impart wisdom and understanding that kept everyone’s attention. In one year, he filled me with a love for the subject that was see me through to a degree and a subsequent desire to help others appreciate the beauty of the natural world.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

As a new Head, it is a bit early for me to have such an achievement. However, I plan to have some significant successes by the end of the first year!

What does a successful school look like to you?

It is one that pupils look forward to being in every day, because they know they are in a safe, nurturing environment, with every focus being on helping them to develop their strengths. It gives every child the chance to make progress in their learning, regardless of their starting ability, so they leave school each day confident that they have gained more knowledge and understanding. It provides opportunities for children to develop their skills and interests, by providing a varied and exciting extra-curricular and enrichment programme. And it works with parents, to make a real difference in the life of their child.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

Determination. Life can be demanding, challenging and throw obstacles in our way. Learning can be difficult, exacting and interrupted by maturational landmarks and/or external factors. Despite all these pitfalls, people are expected to rise through the turmoil, achieve their best and be successful. A key feature in such people is their determination. This is more significant than intellectual ability in determining exam outcomes. It is also more significant than personality in determining the emotional health of a person. Thus, our children should leave Hydesville Tower School with a sense of determination, and an appreciation that they have the qualities to succeed throughout their life.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Purposeful; community; determination; friendly; genuine.

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