Lord Williams's School
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Lord Williams’s is much larger than the average-sized secondary school and has a very large sixth form. It serves the town of Thame and surrounding villages. There are two self-contained sites at opposite sides of the town, the lower school for students in Key Stage 3 and the upper school for students in Key Stage 4 and the sixth form. Staff teach on both sites and commute between lessons. The vast majority of students are White British and the percentage of students known to be eligible for free school meals is low. The percentage of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average; the school provides for students with a wide range of needs, including behavioural, social and emotional difficulties and physical disabilities. The percentage of students with a statement of special educational needs is above average, as the school provides a specialist resource base for students with autism. Since 2001, the school has been designated as a specialist sports school and as a Training School for teacher education. It has also achieved the Healthy School and International School awards.

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Lord Williams's School Reviews

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“Each child has it within them to achieve the very best they can if they are prepared to work”
"> I must say that we, as past parents, have always found LWS an excellent school. Our daughter was encouraged and stretched in all subjects. She was offered a place at Bristol medical school with 2 AA and a B she went on to get 4 As. That was because of hard work on her side and the fantastic support the school gave her over the years she was there from year 7 to year 13. She now has just finished her final exams after 14 years of training to become a urology surgeon. We feel her staying power was down to the support of this school.
“Thank you LWS”
"> I am delighted that my child has joined Lord Williams's School. His likes his teachers and regularly receives encouraging written feedback on his class and homework. He has already received a postcard home praising him for his success in a subject he found the most challenging at primary school. This has motivated him no end. Homework is regularly set and at an appropriate level. I have been very impressed by the 'Show My Homework' package that the school uses - it means that he always knows what homework is due and how much time he has to spend on it. Instructions are clear and all the required resources are made available. He is very pleased by the range of clubs available - from drama to rugby - he could go to one every day if he chose. He has also been chosen to represent the school in sport. It's not all about exam results, but the 2016 GCSE were great and amongst the best in the county. I am hopeful that my child will go on to achieve the same. Overall, we are delighted with our choice of school. Thank you LWS!
“Why I withdrew my child”
"> I have withdrawn my daughter from this school for the following reasons: 1) brighter young people are not given any differentiated work, there is no streaming except in maths. The emphasis is on bringing up the less able and the more able are ignored. 2) the number of supply teachers covering lessons is excessively high (between 3 and 6 a week) 3) lessons are severely disrupted; behaviour in classes, the playground and outside the school is unacceptable. 4) teachers are not respectful to the pupils.. 5) the school is basically a technical college, concentrating on tech and non-academic subject not academic ones. 6) the school does not offer triple science. 7) although the school pays lip service to most able young people, this is just a label and no extra support is given. 8) young people who are not good at ball skills are relegated to a lower p.e. set, no recognition is given for athletic or running skills. In the lower p.e. set they are deemed as unfit for proper sport and do things like golf so there is no fitness value. 9) many of the staff are complacent, uninterested in teaching and many lessons are boring. (There are some excellent teachers but the useless ones outweigh them significantly) 10) homework levels are excessive (higher than the grammar schools) the homework is almost all pointless, badly thought out, easy for the teachers to mark, doesn't back up lessons and is very time consuming. Some teachers don't even bother to mark it! 11) the children at the school are rude and disrespectful to one another in school, swearing is rife and they are rude and disrespectful to members of the public at the end of the school day. 12) The school does not encourage contact between teachers and parents,. 13) School reports give no useful information. 14) Sanctions are excessive for small breaches such a forgetting a pen but non existent for bullying, disruption in class, etc. 15) there is nowhere for children to eat their lunch on rainy days as there is not ample space in the dining room and no other provision is made. 16) lockers are only provided for year 7s, children are expected to carry all their books around plus a reading book and 2 dictionarys every day. 17) the state of the building and the site at lower school is not welcoming, it is more like a prison. 18) the majority of girls wear heavy makeup from year 7 onwards and nothing is done to stop this yet a child is not allowed to wear a hair band on her wrist for when she needs it. 19) the uniform policy is not consistent. Some children seem to get away with wearing very short skirts and leggings whilst others are sanctioned for minor discrepancies. 20) I am really not sure how this school gained an excellent OFSTED report. My daughter is happy at her new school and none of the above problems exist or any others. I think perhaps it may have strengths for special needs children or those struggling but it is severely letting down others.
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