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Welcome

Welcome from Jim Henderson, Headteacher 



Welcome to our school. Archbishop Tenison’s has a great history, one that goes right back to 1685. We are a small school and this means that we can offer the very best in pastoral support. We try to ensure that a family atmosphere exists and that all students are known by staff.

Our commitment is to provide all our young people with the best educational experience irrespective of starting points.  Our focus is to enable them to understand that education is key in our changing world of work, and we teach that our core values of Compassion, Hard Work, Accountability, Respect and Trust (CHART) are essential values for all successful relationships.  

Our vision is that, “Together we Aim for Excellence, together we achieve and together we succeed”.  We aim to be the school of choice for local families.

We are committed to providing both the best pastoral care and academic rigour for our students and seek to ensure that all of them leave the school with the best possible skills and qualifications.  This is our fifth successive year with all our leavers now in education, employment or training.  Many of our recent students are now attending prestigious universities such as Warwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Camberwell School of Art.

We are committed to raising standards and enabling all students to make rapid progress.  We are confident that, with some excellent new staff, we will see attainment and rates of progress rise. The combination of academic success and excellent pastoral care allows all students to thrive and enables them to become independent young people.

We are determined to follow through our vision of excellence, achievement and success.  We will be relentless in ensuring that there are no gaps in our attainment and that no student is left behind. 

The Ofsted inspection of October 2016 judged the school to be inadequate. We were very disappointed, shocked and surprised by this outcome. Significant changes have been underway since the inspection to ensure that our students achieve the best possible outcomes.

The systems and structures in the school have been reviewed and the way in which we do things has been changed. There is significant support for the school both from the Local Authority and the Southwark Diocese.

Archbishop Tension’s will become part of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Multi Academy Trust and will convert to an academy. 

Like most schools we have also had to absorb considerable funding cuts. But unlike many we have managed to do this without having to make any teaching staff redundant. 

We encourage you to visit our school and to discover for yourselves how we are able to motivate our students to achieve their best.

 

Jim Henderson
Headteacher

 

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