Welcome from the Headteachers

Thank you for expressing an interest in this school. For more than 40 years the Anglo European School has been committed to achieving the highest academic success through its distinct internationalist curriculum.

The broad and balanced education with its challenging additional experiences produces open-minded and confident young people who are able to communicate effectively in a variety of languages, knowing that they have something worthwhile to say.

Situated in the village of Ingatestone, this state comprehensive is committed to maintaining its standards within a caring and cosmopolitan environment.  Its success reflects strong leadership and management, together with the professionalism of all of its staff.  The school is open to all its local children and to others, within a wide region, who value its internationalist philosophy.  It was the first state school in Britain to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the first to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme and the first comprehensive school to become a Language College.  The school benefits from an active partnership with parents in achieving its aims:

Special Quality: to provide the highest quality of education enriched by a strong international dimension.

Inter–cultural Worth:  to respect individuals and their culture whilst developing a respect for, and an understanding of, the students’ own culture and the cultures of others.

“L’avenir”: to give students the academic and social skills which enable them to move freely and productively beyond the boundaries of their own community.

The international dimension is present in every subject area.  When students first arrive at the school they complete a cross‑curricular Induction Programme – “Who do we think we are”.  This provides a practical insight into the special internationalist nature of the school and allows them to draw on their own experiences.  Each student’s participation in the international nature of the school culminates in the award of the Diplôme du Citoyen in Year 9 (Foundation), Year 11 (Intermediate) and Sixth Form (Advanced).

The school is recognised as a centre of excellence for language learning.  All students study French and German in Year 7.   In Year 8 they have the opportunity to pick up Spanish as an alternative to continuing with German.  Russian, Chinese, Italian and Japanese are introduced in Year 9.  At GCSE all students will normally study two languages in addition to English, though three are possible.  In the Sixth Form all students are required to study a language other than English in some form.

A remarkable feature of the school is its extensive Study Visits Programme.  All Year 7 students take part in a cross-curricular study visit to France.  The other year groups are able to choose from over eighteen home-to-home exchanges together with specialised study visits or international work experience at Sixth Form level.  On these visits students follow a carefully prepared cross‑curricular work package which is integrated into the school-based curriculum. Most exchanges are of ten days duration, although in Year 10 students have the opportunity to participate in the extended study visits to Reims and Frankfurt of up to three and eight weeks respectively.  They follow the curriculum of our partner schools and work independently for their GCSE subjects.  This comprehensive programme also includes study visits in the Arts, Geography and Biology as well as a wide range of internationally focused extra‑curricular activities.  Typically, 700 students participate each year and 500 partners visit the school.

All students have the opportunity to benefit from using up-to-date information technology.  The six main computer rooms and the library have access to a semi‑filtered version of the Internet and enable students to develop their research skills and locate information including authentic materials in many languages.  We run a Study Club, before and after school and at lunchtime, for students to start or complete independent learning activities, homework and coursework.  The club is supervised and managed by our Study Club Manager, who is well acquainted with our ethos and desire for all students to reach their true potential, whilst being understanding of the pressures homework can cause if resources are not easily to hand at home.

As you can see, one feature of the school is the breadth of its curriculum.  For instance, the Anglo is currently one of the highest performing comprehensive schools in the country with regard to the English Baccalaureate.  The 11-16 curriculum is inspired by the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme.

The quality and success of Sixth Form provision was particularly praised in our most recent OFSTED report and is outstanding.  The school accepts new students from other schools at Sixth Form level.  There has been a long and successful tradition of A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP).  The IB offers students a balanced curriculum through its choice of six subjects from various academic disciplines and its CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) programme.  The Diploma is highly regarded by UK universities and recognised both by universities and employers world-wide.  A-Level students have the flexibility of taking single certificate qualifications from the IB programme in addition to A-Level subjects, thus adding breadth to their curriculum. In 2010 we became the first school in the country to offer the IB Career Programme (IBCP). This is an internationally recognised course for students who want a more technical, vocational, applied programme.   Applied A-Levels make up part of this course. This provides an exceptionally rich variety of courses.  The CAS component of the Diploma is taken by all students, as is the requirement to study a language other than English.   Many other activities further enrich the Sixth Form programme.  Sixth Form students are characterised by their independent and outward looking approach.

Do not hesitate to contact the school if you need clarification of our criteria either by telephoning Admissions on 01277 351914 or email admissions@aesessex.co.uk.

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