Welcome from the Headteacher

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For 50 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 personal development programme produces open-minded and confident young people who are able to communicate effectively in at least two modern foreign languages. Our students develop into global citizens who have an appreciation and understanding of different cultures, religions and communities in modern Britain and beyond.

Situated in the village of Ingatestone, this comprehensive school provides an education within a caring and cosmopolitan environment.  Its success reflects strong leadership and the professionalism and dedication of its staff.  The school is open to all local children and to others who value its internationalist philosophy.  It was the first state specialist language school in Britain to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the International Baccalaureate Career Programme.  The school benefits from an active partnership with parents in achieving its aims.

Excelencia: to achieve academic excellence through a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum enriched by a strong international dimension.

Interkulturell:  to develop in students a respect for their own culture and the culture of others whilst celebrating the rich diversity of languages, values and traditions.

L’avenir: to provide students with the linguistic, creative and social skills to move confidently beyond the boundaries of their own communities as they prepare for the next stage in their lives.

The international dimension permeates throughout our unique curriculum and is inspired by the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate.  This, supported by our core citizenship programme, encourages our students to learn to be enquiring, self-reflecting, resilient global citizens.

All Year 7 students take two languages from French, Spanish and German with the exception of those studying Chinese who take this subject only as part of the intensive MEP programme.  Dedicated study of Chinese continues through to Year 11, culminating in entry for GCSE.  In Year 8 most students continue with the two languages studied in Year 7 to GCSE.  However, these students can elect to drop one language at the end of Year 7 and pick up Italian, Japanese or Russian instead.  Hence most students take two language GCSEs.  In this way we endeavour to accommodate the needs of all our students and offer the best possible choice.  In the Sixth Form, students are offered a wide range of language courses to choose from.  We offer A Levels in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese as well as the highly acclaimed International Baccalaureate Diploma at ab initio, standard and higher level. We also offer entry level qualifications across a range of languages.  Anglo European School is a DfE lead Hub School for the National Consortium for Languages (NCLE) and has a national reputation for leading languages in teaching and learning.

A remarkable feature of the school is its Study Visits Programme.  All Year 7 students take part in a study visit to France.  A network of international partner schools enable the Anglo to provide family exchanges and study visits in Europe, China, Japan, Iceland and Singapore usually lasting ten days.    There are extended study visits to Paris, Girona and Frankfurt in Year 10 lasting for between 4 and 8 weeks during which students follow the curriculum of our partner schools and work independently for their GCSE subjects. Sixth Form students also have the opportunity to undertake international work experience in Madrid, Frankfurt and Paris. Additionally, they are offered the chance to participate in the visit to the United Nations in Geneva or the exchange residential visit to the historic cities of Krakow and Vienna. Typically, over 700 students participate each year and a similar number of exchange partners visit our school.  All students in Year 10 and Lower Sixth are required to undertake work experience for two weeks, which can be organised abroad.

Part of our broad curriculum is encouraging research and independent reading skills.  This involves every year group participating in research projects which develop specific skills such as using AI and the internet responsibly, learning to reference correctly and understanding academic authenticity and integrity in preparation for EPQ and Extended Essays in the Sixth Form.

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 pressure homework can cause if resources are not easily to hand at home.

The quality and success of Sixth Form provision was particularly praised in our most recent OFSTED report where is was awarded ‘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.   Vocational 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 and makes them stand out in the global employment marketplace.


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