Head’s Welcome


Welcome to William Howard School, where we strive every day to challenge our students and staff to live by the school’s core values: “Resilience, Responsibility and Respect”. We have a clear expectation that every student will strive to be the best that they can be in all that they do.  This extends to all within the school community and you will find that staff and students work together to achieve the very best outcomes. 

We are without question a successful school with excellent outcomes achieved at every level by students across the full ability range. Our students excel across the curriculum and we aim for everyone to have the qualifications they need individually to access their chosen progression routes be that an Apprenticeship, College, or University; an ever increasing proportion gaining entry into Oxbridge or Russell Group Universities.

That success comes from never lowering our high expectations and ensuring everyone shares our core values in each and every moment of every day. It is our insistence on only the highest standards of effort, work, uniform and behaviour that this is based on. That is only achievable by working in partnership with our parents as it is together that we enable our students to flourish into what they each have the potential to be.

In an ever demanding world of work and opportunities we believe that students need to be equipped with not only the very best qualifications, but they also need to be supported and encouraged to become caring, engaging and responsible members of society. To that end we provide the opportunities that bind all the strands of learning together into life changing experiences, supporting the development of each students’ individual character. Whether it is taking part in the Tanzanian Link, being part of a Duke of Edinburgh expedition or representing their House in the Swimming Gala, those experiences provide the richness of challenge that is at the heart of William Howard School.

We do nevertheless recognise the importance of being self-critical and we will continue to focus on working towards and maintaining outstanding outcomes in all areas, while never losing the focus on the wider enrichment and experiences of our students. Our ultimate aim is to be truly exceptional in all areas, so that every individual student has the very best start in life so that they can be responsible, resilient and respectful, while striving relentlessly to be the best that they can be.

R Values logoAs Headteacher of William Howard I am proud of our students, staff and their current, past and future achievements. I hope that our website gives you an insight into why that is and what sets us apart from any other school. The information I hope you will find useful but do not hesitate to contact us at the school if you have further questions, I would encourage you to visit us to see just what a vibrant, successful learning community we are.

Yours sincerely

Mr Chris McAree, Headteacher