We are a consistently high performing, oversubscribed, caring, supportive and inclusive comprehensive school. Our school is at the very heart of our community, not only providing wonderful learning experiences for our students but also a fantastic working environment for our all. Our buildings also provide wonderful learning and leisure opportunities for our wider community. We pride ourselves on the amazing range of activities and support that we provide for all of our students.
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Welcome to our website. I hope it gives you a flavour Alderman Peel High School and the welcoming learning environment that we foster here. We are extremely proud of our pupil’s achievements and I believe we are the only school in Norfolk with improved results year on year for the past six years. We have excellent facilities which include extensive fields, a drama studio, a fitness suite, a floodlit 3G football pitch, gym and a swimming pool.
Most importantly we have a dedicated team of staff who are dedicated to supporting pupils and ensuring they make the maximum amount of progress possible. We have high expectations regarding attendance, punctuality, uniform, class work, homework and we expect every child to behave politely and considerately at all times. Alongside this we can offer an excellent education, providing incredible opportunities and experiences within and outside of the classroom. We offer a wide ranging curriculum to ensure we meet the needs of all pupils. Pupils leave APHS with excellent results, confidence and the skills to be successful in their future.
We are a small school meaning that we know every child and recognise when they do well or need extra support.
We are one of very few schools that is named after someone who lived in our Community. Sam Peel was a highly successful Alderman (Councillor). Sam was known for the work he did for the community and education county wide. Sam (pictured below) was instrumental in our school being built. The opening of the school, in 1963, was his last public appearance.
Our values were created by our School Parliament, in consultation with staff and our governors. They represent what we consider valuable and unique about Alderman Peel High School...
- AMBITION - Because we should always strive to improve
- PRIDE - in our community and ourselves
- HAPPINESS - Stressing the importance of physical and mental wellbeing
- SUCCESS - Because hard work pays off and success can be success as a team
Promoting British Values
The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs"
The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. These values are reinforced at our school regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is rife within the school. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Student Parliament, Eco Council and Student Questionnaires. Elections for School Council representatives are undertaken in each class. Students are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Collapsed School Days are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety (safer Internet Day in 2015), assemblies and Collapsed Learning Days. Whether it be through choice of challenge, of curriculum in Year 9, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Also, through the curriculum students learn to understand the importance of liberty e.g. in History about Civil Rights, Slavery and the Suffragette Movement. Also, in RS students learn about religious freedoms in the UK. In Business Studies students learn about their rights and responsibilities under laws such as Health & Safety, Freedom of Information, Copyright and Consumer Protection Act.
Part of our school ethos and behaviour teaching has revolved around our Values such as ‘Respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. The school promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. We also reward pupils who demonstrate that they are a good “Citizen” to others around the school.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and Collapsed School Days e.g. India and China Days. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
Alderman Peel High School officially became part of The Wensum Trust on 1 November 2017.
As part of The Wensum Trust, our school benefits from a wealth of opportunities to help achieve the Trust-wide ethos of developing happy and engaged children at all stages of the educational journey.
The Wensum Trust has schools situated within three geographical hubs across Norfolk, providing seamless transitions from early years through to sixteen plus. The City hub has schools in and around Norwich, the Rural hub includes schools in and around Acle and the Coastal hub comprises schools on the North Norfolk coast.
All three hubs work closely together to provide a rich and diverse range of experiences for children within all Trust schools. Community partnerships, often unique to The Wensum Trust, are developed locally with organisations such as the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, North Walsham Rugby Club and Wells Sea Cadets, and made accessible across all three hubs. This creates an educational approach which is far broader and deeper than just the academic national curriculum and builds opportunities for all children to discover where they excel and to develop into confident, healthy and fulfilled members of society.
For more information on The Wensum Trust, please visit their website using the link below.
We believe in the power of partnership, working together to create long lasting relationships with primary schools, local businesses and organisations. We are committed to establishing a culture where everyone involved thrives on the challenge to improve and get better every day.
Alderman Peel High School is developing as a centre of excellence in the wider community, with our business partners and neighbours utilising the building during and beyond the school day. The development of partnership working is important to us and our partners in order to provide first-class learning opportunities for our students.
- Wells-next-the-Sea Primary School
- Burnham Market Primary School
- Langham Primary School
- Hindringham Primary School
- Blakeney Primary School
- Walsingham Primary School