Wapping High School promotes an inclusive ethos, in which diversity of need and ability is acknowledged and nurtured.

Wapping High School: a 11-16 community school

Raising aspirations, broadening horizons and ensuring better outcomes for all its students, Wapping High School builds upon the diversity of student backgrounds, providing all students with a truly personalised curriculum to enable enhanced learning and the development of inquisitive minds.

The school day at Wapping High School is extended to allow all students to participate in a range of exciting and stimulating enrichment activities.

Wapping and Shadwell are home to eight well ­supported primary schools, attended by around 2,000 pupils drawn from a genuinely mixed community. Historically on reaching the age of 11, many of these children had no obvious secondary school to go to. Each year a significant number of families moved out of the area as a result of this lack of provision. In 2012, the parent led Wapping and Shadwell Secondary Education Trust (WSSET) set up Wapping High School, a co­-educational free school for children aged 11 – ­16.

Ethos and values

Wapping High School promotes an inclusive ethos, in which diversity of need and ability is acknowledged and nurtured.

Every aspect of school life is guided by a strong ethical code, encouraging social awareness to help students understand and meet with confidence the challenges of a diverse and changing society and the world of work. Through building positive attitudes for learning and a strong sense of personal responsibility, our students develop as flexible, resourceful and independent learners, ready for successful lives.

Wapping High School is deliberately small and has a strong sense of school community. Students from all years are organised into vertical ‘houses’ to encourage interaction across the school. Teachers know all their students individually.

Families form part of the school community and are fully involved with their children’s education. Parents, students and school work closely together to ensure that every student is expected to achieve highly and does so. Wapping High School’s ethos and values ensure that children are safe, healthy, positively contribute to their whole community, and achieve economic and academic well-being in adult life.

Importantly, all students must enjoy attending school and be deeply engaged in their learning.

Aim & Objectives

Encourage students to be flexible, independent and resourceful learners for life.

Raise aspirations of both students and staff.

Demand high expectations and high attainment from both students and staff.

Provide all students with the qualifications for a sound economic future.

Produce confident, polite and socially responsible young adults.
Create a school which is environmentally sustainable and financially secure.Strengthen community cohesion by being a keystone in the community.

Recognising that high-quality teachers are the school’s principal asset, they will be supported, rewarded and motivated.

Setting high, individual expectations for every student that reflect their personal strengths and support them to surpass their potential.

Offering a personalised learning programme with academic and vocational learning pathways.

Requiring the students to participate in a self-assessed exploration of civics, society and ethics as part of their curriculum
embracing the role of parents as part of the school life and culture through the innovative use of technology to enhance communication and participation.