Hamilton is an 11 – 16 mixed Community College catering for approximately 1000 pupils from a variety of cultures. Hamilton is situated on the eastern outskirts of the City of Leicester. The College has Specialist Technology Status.
Our school vision is that "Every Pupil Achieves Their Very Best and Feels Secure". This is a vision that I feel passionate about and one that I know all teaching and associate staff share.
We were very pleased with our recent OFSTED Inspection, April 2013, giving the College a judgement of Good in all areas. In our discussions with the Lead Inspector he commented that "Hamilton is a Good school with a great future".
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Principal’s Blog: Fortnight Focus 3rd – 14th June
Since returning from the half-term holiday our Yr11 exams have continued at full pace. For those sitting English exams, their papers were on the second day of return, poor souls! We are exceptionally proud of the... click here to continue reading
Extracts from the Ofsted Report 2013:
"…Leadership and staff…show unfailing commitment to a diverse community of students. The college offers an exceptionally caring, supportive…education for all its students…students make good progress".
"Students receive good or outstanding teaching at all times. Teachers set challenging mid and long-term targets and their students have a clear understanding of their goals and their progress."
"Students are very well prepared for the next stage in their lives and leave the college as self-confident and purposeful learners. In 2012, every student leaving the college in Year 11 went on to find a place in further education, on training courses or in employment."
"Students demonstrate good behaviour in lessons and around the college…feel free to express their views about the college and believe these are listened to and acted on. They feel safe in the college and understand the system of rewards and sanctions."
"Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the college and are full of praise for the efforts it makes to educate and care for their children."
"For…students who are new arrivals to this country the college provides a very good start to their life here…Students with special educational needs or disabilities receive an exceptional level of care and support and achieve at least as highly as other students."
Remarkable Student Progress. a 'remarkable journey' - OFSTED 2010
|5 A*-C English & Maths||19%||23%||31%||40%||34%||49%||42%||53%|
- This year we are predicting record results for 5A*C including English and Maths (53%)
Recent praise for Pupil Achievement at Hamilton
In 2010, the DfE named Hamilton in the top 200 schools most improved schools in England.
We also gained a prestigious award from The Specialist Schools Trust for the school with the most improved achievement over a 3 year period
Specialist Technology College
As a Specialist Technology College our IT resources are exceptional. We have 9 IT suites and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. Without a doubt, our IT facilities have enhanced teaching and learning and helped to raise standards across the College. We are also passionate about other curriculum areas. We now have the Arts Council Silver Award with Visual and Performing Arts being a particular strength of the College. We also have exceptional sports facilities and the Sport England Kite Mark.
Our Curriculum is always changing to adapt to the needs of our pupils; we strive to provide a Personalised Curriculum for all.
At KS3 we have introduced four broad bands. Nurture, where pupils are given intensive support with Literacy and Numeracy. Step-Up, where the focus is for pupils to move up two levels in English from Level 3 – 5. For these pupils aspects of Literacy are taught in common across many curriculum areas. Booster, where the aim is to move pupils from Level 4 to 5. Flight, for our more able pupils where there is a greater emphasis on independent study and extension work to enable pupils to achieve the very highest levels, Level 6 and above. To ensure that pupils get off to a flying start and achieve their very best possible grades many faculty areas now start the GCSE content at the beginning or part way through Y9.
At KS4, many of our Gifted & Talented pupils, in addition to studying standard GCSEs, study for the English Baccalaureate. Most pupils also study English Literature. In addition, we offer the three separate Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and many pupils also study Law and Citizenship GCSE.
In addition to studying the Core subjects, the majority of pupils can opt from a selection of GCSEs including French, History, Geography, ICT, Performing Arts, Art, Sports Studies and Business. We also offer a range of Design options such as Textiles and Resistant Materials. Short Course RE is also available for our pupils. We also offer a range of vocational qualifications including Land Based Studies, Hospitality & Catering and Health & Social Care which have proved to be very popular. Pupils with an additional language are often encouraged to sit their home language at GCSE. (For full details of courses available, please contact the College).
OFSTED stated: ‘The curriculum is suitably organised… (and)… well matched to their learning needs. Pupils can opt from an interesting…impressive number of …qualifications. Some unusual options, such as land management and law, really broaden pupils’ learning as well as providing useful qualifications. Good levels of participation in such courses demonstrate the attraction and value of widening pupils’ experiences’
A New Build for September 2014
Hamilton is due to have a £16.5 million ‘New Build’. A state of the art new building, with a high ICT specification and excellent teaching facilities will be located on our playing fields. It is anticipated that pupils will be able to remain in the existing building, ensuring that learning will not be disrupted. We hope to move into the ‘New Build’ ready for the beginning of the Autumn Term 2014.
Safeguarding Children and Young People
Hamilton Community College has a commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people. We have robust processes and procedures and continuously promote a positive culture of safeguarding amongst our workforce.
OFSTED stated: ‘there is a robust system for checking on and recording students’ safety and welfare’
Above all, Hamilton is a happy school where pupils enjoy learning and taking part in the large number of extra clubs and activities we provide.
We look forward to the future with great confidence!
John Morris B.Ed Hons, MA, NPQH