Headteacher's Welcome

Welcome to the Acton High School website and to the summer term. While this time of year is full of optimism and fresh starts it is also a time of stress and pressure for students and their families as exams loom. Our older students have been working very hard in preparation for their GCSE and A-level exams that will take them to the next stage in their education. As always, we have students with offers to study at some of the most competitive universities in the country, including Oxbridge, and we are pleased that most of our year 11 students are choosing to continue their studies in our own sixth-form centre.

Acton High is very proud of the fact that it has been serving the community and educating the young people of west London for over one hundred years. We are a community comprehensive with students from all backgrounds in the school. The rich and diverse student body enjoy state-of-the art facilities and a curriculum that prepares them for life as leaders in the 21st century.

At Acton High School we are in the business of giving students the qualifications, skills and experiences necessary for them to take charge of their destinies. For some of our students this means studying at some of the top universities in the country, while for others it will be to secure a high quality apprenticeship or to go off to college to follow vocational qualifications leading to employment. The school’s ambitions and expectations for all its students are the same, regardless of background, prior achievements or ambition—we will challenge, support and develop all our students to excel. We do not accept excuses and will ensure that all barriers to learning are removed or overcome.

Acton High is a values-based and values-driven school; The Acton Way is the foundation of the work we do with every student. Underpinning the Acton Way is our key value of ASPIRE and this means that all students: Achieve; Stand Together; Persevere; Imagine; Respect; Excel. We recognise and embrace our duty to ensure that all students secure best possible qualifications; we are firm in our belief that those qualifications will be of little help to those who do not have the skills, values and attributes required to succeed in our complex, dynamic society. By promoting a clear set of values at all times and in all that we do we believe that Acton High students leave school ready to contribute fully and positively to their community and society at large.

Similarly, the staff at Acton High School are driven by values. Every day we ask ourselves: “would this be good enough for my child”. This is the standard we apply to all that we do and we refuse to accept anything that we would not be happy for our own children to experience.

You will see all aspects of our vibrant and dynamic school in our website. We have a small number of places for students in some year groups. If you would like to consider Acton High School for your own child please do contact school to arrange a visit.

Headteacher: Ken Mackenzie



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