Headteacher's Welcome

I am proud to welcome you to Henlow Church of England Academy and hope that the insight you gain through our website and prospectus will convince you to visit us to fully appreciate our approach to learning. We have just over 710 pupils on roll across Years 5 to 8 and enjoy strong links with our feeder lower schools of All Saints, Derwent, Langford, Meppershall and Raynsford. Each year pupils also join us from a wider range of schools including children of military personnel and families wishing to continue their links with the church. Our vibrant sense of community and 'Henlow Values' really come alive on a daily basis.

Our school is going through an exciting period of change as we progress from a middle school, Years 5 - 8, to a secondary school Years 7 - 11. This is an area wide initiative and for an interim period of time we will become an extended secondary school accepting pupils in Year 5 and retaining them until the end of their GCSE’s in Year 11.  In September 2021 we will be accepting our first Year 9 pupils and will take them to GSCE in the following years. To support this there will be new buildings and a refurbishment of our existing accommodation to allow us to provide a full GCSE curriculum.

Our various clubs, sporting successes, artistic opportunities, contributions to charity and engagement across our community reflects the emphasis we place on developing fully rounded individuals. Our ethos focuses on encouraging a love of learning; supporting and extending pupils across the ability range to take their next steps towards academic success. Pupils enjoy their lessons and take pride in their achievements; staff and parents appreciate the growing confidence we regularly see.

We gained an Ofsted 'Good' in 2019 and 'outstanding' in our SIAMS inspection. The full inspection reports can be accessed by clicking here. I include a few key points here because I know all parents are looking for a school in which their child will be safe, happy, fulfilled and achieving their potential:

  • ‘The school’s curriculum contributes strongly to pupils’ wider personal development’. Ofsted 
  • ‘A caring, inclusive and nurturing learning environment, based on its Christian values, leads to good progress and attainment, to strong relationships and to the excellent behaviour of pupils.’ SIAMS 
  • ‘Expectations of behaviour are high. Teachers help pupils to make the right choices about how to behave.’ Ofsted 

We are proud of our exam results both at Key Stage 2 and our own progress measures for the four years pupils spend in our school. The new key measure established by the government relates to the percentage of pupils meeting age related expectations in reading, writing and maths. Henlow Academy pupils achieved above both the local authority and the national average in 2017.

Caren Earp
Head Teacher