Headteacher of Brentwood County High School, Stephen DrewThe best schools are communities that support each other like extended families. Everyone involved in the education of our young people has a vital role to play. The closer we all work together as adults then the more successfully we can ensure that your young people achieve their potential. This is the core of the vision that we have at Brentwood County High School.

Our school is the centre of our local community. We are proud that our community is a diverse place both within and beyond our school.  We see promoting diversity and valuing the contributions of all as being at the core of our mission. Everything that we do is done to ensure that our young people can exist in safe environment in which they can succeed whilst feeling supported, challenged and protected.

Our students achieved many great successes at both A-Level and GCSE in 2016. Some key headlines are:

  • 22% of all AS and A2 exams taken received the top two grades: A* or A for A2 and A or B for AS.
  • 63% of all entries at Level 3 BTEC saw students achieve the two highest grades of Distinction Star or Distinction.
  • 67% of all entries at A2 saw students achieve or beat their personal target grade - this is up 17% in three years.
  • Progression measures for AS, A2 and BTEC results showed that our students performed in line with or better than national averages in all three sets of results measured against their starting points.
  • Students taking AS and A2 Levels in English language, English literature, maths and further maths exceeded national standards for progression from GCSE to A-Level.
  • Using the government's new Progress 8 performance measure (which evaluates the progress made by students against their starting points at the end of primary school) our GCSE results were significantly improved from 2014 and 2015.
  • The headline measure of students achieving 5A*-C including English and maths was 64%, up by 13% from 2015.
  • 30% of Year 11 students achieved the EBacc measures (A*-C in English, maths, science, humanities and a language), up from 23% in 2015. This is iabove the national rate of 24%.
  • 63% of Year 11 students achieved the expected progression of three levels from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 in English in 2016, lower than the national rate of 69%.
  • 69% of Year 11 students achieved the expected progression of three levels from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 in Maths in 2016, equal to the national rate.
  • More than 25% of students who took GCSEs in art, biology, business, chemistry, history, physics, psychology, sociology and textiles achieved A* or A grades.
  • A*-C pass rates in art, computing, French, graphics, PE and Spanish increased by more than 10%.

Communication between home and school is a vital part of everything that we do. Please use the email contacts available in the “Staff contacts” section of the “Contact us” tab at the top of the website to contact any of your child’s teachers at any time. We will aim to respond within 48 hours on all occasions. If you wish to contact me personally to discuss any aspect of your child’s education at any time, please do so. I can be contacted directly either via email at drew@bchs.essex.sch.uk or on my school mobile 07445 380811. The link at the bottom of this page can also be used to send me an email.

I also hold regular Headteacher’s Surgery sessions from 4 pm to 8 pm on the third Thursday of each half-term and from 9 am to 12 pm on the last Saturday of each half-term. Fifteen minute appointments  for the surgeries can be made with the Headteacher’s PA. I will write to all parents and carers in advance of each surgery to invite you to attend.

I look forward to meeting everyone who comes to visit our school and who chooses to become part of our vibrant community. I believe that our school is a very special place and that our young people are being educated in an environment which supports, nurtures and extends their personal abilities. I know I am priviliged to be working with our current families, and look forward to working with new families all the time.

Stephen Drew