Welcome Message

We believe that all pupils can succeed if given outstanding teaching and pastoral care.

I am delighted to welcome you to the website of Greenwich Free School.

Our core belief is that all pupils can succeed if given outstanding teaching and pastoral care. Our mission is to create a school of the highest standards that achieves this through recruiting and training excellent teachers and support staff and in developing a pastoral system that ensures no child is left behind.

Whilst we want all of our students to leave GFS with the currency they need to access the next stage of their education and place a primacy on hard work, we know that getting great exam results is only half of a good education and we are determined to deliver as many opportunities as we can for every child to flourish outside the classroom.

We run 12 Drop Down Days a year, focussing on a diverse range of topics or experiences that allow every pupil to immerse themselves in a particular area or subject; we run the Duke of Edinburgh programme for Year 9 and Year 10 pupils,  we organise a 3 Peaks Challenge in June each year; have a pupil-led school newspaper; have a pupil-led RAG (raising and giving) Committee; run highly-structured Peer Mentoring and peer reading programmes; introduce pupils each year to the joys (and pain) of BMXing; deliver a 2 hour enrichment programme every Wednesday afternoon, put on at least one school play each year, have an orchestra, a choir, several ensembles and performance groups and a forest school.

We organise and deliver all of these experiences as we believe they will help equip all of our pupils with the experiences and habits they need to live a happy and successful life. We will work tirelessly to achieve these goals but we also need the support of all involved with the school, especially our parents. At GFS we don’t talk about ability or potential and we certainly don’t label our children but we do talk about effort and strategies and we expect the same at home.

We will provide the highest quality teaching and resources and ensure we offer support where it is needed and stretch and challenge every pupil. In return we expect every one of our parents to commit to our extended day and to uphold the ethos of GFS.

GFS was founded on a set of values and these inform all that we do. The school is unwavering in its commitment to these values and we expect a great deal from every one of our pupils in ensuring they live up to them every day. GFS is not a school where you can take a back seat and drift through your education; as a smaller than average school we are a community of learners and we hold each other to account for our actions and commitment, whether we are a teacher or a pupil.

We are building a great school for Greenwich that will hopefully serve many generations of young people and I look forward to welcoming you in the near future.

Oliver Knight

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