Welcome to our Year 7 Open Day

Governors, Staff and students at Ravens Wood, extend a warm welcome to our prospective Year 7 families, for the academic year 2022/23. Our aim is to ensure that you and your son(s) receive as much information as possible, through the variety of presentations and documents that we have provided as part of our virtual tour of the school.
Our virtual tour information is available for you to view at your leisure, to help you make that all-important decision regarding your son’s educational journey into secondary school.
Our Year 7 Open Morning Event will be held on Saturday 18th September from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and the Headteacher will speak at 9.30am, 10.00am, 10.30am and 11am. There is no need to book to attend this event but we kindly request that a face covering is worn at all times.

A warm welcome from members of our Senior Leadership Team to the Ravens Wood School Open D

Explore Ravens Wood


Be inspired by excellence everywhere in our English Department, as Mrs De Frayne, Head of English, invites you to join her in exploring Monstrous and Magical Imaginings and works from some of the finest literary heritage authors.


Our mathematicians learn to incorporate mathematics in the real world, helping them to prepare for life beyond Ravens Wood; our Head of Maths, Miss Franz, will accompany you on a journey to explore some of our maths lessons with key staff.


Mrs Snasdell, Assistant Headteacher, invites you to enjoy scientific awe and wonder, as you enter the world of Science at Ravens Wood; where our students explore topics such as the Big Bang Theory, Aliens & how planet Earth was formed.

Design Technology & STEM

If technology inspires you, programmable technology and robotic Olympics are just some of the exciting Design Technology, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Computer Science topics introduced by Mr Hunt, Lead Teacher in STEM.

PE & Outdoor Education

Mr Freds, Head of Physical Education, is proud to share with you an all-inclusive and extensive PE, Enrichment and Outdoor Education offer, available to all students at Ravens Wood. There really is something for everyone!

Creative Arts

Calling all artists, thespians, musicians and photographers – join Mrs Potter Hicks and the Performing Arts Team in exploring vibrant music, inspiring Dance and Drama and Creative Art, Design and Photography.

Modern Foreign Languages

Mr Davis welcomes you from our foreign languages department. In Year 7 your son can learn about the cathedral in Cologne, the Berlin Wall and the German parliament buildings. All very famous buildings with an interesting and rich history!

The department also teaches our Year 7 students French. Here we explore the French culture including French cuisine and architecture as well as the delights of the language.


Inspiration in the Humanities curriculum is shared aplenty by Mr Tysall, Head of History; giving you the opportunity to hear about our exciting curriculum of History, Geography, Philosophy Religion and Ethics and our new subject: Oracy & Epics. One not to be missed!

Our Prospectus

Our interactive prospectus can be found below. Alternatively, you can download a copy in PDF format.
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Our School aspires to provide each and every student with an exemplary education. We achieve this goal by carefully crafting a student-centred approach where individual needs are matched with a broad, ambitious and exciting curriculum of awe and wonder. The School envisions that when our students graduate, with their personal educational achievements maximised, they are perfectly positioned to seize the opportunities that lie before them.

Here at Ravens Wood, our ethos is embedded in our aims:

  • To develop a Culture which fosters a love of learning and intellectual curiosity within a strong and supportive community.
  • To deliver a rich and varied curriculum which leads to high academic performance and provides our students with the Currency to open doors to the future.
  • To equip students with the tools to develop their individual Character, in an environment which promotes dignity, integrity, self-discipline and self-esteem.

We believe in communicating as effectively as possible with parents/carers, appreciating that your son’s journey with us is very much a team effort.

– Ms S Spence, Headteacher

Want to explore some more?



Parent and Carer FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


or see below

When was the last Ofsted inspection and what was the outcome?2021-09-14T09:04:17+00:00

Our last OFSTED report was in April 2018, in which we were graded as a good School in all areas.

The full OFSTED report is available on our website – Click here.

How many places are there in Year 7?2021-09-14T09:04:49+00:00

The admission number for Year 7 2022/2023 is 224; the School’s Admission Policy can be found on the school’s website – Click here.

How many Form Groups are there?2021-09-14T09:05:11+00:00

There are 8 Form Groups in each year. The form retain the same form tutor throughout their Ravens Wood journey.

What is the catchment area?2021-09-14T09:05:39+00:00

The Local Authority measures the distance from the front door of the home to the School’s front entrance, ‘as the crow flies’. There is no pre-determined catchment area as this is determined by the number of boys that apply for places.

How far out did the offers go this year?2021-09-14T09:06:04+00:00

On National Offer Day, our offers extended to 3.8 miles from the School.

What were the School’s GCSE / A level results this year?2021-09-14T09:07:46+00:00

2019 was the last Examinations Year – these results are on the school website here.

Results 2021

These results were Teacher assessed grades and are not being published by the Department for Education due to the different nature of assessment.


Up on last year in every measure.  We celebrated the following:

English (Language)  9 – 4   94%              Maths 9 – 4   88%
9 – 5   82%                           9 – 5  69%

We received 500 Grade 7-9s (old A*-A) and 78 elite Grade 9s.


37% of grades were A*/A

63% of grades were A* to B

85% of grades were A to C

These superb results are consistent with the exceptional performance of RWS students in recent years.

How are the Year 7s set?2021-09-14T09:08:36+00:00

For the first term, all classes for all subjects are mixed ability, based upon information received from primary schools. The Year group is split into two halves for timetabling purposes R and W. The following informs streaming in Maths and Science only, which comes into effect after the Christmas holidays: Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs), Snapshots, Book reviews, Performance in class. Further information can be found on the school website

Which languages do you teach?2021-09-14T09:09:32+00:00

All Year 7 students study both French and German. We have a talented team of enthusiastic language teachers, and 75% of our students continue to study a language at GCSE. We also continue to offer both languages at A level.

Is there a reading programme at Ravens Wood?2021-09-14T09:10:09+00:00

We actively encourage reading through our weekly reading lessons for Years 7-8 and our ‘Classic Reading’ programme for years 7-10. Our students can also access a virtual library, VLeBooks, enabling them to borrow eBooks and read them on any device. For more information about reading and writing at Ravens Wood Click here.

Where can I get information concerning Ravens Wood’s provision for SEND students?2021-09-14T09:11:06+00:00

The SEND section of our website details the Pupil Development Department staff and their specialisms. The SEND information report for the last academic year is also available. If you have further questions concerning our SEND, provision please contact us via the following email address: sen@rws.uk.net.

How many enrichment activities are available to students?2021-09-14T09:11:30+00:00

We run a broad and diverse programme of extra-curricular activities, offered by all departments beyond lesson time, for more information Click here.

Which sports do you deliver at Ravens Wood?2021-09-14T09:11:58+00:00

In the winter, we run an extensive rugby and football programme, as well as basketball teams. In the summer, we run an extensive cricket programme and students also participate in tennis and athletics.

How do you deal with incidents of bullying?2021-09-14T09:12:30+00:00

When a member of staff receives information, either directly or indirectly, regarding a bullying incident, this information will be taken very seriously and investigated. We will offer a proactive, sympathetic and supportive response to students who are the victims of bullying. We will respond to incidents of bullying behaviour in a proportionate way. When sanctions are necessary, they will be applied consistently and fairly.

How do you support students’ emotional health and wellbeing?2021-09-14T09:12:58+00:00

At Ravens Wood School, our students’ Personal Development is an integral part of our curriculum. Staff and students work together, to create a School with a culture of safeguarding and this is supported by our extensive PSHE curriculum provision across Year 7 to 11. For more information Click here.

How much homework do students in Year 7 receive?2021-09-14T09:13:51+00:00

At Ravens Wood School, homework is seen as an important aspect of the learning process involving parents, teachers and students in a partnership aimed at raising standards of achievement, and maximising educational opportunity. In Year 7, homework is always set online using ShowMyHomework (Satchel). Year 7 students should spend approximately 30minutes per subject per week.

What are the start and end times of the day?2021-09-14T09:14:12+00:00

Our students start their day at 8.30am for Registration with form tutors, and are dismissed at 3.00pm and 3.10pm on days when they have a year group assembly.

What should I do if I have further queries?2021-09-14T09:15:20+00:00

Please get in touch via the following email address: openday@rws.uk.net.

How many subjects do Year 7 students study?2022-06-28T09:46:11+00:00

Students study 15 subjects. To view some of the topics we teach Click here.

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