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Hadlow Rural Community School

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Hadlow Rural Community School is a unique school, combining a traditionally academic curriculum with a challenging Land-based specialism.

Our students have the opportunity to not only study for the highest academic grades but also to participate in a wide variety of life-enhancing and enriching experiences, working in a beautiful outdoor environment in areas such as agriculture, horticulture and countryside management.

The success and popularity of the school has been based on our ethos of providing an educational experience suited to our students and the local community and, whilst academic progress is of the highest importance to us, this is equally matched by our promotion of vocational and enrichment opportunities, ensuring the development of every child as a whole.

Every student has the opportunity to access a traditional range of academic EBacc subjects including; English, Maths, Science, Languages (French & Spanish), Computer Science and Humanities (History, Geography & Citizenship), further augmented with Triple Science and Statistics as options in Key Stage 4.

We do not believe in placing glass ceilings on student’s ability to achieve and be successful and the large number of school EBacc entries compared to National Averages acknowledges this.

As the only specialised Land-based school in the country, we also provide a unique and challenging curriculum within agriculture, horticulture and countryside management; enabling students to achieve vital life skills in teamwork, discipline, respect and responsibility, as well as working towards a range of practical, meaningful and industry accredited qualifications. 

Opportunities outside of usual curriculum time are of an equal importance to us and we provide an additional comprehensive programme of ‘Enrichment’ alongside a suite of clubs, activities and trips for each student.

We have high expectations of our students – we expect them to achieve academically, as well as in vocational subjects, whilst developing and flourishing as individuals, with a sense of responsibility for themselves, each other and the environment.