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The Emmbrook School

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The Emmbrook School
The Emmbrook School Badge and Motto.jpg
The Emmbrook School Badge and Motto
Emmbrook Road

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RG41 1JP

MottoLearning Together : Succeeding Together
Local authorityWokingham
Department for Education URN148453 Tables
Head teacherNick McSweeney
Age11 to 18
HousesVenus (blue), Jupiter (yellow), Mercury (red), Saturn (green)
Colour(s)Blue and yellow    

The Emmbrook School is a co-educational secondary school located in Emmbrook, Wokingham, Berkshire, England, for students between 11 and 18 years of age. There are around 1,378 students at the school, with nearly 200 in the Sixth Form. The School is expanding in September 2021 by increasing their numbers joining Year 7[1]

Between the 14 and 16 March 2017, the school was inspected by Ofsted, who rated it as "Good".[2] In September 2020 the school welcomed 10 sets of twins into their Year 7 Cohort.[3]

The school opened a new £2 million English block in 2015,[4] a new Maths building was opened in 2017[5] and a new 3G pitch in 2020.[6]

Previously a community school administered by Wokingham Borough Council, in April 2021 The Emmbrook School converted to academy status. The school is now sponsored by The Circle Trust.[7]

The Houses

The four houses of the school are:





Students represent their house by wearing a tie in a corresponding colour. They compete in sporting events, including football, cricket, netball, rugby and rounders, as well as during sports day. Other competitions contribute points to the house competition, including dance, music and the merits collected by Key Stage Three pupils. More recently there have been Easter and Halloween Bake Off competitions and a Christmas card competition.

An E-Sports day was held in 2019 with representatives from each year group competing in a Goldeneye tournament on the Nintendo 64 platform.

Between 2009 and 2019 the house names changed to Aqua (Blue), Atmos (Yellow), Terra (Green) and Solar (Red). This was changed after a consultation with students, parents and staff. Regular house updates can be found on the school's Facebook page.

School Values

The Emmbrook School has 4 values;

Family: We support each other in everything that we do.

Ambition: We try our hardest to achieve success

Integrity: We are always honest and do the right thing

Respect: We treat everyone and everything with care

Mr McSweeney noted during Open Evening 2020 that there is a 'sneaky fifth' value hidden in the acronym, FAIR.


The curriculum has been designed to meet the varied needs of each student in order to maximise every student’s potential[8].

Years 7, 8 & 9

The students enjoy a varied curriculum with a balance between the core subjects (English, maths and science), humanities, languages and creative subjects.  This will gives students the opportunity to develop a sound foundation before they move on to study GCSEs in year 10.  All of the subject areas are staffed by specialist teachers who are experts in their chosen field. During these three years students will learn;

  • Art
  • Computing / IT
  • Design and Technology – including food, textiles & resistant materials
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Religious Studies (RS)
  • Science (drawn from biology, chemistry and physics)

Lessons take place in appropriate specialist facilities, including art, design and technology workshops, sporting facilities, music suites, science labs and drama studios.Teachers will plan engaging lessons that are differentiated to meet the needs of all students. Students will develop the knowledge and skills that they need to be successful. During registration time students will meet with their tutor, who will check uniform, equipment and provide Pastoral Support and guidance. Students who arrive below or working towards the National Standard in their KS2 English and Maths SATs will receive additional support so that they can successfully catch-up. This will include extra English and maths lessons, including small classes and one-to-one tuition. The school will continually monitor the progress of each of teh students. The Emmbrook School will look for opportunities to personalise the curriculum for individual students to ensure that they fulfil their academic potential.

Years 10 & 11

The curriculum is balanced to ensure that students are able to be successful in a range of subjects. All students will study for qualifications in English, English literature, maths and science.  Students will be able to choose a wide range of additional subjects, including business and media studies. Throughout years 10 & 11 students will have access to careers education and independent advice so that they are prepared for the next stage of their education.

Years 12 & 13

The Emmbrook School offers a wide range of A-level levels and BTECs. Students will be prepared for university and college courses or to embark on a career. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our students given guidance from the Department for Education and Ofsted.

Music Concerts

Students have many opportunities to take part in concerts and events. Since 2014, Angela Wellman (Curriculum Leader for Music) has run the following events;[9]

Concerts at the Emmbrook School since 2014
Date Name of event Type of event Location
11th Nov 2014 Senior Chamber Concert The Emmbrook School
15th Dec 2014 A Christmas Celebration Carol Concert St Paul's Church
11th Feb 2015 Lower School Concers The Emmbrook School
30th June 2015 A Night at the Musicals Summer Concert The Emmbrook School
10th Nov 2015 Senior Chamber Concert The Emmbrook School
17th Dec 2015 A Christmas Reflection Carol Concert St Paul's Church
9th Feb 2016 Lower School Concert The Emmbrook School
26th June 2016 A Night at the Movies Summer Concert The Emmbrook School
7th Nov 2016 Senior Chamber Concert The Emmbrook School
19th Dec 2016 A Celebration of Christmas Carol Concert St Paul's Church
11th July 2017 Back to the Future (Music across the ages) Summer Concert The Emmbrook School
7th Nov 2017 Senior Chamber Concert The Emmbrook School
26th March 2018 Lower School Chamber Concert The Emmbrook School
4th July 2018 What a Wonderful World Summer Concert The Emmbrook School
13th Nov 2018 Senior Chamber Concert The Emmbrook School
12th Feb 2019 Lower School Concert The Emmbrook School
2nd July 2019 Global Sounds Summer Concert The Emmbrook School
16th Dec 2019 A Celebration of Christmas (Love, Peace and Unity) Carol Concert St Paul's Church
11th Feb 2020 Lower School Concert The Emmbrook School


The Emmbrook School, along with Maiden Erlegh and Charters School,[10] co-owns an outdoor education residential centre located in the Welsh village of Tirabad, Powys. Students from years 7-10 and the Sixth Form have the opportunity to spend a week at the centre once a year. The centre's activities are climbing, sailing, canoeing, caving, orienteering, environmental and field studies.

Sixth Form students from the three trust schools (Emmbrook, Maiden Erlegh and Charters) jointly support the annual New Futures trip, in which students with disabilities travel to Tirabad. These volunteer students raise funds through charity work and then attend the trip to provide support for the younger children.


  1. ^ Creighton, Phil (6 March 2021). "Wokingham school places: Emmbrook expands as pupils miss out on their first choice". Wokingham.Today. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  2. ^ "The Emmbrook School Ofsted Report" (PDF).
  3. ^ Warren, Jess (19 September 2020). "Seeing double: Ten pairs of twins join The Emmbrook School". Wokingham.Today. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  4. ^ "GetReading".
  5. ^ "Hunters South Architects :: Emmbrook School Planning Approval!". Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  6. ^ Wakefield, John (9 February 2020). "Emmbrook School get a visit from Reading FC player as it launches new 3G pitch". Wokingham.Today. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  7. ^ "The Circle Trust".
  8. ^ "The Emmbrook School Curriculum". The Emmbrook School.
  9. ^ "Emmbrook School - History".
  10. ^ "The Emmbrook School Website - Tirabad".

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