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<p align="left">Blackwood has a proud reputation of academic achievement, and for sporting and cultural excellence. Our aim is to ensure that each individual pupil is given every opportunity to reach their full potential; we have high expectations of all our pupils and will support each individual child as they strive for success in life. Although academic achievement is our main priority, we also provide a wide range of sporting, musical and cultural activities. These are designed to develop in our pupils a range of essential skills and competencies to enable them to take their place in society and to make the most of their lives.</p>
<p align="left">We pride ourselves on the development of a disciplined, productive and caring environment. Our pupils are expected to behave well and show positive attitudes to their work and each other. We believe that children are far happier if they work in a caring, secure and pleasant environment where they feel valued as individuals.</p>
<p align="left">When pupils leave us after their time here, we take a lot of pleasure in reflecting on what they have achieved. We are very conscious that their successes in school help lay the foundations for a rich and fulfilling life. The school is determined in its aims which are to maximise achievement, realise individual potential and prepare young people for an challenging and exciting future.</p>
<p align="left">Blackwood Comprehensive School has for many years been a successful, popular and happy school. Our work is founded on the comprehensive ideal – a belief that all children are of equal value and that it is our task to help develop the abilities and talents that all undoubtedly have. We value every pupil equally. The particular strengths children have obviously vary from one individual to another. We recognise this and provide a range of curricular and extra-curricular programmes to meet the needs of all our pupils.</p>
<p align="left">The recent ESTYN Inspection Report describes Blackwood as</p>
<p>‘a very good school with many outstanding features’. We believe that we are already a very successful school, but we are not complacent, believing firmly in the principle of continuous improvement.</p>
The school supports NQT's and all new staff through induction programmes coordinated by the Senior Mentor. High priority is given to Continuous Professional Development for all staff and the school gained Investor in People status in 2003.
Headteacher and staff
The Headteacher,Mr Ravi Pawar joined the school in September 2009 following a very successful Estyn Inspection. The school has 55 teaching staff and 35 Associate staff.
There is also a Community Education College and Welsh Nursery based on the school site.
As well as a full range of Entry level and GCSE courses at KS4 the school offers a growing selection of Alternative Curriculum options eg Asdan Youth Award, GCSE in Leisure & Tourism, BTEC Business and BTEC Construction and link vocational courses with the local College. The school also has a well established Welsh Baccalaureate Foundation/Intermediate course which has been in place since September 2007.
The most recent ESTYN Inspection took place in April 2009 (See the full report at estyn.gov.uk / inspection reports /secondary / caerphilly /Blackwood Comprehensive)
Extra curricular events
Has a very strong programme of extra-curricular activities- music and sport. Duke of Edinburgh Award is very popular- with around 60 pupils in Year 10 working towards Bronze Award every year! Also Young Enterprise (Welsh winners in 2005 going on to represent Wales in the UK Finals in London in July 2005 and Welsh runners-up in 2007), Public speaking and a wide range of after school clubs based in Departments as well as in IT Department and the refurbished Learning Resources Centre. In November 2004 the school saw the completion of a NOF-funded 'PE in schools' project involving a new floodlit all-weather pitch, dance/aerobics studio and refurbished changing rooms. In 2004 & 2005 the school has had a finalist (final three) in the Young Achiever category at the 'Welsh Woman of the Year Awards in the CIA in Cardiff and on November 25th 2005 the title was won by Zowie Purves, a Year 11 pupil. School had the Welsh 'Teaching Awards - Enterprise' winner in 2006 as well as the Sports Council for Wales 'Teacher-Coach of the Year 2006' and the 'UK Heads PA of the Year 2006'
Teaching and learning
The school has a designated Coordinator for Key Skills and is developing innovative work in Key Skills, Alternative Curriculum and Able & Talented Strategies,