Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls, due to open in September 2019, will be an outstanding eight form entry secondary school. It will be the sister school to our already outstanding school, Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys, and will be part of our multi-academy trust, PolyMAT. This school will share all the core values including the ethos, culture and outstanding pastoral system that makes the boys’ school so successful. Our holistic approach to pastoral care means that the girls will receive the same nurturing and support as the boys and, whilst many of the issues will be broadly the same, we recognise that there will be matters pertinent to the girls. We will use our considerable network of support to provide the expertise and strategies to address any such pertinent matters. The girls’ school will achieve academic excellence and will provide girls in Thamesmead with the same outstanding life chances that are currently available to boys. Local residents and primary schools have long been asking for this provision. Our intention is to provide the girls with similar curriculum offer to the boys as we do not believe that gender stereotypes should be an influencing factor to lessons taught in the classroom.