6th consecutive year of outstanding results from Surrey’s ‘best-kept secret’ school

Wemms Education Centre students are celebrating again this year after they received outstanding results in their A Level and GCSE exams. What makes these results extra special is that Wemms Education Centre is one of Surrey’s ‘best-kept secrets’, as a specialist independent school, whose intake is primarily students with EHCPs (Education, Health and Care Plans).

This year, 100% of post-16 students received A*, A, B or Distinction+ on Level 3 courses for the fifth consecutive year. And all graduating students taking GCSEs received 6+ A*-C GCSEs including English Language, Maths, English Literature and an MFL (modern foreign language) subject. Early entry GCSE students all received grades 7+ in English Language. This is the sixth consecutive year these results have been at this level.

Wemms, formally registered as a full time special school in 2016 and its remit has always been to focus on academic students who have been unable to succeed in a mainstream setting, the majority of whom have an EHCP, but the school does also accepts self-funded students. The school recently received an overall “Good” rating from Ofsted with “Outstanding” in the assessments of Personal Development and Behaviour and Attitudes.

One of the reasons Wemms Education Centre is so successful in turning around the lives of pupils is the commitment of the staff and the belief they have in their pupils’ ability, despite many other schools rejecting them.

Joy Wemms, the founder and Principal of the school said: “At Wemms, we treat students as individuals and tailor their schooling accordingly. Many of them come to us with poor experiences of mainstream schools, which knocks their confidence and self-belief, so they often don’t think they will do well in exams. Over time, we are able to rebuild their trust and reignite their passion for learning to help them reach their true potential. These results are a testament to that process, and we are immensely proud of all our students for their achievements and thank our incredible staff and parents for their commitment and belief in these young people’s potential.”

Wemms now have an intake of 50 students from September who are taught in one-to-one lessons and small classes. They also undertake many trips and wider educational opportunities as part of the holistic education they offer.

“But it’s not all academic – last year, students enjoyed trips to the theatre, the Design Museum, Harry Potter World, France, Jersey, Germany and Spain as part of their normal schooling. It’s just what we do” said Joy.

Joy and Emma win award for being ‘True Heroes’ during lockdown

It was with great excitement that we were able to announce to everyone on the last day of term that Joy and Emma A had won an award from Jaycee Trophies for being ‘True Heroes’ during the unprecedented lockdown that we have recently faced.

Back at the start of March, nominations were asked for from various establishments in industry, education and health, for people to nominate their own local heroes in the unprecedented fight against Covid-19 – people who were the unsung heroes – who just kept the wheels of industry, education and health running (well, everyday life really!) in the face of great uncertainty and ever-shifting sands.

The nominations for Joy and Emma said:

Joy has gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that all the staff and students are equipped to make the best of virtual lessons, lending computers, buying in special software and increasing IT capacity even before the lockdown was announced. She has put much of her own money into the school in order to make this happen and has been working day and night to ensure that the transition has run smoothly. She is checking in with our vulnerable pupils regularly and supporting the staff and students with mental health issues too. 


Emma is our PSHE lead and organises our timetable and has been unstinting in her efforts to keep the timetable as close as possible to our normal one, despite teething issues with IT, internet connections and everyone trying to access their work at the same time. She has worked over and above her normal hours and her dedication and professionalism has been exemplary as she solves problems and helps both students and their families sort out their many issues so the school can deliver the best possible alternative under the circumstances.  She is also extremely generous in supporting other staff with any problems they have and works around the clock to make sure things go as smoothly as possible. She is a true hero to help our young people in times of need. 

The whole school would like to congratulate Joy and Emma on their award!

Well done