Our Values and Ethos
Our five Values underpin the ethos and practice in the Academy:
The Pursuit of Excellence
The Academy will reflect and encourage a commitment to continuous improvement and enterprise that will create positive and optimistic ‘can do’ attitudes among students and staff as well as collectively across the school. The Academy will systematically benchmark its practices against the very best in other state and independent schools to energise organisation, fuel ambition and stimulate improvement.
We will be uncompromising in our commitment to know and value every student and support them to achieve. This commitment underpins all aspects of our House System which will cover the academic and personal development of each student. In turn, the House structure will provide strong team identity and accountability for teaching and support staff as well as a single point of contact within the Academy for parents.
Achievement For All
We are committed to the individual achievement of every student and recognise the flexibility and rigor – in terms of the curriculum, support, resources and monitoring – required to make this happen. Students’ transition and progression will be carefully planned and monitored to ensure that they achieve to their full potential from primary school through to age 16 or 18. All of this will be underpinned by a simple but highly effective ‘How can I improve?’ philosophy that provides the focus of teachers, students and parents.
A High Quality Learning Environment
We recognise the importance of creating the right environment for students to learn. The classroom environment will provide students with stimulating and varied learning opportunities that engage and motivate them. Outside the classroom, students will feel safe, happy and secure. They will be friendly and polite, showing high levels of care and concern for others, both in the Academy and the wider community. There will be mutual respect between adults and young people. The Academy will establish routines and high expectations that ensure that the school day is a positive and purposeful experience where lessons are punctuated by civilised and relaxing dining arrangements.
Extending the Boundaries of Learning
The Academy will reflect the ‘Village College’ philosophy that emphasises and explores the role of schools as a source of pride and hub for their community. For students this outward focus will provide new and exciting opportunities to extend their own experience, skills and confidence, reflected in unique local, national and international partnerships as well as our ‘Pledges’. For staff and the Academy as a whole, we will explore ways to share our knowledge, expertise and facilities with other schools and groups within our community.