Our Teaching and Learning approach
At the heart of academy life is teaching and learning. We constantly review teaching and learning; observing and feeding back to colleagues. We invite experts to deliver training to staff and of course talking to students. Each faculty has a Head of Faculty who can disseminate best practice and ensure the Academy is always demonstrating cutting edge pedagogy. We ensure that the development of teaching and learning is at the heart of our week by creating opportunities for staff to share professional discussion. This takes place during our Good Morning Teaching Time on a Friday morning before the Academy opens; in addition, as a staff we volunteer for twilight sessions to invest in our own professional development throughout the academic year.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 students are grouped according to ability so that their work can be tailored to suit their academic strengths and weaknesses. Class 7X4 is a smaller class, and often has extra support available to the students as well as additional time focused on literacy and numeracy, enabling interventions to be put in place to help the students to make the progress necessary. Students in classes 7X1, 7Y1, 7X2, 7Y2 and 7X3 will be expected to work at a faster rate and again, monitoring takes place to ensure students are making expected progress.
Year 8 are grouped 8X1, 8Y1, 8X2, 8Y2, 8X3, 8Y3, 8X4 and 8Y4, with 8Y4 having extra support available.
Year 9 are grouped 9-1 to 9-6 with 9-1 being the highest ability group. 9-6 have extra support through additional use of Learning Support Practitioners.
All students are assessed regularly in each subject and set challenging targets which are shared, and discussed with both students and their parents. Their progress is monitored closely to ensure that they are as successful as possible by the time they sit their GCSE examinations. Students not making expected progress are supported so that they are able to get back on track as soon as possible.
Key Stage 4
Students are able to choose from a wide range of academic and vocational courses resulting in qualifications at GCSE, BTEC and Vocational Certificate level. The courses are designed to develop the skills that you need to have in today’s competitive world. You will be expected to achieve a minimum of five GCSE’s at grades A*-C (9-4 new GCSE’s) including English and Maths or equivalent (e.g. BTEC qualifications), by the end of Year 11 and reach your targeted levels of progress.
The academy provides extra opportunities for KS4 students to study and revise in their chosen subjects. There are additional lessons before and after school and also, KS4 Edge time is timetabled fortnightly in both core and option subjects.
During Year 10 you will have the opportunity to participate in both college and work experience days. These activities help to prepare students for their Post 16 education, whether that is at a college of Further Education, a work based provider or an apprenticeship.
Every student will be expected to work to the best of their ability at all times and our staff will encourage you to have high aspirations for the future.