At the centre of our practice is each and every student. Our focus is and remains one of personalising every child’s experience at this school to ensure that each student has the provision and support they need, be that curricular, extra-curricular, Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium or Gifted, Able and Talented.
The provision at our school allows us to keep a broad and balanced curriculum, which enhances our students’ prospects for success and provides them with opportunities to progress to the next stage of learning. It prepares our young people for lifelong learning and for the responsibilities and challenges of life in an ever changing society.
Provision is personalised both inside and outside of the classroom whilst remaining of the highest quality; the staff continue to work hard to ensure teaching and learning experiences are memorable, appropriately challenging and engaging. We build on the good work carried out by the primary schools by investing heavily in the continued development of both literacy and numeracy. At Key Stage 3 for example, KS3 students’ reading comprehension ages are assessed each term using the Access Reading Test. The literacy lesson scheme of work promotes reading practice and develops vocabulary, comprehension and SpAG skills.
We recognise however, that qualifications alone are not enough to enable our students to fulfil their potential. Life skills such as leadership and team work alongside confidence, self- esteem and respect for others are fundamental to our school values. Provision is supported by a very wide range of extra-curricular activities including educational visits in the UK and abroad, Duke of Edinburgh, Young Enterprise, Little Big Band, Leadership Awards and many more. Students have a huge choice of activities to engage in, there will always be something of personal interest to do.
Music is held in high esteem here and as such our Music Trust status has broadened curriculum opportunity and fostered further links with external partners Our music curriculum is complimented by a range of bands, a choir and a programme of peripatetic teaching to develop the talents of our young musicians.
Our facilities such as our new alternative provision next to the school library along with the many activities and clubs we offer help to make coming to school enjoyable, enriching and a learning environment in which we take pride.
For further information on how the work-related learning provision is organised, please refer to The Gatsby benchmark and Baker clause documentation.