Our vision is to serve our local communities by providing excellent education rooted in the Christian Faith. (John 10:10b)
Guided by strong Christian principles, our ethos of ‘Learning for Life’ and high standards of literacy and numeracy as our key priorities. The range of subjects and learning opportunities we offer are well organised to capture and engage the interest and curiosity of children, ensuring they master basic skills and go on to excel at all levels.
We have a strong focus on creativity and optimise the use of indoor and outdoor spaces to enhance learning, with music and modern foreign languages playing a vital role in raising attainment. With an aspirational approach to pupil achievement, we firmly believe that demography must not determine destiny.
We are inspired by the outstanding achievements of Charter Schools in the USA which provide evidence of this. We use the “49 techniques that put students on the path to college” outlined by Doug Lemov in his book, “Teach like a Champion” as the bedrock of our teaching and learning. We use the freedoms associated with being an Academy Trust to better serve the needs of children.
Courage, Forgiveness, Love, Truthfulness and Justice
Learning for Life…
- To provide high quality teaching and learning in a caring and disciplined environment rooted in the Christian Faith
Key features of our provision
Our schools will:
- Provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which children enjoy learning and develop positive relationships with others.
- Deploy a range of teaching styles to meet the needs of different learners (using the International Primary Curriculum and principles of “Teach like a Champion.”)
- Insist on high expectations of attendance, attainment and behaviour.
- Celebrate all achievements.
- Provide experiential learning outside of the classroom at every opportunity.
- Teach Mathematics and English in small groups.
- Teach languages (Spanish, French) to offer an international outlook.
- Emphasise music and creative arts. We expect every child to learn to play a musical instrument, play a sport and to learn an additional language.
- We aspire to see every child as a “STAR” (i.e. Special, Talented, Aspiring and Recognised).
- Involve parents and carers in our school life and develop strong links with the local community.
- Give children opportunities to voice their ideas and opinions, thus ensuring that their voice is heard and listened to. Students will be involved in democratic processes through a school council and through developing leadership and citizenship skills.
- Encourage understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values of love, acceptance, tolerance and good leadership.
- Provide more learning hours 8.00am – 6.00pm for wrap around care through extended school days. This includes pre-school and after-school enrichment activities.
- Become highly motivated independent learners who achieve high standards.
- Develop an understanding of the responsibilities involved in living as part of the family, school, local and wider community.
- Respect and care for the environment and world we live in.
What Our Schools Will Achieve
Every child that passes through our schools will:
- Score highly in literacy & numeracy (as a minimum to exceed the national and local average scores at the end of Key stages).
- Develop high aspirations and proceed to further or higher education (reduction in the proportion of NEETs in local area).
- Appreciate diverse cultures and have an international perspective (better community cohesion).
- Gain life skills in a range of activities to include music, sports and languages (reduction in delinquency and involvement in gang culture).