All children deserve an excellent education. I am very proud to lead an academy full of wonderful staff who go ‘above and beyond’ to ensure that our students are actively engaged in school, happy and making progress.
At the heart of our work is a pursuit of excellence as we believe this is the best way to do well by our children. This encompasses both academic excellence and the cultivation of character. We want to give our students deep subject knowledge, but we also want to help them to become life- long learners who can thrive in the 21st century.
We know that every child needs great teaching in order to thrive. Our students find learning exciting. We plan activities that make them think and that create ‘awe and wonder’ in the classroom. We create opportunities for them to learn together, in pairs and in groups, and to discuss what they are learning because that is what they enjoy. Overall, we aim to ensure that they receive a balanced diet of independent and collaborative learning activities, which are carefully crafted to maximise participation and progress.
Children also need opportunities to thrive beyond the classroom. Therefore, we offer a huge variety of workshops and trips, including ‘outward bound’ adventures, to excite and enthuse our students.
We also aim to build competition into school life as we like our students to experience the joy of ‘winning’. However, we recognise that real learning also comes from failure and so we define excellence as the ability to bounce back!
In this section of the website, you can find out much more about what it means to be a ‘thinking school’ and also find information about how we care for your child.
If you have any feedback for us about the quality of education your child is receiving, please complete the Parentview survey. If you wish to become more involved in the development of the school, there are opportunities to join the Academy Advisory Board. Please contact the Principal’s PA to book an informal chat with the Principal about this opportunity.
Natalie Sheppard MA, NPQH
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