All learners are part of a tutor group and meet with their tutor daily. Tutors ensure that learners feel safe and that they are supported fully with any concerns that arise. Parents/carers can contact tutors directly by telephone if they have concerns.
Our learners are at the heart of everything we do. We are all part of the school community and we should all contribute to making it a better place. Our Learner Voice groups and learner working parties give young people the opportunity to lead and influence through a wide range of initiatives and developments. We regularly seek the views of parents/carers and are always keen to work more extensively with them to further develop our school.
We believe that all our learners have gifts and talents to develop and that where these are exceptional, they should be fostered and encouraged in special ways. All teachers identify learners with an exceptionally strong aptitude for their subject and provide a range of special targeted activities for them including: master classes; clubs and educational visits.
These may be tailored to the particular strengths of individuals or groups. Our most able learners are monitored closely by our More Able Learners Coordinator to ensure that they achieve the very highest grades and are prepared for the next stage of their education and beyond.
Teaching and Learning
Independent learning, including extended learning, is an important part of what we do to consolidate the learning which takes place in the classroom. Learners have access to a range of resources to support their learning and extended learning. This helps us to develop self-disciplined, inquisitive learners with the skills to succeed in further education and the world of work. We set high aspirational apex targets for all learners in each subject.
These are rigorously monitored to make sure that all learners make excellent progress towards their own personal summit. A vast amount of support is provided for those who need this to achieve. Our philosophy for education is based on a “growth mindset”. We encourage all members of the school community to believe that they can continually improve with the right attitude to learning and a positive work ethic.
Parents are encouraged to support their children’s learning by attending Parents Evenings. Information about progress and achievement is sent home at least termly and our staff are always happy to discuss this with parents or carers at any point during the year
Parents as Partners
We believe that a strong relationship with parents will result in a positive impact on the child’s development and learning. We make every effort to listen to parents accounts of their child’s development and any concerns they have.
We firmly believe that a partnership between home and school is essential for all involved in the education process. All the staff are happy to see parents throughout the year to discuss any problems (or indeed successes). Sometimes it may be necessary to make an appointment. If you have any concerns whatsoever please tell us immediately.
The success of a school depends on a partnership and one of the key partners are you, the parents. You can help in a variety of ways:
• by becoming involved in the PTA
• by supporting your own child’s learning at home
• We are keen to involve parents in classroom activities and have arrangements for voluntary helpers. Parents, and others helping in the school, add significantly to the quality of education and remove some of the pressure from teachers. The school issues regular newsletters to parents to keep them informed of what is going on day to day.
The School aims to:
• provide an environment in which your child will be happy and secure
• set appropriate targets for your child in order to ensure continuous improvement as far as possible and to aim for the highest level of achievement.
• set appropriate home learning activities regularly.
• keep you informed about what your child will be taught each term and involve you in your child’s learning as far as possible.
• inform you of your child’s progress at least twice during the school year.
• ensure that all staff provide the finest quality of teaching and support by providing ongoing training..
• contact you if your child is unwell or if we have any concerns about your child, attendance, punctuality or behaviour.
• keep you informed of school activities and issues through regular letters home.
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