Our dedicated teachers are passionate about their subjects and ensuring all our students are given every opportunity to succeed. High expectations permeate the academy as we encourage and support our students to develop a love of learning and an appreciation of the importance of effort. All lessons are carefully planned to engage, inspire and challenge. We understand learning time is precious and we make the most of every moment.
The most effective learning takes place when positive relationships exist between students and their teachers. Our behaviour management system, Positive Discipline, is consistently applied by all teachers and ensures classrooms are controlled, happy and respectful environments where students can flourish.
Our outstanding teachers are supported to continually develop their own practice, as we recognise there is always room for improvement. We provide our teachers with a wide range of professional development support and opportunities to further enhance their exam and subject knowledge. This means a true learning culture exists across the whole academy, for both staff and students.
We have identified 5 teaching and learning priorities pertinent to our academy that are evident in all lessons so that all students have an exceptional learning experience. These are:
Teaching that fosters high expectations
Teaching that fosters engagement
Teaching that fosters progress for all
Each priority has a set of specific criteria that guides and shapes teaching practice in the classroom, and is used to both train teachers and quality assure the standard of teaching and learning across the whole academy.
In addition to creating expert classroom practice we also know it is vital to ensure marking and feedback is of the highest quality. We have therefore established a clear set of marking and feedback criteria. The criteria is based on ensuring teacher time is used efficiently, student independence is developed and the very highest standards are adhered to in terms of presentation, and quality and quantity of work. Thereby giving students the very best opportunities to succeed.