At the Academy, students are supported to develop strong supportive relationships with both staff and peers, as these are the foundation of a happy and fulfilled life. We develop self-respect, self-discipline and self-understanding. They aquire a strong sense of belonging, and know they are valued and feel safe.
Learning and enrichment opportunities are accessed regardless of any learning disability or cultural barriers. Teaching is provided that answers the diverse learning, social and cultural demands of our students, overcoming potential barriers to success and stretching and nurturing the talents and gifts of all students. Strong partnerships are built and maintained with parents and carers in order to ensure families are made fully aware of their child’s successes and any problems they are facing.
The Academy has pride in our students, pride in our teachers and pride in our success.
Part of the way students are represented is through a Student Council. This is made up of representatives from each house group that are nominated each year by their class mates. The representatives meet regularly, once a month, during an afternoon registration period. The students explain how the Student Council works in practice.
“We decide on the agenda items at the meeting before and then discuss the issues with our house groups before the Student Council meets. This way we can get to hear everybody’s views, especially if they are different to our own! We bring these thoughts and ideas to the meeting and discuss them with the other Student Council reps. We discuss things like student uniforms, trips, fund raising, the school environment and recently, ‘how to become an eco friendly school’. The Student Council is a good way of letting students have a say in what happens in school. It’s a good communication channel which encourages students to air their views to the Academy management. And, it looks good on our CVs too!”