QUALITY OF EDUCATION
- Leaders adopt or construct a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all students, particularly disadvantaged students and including students with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in a COVID and post-COVID society.
- The academy’s curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.
- The curriculum is successfully adapted, designed or developed to be ambitious and meet the needs of students with SEND, developing their knowledge, skills and abilities to apply what they know and can do with increasing fluency and independence.
BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDES
- The academy has high expectations for students’ behaviour and conduct. These expectations are commonly understood and applied consistently and fairly.
- Leaders, staff and students create a positive environment in which bullying is not tolerated.
- Students have a high attendance, come to the academy on time and are punctual to lessons.
- Relationships among students and staff reflect a positive and respectful culture; students are safe, and they feel safe.
- The curriculum extends beyond the academic, vocational or technical and provides for students’ broader development. The academy works to ensure students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is of a high quality.
- The academy provides high quality pastoral support.
- The academy prepares students for life in modern Britain, effectively developing their understanding of the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance and respect.
- The academy promotes equality of opportunity and diversity effectively.
- Students engage with views, beliefs and opinions that are different from their own in considered ways. They show respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law and no forms of discrimination are tolerated.
- The academy provides students with meaningful opportunities to understand how to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society.
- The academy prepares students for future success in education, employment or training.
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
- Leaders focus on improving teachers’ subject pedagogical knowledge and pedagogical content, in order to enhance the teaching of the curriculum and the appropriate use of assessment. This highly effective professional development has an ongoing positive impact on the delivery of the curriculum.
- Leaders have a clear and ambitious vision for providing a high-quality education to all students, continuing to develop OA-Hv as a centre of excellence.
- Leaders aim to ensure that all students successfully complete their programs of study.
- Those responsible for governance understand their role and carry this out effectively. AAB members and Trustees ensure that the academy has a clear vision and strategy, that resources are managed well and that leaders are held to account for the quality of education.
- Leaders to further develop an outward facing aspect to our work. Creating new partnerships, particularly in relation to Music and Sport. Creating opportunities to share our good practice with other similar provisions.
- Leaders to ensure all staff are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, with the aim of sharing these additional skills and capacity with the Trust and other provisions / schools moving forward.
- The academy has a culture of safeguarding that supports effective arrangements to: identify students who may need early help or who are at risk of neglect, abuse, grooming or exploitation; help students reduce their risk of harm by securing the support they need, or referring them in a timely way to those who have expertise to help; and manage safe recruitment and allegation about adults who may be a risk to students.
- Leaders ensure that highly effective and meaningful engagement takes place with staff at all levels and that issues are identified.
Our academy improvement plan has a number of key actions and success criteria. These are monitored on a regular basis by the Trust, the Academy Advisory Board and school leaders. Please contact the academy office if you would like a copy of our full, detailed academy improvement plan.