Our Vision for Learning
Our Ethos and Values
Christian values will underpin all Academies within The Trust. We recognise the heritage of faith that has supported many schools throughout the country through the years. The Academy will build on this heritage to provide holistic education to enrich the learning experience of every student.
Spiritual and moral development is a powerful resource within a school’s environment, reflecting the diversity of culture, ethnic background and experience in the local community. So what exactly is meant by ‘spirituality’? The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) defines it this way:
“The development of a sense of identity, self worth, meaning and purpose. It is about the development of a student’s ‘spirit’. Some people may call it development of a student’s ‘soul’, others as the development of ‘personality’ or character”
SACRE – the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education – believes:
That spirituality is concerned with ‘whole child’ development, taking an holistic view of education.
A school that continues to address spiritual development will find that children become more ‘ready’ learners, willing to co-operate and contribute within the school community.
Both these views of spirituality are in accord with those of the Sponsor of The Trust.
The letter ‘Q’ represents the Latin word ‘Quaerere’ – meaning ‘seek after’ or ‘search for.’ We see life as a journey, during which we look to improve our knowledge, our aspirations and develop our values. The name Q3 represents three high ideals, which we mean to follow in everything we do.
To seek for that which is good
To seek for that which is right
To seek for that which is true
Our ethos obviously has an important role to play – it will be crucial in helping shape an understanding of appropriate behaviour, meaningful relationships and family values; it will be the cornerstone of a commitment to care, compassion and contribution.
It’s our aim to encourage students to build firm foundations for their lives where respect, trust, determination responsibility, care and creativity will be valued as drivers for educational success.
Our Vision for Learning
Our vision for learning is based around the whole child, ensuring no child is left behind. Our unique, innovative and exciting curriculum in Year 7 provides an excellent transition from Primary School. This enables pupils from all starting points to make rapid progress and also enjoy their learning whilst improving their literacy skills.
What happens at Key Stage Three plays a crucial part in a child’s educational journey – and this is something that is quite often overlooked at secondary schools or academies. Due to the fact we are growing from a small cohort of approximately 150 in the first year and just 400 from September 2017 our sole focus will be on ensuring happy, safe, confident, articulate students who in turn secure maximum progress in all their subject areas.
Students will be taught in mixed-attainment classes for their Core lessons. These follow the English Baccalaureate suite of subjects – English, mathematics, science, modern foreign languages, geography and history. Outside of the Core subjects students follow a carousel of teaching in the Horizon or Innov8 curriculum. This broad and balanced curriculum focuses on developing knowledge and skills in computing, business, design, religious studies, PSHE, drama and music.
Furthermore, our Wednesday or Thursday afternoon offer of either physical education or enrichment will ensure all students take an active part in developing skills and talents they may not know existed before!
Within The Trust we are proud that our ethnically and culturally diverse community is fully represented by the students and staff at each Academy. The Q3 ethos; ‘to seek that which is good, that which is right and that which is true,’ fully embraces the fundamental British Values of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
These values, supported by our strong ethos, are embedded in our day-to-day practice and the relationships between all members of our school community. Additional activities that further promote British Values include:
- Tutor time and assemblies throughout the day;
- Student Voice activities;
- Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education programmes;
- Religious Education lessons;
- International activities such as the CCD Rainbow House initiative (annual visit by Q3 students and staff spending a week working with children in the orphanage);
- Classroom debates;
- After school clubs;
- Charity work;
- Sporting events;
- Educational visits and other Learning outside the Classroom;
- Academy Council;
- Pillars of Excellence;
- Student responsibility posts including; Junior Executive Team (JETS) and Prefects.
We use strategies within the curriculum and beyond to ensure these values are communicated and acted upon.
At the Academy our spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education permeates through the curriculum, supports the development of the ‘whole child’ and includes the teaching and development of British Values.
The Academy seeks to continuously review and evaluate its work by gaining external accreditation. The successful completion of the awards listed below demonstrates that SMSC and British Values are incorporated into the daily life of the Academy.
- Discovering Democracy Award for promoting youth participation and democracy in schools
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Army Cadet Force
- Sandwell Shape Awards