A culture of high expectation for students and staff alike is embedded within our academy’s CPD programme and mirrors the philosophy of the Trust. Over the past three years, we have developed a common progressive planning processes ensuring that students learn exceptionally well in comparison to the national average and to similar schools. A whole school focus upon literacy, AfL, high quality feedback and student response ensures that students make rapid progress not only as a result of timely teacher intervention but allow students to understand how to improve their own work over time. The success of this is reflected in external measures of student attainment that are well above the National Average.
We have a high proportion of outstanding teachers, reflecting a positive climate for learning where not only pupils are interested, engaged within their own learning and show commitment over time but also our staff. We encourage our staff to participate in personal action research projects exploring different forms of pedagogy that ultimately impact upon pupil progress and raise teaching standards. Over the past three years we have successfully used project-based learning as an intervention strategy for our SEN pupils and have liaised with the EEF funded “Innovation Unit” and representatives from “High Tech High”. We regularly provide financial support for those wishing to attend educational events such as “ResearchED” or engage in studying for MAs. As well as this, we have teachers who are engaged in classroom-based research through “cycle of lesson study”.
For professionals joining our school we provide excellent opportunities for career development and progression. The Trust through Dyke House College, has developed a “Grow Your Own” philosophy. Good practice is shared and people are supported to be leaders in their own right. A significant number of our staff are involved within professional development programmes at all levels. These include studying participants in Teaching Leaders, NPQML, NPQSL, Future Leaders and NPQH.