Schools Within Schools

Students belong to one of five small schools within the academy, similar to the tradional house system.

What these mean

The smaller schools mean that students build closer relationships with their teachers and fellow students, benefit from a nurturing environment on a daily basis and make better academic progress as they do not get lost in the system.

Transition from primary school to the academy

The small schools play a key role in supporting students when they move from their primary schools into the academy.

Tutor Groups

The tutor groups have a maximum of 15 students of different ages and will focus on individual support for learning in areas such as personal, social and health education.

A further key strength of this small school model is the support it offers to students when they move from primary school.

Holmes School

Welcome to Holmes school, so named after the athlete Kelly Holmes.

We don’t expect all Holmes students to be future athletes but we do wish for our students to develop and demonstrate the attributes of commitment, perseverance and high expectations that Kelly Holmes exemplifies.

We have an excellent team of tutors who are committed to our shared objective of ensuring all students are happy and safe as a result make great progress in their learning.

It is this strong partnership between staff and students that makes Holmes school so successful. We all very much look forward to ensuring all parents and carers are included in this partnership, ultimately leading to the success of all our students.

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Tutor Time in Holmes

This is an extremely important time of the day and our weekly programme of activities is designed to support both the personal and academic wellbeing of our learners.

Following each progress check, our tutors engage in academic mentoring discussions to explore how best our learners can achieve their targets.

Assemblies and our thought for the week embrace the Academy emphasis upon PRIDE values. We encourage Holmes learners to review ways of fulfilling their potential, of understanding respect and seeking ways to demonstrate innovation, determination and excellence.

In order to instil a sense of identity and belonging, participation in team building activities is encouraged. The importance of Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics is fully recognised and we present opportunities to develop these skills in our learners.

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Churcholl School

Welcome to the Churchill School, so named after the inspirational British wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

I am proud to lead a team of tutors who are committed to providing the best quality mentoring and support for our learners.

Our Churchill School ethos that 'Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference' is inspired by Churchill himself and fully supports the Academy vision.

Not only do my tutors and I teach in the Globality Curriculum area but we are united in our collective purpose to promote the talents and achievement of our Churchill learners in ALL subject areas. We value every one of our Churchill learners and look forward to their success.

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Tutor Time in Churchill

This is an extremely important time of the day and our weekly programme of activities is designed to support both the personal and academic wellbeing of our learners.

Following each progress check, our tutors engage in academic mentoring discussions to explore how best our learners can achieve their targets.

Assemblies and our thought for the week embrace the Academy emphasis upon PRIDE values. We encourage Churchill learners to review ways of fulfilling their potential, of understanding respect and seeking ways to demonstrate innovation, determination and excellence.

In order to instil a sense of identity and belonging, participation in team building activities is encouraged. The importance of Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics is fully recognised and we present opportunities to develop these skills in our learners.

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Austen School

"It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do." – Jane Austen

Welcome to Austen School, named after one of Britain’s literary greats, Jane Austen.

We in Austen, strive to support every one of our students to become the very best that they can be and are committed to provide the necessary mentoring, advice and guidance to help them achieve this. All of our students have talents, excellence or achievements in many diverse areas in and around school and we seek to recognise these and to celebrate everyone’s successes.

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Tutor Time in Austen

This is an extremely important time of the day and our weekly programme of activities is designed to support both the personal and academic wellbeing of our learners.

Following each progress check, our tutors engage in academic mentoring discussions to explore how best our learners can achieve their targets.

Assemblies and our thought for the week embrace the Academy emphasis upon PRIDE values. We encourage Austen learners to review ways of fulfilling their potential, of understanding respect and seeking ways to demonstrate innovation, determination and excellence.

In order to instil a sense of identity and belonging, participation in team building activities is encouraged. The importance of Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics is fully recognised and we present opportunities to develop these skills in our learners.

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Da Vinci School

Welcome to Da Vinci School, so named after the innovative artist Leonardo Da Vinci.

I am very privileged to lead a team of excellent tutors who are determined to support and guide all of our learners in their quest for excellence and success.

The Da Vinci team aims to reinforce the Academy Mission Statement and "unlock the potential of every learner" in our care.

We respect and value all of the Da Vinci learners and as a team we will strive to develop their unique talents as well as their academic abilities. We look forward to a successful partnership.

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Tutor Time in Da Vinci

This is an extremely important time of the day and our weekly programme of activities is designed to support both the personal and academic wellbeing of our learners.

Following each progress check, our tutors engage in academic mentoring discussions to explore how best our learners can achieve their targets.

Assemblies and our thought for the week embrace the Academy emphasis upon PRIDE values. We encourage Da Vinci learners to review ways of fulfilling their potential, of understanding respect and seeking ways to demonstrate innovation, determination and excellence.

In order to instil a sense of identity and belonging, participation in team building activities is encouraged. The importance of Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics is fully recognised and we present opportunities to develop these skills in our learners.

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Darwin School

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."

A very pertinent quote from the famous naturalist, Charles Darwin himself, which underpins so much of what we feel it means to be a member of Darwin school.

Every lesson of every day is another opportunity to be seized and we endeavour to celebrate this regularly through tutor time, assemblies and students of the week. Allied as we are with the Discovery curriculum area Darwin of course made one of science’s greatest discoveries on his voyages around the world, helping him develop his theories of Natural Selection and Evolution. Our team of tutors can likewise help you ‘discover’ your strengths so that you can reach your potential.

Another quote from Darwin is worth considering in your time with the Academy and that is

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."

Life in the 21st Century is changing at a truly phenomenal pace and adaptability is another facet of personal growth we encourage in our students by providing you with different and wide ranging activities to give you the chance to develop this side of your character. Ultimately life in Darwin School may sometimes be challenging but it is by rising to the challenge that we grow and evolve. How far can you go?

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Tutor Time in Darwin

This is an extremely important time of the day and our weekly programme of activities is designed to support both the personal and academic wellbeing of our learners.

Following each progress check, our tutors engage in academic mentoring discussions to explore how best our learners can achieve their targets.

Assemblies and our thought for the week embrace the Academy emphasis upon PRIDE values. We encourage Darwin learners to review ways of fulfilling their potential, of understanding respect and seeking ways to demonstrate innovation, determination and excellence.

In order to instil a sense of identity and belonging, participation in team building activities is encouraged. The importance of Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics is fully recognised and we present opportunities to develop these skills in our learners.

See Our Tutors