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In last week’s blog, I talked about the importance of the strong links that bind our school community together.

A crucial part of forging those links has been my drive to reinforce the Academy’s approach to the teaching of personal development.

My goal is to develop character, resilience, confidence and independence in our students so they can be fully prepared for a happy and successful life.

The building blocks of this approach have been integrated into the curriculum so we ensure that every day we devote energy and time to developing our pupils’ understanding and appreciation of diversity, celebrate what we have in common and create a community which has respect for one another.

I’ve seen first-hand the difference this has made.

Increased tolerance, better behaviour and a strong community spirit is evident wherever I go in the Academy and I am delighted the students have responded in such a positive way – with tremendous support from parents.

This strong foundation has allowed us to further develop our subject curriculum too.

We have been able to increase the challenge, depth and breadth across all subjects and have placed a strong focus on our students gaining knowledge.

You may have seen the introduction of our new Knowledge Organisers – a clear illustration of this new and exciting approach to learning.

Of course, we want all our children to reach their potential when it comes to examinations but I know from my own experience that true knowledge is a blessing that students will carry with them well beyond their school years.

This twin approach to developing our students is perhaps best summed up by poet and playwright Samuel Johnson who said: “Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”

My goal is to create a learning environment in which both integrity and knowledge are woven into our very DNA.

If you want to know more about our curriculum changes then please have a look at the Academy’s website and look under the “Our Curriculum” tab.

Mr D Hardy, Head Teacher

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