Extended Schools Agenda
The academy will organise a range of activities for students on Saturdays throughout the year and during the school holidays with the target of being open for 50 weeks of the year. The purpose of the activities will be:
- to raise standards of attainment through revision and extension classes;
- to provide the opportunity to raise basic skills;
- to increase the cultural capital of students through clubs and societies based on the specialisms, performing arts and links with the third sector to enable community service;
- to develop the sense of the academy community through the provision.
The academy is also keen to develop the opportunity for the co-location of facilities, for example health, on the academy site. For this to become a reality the academy understands that it will have to work with the LA in relation to its strategy for the regeneration development of North Lincolnshire.
The wider community
The academy will develop the sporting links with local sports clubs and associations to encourage progression and continuity for academy students as well as promoting sport and physical activity as something valuable in all peoples? lives. Where possible, the academy will make its facilities, for example sports and ICT, available to community groups as part of the academy commitment to life long learning.
Links will be actively sought with the local business community to bring relevance to the curriculum, and to develop the skills for life and work through work experience and work based learning.
Sensitive engagement with the faith community will be particularly important for the academy. Working with faith groups will enable the academy to enrich spiritual development and promote social cohesion. The sponsors will be able to initiate the contacts, which the academy will develop over time, as it gains the trust of other faith groups.
Similarly the sponsors will be able to link the academy with the third sector, charities and voluntary associations, to broaden the curriculum and provide opportunities for students to make a positive contribution. The third sector can enrich extension activities and provide support for vulnerable students.
As noted earlier in the vision and ethos section, parents of academy students will be offered a variety of opportunities to work with the staff to ensure the progress and development of their sons and daughters.
EAL (English Additional Language)
We have specialist staff available to support and mentor our EAL students within the academy. EAL support is tailored to the needs of our students with little or no English easing their transition into the academy from an overseas country or enhancing their English to assist learning in order that they may access the curriculum. Support could include in class support, intervention withdrawal work and English as an Additional Language Intensive Programme (EALIP) which is designed to teach basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Progress is monitored carefully to ensure students achieve target levels.
Within the academy we strive to create a learning environment, curriculum, experiences and relationships in which all individuals can find expression, be nourished and developed. The academy commits itself to creating an environment for everyone that is characterised by our core values of Truth, Justice, Forgiveness, Generosity and Respect.