Aspire • Achieve • Enjoy
“ Since I started here last year I have learned so many different things. I’m glad I chose Twickenham Academy.” George, Year 7
“ Everyone is so friendly at the school. I have made so many new friends.” Joe, Year 8
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Twickenham Academy.
We believe in traditional values such as respect for all, perseverance, dedication, integrity, empathy and responsibility. We aim to ensure that all members of our community experience trusting and caring relationships with each other to achieve the best possible outcomes. Our staff and students work together to aspire, achieve and enjoy the opportunities our school gives us and the strength of being part of a community. Twickenham Academy believes by collaboration we can all become stronger. As part of a family of local schools that includes Hampton High, Teddington and
Waldegrave we can ensure that our students are equal partners in a community of high-achieving, inspiring and creative schools. At Twickenham we are united in our aim to ensure that our students know they are safe, valued and supported whilst at the same time being challenged to achieve their best at all times. Our students are supported and encouraged to grow in confidence and self belief. If students are to become leaders of their own learning they must keep an open mind, enjoy hard work, and be curious about the world in which they live. Students will be stretched in their lessons to take risks, take on new learning challenges and develop creativity. They will achieve their aspirations through high standards of teaching, learning and leadership. Assal Ruse, Headteacher
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Excellence in our curriculum Twickenham Academy prides itself on the broad and balanced curriculum it offers students. At Twickenham Academy all students engage in English, mathematics, science, French or German, history, geography, religious studies, art, music, drama, dance, physical education, computer programming and PSHE.
“My maths has improved so much since I have been here. The teachers really challenge you.”
Our curriculum aims to build a curiosity and interest in the world in which we live and prepares students for their next steps in life. High quality and inspiring lessons stretch students and allow them to explore and explain the world to each other. We create opportunities for students for collaboration in the classroom, active learning and the development of independent learning skills. Creative and imaginative teachers inspire outstanding teaching and learning across the school.
Amy, Year 8
We know that to ensure our students are making great progress we need to get teacher assessment, monitoring and evaluation right. Students and their parents want to know how well they are doing and teachers can ensure they are stretching and challenging their students better when they know the learning needs of each child. We set challenging yet realistic targets for all our students throughout their time at school. High quality teaching and learning ensures that students have the opportunity to make excellent progress and we report home to parents at key points in the year.
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“ I feel at home here. The school is like a family.” Benjamin, Year 7
Supporting our students to aim high “ I have been really supported by the school in my dream of becoming an architect.” Josh, Year 10
We are dedicated to ensuring that every student achieves their full potential, and we believe this is best achieved through a combination of both academic and pastoral support. We have a highly developed pastoral team to ensure that every student’s progress towards becoming a wellrounded individual is closely monitored. We provide dedicated professional staff for students to talk to should they have concerns or worries. In most instances students will approach their Form Tutor, who will be central to their time at the school. The relationship between Form Tutor and student is developed through daily registration and our PSHE programme. Families have the opportunity to build relationships with their child’s tutor through parents’ evenings, contact by telephone, email or letter or via the student’s planner. We uphold values of respect and pride in our school and in ourselves. We expect students to address members of staff and each other with courtesy and behave impeccably. We aim to establish firm boundaries which students know and understand.
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Love of learning, wider opportunities and enrichment Twickenham Academy’s extra curricular opportunities are truly extensive and offer something for everyone.
“We have a great variety of extra-curricular activities, from sports to arts and dance.” Chloe, Year 7
We recognise that education is not just about the acquisition of knowledge and skills. A balanced education must encourage students to put their skills to the test and push their physical and mental boundaries. We want our students to enjoy competition, personal challenge and the joy of finding a talent or interest. Sport plays a key part in the success of the school. The PE department aims to achieve both excellence in competitive sport and great fun in recreational sport. All our subjects offer a diverse range of clubs and teams that range from chess to photography and archery to astronomy. Twickenham Academy prides itself on the wider opportunities it provides for students to take part in a host of educational trips and holidays each year, both in the UK and abroad. We want all our students to flourish during their time with us. By inspiring wider experiences outside the classroom we know we can help build confidence, selfbelief and belonging.
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Equality of opportunity: A place for all
Assemblies: A place to share our values and ethos
Religious Studies: A place to learn about beliefs and ideas
We encourage all our students to achieve their best, within an atmosphere of tolerance and respect, to develop self-esteem and self-awareness and to value life-long learning. We tailor our support to the individual needs of each student and ensure that all are valued equally.
Senior staff together with visiting speakers lead assemblies on carefully chosen themes on a weekly basis. This is an important time for the school community to celebrate the achievement of all students.
We promote an enquiring and sympathetic approach to the study of religion. Students are encouraged to explore questions about a variety of moral issues and to appreciate and recognise the contribution of British values in our diverse society. We recognise our school, its staff, students and families, are part of a wider global community.
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Aspire • Achieve • Enjoy
Twickenham Academy, Percy Road, Twickenham TW2 6JW T 020 8894 4503 E firstname.lastname@example.org