Winton Community Academy
High expectations â€¢ High aspirations
WELCOME “Winton is a ‘Good’ school” Ofsted 2018 Winton has many strengths and people who visit are always impressed with our outstanding students, excellent facilities and calm purposeful learning environment. Whilst this prospectus will give you an insight into the academy I would encourage parents and students to visit and see for themselves. Winton aims to provide an outstanding education for all of the local children. What we want is an outstanding Andover education system for Andover children. The vision needs to be that all three phases of education in Andover are all excellent. Winton is very much at the centre of this vision. Our priority is ensuring there is good teaching and learning in every classroom every day. The most important part of any school is the quality of the teaching. When walking around the corridors at Winton you will see students engaged in their learning, being challenged to think. The expectation is to have a positive mind set, an ‘I can…’ attitude to their learning. Rather than thinking I can’t do this students are encouraged to think ‘I can’t do this…yet’. Classrooms are positive because of the positive relationships between students and teaching staff. Expectations are high, with regular and meaningful homework and innovative and engaging class work which embraces new ideas and new technologies. There is an enormous amount of engaging and inspiring teaching across the academy and I am inspired on a daily basis by what I see in classrooms. Winton also has an excellent pastoral care and support system. Both work together to ensure academic excellence can be achieved at the same time as excellent pastoral care.
Our vision: To be an outstanding provider of innovative, engaging and enjoyable education which allows every individual to achieve their full potential in a positive learning environment.
Winton is very proud of its students, the student prefect team have a key role in driving forward innovative change. Our extra curricular programme is exceptional and gives incredible opportunities across a wide range of subjects. All students are encouraged to explore the possibilities for study at college and university. I am very proud that Winton is a happy place where students and teachers enjoy working together.
Nathan Thomas Headteacher
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE We recognise that secondary school years are full of challenges for students, especially in terms of the transition between each Key Stage. Our transition programme is an example of how we work closely with our local primary schools to ensure a successful move for all students. This involves visits by academy staff in the summer to each feeder school, individual meetings with Year 6 families and Winton staff, as well as a family evening and induction day in the summer term for parents and Year 6 students.
Information, guidance & support Students at Winton all have high aspirations and careers guidance is in place to ensure they can achieve their goals. Whether their ambition is going to the â€˜red brickâ€™ universities or starting an apprenticeship, academic excellence is crucial.
Students are able to spend taster days at the local colleges where they experience what days at college will be like. Students also have opportunities to visit London performing arts At Winton we set students in the core subjects and colleges and sixth form colleges further afield. in mixed ability groups in other subjects. This allows the most able students to thrive in small Year 11 students have access to careers advice groups from the outset. Students have access to a and information. They also have the opportunity broad and balanced curriculum with a wide to take part in mock interviews during the variety of choices. English, maths, science, the autumn term, which includes producing a letter humanities, languages and the arts are all very strong with students attaining excellent grades in of application and CV. Work experience forms an essential part of the curriculum in Year 10 as all of these subjects at GCSE. well as giving opportunities for students to work with local businesses through our active enterprise schemes.
"Leaders are unrelenting in their determination to raise the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.â€? Ofsted 2018
INDIVIDUALITY Winton Community Academy’s size ensures we know every student and can meet their individual needs. Our curriculum across all years offers students the opportunity to develop their personality and foster their individual passions and interests. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills, ingenuity and an ‘I can’ attitude to their learning. This ensures that they pursue their learning journey with an aspirational mindset which develops a lifelong interest in learning. Students are offered a large array of opportunities to take part in activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, visits to Universities, all of which are designed to nurture their individual talents. Students in Year 7 participate in the end of year ‘Motion & Commotion’ visit to Kingswood activity centre.
“Winton has an amazing range of different choices and opportunities for all students. ” Charlie Torry, Year 9
LEARNING Independent Learning Our Independent Learning (homework) Policy promotes learning beyond the school day as an essential part of good education and a precursor to lifelong learning. Independent study reinforces classroom learning and helps young people develop skills, attitudes and the habits of enquiry and investigation. All students are set regular and meaningful homework via the Show my Homework app, which aims to raise standards of attainment and achievement by consolidating knowledge gained in the classroom. In Years 7 and 8, we expect students to have approximately four hours of homework per week, which increases in amount as they progress towards their Key Stage 4 examinations.
Gifted & Talented Students Gifted, Able and Talented students are well catered for with a wide variety of curricular and extracurricular opportunities to stretch them academically and ensure they reach their full potential.
Progress Students’ progress and levels of achievement are monitored constantly by staff and the leadership team so that students understand what they need to do to improve. The work of teachers and subject departments is also kept under regular review, to ensure students are given the best opportunities for success.
High Expectations We want and expect the very best for each and every one of our students. Whether they excel in academic, sports or creative subjects, students are encouraged to work hard, challenge themselves when they are struggling and to be mindful that failing in a task is the beginning of their journey to success.
“The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good. Teaching in maths is especially strong.” Ofsted 2018
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS & DISABILITY Special Educational Needs and Disability Winton is committed to providing an inclusive education for all young people, regardless of ability, gender, language, ethnic or cultural origin. We work effectively with a wide variety of agencies and individuals to focus on improving outcomes for all students with Special Educational Needs. We aim to: •Raise the standards of attainment for all SEND students through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that is differentiated to meet individual learning styles. •Support students to meet their individual needs through one to one tuition and classroom based support.
"Leaders and teachers have created a very caring and inclusive environment. Pupils’ welfare has top priority." Ofsted 2018.
"Pupils are very well prepared for modern life in Britain.” Ofsted 2018
PASTORAL SUPPORT Pastoral Support Our pastoral system focuses on meeting the needs of each individual student. Every student is assigned a tutor who meets them on a daily basis and is able to offer support and guidance throughout their time at Winton. During tutor time, students attend assemblies, complete a variety of development activities and receive individual and group tutoring. Winton has always been superb at ensuring students are happy at school and working in a bully free environment. The support systems have always been and will always continue to be strong with a competitive house system and a staff who genuinely care about all of the young people they work with.
Vertical Tutoring At Winton, we operate a system of vertical tutor groups. The Academy is divided into four houses; Farah, Hawking, Malala and Rowling. Each tutor group includes students from Years 7-10. Year 11 have their own tutor groups to enable individualised support in their most important year. This means that every student is aware of the life of the whole school and younger students are helped, supported and mentored by older students. Tutor groups are constructed in such a way that they have a good mix of gender, achievement levels and personal interests. Vertical tutoring, combined with the house system, enables us to achieve a ‘family’ feeling where everyone is looked after by everyone else and there is a great sense of pride and belonging across the school.
Attendance High rates of attendance are intrinsically linked to high rates of achievement. Students will only achieve their best if they come to school every day. Securing high levels of attendance is a high priority. Students’ attendance is monitored by their tutor, Heads of House and the leadership team. Parents will be contacted about any unexplained absence or unacceptable levels of attendance.
Keeping our students healthy and safe
"Pupils are proud of their school. Pupils said this is a happy school."
We recognise that our students have individual needs and we know how important it is that students are safe, healthy and happy. We have a team of specialists to provide the appropriate guidance for students and to put in place individual plans to support students’ needs. In addition, we work closely with a number of external agencies to provide high quality care, guidance and support on an individual basis.
Academy Uniform Winton has a strict uniform code to ensure that we have a purposeful and professional working environment. Students are expected to arrive at school in their full school uniform and any student in breach of this is asked to go home and change into the correct uniform. The academy has a black waterproof jacket which must be worn, no other outerwear is permitted.
ENRICHMENT Winton Community Academy offers students a diverse range of opportunities both in and outside the classroom. Winton is an Artsmark school, and as such, each of our students is entitled to a culture and arts provision throughout their time at the academy. This entitlement reflects the high quality provision on offer across the academy in drama, music, dance, art, media studies and photography, all of which are studied from Year 7. We believe that students continue to develop their self-esteem and pride through their achievement in lessons and their commitment to enrichment activities, especially when they have to face and overcome new challenges. The academy believes students should be exposed to a wide variety of opportunities beyond the classroom. As such, our staff are fully committed to residential trips and run a number of local and international trips each year, which have included visiting New York. All students have the opportunity to get involved in arts clubs, productions as well as local and national competitions. We have our own student radio station â€˜Spark FMâ€™, acting training, choir, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance clubs, which all students have the opportunity to get involved with. The PE department provides clubs for all interests ranging from football to ultimate Frisbee. The academy currently offers the Duke of Edinburgh Award to Bronze and Silver level which is available to all students in Year 9 and above. In addition to the wide variety of clubs and societies on offer, our students raise a great deal of money for charities each year.
ENGAGEMENT We believe that engagement with our local community is essential. We have strong relations with local businesses, our feeder primary schools and with Higher Education institutions such as Winchester University.
Student Voice Winton has an excellent and proactive student voice and student council who genuinely make a difference for students in the Academy. The student council is run by the head boy and head girl and meets with the headteacher weekly. We also ensure that our students have an established and meaningful ‘voice’ through subject focus groups, student questionnaires, our prefect body, their tutor groups and the school council. It is through students’ positive engagement and sense of ownership that the school goes from strength to strength.
Parent Voice The Academy values our Parent Voice and works with an active parent council to support us in developing our academy to meet the needs of all our learners.
“Winton is really fun and there are many really great trips and extracurricular opportunities for students.” Sophia Pitt, Year 8
About Academies Enterprise Trust Winton Community Academy is a key member of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), the operational arm of the Greensward Charitable Trust, which is a federation of academies created to provide thousands of students/pupils with the best possible education. The AET aims to provide the opportunity for all young learners to fulfil their real potential, broaden their horizons and become active, prosperous and successful citizens in the world around them. The AET believes that all young people deserve to become world class learners - to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment, with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up to date resources available to them. The AET is committed to doing everything it can to ensure that young people are able to, in the future, compete on the world stage with the skills, confidence and flair to generate new ideas, new initiatives and thereby make a full contribution to tomorrow's world. Discipline with DignityÂŽ is embraced and embedded in each of the Academies and students understand the importance of showing respect for themselves, and for others, and the need for good behaviour to enhance their learning. Curriculum review and development are on-going to meet the needs of future generations and to ensure that students gain the necessary skills to cope in an ever changing world. The curriculum at each of the Academies has been designed to give each student the opportunity to progress at his or her own pace, supported by individual learning plans and the option of a range of learning pathways, combining academic and vocational courses.
London Road â€˘ Andover Hampshire â€˘ SP10 2PS T: 01264 351822 F: 01264 332793 Email: email@example.com www.wintoncommunityacademy.org Headteacher: Mr Nathan Thomas