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“A Good School – Outstanding Capacity to Improve” In July 2010, Ofsted judged Walworth Academy to be “a good school with outstanding capacity to improve” in its first full inspection of the academy since it opened in 2007. The inspectors said: “Walworth Academy is in the business of transformation. It has transformed itself and is now a good and rapidly improving school whose students make good progress academically and great leaps in their personal development. Most importantly it is transforming the lives of the students who attend the academy.” The inspectors said that students told them: ‘It is hard to believe the improvements that have been made in our progress and our behaviour’ and that ‘Nothing is impossible – it doesn’t matter about your background.’ Ofsted said that: “Students across the academy stress their commitment to the academy’s motto: ‘Be the best that you can be’.” The inspectors singled out: “the significant successes that have been achieved in rapidly increasing the rate of progress made by students; significantly improving attendance; widening horizons; ... raising aspirations; and preparing students for the next phase of their education. .... The quality of care, guidance and support offered to students is outstanding.” They concluded that: “The academy improvement plan is sharp, tightly focused and entirely appropriate. Progress against this is carefully monitored and evaluated. The overall trajectory is one of fast improvement and leaders have thus demonstrated that the academy’s capacity to improve is outstanding.”
Our Vision We want Walworth Academy to be the first rate local school that our pupils and the community deserve. We believe in the immense potential of each of our pupils and we are committed to giving them every possible opportunity to succeed. Every pupil should leave the academy with a sense of fulfilment and real choices; they should be able to continue into further and higher education or pursue the career of their choice. To achieve this: Our academy has high expectations of pupil behaviour and achievement and equally high expectations of the quality of teaching in the classroom. This means an inspirational environment, characterised by order and respect so that teachers can teach and pupils can reach their full potential. We support every child â€“ academically, socially and emotionally. Through a combination of rigorous and engaging classes and a variety of learning experiences in and outside the classroom, our pupils enjoy a full range of opportunities. Our academy is shaped by a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, which encourages a close working relationship between pupils and staff.
From our Chair of Governors I am proud to be Chair of Governors of Walworth Academy. These are extremely exciting times for Walworth Academy. Our GCSE results are improving at a rate that is amongst the fastest in the country. The progress our pupils make in English and in mathematics is in the top 1% nationally. Ofsted has recently rated the academy as “good with outstanding capacity to improve”. We are determined to ensure that it will continue to improve. In January 2010 we moved into our superb new buildings, with first-class facilities, and adopted an innovative ‘small schools’ structure for pastoral and academic support. Our new Sixth Form opens in September 2010 offering a broad range of academic and vocational courses. Above all, Walworth Academy is a place where pupils can fulfil their potential. Our high expectation of each of our pupils is matched by the resources and support necessary for them to achieve those aspirations. I look forward to welcoming you and your children to Walworth Academy.
Anthony Williams, Chair of Governors
(Left) Devon Hanson, Principal, and (Right) Anthony Williams, Chair of Governors.
Welcome from the Principal Dear Parents and Carers It is with great pleasure that I introduce Walworth Academy to you. Walworth Academy is a mixed, non-selective school with no religious affiliations.
Our expectation of every pupil is to be the best that they can be. By helping every pupil to develop self-discipline, a sense of self worth, independence of thought and confidence in expressing themselves, we provide a caring and learning environment that values and respects individual achievement. We hope that every pupil will enjoy being a member of our community. We insist on respect for others and understanding of and tolerance towards other races, religions and cultures. As Principal, my commitment is that your child’s educational journey will be a positive and enriching one. We will provide: l l l l l l l
A high quality teaching and learning environment. A curriculum that supports individual needs and offers opportunities for individual acceleration. A regular and robust assessment process that follows and clearly shows your child’s progress. A programme of high quality enrichment classes, in both academic and sport related activities. Educational visits to museums, exhibitions and residential events. Opportunities outside the academy relating to our specialist status in mathematics and health. Encouragement to participate and excel in every aspect of the academy’s life.
To achieve our aims, we need your commitment and support by ensuring that your child is in school on time, in full school uniform and with good intentions every day. Together, as partners, we can ensure that your child will succeed at and beyond school.
Devon Hanson BEd (Hons) Principal, Walworth Academy
Small Schools â€“ New Buildings Small schools are the key to success for Walworth Academy and its pupils. These are exciting times at Walworth Academy. In January 2010, we moved into our brand new school buildings. They provide state-of-the-art facilities for academic teaching, including engineering and technology, as well as art, drama, music, PE and a wide range of sports. We have two libraries and the whole layout has been carefully designed and built to be light, friendly and accessible. As importantly, the new building allows us to implement our strategy for Small Schools. In the new buildings we have organised the pastoral and academic life of the academy into: l l l
Two Key Stage 3 small schools, called Babbage and Chaplin One Key Stage 4 small school, called Seacole A new sixth form.
Each of these small schools has its own head teacher, under the overall leadership of the Principal. In a small school it is possible for every teacher to know each pupil well, ensuring that every pupilâ€™s individual needs, academic and emotional, are met quickly and effectively. We can ensure that the personal relationships between teachers and pupils develop quickly and that a culture of excellent behaviour is instilled and sustained. As your child moves through the academy, he or she will benefit from this smaller scale nurturing environment on a daily basis. Pupils will also have access to high quality specialist teaching expertise across the academy.
Achievement, Specialisms & Scholarships Pupils are achieving more and more each year Achievement
Please see the insertions at the back of this prospectus for our pupils’ detailed, up-to-date exam achievements. ARK Schools is one of the best achieving groups of academies in the country in terms of student progress and Walworth is one of the best of those. Recently, Walworth was shown to be the second most rapidly improving school in Southwark, and also in the top 2% of all schools in the country for pupil progress. We have been rated as “Good” with “Outstanding capacity to improve” by Ofsted (July 2010). This is a measure of the imaginative and purposeful drive for the success of our pupils that characterises Walworth Academy.
Walworth is a specialist maths and health academy Walworth Academy’s mathematics specialism is shared by all ARK academies, so staff and pupils benefit from a network of resources and expertise. We believe children should be at ease with numbers, and we want our pupils to develop a sound mathematical understanding while enjoying the creative and practical applications of mathematics. The health specialism provides academic and vocational routes into further and higher education, training and work experience in science, medicine and other fields. Southwark Primary Care Trust is a partner in this project.
We offer scholarships for Year 7 pupils each year. Please see the insertions at the back of this prospectus for full details of these.
Curriculum and Assessment The academy approach is “depth before breath”: the benefits of a broad curriculum depend on a sound foundation. Our pupils are expected to reach or exceed their expected year level in English and mathematics as soon as possible. We believe passionately that this provides a strong foundation for every other subject and is critical for success at school and in life. To achieve this, we offer individualised support and give all pupils access to a range of qualifications. Those making rapid progress have opportunities for early entry to exams. Where appropriate, pupils spend time in smaller groups or nurture classes that focus on numeracy and literacy. Our 14–19 programme provides exciting academic and vocational courses which pupils can follow through to examinations at 16+ and 18+. While we expect every pupil to achieve a high standard by the end of year 9, we will continue to support numeracy and literacy if pupils have not achieved their target levels. Our goal is to provide every pupil with the qualifications at 18+ to make real choices to go on to University or to take a vocational training route. Our ambition in this area is an important aspect of the academy. All our pupils benefit from specialist and dedicated staff, who ensure that lessons are designed to meet individual pupil needs, supported by the best information technology, teaching and learning resources.
Pupils are motivated and learn more when they know where they are coming from and where they are going. The academy uses a combination of Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs), SATs assessments and Reading Tests to group pupils and plan effective delivery of the curriculum. This helps teachers to identify pupils requiring specialised support as well as maximising the potential of our able, gifted and talented pupils. In Key Stage 3, we follow a cycle of teaching and assessment six times each year. After each assessment, parents get a report so that they can see how their children are doing, and, as importantly, we analyse the results in great detail. We can then spot any problems early and tailor our teaching to each child’s need.
We also hold parents’ evenings and target-setting activities.
Enrichment Walworth Academy has a comprehensive programme of support to enable every pupil to achieve their full potential. Education extends well beyond the classroom. Our enrichment programme of extra-curricular activities and clubs plays an important part in each pupil’s development. This inspires our pupils to lead safe and healthy lives as successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. To raise attainment, we provide additional academic support through Saturday and ‘booster’ classes and weekend residential events to focus on study skills and exam techniques. GCSE clubs in most subjects run after school and the libraries are open, every evening and before school, for private study or homework. The academy provides residential and personal development activities and opportunities for young people to participate in and with their local community. There is a comprehensive programme of after-school clubs and activities, which includes drama, chess, basketball, football, netball, martial arts, hockey, athletics, a debating society, dance and computer clubs. Pupils’ aspirations are further enriched by our strong and developing partnerships with London Southbank University and Brunel University. We also take pupils to visit other universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
Homework We expect pupils and parents to recognise the fundamental role of homework in learning. Homework is set according to a homework timetable. Each pupil has a homework diary in which he or she records the specific tasks they have to complete. Parents can use this diary to monitor their child’s homework as well as to communicate with their tutor.
Special Educational Needs We provide an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress of all our pupils, whatever their needs or abilities. The academy follows national guidelines in identifying, assessing and supporting pupils with special education needs. Individual Education Plans ensure effective provision, which is regularly modified to meet pupilsâ€™ differing needs. Support is given in small groups or withdrawal classes, delivered by a team of skilled teachers, learning support assistants and a specialist behaviour support worker.
English as an Additional Language (EAL) EAL pupils benefit greatly from our emphasis on the core curriculum, gaining extra support until they reach expected year levels in English. Through careful assessment and a combination of small induction classes, one-to-one teaching and strong support mechanisms in the classroom, our EAL pupils have full access to the schoolâ€™s learning opportunities.
Pastoral Care Walworth Academy is a unique learning community aiming for continual progress and achievement. Sound relationships and good teaching are at the core of what we do. Within our disciplined community, we: l l
value co-operation with parents, and celebrate and reward effort and achievement.
While every member of staff accepts responsibility for the academic and personal development of the pupil he or she teaches, immediate responsibility for pupils’ personal welfare rests with their form tutor who monitors academic progress and promotes pupils’ general wellbeing. The form tutors are supported by their Heads of Small School, their deputies and directors of learning, and also by the Principal and other senior staff. In all this we aim to work closely with parents. We encourage all parents to participate in and contribute to the Parents’ Forum. A copy of the Walworth Academy Home/School Agreement is inserted at the back of this prospectus. We use rewards to create a positive ethos in the academy. As well as rewarding pupils for 100% attendance and punctuality, we reward work of high quality, improving on past achievements and consistent hard work and service to the community. Assemblies celebrate pupils’ learning and other achievements, as does the annual prize giving ceremony.
From Primary to Secondary School Walworth Academy has a well-developed process to support parents and pupils as the children move from primary school into Year 7. This process starts with open days and evenings in the Autumn Term, when parents and year 6 pupils can visit the academy and see our pupils at work. Parents have an opportunity to meet the Principal, other teachers and Walworth pupils. Parents apply to the academy, through the London-wide admissions system with the support of their primary school. After the allocation of secondary places in March, Walworth Academy contacts all parents whose children have been allocated places and, in May and June, arranges meetings where each family can discuss their and our expectations about the education of their child with a senior staff member. At the July Induction Day our new pupils meet some of their teachers and future school friends. Walworth Academy staff members also visit pupils at their primary schools. Each summer holiday, sessions are arranged for selected pupils to aid their transition into the academy. Once pupils enter Year 7 a programme of meetings and events helps ensure that pupils and parents feel at home and enables us to get to know our new families well. The emphasis throughout this process is on co-operation and working together with families and children.
Admissions Walworth Academy is non-selective and serves children of all abilities. Applications for admission must be made on Southwark Council’s Common Application Form (CAF). If the school is oversubscribed, priority is given to pupils with statements of special educational needs. The remaining places are then offered in the following order of priority: l l l
Children who are in public care. Children who have a sibling who already attends the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission (for this purpose “sibling” means a whole, half or step-brother or step-sister resident at the same address). Children who live closest to the school using a straight line distance from the main entrance of the Academy to the main entrance to the child’s home.
The school keeps a waiting list to fill any casual vacancies occurring if pupils leave during the academic year or withdraw from a place that has been offered.
Parents/Carers/Legal Guardians who are not offered a place for their child are entitled to appeal to an independent committee under the provisions of the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998. Parents/Carers/Legal Guardians wishing to appeal should complete an appeals form, available from the school office and can obtain detailed information about the appeals process from Southwark Council’s Admissions Team.
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