Welcome to Droylsden Academy
At Droylsden Academy we aim to ensure that all of our young people become great learners by providing an outstanding education in an environment that is warm, friendly and caring. We are driven by the belief that every child should go to a great school in the heart of their community. We believe that every child should become a great learner through politeness, hard work and honesty. As your child starts life at secondary school they are about to embark on an exciting and opportunity-filled adventure where they will meet new people, learn new skills and develop and grow as a young person. We are here to support, guide and challenge them as they become great learners and celebrate their academic success through a culture of high standards and high expectations. On arriving at Droylsden Academy, you will be inspired by the outstanding learning environment and first class facilities. This is a wonderful and rapidly improving school; it is a place where staff are proud to work and to which our students are proud to belong. We look forward to working alongside you and your child in the coming years and beyond, celebrating their successes with you along the way. Mr P Wilson Headteacher
“Every child should go to a great school in the heart of their
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“Our school is built on three important values which underpin all that we do.”
We believe that great learning comes from:
• We treat every person as we would want to be treated
• We are respectful, polite and courteous at all times
• We are considerate towards our environment and we look after our community
• We never give up • We remain positive
so that we have the strength to persevere with even the hardest work • We do what it takes, for as long as it takes
• We are true to ourselves and others and we do not make excuses
• We look to ourselves to see what needs to be done
• We help others at all times
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The Academy opens at 7.30am, this allows students to do some independent learning before the formal day begins so they are ready for a day of great learning. Formal registration starts at 8.30am followed by five lessons; a 15 minute break and a 35 minute lunch are built into the school day. All lessons are one hour in length with the exception of some practical subjects that require extended periods of learning over two hours. For those students requiring additional learning, a further lesson is provided at the end of the school day to ensure all students make the progress of which they are capable.
“The Academy is well led... There are high expectations and aspirations for staff and students.”
Our Great Learning Zone
Our Fitness Centre
Our School Day
“Our curriculum prepares students for the future.”
At Droylsden Academy our curriculum offers students challenge to stretch them in their learning and to prepare them for further study and employment in the future. Our students learn traditional academic subjects, with a particular emphasis upon the core subjects of English, Mathematics and the Sciences. Our curriculum also prepares students for the future, with opportunities to study GCSE qualifications in subjects such as computing.
Key Stage 3 curriculum Our Key Stage 3 curriculum meets the requirements of the government’s National Curriculum and gives students experience of a broad range of challenging subjects ahead of the options process during year 9. English, Mathematics, the Sciences and PE are core subjects which all students will continue into Key Stage 4, during Years 10 and 11. Key Stage 4 curriculum
Students learn in a state of the art building where the very best facilities support traditional learning. Students thrive through hard work and our curriculum provides opportunities to reward this. Staff are available to help students with their studies during our lunchtime study club and after school during lesson 6.
The Key Stage 4 curriculum prepares our students for further education. Students are encouraged to choose subjects from the prestigious EBACC range in which they will study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, the Sciences as well as a Language and Geography or History. This prepares them for Level 3, A-Level, University and beyond.
“We prepare our students for the rigours of GCSE qualifications and further education.”
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Teaching & Learning
“Every lesson will support, stretch and challenge students.”
We believe that great learning is founded upon politeness, hard work and honesty and these are at the heart of every lesson at Droylsden Academy. Our teaching aims to equip students with the learning habits, skills and knowledge they need to thrive as independent learners. Lessons are designed to provide opportunities for students to explore new ideas and deepen their understanding in each academic area. Every lesson will support, stretch and challenge students to achieve their very best and to develop a love of learning as we prepare them for success at college, university and in their chosen career.
“Our teaching aims to equip students with the learning habits, skills and knowledge they need to thrive as independent
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In Years 7 and 8, students will be given a homework pack at the start of each half term that contains additional work for English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities. In Year 9, students will receive homework in English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities each week. Every half term there will be a dedicated week where all other subject areas will set homework activities. Students also benefit from a termly 1 week homework holiday where no homework is set, allowing students extra time to pursue their hobbies and interests.
Each piece of homework set should take at least 1 hour to complete. Homework is a crucial part of the learning process. Parents can access their child’s homework using the “Show My Homework” website or smartphone app; this allows parents to monitor their child’s homework. Students can also complete homework in the Great Learning Zone at lunchtimes or after school in the Academy.
In Years 10 and 11, students will receive homework each day according to the homework timetable. The homework timetable ensures that students can organise their learning.
“Students can also complete homework in the Great
Learning Zone at lunchtimes or after school in the Academy.”
Standards & Culture
“We want the best for your child; we want them to succeed and fulfil their dreams.”
Politeness, Conduct and Behaviour
Students and staff at Droylsden Academy have high expectations of themselves and each other. Students are expected to be leaders amongst their peers, modelling exceptional politeness, conduct and behaviour both inside and outside the Academy. Our students work hard and so do our staff. We want the best for your child; we want them to succeed and fulfil their dreams and your expectations. We want them to be successful and happy and we want them to be able to make choices about their future. We will be relentless in providing your child with opportunities and, in return for this, we will expect them to embody our core values of politeness, hard work and honesty. We have a very clear system of rewards and sanctions designed to encourage students to live by our core values. Where our core values are demonstrated by students, they are rewarded; where they are not, students are redirected to become better learners.
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At Droylsden Academy we understand that politeness, hard work and honesty are the cornerstones of success. Without these three key attributes it will be difficult for students to be great learners; therefore, we make no apology for being very strict on these basic principles. All students must arrive to school and to lessons on time, with the correct equipment and a hardwork ethic. Politeness and honesty are expected at all times.
“The academy is a safe and caring community... Student’s behaviour is
good. They are eager to learn.” (Ofsted 2015)
Standards & Culture
Care, Guidance & Support
Every year group in the Academy has at least five full-time staff dedicated to supporting students, allowing us to really get to know your child. The Learning Tutor will be a daily form of contact for your child, establishing a relationship which supports and challenges her/ him to become a great learner. The Year Manager and Student Services monitor the general wellbeing of your child, dealing with day to day issues, making sure she/ he maintains a record of excellent attendance and ensuring that she/ he is making good personal and social progress. The Head of Year is responsible for monitoring your child’s academic progress, checking she/ he is on track to reach or exceed her/ his target grades by the end of each year. Finally, a member of the Senior Leadership Team is attached to each year group and provides leadership and strategic guidance to the team so that they have the support and resources they need to look after your child.
“The Learning Tutor will be a daily form of contact for your child, establishing a relationship which supports and challenges her/ him to become a great learner.”
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Care, Guidance & Support
Disability and Special Educational Needs
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) and you are thinking of naming us on the application for a secondary school place, we would suggest you make contact directly with the SENCO to arrange a visit so that you can ensure we are the most appropriate provision for your child.
We see good attendance as 100%. Anything below 96% begins to damage progress; we work closely with families to ensure excellent attendance as this is key to academic progress and success at school.
“Throughout her/ his time at Droylsden Academy your child will be supported and challenged to reach her/ his
full academic potential.”
“We provide a broad range of after school, extra-curricular activities.”
To support the great learning that takes place in our classrooms, we provide a broad range of after school, extra-curricular activities; activities are also offered to students during lunchtimes. Activities on offer to students include STEM club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), ICT club, Chess Club, Gardening Club and The Duke of Edinburgh Award. An Academy theatre production takes place every year and we have staged phenomenal productions of ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Evita’ in recent years. These productions involve many students in performance and technical roles and help develop students’ potential in these areas as well as their confidence.
Sport also plays an important part in the school’s extra-curricular programme and the Academy is affiliated with the Tameside Schools Sports’ Association and participates in many of the competitions organised by this body. Sports such as football, netball, hockey, swimming, cross-country, athletics and rounders allow our students to compete in inter-school matches and competitions and we are proud of their many sporting achievements.
“Students are encouraged to become great learners not only in the
classroom but in life beyond the school day.”