Droylsden Academy Prospectus - 2017/18


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The 2017/18 Droylsden Academy Prospectus

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Welcome to Droylsden Academy I am incredibly proud to lead a school which is home to so many fantastic young people. At Droylsden Academy, we believe that success should be measured by both grades and academic progress and by one’s contribution to our community and wider society. The willingness and ability to learn, to lead, to participate and to serve are what enable a life to be both well-lived and worthwhile. As well as seeking to secure good academic progress for our learners, our purpose is to develop strong character traits in our students during their five years with us. Our Executive Headteacher, Mr Drew Duncan (a National Leader of Education) works across both Droylsden Academy and Mossley Hollins High School (rated twice Ofsted Outstanding). Spending half the week in each school, his role has allowed us to establish extremely strong links with Mossley Hollins, enabling excellent practice to be shared between the two schools. At Droylsden Academy, our staff are driven by the belief that every child should go to a great school. We believe that every child can become a great learner through politeness, hard work and honesty. At Droylsden Academy we aim to ensure that all of our young people become great learners by providing an effective education in an environment that is warm, friendly and caring. Working in the local community and within a strong partnership of local primary schools, Droylsden Academy aims to raise aspirations, expectations and achievement for all students and seeks to make a major contribution to the development of educational excellence in Tameside. Life at secondary school should be an exciting opportunity - filled with adventure, where our students meet new people, learn new skills and develop and grow as young citizens. We are here to help, support and guide our students as they become great learners, celebrating their academic and personal successes with them along the way. We do hope that you will be inspired by the superb learning environment we have at Droylsden Academy. Ours is a rapidly improving school with a growing reputation. It is a place where staff are proud to work and a school to which our students are proud to belong. We look forward to working with you and your child in the coming years and beyond and celebrating their success with you. Yours faithfully, Mr P Wilson Headteacher


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“Our school is built on three important values which underpin all that we do.” Politeness, Hard Work and Honesty PH2Great Learners are Polite Hardworking Honest


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“Personal development, behaviour and welfare for students are good.” (Ofsted 2015) Strong Character Development - Learning, Leading, Participation, Service We enable our students to develop their talents, skills and values, so as to be a good influence in their communities and wider society. Not all students can be Prime Ministers or Managing Directors of global companies but each, in their own fashion, can make a positive contribution. To develop a strong character, our students are encouraged to adopt a robust moral code and to embrace wholeheartedly all that life at Droylsden Academy has to offer. Our busy, structured and purposeful school aims to produce young citizens who are confident and creative team players both in the classroom and the local community. First Class Learning Environment and Experiences - Traditional Values in a Modern and Innovative Setting Our exceptional building sets us apart. Whilst Droylsden Academy is built on the traditional core values of politeness, hard work and honesty, at its heart is a modern learning environment with state of the art facilities and a hunger for innovation. We have recently invested heavily in major building improvements and our students enjoy first class sports, performance and learning facilities. This should give you a sense of what makes Droylsden Academy distinctive – a modern educational establishment with traditional values in which it is a delight to work and learn.


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“Students arrive punctually to their lessons and settle quickly to their `do now´ tasks. Students conduct themselves in a calm, orderly manner.” (Ofsted 2015)


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Our Curriculum “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. 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 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 courses, University and beyond. Students can also access more vocational subjects such as Photography, Dance and Health and Social Care. “We prepare our students for the rigours of GCSE qualifications and further education.”


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“We want the best for your child; we want them to succeed and fulfil their dreams.”


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Teaching & Learning “Our teaching aims to equip students with the learning habits, skills and knowledge they need to thrive as independent learners.” The Droylsden Way 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. Each lesson at Droylsden Academy has a clear set of routines and habits which allow students to develop the skills required for success at GCSE and beyond; we call this The Droylsden Way. In every lesson students are expected to demonstrate PRIDE - great Presentation, high levels of Resilience, Independence, meeting Deadlines and showing Excellence. 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, deepen their understanding in each academic area, develop the confidence to speak in front of others and work equally well on their own or in groups. “Students’ behaviour is good. Students are eager to learn and are embracing a stronger work ethos” (Ofsted 2015)


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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. “The Academy is a safe and caring community” (Ofsted 2015)


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“Staff have high expectations of students’ behaviour both in the classroom and around the Academy.” (Ofsted 2015)


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Pastoral Care Every year group in the Academy has a team of full-time staff dedicated to supporting students, allowing us to really get to know your child. The Learning Tutor will be a daily point of contact for your child, establishing a relationship which supports and challenges them to become a great learner. The Year Manager and Student Services monitor the general well-being of your child, dealing with day to day issues, making sure they maintain a record of excellent attendance and ensuring that they are making good personal and social progress. The Head of Year is responsible for monitoring your child’s academic progress, checking they are on track to reach or exceed their 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. 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. “The Learning Tutor will be a daily point of contact for your child, establishing a relationship which supports and challenges them to become a great learner.”


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“Throughout their time at Droylsden Academy, your child will be supported and challenged to reach their full academic potential.”


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“We provide a broad range of after school, extra-curricular activities.” Learning Beyond The Classroom 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), Debating, ICT Club, Chess Club, Gardening Club and The Duke of Edinburgh Award. A number of our students have taken part in World Challenge. This has allowed students to visit countries such as India and Thailand to experience very different cultures and to carry out community work in deprived communities by planning and leading projects such as building water wells and visiting local schools. An Academy theatre production takes place every year and we have staged phenomenal productions of ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘Les Misérables’ 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, crosscountry, athletics and rounders allow our students to compete in interschool 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.”


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