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Our specialism

The Academy has strong links with international partner schools and has successful cultural exchanges with them: pupil visits, teacher exchanges and shared projects. Our link schools are in a variety of countries including China, Germany, Switzerland and Korea.

Think globally, act locally

Knowledge and understanding of these key concepts permeates the curriculum. We see service and participation as part of every child’s experience at the Academy. We do not just ‘think globally’, we also ‘act locally’.

The humanities subjects have a key role in promoting understanding of these concepts. All pupils study history, geography and religious education at Key Stage 3 and these can be taken as an option at GCSE. In addition to studying history and geography at KS5, students are offered the opportunity to attend Alpha where they are able to explore the basics of the Christian faith through a series of interactive sessions in a friendly, open and informal environment. These subjects provide a basis for pupils to confirm and challenge their own and others’ beliefs, from a position of mutual understanding and regard.

Charitable Giving

On an annual basis the pupils and staff from the whole Academy vote for the school’s ‘Charity of the Year’ (pictured above) following a school-wide charity election organised and led by Year 11 prefects. Many students interviewed on the day of our charity election explained that they chose Doctors Without Borders (MSF) as the school charity this year due to its global outreach programme.

Doctors Without Borders say:

We are Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.

School Council Representatives from every year group agreed on a school fundraising target of £5,000.