As Principal of The John Wallis Church of England Academy, I am passionate in my belief that every student in our 3 – 19 Academy should be happy, feel safe and secure and achieve their full potential. I want our pupils and students to be valued, challenged and fulfilled irrespective of their strengths or weaknesses and to have the opportunity to develop peer and adult relationships.
The John Wallis Academy is a Christian School and we believe that each student should be recognised as being unique, gifted, created and loved by God. It is because of this uniqueness and giftedness that the Academy activities will have one central purpose, to ensure that pupils and students of all abilities have access and entitlement to a broad, balanced and personalised curriculum, in order to learn, develop, achieve and succeed. We want our pupils and students to strive for excellence and never to settle for second best. Therefore high aspirations, high expectations and high standards are what is expected of all pupils, students and staff in the Academy.
Our 11-19 Academy opened in September 2010. In September 2011 we took in our first cohort of Sixth Form students and in September 2012 we became an all through 3-19 Academy when our neighbouring Primary school joined our Academy. This is a very exciting time for our community where parents / carers can choose the school for their children to be educated from the age of 3 through to 19. We are at the centre of the community we serve.
We expect our pupils and students to learn in high quality lessons, where there is zero tolerance of any disruption and where teachers are inspiring and motivational in their teaching. We want them to develop academically, spiritually, morally, socially and physically in an exciting and high achieving environment and to grow into mature and well educated citizens. Achieving academic excellence is very important in our Academy and most importantly we want our pupils and students to become fully rounded happy human beings.
We were very pleased with the Ofsted Section 8 Monitoring Report on our Academy which was published on 4th September 2012. We achieved a judgement of ‘good progress’ which was a very pleasing result acknowledging the great progress that has been made since we opened in September 2010. I can still hear the Inspector say to me - “There has been massive, massive, massive improvement in behaviour and that is coming from your students who are your greatest ambassadors”.
In 2012 our students achieved the best GCSE results in the history of the school with 44% of our students achieving 5+ A* - C grades including English and Maths ( up from 31% to 44% in the last two years) and 95% achieving 5 +A* – C grades. The DfE "Value Added" rating put us in the top 10% in the country We are very proud of our students and their achievement as we continue our upward spiral of success.
The next two years, with our new £8.6 million building programme starting in June 2013 for completion in September 2014 and with plans for a new Primary Academy building, will bring lots of excitement, challenge and hard work.
Along with our Primary Head, Miss Lacon, our Senior Leadership Team and staff, I look forward to working with our pupils, students, parents / carers, sponsors, governors and our local community to secure the best educational future for our Primary pupils and our Secondary students. Mr J McParland
Firstly I would like to wish all parents and pupils a happy and successful New Year.
As we start a new year, I feel it is always good to look back and see how we have grown over the last year. We have now been part of The John Wallis Church of England Academy for fifteen months and we are delighted with the feedback and response from pupils and parents. Thank you for your support.
We have much to be proud of as an Academy and lots of things to look back on with pride:
The pupils have enjoyed visits from various guests including Commonwealth medallist Chris Cook, author Luke Temple, The Maths Puzzle Company, and we were also very honoured to have a visit from Bishop Trevor. All of the visitors to the Academy have praised the pupils on their behaviour and attitude and we should all be very proud of this.
Also our pupils have made trips out of the Academy and have been well behaved and a credit to the Academy. In June 2013 the Year 6 classes visited Benenden School and enjoyed many activities including swimming and pond dipping, other events have included participating in Kent is Delicious, visits to Port Lympne Animal Park and taking part in Safety in Action, an annual event at Towers School.
As we look forward to a new year and new challenges and striving forward, I know you will be encouraged by all of the efforts that both pupils and staff are striving toward to make The John Wallis Church of England Primary Academy a happy and safe place to learn.
The next sections detail our approach to learning within the Primary Years and will give you an insight into our curriculum and methods of teaching. We want our children to leave the Primary Years with firm foundations in core skills, to have a love of learning and a curiosity to explore the world around them. We emphasise respect for oneself and for others within a diverse and exciting community. I hope the website gives you a flavour of our ethos and commitment to raising standards.
The John Wallis Academy were overall winners of the first ever Ashford Schools indoor Rowing Competition after some fierce competition from Highworth GS.
The team was composed of rowers from years 7-9. For several of the them it was their first ever competition and for the two Year 9 boys, Connor and Vincent, it came at the end of a very busy first week of rowing in which they trained hard every evening after school so that they would be ready for the competition. Great dedication was shown by both of them.
The Y7-9 Boys scored a number of personal bests during the competition: Michael Rose in Y7 with 371m. In Y8 Jack Ryan, Kieron Calveley and Toby Haliwell all scored over 700m for the first time. The Y9 Boys, as I have said, did really well scoring personal bests. They competed after some last minute reluctance and achieved scores of which they could be justifiably proud.
The Y7 Girls did really well with all of the team scoring personal bests. Martyna Wasilewska was narrowly beaten to the Y7 title by 2 metres after scoring a best ever 498m. Tanisha Wynter, Cerys Barton, Angelina Quaife and Hannah James all scored personal bests. This was a truly great performance by this team. The Y9 Girls both scored personal bests as well.
(The girls’ results should be put in the context of the fact that the Highworth team were Kent Champions in both y7 and y8.)
Thanks are due to Miss Horgan and Mr Nicholas for their help in organising and running the event.
Special thanks to Mr Lowry and Miss Thomas for coming and supporting the team.
All Year 6 pupils have been invited to attend this event from 3pm to 8.30pm. You will be given the opportunity to meet your child's Tutor and collect their uniform. If you would like to speak to the Leader of Year 7, Miss Hunter or the Assistant Principal & SENCO Mr Robinson then please contact Student Services to arrange a convenient time. Refreshments will be available during the evening.
Please note that in Term 6 "Drop Everything and Read" will be held every Tuesday from 10.10-10.30am.All students need to bring their reading book for this session.
Extra Curricular School Sport & Exercise