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.
OFSTED JUDGES THE JOHN WALLIS CHURCH OF ENGLAND ACADEMY TO BE A “GOOD SCHOOL”
We have received the Ofsted report following the inspection on the 9th and 10th January 2014 and the judgement of the Inspectors is that The John Wallis Church of England Academy is a “good school”. We are very pleased with the judgements. The Inspectors have recognised and acknowledged the great progress that has been made in our 3-19 Academy since the Academy first opened in 2010. In 2011, we opened our Sixth Form and in 2012, we became an all through 3-19 Academy incorporating the neighbouring Primary school. Our journey has been a challenging and exciting one but one of success and celebration.
All parents/carers will receive a hard copy of the report but if you wish to view the report now, please click on the link below.
Mr J McParland
Sixth Form BTEC and Year 11 GCSE Music Performance Night.Thursday 20th March 2014 @ 6.30pm in the Restaurant.Tickets available on Friday 14th/Monday 17th March at break time in the restaurant.Adults £2, Students/Concession £1.50. Family tickets £6 for 2 Adults and 3 Children.