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
Please note that in Term 5 "Drop Everything and Read" will be held every Wednesday from 11.55-12.15pm.All students need to bring their reading book for this session.
We are pleased to confirm that we have checked with our meat suppliers and can reassure all parents and carers that all beef products used within our meals in the Academy are sourced from the United Kingdom and have full traceability – therefore we can confirm that no horsemeat has been used in any of our meals or snacks.