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
Introduction from Miss Lacon – Vice Principal and Head of Primary
Welcome to the Primary Years of The John Wallis Church of England Academy. I am delighted to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about life in the Primary: from Nursery and Reception to Year 6, we are committed to raising standards alongside raising the aspirations of every child with whom we share and enjoy a unique journey.
I am pleased to say that our pupils seldom miss an opportunity to demonstrate their passion and their attitude towards learning. When we have guests and visitors to our Academy, I am proud to be able to have confidence that the children will prove to be kind, thoughtful and welcoming hosts. We’ve had visits from the author Luke Temple, The Maths Puzzle Company and all sorts of performers. On every occasion, our pupils have been praised for their behaviour and enthusiasm.
But the children are not only great hosts; they are also brilliant representatives of The Academy on trips and visits, as well as being keen performers and sportspeople themselves. Our pupils have made trips to a wide range of destinations in the local area, including Benenden School, the Rare Breeds Centre and Canterbury Cathedral, as well as travelling to perform at the National Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena in London.
Since opening in September 2012, we have seen the Primary Years of The Academy develop and mature. While The Academy continues to evolve according to the educational needs of our pupils and students, our recent Ofsted judgement of ‘Good’ is a significant highlight, confirming just how far we have come already. Our SATs results from the summer of 2014 also demonstrated a significant increase in our academic results. As we look forward, I know you will be encouraged by the effort and commitment of our staff and pupils in ensuring that we continue to go from strength to strength, providing every child with the very best opportunity to succeed in realising their aspirations.
I am proud of our Academy, and of every pupil and member of staff who each day make the Primary Years such a promising and exciting place of learning. The next sections detail our approach 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 passion, ethos and commitment to raising standards.
This is a very important evening for Year 8 students as they begin the process of choosing subjects which will have an impact on their future education and careers.
The evening will begin at 4.00pm when parents and carers will have an opportunity to speak with Subject Leaders to discuss the details and suitability of the courses on offer. Presentations will take place in the Theatre at 4.15pm and 5.45pm to explain how the online Options process works, important factors to consider and how particular groups of students will have a more in depth programme of support.
A letter has been sent to parents and carers who need to sign and return the confirmation slip to confirm their attendance.
Please click below for the "Drop Everything and Read" timetable.Drop Everything and Read posterAs many parents will know literacy is one of the cornerstones of our work in the Academy and the focus on literacy has underpinned the progress we have been able to secure for students. Part of this focus has been our weekly activity ‘Drop Everything and Read’. For those new to the academy the idea is simple – we set aside 20 minutes each week when EVERY member of the academy will drop everything and read a book.