Quality Standards

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.

- John Ruskin

High-quality learning

  • Every student has the right to high-quality learning. This will be the product of high-quality teaching (which is consistently good or outstanding in Ofsted terms), underpinned by effective assessment and a rich, varied and relevant curriculum. Learning experiences will be varied to match the needs of learners, require and support high standards across all key skills and focus on the full breadth of the agreed curriculum.

All learners make very good progress

  • All students at all levels have the opportunity to achieve their full potential both academically and holistically because their learning needs are recognised, accommodated and met. Teaching and learning incorporate regular opportunities for reflection and for the review and refinement of strategies and methods. Progress is checked and challenged regularly, and appropriate action is taken when it is not good enough.

Academy leaders of the highest order

  • Headteachers and Principals are committed to the values and vision of the Trust and their Academy. They provide excellent leadership through clear articulation of the vision in appropriate ways to all stakeholders. Data is used to keep track of progress and inform decisions; clear planning is in place; and excellent people management is supported by an effective implementation of performance management and staff development policies.

Excellent governance

  • Excellent governance is reflected in the aims, vision and planning of the Academy to ensure that all learners achieve their full potential. Governance arrangements embody a desire for continuous improvement. Governors will provide effective and relevant challenge and support, underpinned by a proactive approach to their own continuous development, training and knowledge.

Spiritual, moral and social development of the highest order

  • Excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is essential to the ethos of every one of our schools. When threaded through the whole school community and the curriculum – like the writing in a stick of rock – it supports and affirms the development of young people so that they are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. This is not an add-on but lies at the heart of all that we do.

Develop cultural literacy

  • All children have access to a rich variety of cultural experiences, including visits and visitors that bring students into contact with art, music, performance, a wide range of religious and cultural practices and opportunities to create, engage and reflect. Every child will have access to musical tuition and the opportunity, each year, to experience observing and engaging with high-quality theatre and concert performances. Children learn the range of behaviours expected in different contexts.

Restorative approach to the behaviour of all, students and adults alike

  • The approach to behaviour in the Academy is based on the best restorative practices. Adults will model the behaviours expected in the school and the behaviour policy must reflect that approach. The Academy will take an inclusive approach but will expect behaviour that enables the individual and the group to maximize their progress.

Commitment to professional development

  • A love of learning and a desire to achieve our best is central to the culture of our schools. There is an expectation that all staff will make the most of the opportunities provided through DNEAT to improve and develop their own practice as well as supporting and challenging others to do the same.

Sustainability at the heart of our mission, including effective resource management

  • The Academy demonstrates respect through the efficient and effective use of scarce resources. The school’s finances are well managed in a sustainable way. Children are taught about their interrelationship with their environment and expected to behave in a way that enhances their ability to understand this.

Engage parents and enable parents to engage in their children’s learning

  • Parents are made welcome by the Academy and understand the communications system the school uses. Reports and parent information sessions are clear and well-received by parents. Parents understand the opportunities available to them and for their children. Homework is clear and appropriate and parents are encouraged to contribute and be involved in the learning opportunities of their children.

The health and safety of all in the Academy is paramount

  • The Academy will operate to the highest standards of care for all in the school. High standards of behaviour, and systems and procedures for ensuring the safety and well-being of children, will underpin the operation of the school.

Christian values and service

  • The school’s policies and practice will reflect the Christian principles and values of the school community. The rights and responsibilities of each person, both as an individual and as a member of the community, will support a code of practice which reflects such core values as respect, forgiveness, justice and humility. Responsibility towards others and a commitment to service are central to the life of a community built on Christian foundations. Staff will provide excellent role models in encouraging pupils to volunteer their time, talents and energy for the benefit of others in their immediate, local and wider communities.
Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust. Company no: 8737435.