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At Paddington Academy we are about outstanding learning. Every decision is made with the question in mind ‘will this help the students to learn better and achieve more?’ We believe in a relentless focus on high achievement in all areas of the life of the Academy.
We are clear that there are no excuses for underachievement. We aim to identify barriers that may be standing in the way of achievement, understand them in relation to our context and then focus on breaking them down, one by one. There are no excuses. We specialise in knowing our community and how best to support all our learners.
The culture that has been established is about a persistent focus on high standards in EVERY aspect of school life: learning, behaviour, attitude, uniform, attendance and punctuality. We insist upon consistency and a commitment to shared values – by individuals, groups and the whole community. We will always challenge anything that is less than the very best that each individual can give.
We instil in our students from the start a sense of integrity and confidence. Every adult in our community is a role model; every student is a role model and we all have the opportunity and responsibility to have a positive impact on the lives of others. We all ‘walk the talk’ and create a positive learning environment in all that we do. We give trust and respect at all times and ensure that students have fun and are happy in their learning. This ethos has established a success culture that we celebrate at every opportunity.
In order to achieve ‘the best in everyone’ the students have the following motto as their guide:
- ‘Win win’ EVERY time
- ALWAYS do our best
- ALWAYS do the right thing
- ALWAYS look smart
How does Paddington Academy bring out ‘the best in everyone’?
Paddington Academy Ethos
Our students learn to
Our students leave us
Learning is the most important reason for being at the academy.
Nothing should stop learning.
Teachers and students are active participants in the learning process.
Know that the street stops at the gate.
Dress and behave appropriately in a formal environment.
Have high standards for themselves and be good role models.
Feeling safe and secure at PA.
Able to learn effectively and with the resilience to continue doing so.
No matter what the starting point, outstanding progress is achievable by all.
There are no limits, no short-cuts and no excuses.
Overcome any barriers to success and to achieve at the highest level possible.
Recognise their ambitions and talents, focus on them and realise them.
With the qualifications and determination needed to reach their ambitions.
Paddington Academy is a unique community where all people are of equal value.
Disadvantage is not a barrier to success.
Acquire the personal and social skills they need to participate in different situations.
Always seek a ‘win-win’ solution.
Always show courtesy to others.
Able to function effectively in any area of society and as part of a community.
Feeling confident in a variety of situations.
Education gives you freedom.
Fulfilment is derived from having choices in life and being able to choose to do what you enjoy and are good at.
Pursue a sense of self-worth and recognition of worth in others that is not linked to possessions or status.
Able to make responsible choices and to fulfil their potential.
Our learning and achievement
The staff at Paddington Academy are exceptional. They are completely and utterly dedicated to meeting student needs and ensuring that our students receive outstanding learning and achieve outstanding results.
Our students receive fun, engaging lessons in a positive, safe and friendly learning environment
We receive many visits from national and international organisations and are known as a ‘best practice’ school for student achievement and progress. We have been in the top 10 schools in the country in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for the progress that our students make and have received six awards for achievement.
Our students are community ambassadors
We develop excellent links with the community. Students get opportunities to work with many people inside and outside the academy, our students establish good networks and relationships with them. It is our aim that Paddington Academy students make a positive difference to their community.
Our students have high standards
At Paddington Academy standards are high. We have extremely high expectations for uniform, behaviour, attendance and punctuality. If a student gets all these things right, they will learn better and get great results.
- Students are expected to have perfect uniform at all times
- Students are expected to have excellent attendance and punctuality
- Students will be taught and cared for well and will achieve their very best
Our students are leaders
We expect our students to be leaders. We have an active student council in each year group and they work hard to ensure that student voice is heard and makes a difference. Student voice is active in most academy decisions and highly valued by all of us.
Positive partnership with parents
A positive and supportive relationship between parents and the Paddington Academy staff is vital for the well being and achievement of students.
We rely on our parents to support us in establishing and maintaining high standards of behaviour, attendance, punctuality and dress. Furthermore, past evidence has strengthened our belief that the academic performance of students is significantly improved when parents actively support the Academy in stimulating and encouraging their child and monitoring their children’s progress.
We have ‘every day’ communication with parents through ‘drop in’, text messages, emails and by phone. There is a monthly newsletter that keeps the community up to date with all our news, opportunities, successes and forthcoming successes.
We have a parent forum once every half term in which parents can let us know their views, along with the Paddington Parents Association (PPA) where parents can meet an ambadassor who speaks the same language.
Parents are also welcomed to visit the Academy at any time by contacting the year team and making an appointment. We have six parents afternoons and mornings when parents can come into school and discuss student progress. These are at the end of each term and a long evening in July. During these meetings, teachers and parents discuss individual student progress and set achievable but demanding targets. Full subject reports are issued annually. Parents are invited to make comments on these grades and reports if there is a particular matter you would like to raise. Parent/carers are encouraged to write comments in the student planners for further discussion.