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the windsor academy trust approach

Windsor Academy Trust Approach

We are committed to achieving the highest quality learning experience for students and achieving the best possible outcomes for all.

Our learning experience is based upon a set of learning and teaching principles that have been developed by teachers across the Trust. This provides a uniting philosophy that places the learning needs of all children at the heart of our work.

The synergy of primary and secondary collaboration

A powerful part of our approach is the synergy of primary and secondary collaboration. Our secondary specialists in Mathematics, English and Physical Education have added high quality capacity to the learning experience of our primary school children. The detailed knowledge and experience of excellence at primary level has led to an enhanced and more challenging curriculum for our secondary school students.

Each Headteacher is responsible for the standards in their own school. They are accountable to the Chief Executive who reports to the Board of Directors. While there remains considerable autonomy in each school there are centralised strategic functions around finance and personnel. This allows for very effective economies of scale and ensures unity and consistency of purpose.

Each school has its own Local Advisory Board encapsulating the fundamental commitment of the Trust to maintaining each school at the heart of its own community. The Board works with the Headteacher to oversee and support the curriculum and progress of all its students.

The WAT Way

Windsor Academy Trust has the highest aspirations for all. Crucial to our success is the unlocking academic and personal potential to grow character and a core set of values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.

Our students, teachers, professional services staff and parents/guardians understand, support and practise these values. Daily interaction between members of our community is based on these beliefs and have become a natural part of what we do and how we do it.

We aim to:

Nurture a culture within our community that is largely self regulating (looks after itself), based on mutual respect (treat others as you wish to be treated), and allows for academic success and personal development.

Valuing and practicing respect and responsibility

A core part of our values that are practised in everything we do is respect and responsibility.

Respect

  • for myself, other students and all adults, regardless of background, race, age, gender, disability, values, lifestyles, opinions or interests
  • for the property of the individual, group and school
  • by using language that is not offensive or abusive to others
  • by being open, honest, friendly, and accepting of others
  • by sharing ideas and opinions openly and thoughtfully
  • by not talking at key times and listening actively to the ideas and opinions of others.

Responsibility

  • for controlling my own language and behaviour
  • for resolving conflicts and disagreements in an open, cooperative and peaceful way
  • for completing all work to the best of my ability
  • for managing my own time effectively
  • for asking for support and help when I need it
  • for ensuring my own physical and emotional well-being
  • for creating my own success
  • for seeking new challenges to extend my knowledge and skills.