At Highfields Spencer Academy we know that having a positive learning disposition is as important as a strong academic foundation. Therefore, we are teaching ourchildren to embrace learning with excitement and enthusiasm so they are ready to take on challenges without fear of failure.
A positive learning disposition is what we want for every child at Highfields; the ability to face challenges and make progress. We believe every child has the ability to achieve this. Our children ASPIRE towards their goals.
ASPIRE stands for:
We want our pupils to develop high aspirations and set themselves challenging goals. We feel it is important to instil the confidence and determination to achieve these goals.
A – Article 29: Every child has the right to develop their personality, talents, mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential.
We encourage our pupils to know themselves better; both their strengths and weaknesses in order to identify where they should celebrate success
and where they need to strive to develop further.
S – Article 31: Every child has the right to rest and leisure, engage in play and recreational activities and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
We encourage our children to develop a sense of pride in themselves. This means being punctual, attending school every day, taking pride in their uniform and appearance, presenting their work to high standards and having pride in their behaviour.
P – Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.
We aim to help children understand that everyone has the right and the capacity to achieve no matter the challenges they may face. This is the belief that every child can succeed.
I – Article 23: A child with a disability has the right to enjoy a full and decent life.
We want our pupils to understand that respect is not just shown to other people but also to themselves, the wider community and our environment. It is about being polite and courteous but also about developing moral principles and sticking to them.
R – Article 2: All children are entitled to the rights set out in the convention. and Article 3: In all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.
This is about being ambitious learners who are not afraid to ask questions and to steer their own learning journey. We help children to develop into active learners who are engaged and proactive.
E – Article 14: A child has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Highfields Spencer Academy will be a school that grows with the community with a focus on providing a high quality standard of education for all of our pupils. These are our aims:
Excellence in Learning and Teaching
At Highfields Spencer Academy we have a strong belief that every child has the right to a quality education regardless of background or ability, and have an entitlement to the opportunity of a secure progression route in their learning and development. We are a learning community that practises inclusivity, innovation, collaboration and flexibility, while inspiring and nurturing lifelong learning for students and teachers. We strive for excellence by ensuring that our practices are based on current and informed research. We hold ourselves accountable for the outcomes we achieve.
Raise Standards through the ASPIRE Curriculum
The ‘ASPIRE’ curriculum at Highfields Spencer Academy will challenge and stimulate our children into asking searching questions, shape their learning and enable them to develop into independent critical thinkers and learners. Our ‘ASPIRE’ curriculum is rooted in the principles: Meaningful, Engaging, Valuable and Challenging. A great curriculum coupled with effective teaching will lead to fabulous outcomes.
Raise standards by involving families, parents and the community
We believe that it takes a community to educate a child. Home-School partnerships are crucial in allowing our children to be happy, successful individuals, therefore parents will be regularly informed of their child’s learning, will be invited to join their children in lessons and will be encouraged to attend creative and curriculum workshops. We aim to ensure that parents are ever present in the learning process. We aim to put community at the heart of our school and of our teaching and learning by encouraging involvement with the locality to add an extra dimension to our children’s learning.
Staff Training and Succession Planning
At Highfields Spencer Academy we build lifelong learners and our staff are always motivated in developing their own practice. We endeavour to ensure that our staff are highly skilled and that we provide continued professional development opportunities from the Trust and Teaching Alliance to help them to continue to develop themselves and provide the highest quality teaching and learning opportunities for the children.
We have high expectations and have strong belief in all children achieving greatness with a desire to unlock, release and liberate potential being integral to everything we do. We will strive for excellence, remove barriers and ensure that all children receive a day rich in teaching and learning experiences. We will give pupils to opportunity to be independent and collaborative and use coaching partners to develop great learning habits. No moment in learning will ever be wasted. We strive to inspire our children, empower them and watch them develop a lasting love of learning and a sense of curiosity in the world around them through our ‘ASPIRE’ curriculum.