School Ethos

Leadership is outstanding. The Headteacher and governors are ambitious and determined to ensure that every child achieves their best
— Ofsted 2014

Academic development: We aim to provide the highest quality teaching experience to ensure that pupils learn and progress as much as possible during their time with us. Each individual pupil is set challenging but achievable targets for all of their subjects. Teachers and other staff work with the pupils and their parents to ensure that these targets are met and provide support and guidance when necessary.

This in turn means that each of our young people leaves having reached their potential and achieved the very best qualifications.

I couldn’t be more proud or pleased with my daughter’s progress, and your school and teachers efforts. It is very much appreciated and valued
— Parent 2016

Social Development: We set very clear and very high standards and expectations for every member of our community; students, staff and governors. We expect pupils to try their best at all times, wear their uniform correctly and with pride, follow instructions when asked and respect the school, staff and each other.

These standards are reinforced every day and are reflected in the way in which the staff and pupils interact and work together. We expect the pupils to meet these standards at all times, in and out of school. Mutual respect is the most important of these standards. At Albany we treat every child as an individual and ensure that their individual strengths are developed and their specific needs supported. Every child joins a tutor group when they begin year 7 and they remain in this group throughout their time with us. This allows them to develop strong, positive relationships with a tutor who quickly gets to know the pupil and provides a constant point of contact between home and school.

Students are well cared for and supported. As a result, they feel safe, bullying is very rare, and the academy is a community where all are valued and respected
— Ofsted 2014

Personal development: Underpinning everything we do is a culture of respect and high expectations for both staff and pupils. We take behaviour and discipline very seriously and adopt a true ‘zero tolerance’ approach to infringements of school rules. This includes the behaviour and appearance of our pupils on the way to and from school. We expect parents to support us in this. As a result of this approach we have extremely low incidents of poor behaviour and those that do occur are dealt with swiftly and effectively. This means that the pupils are happy and feel safe when in school and as a result attendance rates are well above national expectations and pupils make better than expected progress in their studies.

We also instill resilience into our pupils. It is ok to get things wrong; it isn’t ok to give up. By supporting our pupils to evaluate their learning, learn from their mistakes and try new approaches we develop in them the confidence to keep trying and to attempt new and more difficult challenges. We also encourage each pupil to take advantage of the many opportunities we provide for them both in and out of school in order to make the most of their time with us and develop the skills and abilities that they will need for later life.

By delivering an educational experience that develops each area of the child’s personality our aim is to ensure each pupil leaves us as a well-rounded, independent and resourceful individual, ready to take the next steps on their journey through life be that into further education, training or employment.

Students are universally polite, respectful, look smart and are an absolute credit to the academy and the community
— Ofsted 2014