Our school mission statement is: Learning for Life
We believe that all through their lives people have to learn, adapt and choose to move forward.
We want to equip our pupils through our curriculum and school ethos for a life of learning: adapting and moving forward successfully whatever the circumstance or situation.
This is explained through our L.E.A.R.N philosophy:
Life long learning
Equipped for the world
Ambitious in every area
Resilient and courageous
No limits to our success!
Our curriculum is based on the acquisition of knowledge and skills across the curriculum. We provide pupils with the opportunity to work with the knowledge they have, to promote problem solving and reasoning ability in everything they do.
We provide our pupils with the opportunities to see 'learning in real life.' Visits and visitors play an important part in this for every class.
We provide our pupils with a valuable set of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural experiences such as: learning to play a tuned instrument; performing in a play; working with members of the community on various projects; celebrating and learning about the different faiths and cultures of pupils in the school and their families; Knowing how democracy works and taking part in democratic leadership elections.
We provide our pupils with important Personal, Social and Health Education experiences especially through our 'House Assemblies' and our curriculum.
We place a huge emphasis on academic resilience and being able to work in a sustained way. Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing and Mathematics takes place in discrete lessons but is also used in a purposeful way to develop and support learning in all subjects. Our children are expected to dip into prior knowledge and understanding and make links when engaged in new learning.
We place a great emphasis on the following '6 Rs' being implemented in every area of school life as well as individual lessons:
Respect, Resilience, Resourcefulness, Risk Taking, Reflection and of course knowing how to develop and maintain healthy Relationships with others.
We only have 3 rules:
Keep hands and feet to yourselves
In an Autumn 2018 pupil survey:
99.5% of pupils said they felt safe and happy in school
99.5% of pupils said that they felt encouraged and supported to be healthy
98% of pupils said they felt proud to be at Holgate Academy
98% of pupils said they felt encouraged everyday to follow the L.E.A.R.N philosophy.
98% of pupils said they felt they were making good progress.
100% of pupils said they felt they were given useful support and feedback about their learning.