Our academy community is a happy and welcoming one. Students thrive in a supportive and safe environment in which integrity and kindness is the basis of our relationships. We have a culture of high standards underpinned by hard work and the strive for excellence.
We make every effort to ensure our Year 7 students feel comfortable and supported from their very first day. To give students a better idea of what to expect when they join the academy, we hold Year 6 Taster Days, Year 7 Induction Days and Summer Camps for new starters.
Building effective relationships is key; our “Schools within Schools” system ensures every student is known and valued for what they can achieve. Each School has its own Pastoral Team headed up by members of the Leadership Team and two non-teaching Pastoral Managers.
Schools are made up of mentor groups that contain approximately 30 students. Our mentor groups are organised horizontally in order to provide a mentor time programme that can support the particular needs of year groups around progress, resilience and wellbeing.
The aim of our School system is to provide a safe environment where mentors can really get to know their students. Mentor time in Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) has a real focus on literacy and learning skills. In Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) the focus has a greater emphasis on careers and the skills required for success in GCSE.
Across all years we seek to support students’ wellbeing and mental health. Our young people face increased pressures both in and out of school and the mentor programme, in conjunction with our PSHE curriculum, is designed to support them with this. Within this programme, we retain some “Vertical” mentoring with older peers supporting younger ones.
The introduction of the Kingston cup in 2016, in which our schools compete across a wide range of academic and extra-curricular activities throughout the year, ensures that all student efforts and endeavours are recognised, providing healthy competition and collaboration for all students.
Teaching and learning at the academy is excellent. Besides external measures, including Ofsted, outcomes for students in all key stages are consistently above benchmarks. Shoreham Academy is a strategic partner in the United Learning Teaching School Alliance with responsibility for training new teachers as a regional hub. Best practice is developed and shared within and beyond the academy, with students benefitting from expertise, innovation and passion from our subject teachers.
Students at the academy have lessons in the full range of National Curriculum subjects at KS3. Their learning is rich in knowledge and experience providing an excellent foundation for future study and for their future life. They begin GCSEs in year 10 and typically achieve significantly in excess of initial expectations. Their success enables our children to attend the best universities, access fantastic degree apprenticeships and go on to lead rewarding and happy lives. They remain part of our school family for life, supporting the next generation as alumni.