Academy Ethos & Vision
At Wallscourt Farm Academy we are creating and fostering a multi-faith, socially diverse environment with an emphasis on common values and principles for life.
These values underpin everything that happens within and around the school, becoming the benchmark for any action within the school.
A core element of creating ambitious young people who are culturally aware and able to contribute to society and the lives of others as they become adults themselves, is the need to embed tolerance, understanding, & mutual respect into the curriculum and ethos of the school.
Learning is progressive, connected, flexible and personalised
Learning is fun, purposeful and engaging.
Learners achieve their best when motivated and secure
A range of learning environments inspire learning
A caring culture fosters respect and understanding of rights and responsibilities
Effective partnerships with families and community enhance learning
At Wallscourt Farm Academy, we believe that all children have rights, as laid down by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child. We are fully committed to ensuring that we meet every child’s needs.
We are a completely inclusive school, and we ensure all children are able to access what they need to support them in their learning. You can read over overview of supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This document is a one page overview for families and our full policy is available in the policy section.
We have a School Charter which identifies 4 whole school rights;
1) We have the right to be safe and to not be hurt by anyone.
We have the responsibility to think about our behaviour and how it affects other people. We need to be kind and caring when we play with others.
2) We have the right to learn through play and be given the chance to be the best we can at whatever we wish to do.
We have the responsibility to try our hardest and keep practising and not distract other people. If you get stuck always ask for help. Be a tortoise!
3) We have the right to be healthy – including having food, water and a great space.
We have the responsibility to make healthy choices and keep our space feeling great.
4) We have the right to be heard and to tell others what we are thinking and feeling.
We have the responsibility to listen to others and look at people when they are speaking.
To promote these values:
As a school, we have a responsibility to promote and support children’s knowledge and understanding of safety and well-being.
Pupil voice and partnership in learning is central to the enriched curriculum we offer at Wallscourt Farm Academy. Our Future Leader Representatives meet regularly to share views, thoughts and ideas in terms of developments at Wallscourt Farm Academy. Self Evaluation from pupils and families is key.
Regular opportunities to gather together as one learning community is an integral part of life at Wallscourt Farm Academy. A values framework underpins these gatherings, and the children are supported to consider a range of key values which support them to become confident citizens who are able to make informed decisions and are balanced in their views, with an understanding and tolerance of the views of others.
Our Behaviour for Learning policy, combined with our whole school Rights and Responsibilities culture underpins the whole language and approach at Wallscourt Farm Academy.
A range of learning experiences and opportunities with the pupils in each year group takes place to help children develop their understanding of ways to keep safe, healthy and happy. This includes visits from members of the community, and the opportunity to meet people from a range of authorities including the Police, Fire services and Ambulance services.
We have close connections with a range of community and faith groups, and the children have the opportunity to learn about and celebrate a range of places and events linked to faith and to life in modern Britain.
SEAL and PSHE learning, Lifelines learning and learning across the school related to Rights Respecting and Restorative Approaches all help promote Safeguarding principles within and beyond the learning zones.
Our Top Ten
When opening a brand new school, we thought carefully about the key aspects which would need to be the core focus of everything we do at Wallscourt Farm Academy.
Our Top Ten are conceived based on a significant amount of research, reading, thinking, learning and ongoing developments at Wallscourt Farm Academy.
We recently worked with illustrator Laurie Stansfield to create our Top Ten Growth Mindmap, which illustrates all the background research and development which underpins our Top Ten features.
We have created 10 posters, which encapsulate our Top Ten values, and these are shared across the school, as we develop together at One Learning Community. Our Top Ten values are illustrated here and they are used to inform everything we do at Wallscourt Farm Academy.
Technology can be an extension of the learner, not a tool to get a task completed. Our three learning competencies (the 3 Cs) for learning support children to be communicators, collaborators and creators, and ICT is a superb medium for enhancing this. However it is not the only means for achieving this which is why we will embed technology so that it is the servant and not the master of learning.
Teachers and Teaching Partners are facilitators of learning, engaging in conversations about learning styles, preferences and expectations, with learners becoming as emotionally literate as they are knowledgeable. We want the values and principles of the school to develop positive and active world citizens who can transfer knowledge and skills into the community both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We want to help develop people who understand how they learn and why they learn; who understand, appreciate and value difference and have the capacity to adapt and apply quality experiences – at their fingertips.
Conceiving a 21C Building
It is because of the desire to create a new model of learning, that the nature and flexibility of the school building is so essential to the achievement of this vision. We want to blur the artificial boundaries of the classroom, key stages and phases and remove both artificial and structural partitions that often stifle and hinder the true potential of learners (and teachers’) creativity. Our secondary academies (Bristol Brunel and Bristol Metropolitan) have thrived on the use of open plan spaces, break out suites, mentoring and coaching bases and we brought this knowledge to bear on the new building.
We want learning to be experienced inside out, and will be based on the following pedagogical principles:
- Enquiry and question-led learning
- Creativity is a right not a privilege
- Open access anything at any time, both resources, humans and equalities, with the guidance of teachers, such as:Community and local environment
- UWE people, resources and specialized spaces
- Engage with the outdoors and natural environment
- Multi-functional, multi- spatial environments, (‘classrooms’) manipulated by learners for learners.
- Learning styles and needs associated with them
From the start…The following statements are extracts from our original vision for learning, written as part of the initial brief prior to opening:
- Wallscourt Farm Academy will be a blend of the best traditional practices in primary education combined with innovative learning solutions that are proven to work not just in the UK but across the world. The location of the academy close to the heart of a university community, supported by the CLF Teaching School creates an opportunity that will benefit not only the children who attend the school, but also their families and communities.
- At the core of our vision is the goal of developing young people with ambition and aspiration to make a difference to their own lives and others.
- The importance of child-initiated learning will be paramount, and this ethos and approach from the Foundation Years will grow and strengthen as the children grow with the school. Self-esteem and focus on physical and mental well-being is at the heart of the core offer at Wallscourt Farm Academy. The seeds for this approach to learning, growing and developing will be sown collaboratively in the Foundation Years.