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                 he Whitehaven Academy is a mixed, 11–19 fully

The Whitehaven
                 comprehensive academy serving the town of Whitehaven
                 and its surrounding area. We are committed to providing the
                 very best educational and personal development experience
                 for all our young people in order that they realise their

                 full potential and are prepared to become responsible,
                 confident and successful citizens. This means having
                 the best teachers, the best facilities, the most effective
                 approach to learning, the highest standard of leadership
                 and an exciting and challenging curriculum that will
                 develop those skills and abilities that our students will need
                 to become successful, employable and fulfilled citizens.
                 Here at The Whitehaven Academy we aim to provide
                 opportunities for our young people to experience not only
                 a broad and balanced curriculum but also a full and varied
                 programme of activities to stimulate and enthuse the
                 most inquisitive minds. As part of this, we are building up a
                 network of relationships with local and regional employers
                 in order to provide our students with work experience
                 and progression opportunities, and also to secure the
                 academy’s place at the centre of the local community.
                 As Acting Principal, I feel immensely proud of the
                 remarkable achievements that our academy community
                 accomplishes each year; which simply would not
                 be possible without the incredible commitment and
                 dedication of our exceptional team of staff and the
                 extraordinary determination and hard work of our students.
                 This partnership is always enhanced when parents
                 and carers embark on this journey with us and we are
                 constantly striving to improve and promote the links with
                 home in as many ways as we can. Regular communication
                 is one of our strengths. Positive relationships are at the
                 core of our philosophy and this is acknowledged by
                   everyone who is part of our academy.
                      Don’t just read about us, please get in touch so that
                       we can show you what we do.

                          Ms Jacki Smith – Acting Principal
Whitehaven Academy                                                     Our vision
                                                                       At The Whitehaven
                                                                       Academy, we are

he Whitehaven Academy is a fully comprehensive
academy providing education for students from
                                                                       working together for
                                                                       a better future for our
                                                                       young people and we are
                                                                       passionate about our success.
ages 11–19. The academy is situated at the south
east of the town of Whitehaven and serves the                          Our vision is underpinned by the Bright Tribe
                                                                       principles of ‘Learn’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Prosper’ so that
whole of the Whitehaven area from St. Bees in the
                                                                       our young people receive the very best education,
south to Lowca in the north and towards Arlecdon                       realise their full potential and are prepared to become
and Frizington in the east. The academy campus                         responsible and successful citizens.
is large and students’ needs are well catered for
through year bases. There are extensive computer
facilities and excellent accommodation for the arts,                   How do we achieve this?
sports and technologies.                                               •   We cultivate a positive attitude towards learning in
                                                                           the whole academy community
The school converted to academy status on
                                                                       •   We create a high quality learning experience
1st January 2014, becoming part of the Bright Tribe
multi-academy Trust.                                                   •   We provide a safe, stimulating and supportive

       About Bright Tribe Trust
       Bright Tribe is a multi-academy trust established               What makes us extraordinary?
       to help raise the standards of education in our                 As a Bright Tribe academy we work with a number of
       academies. We are passionate about education                    organisations and initiatives to develop our students
       and are committed to improving the lives of                     and give them a vibrant and enriching educational
       young people. Our experienced education team                    experience. Through our ‘Extraordinary People’
       has proven expertise and success in substantially               initiative, our students have access to people from a
       improving schools, both in the UK and                           variety of backgrounds who have succeeded in
       internationally, and our operations team brings                 different ways to achieve and exceed their potential.
       considerable business and financial expertise to
       support the academy.
       Bright Tribe shares the same vision for teaching                No child left behind
       and learning and school ethos as The Whitehaven
                                                                       Our aim is to make sure every child fulfils their potential;
       Academy; a vision focused on the individual
                                                                       not every student will follow the traditional academic
       learning needs of every child. Bright Tribe has
                                                                       route so it is important that they receive options and
       developed a personal learning approach that
                                                                       valuable skills to enable them to succeed.
       enables each student to reach the highest level
       of individual achievement through a customised                  The Whitehaven Academy delivers rigorous
       curriculum and a range of learning skills.                      academic challenges with educational and personal
                                                                       development activities to provide a rich and rounded
       Through proven practices,
                                                                       learning experience so that all students receive every
       Bright Tribe transforms learning,
                                                                       opportunity to achieve their potential.
       raises standards and provides
       the highest quality learning                                    We are supported in this through our partnership
       environments, enabling                                          arrangements with a number of organisations and
       learners and teaching staff
       to thrive and be the best.           BrightTribe                companies including Commando Joe’s, Adventure
                                                                       Learning Schools, Manchester Giants, Sport4Life
                                                  learn grow prosper
                                                                       and SSAT.
Our students’ progress and achievements are at the heart of all we do.

Our commitment to students                                  What we expect in return from
•   We will establish high expectations for every student   our students
•   We will give students challenging academic targets      •   Students will come to The Whitehaven Academy in
    appropriate to their abilities and through discussion       full uniform, be well equipped and ready to learn
    with their form tutor and subject leaders
                                                            •   Students will accept an active role in their learning
•   We will monitor the progress of every student
                                                            •   Students will know their targets and what they have
    regularly to establish targets and ensure students
                                                                to do to achieve them
    are continuously stretched and encouraged
                                                            •   Students will take responsibility for independent
•   We will have a clear understanding of what makes
    good teaching and accept responsibility for the
    progress of the young people in our care.

Communication with parents and the community
Education is a partnership between the staff, students, parents and the
wider community, so we work hard to maintain effective communication
between all parties in the following ways:

•   Regular newsletters
•   Curriculum booklets                                          As a graduate of a
•   Regularly updated website, where you can find
                                                                 BrightTribe academy, I am:
    information, policies, updates and news
                                                                 •   literate and numerate with good technology skills
•   All students in years 7 to 13 receive a regular
    progress report                                              •   a problem-solver, collaborator, leader and resilient
                                                                 •   respectful of, and a positive contributor to, my
•   Academic Review Day takes place in the Autumn                    community and peers
    Term and this is an opportunity for parents and              •   a confident, enquiring individual with adventure,
    students to meet with subject teachers and review                outdoor and multi-cultural learning experiences
    progress from the previous year                              •   leaving a legacy for my fellow students and my
•   There is an opportunity for parents to meet with
    form tutors in the Spring Term                                         I am an extraordinary person!
•   A thorough programme of transition is in place,
    linking all feeder primary schools and post-16
•   Firm links with local and sub-regional businesses
•   We work with local and
    sub-regional education and skills organisations to
    ensure the academy’s provision is fit for purpose.
A place where                                                                                                                             The Accelerated Learning Centre

                                                                                                                                          •   Integrates students into mainstream classes where
                                                                                                                                              they are taught our curriculum.
                                                                                                                                          •   Makes sure that differentiation of the curriculum
                                                                                                                                              and varied teaching styles meet any additional

                                                                                                                                              needs an identified student may have.

                 is supported to
                                                                                                                                          •   Ensures that every young person is included.
                                                                                                                                          •   Aids students with autistic spectrum disorder,
                                                                                                                                              hearing, visual, speech and language, specific
                                                                                                                                              learning and physical medical difficulties.

   W e value the abilities and achievement of all our students and we pride
     ourselves on our caring and supportive year team ethos.
                                                                              Students are supported
                                                                              throughout their academy life in
                                                                                                                                          •   Works to ensure that students with additional
                                                                                                                                              social, emotional and/or behavioural needs are
                                                                                                                                              supported through intensive, specialist provision.

     The individual needs of all young people within the academy              a variety of ways dependent on
     community lie at the heart of systems and interventions designed to
                                                                              individual need:                                            Able, Gifted and Talented
     raise expectations and support achievement.
                                                                              •   Non-teaching Heads of Year, along with their tutor      Our Able, Gifted and Talented programme encourages
     All year groups regularly run social trips to help develop a sense of        teams, provide pastoral care for all our students.      teachers to develop a wide range of approaches
                                                                                                                                          to teaching and learning which engage, extend
     belonging to the year teams.                                             •   There are further levels of support available for       and challenge students. It also provides supportive
                                                                                  students with additional needs. We will ensure          academic and pastoral systems to meet the needs
                                                                                  that an adult, be it a teacher, teaching assistant or   of able, gifted and talented students and develops
                                                                                  mentor, will take responsibility in supporting all      opportunities for students to work together.
                                                                                  our students.
                                                                              •   Our Accelerated Learning Centre is committed
                                                                                  to providing the best learning conditions for each      Assertive Mentoring
                                                                                  student and providing them with help and support.
                                                                                                                                          The assertive mentoring scheme puts students at
                                                                              •   We work closely with our colleagues in primary          the heart of teaching and learning and makes them
                                                                                  schools to identify those students who have             responsible for their own education. It brings together
                                                                                  additional needs.                                       teaching and learning systems including student
                                                                              •   We have developed a relationship with the youth         target setting, tracking, mentoring, intervention and
                                                                                  charity Rathbone to help those young people             checking, so that each student gets the most out of
                                                                                  who might need extra support to remain in               their education.
                                                                                  education – providing support to years 10, 11 and       Assertive mentoring aims to:
                                                                                  12 such as intensive engagement activity and work
                                                                                                                                          •   Raise standards for all
                                                                                                                                          •   Motivate and involve students in their learning
                                                                              •   We have a robust and comprehensive Careers
                                                                                  Education Information Advice and Guidance               •   Inform and involve parents in their child’s learning.
                                                                                  (CEIAG) provision in the academy, to ensure that        Assertive mentoring targets what a child can do, and
                                                                                  students receive the advice and help they need          what they need to do to move to the next level. It
                                                                                  regarding careers, further and higher education         allows teachers to set achievable targets in reading,
                                                                                  opportunities and progression routes after              writing and mathematics each half term, and to work
                                                                                  statutory education. We work with our partner           with the children to complete these.
                                                                                  Inspira to deliver this service.
                                                                                                                                          The system facilitates sharing these targets with
                                                                              •   We put in place bespoke packages of interventions       parents so that you can help your child to achieve
                                                                                  where required, including additional classes before     even more quickly. Students know exactly what level
                                                                                  and after the academy day and at lunchtime.             they are working at, and what they need to do to move
                                                                                                                                          on. Marking and feedback to students are focused,
                                                                                                                                          and termly mentoring meetings review what has been
                                                                                                                                          achieved and what needs to be done next.
A place for
                broadening your horizons
E   nrichment activities form a key part of each student’s
    personalised learning pathway. Core areas have been
    identified to offer an enrichment programme which
    supports student learning and meets the academy’s
    aim to ensure that each student learns, grows and
    The enrichment programme provides opportunities
    for students to participate in clubs and partnerships
    which broaden and enrich their learning and provide
    physical, social, cultural, creative and charitable
    experiences and skill development opportunities.
    Activities include intra- and inter-school sport
    networks/competitions both during and after
    academy hours; an engagement programme with
    local community clubs and groups; a range of
    recognised and accredited programmes.

    •   Extra-curricular opportunities are allied closely to
        curricular areas including fieldwork trips
    •   The PE Department has academy teams in a full range
        of both summer and winter sports
    •   A rich programme of enrichment, bespoke to the
        needs of all students and groups of students will be
        available before, after academy and throughout
        the academy day
    •   Visits to and from experts from a variety of
        backgrounds will be available
    •   We are actively involved in the Tanzanian link scheme
    •   Through a robust Student Leadership Programme,
        we will ensure our students take a lead role in the
        academy’s development.
W     e recognise that every student is different and our personal
                    learning ethos and personalised learning pathways aim to achieve
                    the best outcomes for every student regardless of their starting point,
                    and take into account the student’s skills, talents, interests and aspirations.
                    We aim to ensure that all students develop the skills, knowledge and attributes that
                    they need to flourish in life, learning and work, which will allow them to be successful
                    learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
                    Our students experience a well-balanced and broad curriculum. Students follow
                    individual pathways which lead to enjoyable and life-long learning. These pathways
                    are tailored to the needs and abilities of the individual and give the students
                    numerous opportunities for challenge and success.

                    Key Stage 3
                    We have introduced an imaginative and progressive curriculum which includes a focus on
                    the acquisition of key learning skills, the use of personalised learning plans and the active
                    engagement of student voice. There is an unrelenting focus on the development of literacy and
                    numeracy skills and a breadth of enrichment experiences including learning expeditions.
                    The curriculum covers the essential knowledge that all students should acquire and is part of
                    a wider academy curriculum that best meets the needs of our students. Key Stage 3 is the
                    building block that will enable learners to acquire appropriate skills and qualifications that
                    lead to real employment, further education and higher education opportunities.

                    Key Stage 4
                    Each student is able to make choices about the subjects they study at Key Stage 4 within an
                    entitlement or baccalaureate structure. Core subjects remain compulsory.
                    Students choose an individual pathway to study from a wide range of GCSE, vocational
                    and non-vocational courses dependant on individual needs and interests. This provides
                    opportunities for progression, and ensures more meaningful experiences for our students,
                    supporting them in their quest to be confident, enquiring individuals who are resilient,
                    respectful and motivated to achieve their best, and ensuring all our students have the skills
                    and aptitudes to succeed in their next phase of learning or work.

                                                      The Bright Tribe curriculum model

                                                                                                    CLUSTERED PATHWAYS                          Infrastructure/
                 The                         R|1|2     3|4          5|6
                                                                                      7|8      UN
                                                                                                 DATION YE

                                                                                             FO                     10|11              12|13               Health and
             Bright Tribe                                                                                                                                  Social Care

             Curriculum                    EYFS       KS1          KS2                KS3          9              KS4                KS5                      Hospitality
                                                                                                                                                              and Catering
                                                                                              PERSONALISED       100% ACADEMIC      100% ACADEMIC

                                                                                                LEARNING        60% AC | 40% VOC   40% AC | 60% VOC

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                                                                              A F F

                                                                                                    CLUSTERED PATHWAYS                          Academic

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Post-16 study                                                                                                 Celebrating
              @ The Whitehaven Academy
    ur Post-16 Centre is changing, and we welcome        For 2014 we’ve developed a new and
    students from Whitehaven and the surrounding
    area to join us. Whatever students want to do in
    the future we have the qualifications, facilities
                                                         improved offer for post-16 students:
                                                             Exciting new range of subjects and qualifications
                                                             High quality, refurbished, dedicated post-16 study
                                                                                                                    S   tudents at the academy have celebrated a number of successes over the past year,
                                                                                                                        both academically and in other areas.
    and partnerships to enable them to realise their         area and common room                                       Every July we celebrate the achievements and successes of our students with
    ambitions and aspirations.                                                                                          our annual Oscars Evening. Students, staff and parents gather together to be
                                                         •   Supported progression to further/higher education
    Our post-16 students play a key role across the          and/or jobs                                                entertained and watch students receive prizes for special achievements throughout
    academy, within our community and with our           •   Bursaries available                                        the year. The event is hotly anticipated and is a great way to end the
    partners. We provide a range of activities as part                                                                  year and look forward to what the next year will bring.
    of the post-16 programme in addition to the core     Plus, subject to assessment and progress,
    academic and vocational qualifications on offer,     students could secure:                                         •   Year 11 student Anna Newlands joined Team GB at a swim
                                                         •   Gym membership                                                 camp in South Africa in February, being mentored by
    and there are a range of incentives to encourage
                                                                                                                            Olympic gold winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington
    students to succeed.                                 •   Driving lessons
                                                                                                                        •   The academy saw its best ever A Level performance by
    We offer a wide range of study options to suit                                                                          a single student this year. Tristan Doyle achieved four A*
    individual students – including A level, AS level    At The Whitehaven Academy Post-16 Centre,                          grades and one A, and is going on to university to study
    and vocational courses – as well as employer         we look forward to working with students to help                   Natural Sciences
    engagement.                                          them learn, grow and prosper.                                  •   The Whitehaven Academy won the regional final
                                                                                                                            of Rock Challenge 2014                                     “The Oscars
                   We have a thriving post-16            For further details contact Frank Anderson at the                                                                            was an amazing
                                                                                                                        •   Our sponsored walk raised over £3,000
                        community, with extra-           academy or visit the website                                                                                              opportunity to reward
                                                                                                                            for the Special Care Baby Unit at West
                            curricular activities        www.whitehavenacademy.org.uk/post16                                                                                     students for all their hard
                                                                                                                            Cumberland Hospital and Age UK West
                                                                                                                                                                               work and effort. The night was
                               including outdoor                                                                            Cumbria.
                                                                                                                                                                                absolutely fabulous and we
                                  pursuits, sports,                                                                     •   We were delighted to be awarded the                celebrated our achievements
                                   music, drama,                                                                            Eco-Schools Silver Award in September,                  from the last year.”
                                    volunteering and                                                                        recognising the students’ hard work to
                                                                                                                                                                                          Student                 “The 2014 awards
                                     charity work.                                                                          improve the green credentials of the academy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ceremony was, as always,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            a fantastic night with students
                                                                                                                                                                                                     across all year groups rewarded for their
                                                                                                                                                                                                    exceptional performance. This was a night
                                                                                                                                                                                                    filled with pride and positive energy and it
                                                                                                                                                                                                    was a privilege to be present and to share
                                                                                                                                                                                                    in the excitement of the night, to listen to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     fantastic musical performances and hear
                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the continued endeavour of The
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whitehaven Academy students.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jacki Smith, Acting Principal
Acting Principal Ms J Smith

Cleator Moor Road Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 8TY
Telephone 01946 595400 Facsimile 01946 595478 Email schooloffice@whitehavenacademy.org.uk

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