City Academy Whitehawk
The Academy has had the support of City College and the Fonthill Foundation and has made progress in key areas since the beginning. An early supporter was HRH The Duke of York who visited in March 2016 to see for himself the initiatives which distinguish Whitehawk from other primary schools in the City. He was ‘greatly impressed by the high quality of both the facilities and teaching’ as well as pupils ‘unbridled enthusiasm for technical skills’.
Links between the Duke of York’s office and Outward Bound have opened up new avenues for personal development. Looking ahead there are new partnerships with Worth School and a project with Fonthill in Tanzania.
Technology is a key to future success – with SMART TVs, the IRIS connect system and the schoolwide iPad programme, pupils and teachers have many opportunities to develop essential skills and extend their range of opportunities.
PE has become a source of great pride – a full time PE specialist, Seb Chick, has involved the children in local sport fixtures as well as extending the range of free after school clubs to include Cricket (in Parntership with SCCC) football, rugby and athletics. The innovative Reward Programme has made a significant impact on Behaviour within the Academy.
Each Summer Term Year 6 pupils have the chance to go London as a reward for their efforts. It is a really special day for everyone thanks to the kind invitation from the Duke of York’s office to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard and a tour of the Royal Mews.
At present, following the ‘Good’ rating given by Ofsted in June 2015, staff, children, families and community the value of our innovative model for change and we are now looking forward to moving to ‘Outstanding’. The school had never before, under any inspection framework, received this rating.
Within the Academy and in our partnerships at all levels we have begun to show that Whitehawk makes news in relation to educational achievement, improved aspirations and community involvement. Our pupils are learning to ‘own’ their progress and model an innovative approach to their education for the younger pupils entering school. Our Sports provision has introduced our community to new activities to promote even more pride in our children through their participation in local sports events.