Ethos and British Values - Horizons Specialist Academy Trust
Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form is a provision for students who have a variety of learning difficulties from those who have profound and multiple learning difficulties to those students who despite having learning difficulties, and are able to access higher level GCSEs. We endeavour to ensure that all of our students have access to a curriculum pathway appropriate to their level of ability, which will effectively prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century.
We fundamentally believe that all of our student’s achievements, both academically and socially, are recognised and celebrated.We believe that a rich and diverse curriculum provides a stimulating learning environment that when combined with our caring pastoral system enables our students to develop into happy, confident and self-assured young adults.
We offer 4 curriculum pathways that include appropriate external qualifications suitable for the student’s differing needs.The qualifications we offer range from ASDAN Personal Progress, through a suit of adult curriculum focused academic and vocational Entry Level qualifications, to GCSEs and the equivalent vocational qualifications.
At Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form we promote democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect. We consider them to be fundamental to what we consider British Values. At the Abbey Hill Academy 6th Form students will encounter these principles throughout everyday college life. Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our college community:
Democracy - Pupil voice is significant in regards to life at the 6th Form. Our pupil elected school council plays a developing role in our college. Pupil questionnaires are conducted every the year. We know that the formation of the school council and the active participation of our pupils will perhaps facilitate further understanding of the democratic process in the future.
The Rule of Law - Our students encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our students to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be followed.Our pastoral system rewards those who follow it, and supports those who sometimes find conforming a challenge.
Individual Liberty - We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our college, so that the students are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged.This is most obvious example is the Friday options structure where individual choice is actively encouraged. Through our E-Safety lessons, we educate students on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely.
Mutual respect - This is at the absolute core of our college life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around the building and in the classrooms.