Our free high school will be part of the LIPA group replete with our learning strategies, facilities and our focus on the creative and performing arts. We want to provide a seamless transition for learners as they move from primary to secondary education.
During the first three high school years (years 7, 8 and 9), we will deliver the national curriculum, using project based learning, building on how youngsters have learnt at our primary school. This allows us to continue delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, which will also contain an emphasis on the creative and performing arts.
Our curriculum will continue to be taught through integrated projects to encourage learning for a purpose. To help faster learning, our curriculum will use technology to promote learning outside the classroom. Our projects will challenge, energise and excite learners to gain a variety of skills, most of them transferable and which are needed to be successful at Key Stage 4. Our projects will also promote social responsibility, personal reflection and growth.
Learners will also explore and research, in advance, to make the most of the collaborative dynamic group work within our high school. We have been impressed by what we have experienced at Shirelands Collegiate Academy in Birmingham; an outstanding institution pioneered by Sir Mark Grundy. The key there was the staged way youngsters moved from primary to secondary learning. The first two years will feel like an extended primary school.