Curriculum Vision and Values
Our curriculum is designed to reflect our vision statement: Aspire to Excellence
Why Aspire to Excellence?
Clarendon Academy is located in the heart of Trowbridge and we see ourselves as a fully inclusive community school. We are here to serve students of all abilities, backgrounds, and ages from Years 7 to 13.
Our aim is to develop the young people in our care, so that they arrive as enthusiastic children in Year 7, and leave us at the end of Year 13 as fully rounded young adults. We want them to be ready to face the world with confidence and a belief that they can go on and achieve their dreams.
Our students’ lives should be significantly enhanced by their experiences at Clarendon. Our goal is to ensure they go on to achieve excellence because of their time with us.
We aim to achieve this goal through our 3 core values: -
All members of the Clarendon community must respect themselves and others. We promote a tolerant community where the rights of all our members are respected and we all understand and celebrate diversity. We aim to build trust, team work, and responsibility. We actively work with all the community to be kind.
Our school actively promotes the need to work hard. We want students to experience success, but also failure along their journey. We will measure their determination and resilience in how they bounce back from setbacks and use them as learning opportunities. We believe in a growth mind-set and want all of our community to dream big and want to push themselves.
We aim to develop leaders at all levels. We want students to strive for excellence in all they do. We expect them to do your best and put pride into their work. We want them to represent themselves and the school with pride. It is important to us that we strive for excellence.
Our 3 values are embedded in our school culture. They underpin our rewards policy and we actively look to praise students for showing these qualities in their everyday lives.
Our Curriculum at Clarendon: The Big Picture
- We have a broad, balanced, and rich curriculum which is open and accessible to all students; it gives them the choice to shape their own future.
- All students will learn at least one modern foreign language at Key Stage 3 (most students learn two: French and German). We also make languages very attractive to our students at both Key Stages 4 and 5, but will allow students the freedom to choose via the options process. Around 50% of our Key Stage 4 students happily choose to study a language at GCSE.
- We strive to give ALL students the chance to have ownership over their futures and to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in moving onto their next phase of education, employment or training.
- Subject content is carefully sequenced, with the big picture regularly communicated. Learning and assessment is cumulative and students can talk about their progress.
- Teachers engage and challenge all students, measuring their progress and intervening appropriately. Teachers know their students and meet their needs.
- We have high expectations at all times, with a belief that all students can meet those expectations. We aim to catch them being good and reward them regularly for living up to our 3 values: respect (be kind), determination (work hard), excellence (do your best).
- We have a strong focus on excellence in both academic and vocational qualifications.
- We have appropriate and bespoke support for students with additional needs.
- We have a clear emphasis on the development of literacy across the curriculum (both in reading and writing).
- Our curriculum offers a wide range of opportunities to develop students’ soft skills, character, and personal well-being.
- We aim to develop the whole child by building on the school values of: respect, determination, excellence