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Coronavirus Update / FSM Update

Further information about how our Trust and schools are taking necessary precautions since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, can be found in our Trust’s ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) website section’.


If any key worker whose child is not currently using our childcare facility and is unable to provide childcare at home, you must give the school 24 hours’ notice that you need to use this provision so that we can provide appropriate staffing. This means emailing admin@goodwinacademy.org.uk or calling 01304 403 103 by 9am the day before. For Monday provision, please ensure that you contact the school by 9am on the preceding Friday. Students arriving without giving 24 hours’ notice may be turned away if we do not have adequate staffing.

Welcome to Goodwin Academy

Welcome to Goodwin Academy

 

Welcome to Goodwin Academy’s virtual transition! We will be taking you through the information and guidance to prepare you for your first day in September. On this page we will be going through the following:

  • Welcome from your Headteacher
  • Welcome from your Head of Year and our Well-being team
  • Tour of the school with 360 footage
  • Thinking Tools
  • Year 7 Transition Project
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome from our Headteacher, Mr Smith

Take a look at our video from Mr Smith welcoming you to Goodwin Academy:

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Meet our Senior Leadership Team

 

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Mr Smith Mr Evans Mr Kitchener
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Mrs Bradford Mr Partridge Mrs Moon

 

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Welcome from your new Teachers

 

We have put together a video for you of messages from some of the key teachers at our school including:

  • Mrs Butterfield – Head of Year 7
  • Mrs Davies – SEN Co-ordinator
  • Mrs Taylor – Well-being Manager
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Welcome video from Miss Butterfield (Head of Year 7)

Heads of Year desks are currently based on the ground floor near to the Well-being centre. Sometimes you will find Miss Butterfield, Head of Year 7, there and sometimes in her classroom.

Heads of Year oversee the well-being and progress of the year group – that includes safety, health, social and academic success. Heads of Year work with the well-being staff (our Officer, Miss Gray) and a fantastic team of tutors who are also there for you for the same reasons.

All being well, your Head of Year will continue to see you through your secondary education at
Goodwin Academy. The role of the Head of Year includes:

  • Overseeing tutor teams, registration activities, mentoring
  • Communication between staff, parents/carers, families, students and outside agencies
  • Overseeing and analysing the academic progress of the year group
  • Interventions for social, pastoral, behaviour, SEMH, engagement and learning
  • Delivering assemblies
  • Safeguarding Concerns

 

Staffing:

Head of Year 7 – Miss R Butterfield
Well-being Officer for Year 7 – Miss Gray

Year 7 Tutor Team:

Mrs S Mehlin
Mrs J-M Brookfield
Mr M Paissereau
Ms M Brown
Miss E Powling
Mr J Harrison
Miss J Wiles

 

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Welcome video from Mrs Davies (SENCo)

 

The Learning Support Centre (LSC) is situated on the middle floor, near to the library. The centre has a number of classrooms where additional learning support for students with SEND is provided by a highly experienced team of Learning Support Assistants overseen by the SENCO. Students are timetabled for intervention sessions and this support is provided throughout the school day as part of the student’s weekly timetable.

The LSC is also open and accessible for SEND students during unstructured times of the school day, such as break and lunch, and support is offered at these times to help those who wish to access a quieter environment away from the busier areas of the school. The interventions provided for our SEND students within the LSC are all adapted to suit individual students’ needs in line with personalised provision plans and will encompass a combination of the following:

  • Personalised Literacy Programmes
  • Personalised Numeracy Programmes
  • Cognitive Behaviour Approaches
  • Speech and Language interventions, supported by our link NHS Speech Therapist
  • Social Emotional Mental Health support, including 1:1 support programmes to provide
  • nurture and develop resilience
  • Study Skills support and interventions for KS4 students
  • Drawing and Talking interventions – 1:1 support
  • Social Skills groups, such as Face to Face

Staffing:

SENCo – Mrs Davies
LSC Coordinators – Mrs Adams (KS3) and Mrs Best (KS4)
Specialist LSA – Mrs Rowland
SEMH Mentor – Mr Tomlinson
SEND Admin Coordinator – Mrs Ralph

Learning Support Assistants:

Miss Austin
Mr Dodd
Mrs James
Mrs Keenan
Mr Varley
Mrs Young

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Well-being Centre

The Well-Being Centre is situated on the lower floor near the student entrance. It is the centre which provides pastoral support for all of our students that can be accessed throughout the
school day. Each year group is allocated a Well Being Officer and a Head of Year that will be able to offer students help, support and advice for any worries they may have. The various levels of
support we offer are as follows:-

  • Safeguarding Concerns
  • Pastoral Support
  • First Aid
  • Behaviour Support
  • Social Emotional Mental Health support
  • Individual support plans
  • Dealing with any incidents effecting a students well-being
  • Referrals for external agency support
  • Interventions
  • Family Support
  • Providing a catered approach for parents/carers and acting as a point of contact for any
    concerns they may have

Staffing:

Assistant Vice Principal – Mr Partridge
Well Being Manager KS3&4– Mrs Taylor
Year 7 Well-being Officer– Miss Gray
Year 8 Well-being Officer– Miss Hellyar
Year 9 Well-being Officer– Miss Page
Year 10 Well-being Officer– Miss Page
Year 11 Well-being Officer– Miss Sanderson

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Interactive Map

Sometimes your first day can feel like a lot to take in. With our interactive map you can explore all the floors of our schools from the comfort of your home. Roam around the corridors and click on the pins to view photos & videos of some of the important rooms.
Click on the map below to start your virtual tour.

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Being a Thinking School

 

What is a Thinking School?

An educational community in which all members share a common commitment to giving regular careful thought to everything that takes place. This involves both students and staff learning how to think reflectively, critically and creatively, and employing these skills and techniques in the co-construction of a meaningful curriculum and associated activities. Successful outcomes are reflected in students across a wide range of abilities, demonstrating independent and co-operative learning skills, high levels of achievement and both enjoyment and satisfaction in learning. Benefits will be shown in ways in which all members of the community interact with and show consideration for each other and in the positive psychological well-being of both students and staff.

Burden, 2006.

The Six Starting Points

The journey to becoming a Thinking School involves a strong commitment and careful planning.

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Key Points for Our Trust

  • Children first: To provide a stimulating learning environment for all where learners feel safe to explore knowledge and understanding. We believe that children learn best when they are motivated, clear about expectations in their work and behaviour, feel valued, secure and confident, are challenged and receive constructive feedback about their performance.
  • Aspire: To be the best they can be. We believe that all staff and pupils can aspire for personal and professional prowess and become empowered through the Thinking philosophy.
  • Challenge: To actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become the master of their own destiny. We believe that pupils require an accurate reflection of what they are good at and need to develop personal insight and manage uncertainty confidently. Developing skilled, independent, reflective learners is part of our Vision.
  • Achieve: For all stakeholders to demonstrate the highest levels of thinking and habits. We want our pupils to be questioning in nature, achieving the highest levels of independent and interdependent prowess.

Thinking Approach

Our “Thinking School” approach is consistent with the aims below and helps to ensure that:

  1. Pupils in TSAT are supported to think for themselves, through the development of a thorough understanding of purposeful thinking tools that they can use to aid and monitor their own progress.
  2. Staff in TSAT are encouraged to think accurately and reflectively about their practice and understand a range of thinking tools that can be used to support student motivation and progress.

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Feedback from Exeter University on recently accredited schools within our Trust

  • Isambard Brunel Junior School – 2017: “It was clear from the lessons and part lessons I observed that children are very familiar with the tools and strategies, and both adults and pupils were using them confidently and in a range of ways to support and scaffold thinking and learning, develop deeper questioning and to probe for reasoning.”
  • The Portsmouth Academy – 2016: “Students were both articulate and aspirational, and it was clear from the discussion that they not only know about and use a range of thinking tools and approaches, but also have a strong sense of ownership, see them as central to their learning.”
  • The Rochester Grammar School – 2016: “Through thought-full, passionate and inspirational leadership combined with a relentless drive for excellence, ongoing self-evaluation and review and the willingness of governors, staff, pupils and parents to embrace exciting and innovative ideas, the school continues to provide an excellent example of effective cognitive education in action. Cognitive approaches are so embedded in the ethos and culture of the school that it feels as if the school is ‘drenched in thinking!’
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Year 7 Transition Project

 

In order for all new Year 7 students to understand the diverse number of subjects on offer at Goodwin Academy, a Transition Project has been produced to introduce new skills and build upon the Core skills required for English, Mathematics and Science.

Topics to be covered are as follows:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport

Full details and copies of the transition project can be downloaded via the links below:

Summer Project 2020

Miss B’s About Me Summer Project

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Image Gallery

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

At Goodwin, we are committed to transforming the life chances of our students, ensuring that all are supported and encouraged to achieve their personal best. We deliver this through the BEST Agenda -‘Be Your Best’

  • Brilliance Students will be supported to be brilliant in everything they do – our ethos is to encourage our students to be their best self, striving for brilliance in all areas of their learning.
  • Enrichment Students will encounter a variety of educational opportunities outside of the classroom – many learning opportunities take place outside of the classroom, each experience enables our students to engage with and be able to embrace with the world around them. Cultural Capital is an important part of a well-rounded education.
  • Society Students will be encouraged to develop as responsible, active and informed world citizens, demonstrating mutual respect, empathy and community spirit – we live in a global community and as such, it is essential that our students understand the roles and responsibilities that are valued in society.
  • Thinking Students will join a global community of thinkers – as a “Thinking School”, students are supported to think for themselves through the development of a thorough understanding of thinking tools that are used to aid and monitor their own progress.

Our “Thinking School” approach is consistent with the aims below and helps to ensure that:

  • Pupils in TSAT (Thinking Schools Academy Trust) are supported to think for themselves, through the development of a thorough understanding of purposeful thinking tools that they can use to aid and monitor their own progress
  • Staff in TSAT are encouraged to think accurately and reflectively about their practice and understand a range of thinking tools that can be used to support student motivation and progress
  • Thinking Maps
  • Thinking Keys
  • Goodwin Gateways
  • De Bono’s Hats

As soon as it is deemed safe to hold a uniform fitting event, information will be communicated to parents/carers. Goodwin Academy uniform suppliers are Fosters School wear, details can be found via their website.   The Academy Uniform Policy can be found on the website. It includes six compulsory items that all must be purchased from Fosters School wear:

  • Main Uniform
    • Tie
    • Blazer
    • Skirt/Trousers
  • PE Uniform
    • Polo Shirt
    • Shorts/Skort (PE uniform)
    • Tracksuit Bottoms/Leggings

MyEd App  
School App with key links and information relating to letters, reports, behaviour etc. Details on how to download the app can be found using the Academy website

Email    
The Academy will forward communication via email relating to news and events

Telephone  
Should there be a need the Academy will contact via designated telephone number

The frequency of homework will depend upon the number of lesson taught in each subject per week.

Subjects Minimum expectation
English, Mathematics, Science 1 piece of home learning per week
History, Geography, MFL, Technology 1 piece of home learning every fortnight
Music and Computing 1 piece per term

Goodwin Academy use a web based platform for setting and recording homework called Show My Homework. Students and parents will have access to track and monitor and complete homework set. Initial login details will be issued during the first week to both students and parents. Access can be via online site or SMHW/MyEd App.

Should you need an admissions pack to complete the admission process then these are available via Ms Dore in the Admission office or Main Reception. These packs are crucial in ensuring relevant details can be recorded prior to starting at Goodwin Academy.

Due to the unprecedented nature to the school year, no examinations or assessments were taken in school settings. For this reason Goodwin Academy have made the decision to carry out initial testing for all year 7 students. This testing is likely to take place during the first weeks of school, and will give an indication of a student’s ability in Maths and English which will then inform setting of students.

Grammar stream students are likely to be selected after the initial testing has been completed. The initial tests are those normally used by the Academy to select students for the grammar stream.

Until the outcome of the testing has been collated, students will be taught in mixed ability form classes, which is likely to be until the October half term.

Goodwin Academy SENCO will be contacting primary schools to obtain up to date information on all students will SEN/EHCP as well as students with specific needs. Should you have concerns our SENCO Mrs Davies can be contacted via email k.davies@tsatrust.org.uk

The government provides funding for schools to support young people from lower income families to get the most from the educational opportunities we provide. With this money we can continue to improve our students’ learning experience and achievement. Please register as soon as possible to make sure our child does not miss out on this funding. Registering is quick and easy, so use the link below to check if you are entitled to Free School Meals: http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals

Arrangements for the first day of school will be communicated to parents/carers when the re-opening guidance has been published.

Full details of the equipment required can be found via the Academy website.

There are a number of which take place throughout the academy week from sporting to academic. These clubs are managed by Academy staff, with details available from Form Tutors and the school website. Common activities include:

  • Sporting clubs/fixtures (Lunch/After school)
  • Homework club (Lunch/After School)
  • Film Club(Lunch)
  • Music Club (Lunch/After School)
  • Dance/Drama Club (After School)
  • Chess Club (Lunch)
  • Robotics Club (Lunch/After School)
  • Arts Café (Lunch)
  • Science Club (Lunch)
  • Breakfast (Before school 7.45am)

Details of the Academy day can be found on the website. This will provide details relating to lesson and break times.

Registration starts at 8.30am and the Academy dismisses pupils at 2.45pm.

There are a number of methods when details of student progress is shared these are:

  • Meet the tutor evening
  • Parents evening
  • Progress report cards (twice per year)

Dates of when these sharing points are to take place are still to be decided, as soon as they are known you will be informed.

 

Currently the DfE guidance is that schools remain closed to minimise the risk of infection. As soon as the Academy have been advised on measures to re-open then details will be sent to all parents/carers.

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Contact Us

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to know about anything else before September 2020.

Goodwin Academy
Hamilton Road
Deal, Kent
CT14 9BD

admin@goodwinacademy.org.uk