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Virtual Open Day

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Welcome to Goodwin Academy’s Open Day

 

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Simon Smith, Principal

“Hello and welcome to our Virtual Open Day, I’m Simon Smith, Principal and I’m excited to share with you everything that makes us the best choice of school for your child.

“Across this page we will share a real sense of our school and its energy and how my team and I are transform the life chances of our students, we ensure we support and encourage them to achieve their best. We deliver this through our own unique BEST Agenda;

B = Brilliance
E = Enrichment
S = Society
T = Thinking

This Agenda works alongside our Aspire, Achieve and Accelerate academic pathways. Our Accelerate pathway specifically sees Goodwin Academy, with our level of teaching and excellent facilities on offer, rival any Grammar School in the area.

In addition, as part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust we use Thinking Tools to develop our students’ life skills so they are equipped for success in life after school. Goodwin Academy is the heart of our local community of Deal; which we celebrate and instil as a sense of belonging in all of our students. Join us and become part of that community too.”

Meet Our Principal

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31st October 2020

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 The top three things you need to know about Our Trust

1.  WHO THEY ARE
You may hear us referred to as TSAT, this stands for Thinking Schools Academy Trust. Referred to as ‘Our Trust’, it’s effectively the family name of our 17 schools, which sit across Medway, Deal and Hampshire.

2. WHY A THINKING SCHOOL IS THE ONE FOR YOUR CHILD
A Thinking School challenges students to think deeply about their thinking, to be their best self and to gain the knowledge, tools and skills to shape their success in a life beyond school. The children and young people we’re presently educating will retire around 2070. According to experts most of the jobs our children will have don’t even exist yet, and this is why developing skills to think independently and become life-long learners is so important.

3. HOW A THINKING SCHOOL WORKS
Our cognitive approach to education defines us but does not create a ‘one size fits all’. Each and every member of the TSAT family is equally as important and shares a direction and ethos; put simply, we believe that we are stronger together. Our schools work with each student so they are aspirational and ready to move forward and understand their role within their local community and beyond. The Thinking School approach to education is unique and we believe that it genuinely transforms the life chances of our children, teaching them the critical thinking skills they need to be resilient in life after school.

Watch this video and find out exactly what a Thinking School is in just two minutes

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A typical student’s journey at Goodwin Academy

Students who join us have a wealth of opportunity, from their first day in Year 7 we will work with them to teach new skills, help develop their knowledge and practice what they have learned. Our school staff are dedicated and passionate practitioners in their fields of expertise and are committed to providing an education which delivers results across all aspects of your child’s life, not just in their school career. Goodwin, along with it’s comprehensive and successful BEST Agenda will provide your child with resources and facilities to become a well-rounded young adult ready, for their next step into their life after school.

In addition to the BEST Agenda we aim to instil positive habits of mind to enable students to become independent and creative learners, providing them with transferable tools that can support them on the journey to achieving their goals. Each of the Gateways has been chosen specifically to fit the needs of Goodwin Academy students, so that they become confident, well-rounded and contented individuals.

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Our BEST Agenda

When we say ‘Be Your Best’ we’re not just talking about excelling above your peers, we’re talking about our ethos, the very essence of Goodwin Academy.

= Brilliance; We live in a society, which bombards our young people with images of superficial ideals. Rather than promoting the idea of quick wins we aim to instil the habit of resilience. Examples of Goodwin Brilliance would be a commitment to academic studies and raising personal aspirations.

E = Enrichment; Learning does not only take place inside the classroom, instead we encourage our students to see each experience as a learning opportunity. At Goodwin, we want our students to engage and embrace the world around them. Examples would be, sporting activities and Duke of Edinburgh, and taking part in work experiences.

S = Society; We live in a global community, so it’s essential that our students understand the roles and responsibilities that come with living in a democratic society. Students at Goodwin are active not only in the immediate community of Deal, but also with national and international agencies to support those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Examples would be attending charity events and showing student leadership.

T = Thinking; The “Thinking School” approach arms learners with skills that better prepare them for the ever-changing world we live in. Students achieve this through developing their confidence to map out their ideas independently and reflect upon these processes. Examples would be using Thinking Maps to visualise thinking and to always ask questions to encourage thinking.

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Our Academic Pathways

At Goodwin Academy, we are inclusive of all learning abilities. A Goodwin student will follow one of the following pathways:

The Accelerate Pathway – This is also known as our Grammar Pathway and is designed for our more able students, offering the traditional EBacc pathway with additional stretch towards Triple Science and GCSE Statistics. The pathway allows learners to pursue a wider range of academic subjects beyond KS4.  The selection process for the Grammar pathway is by way of English and Maths assessments, which traditionally take place following the SATS in early June. These assessments indicate whether applicants have the overall academic ability to suit the additional stretch and challenge required.

The Aspire Pathway – This is offered to students with the core EBacc subjects as a spine, however languages are not compulsory at GCSE. Students, who excel, have the opportunity of transferring to the Accelerate Pathway allowing access to the additional stretch and challenge required. Pupils are able to choose GCSE subjects that best suit their future study plans.

The Achieve Pathway – A bespoke pathway, this is offered to students who require additional learning support, such as literacy and/or numeracy. At GCSE, the emphasis is placed upon selecting subjects in which students are likely to succeed and support future career aspirations.

Our SEN staff

SENCo – Mrs Davies, SRBP Lead Teacher – Mrs Toulet, SEND Admin Coordinator – Mrs Ralph

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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

Wellbeing

Wellbeing Manager – Mrs Taylor, Admissions and Attendance Officer – Miss Dore

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The Wellbeing 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 Wellbeing Officer and a Head of Year that will be able to offer students help, support and advice for any worries they may have. Here at Goodwin we provide a catered approach for parents/carers and acting as a point of contact for any concerns they may have. The various levels of support we offer are as follows;

  • Safeguarding concerns
  • Pastoral support
  • First aid
  • Social emotional mental health support, dealing with any incidents affecting a students well-being
  • Interventions and family Support.

Communication

Strong two-way communication between families and schools is necessary for students’ success. We believe that the more relevant information shared between parents and teachers about a student, the better equipped both will be to help in achieving academically, this is why we encourage the use of the My Ed app.

The My Ed app is an easy way to get updates from the Academy to your phone or tablet. The Academy can send you quick and easy updates regarding closures, trip updates and exam reminders using push notifications straight to your phone. Please be assured that My Ed is registered with the Data Protection Register and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

Parents/Carers with No Email Facility; If you do not have access to email, you can opt to continue to receive paper copies from the Academy.

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School Uniform

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 Simmonds and Sons 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 Simmonds:

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Would you like to know more?
Email us at office@goodwinacademy.org.uk
0333 360 2210

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