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A Values Education 

Whilst academic success is very important, at Brixham College we believe that there is more to a good education.  As well as ensuring our students succeed in exams, we aim to develop our values of high expectations, knowledge, character, leadership and continued improvement.  Throughout their time at Brixham College students are expected to contribute to our community and to society.  We want students to try things they cannot do, to persist in the face of difficulty and to become resilient in overcoming obstacles. To approach life with a growth mindset and a can-do attitude.  

To achieve this, we provide a breadth of opportunities and experiences which seek to help our students become confident, well-rounded and ambitious young adults.  Our curriculum and co-curriculum is overflowing with opportunities to try something new and develop new skills.  In addition to our very wide range of additional activities, our students enjoy trips abroad or various residential, university visits, talks by inspirational speakers, as well as countless opportunities to collaborate with their peers from other schools across the region. 

We are incredibly proud to deliver a Values Education, an education that challenges, inspires and excites our students and prepares them for success in learning and success in life. 

 

What is our Purpose?

Mission: Our mission statement is a declaration of what we do every day. It defines the day-to-day activities of our work and every person who works for the College contributes to that mission.

Our Mission Statement

Our core purpose is to provide engaging and exciting learning opportunities which enable all students to make outstanding

progress resulting in exceptional student achievements academically, socially and emotionally

What do we stand for?

Values: Our values describe the core ethics or principles that the College will abide by, no matter what. They inspire our best efforts and constrain our actions.

To be a community that consistently achieves Success in Leaning and Success in Life for both our students and staff.

Our aims are to create:

  1. A College where students make better than expected progress and attainment is above targets.

“Meaning all students regardless of disadvantage, special educational need or innate ability make progress above that which is initially expected in all Key Stages, resulting in no gaps between defined groups of students.  This enables all students to progress successfully onto their next stage.  This is because students benefit from ambitious teaching and high levels of competency in both literacy and numeracy.”

  1. A College where attendance is excellent because lessons are exciting and the curriculum meets the needs of our young people so they want to come to College.

“Meaning students rarely miss a day from College because they value education and know it enables them to successfully progress to their next stage.  This is because students enjoy a relevant and appropriate curriculum and are challenged to make progress in each and every lesson.”

  1. A College where we are the first choice for Brixham and Torbay families, not just for academic success but because we care about every child, have in place strategies to meet their individual needs and ensure no-one is left behind.

“Meaning parents place the College first above others because they know their child will learn in an exciting, safe and supportive environment.  They know when difficulties arise whether academically, socially or emotionally, the support for their child will be timely, appropriate and comprehensive.”

  1. A College where young people demonstrate a good relationship with our wider community and are held up as ambassadors for Brixham and positive role models for others.

“Meaning all students demonstrate a high standard of behaviour and know how to behave in different settings.  Students understand the purpose and importance of British Values and demonstrate them on a daily basis.  They respect themselves, others, their environment and our community.”

  1. A College where the best teachers and support staff want to work. A College which is more than just a College, but a place where a broad range of enrichment activities and trips enable our young people to experience things that may have otherwise been inaccessible to them.

“Meaning all students regardless of disadvantage, special educational need or innate ability benefit from a broad range of enrichment activities, residentials and trips.  This enables relationships between staff and students to be exceptional so both can excel, resulting in highly motivated staff and students.

There is an understanding within our community that our students deserve excellence and this is delivered by teaching everyone better.  Teaching everyone better is underpinned by a core belief that excellence is best delivered when there is a shared view on what is important in our school. These shared values are the way we set standards for ourselves and assess our progress.

Where are we headed?

Vision: Our vision statement is a clear, definitive statement of we want to accomplish, and what the world will look like once we have accomplished our mission.

Our Vision

To be a community that consistently achieves Success in Leaning and Success in Life for both our students and staff within

a values led environment, enabling them to become successful citizens of the future.

What do we want to create?

Aims: Our aims are statements of intent. They are written in broad terms. They set out what we hope to achieve within a timeframe.

Our aims are to be a College:

1. Where students make better than expected progress and attainment is above targets. – Meaning all students

regardless of disadvantage, special educational need or innate ability make progress above that which is initially

expected in all Key Stages, resulting in no gaps between defined groups of students. This enables all students to

progress successfully onto their next stage. This is because students benefit from ambitious teaching and high levels of competency in both literacy and numeracy. 2. Where attendance is excellent because lessons are exciting and the curriculum meets the needs of our young people so they want to come to College. – Meaning students rarely miss a day from College because they value education and know it enables them to successfully progress to their next stage. This is because students enjoy a relevant and appropriate curriculum and are challenged to make progress in each and every lesson. 3. Where we are the first choice for Brixham and Torbay families, not just for academic success but because we care about every child, have in place strategies to meet their individual needs and ensure no-one is left behind. – Meaning parents place the College first above others because they know their child will learn in an exciting, safe and supportive environment. They know when difficulties arise whether academically, socially or emotionally, the support for their child will be timely, appropriate and comprehensive. 4. Where young people demonstrate a good relationship with our wider community and are held up as ambassadors for Brixham and positive role models for others. – Meaning all students demonstrate a high standard of behaviour and know how to behave in different settings. Students understand the purpose and importance of British Values and demonstrate them on a daily basis. They respect themselves, others, their environment and our community. 5. Where the best teachers and support staff want to work. A College which is more than just a College, but a place where a broad range of enrichment activities and trips enable our young people to experience things that may have otherwise been inaccessible to them. – Meaning all students regardless of disadvantage, special educational need or innate ability benefit from a broad range of enrichment activities, residentials and trips. This enables relationships between staff and students to be exceptional so both can excel, resulting in highly motivated staff and students.

What needs to be done?

Objectives: Our Objectives are specific statements that define medium to longer-term development areas.

Our current developmental objectives are:

Quality of Education

1. Ensure students develop literacy and numeracy skills appropriate to their age. Meaning students read widely and

often, with fluency and comprehension and are able to confidently apply mathematical knowledge, concepts and

procedures.

2. Ensure the curriculum has a rigorous and sequential approach to developing students’ fluency, confidence and

enjoyment in reading. Reading in all year groups is regularly assessed and interventions are swift to address any

gaps.

3. Ensure the curriculum is ambitious for all students and is successfully adapted, designed and developed to meet

the needs of students with SEND.

4. Through curriculum, teaching and assessment enable all students to consistently achieve highly, particularly the

most disadvantaged and students with SEND.

Personal Development

1. Ensure student can debate and discuss issues in a meaningful and responsible way.

2. Provide opportunities for students to actively and positively contribute to society.

3. Encourage strong take-up and participation from students, across all significant groups.

4. Ensure students benefit from high quality spiritual, moral, social and cultural development across the curriculum.

Behaviour & Attitudes

1. Ensure consistency and transparency in the implementation of behaviour expectations for both students and staff.

2. Provide differentiated CPD opportunities to enable teachers and others to develop and share their skills in behaviour

management.

3. Develop positive attitudes to education in our community so all students are committed to their learning, know how

to study effectively and do so, are resilient to setbacks and take pride in their achievements.

4. Promote a positive atmosphere in the College, where there is a strong climate of tolerance and acceptance of

others, students are able to work with others from different backgrounds and to cooperate with each other in a

positive way.

Leadership & Management

1. Embed the ‘Professional Dialogue’ approach to CPD

2. Drive consistency and coherence in policy, procedure, practice and behaviour

3. Increase parental and community engagement to enhance student outcomes and experience

4. Promote positive staff well-being policy, procedure, practice and behaviour

Success in Learning, Success in Life at a Values Led College.