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Life at Charter
The academy is a non-selective, co-educational school with a Church of England ethos. It admitted its first cohort of Year 7 students in September 2009, taking over from the predecessor school, St Luke’s C of E School.
Success so far
Charter Academy promotes the highest aspirations, motivation and achievement for all its students and a very positive culture and ethos has been established since its opening. The local police have commented that crime in the area has dropped significantly since Charter Academy opened many local primary schools are now encouraging students' first choices to be Charter Academy.
Over the coming years Charter Academy will benefit from a multi-million pound modernisation programme. We are working with architects to secure the best possible design that will provide a practical building to meet our educational requirements.
Students who enjoy a healthy diet and life style will be more attentive and find learning less stressful. Our award winning chef, Trigger Rogers, was the BBC Radio 4, Food and Farming Award winner of 'Dinner-man of the Year' in 2007 and his tasty, healthy menu is a winner with Charter students at our Blue Café. Chair of the School Food Trust, Prue Leith, recently visited the school to find out how Trigger had won pupils over to healthy eating. We work closely with the School's Food Trust ensuring that our students benefit from a healthy school lunch.
The Academy provides:
- Specialist status in Mathematics and the Performing Arts, offering a wide variety of opportunities to every student.
- Excellent teaching which is continually monitored to improve practice.
- Depth before breadth: an intense focus on English and Mathematics to raise attainment and provide a sound foundation for the whole curriculum.
- 69% of our students achieved 5 grades A*-C in 2010 public examinations.
- A curriculum that supports individual needs and facilitates individual acceleration.
- A strong culture defined by mutual respect and good behaviour.
- Regular assessments so that parents can follow their child’s progress.
- Encouragement to participate and excel in every aspect of Academy life.
- An ethos that celebrates success, while challenging every student to realise their potential.
- High quality enrichment classes, educational visits and extra curricular events.
- High quality learning environment, with a new planned partial rebuild including a sixth form.
- The only local state school with a longer school day. 9-4pm Monday to Thursday and 3pm finish on a Friday.
- Excellent examination pass rate in option subjects.
- High quality science facilities including four new labs.
- Individual music tuition with free instrument leanding included.
- Good Technology facilities including CNC router, A2 Laser cutter, Eduprint printer and new refurbished machinery.
- Excellent sporting facilities, including a 20 metre indoor heated swimming pool, kayaks, large sports hall, multi gym, boxing gym with three boxing rings and assorted punch bags and outdoor floodlit multi use games area.
- Strong community links which help students foster a sense of citizenship.
- Breakfast is provided for all students from 8am onwards. A mid morning snack is provided for all students, every day.
- Friends of the Earth sponsored Horticulture project, which includes our own chickens.
- Military preparation college for students wishing to pursue a career in the armed forces.
- Strong sustainable leadership which includes interns from the Future Leaders programme.
- Part of a network of schools with specialist support.
- The Academy has a Christian ethos and we welcome students of all faiths, or none.
Experiencing something in real life on a school trip that students have learnt about in the classroom helps it make much more sense. Examples of the trips that we run at Charter Academy to experience learning in action include:
- Trips to other schools to take part in Gifted and Talented Science challenges.
- Theatre trips to see plays pupils are studying in English lessons.
- Field trips to enrich the geography curriculum.
- Trips to museums to support the history curriculum.
- Excursions to local attractions to discover the local community.
- Visits to various universities to discover what university life is like.
- Trips to the Olympic site as part of the PE enrichment programme.
- The Tall Ship sailing experience.
- Workshops at local colleges.