Vision and Values
There are some simple core principles which will drive the curriculum at Pix Brook Academy. Our curriculum will be based around these and they will govern our thinking and determine our ethos. Obviously these will evolve over time as we work with our community and learners to find the right fit. In its most simple form there are three pillars around which we plan to deliver the curriculum:
- Unapologetically Ambitious
- Relentlessly Aspirational
- Socially Responsible
To add a flavour of what these principles mean in practice they are best understood by considering the elements that are associated with each: Our ambitions for the young people in our care is to provide a learning environment that leads to improved life chances. In reality that means providing a curriculum that provides the educational foundations that are both rigorous and engaging. We will ensure the curriculum is broad and balanced and has the key skills necessary to be successful in an ever more competitive world.
We believe in the power of high aspirations for our community. Aiming high is about looking to see what might be achieved. It is about setting targets that are aspirational and providing examples of opportunities that are beyond the expected. Having the chance to hear from experts in their field or experience something that is different from the norm can be the key to achieving something different in life.
Finally we are all too aware that as educators we are privileged to be working with the future leaders and custodians of this planet. We believe we have a moral responsibility to ensure that the importance of this is not lost on our young people. Education is about qualifications and experiences, but it also about thinking and responsibility. It is vital that we prepare young people not just for their job of work but for their contribution to their community. By providing a rich and varied curricular we can hopefully broaden our understanding of what it means to be a responsible citizen.
These broad principles are beginning to influence the thinking behind the curriculum offer. The focus on the delivery of the core of English, maths, science, humanities, MFL and PE will obviously make up the majority of our teaching time. The key to achieving our broader aims will be to ensure that these subjects are delivered in a way that engages and excites the learners. Drawing from the world around us and using this to exemplify and engage is the challenge we look forward to.