We believe that a core purpose of any educational establishment should be to enable pupils to become valued members of their community and effective citizens, able to make a valuable contribution to the world in which they live. As a result of our beliefs, we have established a wider range of provision designed to fulfill this philosophy. Brief descriptions of some of our provision are given below.
Pupils participate in termly ‘Life Simulation Sessions’ as part of a structured approach to real-world learning. The sessions present pupils with real-life scenarios and challenges they may face throughout their early lives. For example, self-care, dealing with difficult relationships, and making a sandwich for themselves!
Pupil Voice: School Council and Eco-Action Team
It is the job of our School Council to listen to the views and ideas of the pupils in the academy. School Councillors meet on a weekly basis to discuss ways in which pupils can contribute to the enhancement of learning and the development of the wider provision offered within the academy. The school council is made up of children from Years 1 to 6.
The Eco Action team includes 2 children from each year group who meet regularly to discuss and plan how we can improve the academy environment and its sustainability.
New team members are appointed at the start of each academic year and inform their classes of the on-going projects. The academy achieved Green Flag status in 2014 and pupils continue to support our green-ambition!
Understanding British Values
At Witham St. Hughs Academy, we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and the mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Our curriculum values promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), races, genders, ages, disability and sexual orientations. This is delivered through the effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, PSHE, Philosophy sessions, and collective worship offered within the academy.
We value the development of knowledge, and recognise the importance of knowledge in enabling pupils to access the world around them. General knowledge is developed through curriculum content and the environment in which the children are taught.
Witham St. Hughs Academy aims to develop and implement an exciting and varied curriculum which enables all pupils to reach their potential and become active, valuable and positive members of society. Underpinning our stimulating curriculum, we believe that children should be equipped with a number of core life skills which will ultimately support them in the future, both academically and socially. Therefore, in conjunction with a curriculum which enhances a child’s subject specific skills and general knowledge, we believe that there are four key life skills which each child should have the opportunity to further develop and strengthen.
- Language and Communication skills
- Independent Skills
- Emotional Intelligence Skills
- Thinking skills
Each of these key skills is complex and can be subdivided further in order to prepare a child fully for the world in which they live.
As part of the academy’s commitment to providing a relevant, stimulating curriculum, weekly enterprise lessons are incorporated into the weekly timetable. The purpose of these sessions is to provide pupils with the opportunity to undertake projects with the aim of developing their business skills, an understanding of the use of money in the real world, and life skills such as decision making, leadership and management, and team work. Pupils work together in groups to generate and implement ideas which they hope will be profit making!
The development of thinking skills is critical in helping pupils to take ownership of their own destiny. Thinking skills are the mental processes that we apply when we seek to make sense of experiences we have had. This is a valuable skill, as better thinking helps us to learn more from our experience and makes better use of our intelligence.
It has always been the central aim of education to improve the quality of thinking because better thinking will not only enable us to become more successful at learning but will also equip us for life, enabling us to realise our own potential and to contribute to the development of society. At Witham St. Hughs Academy, philosophy is used to challenge pupil thinking in relation to the following core areas:
- Theory of knowledge
- Moral / ethical issues
- Values / identity
- Behaviour: identity, society, psychology
- Current affairs
- Imagination / reality
Collective worship must be part of a “broadly balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life”.
At Witham St. Hughs Academy, themes for collective worship are planned each term, taking account of the ages, abilities and backgrounds of pupils. Themes for collective worship contribute to the spiritual, moral and social and cultural development of pupils, promote fundamental British values, and deal with personal development and relationships within a variety of social contexts. Where there is an issue of immediate relevance, the planned theme will be postponed and the current issue addressed. Acts of collective worship on Fridays celebrate collective and individual achievements.
Visits and visitors will be used for special services, celebration and festivals. Collective worship will at times be led by visiting clergy, Christian groups, as well as the headteacher, staff and pupils.
Health and Wellbeing
Please see our Religion and Wellbeing page.