Greensward Academy's approach is based on delivering excellence in learning and teaching. We will encourage creative, responsive and effective approaches to learning and teaching for all students. This will ensure a continuous and consistent focus on student achievement and development in all areas. We will drive innovation in education ensuring Greensward is able to respond to a changing world and that the skills, learning and aspirations of our students are developed and enhanced through creative personalised learning and excellence in teaching.
At Greensward Academy we provide a personalised curriculum to suit the needs of our students and our curriculum aims are as follows:-
Homework and Extension Tasks
Homework is a shared responsibility between teachers, students and parents. It is a vital and essential part of a student's learning and will be set on a regular and gradually increasing basis during their time at Greensward Academy. Students are provided with planners in which to record their homework.
The academy uses Show My Homework to set homework. All students and parents can access this website to see the homework that has been set and any resources needed.
Homework is considered to be an important component of every student's experience at Greensward Academy. Due to the nature of our two week timetable and the fact that not every class is taught by only one teacher within a subject area, strict timetables of homework setting are not published for each year group. However, staff follow the homework guidelines summarised below:
As part of the AET's commitment to the "Right to Read" scheme, Year 7 and 8 students at Greensward Academy participate in "Accelerated Reader" - a reading comprehension program.
Students take an initial STAR test, which determines their reading age, National Curriculum level and gives them a personal book level range. Students are required to read books within their range and complete online quizzes which build up to different levels of certificates and prizes.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
The PSHEE programme at the academy develops students' attitudes towards subjects, teaches them knowledge and encourages them to become active citizens in a multi-cultural society. Local, national and global issues are covered such as:
Please click the link to view the full programme across the academy Greensward Academy's PSHEE Programme
Careers Education and Guidance
There is a comprehensive careers programme throughout the academy, beginning in Year 7. Work experience is undertaken by Years 10 and 12 during Term 5 and support is given to our students in their post-16 applications. Students follow a Careers Education & Guidance course as part of the PSHE curriculum. Year 10 students participate in an Industry Day to enable them a glimpse into the world of work. All students in Year 11 have access to our independent Careers Advisor for a guidance meeting and will receive a personalised plan. All other year groups can make a self-referral if they wish to speak to the advisor. Lunchtime drop in sessions are also available.
Employability for Life
In Year 10 and 11 all students will follow Essex County Council's Employability for Life charter. It provides full information about a student's qualifications, abilities, achievements and experiences and thus provides a full record of his or her academic life. This document becomes the property of the student and may be shown to prospective employers. Students will be awarded a bronze, silver or gold EfL certificate once external moderation has taken place.