Our Ethos and Values
Our Mission Statement
To create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment in which all members of the academy can grow in confidence and develop their full potential.
North View Academy’s Aims are:
- To value and recognise the uniqueness and achievement of every member of our school family.
- To promote British and Co-operative Values and attitudes of care, tolerance, trust and respect within the school and wider communities.
- To nurture and support all abilities, helping every child to achieve his/her potential in all areas of learning – intellectual, emotional, physical, social, moral, spiritual and cultural.
- To ensure excellence in teaching and learning within a high quality learning environment, through leadership and within all aspects of school life.
- To equip children with the resilience and perseverance to become creative and independent thinkers and to become learners for life within an ever-changing world.
- To provide the full breadth of the National Curriculum with emphasis on the basic skills of English, mathematics, science and computing.
- To develop learning activities which stimulate positive models of enquiry, reflection, challenge and innovation.
- To develop sensitivity to individual needs and climate of nurture and support in which self-confidence and self-esteem can grow.
North View Academy offers additional support in:-
- Progress in cognition and learning
- Development of social and emotional regulation
- Support with mental health difficulties and resilience building
- Development of communication and pro-social interaction
North View Academy is a specialist primary provision for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. In September 2015 North View Academy became an ASD designation..
At North View Academy children come first and our priority is to deliver high quality teaching and learning, whilst at the same time providing rich and truly enjoyable learning experiences for our children. This approach means that every effort is made to promote a positive school environment in which belief is instilled in children that they can achieve.
At North View Academy we will strive to:-
- Provide a secure and stimulating environment that is conducive to all children having the opportunity to reach their full potential;
- Have regard and respect for the experiences, knowledge and cultural diversity that every child brings to school. To use this as a foundation for improving standards;
- Value the achievements of all children, both in and out of school and provide opportunities to develop self-confidence and a positive self-image;
- Provide a supportive culture in which all staff are encouraged to extend, develop and share their expertise;
- Ensure that issues of equal opportunities are considered in all our work;
- Provide a curriculum based on the National Curriculum that is broad, balanced, relevant, progressive and appropriately differentiated;
- Offer all children equal access to the curriculum and school life, where individual differences are appreciated, celebrated, understood and accepted;
- Encourage children to become good citizens, by developing caring attitudes and respect towards themselves, other children, adults, their school and their community;
- Recognise that children are constantly developing and ensure that the curriculum offered to them is appropriate to that development;
- Encourage each individual to take responsibility for his/her behaviour and to act as a good role model to others.
North View Academy is part of Wise Academies. In addition to a Local Governing Body, a Regional Board and Board of Directors oversees the work of the Academy, and takes a close interest in its performance and provision. Further details can be found here .
We are always keen to hear from parents/carers who would be interested in becoming a member of the Governing Body; please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' page if you're interested.
Our Governance information can be found over on the trust governance website here
North View Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our pupils, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be accessed below. We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism and work closely with statutory and voluntary sectors to ensure we fulfill our safeguarding duties.
SAFEGUARDING / CHILD PROTECTION
North View has a 'Safeguarding' information poster which identifies the Academy's Designated Safeguarding Officers, gives a brief overview to staff explaining - "Protecting those in our care from HARM, if you witness or suspect harm, or have any concern, you must ACT IMMEDIATELY" and the safeguarding referral process.
The information poster is accessible below along with a copy of the 'Safeguarding for Parents: Information Booklet' and 'Keeping Children Safe in Education Information for Parents / Carers Booklet'.
Safeguarding / Children Protection Related Policies
Child Protection Policy - this policy sets out how North View Academy Trust will fulfil its safeguarding obligations to protect students from abuse or neglect, prevent impairment of their health and development, and ensure they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables pupils to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.
Online Safety - as Online Safety is an important aspect of strategic leadership within North View Academy, the Principal has ultimate responsibility to ensure that the policy and practices are embedded and monitored. This policy, supported by North View Academy's Acceptable Use Agreements for staff and pupils, is to protect the interests and safety of the Academy.
Preventing Radicalisation Policy - safeguarding children and young people from all risks of harm is an important part of a school's work and protecting them from extremism is one aspect of that. Schools have an important part to play in both educating children and young people about extremism and recognising when pupils start to become radicalised. In March 2015, new statutory duties were placed on schools by the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015) which means they must work to prevent children being drawn into extremism. This policy outlines our responsibilities with regard to the PREVENT Duty.
Educate Against Hate - a new website launched by the previous Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to offer advice to parents, carers, school staff and leaders on practical ways to protect children from extremism and radicalisation.
Operation Encompass - a process which key adults in our academy are informed that a child attending their premises may have been affected by domestic abuse. This will usually mean that a child has been in a household where an incident of domestic abuse hase taken place, or has been exposed to domestic abuse.
At North View Academy, our pupils are at the heart of our curriculum. Past experiences and 'failures' often leave them anxious, unwilling and reluctant to learn. We want our children to understand and be in control of their emotions and behaviours, thereby allowing them to be inquisitive, spark a desire and willingness to learn.
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop and build their self-esteem and self-confidence. We encourage our children to have high aspirations and strive for the best. We want our children to be responsible and effective by the time they finish their time at North View and move onto the next phase of their lives.
We use a number of different approaches to explore and deliver the curriculum areas to ensure we enable our children to develop all the skills they need to be confident and successful learners. Using differentiation, extension and support, ALL our pupils access the curriculum. Through experiences given they take control of their behaviour; reinforce their learning; progress academically; encourage their curiosity; develop social skills; build confidence in themselves and in their abilities; improve their communication skills; grow independence and experience success through their endeavours.
The curriculum delivered is strongly based on the National Curriculum (NC), which is currently in a process of change. At North View we are following the timetable of transition as set out by the DfE - In September '14, Years 1, 3, 4 & 5 adopted and are following Programmes of Study set out in the NC2014 for Maths, English, Science and the foundation subjects (namely Art & Design; DT; Computing; Music; History; Geography & PE). Years 3, 4, 5, & 6 also study French.
Years 2 & 6 remain on the current NC for Maths, English and Science but hace adopted the new NC2014 for the foundation subjects.
From September 2015 ALL year groups will follow the new NC2014.
(Further information on the new NC2014 can be found at the following link -
National Curriculum 2014
Our long term plan shows an overview of each year group's curriculum, Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2. It identifies the areas taught in each of the foundation subjects and when, during the academic year they will be delivered. Our aim is to equip our pupils with the skills, knowledge, independence and confidence to help them successfully progress onto their secondary school - whichever provision that may be.
As our pupils are working at levels and programmes of study below those expected, North View gives particular prominence to Literacy and Numeracy. They are taught as stand-alone lessons but are also highly integrated into the foundation subjects, reinforcing its importance and narrowing the gap between achievement and expectation.
As part of the reforms to the NC2014, the current system of 'levels' used to report children's attainment and progress has been removed (though it remains in place for THIS year's Y2 & Y6 pupils). The Programmes of Study within the NC2014 identifies expectations at the end of one-year and two-year periods. At North View we have broken these down into statements of achievement and will continue to assess our pupils and track the progress they make through these Programmes of Study. This is done individually for Literacy, Numeracy and Science.
All pupils are assessed; achievements recorded, and targets set. These are tracked and monitored regularly thereby ensuring pupils are on track to realise targets or conversely issues that may arise are identified promptly and strategies and interventions are put in place so progress is not hindered.
In addition, the curriculum coverage is also planned and documented across the foundation subjects to ensure it is progressive and not repetitive. A broad, balance curriculum with the needs of our pupils at its core is consequently delivered.