High expectations for our school
We are determined to provide wonderful educational experiences for all.
St Gabriel’s CofE Academy’s broad and balanced curriculum is designed to be inspiring, challenging and inclusive to meet the needs of all pupils, enabling them to achieve their full potential and make great progress.
Our curriculum is designed to use the best of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. With regard to core subjects, our English curriculum aims to create meaningful experiences using and responding to quality texts so that pupils view reading, writing, grammar, speaking and listening as fundamental and connected expressions of human communication; whilst our mathematics curriculum is designed to allow pupils to develop as fluent and confident problem solvers, applying their skills to new, interesting and relevant contexts. For our younger pupils, the creative teaching of phonics will be used as a tool for learning to read independently as early as possible.
Our unique position allows us to draw on our heritage as a site of global communication, providing incredible opportunities in the foundation subjects of Sciences, Humanities and Arts. St Gabriel’s will be maximising the use of Information Communication Technology to support learning and will ensure pupils receive a quality computing curriculum equipping them with the skills required for the future.
St Gabriel’s aims to provide holistic educational experiences which nurture the development of character and virtue and allow pupils to make positive contributions to society. Contributing to this aim, we have designed a curriculum of Physical Education (P.E.), Personal Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E.), Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (S.M.S.C.) and Religious Education (R.E.) which supports the development of healthy social and emotional skills and better equips pupils to be safe and manage their futures. British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, themselves deeply rooted in a shared Christian heritage, are embedded into all aspects of the curriculum.
Excellent educational visits and strong links with the community enhance the curriculum and will create a sense of wonder and a love of learning in our pupils.
Specific Learning Requirements
All staff at St Gabriel’s will be trained in recognising and supporting pupils with specific learning needs or disabilities. The school Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator, in collaboration with the Headteacher, will work with a wide range of agencies, class teachers and teaching assistants as required to ensure the right level of support is provided for every pupil to make progress and that the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) code of practice is upheld.