“Inside everyone, there is a rainbow waiting to shine.”
We focus on the growth and development of the whole person, a sense of togetherness, and empowering everyone as a leader and learner to ensure our school family thrive through their journey at Armthorpe and beyond.
At Armthorpe, we believe every learner is an individual with a unique personality, characteristics, and the potential to shine. Inclusion, therefore, lies at the heart of everything we do. Childhood is changing. Our learners are growing up in a world defined by fast-paced technological development living increasingly online, in spaces adults sometimes struggle to understand. We place great value on preparing our learners to thrive in 21st century Britain, not just academically but socially, emotionally, morally, and culturally too. It has never been more important to equip our students to adapt to and embrace change, develop their resilience and creative thinking skills whilst instilling a real love of learning. The development of the whole person is imperative to us. Through a combination of challenge and support, we aim to create a balance that enables our students to flourish academically whilst also learning how to take care of themselves mentally and physically, respect and love (in the wider sense of the word) others, and embrace opportunities to enjoy life to the full. The learning that a child experiences at Armthorpe is, therefore, a broad and balanced diet that promotes intellectual, moral, creative, emotional, and physical development in equal measure through the totality of all the taught and untaught, explicit and implicit values bespoke to our school and community. It sounds simple and obvious, but fundamentally if our curriculum is not good enough for our own children, then it is not good enough for the children of Armthorpe. We are an academy family.
Our curriculum is organised in such a way that provides our students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning. Our strategic intent is therefore very simple:
We strive to create a curriculum which:
• Provides a diversity of powerful knowledge, which over time, cumulatively builds to provide the cultural literacy that enables students to function in society.
• Enables all students to enjoy learning and experience success.
• Takes into account individual needs.
• Creates a culture of high expectation and aspiration to raise standards of attainment and progress.
• Develops confident and responsible individuals who can make a positive contribution to society and live safely and independently.
Our curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child and can be broadly split into the four categories below:
Growing up in 21st Century Britain — Our local community, staying safe in the modern world, British Values
Preparing for Life: Well-Being — Physical health, fitness & nutrition, Recognising & managing stress, Independent living, Careers & Aspiration, PSHE & pastoral care
Cultural Capital & Enrichment Opportunities — The Consilium ‘Opportunities’ Charter, Sport/The Arts/Reading/Oracy, Student Leadership
The Academic & Examined Curriculum — A commitment to high-quality teaching and learning, Subject expertise to develop a depth of knowledge, Sequential & coherent curriculum
In summary, our curriculum is a range of subjects, sequenced and interleaved blocks of learning and pastoral topics, pedagogy, assessment, extra-curricular enrichment, and student leadership opportunities that are all underpinned by our school values and the Consilium Charter to ensure all students can succeed, progress and learn well.
Following a change of leadership in January 2021, our intent and values have been recently re-evaluated and developed to help address potential barriers to success we encounter in our community; they are bespoke to the needs of our learners. We are very clear about our vision, the challenge is now to bring our values to life to bring our dream alive. As such, the Armthorpe values will permeate all aspects of school life. We are building a culture where we expect everyone in the Armthorpe family to be a leader and a learner. Our ethos is built on the strapline, Inside Everyone, There is a Rainbow Waiting to Shine. A rainbow is a wonderful sight; a symbol of hope, inspiration, vibrance, and dreams coming true. However, a rainbow only appears after a storm reminding us that anything magnificent often requires a battle, struggle, resilience, and patience.
Weathering the storm is a part of life. As such, our values embody characteristics we would want to foster in our own children.