Ethos and Values

Self-belief, engagement & purpose

This is central to everything we do in Aspirations Academies. The research undertaken by Dr. Russel J. Quaglia and QISA over the past thirty years has revealed a real need to embed the three Guiding Principles and the 8 Conditions that Make a Difference into everything our academies do. The Aspirations Academies Trust provides a great amount of training and support for leaders, teachers, pupils, governors and parents to help them understand aspirations and how to develop them fully.

At Banbury Academy we believe that all students can achieve their dreams if they believe in themselves, are actively engaged in their learning and have a clear sense of purpose. It is these very attributes that we aim to develop in all of our students, so that they are able to thrive both academically and personally, and lead successful and accomplished lives beyond our academy.

To secure our students’ dreams, we offer a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum that focusses not only on acquiring knowledge, but also on developing critical, life-long skills. Our well-qualified and experienced teachers inspire and excite our students, whilst also developing their curiosity and creativity. Through the use of interactive whiteboards and netbooks in classrooms we use technology to engage students in their learning and to help them develop the study and independent thinking skills necessary for success.

Following our inspiring transition programme into Year 7, students spend two years securing and developing their knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum subjects in Key Stage 3, before being guided very carefully in preparation for their years in Key Stage 4.

In KS4, the students’ personalised learning programmes suit their particular interests and talents, whether these are traditional or vocational, and students are prepared well to achieve the best possible grades at GCSE, whatever their ability.

We are proud of the relationships that we foster with our students and their families, because we know that our students’ successes are enhanced when these relationships are strong. Clear and frequent communication helps parents and carers understand how their children are progressing and so we send home regular performance reports and have many information events, including mentoring meetings and academic parents’ evenings and forums.

We also believe that personal study – in the form of homework, extended study and revision – is an essential component of successful learning. It helps students to develop research ability, independent thinking, resilience and self-motivation – all essential skills for higher education and the workplace.

Individuality, support & growth

When students experience a sense of belonging and feel good about themselves, they can achieve their dreams. We understand that each student has individual and unique needs and so ensure that everyone has a mentor and a wider pastoral network – Heads and Deputy Heads of College and, where appropriate, learning and behaviour mentors and buddies – available throughout each day.

With a focus on allowing individuality to flourish and nurturing personal development, students feel empowered to achieve their goals and ambitions. We pride ourselves on the challenging personal targets we set, and the support and guidance we provide to enable our students to exceed them.

We set high standards of behaviour and expect our students to take pride in their uniform, themselves and their academy. By cultivating an ethos of mutual respect and thoughtfulness, we achieve an orderly and safe environment in which bullying is not tolerated. Our College system fosters a sense of community in which each student can make a contribution through activities such as sports competitions, project-based learning days and charity fundraising.

Effort and success in all aspects of academy life are celebrated through a range of rewards and events. Our students are encouraged to take positions of responsibility – for example, as ‘buddies’ to Year 6 students, as Prefects in Year 11 and as Principal and Deputy Principal Students in all years. Our values reflect our desire for Banbury Academy students to be outstanding citizens and accomplished leaders who are confident to take action and who have the conviction to make the right decisions for themselves and their families, both now and in the future.