We are a school for human flourishing. Never before have educators been under so much pressure to demonstrate academic achievements and progress through results. At RFA we hold fast to the belief that our pupil’s well-being, confidence and happiness will provide the right foundation for academic rigour. Our aim is to provide a complete education – one that nourishes the mind, body and spirit. The whole child is the whole point of what we do.
We nurture learners who are Resilient, Focused and Aspirational. We don’t want these letters to just adorn the jumpers of our pupils but we want them to be the daily oxygen that we breathe. And how do we do that? By believing in and being committed to the transformative power of four types of capital.
We give pupils a range of experience beyond the academic curriculum offering them opportunities to see the world differently. We are strongly committed to the arts and believe it is every child’s right to take part in creative and cultural experiences.
A growth mindset approach underpins every aspect of school life. Children are given opportunities to excel.
Ensuring that pupil well-being is at the heart of all we do. We offer a range of therapies including Lego and art therapy for vulnerable pupils. Principled relationships exist throughout the school
Investing in our teachers means we invest in our pupils.
At RFA, we recognise that learning is a complex process and that the days of “talk and chalk” are long gone! Children learn in different ways and if you come into our lessons, you will see multi-sensory, innovative teaching leading to fantastic learning experiences. You will see teachers questioning children to think more deeply and you will see children understanding themselves as learners. We believe in the power of text to transform reading and writing across the school and our English curriculum is taught through high quality children’s literature. Even our maths is sometimes taught through a text base approach.
Specialist Art, Music, Drama and PE teachers are employed at RFA to ensure the highest quality of teaching is taking place across the curriculum. These teachers plan lessons and projects that broaden pupils’ knowledge, skills and attitudes. Events throughout the school year such as the European Day of Languages, Black History Month, World Book Day and Shakespeare Week also enhance and enrich pupils’ learning and enjoyment at school.
What we offer
- An ambitious, happy and vibrant place to work and the unique opportunity of being part of a new school, as well as being part of the wider REAch2 Academy Trust family of primary academies striving to deliver a truly great education for all pupils;
- An active school community with supportive parents;
- An award-winning learning environment;
- Excellent professional development opportunities including a tremendous opportunity to be part of a Visible Learning (John Hattie) project which will be a pioneering piece of research in the UK.
- A supportive working culture that focuses on positive learning behaviour and high expectations for all children;
- A senior leadership team that believes in distributive leadership and says ‘yes’ to good ideas;