Dean Trust Ardwick
The Dean Trust will open an 11-16 school catering for 1200 pupils.
In our first academic year (2015 – 2016) the school will be housed in temporary accommodation and will enrol up to 120 Year 7 pupils. In our second academic year (2016) the school will enrol 240 Year 7 pupils and will be housed in a brand new purpose built school on the site of Daisy Mill on Stockport Road.
‘There is an unrelenting and highly successful drive for improvement to take the school ‘beyond outstanding’.’
Ashton on Mersey School
The Dean Trust will work with Manchester Local Authority to ensure that the school design is exciting, innovative and a great learning environment. The school will begin with Year 7 pupils only and they will follow a traditional, academic curriculum supported by high quality technology. For certain areas of the curriculum we will make use of the outstanding facilities in one of our own local schools, for example to teach sport and the performing arts.
We will have a full complement of staff with fully qualified teachers and support staff. This will include support for the most able, those requiring specialist support and for pupils who have English as an additional language.
We will recognise and celebrate the rich cultural history of Manchester and Ardwick and build on the strong British values already evident in our other academies and schools.
The school will accept all children whatever their faith, religion, ability or beliefs and will be based on strong educational values and the development of character. This will include the development of respect, integrity, aspiration, resilience and a strong work ethic. Our school ethos ‘Believe Achieve Succeed’ ensures all pupils will feel they have the opportunity to challenge themselves.
‘Inspirational leadership from senior staff and the governing body.’
The school day will be traditional. Pupils will study an ‘academic style’ curriculum with an expectation that all pupils will achieve high levels of literacy and numeracy.
The school will build on the primary school experience to develop opportunities for leadership and personal development. This will include making use of the rich and diverse culture within Manchester. Pupils will have the opportunity to visit museums, experience drama and music first hand and will be encouraged to look at the life beyond school. All pupils will have the opportunity to participate in music, sport and other extended activities that will include partnerships with local groups.
Our role will be to provide a challenge to all pupils so that education is valued, respected and becomes a key element in the development of their character. We expect our pupils to be inquisitive, to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions in order to be great citizens.
Our key strength is our approach to behaviour management and the development of character. Traditional values sit at the heart of all of our schools with the sole purpose of developing pupils who make the right choices. Systems in our schools are crystal clear in terms of rewards and consequences; our pupils wear their uniform with pride and respect the learning environment and facilities provided.
Strong partnerships between the school, parents and carers will be encouraged. We will work in partnership with local schools building on the existing school to school collaboration and continuous improvement. Working with local employers and businesses we will establish and maintain links which will further support our pupils understanding of the skills and attitudes required by employers.