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Moor End Academy

What You Will See @ Moor End

Leadership

  • As soon as you walk into MEA you will witness our vision come to life. The ethos is there for all to see and feel.  It permeates throughout the establishment; staff work as a collective team who go above and beyond for our school community.

  • Leaders set high expectations of students and staff.  Our core values of respect, ambition and responsibility underpin everything we do on a daily basis and staff lead by example to create a culture of respect and tolerance.

  • The staff are buoyant in their attitudes, morale is high, and they are fully behind the Principal’s vision.

  • A strong culture of high expectations and accountability exists within the academy. Effective quality assurance procedures are in place to check and evaluate the academy’s work. 

  • A strong culture of safeguarding and pastoral care for students underpins life at the academy. Training for staff includes level 1 online safeguarding training alongside regular in-house training to highlight some of the key themes/aspects at both a local and national level. 

  • Actions taken by leadership have transformed behaviour and attitudes as well as learning and teaching. A culture of high quality teaching and pastoral care, overseen by strong and passionate leadership, are now fully embedded which will enable us to strive to achieve our ambitious vision of being the best!

Quality of Education

  • Our curriculum is largely an academic one with a vocational offer where it supports progression post 16.

  • All students, including the disadvantaged and those with SEND, have access to a full KS3 curriculum entitlement and access to a wide range of high quality courses at KS4 (GCSE and vocational).

  • Our 5 phase lessons begin with pace, and the Grapple activity immediately engages students with independent learning.  Staff use a range of strategies to check student progress and understanding through each phase of the lesson, and students are encouraged to collaborate with one another to share – and reflect upon – their learning journey.

  • Questioning is a strength at MEA, and a range of strategies are used to elicit high quality responses, with students encouraged to develop their oracy and articulate themselves with clarity and confidence.

  • Our students are not just compliant in lessons; they are active participants in their learning and they appreciate the consistently high-quality diet that they receive.

  • We invest in our staff, so that they can – in turn – invest in our students.  We have high expectations of every aspect of practice at MEA, and this is modelled by our teachers so that the students benefit from the clear ambition we have for their success.  We provide our staff with the time and the resources to develop into exceptional practitioners, which is fundamental to our pedagogical success at MEA.  

Behaviour and Attitudes

  • The academy is a safe and caring environment in which pupils show respect for each other and adults.

  • Relationships between teachers and students are strong, creating a very positive environment for learning. 

  • The academy is a highly orderly environment and students conduct is impeccable in and out of lessons.

  • Lessons are calm and purposeful and low level disruption is very rare. Students are ambitious, confident and engaged learners who work well independently and collaboratively. 

  • Students rise to the challenge of high expectations and work hard in lessons.  They demonstrate pride in the presentation in their work. 

  • Students wear their uniform with pride and are proud to be Moor Enders.

  • Students enjoy coming to school and attendance is well above national at 96%, with disadvantaged attendance more than 4% above national at 95%. More than 98% of students are punctual to the academy.

Personal Development

Personal Development Framework

  • Personal development at the academy is integral to all that we do, and is carefully planned so that students are ready to take their place in modern Britain; this includes thematic assemblies and tutor periods which expose students to a wide range of diverse leaders and religions. Our weekly tutor period overview enhances student literacy and oracy, empowering students to discuss local, national and global issues with confidence. In addition to this, our personal development framework incorporates RSE, safeguarding, British Values, SMSC, careers and enrichment. 

  • Student voice:  Our School Council represents all tutor groups, and our prefect team represents all year groups. In year 11, our Student Leadership Group is led by our Head Students, who plan and oversee key stakeholder events such as Open and Transition Evenings. This group also enhances our SMSC offer by leading on the annual charity plan; the School Council selects their charities each academic year. In addition to these, the academy also supports The Royal British Legion and Children in Need. 

  • RSHE: Our curriculum meets all statutory requirements and is carefully planned to ensure the content is age and stage appropriate. Our DSL works closely with the RSHE lead to ensure that students’ understanding of subjects such as consent, healthy relationships and harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is strong, and that they know how to keep themselves safe. In addition, we are proud that we have a student HSB working party who contribute to the curriculum in this area.  

  • Careers: We are delighted to hold the CEIAG Quality in Standards benchmark. Our offer is planned across a five-year framework and aligns with both Gatsby benchmarks and the new CDI framework. It is further enhanced by enrichment activities including virtual work experience in year 10, college visits in year 11, and engaging with both careers and apprenticeship fairs. The academy ran its own careers fair in September 2021; this event was enjoyed by all students in years 10 and 11. Transition from KS4 to 5 is a real strength, and NEET is well below local and national at 0.5% (data as at September 2021).

  • Extra-curricular: Our KS3 offer has a huge range of activities, so there is something for everyone within the 26 different clubs.

  • Mental health and wellbeing: students are supported to ensure that they are able to cope with the demands placed upon them, and we have a fully trained Mental Health First Aider who is also the Assistant Safeguarding Officer. The academy is proud to hold the silver level of the Carnegie Schools Mental Health Award and is currently working towards achieving gold.

  • Cultural capital: This is the golden thread of our PDE framework, and is interleaved throughout our curriculum offer.  Our students benefit from a vast range of opportunities, including Oxford University visits and speakers, scientific bake-offs, theatre company visits and mock trials, to name but a few! Moorenders know that if they can dream it, they can do it!