Studying at Barnes Wallis Academy provides an enthusing and inspiring education that helps students to develop the skills they need to become independent learners.
All staff share responsibility for the education of all our students. We have a Learning Support department that works with subject areas to provide additional help for students, particularly those with learning needs.
As well as encouraging independent learning we also make sure our students learn well as part of a team. We encourage students to take part in a range of extracurricular activities including competitive sports that help them to develop their ability to succeed in a team environment.
At Barnes Wallis, the way we teach is just as important as what we teach. We work hard to provide a variety of teaching approaches to maintain interest and motivation, making learning enjoyable and successful for all our students.
In Key Stage 3 we group all students by the targets they have been set. Where apppropriate, groups have support from our extensive Teaching Assistant Team.
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), students are placed in ability groups for English, Maths and Science. In other subjects mixed ability groups are used. Students play an important part in choosing the subjects they wish to study in Years 10 and 11 from four option groups.
For all courses, we try to make learning active, practical and relevant, teaching students in whole classes, small groups or individually to suit the particular tasks they are working on. Students will be given work that matches their ability in our efforts to make learning fun as well as demanding and challenging.
We work hard to create a friendly and welcoming school atmosphere. We want students to develop a determination to achieve to the best of their ability. You can rest assured that each and every one of our students are given the time and support to reach their full potential.
through a supportive careers education programme pupils are provided with impartial advice and guidance
Careers Plan at Barnes Wallis Academy
Through Academy “Drop Down Days” and structured form time sessions pupils begin to question and reflect upon concepts relating to careers and aspirations such as “Who am I?” - Identifying skills and strengths and “What do my family do for a living?” - gain an understanding of what people do in relation to the world of work.
Pupils meet with guest speakers from different industries and consider the importance of lifelong learning and how school subjects relate to different career paths.
- Through the KUDOS Careers programme pupils are given the opportunity to reflect upon the concept of careers and to begin to consider their own career goals and aspirations, allowing pupils to access relevant information which can inform decisions relating to careers and relevant subject choices.
- Through the KUDOS Careers programme pupils consider career development as well as employability skills such as interview techniques and the concept of a CV and how to go about creating one.
- Continued access to KUDOS Careers programme allowing pupils to reflect upon higher education and the opportunities gained from studying abroad.
- Visits to post 16 education providers. Planning the next steps after Year 11
- STEM essions from guest speakers regarding revision techniques.
- All Year 11 pupils will have a 1:1 meeting with an external careers advisor; some pupils will have more than one session depending on the need of the individual. Pupils review action plan and discuss next steps.
- Continued access to KUDOS Careers programme, ensuring that all have an updated CV.
- Opportunity to meet with careers coordinator during parents evening.
- Post 16 applications are made during autumn term.
- A “Careers Week” gives the pupils the opportunity to receive further advice and support from visiting college, apprenticeship and other post 16 representatives, discussions concerning interview techniques and guidance with regard to economic understanding.
CAREERS INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS IS IN THE PARENT INFORMATION TAB