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.