From intake at Year 3 when our students are equipped with learning skills for life, through to Year 13 when they have become self-directed learners, it’s the principle of learning to learn which is empowering them to take charge of their own learning and pursue their own outcomes.
Our students are at the very heart of our efforts, and are simply the most important personnel in the campus, and indeed the entire OneSchool education system. It’s the opportunities that the students make for themselves that are leading to the deeper and richer learning experiences; it’s the way that students engage with their learning that is driving them forward and it’s the provision of the all-inclusive learning environment that is allowing every student to succeed, not only academically but in learning how to learn so that they are life ready when they leave us.
Our students have a clear sense of ownership, belonging, and contribution to the good of the whole. Peer support and teamwork is strong, and this tends to spread across age ranges and year group quite freely, creating a genuine community feel to the environment. Given scope to investigate, explore and evaluate, students are now more than able to take the initiative in their own learning programmes, in styles and environments that they understand and enjoy. Teachers consistently find they are creative, interested and converse well with adults.
Student Voice and Leadership
Our students are central to what we do at Focus School Plymouth Campus. As such, we have a Student Council consisting of representatives from each phase. Our SMSC Co-ordinator, along with our Primary HLTA, support our Student Council. The Council meets at least every other week to discuss issues around student welfare, development and school improvement. They also work on charitable events.
The key to ensuring that they communicate what the real needs and issues for students are is effective communication. We ensure this through our Student Council and Pastoral System. Additionally, our Post 16 students lead focus groups to determine what the priorities are for themselves and their peers which then are fed back to the school’s Leadership Team.
Student voice is about making the school world class and better for everyone. Therefore, we don’t just encourage concerns to be raised, but we also ask for possible solutions.
Interested in Working With Us?
If you are interested in potentially working with students like ours to achieve their full potential in life, then please consider joining the Focus School Plymouth Team!
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