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We are a vibrant, award winning and ambitious school with a very clear focus on providing the best education and life opportunities for our pupils. The school is increasingly a first choice for parents not only locally, but for our bordering authorities. In our most recent Ofsted report the judgement was made that our pupils wanted to learn and did so in a very rich and diverse environment.
The school has very much developed the idea of being a ‘learning community’ and this brings a very strong focus on the quality of teaching and learning within the school. It also brings high expectations of ourselves as teachers and associate staff and the pupils. We seek academic excellence in all we do without losing sight of the need to develop our pupils as rounded individuals who understand their responsibility as future citizens.
The school’s pastoral care and guidance has been deemed as ‘outstanding’ and we have introduced a vertical system of age-mixed form grouping organised into three ‘Houses’. This provides the opportunity for siblings to remain together, if they wish, throughout the five years of their school career here at Prestwich under the care of one team. We believe this helps to create a family atmosphere amongst our student body and map out for them what is required of them by observing the experiences of other year groups within the form.
Prestwich Arts College continues to be a dynamic and exciting place to work and learn. Over the last decade our examination results have shown a steady and sustained rise. High attendance figures demonstrate our pupils’ enjoyment of their school. We remain very proud of our Arts College designation and the fact that we are the home of the ‘Paragon’ theatre. The extra-curricular experience of our pupils remains as Ofsted put it our ‘jewel in the crown.’
The Governors and staff share with me a passionate belief in how the provision of a high quality educational experience can have a transformational effect on our young people. In essence we want for your child what we would want for our own.
I hope this brief introduction gives you at least a flavour of the passion, character and rigour of the school and our aspirations and philosophy. I would welcome any contact from you to find out more and to visit us
C. C. Hornby
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