School Ethos and Values
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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 developed the idea of being a ‘learning community’ and this brings a strong focus on the quality of teaching and learning within the school. It also brings high expectations of us as teachers, associate staff and our pupils. We seek academic excellence in all we do, without losing sight of the need to develop our students as rounded individuals who understand their responsibility as future citizens.
The school remains true to instilling traditional values of courtesy, manners and consideration for others. Students talk enthusiastically about their college and the harmonious and welcoming ethos that is evident. High attendance figures demonstrate our pupils’ enjoyment of their school.
Prestwich Arts College continues to be a dynamic and exciting place to work and learn. We have a clear focus on ensuring that our students make good, sustained progress from whatever their starting point and level of ability. Our careers programme is recognised nationally as ‘Gold Standard’. It helps our young people to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, manage transition in learning and move onto work.
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 is very strong and provides another enriching dimension to their learning.
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, our aspirations and our philosophy. I would welcome any contact from you to find out more and please do come to visit us to see for yourself.
C. C. Hornby