Thank you for your interest in Prestwich Arts College for your child
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. Ofsted recognised in our most recent inspection that students talk enthusiastically about their school and the harmonious and welcoming ethos that is evident.
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, associate staff and our pupils. The school has an absolute focus on ensuring that pupils not only make expected progress but every opportunity is provided to exceed that expectation. 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 is a strength of the school 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 throughout the five years of their school career here at Prestwich, under the care of one team. 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. We believe a caring, nurturing environment helps them get the best out of their education.
Prestwich Arts College continues to be a dynamic and exciting place to work and learn. Our attendance figures places us above average nationally and demonstrates our pupils’ enjoyment of their school. Students’ awareness of the requirements for a successful journey from KS3 to KS4 and beyond is very good and we maintain one of the highest transition rates to college and work in Bury. Our students behave well in lessons and around the school and there is a tangible sense of community, integration and belonging. 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 a very strong characteristic of the school.
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.
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