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1 Welcome! Thursday 22 May 2014 “our future lies in the present”

2 Initial Thoughts and Actions – 25 Feb 2014 Tremendous will to support Slough students to succeed Excellent work happening already in schools Great platform for continued improvement Massive potential to be outstanding Another local school for Slough students (walk & cycle) Meet the parents, students & visit primary schools Recruit high quality staff Use and enhance the local provision & expertise Continued support by all SASH schools X Build a new school

3 25 Feb Where will the academy be in 2014? Temporary site: Very confident it will be at a local Slough school (unused space or port-a-cabins) Or Converted building within easy access of South-East Slough

4 Old TVU Site – The Clock House Building  Easy access – A4!  On local bus route – 77,  Distance = 1.5 miles from Upton Court Road. ( 3 mins by car on a clear day, a 20 min walk or a 10 min cycle! )  Outdoor hard/green spaces  Ample indoor facilities

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6 Timeline of Events – Temporary Building  May 2014 – Architects and Principal meet to discuss requirements  June 2014 – Finalise facilities required/provided.  July/August 2014 – Refurbishment of site  September 2014 – 1 st until 5 th staff organise learning spaces  Friday 5 September – Open Morning for parents’ and students’  Monday 8 September – Ditton Park Academy Opens to students in full academy uniform

7 Main Site (New Build)  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed for Castleview between the Education Funding Agency and Slough  Building works are being scheduled with the timeline for 300 students to occupy the school in Sept 2015  The build for 1100 students will be completed during the autumn term  Regular communication to keep you constantly updated via the website and the Principal’s Blog!

8 Location of the New Build

9 Views from our new location!

10 The foundations of the academy: Self-Worth Aspire Success Honesty

11 Why a Thinking School? Common outcomes reported by Thinking Schools:  High levels of independent learning  Impact on academic attainment  Improved literacy and communication skills  High levels of motivation to learn and think  Impact on behaviour  Impact on attendance  Positive learning environment  One T&L language

12 We need to develop a culture that combines: Highest standards - uniform, behaviour, work, self-discipline, manners and respect Highest expectations - academic performance, skills development, attitude Highest self-worth - university, skilled employment, apprenticeships Highest quality - outstanding teaching and support

13 Uniform – Day wear Uniform - PE Uniform ‘try-on’ and ordering will be on Thursday 10 July at Upton Court Grammar School. Order forms and sizing will be issued on 1 July.

14 How are we going to do it? – the essential elements Excellent Behaviour & Attendance Fantastic Punctuality & Uniform Quality of Work Assessment Data Independent Learning High Expectations & Engagement High Self-Worth High Quality Teaching Strong Staff and Student Work Ethic

15 Academy Day – over 58 hours of learning time MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday Lesson – 9.20 Lesson – Lesson – Break 1 (Hot)11.00 – AM /Assembly 11: : – : :50 Lesson 4 11: :40 Lesson 5 12:40 - 1:30 Break 2 (Cold)1:30 - 2:00 Lesson 6 2:00 - 2:50 Enrichment 2.00 – :00 - 2:50 Lesson 7 2:50 - 3:40 Clubs Limited Clubs Staff Meetings/CPD School Events – 5.30pm

16 Meal Arrangements 1.Provided by a local school (SASH)  11am = Hot main meal  1.30pm = Limited cold provision This might require payment in advance to the academy. We will let you know! 2.Packed lunch from home (see academy policy) Can be eaten at either break or a little bit in both In support of these temporary arrangements a parent/carer must sign their child up for half-term.

17 Curriculum – Thinking/Enquiry School Maths – 5 periods, PE – 3 periods English – 5 periods, PSHE – 1 period Science – 4 periods, RE – 1 period MFL – 1 period, History – 2 periods Geography – 2 periods, DT – 3 periods Art – 3 periods, Music – 1 period Drama – 1 period, TS – 1 period Supported by state of the art ICT allowing 24/7 access, 1 to 1, BYOD provision

18 Staff  English/Literacy Co-ordinator – Miss Cornford  Maths/HOY 7 – Mrs McKay  Science/PSHE/PTA – Mrs Hayer  Humanities/Student Voice – Mr Fenn  Art/Technology/Music – Miss Dawson  PE/Vice Principal – Mr McNab  Drama/MFL – p/t from another SASH school  Cover/Principal – Mr Caulfield  Personal Assistant– Ms Ross

19 Enrichment - Small school with lots of opportunities  Extended curriculum  Wednesday – periods 6&7  After school clubs – developed as staff skills identified  Trips and visits  Residential – Skiing, OAA, MFL, Sports Teams  Community involvement/support  Parents volunteering  Student peer mentoring  PTA – keen to encourage parents to help/support

20 At our academy we will... Believe that students have the UNENDING POTENTIAL to improve Live THREE objectives: 1.You are unique. There is no one in the world like you - respect yourself! 2. Be self-directed. 3.Take accountability for yourself, your actions and your future success!

21 We need to cultivate the qualities of character and mind that modern life demands:  Determination  Curiosity  Imagination  Disciplined thinking  Ability to engage in genuine debate  Confidence  Cope with all aspects of life

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23 Transition Day (Year 6 into 7) When: Tuesday 1 st July (All Schools) Where: Hosted by Langley Academy, Sixth Form Centre 9.00am – 2.20pm Parents’ Information Event – 2.30pm at The Langley Academy, Main Hall Collect your child from us first at the Sixth Form Centre

24 Tuesday 1 July 2014  Entry to The Langley Academy is through the side gate by the Sixth Form Centre via Green Drive. Late arrivals should use the main entrance/gate.  Arrive at 8.50am  Day of various activities so that we can get to know your child and they start to understand our expectations  Collection at 2.20pm from the sixth form centre  Parents Information Event at 2.30pm in The Langley Academy main hall – term dates, policies etc

25 Transition Paperwork  Forms for parent/carer to complete and return to us before or on Tuesday 1 July  If you need advice and guidance please ring or come into Upton Court where myself or Mr Caulfield can help!  The more information you provide the better we will be equipped to support your son/daughter  If any information changes (address, telephone numbers) please let us know asap

26 Parent Governors  Letter in the pack with a nomination form  One meeting every half-term for 2 hours – 5.15pm!  Term/Position lasts for 4 years  Additional committees are voluntary – admissions, disciplinary etc  Link to a role or T&L Community – LAC, SEN, H&S etc  Deadline is Friday 13 June at 1pm

27 Parents’ & Teachers’ Association  Letter in pack with an expression of interest form  AGM – Thursday 18 September 2014 – 5pm  6 official meetings at the academy  Raise money to support children – trips, equipment etc  Organise and run events  Provide refreshments at academy events  Be supportive and pro-active in creating a community  Deadline is Friday 13 June 1pm

28 Next Steps  Re-furbish the existing building to become Ditton Park Academy  Recruit support staff – SEN, EAL, Admin, Premises  Provide opportunity for parents to purchase uniform – Thursday 10 July 4pm pm (UCGS)  Order everything else needed to open a new school!  Complete our visits to Primary schools  Launch the Ditton Park Academy website & social media!

29 New Website – Ditton Park Academy

30 Our contact details:  Telephone  “our future lies in the present”


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