ABOUT TWICKENHAM ACADEMY
As a pupil at Kunskapsskolan you will be setting long-term learning and attainment goals. At the start of school you, together with your teacher and parents, set and agree on the learning and attainment goals you will work to meet at the end of your final year.
This means that at the end of your last year, your grades will not come as a surprise, and it is our aim that you meet or exceed the attainment goals we have agreed on. The long-term goals will be broken down into a plan with termly goals and weekly goals, and these are followed up week by week in individual tutorial discussions.
Part of this process also includes finding the learning style that best suits your needs, enabling you to develop learning strategies to meet or exceed your goals. It may be a question of finding out where you learn best, or which study techniques will better help you to understand.
Personal supervision for support and control
At Kunskapsskolan, you will have a teacher as a personal tutor who will follow you through your school years, help you and train you in planning and developing your learning strategies, follow up your school work and be available for support and control. As you learn to set your goals yourself and to plan your own time, you will be allowed to take a greater responsibility for your own studies. Thus, our method of working will teach you to take personal responsibility and to become independent - this is not something which you need to know how to do when you begin with us, but something which you will learn step by step.
Unique opportunities for parents to follow the school work
Your parents will have a unique opportunity to follow your studies in your logbook and via the web-portal (The Knowledge Portal), where the planning and material for the steps and courses are available. In addition, the teachers will enter all your results, remaining tasks, comments etc in the school´s Pupil Documentation System which is accessible via the Internet. Link: learningschoolstrust.org.uk
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged students and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with students who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
The Pupil Premium is used to provide the multi-agency team based at the Academy and a wide range of targeted interventions to meet the needs of our students. These include summer transition programmes, language and literacy interventions, mentors and specialist staff, including a Social Worker and Family and Community Support Worker. We also provide intensive support programmes through our dedicated Intervention Centre. More information is available from the Director of Inclusion, Bernadette Dooling.
Latest Ofsted Visit
As part of the lead up to opening Twickenham Academy, Ofsted visited on 10th August 2010 to review our preparedness to open. The inspector was impressed by our plans and was assured that the academy is ready.
Twickenham Academy has now also received its first Ofsted monitoring visit. The visit, carried out in May 2012 by two of Her Majesty´s Inspectors, is a routine visit undertaken at all new Academies in the second year of operation. The visit to Twickenham follows the recent Ofsted visit to LST´s Hampton Academy in March.
Ofsted found that “The academy has successfully raised students´ aspirations through establishing a positive climate for learning and conferring greater responsibility upon students for achieving their goals" and “The academy is transforming the aspirations of most students and is strengthening outcomes."
Twickenham Academy students were praised by Ofsted who said that: “Behaviour is satisfactory and improving", “The majority of students are well motivated and enthusiastic learners" and that “There is a positive ethos for learning across the academy".
The inspectors were positive about the new personalised learning model that Twickenham Academy is introducing saying:
Inspectors noted the improvements at the Academy since it opened saying
Looking to the future, the report states:
The role of LST and the collaboration with other LST Academies was seen as a strength:
Nick Jones, Principal of Twickenham Academy said:
John Baumber for Learning Schools Trust commented:
Latest Exam Results - August 2012
We are delighted that 82% of students achieved five or more A* - C GCSE grades this year. There was impressive performance in many subjects with significant improvement with mathematics results and continued strength in Science. We are also proud that there is not a single student who has left the Academy without a qualification.
Behind the overall results are many individual success stories with Vishwas Arora achieving sixteen GCSE grades with ten of these at grade A or A*. Luke Crawford passed sixteen GCSE subjects, also with nine at grade A or A*. Kosta Dunn passed seventeen subjects with eight subjects at A or A*.
You may have picked up that there is considerable concern nationally about the examination results for English. We along with many other schools will be seeking significant remarking and review. We will keep parents and students informed if there are any developments in this area.