Mrs HawkesPersonal Development Lead
The curriculum at Kings Heath Primary Academy has four tenets of character education at its heart and is brought to life for pupils 'Every Lesson, Every Day'. “Learning with character” gives our children the balance of personal and academic achievement. This coupled with the belief that everyone has the potential to excel allows children to thrive and encourages cultural capital. We believe that character is both “caught” and “taught”. Our values-led approach to education is based on four core values; respect, ambition, courage and aspiration.
These character traits are at the very heart of the school and permeate all school activity, including the curriculum. Trust policies embody the four values, with the whole trust community committed to understanding and modelling these themselves. Common language within the school setting means that children as young as two are being taught the meaning of the values and are supported when applying them within everyday life.
Our value system has had an incredible impact on the school, with the curriculum being driven by positive mental health, good citizenship and future employability. Resilience is key and is taught to all year groups, as are strategies to self-regulate in the face of adversity. Meanwhile, mistakes are shown to be lessons rather than disappointments.
At KHPA we offer an impressive amount of extra curricula activities to help extend pupils learning and wellbeing, underpinned by the value systems that are at the core our school community. See below for the types of activities we offer and some examples within it.Personal Development Evidence Beyond the Curriculum
Our Values are:
We are unashamedly ambitious for the children, parents and the community that we serve. We want to provide access to opportunities within the classroom and beyond.
We are highly aspirational and expect all of our children and staff to aim high academically. We provide staff with the skills and knowledge to teach well and create a culture where high performance is expected.
We are courageous, trying new strategies, thinking big and not being afraid to take measured risks in our pursuit of excellence. This expectation is shared within our whole school community.
We are respectful, creating an environment of calm, scholarly endeavour in our school and beyond.
Kings Heath Primary Academy is currently working towards School of Character Kitemark Plus.
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and in doing so, respect the civil and criminal law of England
In House and Academy Competitions
The Scholars are children who have been picked to partake in an academic programme. This is an excellent programme set up by the Brilliant Club, The Scholars Programme aims to give children an experience of university learning to help them make an informed decision about their future. Throughout The Scholars Programme the children’s have experienced small group university-style tutorials delivered by a PhD tutor, teaching a supra-curricular topic based on their current research. They then write a final assignment which will was graded by a PhD tutor.
- use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religions, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
See below for more information.
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those from different Faiths and Beliefs
Great Britain Day
At Kings Heath Primary Academy we pride ourselves on pupil involvement in all areas of the curriculum. We value the benefits of pupil personal development by the implementation of pupil groups. They represents the whole school. We feel they benefit the whole community and as a school we operate as a community. Through our pupil groups we aim to help develop our pupils and allow them further opportunities to develop themselves and the school. Our pupil groups enable pupils with positive attitudes to exert a positive influence.
Junior Leadership Team
At Kings Heath Primary Academy, we believe that offering genuine leadership opportunities can help build a stronger school community and empower students. These activities contribute to the sense of pride students feel about their school and enable students to develop leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school. Many student leadership opportunities focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching in the classroom. There is a huge range of opportunities for students to become leaders, represent their peers and contribute to the school community.
At Kings Heath Primary Academy we have seven members of the Junior Leadership Team:
RileyJLT: Leadership and Management
HaydenJLT: Teaching and Learning
HalimJLT: Pastoral and Attendance
MollieJLT: Early Years
These children are assigned to the key members of the staff and complete a variation of activities to help support their area. This includes:
- Collecting pupil voice
- Completing learning walks
- Completing book scrunities
- Promoting their area of learning
- Talking to members of staff, governors, parents or visitors
The School Council is made up of 14 children from across the school, one representative from each class. The children chosen had to put themselves forward, complete a speech and then were elected by their peers.
Our School Council aims to encourage our children to:
- Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities
- Prepare them to play an active role as citizens
- Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people
- To have a “voice” and to share their opinions and ideas with others
For this academic year, the children are focusing on the community. They are working with Mrs Hope and the Kings Heath Partnership to help improve their local area. They are also working with the University of Northampton to complete the Changemaker Award.
Kings Heath Primary Academy has four houses that follow our values - Ambition, Aspiration, Courage and Respect. Each house is represented by a House Captain and a Vice House Captain. These are eight role models, across 5 and 6, that were put forward for the role by members of staff across the school.
The House Captains aim to encourage our children to:
- Develop their sense of self and their role within their school community
- Improve the sustainability of the school
- Positively impact on the biodiversity
- Encourage our community to reflect and improve on their impact of the world
For this academic year, the House Captains are working with Miss Durbin to complete the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award, Distinction Level.
Click here to be taken to the House Captains Eco-Schools Green Flag Award Padlet and see the wonderful work they have been doing.
Due to our high number of children within our school that speak an additional language, the EAL Ambassadors were created. This group of children have navigated the world of duel languages and are committed to helping the families in our school and community. They include a number of children and staff that speak a variation of languages including, but not limited too; Romanian, Polish, Urdu, British Sign Language and Italian.
The EAL Ambassadors aim to encourage our children to:
- Help new children who arrive and speak little or no English
- Help provide tours for families that speak duel languages
- Celebrate the diversity and equal opportunities that Kings Heath provide
For this year the EAL Ambassadors have been working to evaluate the diverse and equal opportunities that the school and the community provide. To do this they are working with Miss Woroniecka and Miss Durbin to complete the Equalities Award. This provides support and guidance for schools to effectively promote equality, diversity and inclusion and allows schools to showcase their commitment to equality.
The Faith Ambassadors are a collection of ten children across Key Stage 2 that support and assist Mrs Hawkes and Miss Miah in leading Religious Education, Collective Workship and assemblies. The Faith Ambassadors are a vibrant and diverse team of enthusiastic children who apply to become part of the team. Each Faith Ambassador has different talents to offer the school community.
The Faith Ambassadors aim to encourage our children to:
- Be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life
- Have knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- Have a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
For this academic year, the Faith Ambassadors are exploring the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. They have decided to do this, with the help of Mrs Hawkes and Miss Miah, but completing the SMSC Quality Mark.
As Kings Heath Primary Academy holds a Silver School Games Mark, Physical Education has always played a huge part in our curriculum. Our Sports Leaders were created to allow those children within our school who show leadership skills in sport.
The Sports Leaders to encourage our children to:
- Move more at play times and lunch times
- Engage with physical activity both within school and after school
- Eat healthier
- Participate in enrichment opportunities
- Engage in healthy competition
- Show great sportsmanship at all times
Currently our Sports Leaders work with Mr Larrier, our PE Lead and Sports Coach. They are also beginning their training to become Primary Leaders through Sports Leaders.
Heads of Houses Termly Meetings