The Academy is one of the largest in Wiltshire with over 1,600 girls and boys aged 11- 19. Our large Sixth Form has built up a national reputation for academic success. The catchment area includes Wootton Bassett itself and extends to the villages of Broad Town, Lydiard Millicent and Lyneham. Other students come by choice from neighbouring areas and we are regularly over-subscribed.
The Academy has a proud record of academic success by pupils with considerable achievement in a range of sporting, musical, dramatic and extra-curricular activities. In spite of its size, the Academy enjoys a justifiable reputation as a caring community encouraging pupils in the maintenance of high standards of behaviour.
Ethos and Standards
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy challenges and inspires pupils to achieve beyond their initial expectations. It aims to provide academic rigour within a supportive and inviting environment. Pupils are presented with a range of opportunities both within and outside the classroom in recognition of our role as educators in the widest sense. This is commensurate with our philosophy that the learning process never ends and is a source of constant stimulation for both staff and pupils. Opportunities for student responsibility, decision-making and high expectations in both the learning and citizenship contexts are important. These, combined with the importance placed on the role of teacher exposition and inspiration, are factors in our success. The effectiveness of Teaching and Learning is continuously evaluated in the light of current best practice rather than pre-conceived dogma and success is celebrated.
Staff are noted for their enthusiasm and dedication. They form a strong team, committed to raising standards and are supported by ongoing training and development. High standards of professionalism are expected from teachers and support staff as well as work and behaviour from the pupils are expected. The staffroom is a friendly place with colleagues being mutually supportive and proud to be part of Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.
The Curriculum – Excellence and Equality
The Academy is committed to ensuring that all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum, which is motivating and challenging. At the core of our curriculum is the agenda of personalised learning in which we recognise the needs, aspirations and aptitudes of each individual student.
The curriculum is currently delivered over 60 periods per fortnight, each of one fifty minutes and additionally through a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.
The Academy for the 21st Century
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy is delighted to be able to offer new state-of-the-art facilities (provided in 2002) as part of a private finance initiative. Staff and students work in superb modern accommodation. We aim to make the most of these to provide the standard of education all young people deserve.
Technology now plays an increasingly important part in our lives and we aim to take advantage of the latest developments. The Academy is fully networked for ICT and has televisions and videos in most classrooms. We are committed to continue to invest in new technologies to raise standards of achievement and harness the global store of information that stimulates and inspires learning.
Within the curriculum ICT is taught as a core subject and its use to improve the home Academy learning environment is being actively developed.
The pace of change in the world in which we live continues to increase. It is a salient thought that a child starting Academy at the age of five this year will most likely leave Academy to work in a company not yet founded and on technology still to be invented. At Wootton Bassett we believe it is important to take advantage of new developments, which facilitate learning and thus raising standards of achievement. This will enable us to properly equip our students with the skills and qualities required to be successful citizens in our global society.
Values & Aims
We believe in...
- The pursuit of learning for the academic, spiritual, social, moral, cultural, physical and personal development of pupils.
- Providing a broad and balanced curriculum, which presents challenging opportunities for all pupils.
- Maintaining a caring community, which encourages courteous and considerate behaviour within an effective and stimulating learning environment.
- Valuing pupils equally and celebrating their contributions and achievements.
- The desirability of all pupils taking an increasing responsibility for their own learning, decision making and actions.
- Encouraging the contributions of all staff.
- The value of links with the wider community.
- The principles and practice of equal opportunity.
We will seek to...
- Support and guide pupils in formulating and achieving realistic and appropriate personal development plans.
- Achieve a smooth progression through and beyond the various phases of formal education.
- Promote activities, which provide interaction between the Academy, business and the community for the enrichment of pupils, curriculum and the community itself.
- Foster the involvement of parents for the benefit of pupil development.
- Support an organisational and management structure that fosters effective curriculum development and delivery, facilitates communication and involves governors, staff, pupils and parents in the development of the Academy.
- Encourage and guide staff in broadening their perspectives, framing realistic career targets and supporting their achievement through stated Academy development plans.
Support all staff in fulfilling their designated roles.