Whatever the nature of the local community, students are growing up in a wider multicultural and multiracial society where they are subject to various attitudes towards minority groups, and also certain images of these groups portrayed by the media. The school’s Equality Objectives should be read in conjunction with the wider school policies.
Good schools go beyond a commitment to academic excellence; they aim to educate the whole person through holistic development and extra-curricular endeavours. At Humphrey Perkins School we endorse that aim in the knowledge that if we provide a good quality and exciting academic education, taking a close interest in each individual with the highest standard of teaching, we will produce well-rounded students; able and eager to fulfill their potential in all aspects of life.
We believe that all young people will respond to challenge as long as that challenge is relevant to their individual needs and aspirations. So we have developed a curriculum that meets the needs, sparks the imagination, and brings the best out of each individual student according to his or her ambition, aspirations, ability, interests and learning styles.
We aim to stimulate, motivate and cultivate intellectual curiosity, develop our students awareness and understanding as well as leadership and communication skills. We want all our students to be good citizens as well as good companions and to have fun! We encourage and expect high standards of behaviour and presentation and nurture strong character values.
There is a focused commitment on 'Teaching and Learning' and we are proud of what we do. There is an emphasis on mutual support through which we develop our shared professionalism. We are reflective and adaptive in our practice. We are happy to try out new ideas, because we want to ensure that every student succeeds.
Celebrating genuine success is an important aspect of building self confidence and developing a sense of pride and ambition. There are many ways in which we highlight achievement, from HP Award badges in assembly to photos around the site. All students are expected to celebrate the success of others.
Humanities is the study of actions and consequences as well as the world we live in. Geography teaches pupils about the world around us and the impact we can have on the world. History focuses on how the past shapes the world we live in today.
In Humanities we are committed to academic excellence and holistic development, to ensure that any young person from any background is able to achieve equal success in whatever they choose to do. Our curriculum is based on developing a passion for the world around us and an understanding of the journey that has been taken by others to get us to this place in time. Our subject equips our students to understand the modern world and their place within it. Central to this is the instilling of core British values; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Our curriculum ensures that students receive a broad and balanced curriculum across all three Humanities subjects; History, Geography and Religious Studies. We believe firmly that “knowledge begets knowledge” and this appreciation for the need for our students to acquire deep knowledge has driven the reshaping of our curriculum. Access to the research of the Learning Scientist has enabled us to plan more effectively for automaticity, vital to allow our students’ success in the more rigorous content of the reformed 2016 GCSEs. Throughout both key stages regular low stakes testing of both current and previous learning takes centre stage in both classroom activities and in the form of weekly homework, based on knowledge organisers which are provided for each taught topic. We have planned our five year curriculum to enable our students to achieve their potential at GCSE level and beyond through the creation of a KS3 which allows a seamless transition from one key stage to the next, in terms of skills – specifically of critical thinking skills and the ability to produce well-constructed extended writing but also in creation of a subject knowledge in terms of both depth and breadth. Throughout the five years in Humanities, students are not grouped by ability. We believe that mixed ability teaching promotes better progress across the cohort and reduces incidents of students feeling that they are defined by their set. We teach to the top and scaffold down to allow all learners to succeed. We are passionate at creating opportunities to raise students’ cultural capital, ensuring that our students all have at least one opportunity per academic year to visit sites of national importance. We feel this is vital to promote feelings of awe and to raise both aspirations and scholarly ambition, particularly amongst students experiencing disadvantage.
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