About the Academy

What is life like at The Parks?

 

Over the past five years the Parks has been through a transformational journey! In December 2016 we gained a 'Good' judgement by Ofsted which we are extremely proud of.

So, what’s been happening?

 

Our 'good' judgement is not the only good thing about us. Pupils, staff and parents work extremely hard to make the Parks a safe haven for our families. We are a nurturing and caring school where staff continuously support children and families.

 

We have high expectations and aspirations for all of the children. We believe that barriers should be removed and children should have the opportunity to flourish to achieve their full potential. All staff work tirelessly to ensure that the curriculum offer is robust and that there is a balance between the teaching of basic skills and the foundation subjects.

In EYFS our children get off to a flying start. The environment and support within the Early Years is strategically considered to meet the emerging needs of the cohort. Phonics is embedded throughout the provision. We ensure we share high quality books and that the provision enhances our reading offer. Staff are proactive and ensure through themed environments; stay and play sessions; parental advice and support; a purposeful and engaging environment. Combined with effective teaching children make rapid progress.

 

Within our Y1 setting the environment has been carefully considered to ensure it meets the needs of the children. We use a stepped approach with EYFS principals at the heart of the Y1 curriculum. We understand that education within Y1 can be too formal, without transition. So staff have created a balance of adult and child initiated learning to ensure that children reach their full potential. Y1 transforms throughout the year to support the changing needs of the cohort. Phonics is taught sequentially and is fast and first. Children read daily and also have access to high quality class texts.  

 

As children continue on their journey through the school, a love of reading and books is key. We have invested heavily in new reading books to ensure that home readers and guided reading books match phonic phases. We are creating an amazing library space with high quality texts where classes will be able to go and check out books. Through the development of the Reading Strategy children love reading sessions. We also have book clubs that run over lunchtimes and have even had some tweets and signed book covers sent to us by some very famous authors!

 

We are currently developing our curriculum to ensure it is sequential and purposeful, meeting the needs of our children and preparing them for the next step in their learning journey. The development of the 'RESPECT' curriculum pulls together our values and the national curriculum to ensure that our children are well equipped for their next stages in learning.

 

We believe in our RESPECT values and ensure that these values underpin our curriculum offer. We believe our children should have access to a range of enrichment experiences and through trips, visitors and extra-curricular clubs we aim to broaden children's experiences of the world. Our passionate school council play a pro-active role in the development of the school. They have even had the opportunity to meet with the Lord Mayor of Hull.

 

The academy is where it should be, at the heart of the community. As an academy, we visit our local church, St Michael's, for Harvest and Easter Services. Of course we invite parents too. Over one hundred come to join us in thanking God for everything we have. We also regularly visit the residential home just a short walk away, and invite the residents to come to us so we can show our warm hospitality. We are lucky that we have dedicated groups of parents who create our whole academy community events. Our flagship behaviour incentive, Leading Learners, encourages pupils to be kind and caring, helpful and responsible, value learning and work hard.

We think about others too. Last year alone we raised well over £1000 for our chosen charities. Our charities were The British Heart Foundation, Hull Children’s University and Breathe for Cameron. We also held themed days, like Children in Need and the MacMillan coffee morning. We also enabled others to raise money too, thorough our Summer and Christmas Fairs.