Castle View Academy
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
About Castle View Academy
This school has a responsibility to meet the emotional needs of its students; to assist students acquire the skills necessary for them to participate effectively in a learning environment.
King Richard School has called itself a Learning Community – this means, quite simply, that our aim is to make sure that student learning is central to everything we do. It means that we will work hard to make sure that:
◊ high quality learning takes place in every classroom every day.
◊ all students learn the skills to become good learners.
◊ all students have access to the resources to help them learn effectively.
◊ the school will work most effectively when it can place itself at the centre of the community we serve.
The views of students attending King Richard are of considerable importance and this is recognised in the openness and accessibility they are given to the Management Team through the Student Council, student-based lesson evaluations and tutor system. Indeed the school takes the views of all its stakeholders (students, staff, parents, governors, local community) very seriously. These views are sought constantly and contribute to our school improvement efforts. I am pleased to report that for the third year running students at this school rank their experiences as being better in every area compared to other students both locally and nationally.
Ofsted Inspection Report
The full report has now been provided to the school and copies are available from reception.
Among the headlines are:
“This is an effective and inclusive school.”
“…potential for improvement is good.”
“During Year 10 and 11 students make good progress overall.”
“The quality of the curriculum is good.”
“The school provides good quality care and support.”
“Self-evaluation is good.”
“ Students make a good contribution to the community.”
“Students feel safe.”
“Leadership and management are good and have concentrated on the right priorities.”
“Teaching staff and leadership team work well together and there is a shared vision of the way
that the school should develop.”
“The Headteacher leads the school effectively through a collegiate approach that is moving
the school forward well.”
The King Richard Curriculum - Standards
The aim of King Richard is to ensure that all children attain the highest academic standards of
which they are capable. Teachers have high expectations of all our students and so they are
expected to work hard and achieve their full potential. This is done through a broad and balanced
education up to the age of 16 which aims to stimulate and develop the special talents of each
KRS has just completed a major review of its curriculum and the way this is delivered to
students. As a result of this review we are proposing a number of radical changes to the way
we ‘do things’ for September 2007.
Traditionally schools run a three year KS3 and 2 year KS4 curriculum. KRS has recently
reduced KS3 to two years to allow us to prepare students for the all important end of KS4
examinations in Year 11 and by September this plan will be fully in place. KS3 (Years 7 and 8)
will be known as our ‘foundation years’ and departments will make sure that they focus on
the skills and knowledge students need for their examination courses. These skills will include a
stronger emphasis on literacy and numeracy, research and study skills and less on content
which has little or no relevance to students. Students will have regular testing (we have started
this with our new homework system) to check if they are learning the skills and to help teachers
understand what they need to focus on in the classroom. This will mean that the school will
place less emphasis on the KS3 SATs – these will continue to take place for Science, Maths
and English but will not be a major focus for the school.
At the end of Year 8, students will begin to choose the subjects they wish to take through to
GCSE. They will then finalise their option choices in Year 9 in time to start their final
The three year KS4 (Years 9, 10, 11) will enable students to more thoroughly prepare for their
examinations, it will also allow time for all students to do work experience and community