Hornchurch High School
Havering, United Kingdom
About Hornchurch High School
BACKGROUND INFORMATION - THE ALBANY SCHOOL
The Albany School is a popular and successful 11-16 mixed comprehensive Academy and believes in ‘Traditional values within a 21st Century Education’
This approach is reflected in both our pastoral care and teaching and learning. We have an exciting curriculum that aims to meet the needs of all students which, in KS3, includes a semester based approach to foundation subjects and an enrichment option in Year 9 that gives students the opportunity to choose from a huge variety of subjects outside the National Curriculum. We believe that learning should be engaging and that students should develop as independent learners guided by their teachers. We are developing a unique KS3 approach to home learning which gives students the chance to choose their homework which, in some cases, may be in the form of an afterschool club. In KS4, students have the opportunity to study a variety of subjects including those in the English Baccalaureate as well Performing Arts or Technology. For those students who prefer an alternative pathway, we offer junior apprenticeships, foundation learning and college placements that suit the individual.
Pastorally, our students are organised into four different houses in mixed-year tutor groups where the tutor becomes their ‘student champion’. Students get a personal 1:1 review every six weeks to see how they are progressing in all areas of their school life.
We take great pride in our relationships with the local community and the other schools and colleges in the area. It is these positive partnerships that enable us to offer our students a variety of educational experiences. We have a rich after school provision for students providing a wide variety of clubs and activities.
The Albany is a place of learning for all and includes staff as well as students. Continued professional development and training for staff happens on a regular basis with our partner schools. Staff can choose a personalised series of courses to help them develop as individuals which has a positive impact within the school.
Relationships amongst colleagues are pleasant, supportive and good humoured with staff socialising as a body. A great deal of personal commitment has been devoted by colleagues to establishing both the school and individual departments and the resultant pride and sense of achievement are evident in the ethos of the School.
The School became an Academy in August 2011 bringing with it extra resources and freedoms that will contribute to our quest to become an outstanding school where students are engaged in their learning, enjoy being at school and make excellent progress in their studies.