Jane Austen College
Norfolk, United Kingdom
About Jane Austen College
Located in the city of Norwich, Norfolk, Jane Austen College is a popular and innovative free school. Established in September 2014, the school is growing year by year towards its full capacity of 1100 pupils from Years 7 through to 13. The college is part of Inspiration Trust, ranked by the Department for Education as one of the country's top performing schools groups at secondary level. Jane Austen College has an economically diverse student intake, and a strongly comprehensive ethos.
Vision and Values
Jane Austen College runs a slightly different curriculum from most secondary schools. Pupils at the school receive no homework, and instead have an extended school day featuring independent study as well as 'electives' - extra-curricular options chosen by pupils that include cultural, sporting, and community activities. Students are taught in mixed-ability lessons and begin studying for their GCSE examinations in Year 9, a year earlier than most schools. Independent reading plays a large part of school life, with time allotted every morning for pupils to read, and the school timetable includes multiple shorter break times along with 5 hour-long lessons per day.
“Pupils make exceptional progress because staff instil the highest expectations of what they can achieve. Pupils’ rapid progress is ensured by ambitious target-setting, rigorous assessment, an excellent curriculum and good teaching. The school’s work to ensure that pupils are safe is very effective. The welfare and personal development of pupils are non-negotiable priorities for staff at all levels.”