The Keystone Academy will work constantly to provide excellence for every learner. With a highly-trained, specialised team, we will support the entire cohort’s needs, particularly focusing on the whole child making sure they make accelerated personal, social and emotional progress as well as academic progress by focusing on individual needs such as: needing a safe, aspirational, positive and creative environment to recapture an often lost passion for learning and creativity.
‘Keystone’ represents far more than just a name for a school. It neatly summarises our vision for the Academy, and expresses the ethos for education we strive to provide; an ethos focused on positive achievement and success at every stage.
A Keystone in a literal sense is the main stone that holds complex structures together and we see our role with this school as a figurative keystone for children, families, support services and wider life ambitions. By adopting this keystone approach, we will make sure there is a core focus on a child centred, fresh start, with full support, to turn around their education to give them real life opportunities. These fall into four main focal areas ‘Child Centred, Engagement, Enablement and Destinations’’
These core values are deliverable with the suggested staffing structure and budget. The plans will be driven and overseen by the YES Trust providing the expertise and capacity to develop an excellent school all stakeholders are proud to be associated with.
While learners are with us, we will base our KS1 & KS2 with a focus on a nurturing curriculum and thematic learning, underpinning foundation phonics, literacy and numeracy skills alongside emotion coaching and developing creativity at every point.
At KS3, the focus turns to the development of wider communication underpinned by literacy and numeracy skills across all areas of the curriculum. The breadth and depth of learning increases and students start to develop a greater interest in option subjects and useful life skills, such as cooking and horticulture while also providing further sensory development.
At KS4, students follow an individual learning pathway, through our ‘webbed curriculum’ over a broad range of ELC and GCSE qualifications; the most-able access a full Progress 8 offer, gaining relevant qualifications to support post-16 destinations.