The Peak Academy About Us

Our Ethos & Provision

Our Aim

Our aim is for every child to progress, be happy and prepared for a successful, fulfilling adulthood.

Our Success

Our success will be judged by excellence in progress, standards of behaviour, sporting and creative achievement, and the politeness, self-discipline, and compassion of our students. It is important to us that students enjoy learning and feel safe and happy at school, and that we enable them to develop the confidence, independence, and self-awareness required for their future success and wellbeing. Our successes are celebrated daily.

Our Provision

Every member of the excellent staff at The Peak Academy is highly motivated, fully qualified, and fiercely committed to delivering the best education possible for our students. Our school's provision is based on research and theory. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs provides the foundations of our practice. The vast majority of our pupils require a holistic approach supporting needs that may not be in place.

"Every person is capable and has the desire to move up the hierarchy toward a level of self-actualisation. Unfortunately, progress is often disrupted by a failure to meet lower-level needs. Life experiences may cause an individual to fluctuate between levels of the hierarchy."

McLeod, S.A., "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs" 21/05/18

Therefore, at The Peak Academy, we aim to provide a safe and nurturing environment and understand that all pupils can achieve but will require differentiated approaches based on their needs. The school also recognises that not everyone moves through the hierarchy in a unilateral manner, and they will often move back and forth between the different needs. To support this, we have a strong pastoral team comprising of mentors, counsellors, pastoral managers, intervention support, and experienced school staff that forge excellent relationships with other professionals and multi-agency teams.

We are proud that our provision is built on both tested educational theory and a clear knowledge of current national and local initiatives. We take part in research initiatives, such as the Rees Project in partnership with Oxford University, as we strive to maintain and deliver excellence in all our work. Our curriculum is knowledge-based, leading to skills development, and we are dedicated to investing in personalised learning packages for every child. We take a holistic view of all the child’s needs to inform every part of our planning. Our curriculum has a literacy focus enriched by opportunities for outdoor learning and educational trips.

Our assessment systems take a mastery approach, acknowledging Piaget’s theory that all children advance through the same developmental stages but at different rates.

Our Daily Approach

At The Peak Academy, our mantra is: The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. Point systems, rewards and consequences support young people to make better decisions, and staff support students, coach them how to regulate frustrations, and teach them how to do it better next time. We are parentally inclusive, working closely with all parents and carers, and continue to recognise safeguarding is of paramount importance.

Our daily approach is child centred and based on a ‘normality philosophy’ and ‘behaviourist approaches’. This creates an environment that invites and encourages learning, developing independence, and building resilience while also recognising many of the pupils' behaviours on entry require strong boundaries. With this in mind, the school is a very open environment and strives to provide an excellent curriculum without limiting pupils behind locked doors and isolation rooms. Conversely, the young people are encouraged to develop trust and respect, and go back into society better than they came in.

When these considerations are combined, it creates a atmosphere of a school that is relentless in its support for pupils, its provision of excellent opportunities for young people to achieve beyond their expectations, and its commitment to enhancing society by creating excellent citizens with strong values.

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