“Create a society where people matter more than things”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The Humanities Learning Area gives insight, empathy and an understanding of people’s lives, their origins and beliefs in this changing world. It provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds. It fires students’ curiosity about the past and how it shapes the present and the future. It gives students the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society. Humanities promotes spiritual, moral and social cultural development giving students self confidence and enabling them to play an active part in the life of the Academy, community and wider world. It prepares students for adult life and employment.
Through enquiry, students research evidence, collect data and information, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. Students access a wide range of learning resources with ICT playing an ever increasing role as a source of evidence and a means of predicting results.
Humanities Learning is a practical experience, arousing curiosity about the world and its cultures. Geography field work examines the local area as well as coastal Kent and Norfolk; History comes alive with expeditions to ancient sites and historical buildings while R.E. stimulates an exploration of faiths through visits to Churches, Temples, Synagogues and Mosques. Travel and Tourism extends student links with business and leisure organisations such as Thorpe Park and the Tower of London. One of the highlights of our year is the annual New York Convention, emphasizing our commitment to international understanding. All subjects within Humanities benefit from a range of speakers, visiting groups and specialists, who share their experiences with students and make learning come alive.
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.Ofsted
Relationships are enhanced by the college structure. Students say, and inspectors agree, that there is a close family feel to being in a smaller college unit, and that students enjoy school more because of this.Ofsted
Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.Ofsted
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.Ofsted
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.Ofsted
Students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Students’ progress in business, design and technology, ICT and physical education is also outstanding. Students make good progress overall.Ofsted