“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun” – Mary Lou Cooks
The Innovation Design & Technology Learning Area is forward thinking and dynamic, preparing students to participate in tomorrow’s changing technological world. Through Innovation Design and Technology, all students learn to be perceptive and knowledgeable users of products, and aspire to become innovators of the future.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs
In our exceptional industry standard learning environment, students’ interest, enjoyment and curiosity about the technological aspects of their lives flourishes. The vast array of state-of-the-art resources available to our students enables them to produce high quality outcomes, combining practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics and environmental issues. Innovation Design and Technology creates autonomous and creative problem solvers who can work successfully on their own or within team.
An outstanding team of dedicated teachers and specialist support staff work diligently to enhance the educational experience of all students at the Academy. Strong links with the world of work ensure that students gain a good understanding of industrial practices while visit and competitions inspire and enrich our students’ experience of design and technology. Design and Technology has been granted the prestigious Design Mark Award in recognition for the excellence in design education that the students receive here at The Academy.
“Scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been” – Albert Einstein
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