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ICT
All classrooms have Interactive White Boards and there are four ICT bays in the Academy, in addition we have an ICT suite in Eat ‘N’ Hall, complete with an Interactive White Board. Children can log on to any machine, anywhere in Academy and instantly access their own work from a central curriculum server.

Purple Mash is an award-winning website for nursery and primary school children. It allows children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a creative and exciting way. This resource is used to support children’s learning both in school and beyond the classroom, we encourage children to access the programme at home – follow the link on our home page.

The Maths Factor is an online maths tutoring site for primary school-aged children, created by Carol Vorderman. Children use this site to support their learning in school and can access the site at home or indeed anywhere in the world with internet access – follow the link on our home page.

SPANISH
All children from 3 to 11 years old learn Spanish from one of our specialist Spanish teachers. We believe that the ability to speak English and Spanish fluently, by the age of 11, gives our children a huge advantage over children attending other schools.

Children can access the TPA Spanish website (follow the link on our home page) where they will find a vast range of Spanish games and activities. In addition to the resources on offer, the website showcases the exciting and impressive work the children are doing in their Spanish and Computing lessons.

PE AND DANCE
The Academy employs a specialist PE teacher and Dance teacher to ensure that your child's physical development is maintained appropriately. In 2016 we built a Dance studio, in which our children have lessons in small groups. The PE and Dance curriculum combines physical literacy, experimentation and creativity whilst developing self-knowledge and social skills.  

MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE
The Academy employs specialist music teachers and operates a policy that all children perform on stage each year. See the Music section on the website for further details.

EXCURSIONS AND ENRICHMENT
Academy policy is that each child has at least four real life learning excursions each year. These offsite excursions are supplemented by onsite enrichment opportunities covering a range of topics including: education, community, health services, performing arts and sports.

EXTRA-CURRICULA CLUBS
The Academy offers a wide variety of extra-curricula clubs which take place at lunchtimes and after school.  Some of these are seasonal. Extra-curricula clubs and activities include: sign language, choir, music, violin, performing arts, football development, football squad, dance squad, cross country, gymnastics, korfball and Zumba to name a few.

All clubs are free of charge. 

HOT DINNERS
We serve hot school meals cooked on site by our own team of cooks. Meals cost just £2.20 a day. Children in KS1 and children on Free School Meals can enjoy a hot meal and there is no need to pay.

Children dine in Eat ‘N’ Hall. Alongside their main hot meal children also get a dessert and salad bar options, including fruit. The menu works on a fortnightly cycle.

We offer halal meat and there is always a vegetarian option as well. Specific dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for.

ADULT LEARNING
We operate adult basic skills classes in Maths and English and adult beginners classes in Spanish. All our additional services are free and the time costs of the staff are donated by the staff.

We hold regular coffee mornings for our parents and carers that cover a range of topics including: maths, early reading, E-safety, SEN and EAL support. These sessions allow parents and carers to ask questions, share experiences and / or concerns, find out information, and keep up-to-date with what is going on in the Academy.