The Curriculum at St Margaret’s Academy
We want ourselves and the children in our care to be successful, resilient and inquisitive learners who are happy and well-equipped to participate positively in the community and wider society.
Our school values (kindness, respect, responsibility and aspiration) are an essential point of reference on all of our journeys. British values (democracy, rule of law, liberty and respect) play an equally important role.
The school is situated in the English Riveria, a UNESCO designated Global Geopark, only 1 of 7 in the UK and only 1 of 147 in the world (download and play the presentation at the bottom of the page, Torbay). While we live and work in this area of outstanding beauty we have some local challenges around families being able to take advantage of these opportunities. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on children's speech, language and social development. Children are predominately from a white British background and therefore have less experience of mixing with other faiths and cultures than other children in the United Kingdom. We have supportive parents who report that their children enjoy school, feel safe and are taught well.
Because of our context:
Underpinning everything we do is our work on attachment and relationships. Social and emotional learning is integral to all that we do. We engage closely in a partnership with families. We work especially closely with our most vulnerable pupils and their families.
The well-being of pupils, families and staff is always a priority.
We prioritise early reading and speech and language development. Further language and vocabulary work across all years is woven throughout the curriculum.
Teachers seek to inspire and engage, and promote enquiry and imagination so that pupils at all abilities can achieve.
Progressive subject knowledge and skills are planned to take advantage of local opportunities such as the beach and local artists, as well as national events.
We support our pupils to develop the skills they need in order to learn for themselves, and to enjoy this learning. We talk about the value of making mistakes and learning from them as some children are not prepared to take risks with their learning in case they get it wrong. We want to build a culture of keen learners who are prepared to challenge themselves!
We develop curiosity about the locality and the world beyond Torbay. We provide opportunities to contribute in the local and global community.