GCA Vision

We are a vibrant, caring and ambitious Community Academy proudly committed to the success of our students.

Our vision is of an inspirational learning experience, enabling all our students to achieve individual excellence and thrive as happy, independent and responsible young adults.

GCA Ethos

It is essential that our ethos is always consistent in:

  • Enabling our students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and selfconfidence.
  • Enabling our students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law.
  • Encouraging our students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in which the school is situated and to society more widely.
  • Promoting principles which provide our students with a broad general knowledge of public institutions and services in England.
  • Assisting our students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures in a way that promotes tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions
  • Encouraging our students to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • Giving our students the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they affect peoples’ lives.
  • Supporting and developing our students’ existing religious beliefs in ways which are personal and relevant to them.
  • Encouraging our students to explore and develop what animates themselves and others.
  • Encouraging our students to reflect and learn from reflection.
  • Giving our students the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions, the way they affect people and how an understanding of them can be helpful.
  • Developing a climate within which all our students can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected.
  • Accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals.
  • Promoting teaching styles which
    • value our students’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns;
    • enable our students to make connections between aspects of their learning;
    • encourage our students to relate their learning to a wider frame of reference – for example, asking ‘why?’, ‘how?’ and ‘where?’ as well as ‘what?’
  • Monitoring and assessing progress in line with the school’s Assessment and Marking Policy.

School Improvement Plan