The new team of mathematics teachers is working to raise the profile of mathematics both inside and outside school. Improved examination performance, cutting edge ICT in the classroom, creative primary links, parent workshops, competitions and events are all priorities for this academic year. Plans are also in place to develop cross curricular approaches to learning in the school (STEM), foster useful links with Higher Education and business and also provide professional development opportunities for other mathematics teachers in schools across Bolton.
Mathematics provides a means of communication which is powerful, concise and unambiguous. The main reason for teaching mathematics is to develop sufficient confidence in all students so that they can make effective use in life of the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding they possess. Mathematics is an important element in many other disciplines and fields. The power of Mathematics to explain and predict events has made possible many technological advances. The inherent interest of Mathematics and the enjoyment it can give through the exploration of pattern and the solution of problems provide yet another reason for teaching and learning Mathematics.
Kearsley Academy is committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all its students, so that they develop the ability to use numeracy skills effectively in all areas of the curriculum and the skills necessary to cope confidently with the demands of further education, employment and adult life. Students are also encouraged to develop confident, versatile and independent problem solving skills and teaching is increasingly planned to foster interactive, collaborative and engaging learning. In addition expectations of all students are high and student progress is tracked closely to ensure optimum outcomes in GCSE examinations.
The ICT department at Kearsley Academy has already established a strong reputation, with high levels of success in external examinations and innovative courses. The ICT team are spearheading work on the IT Diploma in Years 10 and 11 and are preparing for a new Creative Media (Interactive Media) course in the new sixth form.
Already this year, top quality Interactive Whiteboards, tablet PCs, visualisers and voting technology have been purchased for use in mathematics and English. Exciting and innovative plans are also in place for the new build in relation to new technology. This technology will provide state of the art learning opportunities for all students.
Kearsley Academy is a designated Leadership Centre. In addition to Maths and Computing, Leadership is another specialism of the Academy.
As Principal, Dr Nigel Jepson has considerable leadership experience and qualifications having served as a National Leader of Education and achieved a doctorate in Leadership and Management.
The Academy's lead sponsor, Northern Education is a national educational group which has wide experience of working in schools and providing in-service training to raise standards. High standards of leadership are encouraged throughout the Academy including students. For example, in year 11, we have a prefect system which ensures the development of leadership skills amongst students.