Bosworth Academy is situated on the edge of Desford Village, overlooking the open countryside. We have a full range of facilities including a recently refurbished Library (The Compass), Sports Hall, Assembly Hall, Gym, Drama studios, Music Studios, Sports Dome, Swimming pool, Science Laboratories, Design Workshop and ICT Suites; plus a number of refurbished classrooms and a purpose built Maths Block. All curriculum areas have specialist teaching spaces which are used to enhance learning in every way possible.
The school opened in Desford as Bosworth Community College in 1969, replacing the former Grammar School located in Market Bosworth. In 2003, the College was designated as a Specialist Sports College and The school became an Academy on April 1st 2012, having previously been a Leicestershire Upper School and Community College.
Since its beginning, Bosworth Academy has been a mixed comprehensive Upper School catering for the 14-19 age range. In September 2014, the Academy began the transition to becoming an 11-19 school. This meant that we took in our first Year 7 intake of 150 students in September 2014 and currently our Year 7 student numbers are in excess of 250 and as such are over subscribed.
The school was last inspected in October 2017 and was judged as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. You can read the full report here but below are just some of the quotes from the Ofsted report used to describe our ‘Outstanding’ school:
‘The curriculum is innovative and provides pupils with rich opportunities to develop the skills they need for future success.’
‘Pupils joining Bosworth Academy from other secondary schools told inspectors that they appreciated the better extra-curricular options they had here.’
‘Pupils complete a wide range of exciting tasks to help them learn. Teachers also ensure that pupils have time to practise and review what they have learned.’
‘There are excellent relationships between pupils and teachers. Teachers and pupils are mutually respectful. Teachers consistently reinforce their high expectations of pupils’ behaviour. This means that learning takes place without interruption.’
‘Students are highly positive about their experience in the sixth form. Sixth-form students are an integral part of the school community. They support younger students in and out of lessons.’
‘Pupils are making consistently good or better progress across virtually all subjects. The school’s own records of pupils’ progress and recent examination results support these findings.’
At Bosworth Academy students’ welfare, attendance, behaviour and progress are overseen by the Maximising Learning Team (MLT). The team comprises of the Assistant Principals responsible for KS3, KS4 and KS5, the SENCO, Year Heads and other pastoral staff, working closely together and with the tutors to provide the best possible support for our students.
In ALL YEARS students are placed in mixed ability tutor groups of around 28 students.
Tutor Groups meet each day, either in their tutor room or in assembly. Whole school ‘interventions’ are arranged so that we can deliver our PSHE programme across all years. In addition to this Year 7 have a dedicated weekly session PSHE.
Student involvement in all staff appointments is a long-established tradition at Bosworth. Students are active in a number of roles such as mentoring, being sports ambassadors and visitor guides. The school as worked hard to create an ethos that encourages students contribution to the school organisation and decision making. We have also established a weekly student voice drop-in where students have the opportunity to discuss their learning experience and suggest ways in which the academy can improve it’s performance.
Students are encouraged to become involved in offering their ideas and opinions especially with regard to school policy. For example, representatives from all years currently participate in groups such as the ‘Student Forum’ and the ‘Student Focus Learning Group’.
At Bosworth Academy we are driven by a strongly held set of values which underpin everything we do. More than anything we believe that a high performing school can enable all children to achieve more than they ever believed that they could. This is a philosophy that changes lives and communities.
The mantra that our staff live by is that ‘no student will underachieve’. This means that it is never acceptable that any child is left behind – regardless of their needs and their context. We never focus on the achievement of a minority of students, at the cost of others. We do ensure that all students feel safe to learn, to develop and express their personality, and to be part of a harmonious, supportive community.
The Academy’s leadership team aims to be open and consultative, based on teamwork at all levels. While many decisions are determined largely by the national framework, there is a serious intention to consult wherever possible. Currently the Extended Leadership Team comprises of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and 6 Team Leaders. There are also regular whole school staff meetings, Academic and Year team meetings plus all teaching staff are allocated to a Network Group which meets regularly.
There are over 90 teaching staff and over 100 associate staff. There is considerable emphasis on continuing professional development. A recent focus has been on ‘Outstanding Learning’, which has led to specialised resources and a shared vision for learning which, for example, informs lesson planning and evaluation as we progress towards our unique ‘model for outstanding’. This places learning at the centre of all our work. All staff are encouraged to develop their skills and expertise and to take on new responsibilities. The academy is accredited with ‘Investors in People’.
A close working partnership exists with the Academy Governors who exercise their wider powers and responsibilities supportively. The Governing Body consists of Community, Parent and Staff Governors who work through committees (Steering, Finance, People and Stakeholders, Learning and Teaching and Infrastructure). Most Governors live within the communities we serve.
The academy has benefited from the contribution of those staff willing to provide extra curricular activities including running sports teams, music and drama workshops, orchestra and choral productions and drama productions. During the year, we offer a range of field trips and cultural visits.
As a Healthy School we are a no smoking site.
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