The school’s work to promote personal development and welfare is good.
Ofsted 2016 identified that "School leaders have succeeded in bringing pupils together into a positive, caring school community which promotes high expectations for attitudes towards learning, relationships and attendance."
The school’s college system allows pastoral leaders to know every pupil well and ensure they are supported. Mixed-age form groups bring older and younger pupils together and older pupils are encouraged to take responsible roles in helping younger ones.
Our college system comprises 4 colleges – Apollo, Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour – named after NASA space missions and reflecting our high aspirations philosophy for our young person. The college team is responsible for developing, supporting and monitoring your child in everything that they do in school.
Each college is led by 4 key people.
- A Senior Leader
- A Head of College
- An Achievement Officer
- A Student Leader
Students spend 20 minutes a day in their college tutor base, building relationships with staff and students within the tutor group. The tutor group consists of students from year 7 – 10, creating a family environment with older students looking after younger students. Students are encouraged to discuss and debate up to date topics and develop their reading through Accelerated Reader. Year 11 focus on preparation for their exams, stress management and revision as well as building positive relationships with their tutor.
The school promotes extremely high standards through the Triple As: Attitude, Achievement and Attendance.
we encourage students to be confident and assured learners who have excellent attitudes to learning, this has a positive impact on student progress. Students’ show respect for others and we expect them to have impeccable conduct which promotes high standards. The behaviour policy is a zero tolerance approach to the disruption of learning across the school.
Leaders, governors and teachers have inspired their pupils with the school’s vision for ‘a life-long love of learning’, and standards have risen. Leaders and teachers use behaviour policies positively and consistently. They communicate high expectations of the school and are good role models. As a result, pupils’ conduct in lessons and around school is good and there is little behaviour that disrupts learning
The school has exceptionally high standards in relation to student outcomes, every child is challenged to exceed their targets and aspire to progress to the next stage of their education or training. Students’ progress well from their different starting points and achieve or exceed standards expected of them.
Teachers make thorough use of assessment to plan challenging and interesting work for pupils of different abilities. Pupils are expected to learn well and are set demanding targets. Pupils’ progress is good.
Pupils’ value their education and rarely miss a day at school. Good attendance at James Hornsby School requires students to attend every possible session. Poor attendance will affect a student’s progress and outcomes as well as opportunities beyond the curriculum such as trips and visits. Persistent absence will be monitored and if necessary, referrals and fines will be made through MECES. Students are expected to be punctual to school and lessons at all times, there is a 5 minute warning bell prior to each lesson.