Thank you for visiting the King Alfred’s Academy (KAA) website and welcome to our academic year 2017-18. Let me first explain our Aims:
King Alfred’s Academy is first and foremost a place of first class learning for all students and staff. In creating an environment where learning is a welcome challenge and academic development is our common goal, students and staff enjoy personal enrichment and development through leadership development, worldwide travel, the Arts, sport, cultural experiences, and personal challenge. Our Academy positively embraces equality for all who study and work here, and addresses the behaviours which do not allow others around them to flourish. Every day we work together to build a community for both the present and the future, through learning from our mistakes and growing stronger every day.
All who work and study at KAA understand that our Aims reflect the ethos and the heart of daily life within the Academy. Set in the middle of the Vale of the White Horse we are very fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful countryside, whilst retaining strong links with our local primary schools, the business community and other community partners, as well as more broadly across South Oxfordshire and within the historic city of Oxford itself. These partnerships, combined with our ‘second to none’ programme of enrichment and travel, enable our students to grow and develop extensively outside of the classroom, complementing our high expectations for both Teaching and Learning within the classroom.
Over the last two years we have invested significantly in developing excellent teaching, high aspirations and, of course, in new buildings. This January (2018) our brand new state of the art Science block on Centre Site came into use, and we have fulfilled our long awaited plan to move from three sites to two sites.
We have also worked extensively to provide a challenging, creative and exciting curriculum for all students of all abilities, and over the last two years have considerably strengthened our Year 7 Transition, our Sixth Form Transition, our Highly Able Programme and our reporting processes. More details of all of this can be found within our website which I hope you will take the opportunity to explore.
An exciting development for 2018 is a brand new uniform for King Alfred’s students from September. Please refer to the uniform page for further details.
Finally, we look forward to welcoming Richard Holroyd as King Alfred’s new Headteacher from September 2018. Richard is looking forward to meeting as many students, parents/carers and staff as he can over the coming months.
Jon Smart – Acting Interim Headteacher
Finally, every student who comes to KAA knows that we have three basic expectations:
Grab every opportunity
Behave well at all times
Do your best for you
I do urge you to have a look at the short video film below about life at King Alfred’s – whilst it features our former Headteacher Jo Halliday, it will give you a flavour of the aims and ethos of our academy. We are currently planning a ‘re-make’ which will feature Richard Holroyd when he takes up his Headship in September 2018.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish; we will be only too pleased to organise a visit for you. Our students are incredible ambassadors, and we won’t be short of volunteers to show you around!