We have a brilliant campus just outside Norwich city centre, with enviable facilities for the arts, culture and sports. The academy opened in September 2015 but there has been a school on our site since 1958.
To help our pupils achieve, we have three core values which encapsulate all that we are trying to do. With these touchstones constantly in mind, the whole school community - pupils, parents and staff - can unite around our common aims to support and encourage each other.
Our values are:
We show respect to each other, and treat people how we would like them to treat us. We express our needs confidently, but we are willing to compromise to ensure everyone gets a fair shot.
We are all capable of great things, and no one should be held back from striving to be the very best they can be. We support each other as we seek to widen our horizons and explore the world around us.
We know what we want to achieve, and we work hard towards it, both as individuals and as a community. We enjoy our time but we are not distracted from our goals.
Our school values are very important as they guide our behaviours and decisions. We want our students to develop so that they may go on to positively contribute to society.
Specifically, we will see our values represented in the following ways:
All rooms in the Academy will have a ‘values’ poster on display and in form rooms, we will show students what these look like in school rather than just being ‘words on the wall’.
Our assemblies throughout the year will be based on the school values. Each assembly will begin and end with the same slide, reminding students of the values.
The values will become the basis of the rewards system. House Points can be rewarded for each of the 3 categories. This will allow them, and their parents, to reflect on the values at reporting time.
At each of the celebration assemblies, we will be giving out certificates and trophies for students who are recognised as having consistently demonstrated our values.
Each week, one student will be identified by the member of the Leadership Team taking the assembly to receive a bar of 'Hewett Chocolate' in recognition of something they have done that week to demonstrate our values in practice. The chocolate will, naturally, be in the shape of an owl.
As members of staff, we are all expected to demonstrate these values ourselves through our work, interactions with students, visitors and trust staff. As staff members, we should use the ‘value words’ when praising students but also when to point out what they could have done better.