The Academy now has a track record of three years of academic improvement, alongside which we have moved into a new building that offers children of all ages a far better environment in which to learn, play and socialise. A facility for our community too.
While we are no longer a community college we absolutely know that it is our role to serve our community and to hear what members of the Academy community have to say and the wider community too.
We know, too, that many in our community do not have access to the same opportunities for extra-curricular activities as those in more advantaged areas of the South Hams and the UK generally. For this reason we set aside money to specifically enable access to all the opportunities at the Academy to all families.
Only yesterday I was looking at the data for participation in residential trips and music tuition as I wrote my Pupil Premium report for the website, governors and Ofsted. This shows there is no gap in participation in these activities between the advantaged and less advantaged within the Academy community. We use our Pupil Premium funding to ensure all children have access to the same life chances regardless of their family circumstances. We, in fact, go beyond this by allowing very flexible payment schemes and even more generous subsidies where a parent comes to discuss their circumstances with us.
That this needs to happen at all is, I believe, a sad indictment on society but we do all we can to ensure every learner has access to the same opportunities whatever their background.
I know I speak for the leadership team and the governors of the Academy in saying this is a personal and collective moral purpose.
I am sure we do not always convey this message but please do speak to us where you feel this is not the case as this is simply wrong!
Nick Hindmarsh, Principal – Dartmouth Academy