Heartlands Academy named secondary and overall school of the year at the 2020 Tes Schools Awards.
The Tes Awards are recognised as amongst the most prestigious schools awards in the world, celebrating the most outstanding individuals and institutions across the country.
Awards judges were impressed by the academy’s ability to overcome social, cultural and economic barriers to achieve fantastic results, which have seen the academy place in the top 0.1% of secondary schools in the country.
At Heartlands Academy, we believe that true education is about an active process in which our students take ownership of their own learning, progress and success. We believe passionately that no student should be left behind because they have to self-isolate or they are unable to attend the academy for any other reason.
To this end, we are ensuring that all students who are self-isolating or quarantining are able to access exactly the same curriculum as the students who are physically present in the academy. Students are expected to log in to Microsoft Teams and follow their timetable as normal from home, attend every lesson throughout the day, and complete all work including any assessment or homework that needs to be sent back to their subject teacher.
The headteacher and staff at Heartlands Academy make sure every day that this process is implemented through support and ongoing communication with parents and carers to ensure that our students are not disadvantaged or falling behind with their education and are learning the full curriculum. All students, in every year group, have been trained during their computing lessons or during tutor time to access live lessons, so that they are well prepared to access the live lessons delivered by their subject teachers if they need to self-isolate.
During this time of school closures, students may have increased use of the internet. It is essential that parents/carers are monitoring their child’s use of the internet in order to keep them safe. We would like to ask our parents to ensure that any online support for their children is from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children. If you have any questions please ask us and we can recommend some learning resources. Our email is: email@example.com. Not all providers out there at the moment are who they say they are and it is vital that we keep your child safe.