The Green Way Academy, Hull achieves the Inclusive School Award with Centre of Excellence status.
The Green Way Academy is a larger than average primary school in Hull. It is part of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) who have 58 primary, secondary and special schools nationwide. There are currently 413 pupils on roll at The Green Way Academy and 60% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, significantly above the national average. The level of deprivation in the area the school serves is higher than local and national averages. 81.6% of households are categorised within 10% of the most deprived households nationally and the school is in one of the 20% most deprived areas in the country. There are 18 different languages spoken throughout the school. Currently 16.9% of the school population speak English as an additional language (EAL), with the highest proportion of EAL pupils speaking Polish as their first language. On entry at Foundation stage, pupil attainment is below national expectations.
The Green Way Academy is a popular school of choice due to its growing success. It was judged to be ‘good’ in their most recent Ofsted inspection in 2016 having been placed in special measures following the previous inspection. Leaders have been improving the quality of teaching and learning, developing the curriculum and increasing attendance, for which they are able to provide evidence of positive impact across all areas. Progress data is improving year on year. The latest external data from 2019 showed a significant increase in the number of pupils achieving the expected standard in the year 1 phonics screening at 88%, above national, and a vast increase compared to their data from 2014 when just 23% of pupils achieve this benchmark. At KS2, the percentage of pupils achieving expected in reading, writing and maths was 81%, significantly above the national average of 65%. Key Stage 1 outcomes are continually improving but remained below national averages in 2019. The level of absence prior to Covid-19 closures was 96.2%, above the national figure, and persistent absence was lower than national percentages at 7.9% compared to 8.2%. The Green Way Academy is awaiting an imminent full Ofsted inspection in which Leaders feel confident they will demonstrate further improvements. In the School’s Evaluation Form (SEF), Leaders judge behaviour, attitudes and the personal development of pupils to be ‘outstanding’.
Inclusive to the Core
The Green Way Academy is a truly remarkable school with remarkable pupils and staff. AET’s strapline
“inspiring each and every child to choose a remarkable life”
infuses all areas of school life. Led by an inspirational and devoted Headteacher, the staff are inclusive to the core and genuinely care for every pupil in their care. The recent re-branding of the school logo, including the introduction of a school mascot, has been embraced by everyone in the school community. The mascot, Frankie the Frog, epitomises the ‘Green’ core values and ethos. You cannot avoid the ‘Green’ mantra; it is visible everywhere throughout the school building, on the website and Frankie even accompanies the Headteacher, Mr Bush, in his weekly Facebook live updates. Pupils and staff live by these values, and they underpin all school behaviours and routines. Senior Leaders ensure that all pupils are given the same opportunities, regardless of background, so that they can become socially mobile, successful adults. The Deputy Headteacher describes the pupils as “their entire world” and that The Green Way Academy is
“one big, lovely family”
The Headteacher and his staff have high aspirations for all pupils; socially, educationally and emotionally. They provide enriching learning experiences to develop the children as a whole. The Senior Leaders explain how even when pupils come from disadvantaged backgrounds, nobody is disadvantaged when at school. The ‘remarkable lives’ vision is fully embedded and embraces everything they do.
Creating a Place of Happiness
From the initial meeting with Senior Leaders on day one of the assessment, it was evident that The Green Way Academy lives and breathes inclusion. There is a real warmth and welcome from all in the school community. Senior Leaders are genuinely passionate about their jobs. They want to transform pupils’ lives. The staff representatives who contributed to the assessment process spoke very positively about the school, its pupils and the Senior Leadership Team. Staff describe inclusion at The Green Way Academy as “teamwork” and a “community” approach to give all pupils “opportunities” and ultimately create a place of “happiness”. They feel fully supported by Senior Leaders and appreciate the flexibility they are afforded such as being allowed to work from home during PPA sessions or agreeing for a Phase Leader to work on a part time basis, to fit in with family life. The Headteacher describes The Green Way Academy as a “flexible and family-friendly place to work” which is echoed by all staff spoken to as part of the assessment.
A Curriculum Right for Our Children
The curriculum at The Green Way Academy gives all learners the chance to be remarkable. Leaders are proud of their curriculum offer which they have recently made broader and more accessible. The staff are reflective practitioners who have reviewed and evaluated the curriculum offer throughout the past few years to create a bespoke curriculum which is “right for our children”. They believe in immersive learning experiences to provide authentic contexts and memorable learning. They have recently introduced the AET ‘mastery flow’ approach to improving the teaching provision in maths. Due to its success and positive impact on pupil progress, they are currently implementing this approach across other curriculum areas.
The Green Way Academy, led by the Headteacher, has a deep commitment to celebrating diversity and
“the children are taught to accept, respect and celebrate diversity”
The Headteacher leads the Diversity and Inclusion Group in the Trust and they have been recognised as ‘champions’ for their work to embrace diversity and for their support of the LGBTQ+ community. There is an open culture where adults and children feel comfortable to discuss gender and sexuality in a safe, supportive environment.
Proud of their School
The children are immensely proud of their school and demonstrate genuine care for each other. There is a mutual respect amongst the pupils and teachers. The children spoken to as part of this assessment communicated with high levels of articulacy. Their oracy skills are an area of focus for development and the impact of this focus was evident through the dialogue with pupils; they speak with a rich vocabulary and confidence.
Inclusion at The Green Way Academy is an overarching principal founded on strong systems and processes which are constantly reflected upon and improved.
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