Maggie McCorkell *Photo supplied
Maggie McCorkell *Photo supplied

Warwick Academy today is a lively and vibrant environment in which students feel safe and happy.

While, like everyone else, we have been affected by the current economic climate, our numbers remain healthy — in fact our student enrolment is up from last year. We are continually expanding and upgrading our resources, and next academic year will see the addition of three extra staff members.

The curriculum at Warwick Academy follows the UK National Curriculum.

This builds on students’ strengths, interests and experiences and develops confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.

Central to this is the development of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology skills, and developing students’ ability to think critically and rationally.

Warwick Academy also recognizes the importance of nurturing a student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, in particular, develops principles for distinguishing between right and wrong.

We are committed to providing a demanding and challenging curriculum that develops an appreciation of different beliefs and cultures.

Each year we hold an International Day, with
lessons and workshops featuring different cultures. This year, this includes salsa and Scottish dancing.

The curriculum aims to equip students for the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of the global employment market.

Warwick Academy ensures that students maintain a balanced choice of subjects to keep opportunities open and to ensure flexibility in college and career choices.

We follow the UK National Curriculum from Key Stage One to Four.

Students aged 14-16 study for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), which is equivalent to the British GCSE.

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is also tested at the end of Year 11 (the external assessment for Key Stage Four of the National Curriculum). Warwick Academy’s IGCSE/GCSE results for the class of 2011 were: A* — C grade pass: 90 per cent of students (the UK average is 69 per cent).

Sixth Form students study for the International Baccalaureate (IB), a two-year pre-university diploma programme.

This combines six subject groups with three additional features: theory of knowledge; creativity, action and service; and an extended essay.

The six subject groups cover: English; a second language; individuals and society; experimental sciences; mathematics and computer science; and the arts.

Students may select one subject from each group, three of which will be studied at the higher level and three at the standard level. 

We also offer certificate courses for those not following the diploma.

Our Learning Enrichment [LE] programme also helps all pupils to achieve their learning potential, helping them to overcome a particular area of need.

LE helps students with different learning profiles, whether dyslexic, dyspraxic, ADHD or merely unconventional.

It aims to improve self-esteem and self-confidence, and teachers respond to individual needs, differentiating their teaching for different learning styles.

LE also aims to meet the needs of outstandingly gifted and talented pupils, with Individualized Learning Profiles (ILPs) to direct teaching and learning.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our Warwick Academy family of students, staff,  parents, alumni and friends for their support and loyalty to our school, its historic traditions and all it stands for in the changing world of the 21st century.