What would our school be like?
○ Its motto would be that of our Trust: Ambition, Excellence, Community.
○ The school would be large enough to accommodate around 270 pupils in each year, so it could offer the full curriculum and employ specialist teachers full-time.
○ It would build up, year on year, starting with Year 7 in the opening year, and then adding a year at a time. This would help ensure that we get the culture of the school right from the start, with good behaviour, teaching, learning and pastoral care, so that the Year 8s would be excellent role models for the next Year 7, and by the time they reached Year 11, we would have a team of outstanding student leaders for the whole school.
○ It would be a proper school – students will wear uniform, with blazer; they would learn subjects in specialist facilities. The school would have the highest expectations of their conduct and commitment and would not accept people giving less than their best, because it is their future that we are building and the future of our wider community.
○ It would not have a Sixth Form – students would be able to go to Blue Coat Sixth Form, or any other Sixth Form or College that was right for them.
What would the students learn?
The same as they do at Blue Coat.
In Years 7 and 8 they would study the full curriculum of:
Maths | English Language and Literature | Science | Modern Foreign Language (probably Spanish) | History | Geography | Religious Studies | Computing | Art & Design | Music
Drama | PE | Citizenship | Wellbeing (PSHE)
Students would choose their GCSEs at the end of Year 8. Everyone would take:
Maths (GCSE) | English Language and Literature (GCSE) | Science (Dual or Triple Award) (GCSE) | Religious Studies (GCSE)
Most students would also take:
History or Geography | A Modern Foreign Language
(This means that students have a broad range of subject qualifications which opens up the doors for A-Level/Level 3, Higher Apprenticeships and Degrees).
Students then choose two further options from a list including GCSEs in Art, Music, Drama, Textiles, Photography, Computing, Sociology; equivalent Technical qualifications in Sports Studies, Materials Technology, Cooking and Nutrition, Children’s Learning & Development; and other qualifying subjects such as Construction and Hair & Beauty.
Everyone would have PE lessons and Wellbeing, together with coaching and mentoring time with their tutor.
There would be full provision for pupils with Special Education Needs, pupils who need more support with literacy, pupils who are very able and need the challenge to get them to top grades and top universities.
Our additional commitment to our pupils is this:
Where are all the teachers going to come from? How do you know you will be able to get the best?
The Cranmer Education Trust, through Blue Coat and our Teaching School Alliance, is also a nationally accredited trainer of teachers through Manchester Nexus (www.manchesternexus.com).
We started small in 2013 and have built this up, so that next year we will be training over 60 teachers across our Alliance schools. We have invested a lot in this to be able to recruit the very best and most committed graduates, who want to work in the North Manchester area and make a real difference to young people’s lives and opportunities.
Over 20 of the teachers we have trained are now employed in local schools, 8 in Blue Coat alone. So we know that we are developing the best teachers of the future for our schools.
Would you like to learn more and be kept in touch as this proposal develops and goes through the Department for Education for approval?