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The Sweyne Park School Ethos

Respect at the centre of our ethos and strategic vision

The Sweyne Park School places respect at the centre of its ethos and strategic vision. Our core aim at Sweyne Park is to “Secure Pupil Success” and to ensure all achievement is celebrated and valued. We are committed to very strong partnerships between home, school and community members. We believe that the whole community can contribute to motivating and supporting pupils’ progress. We are genuinely excited about the opportunities and challenges the future will bring and our vision going forward is to further secure pupil success through our work as a Thinking School. By developing pupils’ thinking skills, positive attitudes to learning and employability skills, we hope all our pupils will achieve not only success in their studies, but also success and happiness in their future lives.

Many of our pupils choose to join our successful sixth form. A strong testament to the bond so many of our young people develop towards the school, is their willingness once they have moved on, to support current pupils through tuition and sharing university, apprenticeship and career insights to enable informed choices for future pathways. We, at The Sweyne Park School, are very proud to have the recognition of our strong ethos and positive inclusive culture from UNICEF with the prestigious Gold Rights Respecting School award.

Our EthosRespect at the centre of our ethos and strategic vision

Building character is at the heart of The Sweyne Park School’s ethos along with respect and personal success.  These have been the foundations of our approach to providing education through the school’s evolution.  Education is about equipping young people for life with skills that will enable happy fulfilled lives.  At The Sweyne Park School we aim to achieve this through sharing and modelling behaviours which both build on individual personality and harness positive relationships, so that pupils who choose our school will understand the importance of society and feel able to contribute.

As a school we work hard to provide high quality lessons across the entire curriculum incorporating opportunities to participate in active learning, with components fostering individual skills, and others effective group interactions.  The curriculum at The Sweyne Park School continues to be broad, including a focus on the traditional arts, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, reflecting our commitment to value these specialist fields. We give all our pupils a grounding in the basics to help them appreciate the contributions that all subjects make in enriching our lives, whilst also feeding the appetites of those who become passionate in these areas. We are keen to offer a diverse range of activities beyond the classroom with trips, visitors and residential experiences broadening our pupils’ horizons and skills to thrive in all circumstances.  We work closely with pupils to encourage their full engagement in their educations, and to see schooling as helpful in providing the means to achieve their aspirations, both personally and for careers.

The Resource Base

Resource Base for Hearing Impaired Pupils (RBHIP)

The aim of the Resource Base is to provide support for pupils with hearing impairment to enable them to integrate and participate, as fully as possible, in all aspects of life at Sweyne Park School. Pupils will have either a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The aim of the Resource Base is to provide support for pupils with hearing impairment to enable them to integrate and participate, as fully as possible, in all aspects of life at Sweyne Park School. Pupils will have either a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Pupils are part of an inclusive provision at Sweyne Park, with specialist support from a team of Teachers of the Deaf, a Specialist Tutor, Educational Communicators and Specialist Learning Support Assistants.

Pupils also benefit from tutorials in the sound treated environment of the Resource Base for pre and post tutoring, in order to facilitate access to the mainstream curriculum and to focus on the educational objectives in either their SSEN or EHCP. As appropriate, this may also include targets from, for example, our visiting speech and language therapist or visiting sign language instructor. Mentoring, audiological monitoring of hearing aids, cochlear implants and radio aids also form part of this provision..

Sixth FormExplore opportunities, foster aspirations and build exciting futures

We deliver high quality lessons encouraging active and independent learning. Our teaching staff are conscientious and highly-skilled subject specialists and are fully committed to supporting student progress. The transition between GCSE and A Level study is supported by the pastoral team and subject staff, to ensure learners are equipped with the necessary tools for effective learning, incorporating guidance on organisation, planning and researching. We want students to explore opportunities, foster aspirations and to be inspired to build exciting futures. In the Sixth Form, it is a privilege for teaching staff to feed the appetites of those who become passionate about their subjects and develop a thirst for deep understanding of their chosen fields.

In line with our school’s ethos of respect, we celebrate diversity, ensuring everyone feels welcome and has access to equal opportunities. The mental and physical health and wellbeing of our students is fundamental to their ability to engage fully in Sixth Form life. Therefore, our pastoral team prioritises building resilience and supporting students through all of life’s challenges.  A powerful testament to the bond so many of our young people develop towards the school, is their willingness once they have moved on, to support current pupils through tuition and sharing university, apprenticeship and career insights to enable informed choices for future pathways.