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Shavington Academy National Excellence

Shavington Academy near Crewe has been recognised in a national award for schools that work hardest at promoting social cohesion and boosting the growth of mutual understanding between people from different backgrounds. The school has been placed second in the Accord Inclusivity Award, one of only three schools recognised across the country. The annual award is open to all schools in England and Wales and was judged by a diverse panel of experts.

Aspects of the school's work that drew praise include:

    • Organising a group for LGBT pupils
    • Having been awarded the Religious Education Council’s Gold Quality Mark
    • Encouraging every pupil to study RE at GCSE (increasingly uncommon at non-faith schools)
    • Providing inclusive ‘humanitarian’ assemblies delivered through moments of reflection which respect the autonomy of pupils
    • Providing high quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education which includes teaching parents about their child's risks and responsibilities online
    • Organising Muslim speakers each year to help challenge stereotypes and improve understanding of Islam and British Muslims among the school’s largely non-Muslim intake

Chair of the judging panel, the Reverend Stephen Terry, said 'Shavington Academy displays a deep and multifaceted commitment to creating an outward looking and inclusive environment. These are very important qualities that are too often ignored by many schools. Ways Shavington Academy have achieved this include from pro-actively challenging stereotypes, to providing very high quality RE and assemblies to the end of Key Stage 4, to obtaining support for its various approaches from parents. The judging panel are delighted to recognise it as an example for other schools across the country to follow.'

Head teacher at the school, Carol White, said 'We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised by Accord for the work that we do.  Receiving this award encourages us to build on what we do and to continue to provide diverse experiences for our pupils to learn from.'

Recognised by Ofsted as a project that schools can participate in to support their legal equality duties, the annual Inclusivity Award has been running since 2009. It is open to all schools in England and Wales and rewards those that that work hardest to promote inclusivity and the growth of mutual understanding, with particular regard to that on the grounds of religion and belief. Past winners have faced a wide array of challenges. The judges for the 2018 Award were:

    • Professor Becky Francis - Director of the UCL Institute of Education, the world’s highest rated university education faculty
    • Dr Ed Kessler - Director of the Cambridge Woolf Institute and national expert on inter-faith relations
    • Baroness Kishwer Falkner - Chancellor of the University of Northampton, with interests in foreign affairs, national security, and diversity and equality
    • Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain - writer, broadcaster, Minister at the Maidenhead Synagogue and President of the Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education
    • Revd Stephen Terry - former Church of England Parish Priest and Chair of the Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education

About the Inclusivity Award

Now in its ninth year, the annual Accord Inclusivity Award is open to all state funded schools in England and Wales. It seeks to reward those that work hardest at promoting an inclusive ethos and advancing the growth of mutual understanding, particularly on the grounds of religion and ethnicity. Previous Award judges include former Conservative Secretary of State for Education, Lord Baker of Dorking; the then Labour Shadow Minister for Children, Lisa Nandy MP; the Bishop of Buckingham, The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson; the former Bishop of Edinburgh, the Rt Rev Richard Holloway, and the journalist and writer Polly Toynbee. Further information on the Award can be found at http://accordcoalition.org.uk/inclusivity-award-2018/.

Head Teacher Welcome
Welcome,
We are extremely pleased that you are considering Shavington Academy for the next phase of your child’s journey. We are very proud of our Academy and believe that our mission statement ‘Together we enjoy, aspire, create and achieve’ underpins our ethos and our collective drive for all pupils both academically and personally. Here at Shavington, we value the ethical and moral development of our pupils, promoting integrity, kindness, gratitude, respect and tolerance across all elements of Academy life, as well as promoting academic success.

Our Academy has high aspirations for all of our pupils to enable them to achieve their potential and beyond. Pupils achieve well, above the national average for the majority of subjects within the curriculum. We have an exceptional track record of preparing pupils for post 16 study, as well as the workplace and beyond. We pride ourselves on the Academy values that will enable our pupils to become a responsible member of our community, as well as preparing them for the diversity and demands of the modern-day world.

Our expectations and standards within the Academy are consistently high, from the quality of education that pupils enjoy, to the values and behaviour pupils promote and share. Creativity is held in high esteem and we are immensely proud that our pupils thrive across the arts. We believe in fostering pupils’ imaginations, creating opportunities for them to be innovative and original are extremely important when nurturing young minds. We want our pupils to enjoy the time they spend with us, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our extra-curricular opportunities are vast and varied across all aspects of the Academy, as well as opportunities to travel and try new experiences, all of which make the experience with us a rich and rewarding one.

Thank you for visiting our website and should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Warmest Regards,

Miss E Morris
Headteacher

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