Ethos

Our school will provide a learning environment where the Christian faith is lived and taught and the beliefs and practices of those of other faiths, or none, are respected and valued and diversity celebrated. The school will provide a supportive and caring environment where pupils enjoy learning and pupils and staff feel safe, where expectations are high and the contribution of individuals is valued. Our Christian ethos will support our vision via practical manifestations including the following:

  • An inclusive approach to everything that we do
  • Use of free school freedoms to set our own taught day and deliver a range of enrichment studies
  • Using the National Curriculum as a broad & balanced platform which we will extend
  • Curriculum focus on maths and modern foreign languages in keeping with our aim to increase both parental choice and widen diversity

Key features of our proposal

  • Through timetabling flexibility as the school grows, we will make use of smaller taught group sizes, for example by taking eight forms of 30 totalling 240 students and creating ten taught groups of 24 students
  • Our focus on maths and MFL will motivate students by using relevant real-life contexts including via immersion learning applications, and support higher standards in other subjects through cross-curricular working as well as liaison with our partner schools
  • Students will draw significant benefit in terms of well-being from the pastoral care available which will include a vertical House approach while drawing on chaplaincy experience and expertise
  • A wide-ranging enrichment programme will be provided during an extended day which will include a Breakfast Club and after-school supervised Homework Club, supporting personal as well as academic development while offering parent-friendly provision
  • Lewisham Church of England Secondary School will have high aspirations for all students, particularly those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. The Headteacher will set ambitious gap-narrowing targets for all relevant subgroups of pupils as listed and scrutinised by Ofsted
  • We will provide termly reports to parents as well as continuous real-time online access to information using a secure parent area of the school’s website in order to ensure they remain engaged and updated at all times
  • Lewisham Church of England Secondary School will establish and develop strong mutually beneficial partnerships with the local family of schools, local agencies, business, and charities to support learning opportunities for our students and develop our teachers, meeting Equality Act 2010 requirements
  • Our school will prepare students to be the future professional workforce for Lewisham, London and beyond