The REACH Programme at Axe Valley Academy
Who can be part of REACH?
As you may know, every year the Academy is given additional funding for “Premium” students through a government scheme known as the Pupil Premium program. These students are selected as they have had free school meals at some stage during the last six years; are children in care; have been adopted from care (since March 2005); are the children of members of the armed forces or whose parent was a member of the armed forces less than 3 years ago.
As you can imagine this covers a broad spectrum of pupils who have wide ranging abilities and greatly varying personal circumstances. The Academy programme designed to support and achieve the best results possible for all of these pupils is named REACH.
The REACH Programme is an enrichment programme designed to help students maximise their potential through support, confidence and aspirational activities.
Key Stage 3 REACH (years 7 & 8)
The aim for this group of students is to give them a broad range of experiences to help them to discover their interests and strengths, with a view to making the most appropriate choices for their GCSE options and to focus their ambitions in a realistic and aspiring way. We will show them a wide range of career and further education options, boost their academic and personal confidence and teach them essential study skills.
Key Stage 4 REACH (years 9, 10 & 11)
Key stage 4 students are fast approaching their GCSE exams and our support will be focused on helping them to achieve grades in line with their targets. We will be giving them specialised training in study skills and motivational techniques as well as offering them a range of career focussed visits and workshops.
The REACH Team at Axe Valley Academy
As part of the programme everyone participating in REACH will benefit from:
- Access to a dedicated co-ordinator, Kate Pemberton, who is available to students and parents to discuss any issues that may arise in confidence.
- Access to ICT facilities and teachers’ help in supervised lunchtime study clubs every day and after school on Thursdays.
- A supervised breakfast club each morning before school where students can complete homework; discuss any issues they may have with a teacher before lessons begin; as well as enjoy a nutritious breakfast.
- A late bus for students leaving at 5pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays to enable access to after-school clubs and activities as well as study club.
- School equipment. A stock of basic school equipment (pens, pencils, rulers, etc.) will be available for all REACH students in Reception, if they wish to collect and use these.
- Improved communications with parents and carers. In addition to the current reporting system we will be providing you with additional support after reports are generated when required as well as assistance with booking parents evening appointments. If you have not already done so please update your personal data form with a current email address.
- Free music tuition.
The programme will also offer a series of group and optional trips, workshops and events as well as input from mentors, external educators and local businesses.
All activities will be monitored and awarded REACH points so that the progress of each student can be rewarded with prizes and awards presented at the end of the year.
REACH points will be considered alongside their overall Academy conduct and their contribution to the Academy and wider community. At the end of the year a winner from each Year group will receive a prize and an engraved cup in Year 11.
Parents will be invited to a prize day or evening to see the students receive their recognition of achievement including pin badges, certificates and personal statements. It will also provide an opportunity to meet the REACH co-ordinator and other key people involved in the success of the programme.