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Charter Academy specialises in Mathematics and Performing Arts.
Our performing arts specialism offers students the chance to develop their talents in music, dance and drama. Results in these subjects are frequently 100% A*-C. We stage an annual production at a local theatre and have regular smaller in house concerts. We take part in the ARK wide musical events, such as One Voice and the massed choir/instrumental performances. We cherish our strong relationship with local businesses and groups, such as The Kings Theatre, The Theatre Royal, Express FM radio station, The Old Blacksmiths Recording Studio and the young people's charity, Music Fusion. We are proud that we are involved annually with the Portsmouth Schools Festival, The Shakespeare Schools Festival, The Pyramid Project with a number of local primaries and Evensong at the Cathedral. We are very pleased to offer free music tuition on almost all instruments and we employ a range of talented music teachers.
‘Mathematics is a vehicle for developing intellectual competencies’
Singapore Ministry for Education
At Charter Academy we believe passionately that Mathematics is not about solely about teaching students to be numerate but also helping them develop intellectually so that they are better equipped to succeed in life. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World.
We aim to ensure that every Charter student achieves highly enough by age 18 to have real options: to go to university or college or to follow the career path of their choice. Achieving GCSE mathematics at Grade C or above, by age 16 or earlier, is a necessity for this aim to become a reality.
In order to achieve our aim, we are involved in the development of an exceptional maths curriculum and teaching programme and are helping to pioneer the ARK Schools Mathematics Mastery programme.
Mathematics Mastery is a pioneering approach to teaching mathematics in England, developed by ARK Schools. It is an evidence based approach derived from the principles of Singapore, one of the highest performing nations in mathematics, and adapted to the needs of our pupils. This is a government supported development that will roll-out beyond ARK Schools from September 2013. You can learn more about the Mathematics Mastery approach here.
Our provision stretches well beyond mathematics lessons: we are building a school-wide commitment to both equity and excellence in mathematics. The teaching of mathematics across the curriculum is not a bolt on, it is built in.
Across the Academy, we are developing
• Consistent approaches to support all students’ (mental) numeracy development
• Consistent mathematics practices
• Celebration of problem solving involving mathematical methods
Examples of this include the Mathematics led STEM club and charity fundraising events such as the NSPCC Number Day and World Maths Day in support of UNICEF.
Our students also participate in a range of local, ARK network wide and national competitions. We are very excited about our developing partnership with Junyuan Secondary School in Singapore and the opportunities this will create for our students.
Above all, we believe that together, mathematics education in Charter Academy will develop, at all ages, confident and competent learners with the capacity to aim high.
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