To achieve this, our curriculum, inside and outside of timetabled lessons, is overflowing with opportunities to try something new and develop new skills. We listen carefully to each student, and their parents, to provide something which is right, special and highly motivating for them, if we can. Every effort is made to do this, and it happens in myriad ways. Academic learning is very important. We focus carefully on it, not least through our close partnership with Simon Langton Grammar School. But we believe that there is more to a great education. As well as ensuring our students succeed academically, we believe that many students have gifts in the performing or visual arts, or in sport, or in practical learning. We are extremely proud of all our students’ achievements across our pillars of excellence in academic learning, sport, performing arts, practical learning and our area wide work in youth, community and extended service.
Everything that students learn in school – the taught subject timetable, the approach to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, provision outside lessons and the classroom, the ethos, values and ‘hidden curriculum’ of the school – forms the curriculum.
Our students enjoy educational visits abroad or various residentials, university visits, talks by inspirational speakers, as well as countless opportunities to collaborate with their peers from other schools across the region. Throughout their time at The Canterbury Academy students are expected to contribute to our community and to society. We want students to try things they cannot do, to persist in the face of difficulty and to become resilient in overcoming obstacles. We want our students to approach life with a can-do attitude.