Opening Minds to Success, Opening Hearts to Succeed
Our vision is that the children of John Locke Academy will:
Enjoy learning, enjoy challenge and enjoy success.
Develop character, develop values and develop resilience.
Care about themselves, care about other people and care about the world around them.
Be proud of their achievements, be proud of the difficulties they have overcome and be proud of their ability to work with others.
Be prepared for secondary school, be prepared for change, be prepared for living in the 21st Century.
Be aware of their rights, be aware of their responsibilities and be aware and respectful of the rights of other people.
John Locke Academy is named after the English philosopher, whose belief was that children are born with blank minds – tabla rasa or blank slate. His ‘Some Thoughts on Education‘ (1631) outlines three principles for education that have formed the backbone of modern educational change ever since: the development of a healthy body; the formation of a virtuous character; and the choice of an appropriate academic curriculum.
Our vision is to make learning irresistible, ensuring that all our pupils have the skills and strategies they need to prepare them for each stage of their education. We share John Locke’s philosophy that education is key to children having control and choice in their lives – opening and broadening minds to the wider world so that can be successful.
We believe that learning should be fun and engaging, while also being rigorous and challenging. All children should feel that are being stretched academically and should be recognised for the effort and determination they put into learning. Understanding the processes of learning are a vital part of our vision and our ethos celebrates resilience, curiosity, open mindedness and commitment.
Developing values and being able to make moral choices are an important part of our curriculum as are social skills that help all of us learn together. Manners, sharing, listening, tolerance, managing conflict are some of the themes that are taught directly and modelled by all adults and older pupils.
Preparing children for life in Britain in the 21st Century is central to our vision. Children must be equipped for living in an ever changing society. We promote community cohesion by learning about each others' beliefs, faiths and cultures, while understanding the expectations for living in modern British society. At the core of these expectations are:
the rule of law
tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs