The Holyrood Way - Ethos & Expectations
When students arrive at Holyrood Academy in Year 7 they are introduced to 'The Holyrood Way’. This ethos encompasses four important aspects of school life to ensure every student can succeed.
1. Holyrood students take pride in their uniform and always have the correct equipment.
Uniform and equipment are checked every day at the start of tutor time. It is important that students are equipped with two pens, a pencil, a ruler and their knowledge organiser folder. This ensures that each student can engage fully in each lesson with no unnecessary interruptions.
Equipment can be purchased in the Learning Centre or is free at Breakfast Club in the Upper Site Hall for PP students.
2. Holyrood students are ready to learn in 30 seconds and make the most of learning time.
Learning time is precious! Our clear and consistent routines ensure learning time is productive and positive. Students are trained to take their seat, get out their equipment and begin the starter activity within 30 seconds of entering the room.
3. Holyrood students understand how important and exciting knowledge is, and how to hold on to that knowledge.
Each child is provided with a Knowledge Organiser which will be their primary resource for homework and lessons. The video clip below clearly shows how students should use their Knowledge Organiser to self quiz at home. This independent study is followed by low-stakes quizzes in class and tutor time, something that is essential for building student confidence in their own academic success.
If a Knowledge Organiser is lost or damaged a new one should be purchased from the Learning Centre for £1.
To complement the curriculum, tutor groups read three novels a year together. These books are carefully selected to enhance students’ cultural knowledge and understanding.
4. Holyrood students remain stoical when times get tough.
Teenage years can be tough, from arguments with friends to exam pressure. We encourage our students to apply the four cardinal virtues of stoicism – wisdom, temperance, justice and courage - when faced with life’s challenges. Students are introduced to role models such as Malala Yousafzai who stay positive even through the most testing of times.
The Holyrood Knowledge Organiser from Holyrood Academy on Vimeo.