We aim to prepare children for the modern world by helping them to become successful life-long learners. Our learning vision to achieve this aim has four principal themes.
Teaching children how to learn
King’s Cross Academy teaches children how to learn – encouraging qualities such as persistence, resilience, resourcefulness and flexibility – so that each child develops a lifetime love of learning. Our environment helps children learn how to question, think creatively and become active learners and communicators. This develops their emotional intelligence as well as their learning skills.
A broad, balanced and creative curriculum
The Academy provides children with a complete education. We have a rigorous approach to the teaching of core skills in Mathematics and English, as part of a broad and balanced, project-based curriculum. Our curriculum develops children’s skills in listening, speaking, thinking and questioning and develops their social and emotional skills. The school is a multilingual environment, with all children learning British Sign Language (BSL) through our partnership with the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children.
Creating an environment that promotes learning
It matters where and how education takes place. We draw on the exceptional facilities of this new school, and its unique relationship with nearby businesses and organisations, to provide activities and opportunities that inspire, excite and transform the learning experience for our children, their parents and other adults in the community. That might mean exploring science at the Crick, technology with Google, journalism with the Guardian, learning French with the train drivers from Eurostar, or understanding nutrition at the Waitrose Cookery School.
Developing children to be leaders
The King’s Cross Academy develops children’s leadership skills by building our pupils’ capacity to make reasoned decisions and choices. We encourage children to have the courage and the passion to show their own initiative, whilst having the integrity and understanding to work in productive partnership with others. Our curriculum supports and encourages each child’s resourcefulness and organisational skills in every aspect of school life. By doing so, children gain confidence in their own talents, and their ability to contribute, learn and improve.
We want children to be emotionally engaged in their learning and in our school, and to be a catalyst for positive change for all in the King’s Cross community.
Through this ambitious vision every child at the Academy can become a successful learner.
A learner that is:
Open to new ideas
Persistent and resilient
Curious about the world
Respectful and honest
Active physically and mentally
Constantly exploring how to learn
Emotionally engaged in learning
Able to learn independentlyand with others
Able to give and receive feedback
Able to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge
Able to take a risk where it might assist learning
Able to learn anywhere and all through their lives
Able to enjoy learning and knows that it needs personal effort
Able to make a positive contribution to the community and the world