Putting relationships first in a whole-school approach

In Doncaster, students are making substantial academic progress thanks to a radical whole-school approach to relational skills that prepares them for learning and life. Wherever you are in the school, you cannot forget where you are, and relationships are at the heart of this identity.

"We’re held to account by each other. Everything we’re doing is for the students and for each other, to ensure that we all grow." Andy Sprakes, Headteacher

The school, which opened in 2014, was conceived on design principles. This means that nothing is done without careful thought about its impact. At the heart of this is an ethos that students grow academically, but they also grow their character. The approach may be unorthodox but seems to be a recipe for success, with morale extremely high among staff and children alike.

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