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Headteacher's Welcome

Headteacher's Welcome

Student welfare, academic progress and achievement is at the heart of everything we do at our Academies.

The Basildon Academies are situated across two sites: the Lower Academy (KS3) and the Upper Academy (KS4 & 5).

At the Basildon Upper Academy, our college based environments drive an ethos of independence, growth and academic excellence to encourage all students to start to select the subjects they are passionate about.

Our Academy values are to drive:

  • Social Mobility - equality of opportunity for our young people to succeed
  • Moral Purpose - resilient positive decision makers
  • Cultural Capital - equity of opportunity and life experiences
  • Spiritual Awareness - reflective citizens and active curious learners. 

Our Key Stage specialist sites enable us to offer our students age appropriate curriculum choices, support, challenge and enrichment. The Basildon Upper Academy has the ethos of a college environment. Our Sixth Form student body role model independent learning, academic excellence and leadership. We provide dedicated specialist learning spaces such as a Salon, Technology Block, e-Sports Lab, Photography Studio with Dark Room and Drama facilities which all our students are able to access.

This unique model supports the implementation of independent study skills. It also enables staff and students to build and foster positive, strong relationships that are underpinned with high expectations and support.  Our staff become experts in their students and their needs, whilst giving them the room to grow into young adults. Our Tutoring Suite provides regular opportunities for those who need it most to engage in additional interventions, accelerating their progress and closing any gaps that may have occurred in their learning.

Our dedicated team works together with parents and carers, governors and our wider community to ensure that each student develops the knowledge, skills and independence to achieve. We believe that there are no limits to what they can learn.  Every student has the right to the very best possible learning experiences and everyone can succeed.

The age appropriate enrichment curriculum supports a ‘Passion for Purpose’ in Key Stage 4 and a ‘Passion for Life’ in Key Stage 5. Our character curriculum builds student resilience, self-esteem, sense of belonging and love of learning.  It provides equity of opportunity, stretch & challenge, employability skills and broad experiences supporting our student cultural capital and social mobility.

I believe passionately that our students’ interests should be at the heart of everything we do. I have high expectations of all at our school, and I am determined to ensure that we provide the very best opportunities for your child to reach their full potential, during their time here and beyond.

It is a privilege to lead Basildon Upper Academy, and I am excited about everything we can achieve together. I look forward to meeting many of you and welcoming you into our happy, vibrant, and successful school community.

R Rees