Most people today shop in supermarkets because they provide a wide range of choice and quality products under one roof. Education, on the other hand, is still mainly provided by individual schools that run themselves.
Given that, perhaps we should not be surprised if education standards vary according to the success or otherwise of individual schools.
So is there a better way for schools? At New Line Learning we believe there is.
Three secondary schools in South Maidstone have joined together under one governing body to provide greater educational choice and improved standards for all children in our care.
We have re-branded ourselves as ‘New Line Learning’ to reflect our fresh approach to secondary education. Our logo has been designed in consultation with our students across the schools and reflects the new direction we wish to take your child’s education.
Our approach is simple. We want children to enjoy school and we believe that all young people can be successful and fulfilled if we share the resources and talents of three schools.
To ensure that this happens, we have introduced a common curriculum across the three schools and a number of innovations that will benefit your child:
- All Year 7 pupils to be equipped with portable computers to aid their learning
- An integrated Humanities course in years 7 and 8 that teaches pupils how to learn and study independently
- Key Stage 3 completed in two years, with SATs being taken in Year 8
- Key Stage 4 commencing in Year 9 with GCSE examinations taken in Year 10
- Early entry into the Sixth Form in Year 11
- Reporting to parents on each pupil’s progress every 7 weeks
- Encouraging pupils to have a voice, which contributes to the direction of the schools
- A modern curriculum with an emphasis on project based learning, IT enabled learning and vocational courses
At New Line Learning we believe in: honesty, respect and care for each other. Through discussion with staff and pupils we have decided these will be the core values at NLL.
At the heart of the education programme is a model of care that seeks to ensure that pupils are emotionally happy and well balanced within school. We have common pastoral programmes and procedures plus a common set of values. We are also working with Yale University and University College London to develop pupils’ emotional maturity via emotional intelligence programmes.
SMS - South Maidstone Sixth - now has over 300 students and offers over 40 different subjects at vocational and A level. It is both popular and successful, with increasing numbers of students going to university every year.
If you wish to find out more about our sixth form, please visit: www.southmaidstonesixth.com
We can only guess what the future holds for our children. One thing we can say, is that in an ever changing world nothing will remain static.
New Line Learning, with its commitment to high standards and continuous innovation, helps develop young people to cope successfully with an uncharted future.
To see how we manage ourselves here at NewLineLearning use the link to below to see a schematic of our organisational structure.