WHISKids Schools

 

 

VISION

  • Our model of schooling will provide students and their families with access to an alternative form of education that will be based on best international educational practice. 

  • We will enable pupils to flourish independently, academically and socially, whilst providing children with the knowledge and courage to move into the wider world and modern community successfully.

  • The model will be available to be adopted worldwide.

 

WHY?

  • We are individuals, we have differing desires, strengths and weaknesses. We all learn in different ways, and have passions and skills in different areas. Therefore, we all thrive in different settings.

  • We will aim to provide pupils and families with an alternative option for their educational journey in order for everyone to be able to find a setting which best suits the way in which they learn, with the common goal of enabling pupils to thrive.

 

HOW?

  • Educational support to pupils and their families. With the right support, choice and freedom, we will enable pupils to have a deeper understanding of themselves, their passions and their independent thought.

  • We will support parents, and pupils as they grow, to choose how they wish to develop, what subjects / projects they want to learn, what learning style best suits their needs, and where they want their educational journey to take them.

  • We will create a strong bond between the school and the families involved, as well as allowing pupils to flourish.

 

Questions and Answers

 

  1. When is the school opening? September 2018

  2. What is the age range? 3 – 11 years initially (3-18)

  3. How many children in each class? Classes will be small to allow educators to fulfill the needs of the pupils. 10 – 15 max

  4. Is this a fee paying school? No, we would like it to be accessible to all.

  5. How will you get the funding? We are exploring various options at present for funding. 

  6. Do the pupils take exams? There are no formal methods of assessment. So no SATs tests. GCSE's and A-Levels will be optional.

  7. How will you know if they’ve made progress? We have 2 forms of assessment. Pupils from 3 – 7 years will have Learning Journeys which is a progressive journal. This may include observations from educators, examples of work, photographs and comments from parents. Pupils from 7 – 11 years will have assessment sheets which they will complete with the educators. This will demonstrate progress made and will give the pupils and parents a clear idea of skills taught and needing to be taught.

  8. Will there be qualified teachers? There will be a mixture of qualified teachers and other educators. The educators will be trained so they have the necessary skills to inspire, guide, support etc and also so they have a clear understanding of emotional intelligence and all that it entails.

  9. When will they learn to read and write? There will be no set age for this as we are all individuals. However, skills for reading and writing will be introduced at the age of 4 and will be an integral part of their day to day learning.

  10. What makes your school different? The core curriculum is based on health and wellbeing so we nurture the individual. We have developed the curriculum from the starting point of considering which life skills they will need in order to contribute to community and the world. Links with the community to collaborate and support are included in our curriculum. We will also include knowledge of sustainability. Meditation, yoga, Mindfulness and music are an integral part of the school day.

 

 

We will have more details out soon - we plan to open schools in Cumbria (Holme Head School ) and Nottingham in 2018.