Horizon Primary Academy’s aim is to actively engage and support its students in their personal, moral and academic development, empowering them to be fulfilled and make a positive contribution to society.
Teaching and learning at the school is of a consistently high quality, ensuring that all students make good or better progress. Our staff are continually working to close the gap in levels of attainment for disadvantaged students and we are a fully inclusive school, with excellent provision for SEND (see SEND and Pupil Premium page).
Our emphasis is on developing 'the whole child' and our academy is leading the way in character education, by implementing Scouting as part of our curriculum. Our 'learning by doing' model of teaching runs throughout the curriculum and ensures that all students are actively engaged and are future prepared with essential skills for secondary school and beyond, not just for SATs! (see curriculum and Scouting pages for more information). Our well-being provision in the school is excellent and we have a wide range of interventions available for parents and students. The Department for Education (DFE) recognises that "in order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy". Here at Horizon Primary Academy we have gone one step further and adopted a whole school approach that values and recognises the need to support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all its pupils, parents and staff (see well-being and parent page). Through working together, expanding our knowledge and our already excellent provision, we aim to continue providing a range of wellbeing interventions that allow all within the school community to speak openly about mental health.
Students are well behaved and all visitors comment on the calm and relaxed atmosphere in the school. 'Children love learning and teachers love teaching'.
We are very proud of our school environment. We have a modern building, with lots of outdoor space. which is utilised fully in the students learning. We have won 'Swanley in Bloom' four years running and have recently won the Sevenoaks District in Bloom 2016 and two awards for Swanley and Sevenoaks. This is thanks to the hard work of our caretaker and student gardeners! We have a scouting area for campfires, class allotments and a pond for outdoor science. We now have our new modular learning space!
To help with pressures of family life we offer a breakfast club from 8am and an after school provision until 5.15, at a very reasonable price! We also offer a range of lunchtime and after school clubs and holiday clubs, to ensure that our students have the opportunity to learn new things and socialise outside school.
Swanley Schools Partnership
As well as collaboration with our trust, we work closely with 10 local primary schools to ensure that we have the best possible standard of education for the children in the Swanley area. Our teachers share good practise and we encourage cross school collaboration through joint events such as: sporting fixtures, more able curriculum days and community celebration. Last year we secured funding through a bid £20.272.00. This money was match funded by the schools, to deliver on our joint priority areas to raise educational standards and deliver high quality training for staff.
Member schools:Horizon Academy ,St. Mary’s C of E Primary School, Downsview Primary, High Firs Primary, West Kingsdown C of E Primary, St. Paul’s C of E Primary, Horton Kirby, Hextable, St Bartholomew’s RC Primary School, Crockenhill Primary School.
Miss Kate Crawford