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  • Our Vision, Values and Aims

    Our Vision

    Nurturing learners who are resilient, focused and aspirational

    The Robert Fitzroy Academy is an exciting place to learn. We think and dream big for our pupils encouraging and supporting them along the way.

    Our Values
    Enquiry – We are explorers of the world
    Resilience – We get up, we dust off, we keep trying
    Morality – We do the right thing (even if no one is looking)
    Co-operation - We work together and share
    Communication – We talk, we listen,
    Thoughtfulness – We think of others and think deeply about our learning
    Respect – We Value difference
    Adaptability –We can change if the situation requires it

    Mission Statement
    The Robert Fitzroy Academy caters for children aged between 4 and 11. We provide our children with a creative and progressive learning environment in which they develop their academic, physical, spiritual, moral, social and cultural lives. We recognise and value the rich linguistic and cultural diversity in our school and the local community. We endeavour to ensure that each child is able to have the skills, independence and initiative to excel in their achievements. We are committed to developing resilient, engaged life-long learners who are responsible members of an aspirational school and wider community.

    Our Aims
    To fulfil our mission statement, our aims are:

    • To create a safe, welcoming, creative learning environment that reflects the high expectations we have for all in the RFA community
    • To provide an engaging curriculum that facilitates the characteristics of effective learning, creates independent thinkers and inspires young minds
    • To encourage our pupils and promote confidence through celebrating personal, social and academic achievement
    • To develop and maintain links with our parent and carers involving them as active partners with the school for the benefit of their children’s education
    • To serve the community by developing responsible citizens

    Our approach to the curriculum

    We are a school for human flourishing

    At RFA we hold fast to the belief that our pupil’s well-being, confidence and happiness will provide the right foundation for academic rigour. Our aim is to provide a complete education – one that nourishes the mind, body and spirit. The whole child is the whole point of what we do. We nurture learners who are Resilient, Focused and Aspirational- RFA! We don’t want these letters to just adorn the jumpers of our pupils, we want them to be the daily oxygen that we breathe. And how do we do that? By believing in and being committed to the transformative power of four types of capital.

    Aspirational capital

    A growth mindset approach underpins every aspect of school life. Children are given opportunities to excel.

    Cultural capital

    We give pupils a range of experience beyond the academic curriculum offering them opportunities to see the world differently. We are strongly committed to the arts and believe it is every child’s right to take part in creative and cultural experiences.

    Pastoral capital

    Ensuring that pupil well-being is at the heart of all we do. We offer a range of therapies including Lego and art therapy for vulnerable pupils. Principled relationships exist throughout the school.

    Professional capital

    Investing in our teachers means we invest in our pupils.

    Our approach to behaviour

    Having the highest possible standards for behaviour, we strive at all times to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere to enable children to acquire moral values such as honesty, sincerity, trust, mutual respect and tolerance. Whilst each child is valued as an individual, we instil an understanding, even in our youngest pupils, that we all have rights, rules and responsibilities. The behaviour of adults in the school reflect our expectations of the children. As a staff we meet the children with a smile, are consistent, keep calm, have a sense of humour, use a 'talking' voice, and listen to them. When staff discuss behaviour with children they will always aim to have a learning experience as an outcome.

    The Academy has a set of 3 rules or expectations of behaviour; which apply to every situation:

    • Be kind
    • Be safe
    • Be responsible

    When negative situations occur it is the Academy's policy to separate the child from the behaviour so that they develop an understanding that it is their behaviour choices that need changing.

    At RFA we also strive to develop good learning behaviour in our children good learning behaviours. Often children (and adults!) associate compliance with good learning. Although we do expect children to develop listening skills and to follow the school rules this is simply a given. What we really are striving for is for the RFA pupils to have enquiring minds, to ask questions, to be resilient in their learning, to connect ideas and challenge what they know.

    For more information regarding the Academy’s approach to behaviour and ethos regarding good learning behaviours please visit the policy in Key Information.

    School Day

    EYFS and KS1
    In EYFS and Key Stage 1, the school day starts promptly at 8:50 and school ends at 15:00
    There are assemblies throughout the week with a different theme and both a morning and afternoon break.
    Lunch is from:

    • 11.30 - 12.45 for EYFS
    • 11.45-12.45 for Year 1
    • 12.00-13.00 for Year 2

    In KS2, the school day also starts promptly at 8:50 but ends at 15:15. There are assemblies throughout the week with a different theme and a morning break.
    Lunch is from:

    • 12.15 – 13.15 for Years 3, 4 and 5
    • 13.00 – 13.45 for Year 6.

    Attendance and Punctuality is very important to us, to find out why click here.

    Watch our Video

    Watch our video to find out what children and parents think about the community we have built at RFA.


    REACH2 Academy Trust

    Founded in 2012, REAch2 Academy Trust is the largest primary-only academy trust in the country. It is a growing charitable organisation currently supporting some 55 primary academies across England.
    The Cornerstone of REAch2 is a solid, unshakeable foundation, defined by exceptional teaching experiences and shared Touchstone values of learning, leadership, enjoyment, inclusion, inspiration, responsibility and integrity.
    These values are at the very core of the Trust, firmly embedded in all of the academies and embraced by leaders, teachers, staff, parents and children alike.

    Strong family values are a key component of the REAch2 vision. REAch2 is a family: connected by a common desire to learn from each other, share experiences and be mutually supportive across the entire academy community. Every school and every individual is included in this vision. REAch2 actively encourage collaboration - and work as a team to create and deliver the best possible educational experiences for every pupil within the REAch2 Trust.

    Through partnership with The REACH2 Academy Trust, The Robert Fitzroy Academy is committed to delivering an education to children that realises the mission, vision and values of the Trust.

    The REACH2 Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee. The Board of directors, the body responsible for running the Trust, meets monthly. Multi-Academy Trust boards (MATs) are organised geographically and meet termly. The RFA is part of the REACH2Croydon MAT together with four other Croydon located academies. Each member of the REACH2 Academy Trust also has its own Local Governing Body which has delegated responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day management of their Academy.

    To read more about school governance click here.

    REAch2 Academy Trust
    Henhurst Ridge Primary Academy
    Henhurst Ridge
    Burton upon Trent
    DE13 9TQ

    REAch2 main office: 020 7706 8981
    Email: info@reach2.org

    Information about REACH2 Academy trust is available on the website at: www.reach2.org

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