Knowsley Academy joined the Vantage Trust in 2013. The school serves one of the most economically disadvantaged areas in the country, and before joining the trust, suffered from many challenges including poor standards of teaching and learning and behaviour. We strongly believe that every child at Knowsley Lane deserves far better opportunities than they had before. The staff here are very motivated to make this a reality in the months and years ahead.
As with other schools in the Vantage trust, we began by setting high expectations for everyone at the school. At Knowsley Lane, we expect that everyone will behave; be on time; be smart; be ready; and be good! These expectations are matched by our commitment to investing in children and their futures. We provide every child with a new, smart uniform and we work hard to make sure that every classroom is an inspiring place to learn and grow. We have also made changes so that our school dinners are both delicious and nourishing, and there are now a range of after school clubs available to children.
The school – as with every school across Vantage – now uses the International Primary Curriculum and the Kagan approach to teaching and learning. This provides the rigour and internationally recognised high standards that our children deserve. We also use the same timetable as the other schools in the trust and our teachers and staff are constantly learning from one another to develop the highest standards of teaching and learning. Every member of staff is strongly encouraged to pursue their own professional development – both within their staff teams and across Vantage itself.
Our school is on a journey towards greater things. We are proud of the transformation that has already been achieved so far and excited about achieving a very bright and successful future for our school and our children.
I think I have the best teachers ever because they teach us new things every day.
My favourite lesson is maths because it’s fun.
I like the displays because they show you what is happening in each class.
“Knowsley Lane is a very special place. I’ve never encountered children that are so determined to do well and be the best they can be. The staff also care so much about the children and want the very best for them. We are all on the same team!”