Vision and Values

Our Vision

Students who attend Robert Smyth Academy will benefit from an outstanding education which will enable them to live happy and fulfilling lives. We are committed to becoming a centre of excellence in the East Midlands and as we move to the next stage in this journey to outstanding, we are committed to the following principles:

  • We put students at the centre of what we do
  • We are a true comprehensive school, inclusive in the fullest sense
  • We are committed to providing an environment that is academically special. We will maintain a climate where students learn, and teachers enjoy teaching and developing their practice
  • We expect all members of our community to enjoy and to be excited by learning
  • We are committed to securing student outcomes that consistently exceed national comparison
  • We aim to develop a sense of enquiry in all
  • We listen to all stakeholders
  • We will ensure that all stakeholders are proud of their relationship with the Academy

We believe in success in its most broad and complex form for all students and we are committed to:

  • Empowering students with knowledge
  • Enabling students to attain excellent qualifications
  • Stimulating students to make excellent progress in all areas
  • Encouraging students to develop a sense of social responsibility
  • Supporting students to become economically literate
  • Inspiring students to find their passion for learning
  • Equipping students with the confidence to take their next steps

Our Values

It is vitally important that all students understand three basic, daily expectations of their approach to Academy life. We believe that all students, irrespective of background require structure to achieve their best. These values apply in every facet of Academy life and they are as relevant to a new student in Year 12 as they are to a new student joining in Year 7. At the core of these three expectations is a belief that discipline equals freedom. 

Be prepared

All students are expected to be immaculately dressed, on time and ready to learn every day. These routines apply like clockwork and allow students to make the most from the curriculum by being in a state of preparation. Every student is expected to demonstrate this mindset so that no time is wasted and they are able to learn and make exceptional progress across the curriculum. The expectation for students to be punctual, organised and well presented is a consistent feature of Academy life and there are no exceptions.

Be kind

All students are expected to be kind and show compassion toward one another. We embrace traditional values and expect students to say “Please” and “Thank you” as well as to hold doors for one another around the Academy site. We encourage students to express gratitude to their peers and other members of the community and to pick each other up when they face times of difficulty. We explicitly reinforce the importance of kindness and ensure that students know that how they treat others really matters.

Work hard

All students are expected to work hard. We encourage students to take responsibility for their performance and reject excuses or quick fixes. We believe that all students will exceed expectations through a commitment to discipline in their concentration, thought and work. We know that learning is a change to long term memory and that for learning to take place there must be focus, repetition, checking and retrieval. We expect all students to demonstrate a strong work ethic that will enable them to be empowered with significant advantages in knowledge acquisition.