Washwood Heath Academy Passport


Washwood Heath Academy Passport

At Washwood Heath Academy, we believe in broadening the horizons for all of our students, so that they get a sense of life in the wider world.  The aim is to equip students with skills and experiences which will allow them to contextualise their understanding of the world around them more thoroughly.  

The Washwood Heath Academy Passport spans from EYFS, right through to Year 13 and aims to specify a ‘guaranteed’ set of experiences that will be offered to every child at Washwood in each stage of their journey through education with us.  The experiences may be small, and in school – for example, in Year 1, we make sure children get to plant a seed, look after it, and watch it grow – right through to wider world experiences in the Secondary phase, including trips beyond the bounds of Birmingham to explore National culture, residential experiences, and international experiences. 

Our Passport is under constant review to make sure the experiences are valuable and effective, and it goes hand in hand with our focus on Cultural Capital – more info can be found by clicking here.

We believe you are entitled to a rich and varied set of experiences during your time at school.  We seek to expand your minds, and develop in you the resilience and independence to explore the world around you with confidence.  This passport sets out the experiences you can expect to have at each stage in your school journey.

What experiences do we offer to all of our students?

EYFS

In Reception, we will visit a church, watch a theatre production, visit a farm, plant a seed, have visits from people who help us, visit Thinktank, have visits from the Animal Man, Wonderland, enjoy Tuesday tales and take part in a pupil election.

Year 1

In Year 1, we will watch a theatre production, visit Birmingham Museum of Toys, visit Tamworth Castle, explore our local area, enjoy Tuesday tales and take part in a pupil election.

Year 2

In Year 2 we will watch a theatre production, visit a local care home, sing Christmas Carols in a class choir, visit Aston Hall, listen to a community guest speaker, visit the Botanical Gardens, visit a Safari park, visit a mosque, enjoy Tuesday tales and take part in a pupil election.

Year 3/4 - no cohort

We will design our Year 3/4 experiences as our cohort moves through.

Year 5

In Year 5 we will watch a theatre production, visit Hams Hall to study the river, go on the Aberdovey trip, learn to swim and/or practice swimming, take part in Viking Day, listen to a community guest speaker, take part in an Enterprise/Balfour Beatty project, take part in Olympic Games day, visit a mosque and take part in a pupil election.

Year 6

In Year 6  we will watch a theatre production, take part in a skills builder day, visit the Back to Backs, go on the Aberdovey trip, take part in Victorian Day, visit the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, listen to a community guest speaker, visit Sarehole Mill, visit a temple and take part in a pupil election.  We are also planning a trip to the beach in the summer.

Year 7

In Year 7, students will have the opportunity to visit the Black Country Living Museum, go on a residential trip, write a poem and perform it in front of the class from memory, join a sports team, watch a concert in the Birmingham Symphony Hall, take part in the House charity day, learn a musical instrument, join an all-girls IT club ‘Women of the Future’, take part in a debate and watch or take part in the Christmas concert.

Year 8

In Year 8, students will have the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum and walk through London to the National Gallery, write a poem and perform it in front of the class from memory, go on the Aberdovey trip, choose options subjects, compete for the school in a sports competition, watch a concert in the Birmingham Symphony Hall, watch a theatre production of Romeo and Juliet, join an all-girls IT club ‘Women of the Future’, take part in a debate and watch or take part in the Christmas concert.

Year 9

In Year 9, students will have the opportunity to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, write a poem and perform it in front of the class from memory, take on a specific student leadership role: MVP, Eco-warriors, Young Wellbeing Lead, Rights Respecting Champion; join the Police Cadets, compete for the school in a sports competition, present to peers in a school assembly ,join the programming with raspberry Pi group, watch or take part in the Christmas concert, visit a working farm, attend an assembly led by A&C Building Services and investigate how to run a business and be an entrepreneur.

Year 10

In Year 10, students will have the opportunity to visit Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sleep under canvas (in school), vote and take part in the student leadership election, take part in work experience days, go on the Geography field trip to Carding Mill Valley, go on the Geography field trip to investigate the quality of urban life, watch a theatre production of An Inspector Calls, watch a theatre production of Macbeth, watch a theatre production of A Christmas Carol, join the programming with raspberry Pi group, take part in a debate, and watch or take part in the Christmas concert.

Year 11

In Year 11, students will have the opportunity to work with a mentor, go on a study residential, visit a university campus, refine study skills, join the programming with raspberry Pi group, watch or take part in the Christmas concert, attend specialist masterclass sessions in preparation for GCSE exams.

Year 12/13

In the Sixth Form, students will have the opportunity to take on the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver awards, visit a university, attend the Espionage trip, visit a careers fair – What Career Live/UCAS/Apprenticeship Show, take part in the Envision programme, take part in the Career Ready scheme, complete a meaningful work placement, lead on a charity project in school, go on a cultural visit to London, become part of the Sixth Form duty team.