The school’s aim is to provide a broad range of educational opportunities for all students regardless of their ability or background; to develop their potential to the full; to enable them to become confident, caring adults with the competencies necessary for success in adult life and lifelong learning. The school has an ethos which is shared by staff and students alike and which is founded on five core values:
Be Honest and Respectful
Maintain a Safe and Supportive Environment
Do Your Best
Have High Expectations
Stay Positive and Enjoy Learning
Close partnership with parents and mutual respect in this partnership underpins all we do. Mascalls is a co-educational comprehensive school for students of 11-18 years; we converted to academy status in July 2011. The normal age of entry is at 11 although each year we welcome students into the Sixth Form and, when places are available, into other year groups. There are currently 1410 children on roll with approximately 220 in the Sixth Form. The school is on an attractive 33 acre site on the outskirts of Paddock Wood. The buildings are laid out in an open campus-style setting with attractive landscaping. It has excellent ICT facilities and in 2006 a brand new building, providing state-of-the-art accommodation for Design and Technology, Art, Drama, Dance and Music was opened. Mascalls Gallery also opened and this public art gallery provides all types of art to the school and the wider community – website www.mascallsgallery.org. The school has its own extensive sports pitches on site and a new Multi-purpose Sports Hall was completed in August 2007. A new third generation floodlit all weather pitch was opened in August 2008
Mascalls Academy is part of the Leigh Academies Trust. The Trust also includes several other secondary Academies – The Leigh Academy, Stationers Crown Woods Academy, Longfield Academy and Wilmington Academy, a special needs school – Milestone Academy, and several primary Academies. All of the Academies share one governing body, and are led by a Chief Executive Officer based at the Trust offices.
The school leaders have demonstrated their strong capacity to bring about sustained improvement through effective self-evaluation processes and this has been acknowledged by parents, carers and students. One parent referred to the school as a ‘shining light amongst local schools’.
Through engaging with businesses and further education college partners, the school is developing personalised pathways for vocational courses and apprenticeships, which are greatly valued by students.
Students overwhelmingly say that they feel safe in school and that any bullying, name-calling or teasing is immediately dealt with.