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About the Academy

Knowle DGE Academy is a vibrant and aspirational learning community based in Knowle West Bristol for young people from KS1 right through to KS5. There are currently 156 pupils on roll.

Knowle DGE is a specialist Academy for young people with additional needs principally in the areas of Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH), Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), Speech Language and Communication (SLCN) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) at the communicative, higher -operating end of the spectrum. All young people attending Knowle DGE have an official statement of SEN (Special Educational Needs) or EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan).

At Knowle DGE we promote two curriculums equally:

•The National Curriculum - through an enriched, personalised approach we emphasise the needs, talents and ambitions of the individual whilst broadening horizons with plenty of opportunities to take learning beyond the classroom. Over time, and from their starting points on arrival at Knowle DGE, the majority of young people make progress in line with or better than national expectations across a range of academic and vocational subjects. Our staff are driven and successful educators and this shows in our OFSTED reports which have consistently rated Knowle DGE as a Good / Outstanding school.

Our Ethos supports this side of the Knowle DGE curriculum:

“All Equal, All Different, All Achieving Together”

•Learning about ourselves and how we can successfully fit into the broader contexts of school, family, community, nation and the world at large as we learn moral values and how to meet our own needs in balance with the needs of those around us. This is exemplified by the work we do with those young adults leaving our provision and moving on to further study or into the world of apprenticeship and work. Our programme of career guidance, vocational study and work experience have combined to support OFSTED’s grading of our Sixth Form as an Outstanding provision.

Our Values as an Academy support this strand of how we learn:

“Belief, Respect, Responsibility”

Values & Ethos

We believe that each student will DISCOVER new learning opportunities and experiences at Knowle DGE. Together, with your support, we will GUIDE each student towards these learning opportunities and in doing this we are confident that each student will ENJOY their learning experiences at Knowle DGE.

In order to succeed, we aim to encourage every individual at our Learning Centre to develop BELIEF in themselves to aim higher, to RESPECT themselves, others and their Academy and take RESPONSIBILITY for their decisions and actions.

We recognise that we are ALL EQUAL and deserve the very best. We recognise that we are ALL DIFFERENT in the ways we learn and interact. We recognise that we can ALL ACHIEVE TOGETHER – as an Academy, as a pupil within the community and as a parent / carer.

Working for Us

If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs.

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