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Mission Statement 

Waverley Junior Academy aims to ‘Enrich Lives’

We believe that all young people are entitled to learn in an academy in which they feel safe and secure so that they can flourish as confident, resilient and successful learners. 

We are committed to creating a caring and supportive environment in which our children develop self-discipline and respect for themselves and others. 

Our staff will provide high quality learning and enrichment opportunities; encouraging Waverley learners to strive for excellence, to take pride in their achievements and to become the very best that they can be, so that they are empowered to make a positive contribution to their academy and wider community.

We will be aspirational for all our pupils; working in partnership with their parents and families to inspire them to be proficient and enthusiastic readers, creative thinkers, responsible citizens and lifelong learners. 

Our STEM-based curriculum will be broad and balanced ensuring that every child experiences a high quality of education and their lives are enriched by being members of the Waverley Junior Academy and ACET learning community.


Our aims for all children are that.....   

  • they should be safe, secure and happy in school.
  • they have equal access to the curriculum, regardless of ability, gender, race or religion.
  • they acquire the necessary English and Maths skills in order to raise levels of achievement within and beyond the National Curriculum.
  • they read confidently and fluently to enable them to access a broad and balanced curriculum where knowledge, skills and understanding can develop at a pace matched to individual needs.
  • they experience the security and satisfaction that comes from consistent good teaching, within a creative stimulating learning environment, alongside ongoing active parental engagement.
  • they develop an appreciation of the importance of being a responsible citizen, showing courtesy and consideration for others.
  • and, last but not least, that their spiritual, moral and cultural development is promoted, in order to prepare them to become valued members of an ever-changing, multi-cultural society.


Our Core Values are the foundations on which our school practice is built and give the school its strong sense of purpose and direction 

  • High Quality Relationships
  • Individuality and Inclusion
  • Independence
  • Creativity
  • Team Work
  • Development of the "Whole Child"
  • Achievement Right Across the Curriculum
  • The Classroom as a Learning Community
  • Enquiry Based Learning


High Quality Relationships

Healthy working relationships, which underpin quality learning, raise the self-esteem of learners and contribute to the emotional well-being of the school community – relationships between adults and children, adults and other adults, children and other children, which are built on mutual trust and respect.

Individuality and Inclusion 

The school values the uniqueness of every child – Every Child Matters at Waverley – and our curriculum is flexible and differentiated to allow for pupil choice and individual outcomes. Children with SEN thrive at Waverley.


Children at Waverley are confident and independent learners, taking responsibility for their learning and their behaviour.


A thread running through all that we do: the capacity for problem solving, a way of thinking, developing learning challenges which demand an imaginative response; a community of learners valuing originality and innovative approaches, fostering habits of mind that nurture creativity - risk-taking, curiosity, exploration and imagination.

Development of the ‘Whole Child’

Being healthy, both physically and mentally, is central to becoming an effective learner, as are the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of human development.

Team Work   

Modelled by adults, made explicit to children and fostered in classroom practices which encourage collaborative learning.

Achievement Across the Curriculum

Children knowing that there are multiple intelligences and that all have gifts and talents in some area; e.g. excelling at art, design or dance is as valued as excelling academically.

The Classroom as a Learning Community

Adults are learners too; children and adults use the “language of learning” to help children to better understand the learning process and become increasingly skilled at self-evaluation in order to move their “personalised learning” on.

Enquiry Based Learning

Fosters collaboration between adult and child learners and provides connected learning opportunities which allow for curriculum enrichment, individual challenge and ensures that knowledge ‘sticks’ and is transferable.