Aston School became a Maths and Computing College in 2003 and was successfully re-designated as a Maths and Computing College in January 2008. This secures vital funding for the next three years and enables us to be a 'learning community' fulfilling our Mission Statement of 'making a difference'. The school converted to an Academy in 2011 after receiveing an 'Outstanding' Ofsted inspection.
As a specialist school, we have been able not only to enhance the learning and teaching of Maths and Computing but to create exciting opportunities accross the whole curriculum. Interactive whiteboards are actively used in our departments and we have the use of several dedicated purpose-built computer classrooms. Extra-curricular clubs are important to Aston students and our web-site continues to develop and expand.
We work closely with our contributory primary schools and have links with other local secondary schools enabling us to share good practice and aiding us in our aim to become a 'centre of excellence' for Maths and Computing.
Aston Academy, A Specialist School in Maths and Computing will strive to:
raise standards of achievement in all subjects, particularly Maths and Computing, for all students and so enable them to achieve their full potential.
develop exciting and innovative learning and teaching styles in Maths and Computing which will be further developed across the whole curriculum.
promote a culture where education is dynamically linked to changes in technology, enterprise and the world of work.
raise the post-16 participation rate in Maths and Computing and encourage the desire to carry on with these subjects at a higher level.
provide a greater opportunity for e-learning in the local community.
work in partnership with local businesses to provide opportunities to use Maths and Computing skills in the world of work.
As part of our Maths and Computing Status some of our activities include:
assisting our contributory Primary Schools with ICT developments and developing links in outher curriculum areas such as Physical Education, Design Technology and Modern Foreign Languages.
promoting mathematical thinking through quizzes, puzzles and problem solving.
working with adults in the local community to achieve a GCSE mathematics qualification and ECDL qualification.
many of Aston students being involved in enrichment activities such as the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge.
working with higher education establishments especially with Initial Teacher Training students.
enhancing the ICT skills of all staff in school and beyond
Just to mention a few!