We visited All Saints’ Academy when my eldest was in year six and quickly decided that it was the place for him. Throughout the presentation Mr McNiffe’s passion for education was clear to see, along with his commitment to the school and the pupils. The teachers’ dedication and focus to strive to achieve Outstanding for the school has been evident since my son joined in September 2015.
My children are in Year 10 and 8 now, they both love their time at school and are involved with a huge variety of activities including Cadets, Duke of Edinburgh and numerous drama opportunities.
The opportunities available to the children are exceptional and the teachers always work hard to ensure that each pupil has the chance to fulfil their individual potential. I too get involved by attending the Parent Voice meetings four times a year- this is a great opportunity to discuss school life with other parents and to provide feedback and recognition to the school.
The children work in cycles and it’s useful as a parent to keep track of how they are doing - regular tests and ‘Stop the Clock’ reports helpfully show each cycle test result and if they are on track to hit their target result.
‘I’ve had the privilege of sending two of my lads here, one has now gone from here to university and the other is in lower sixth. I can honestly say it has been the making of them. My eldest son thoroughly enjoyed his time here. He had superb support from the head teacher and all of the staff. He built good relationships with staff and students. He was supported in organising events such as Go Karting and also privileged to be picked to go to Africa with the Academy, which was a great experience. What I love about All Saints’ is that they don’t just look at education but look at the child as a whole package, bringing out their best qualities and working on those ones that need a little bit of tweaking or in need of extra support. My second son chose to come here for Sixth Form too, he really appreciates the atmosphere, style and approach of the school and the resources as well. The courses he wanted to take were readily available and he too is really enjoying his time at All Saints’ Academy.
I really feel from speaking with the staff that Mr McNiffe is leading from the top and his approach and his style filters down to the staff and there is a genuine atmosphere of family when you walk around the school and that makes a much better learning environment, the sense of all children being included as much as they possibly can. There is a great pastoral team here so if there are issues then there is a great team that can pick these up and work with any concerns that your child has.'
'I highly recommend anyone considering All Saints' Academy for further education. My daughter's experience and education there was the foundation for her future she is now exploring at university. We had moved from outside the UK and had no idea where or who would best help her complete her A levels. Other schools were vague and apathetic. All Saints' Academy from the very first interview were engaged and enthusiastic. We will forever be grateful that we chose All Saints' Academy with the trust of our daughter's education and guidance.
Not only were they brilliant, thoughtful and insightful while Chelsea attended the Sixth Form they went above and beyond in helping her with her UCAS application and provided guidance with the financing aspects of university. We could not have placed Chelsea in better circumstances without their help and even after a gap year they were there to help.
If you want the best now and in the future for your student; All Saints' Academy has proven to be a blessed experience for us.'