The Wellspring Philosophy has been introduced across the whole of Year 7

Wellspring Academy was an educational programme that trialled during the school years 2013/14 and 2014/15. It ran as a school-within-a-school for 2 of the 8 classes in Years 7 and 8 at Douay Martyrs school in Ickenham in Middlesex.

Following a review of its effectiveness, it was decided to introduce the Wellspring approach right across Year 7 from September 2015. In effect, the Wellspring Academy approach has gone mainstream.

There are two changes from the first two years:

  • students will not take the International Baccalaureate (IB) assessments as they clash with the GCSE assessments – they will benefit from the IB approach to teaching, however, because that is being retained
  • students will not now be required to purchase Chromebook computers because the e-learning facilities in the classroom and at home have been found to be more than adequate without the need to prescribe a particular device

The voluntary homework club continues.

The Wellspring Philosophy:

  • inspiring young people
  • learning how to learn
  • a holistic approach to learning
  • the importance of reflection and evaluation
  • promoting independent learning
  • developing a can-do attitude
  • enterprise skills
  • employability skills
  • appreciation of the wider community
  • thinking skills
  • internationalism