Warwick Academy looks to the future
Warwick Academy has adopted a new strategic plan to coincide with its first full accreditation as a school.
Dave Horan, the principal, said the school's blueprint was the outcome of 18 months of brainstorming with teachers, parents, alumni and students.
Mr Horan said technology had been the biggest driver of change, bringing the school's previous plan to the end of its useful life.
He said: “We broke our plan down to three pillars: the curriculum, our pastoral pillar and our co-curriculum pillar.
“The pastoral aspect covers relationships, which is probably the most important part. It's about how we interact with parents, students and the community.
“The co-curriculum pillar covers all those things that we do outside the classroom such as sports, music and drama and our various types of clubs.”
The “way forward” plan comes on the heels of the school's accreditation by the Council of International Schools, which has members in 116 countries.
Mr Horan said the strategy, which has been published and posted online, was aimed at making sure “people know exactly who we are and what Warwick Academy represents — where we're going”.
He said: “We like saying we're a private school with a public purpose.”
Intercultural learning, including Bermudian history and traditions, has a prominent place in the curriculum, along with “digital citizenship”.
The school has also become the island's first to offer the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme with job-related learning.
Colin Smith, the chairman of the board, said hundreds of surveys were collated to develop the strategic plan.
Mr Smith added: “We're satisfied that it has captured what we believe our position is, continuing to be a leading education institution. I'd also say it defines us as being community conscious.”
The school, which now has 845 students, continues to grow, taking on 30 more students aged 4 to 18 than it had last year.
• To view the new Warwick Academy strategic plan, click on the PDF link under “Related Media”