Apply now for Year 7 entry in September 2022. Read more

Culture

At Dixons McMillan Academy, we have taken the ingredients of successful academies, schools, the independent sector and abroad; no individual element of our practice is revolutionary, but everything we do is implemented with 100% rigour and commitment. Our visitors agree; they have said that it is the way in which ideas have been combined and embedded with rigour and simplicity that has allowed us to make such a strong start.  

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf strategies or practices; there is no silver bullet. It is really about being values-driven, having clear vision, focusing relentlessly on outcomes, operating strict routines, doing the simple things well every day, and building strong relationships at all levels. We pride ourselves on being the best that we can be at Dixons McMillan Academy. 

We expect scholars to follow homework and equipment rules, wear uniform with pride and always be ‘on task’, fully engaged and ready to learn. 

We pride ourselves on creating a school where teachers can teach and students learn. 

We have no doubt that the achievement-oriented culture at McMillan is the main driver of our success. As Peter Drucker says, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Of course, no school is better than the quality of its teachers; however, there is only so much that even the best teacher can do with students who have low aspirations and poor learning habits. Conversely, create a truly aspirational culture with extremely high expectations and all teachers can secure exceptional outcomes for all scholars. What we have learnt from the best schools is the power of a vision-led culture – it is not a means to an end, but an end in itself. 

Being wholly committed to our mission is not that intellectually sophisticated, it is just common sense and we, as a team, have the persistence and humility to return to it every day; to sustain our routines and live our values over and over – the humility to commit is critical. We are a 100% academy. 

Practice Culture 

We develop teacher talent through disciplined, deliberate and intelligent practice and coaching. For example, we practise key techniques collectively as a staff twice every week during morning meetings and engineer more tailored practice during one-to-one coaching sessions. 

Ready to Succeed?

Join Our Team View Our Impact

If you need to get in touch with us, please use our contact page.

Latest Tweets

Twitter

Thank you to Year 8 families and Advisors for a great parents evening tonight. Lovely to welcome you in and also introduce you to a selection of family dining meals! @Dixonsma_2027
10:44pm 28.09.2021

Twitter

Thank you to year 7 Advisors and @DixonsMA_2028 for such a fantastic parent event with an amazing selection from our family dining menu. Y7 families it has been lovely to have you into the academy!
8:30pm 27.09.2021

Twitter

RT @DixonsMA_SVP: A fantastic selection of Family Dining favourites made by our fabulous chef and his first-class catering team. Yum! @dixo
7:08pm 27.09.2021

Twitter

RT @DixonsMA_SVP: What a pleasure to mark this work from 8.4! Although they analysed a dark, gothic text, I am filled with warmth and sunsh…
9:10pm 26.09.2021