I would like to start with a very big thank you to our parents and carers for the support that you have provided your child and the academy in the transition from primary to secondary school. Students have been punctual and very well presented and ready to learn daily. They have responded brilliantly to the high expectations we set for their appearance and performance inside and outside the academy. The next two weeks provides the opportunity for a well-deserved rest. We have set some independent learning work for students on the Moodle for the second week to ensure they are ready to return bright and focused for the next half term.
The last six weeks have flown by but it has been a hive of activity here at the academy. Students have used the entire academy from DT on the ground floor through to Science at the top. We have held various show events for prospective parents and students, as well as a large opening event with our sponsor, The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. On each occasion our students and staff have performed as if we have been at the academy for 6 years rather than the six weeks.
Many trips have been taken in year 12 and year 7. Trips to the Royal College of Music, who have also kindly donated 3 pianos, a Bafta gaming conference, the British Technology Show, the World Skills Careers Conference, a history trip to the docklands and many more. It is a great way to enliven the learning and make real connections for our students. Also, girls’ and boys’ teams have played and won football and basketball matches against local schools. An auspicious start to our sporting future.
We have celebrated Black History Month throughout October. Students have researched and learnt about the history and impact of black culture in class, tutor time and through assemblies. Further, I have been amazed by the science projects brought into the academy by year 7 over the last couple of weeks, dinosaurs with different textures in Art, a celebration of poetry in English and many other projects across the subjects. Year 12 continue to push to reach their targets as the mock exams loom in December. Our learning culture continues to strengthen.
It has been a wonderful start for the academy and I would like to thank my staff whose dedication and hard work in the summer and throughout this term is driving our ambition to be outstanding. Further, I would like to thank the wider community for your continued support and kind messages.
Enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing staff and students on Monday 7th November.