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Paying for education?

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This week a Stoke-on-Trent high school asked all of its parents to pay £60 per term to backfill the financial gap left by well publicised national funding cuts. Whilst I understand the business case for this as all schools are facing huge cuts, this does not sit comfortably with me.  It…

A View From The Sidelines

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Stoke-on-Trent By-Election > A view from the sidelines Our academy is not in the Stoke-on-Trent Central constituency. We sit right on the border in Stoke-on-Trent between the north and the central constituencies.  One of our main feeder primary schools and many of our students live in the Stoke-on-Trent Central constituency. First of…

Who Would Be A Teacher?

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We recently said goodbye to some members of staff with outstanding service records. My predecessor Mr Stanier, Mrs Adams and on Thursday 17th November we said happy retirement to Mrs Clarke. All of whom had 40 plus years in education and most of it at the Academy and Brownhills High School. …

Pupil Premium

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Pupil Premium: Ensuring Equality of Outcomes.  Our Pupil Premium leader recently gave a very powerful presentation. Two students from last years Year 11. Both girls. One girl who we call Lucy (not her real name) started in set 3 in Year 7, one girl who we will call Sarah (again not…

Grammar Schools - My thoughts

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Grammar Schools - My thoughts I have learnt that you need to let the dust settle with a great deal of the recent education policy announcements.  So as we survey the opinions and articles both for and against, I would like to offer my own thoughts on the matter. I have…

Six Things To Think About When Choosing a School

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SIX THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN CHOOSING A SCHOOL FOR YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER. Twelve months ago I had a new experience in education, I was the parent for the first time. My wife and I chose the school that my eldest daughter now attends. It wasn’t easy. Even for myself…

Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali The death of someone I greatly admire, Muhammad Ali has prompted me to write this blog. In my teenage years, I used to box. It taught me respect, discipline and focus. Old school values but important. I have followed boxing closely throughout my life. However the sport I love…

New Pioneers

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Working Class Heroes. Where are the working class heroes nowadays? We look around at the TV shows, internet pages and social media noise and it seems an endless procession of footballers, reality TV people and identikit popstars. It's an important issue as our youth need to get their touchstone from somewhere.…

Equality & Equity - Everyone is Welcome Here

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It's been four months since tragic photographs of the lifeless body of a small Syrian boy adorned the front pages of the newspapers. The country shook their head; Facebook statuses were updated in support of the refugees; the Prime Minister made promises of help and support. "Refugees welcome here" was written…

Responsibility and Care for Others

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One of our core values is responsibility. This can manifest itself in many forms. Responsibility can be shown by the way a student self-manages; a mature attitude to work or how one person is willing to accept the need for change.   Some recent events in the Academy have shown the…

Results Day - Saying Thank You

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Being a teacher is hard. Every day you can be a source of inspiration and enjoyment for young people, but there is not a moment that you can rest whilst you are in the classroom. There are no office tea breaks or downtime. Every day is at full speed. Many students…

Principal's Blog - The Myth of Talent

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Above is a picture of me with some of one of our Year 11 pieces of art. It's fantastic.  I would never be able to paint something like this now. My drawing ability is limited to stick men. When discussing this piece of art though I found myself falling into a…

Election Special - Principal's Blog

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Exam season has been interrupted this year with the General Election.  If the stakes weren't so high for us all then many would simply ignore the anodyne figures that are paraded in front of us asking for our votes.  However we have to take an interest as it really does matter.…

A Culture of Tolerance, Respect and Inclusion

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We were visited by three of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (Ofsted) at the end of January.  The report has been published and has gained a great deal of local and regional coverage.  Which you can read here: http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Tunstall-school-praised-Ofsted-championing/story-26107334-detail/story.html#ixzz3TJWAvmrQ The inspection focused on the academy’s behaviour and safeguarding arrangements, particularly praised the academy…

End of Term Reflections

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As we come to the end of term and I reflect on the Academy’s year it has certainly been an eventful one that has seen the Academy continue to go from strength to strength. We had our best set of GCSE results ever this year, and we were recognised as the…

Not Just an Exam Factory

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This job has a habit of continually surprising and humbling you in equal measure. At our Open Evening in September one parent came over to congratulate me on the positive attitude of our staff and students. He talked about the 'golden thread' that clearly runs through everything we do, that we…

Principal’s First Blog

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The new school year is my favourite time of year.  There is always a real sense of excitement and optimism about what is going to be achieved.  For me personally this is further heightened as I take over the role of Academy Principal after four successful years as Vice Principal. Over…

Easter Blog

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As another term comes to an end I am pleased to share with you two letters that I have recently received which celebrate the success of the Academy. Firstly the Academy is now designated as a ‘Leading edge’ academy. The excellent progress that students make at the Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent…

26th March Blog

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It is a short while since I last ‘blogged’ but things have been moving at a pace in the Academy. It has been strange overseeing the appointments of Mr Lowry to the Principal’s role, and Mrs Crowther-Green to the Vice Principal’s role whilst I am still here in post.  I am…

Looking Forwards

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Last Wednesday was a fantastic day for the Academy when we had our ‘Mock Results Day’. Over 50 visitors came into the Academy to; either offer advice, share their experiences, interview or advise our Year 11 students. The Academy was a hive of activity with students gaining a range of opportunities…