End of Term Reflections
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 most improved school in Stoke-on-Trent. This is an amazing achievement and credit must go to all the staff, yourselves and of course the students for the work that has gone into gaining this success. The current Year 11 are working hard and starting to understand the importance of their GCSE’s to their future prospects as they are increasingly looking at colleges and training opportunities. We look forward to meeting all Year 11 parents and carers at the Parents Evening on Thursday, January 22nd 2015.
Increasingly, the Academy is becoming the first choice for most parents in the area and in September 2015 we are expecting our largest ever Year 7 cohort. Over the past 12 months the number of students at the Academy has grown by almost 10% as parents opt to move their children from other local schools to the Academy. We are proud that news of our strong reputation and good work is spreading.
During the year we have had many visitors and everyone has commented on the wonderful atmosphere for learning that exists in the Academy and the smart appearance and friendly nature of our students. We did raise the expectations of uniform and appearance in September and our students look smarter than ever. Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for continuing to support the Academy in maintaining our high standards.
We would ask you for further support though, in particular with student attendance which remains stubbornly below the national average. Please encourage your son/daughter to avoid having the odd day off as these days really add up and the amount of learning that is missed is significant in total. In addition, new legislation from the government means that it is now forbidden to take any family holidays within term-time. The rules around attendance at school have been tightened by the government. If a student has an attendance record of below 90% (this equates to only six days off since September) then Education Welfare become involved. There will be an increased level of contact from us over any absence that takes place in order to ensure that our students are here so that they can learn. Therefore if your personal details have changed let us know by emailing . In addition the contact details for key people are listed at the end of this letter as are the dates for upcoming events in the spring term.
Academy life continues to be vibrant and varied. There is an extensive programme of after school activities available every night. This includes academic and homework support. The Community system have organised a number of inter community competitions this year, including sports competitions. Next term there will be the Academy’s first Arts Festival with the theme of ‘Best of British’. We are all looking forward to the Academy’s “British Bake Off” and the Academy’s version of “Britain’s Got Talent”.
The Academy re-opens on Monday January 5th for staff and students; I hope that you all have an enjoyable Christmas, and a happy new year. I am sure that next year will be just as challenging, but with your continued support and the excellent work of our staff, just as successful.