News Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:29:00 +0100 en <![CDATA[Special Recognition Assembly!]]> Today saw students, staff and parents join together for a Special Recognition Assembly to celebrate some of our amazing students and their success. For our Year 7 cohort, students and staff nominated eight students to win one of the eight values awards. 

This is the first time the Academy has held these awards, and it was very much top secret, so that our winners did not know they had won - although a few may have guessed when their parents and grandparents entered the hall once the students were seated. 

After a short introduction from Mr Tomlinson, and a video clip of life at the Academy, Director of the Trust Frank Norris gave a stirring speech before Mrs Garrity kicked things off with the Equity and Equality Award. A proud Mr Assad (Form Tutor) gave a wonderful speech about Qudsia, winner of the first award. As happened with all the rest of the awards, once a speech was given about the winning student, a video clip was played of their Primary School teachers congratulating them on their acheivement (which brought some tears from the crowd).

The eight proud winners of these special awards were: 

The Equity and Equality Award - Qudsia

The Self-help and Self-responsibility Award - Shannon

The Democracy Award - Gloria

The Openness and Honesty Award - Aiza

The Solidarity Award - Leo

The Caring for Others Award - Joe

The Social Responsibility Award - Sancha

The Special Pioneer's Award - Katie

The winners fully deserved their awards as they role model the values that the Co-operative Trust is built upon each day at our Academy. 

After the awards a celebration video of life at the Academy was shown, showcasing how students embody the eight values, before parents and grandparents joined staff and students for refreshments afterwards. 

One of the parents who attended said: "I think the whole occasion was fantastic. No other school has done this, and it made us very proud to see our son receive his award." 

Another parent said: "It was a privilege to attend the ceremony."

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:29:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Music Student Strikes Chord]]> Some of our students' who study BTEC music were lucky enough to have a talk from a local music journalist, who herself studied BTEC music at school. 

Bethan Shufflebotham (who studied journalism at Staffordshire University) gave a presentation all about how a band goes through the process of starting up together to promoting themselves and releasing an EP (extended play).

The music blogger; reviewer and promoter for "REBEL" also talked about her journalism and how that has helped fuel her passion for music, and was delighted to see the students' passion for music and ambitions to pursue a career within the music industry. 

Bethan said: "It was an absolute pleasure to talk to the music students about my role in the music industry. It's something new to them, but hopefully it is now something they may want to get involved with. Stoke-on-Trent is going for the "City of Culture 2021" bid and teaching young adults about Stoke's culture is something that needs to happen more. The students' engaged with the presentation really well and were polite and friendly."

Year 10 student Mario said: "It was really interesting to hear about all the different segments of music journalism. I love music and will defintely try and write more about it. The talk was great; one of best music lessons so far."

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:41:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Important Reminder - Parent Pay]]> At the start of February we sent out a second reminder letter to parents / carers regarding the move to online meal payments from March 27th. This included your unique login details needed to activate your Parent Pay account.
With under 1 week to go it is very important that you activate your Parent Pay account immediately If you have not already done so - as after this date there will be no facility to pay for school meals using cash.
If you require assistance in doing this, or need your unique login details again then please get in touch with the academy on 01782 882300.
If you do not have access to the internet then please get in touch regarding a Pay Point Card ASAP.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:12:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Come and Join Us!]]> Come and join us for our Parents/Teachers and Friends Association meeting on Thursday 23rd March.

From 2pm until 3:30pm, come and talk to our staff and students' and find out about the great things we are doing. 

We would love to see you and hear from you, and share some great ideas. 

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Academy Newsletter]]> Read the latest edition of our Academy newsletter and see all the great things that our staff and students' are doing like Fairtrade Fortnight; Recognition Awards; Dancing Queens; a super swimmer and World book Day. 

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:44:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Working With Primaries]]> We recently sponsored one of our local primary schools with some materials to help build their Green Power Goblin Kit Car. Our Technology Advisor Mr Parsons delivered a piece of aluminium sheet metal for the outside of the car. We have been involved in the Green Power race days for three years and our students' have fantastic fun and learn so much about engineering; racing cars; building and maintaining cars.  

Led by Miss Pickering of Etruscan Primary School, the pupils' attend the "car kit club" every Thursday after school. Miss Pickering said: "Thank you so much, the children were so excited about the sheet metal for the outside of the car."

We were thrilled to help one of our local primaries whom we have a great relationship with. Watch this space for more great work between us and our local schools.

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:16:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Student Council In Action]]> On Wednesday 8th March The Co-operative Academy Student Council attended a very important meeting on the future of Tunstall Town Centre that was held at the Floral Hall in Tunstall.

AECOM engineering firm have been commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to undertake a study on the Economic Development of Tunstall town centre. The study is a key piece of work and required all sectors of the community to add their input, at the meeting there were representatives from senior council officers; cabinet ministers; local residents; business owners and our Student Council representing the young people in the community.

The opinions of the local community were discussed and the afternoon was spent looking at what changes could happen in the future for Tunstall Town. Issues such as regeneration; parking; cycle routes; transport; road works and road transport were all discussed.

Our Student Council had the following to say about the afternoon:

“We felt as though we had a voice and were being listened to as we had the opportunity to discuss our views on Tunstall own Centre.”

Students said; “often it feels as though councils don’t listen to the younger generation, however today we felt as though our voice was heard and actually listened to.”

“We were respected and not judged and we were treated as adults in the room.”       

“Discussions were fair and equal and we definitely had a great deal of information to give to the study and impact upon it. The staff from AECOM who are working on the project were very interested in our ideas.”

Our students recieved the following feedback: "...all of the students were extremely enthusiastic, and offered a fresh perspective on travel modes such as public transport and cycling. I was particularly impressed that one of your students used the word ‘pollution’ in the initial ice-breaker - this didn’t go un-noticed."

"We would be more than happy to come in and speak to your GCSE geography students. Our Transport Planning Team (also based in Birmingham) consists almost exclusively of Geography graduates – so it could offer some direction with respect to career choices too."

Many thanks to Mike Lockett and John Charles for inviting the Academy to attend and for ensuring a youth voice was heard. Watch this space as we are looking to work with the Economic Regeneration Committee again and they have been invited into the Academy to talk to the Geography GCSE students.

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:21:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Charity Week]]> Next week we will be embarking upon our annual 'Charity Week' - one of the most popular and successful events in the academic year. Led by our Community Leaders, and with the help of students, a host of activities and events will be taking place to raise money for three of our charities.

Starting on Monday 13th students and staff will be busy during break and lunch as the favourite 'Giant Sweet Cones' make a return, as well as lucky dips; a cake bake; a giant Easter egg raffle and an Easter egg tombola.

The three charities we are supporting this year are the Peter Pan Nursery; Macmillan Cancer Support and Just A Drop - charities that are close to the heart of everyone at the academy. All money raised between the 13th and17th will be split between these three charities.

During the week after (20th till the 23rd) will see the academy come together for another worthy cause as we raise money for Comic Relief. Events include a talent show; cupcake madness and a 'Sponsor Day' - some of our students will play their part as they take part in sponsored silences, dressing in drag for the day and refraining from using their mobile phones for 24 hours.

On Friday 24th a lucky male member of staff will have their legs shaved in 'Wax Attack' whilst it will be a non-uniform day for students. All money from this day will go towards our year 11 prom.

All in all, it will be a fantastic two weeks here at the academy with another great show of solidarity and caring for others by all included.

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:42:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Dancing Queens]]> Two of our Year 8 students (Amy and Solyanna) have recently smashed their dance competitions at the BDO Championships in Fenton. Dancing to a variety of pop music, both girls took part in street dance events. Competing in the u14s event, Amy finished 2nd in her group dance heat. Solyanna, who competed in the u12s event for both group and individual dance, finished 5th. A fantastic effort by both students who we are sure will continue to achieve success in future dance competitions.

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:19:00 +0000
<![CDATA[World Book Day]]> As always, World Book Day was enthusiastically celebrated by staff and students alike. The theme for this year was ‘British Authors Past and Present’. Each Faculty represented a British author that linked in some way to their own subject areas. These were as follows;

Science – Scientific Experiments and Evolution – Jekyll and Hyde and Frankenstein

Maths – Problem Solving – Sherlock Holmes

ICT/Technology – New Worlds – Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), Lord of the Rings

Performance – The World of David Walliams

Social Sciences – Travel through Time - Horrible Histories, Treasure Island

Communication – Victorian England – Dickens

I-Zone – Potty about Potter – Harry Potter

Office and Admin - Superheroes

During the day, students took part in an Academy wide quiz that involved finding quotes in each Faculty area and working out which characters members of staff were dressed up as. Each Faculty also delivered starter activities that linked to their nominated author or the time period in which the books were written. There was a real buzz around the Academy as the students were excited to discover the characters around them. It was fantastic to see a Year 7 student walk into a classroom and immediately know who the characters of Miss Havisham and Pip were!

The support from all staff was amazing and there were many fantastic outfits, as you can see from the photograph. A special mention must go to Mrs Beech and Miss Dawson in Science whose Jekyll and Hyde outfits definitely stole the show.

World Book Day is the chance for the students to see reading come alive across every subject and this was most definitely achieved. 

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 20:33:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Recognition Awards 2017]]> Last night at Angel Square in Manchester, our Academy attended a Cooperative Trust Recognition Evening along with all the other Academies part of the Coop. The Evening was a celebration of all the hard work that staff produce on a daily basis to enhance their academies for both staff and students. The awards for staff are linked to the Co-operative values of the trust (Democracy; Openness and Honesty; Equity and Equality; Caring For Others; Social Responsibility; Solidarity and Self-help and Self-responsibilty).

Our Academy had a nomination for each of the seven awards with two of our amazing staff winning overall.

After a short introduction from Trust Director Frank Norris and two wonderful videos (Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent; Manchester Creative Media Academy) the awards commenced. 

Mrs Cunningham was the first on stage to collect The Democracy Award. Nominated by her colleagues, Mrs Cunningham is a pivotal figure at the academy due to her high standards and her desire for the students to achieve the very best. She created the student council, which she runs in tandem with the students, ensuring that the student population is represented and has a collective voice that is heard. She also organises various events throughout the academic year that always prove successful and always benefit the staff and students. More importantly, she gives responsibility to the students to help run these events, allowing them to have a significant influence at the Academy.

Despite not winning their respective categories, the following staff were worthy nominees who brillianlty reflect and embody the positive culture at the Academy...

Mr Dale (Openness and Honesty)

Mrs Goodwin (Equity and Equality)

Mrs Taylor (Caring For Others)

Miss Horton (Social Responsibility)

Mrs Shufflebotham (Solidarity)

Mr Tomlinson (Self-help and Self-responsibility)

At the end of the evening, two special recognition rewards were announced. And the Academy were delighted to see mrs Goodwin pick up the Pioneers Special Recognition Award. Mrs Goodwin puts in extra care and effort to ensure all information is shared with the relevant persons, including problems and concerns which she details how her and her team have responded with short term and future needs. She manages her team excellently to ensure all pupils are having at least the basic needs identified met. When she interacts with students, there is an obvious trust and respect for her which is reflected in their view of the academy. She provides a vital link to parents of the students as well as various external agencies, whilst taking on responsibility as part of her Senior Team role, ensuring the best education outcome for the students is her prime concern.

Principal Mr Lowry said: "This evening was about celebrating the achievements of our wonderful staff who go above and beyond on a daily basis.  We are obviously delighted that Mrs Goodwin and Miss Cunningham won the overall Trust Awards and also that we had seven staff shortlisted.  However we had many other nominations as our staff give so much to ensure that our students are happy, safe and well-rounded individuals."

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 20:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Fairtrade Basketball]]> A mini fairtrade Basketball session took place at our Academy, as students continue to learn and develop their awareness of fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight. Students have been reading, watching and listening about worker who make fairtrade products, and their fight for fair practice for the work they produce, as well as learning about Bala Sport, who specialise in making fairtrade sports balls. 

During the Basketball session, under the guidance of Mr James, the students went through shooting practice as they excelled in drop shots, free throws and jump shots.

The students then went through a rigourous attack vs defence routine, as they took it in turns to try and block a variety of different shots. Following this was a match simulation in which all students took part. Played in the right spirit of sportsmanship and enthusiasm, the students thoroughly enjoyed the competitiveness as well as developing their skills. Basketball continues to be a very popular sport at the Academy, and under Mr James' guidance, a future of success looks likely to continue. 

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:17:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Super Mario]]> Budding swimmer Mario stole the show at the Staffordshire County Swimming Gala on Saturday 25th February and Sunday 26th February at Stafford Pool. Representing Newcastle Staffs Swimming Club, Mario put in some stellar performances in an event that saw over 200 people compete.

Aged 15, Mario competed against competitors of 17 and 18 years of age – matching them length for length as he finished in the top 3 of every event he entered.

Mario achieved a brilliant 2nd place in the 100m Fly final  and was the youngest in the event, whilst gaining a credible 3rd Place in 400M freestyle for the Senior age group but a 2nd place for his age group .

In the 200M Individual Medley Mario achieved 3rd place for his age group; he also competed the following weekend - coming 3rd in the 200M backstroke and 3rd in 200M fly in his age group.

Mario trains relentlessly every day, either in the pool or gym whilst also putting in the miles in daily running sessions to achieve his dream of competing at the Olympics.  Under the tutelage of swimming coach Gill Jones and using role model Michael Phelps as his motivation (studying videos for techniques) Mario embodies commitment and passion – a perfect role model for his peers at the Academy.

We all wish him the best of luck at his next performance in Sheffield in 5 weeks’ time.

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:59:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Exam Invigilators Wanted!]]> We are seeking to recruit a number of local people to act as invigilators for public examinations during the period 16th May – 26th June 2017. This work may appeal equally to professional people who have retired and those who have experience of working with secondary age children. Applicants will be organised, have excellent interpersonal skills, be calm and logical, able to work as part of a team and be able to show initiative. Experience is desirable, but not essential as training will be provided.

Applicants will need to be available for a reasonable stretch of time during these exam periods. The work will be divided into 2 or 3 hour sessions either in the morning or afternoon. Many of the morning sessions are between 9.00am and 12.00pm; afternoon sessions usually start at 1.20pm. Pay will be by casual claim at £8.45 per hour.

To apply, please complete an application form available on our website or contact Mrs Sandra Bryan, Exams Officer on 01782 882376 or email: for further details.

Closing date for applications: Friday 31st March 2017

The Co-operative Academy is committed to safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure.

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:31:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Us!]]> Choosing a secondary place is difficult! Here's why we should be your No.1 choice!

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:01:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Lip Sync Battle]]> An expectant crowd gathered in the Main Hall as three contestants prepared for a showdown in a CAS Lip Sync Battle. A queue had started to form early doors as excitement rippled though the student and staff population, with staff and students hosting the battle to raise money for this years Year 11 prom. 

Mrs Leighton took centre stage as the host of the battle and after welcoming the crowd, the battle commenced. 

The lights dimmed down and cheers rose as Mrs Chilton and students began the battle with a well rehearsed routine to "24k Magic" by Bruno Mars, during which Mrs Shufflebotham made a special guest appearance at the mid way point. 

Next on the dancefloor was Mrs Springett who gave a solid performance to Beyonce's "Love On Top" - again drawing massive applause from the crowd. 

Only a flawless performance could top the previous constestants, and Mr Rogers did not disappoint as he pulled out all the stops to Chris Brown's "Beautiful People" - a performance that led to the self-titled "King of Pop" becoming the new Lip Sync Battle champion.

A huge well done to all staff and students who took part, as well as those who prepared the lighting and sound for the event.  

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:33:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Finding Out About Fairtrade]]> 13 of our Year 7 students recently visited the Co-operative Head Quarters at Angel Square, Manchester to take part in a Fairtrade event to learn all about the concept of Fairtrade and its importantance to the Co-op. 

Along with Mrs Cunningham and Mr Parsons, our students took part in various tasks and sessions as they embarked upon a journey of discovery all about the practice of Fairtrade. With key speakers and demonstrations, the day was action packed and fun filled. 

One of the tasks set was to test the students problem solving and team work skills, as working as part of a Premium Committee looking after the interest of Fairtrade workers, they had to decide between them what materials and resources to invest in to help look after the local workers. 

After receiving a free Fairtrade lunch and some fantastic Fairtrade goodies, the students returned back to the Academy to help spread the word about Fairtrade and why it is a key value of the Co-op.

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:12:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Graduating from Brilliant Club]]> On Wednesday 25th January, 11 students from Year 8 took part on a trip to the University of Liverpool to graduate from "The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme."

Since September, they have been having weekly tutorials with a PhD tutor from Manchester University, in which they were learning about the density and mass of stars, completing independent research, and working with challenging maths equations. At the end of their tutoring, they each had to submit 1,500  maths projects answering the question ‘Could Stars Float in the Bath?’. These assignments were marked at GCSE standard, and they all did fantastically well.  

5 of the students (Umar;Todd; Lewis;Tahiya and Anna) achieved the highest grade - a ‘1st’ - in their assignment (relatively few students across the cohort achieved this!):

Also, both Umar and Tahya were awarded a special ‘Distinction’ award- which their PHd tutor nominated them for - for their outstanding effort and achievement.

A massive well done to Umar; Lewis; Anna; Alina; Abbie; Bailey; Millie; Jessica and Alyssia.  

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:06:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Top Of The Class]]> The Co-operative Academies Trust, which sponsors eight academies in Leeds, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent, is one of the top performing Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) in the country.

According to the Government’s latest figures published today (19 January), the trust is the best performing MAT based in Northern England for secondary academies. The figures show that student progress judged from the time they leave primary through to their GCSE results was amongst the best nationally.

The trust is supported by The Co-op, the largest co-operative business in the country and benefits greatly from the expertise and professional support that it offers. All of the academies serve challenging communities and these results show how the trust is transforming and regenerating local communities.

Frank Norris, Director of the Co-operative Academies Trust, said “This is fantastic news for us and all our academies. The figures show the positive impact great teaching and focused leadership can have on the life chances of students. It also demonstrates yet again how the Co-op’s unique support is such a key factor in our continuing success.”

The Co-operative Academies Trust is based at The Co-op’s Manchester business support centre, the iconic 1 Angel Square building.

Nick Lowry, Principal of The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent said “We’ve been a part of the Co-operative Academies Trust since 2010 and the academy has grown significantly. This year alone we’ve had our best-ever results, taken in more students than ever before and won a Department for Education Character Award.”

“We are so proud that our academy staff and students have made such a huge contribution to today’s results.”

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:53:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Good Diabetes Care Award]]> The Co-operative Academy of Stoke on Trent has been nominated for the Diabetes UK Good Care in School Award, a brand new school award scheme which celebrates and showcases schools that deliver good care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.

As part of the nomination, Diabetes UK is inviting parents and carers to complete a brief online parent survey here

Please follow the link to the survey if you would like to show your support or to oppose this nomination. The survey should take no more than 2 minutes to complete. You can select to answer this survey anonymously.

Please be advised that you have until the end of term to respond to this parent survey.

Responses to this parent survey will be used by Diabetes UK to assess our school's nomination for the award.

To find out more about Good Diabetes Care in School Award go to

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:39:00 +0000