News http://www.cas.coop/news Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:39:00 +0000 en <![CDATA[Year 10 Condover Trip]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2018/03/21/year-10-condover-trip In a bid to give our students more experiences during their time at the Academy, more and more trips are being held so our students can create memories from their time with us, as we prepare them for life after the Academy. 
 
Condover Hall in Shropshire is considered as one of the most outstanding Elizabethan manor houses in England. It is a Grade I listed building and combines the charm of rural Britain with the latest technology that provided our Year 10 students with an adventure to remember.
 
The students were tasked with building fires; survival shelters; taking part in archery; climbing a 40ft pole to attempt trapeze and attempting a huge climb wall. 
 
The evening entertainment was called Conquest. A lazer quest style game but inside an inflatable maze which was too low to stand in, meaning our students had to adapt as the game went on. 
 
It took a lot of determination by our students to over came their fears of heights, as well as building on core principles such as team work and leadership. 
 
The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves, not wanting to leave and eagerly inquiring when the next trip would be!
 
]]>
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:39:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Year 9 Options Information]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2018/03/13/year-9-options-information To all of our Year 9 students, please see the booklet below for all the information you need for choosing your options. Should you require further assistance, please contact Mrs Davies (jdavies@cas.coop) or Mrs Scragg (kscragg@cas.coop).

]]>
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:45:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Table Tennis County Champion]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2018/02/15/table-tennis-county-champion Year 8 student Sahil has recently become the newly crowned table tennis county champion. After a battling and gruelling competition in Clayton, Sahil came out on top after showing his skills and class. Whilst coming up against high quality opposition that pushed him all the way, Sahil - who hadn't even played table tennis until last year - found a different level and smashed his way to the number one spot. 

Sahil is one of the original Table Tennis Pioneers at the Academy - a group of students who wanted to try a new sport and set their sights on table tennis. The group formed under the guidance of Mr James, who runs table tennis classes during lunch times and after school. The pioneers also got the opportunity to meet former Olympian and World Championships Silver Medallist Anthony Clark, who spent two days with the students delivering motivational seminars as well as a range of activities to improve their skills (most notably the “Six Keys to Success” workshop that really got our students thinking about what it takes to become successful). Click here to find out more about Anthony Clark's visit.

Sahil has worked incredibly hard from the very first session, honing and crafting his skills, putting in hours and hours of time and effort in each week. This level of focus and hard work led him to his chance to shine at the county championships, which he took, impressing those in attendance as well as the other competitors

Sahil said: "I just practice as much as I can. I go to all the sessions at school and outside of school as well. I try to adapt my game and learn with each session. I am pleased to be county champion and want to continue to work hard to get even better.

Table tennis leader Mr James said: "Sahil has excelled. He has taken on board everything and turned himself into a fantastic player. It is incredible to think that he hadn't even picked up a table tennis bat until last year, and now he is the county champion. That is testament to his attitude and work ethic - a great role model for our students." 

Sahil will now go through to National championships on 21st April. 

 
]]>
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:47:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Football Memorial for Usman]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2018/02/15/football-memorial-for-usman On Friday 2nd February, the Academy hosted a football festival in memory of one of our former students. Usman Mohammed, who left us in 2013, fought a brave battle against cancer but unfortunately passed away at the end of January.

Usman was a huge football fan and the Academy wanted to celebrate his life with a football festival that would be a small gesture towards honouring his memory.

In what was a fantastic showing of support, local primary schools (Saint Nathaniel’s Academy and Summerbank Primary School) as well as our sister academy in Manchester (Manchester Creative and Media Academy) all came to take part in the event, helping create a celebratory and respectful atmosphere.

Stoke City Football Club ran the football festival, organising the matches between the schools. Led by Callum and Isaac, the Stoke coaches played their part as all students and pupils taking part played with smiles on their faces - with co-operation the key principle. 

Also playing a major part were Port Vale FC and Manchester Utd FC (Usman’s favourite team). Both clubs sent representatives to take part. Boomer (Port Vale mascot) made an early impact, interacting with everyone as the football got underway. He was soon joined by Man Utd’s mascot Fred the Red, who again made a great impact on those taking part.

Pottermuss made a late appearance asstudents rushed to have their photos taken with the Stoke City mascot.

Before his passing, Usman was raising money for clean working water wells in poorer countries. To continue his good work, the football festival was also a way of helping raise funds for the worthy cause. All three football clubs have kindly donated signed memorabilia which we are raffling off until Friday 16th February. (Tickets available at reception).

Head of  Business Studies Mrs Cunningham said: “Usman was never without a smile, even though he always had health issues he just got on and made the most of every day . He was such a kind- hearted young man and was a pleasure to know and teach. Even though he left us a few years ago, he was still part of our community, like every former student is, and we hope through the football festival we not only raised awareness of Usman's illness but more importantly celebrated his life.” 

Family and friends of Usman also attended the event, sharing their memories of Usman.

We would like to thank all of the schools who took part as well as the football clubs who have also shown great support in helping to celebrate the life of Usman. A very well-liked and respected student, Usman will be missed by all of the Academy and we hope the festival was a fitting tribute and a way to help celebrate and show our respect to Usman. 

]]>
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:06:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Music Share Concert]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2018/02/14/music-share-concert Last evening our Academy hosted the fantastic Music Share Concert ran by Lichfield Cathedral. Music Share began in 2003, using the skills of the cathedral choir. When renovation work occurred on the cathedral, the show was taken to onto the road, allowing audiences to be wowed by the talent on show. 

As well as hosting the event, our students performed along with the very impressive pupils of St Mary's CE (A) Primary School; Saint Nathaniel's Academy and Summerbank Primary Academy.

Students arrived well before the 5pm start to run through last rehearsals, building on all the hard-work and commitment they have shown throughout the year so far. Under the guidance of Director Kathy Lamb, the students finished their final practice and readied themselves for the main performance. 

Parents and guests arrived for 5pm before being blown away by a stunning performance. Kick starting with "Si si lanobana" and then moving into "Come ye sons of art", the students excelled as they ran through their set list. Further songs included "Tony Chestnut"; "Water come a me eye"; "Fa fa fa (sad song)" and "Drunken Sailor" before finishing with a rousing rendition of "Weather with you." The audience showed their appreciation with a standing ovation. 

A parent of one of St Mary's pupils said: "It was a fantastic evening. My son was in it. He loved every moment of it and it was entertaining for the parents.

Principal Mr Lowry added: "What a fantastic event. Bringing together four schools for one concert. Great community event led by our Co-operative Young Leaders."


]]>
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:23:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Neil Aspin Motivates Students]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2018/02/05/neil-aspin-motivates-students Last week some of our Nexus 9 students received a motivational talk from Port Vale manager Neil Aspin. Aspin came to the Academy to help inspire our students as well as taking part in a question and answer session. 

Aspin started by giving the students an insight into his career as a footballer and a manager, going into detail the hard work it took to become a professional footballer and then a manager. 

The Port Vale manager then explained why a career in sports was beneficial, explaining the varying roles that the students could fulfil such as players; scouts; physios; analysts and what sport can teach people. "Sport can teach you many things like being respectful. But it also teaches you about diet and nutrition, which is so important...sport teaches you a lot of things that you can use in life."

At the end of the session, Aspin took questions from the students who asked him what motivated him and how he overcame setbacks. Aspin said: "You've got to show your character because you've always got to get on with the next game. Things might not go smoothly but you can't just throw the towel in. You've got to go again."

Before leaving to train Vale for their next football league match, Aspin presented Year 9 student Ryan with some tickets to watch his team at Vale Park. Budding footballer Ryan, who has been given the chance to shadow Aspin in his role of manager, has excelled recently, winning six certificates for his attitude and approach to learning. This was the most in his year group and showed that Ryan is already showing the characteristics that Neil Aspin believes is important. 

]]>
Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:24:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Football Memorial]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2018/01/30/football-memorial On Friday 2nd February, The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent will be linking up with Stoke City Football Club to hold a football festival in memory in one of our former students.

Usman Mohammed (19) unfortunately lost his battle with cancer and the Academy, along with local primary schools and Manchester Creative and Media Academy will pay their respects by taking part in a football festival, to help raise money for Usman’s chosen charity which is opening water wells and pumps in poorer countries.

Click here for Usman’s JustGiving page.

A very well-liked and respected student, Usman will be missed by all of the Academy and we hope the festival on Friday will be fitting and a way help support his chosen charity.

Stoke City FC are running the festival and there will be signed football memorabilia from both Stoke and Man Utd that will be raffled off to help raise funds.

The festival will run from 1:15pm until 3pm and will feature Pottermuss and Fred the Red. 

]]>
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:21:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Online Safety Update]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2018/01/19/online-safety-update We have received updates regarding some social media applications that are not suitable for young people so we wanted to make you all aware.
 
Most social media apps and sites have a lower age limit of 13, however we would always recommend that Social Media apps are best for young people over the age of 16 only.
 
If your child does use social media we recommend that you regularly monitor their use and have open and honest conversations with them regarding any concerns they may have.
 
The two apps we are concerned about are IMVU and Sarahah.
 
Sarahah was originally designed for businesses to get feedback from customers and staff about their performance.
 
Unfortunately Sarahah is now being used to send anonymous and abusive messages and is closely linked to Snapchat.
 
Young people can receive multiple messages from people they do not know or who's identity is concealed. Also the app has no moderation of explicit content so foul language and adult content can easily be shared. There appears to be no functioning reporting button so young people can't report any abuse via the app. All these things combine to  make for a very unpleasant experience for its users, with many young people nationwide experiencing serious bullying through the app.
 
The IMVU is another worrying app that allows users to create an Avatar and talk to strangers, whilst also pinpointing their location. This type of app leaves young people exposed to the dangers posed by strangers and reveals their location to others, even when the app is not in use.
 
The pictures above are of of the app icons to help you identify them on your child's device.
 
We feel that is vital for parents and young people to have conversations openly about social media to help them feel comfortable addressing concerns and issues.
 
If you or your child require further information or support please contact one of the I-zone team via the Academy reception. Childline, NSPCC and Safer Internet Centre all have excellent information about online safety and social media on their websites.
 
]]>
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:28:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Winners Again!]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2018/01/17/winners-again On Tuesday 16th January, three students from Year 9 - Bailey, Katie and Millie competed in the SASCAL Youth Speaking competition, at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. It was the district final as the team had already fended off competition from 14 other schools to be in the final six. The students wrote and performed their own speech entitled 'The Butterfly Effect', which discussed the importance of kindness. All three students delivered incredibly strong performances with Bailey organising proceedings as chairperson, Katie as speaker and Millie delivering the vote of thanks. The students' confidence and articulacy was incredible and they should be very proud of their achievement. They will join Ormiston Meridian in the next stage of the competition which will be held on Monday 5th March at St. Edwards school in Leek.

]]>
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:02:00 +0000
<![CDATA[CAS Parent 2018 Survey]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2018/01/10/cas-parent-2018-survey Please give us your feedback in our 2018 CAS Parent / Carer Survey at https://surveys.foretel.co.uk/s3/CAS

Your feedback is very important to us and the survey should only take you 10-15 minutes to complete.

As a thank you for completing this survey you can be entered into a Trust-wide prize draw for a TV, provided by The Co-operative Electrical, an online business which is part of The Co-operative Group.
]]>
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[12 Thoughts this Christmas]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2017/12/20/12-thoughts-this-christmas 12 Things to be proud of at Christmas as I look back on this term.....

#1 Ofsted came in November and agreed we were still good with outstanding features.

#2 Record number of first choices for the Academy for Year 7 Sept 2018, we are full! News of our excellent work is spreading!

#3 Yet again well above national average for Progress 8 and in the top third of all schools nationally.

#4 Our poppy installation. It just takes your breath away.....#lestweforget see our website for photos http://www.cas.coop/news 

#5 Lots of Coop Young Leaders and PTFA activities. Our Christmas Fair was the highlight in December.

#6 Our panto....Snow White and the Seven Dwarves...always a highlight.

#7 The introduction of our staff well being weeks led by Ms Harrison. Really great to see staff who don’t normally interact with one another with genuine acts of kindness and generosity.

#8 Three of our students getting the opportunity to work with Nobel Laureate Sir Konstantin Novoselov the inventor of graphene thanks to the @coopuk CEO Steve Murrells.

#9 Welcoming back our amazing Year 11 leavers for our Certificate Evening in November. Thank you to guest speaker Mark Kent Principal of Stoke Sixth Form College.

#10 Record attendance figures - whole academy attendance was 96.1% despite the recent bad weather. High attendance = high achievement.

#11 Our current Year 11s commitment amazing to see the willingness to stay after the end of the Academy day and attend study evenings. The mocks results look really good so hopefully this will be reflected in some amazing summer results!

#12 Fifteen of our Year 11 students had the opportunity for a weeks work experience at Angel Square @coopuk in a variety of different departments. Such a huge opportunity! I could write more, it’s been a fantastic term. Congratulations to all staff and students.


    ]]>
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:51:00 +0000
    <![CDATA[OFSTED Praise Academy]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2017/11/20/ofsted-praise-academy The academy is still a good school with outstanding features.  We have been praised for our strengths in personal development; behaviour and welfare and the safeguarding of our students.

    Please see below for our recent Ofsted report. The report was published today following the visit by Ofsted to the academy on Tuesday 7th November. As we were already classified as a “good” school the visit aimed to simply evaluate whether this was still the case.
     
    As you can see from the report we are still a “good school with outstanding features.” The report states clearly that our direction of travel is strong saying that “this is an improving school” indicating that we are close to overall being evaluated as an “outstanding” school. In particular, Ofsted agreed with our own self-evaluation that our student personal development and student behaviour and welfare (including safeguarding) was outstanding.
     
    In addition to this, the report highlights many other strengths of the academy. These include the strong senior leadership; the good progress of all students including students in receipt of pupil premium funding. The report acknowledges strong levels of attendance; effective careers advice and the productive atmosphere for learning. Governance was seen as strong and the support from the Co-op Academies Trust was seen as highly effective; and finally the report stated that there is strong teaching in the school.
     
    I am extremely proud to be the Principal of such an amazing academy. This report confirms that we have a dedicated staff; hardworking students; supportive parents and governors all of whom make this academy such a special place. We are pleased that Ofsted saw what we see every day.
     
    Mr Lowry
    Principal
     
    OFSTED Report 2017
    ]]>
    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:20:00 +0000
    <![CDATA[Y11 Certificate Evening]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2017/11/16/y11-certificate-evening On Thursday 9th November, the Class of 2017 were welcomed back into the academy to celebrate their fantastic GCSE results. It was a wonderful evening where the success of the summer was celebrated by both students and staff.

     
    Anjuma Choudhury, Head Girl from 2016-17 opened proceedings with an inspiring speech about the strong foundations that the academy had helped to build for each student and how the values of the academy community would always ensure that they strived to 'be the best.' Mark Kent, Principal of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, Frank Norris, Director of the Co-operative Trust and John Clarke, Chair of Governors were also in attendance to offer their congratulations to our deserving students.
     
    After the official event, it was heart-warming to see so many students, staff and parents stay behind to chat about the first half term of college and also, to regale each other with fond memories of the past five years.
     
    On behalf of everyone at the academy, we would like to wish the Class of 2017 the very best, in all of their future endeavours. Congratulations!
    ]]>
    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:52:00 +0000
    <![CDATA[Poppy Installation]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2017/11/12/poppy-installation Thank you to everyone who turned up to our unveiling of the poppy installation on Friday morning.

    Our students and staff, along with the local community have created this stunning piece of art and remembrance. Over 2,000 hand painted poppies.

    Together we remember.

    @Middleport_ST6 @BBCRadioStoke @SentinelStaffs @burslembookroom @FeralSpaces @StaffsLive #governors

    ]]>
    Sun, 12 Nov 2017 18:43:00 +0000
    <![CDATA[Poppy Unveiling - Friday 10th November 11.45am]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2017/11/08/poppy-unveiling-friday-10th-november-11-45am On Friday 10th November we will be proud to unveil our ambitious Poppy installation created by students, staff and members of our local community.

    The idea to create a poppy installation came from our students who attend our extra-curricular art club. Students wanted to create a dramatic piece of artwork for Armistice Day. The students quickly focused on the London installation in 2014, where many of the pottery poppies were made nearby in the Johnson Ceramic Factory in Tunstall.  Following a discussion of the visual  impact of  The Wave and Weeping Window sculptures at the Tower of London in Autumn 2014. Students set about designing ways that that it could be recreated here at the academy. The poppies are made from recycled materials. The plastic bottle idea came when students realised how many plastic bottles are used within the academy every day. Mrs Turner Bradbury (Head of Art), Mrs Higgs (LRC Manager) and Miss Oakes White (Venture Community Leader) have all been involved in making the project happen. This involved leading after school clubs for students, trialling ways of displaying the poppies before finally deciding upon a successful and safe technique to use with the students.

    After several different stages, the team attached the poppies to garden mesh and hung them from the roof of the academy. It was therefore decided on a wave design for our courtyard. The larger plastic bottles have been used to emphasise the wave into the flower beds. When the students make the poppies they feel a sense of pride and emotion that each bottle/ poppy represents a soldier who lost their life defending us. The whole academy has been involved by collecting plastic bottles and the art club has been cutting the bottles, painting the poppies and attaching them to the mesh. The site team have drilled the poppies, erected the structure and ensured the health and safety of the installation.

    The poppy installation has become a great community project; Mrs Garrity (Director of Transition and Recruitment) approached our local community and engaged members of key community groups within our local area. Community groups that have been involved include Middleport Matters; Feral Spaces; Swan Bank Church and other members of the public have all been involved in painting the poppies. The news that the original Poppies from the Tower of London will be homed at Middleport Pottery in August 2018 will provide a wonderful setting for visitors to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice but also mean that we can work together to ensure as many members of our community witness the display.

    The Co-operative Academy students regardless of age, gender, ethnicity are aware of the importance of remembrance and paying their respects to others who have given their lives to make the world a safer place to live in.

    We are pleased with the result so far and hope to build on our installation each year to create a huge impact on the courtyard and the students. We hope that you will join us and celebrate this amazing project at

    11.45am FRIDAY 10th NOVEMBER AT THE CO-OPERATIVE ACADEMY OF STOKE ON TRENT

    ]]>
    Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:49:00 +0000
    <![CDATA[Students Get A Science Lesson From Nobel Laureate]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2017/10/13/students-get-a-science-lesson-from-nobel-laureate Students had a rather unusual physics lesson this week. They were taught about graphene by one of the Nobel Prize winners who first isolated the incredible material.

    Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov invited students from the Academy to join him at the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester.

    The event was arranged by Co-op Group CEO Steve Murrells, who joined the young physicists.

    Students were treated to a lecture on the pioneering graphene research that goes on at The University of Manchester. The day continued with the students conducting individual experiments with the scientist in the multi-million pound facilities.

    Frank Norris, Director of the Co-op Academies, said “It isn’t every day that you get a lesson on a subject from the most knowledgeable person in the world; the day was incredible. It is through our links with the Co-op that students get these remarkable opportunities.”  

    Graphene is the thinnest material known to man at one atom thick, and also incredibly strong - about 200 times stronger than steel.

    13 year-old Umar from the Academy said "Kostya Novoselov is a man who emanates genius, it was a great experience meeting him and spending time with him. To have this opportunity to meet a winner of the Nobel Prize is one I thought I would never have, and one I am extremely grateful for. I already loved science but he has inspired me to go further and be better than I could imagine."

    Graphene was isolated and its properties measured by Sir Konstantin and his colleague Sir Andre Geim in Manchester in 2004. Together they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Previous winners of the award include Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr.


     

    ]]>
    Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:07:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Table Tennis Pioneers]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2017/10/12/table-tennis-pioneers
    Last night, some of our Table Tennis We played St Margaret Ward, regarded as one the best schools for the game. Our students (comprise of Year 7; 8 and 9 students) team did exceptionally well in the first big game of the season. Our A team lost 5-3 against a player who plays for England, running them extremely close and gaining plaudits all around. Our B team knocked the ball out the park with a complete white wash winning 8-0.
     
    Mr James, leader of the table tennis pioneers, said: "This performance will set us up nicely for our show down with St Joseph, Haywood, and Excel after half term. The boys did themselves and the Academy proud."
    ]]>
    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:22:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[What makes a successful school?]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2017/10/09/what-makes-a-successful-school What makes a successful school? (A brief explanation of Progress 8 - a guide for parents)

    Over the years, school leaders have been praised and criticised; lauded and admonished; and even knighted and sacked on the "performance" of their schools. The issue has mainly been about what benchmark we use to "measure" a school.  At the time of year when parents are selecting their secondary school, this blog is mainly aimed at this audience. 

    In recent years, the main measures have been 5 A*-C; then 5 A*-C including English and maths. Two years ago the government decided to rip up the whole system.  The main grades were not going to be A*-G but 1 -9. 9 was the new top grade. Students were measured on whether they got a 5 (strong pass) or 4 (pass). 

    In a way I have some sympathy towards this. Colleges, universities and employers need to know what a young person has achieved in order to grant them access to the relevant course, degree and ultimately job. 

    However the issue for me is that you can't simply judge a school in the same way. A school is an organisation.  A collection of professionals and staff trying to make what it produces the best it can possibly be.  The students themselves come from varying local contexts which makes comparisons difficult.  In a conversation a few years ago our Director of Trust Frank Norris, explained this in the clearest way I have ever heard:

    "We used to judge schools on how far up the ladder their students were.....now we judge schools on on how many rungs up the ladder they have taken their students".

    The new way we evaluate school effectiveness is called Progress 8. It is how well the average student does across 8 subjects in their school. It is the main measure by which schools are evaluated. If you log on to the Department for Education performance tables it is this and this alone that now defines a school.  It is a fairer way (but not perfect) of judging a schools effectiveness. 

    I've seen schools locally in Stoke-on-Trent and and local to where I live come out with all sorts of varying graphs and statistics over the last few weeks showing themselves in a good light. Although I sympathise with why a school would do this it is further muddying the waters at a time of great confusion for other stakeholders. 

    At this time of year a parent needs to know how much progress a child makes in a particular school.  They need to know not just how many top grades the school gets (because if the students come in with high levels from primary school they are more likely to get high GCSE grades) but how everyone does at that school. 

    Our last two years Progress 8 scores have been +0.13 in 2016 and our draft figure for this year is +0.14. Admittedly to a non-educationalist this isn't the clearest figure either. So let me explain further. 

    Every secondary school in England is ultimately doing the same thing. They are all trying to teach and support their young people to ultimately get the best grades possible in their GCSEs.  The government whether we agree with it or not, wishes to rank schools as to how effective they are at this.  A school which is average and in the middle (the 50th percentile) would have a Progress 8 score of 0.  Anything positive means that the average student in that school make more progress than the "average" student nationally. Anything negative means that the average student in that school make less progress than the average student nationally. 

    So back to our academy, our Progress 8 scores of +0.13 in 2016 and +0.14 in 2017 mean that students in our academy make better progress than the average student nationally. In fact students at our academy have made progress which is in the top one third of all schools nationally for the last two years. Students in our academy make better progress than any secondary school in the north of Stoke-on-Trent.  Only one school in Stoke-on-Trent, the selective St Joseph's College, has been ranked above us in both years. 

    There are lots of various reasons for this; good teaching, excellent leadership at all levels, amazing pastoral care and inclusion. But ultimately we are a school and we need our students to make the most academic progress that they can whilst they are with us. 

    This leads on to all the other things that you look for when you choose a school for your son or daughter. If progress is good, behaviour must be good in order to teach. If progress is good, the students must have good attitudes to learning and high aspirations (we have quadrupled the number of students going on to university since we became an academy). If progress is good, your pastoral care systems must be supportive and inclusive and making sure that every student can make progress despite SEND needs or just the emotional rollercoaster that is the teenage years. 

    In short, it's all about the progress. 

    I hope this blog has been useful.  If you are considering sending your son or daughter to our academy please email our Director of Student Recruitment and Transition Mrs Garrity on egarrity@cas.coop

    ]]>
    Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:49:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Stunning Open Evening]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2017/10/02/stunning-open-evening Thursday 21st September turned out to be one of the most successful nights at our Academy as we opened the doors to over 450 visitors for a fun filled, action packed Open Evening.

    We were delighted to share our Academy with all  of our visitors, who helped make the Open Evening a truly memorable occasion. The atmosphere was one of excitement, as the entire academy came together to shine a light on just what a great academy we are and why Ofsted rated us as “good with outstanding features.”

    Parents and pupils from a plethora of local primary schools were welcomed at our reception by our budding musicians who performed a host of tracks, before our proud prefects began taking visitors around the academy for what one parent described as, “unbelievable” tours.

    Our canteen area was a hive of activity as visitors got chance to sample the high quality food on offer, as well as meet our governors, Parents; Teachers and Friends Association, and our art staff, who showed their creativity in leading an activity of turning recycled bottles into poppies. 

    Visitors were then invited into the main hall where Principal Mr Lowry gave a welcoming speech after Head Boy Wan and Head Girl Chloe had showcased their pride at representing the academy.

    Throughout the academy, staff and students wowed parents and pupils as each faculty took on a theme and played their part in a hugely successful night.

    The performance faculty invited visitors to take part in table tennis and glow fit; music and drama put on shows with African drums; creative technologies impressed with computer science; bread making and key ring design; a Spanish tapas bar welcomed visitors to the first floor with a calming religious education room allowing parents and pupils to make a wish for the world.

    History allowed visitors to experience life in the trenches; geography talked us through natural disasters; Maths had a stunning carnival of numeracy that included ten pin bowling and giant jenga. Science truly astounded all with brilliant experiments including one of our teachers creating fireballs; whilst our English faculty entertained all with an Alice in Wonderland tea-party.

    Parents and students loved the items that they made and took home such as bookmarks and keyrings, as well as taking part in the “spot the white rabbit” that saw hundreds of prizes handed out.

    Director of Recruitment and Transition Mrs Garrity said: “It was an amazing evening that created a buzz that I’ve never experienced before.”

    Principal Mr Lowry said: “What I saw tonight was a staff and student population that raised the bar on what had been done before.”

    For more photos of the event, please visit our website and check out our Facebook and Twitter pages.

    To visit us, come and join our Open Morning on Thursday 5th October: 11am -12:30pm.





    ]]>
    Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:10:00 +0100
    <![CDATA[Co-operative Work Experience]]> http://www.cas.coop/news/2017/10/02/co-operative-work-experience On 21st August 19 of our year 10 students made their way to 1 Angel Square, Manchester,  the headquarters of the Co-operative Group to embark on a week’s work experience. The students travelled to Manchester as a group to find out what the world of work is really like, including the early starts and long days. Students were placed into a variety of different business areas including finance, legal services and customer care and got to grips with a variety of tasks assigned to them by their mentors.

    All of the students took a great deal from the work experience, developing their confidence, independence and work related skills. The students who participated in the scheme went through a challenging application process which included a 20 minute formal interview with a member of staff from 1 Angel Square. The students performed very well under interview and the staff from the co-op commended them on their excellent performance.

    This opportunity will be available for year 10 students next year, applications will open in January.

    ]]>
    Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:05:00 +0100