News Thu, 18 May 2017 07:49:00 +0100 en <![CDATA[Student Elections!]]> Our students will be part of an Election be held within the Academy on the 8th June to coincide with the General Election, as the Academy puts one of our strongest values (Democracy) in action.
At the moment in Tutor Time students are going through a PowerPoint with their Tutors regarding Parliament and the Election process.
We will then be launching our own Academy Election with the students. We will be asking students to nominate themselves to represent one of the 3 main parties (Conservatives; Labour and Liberal Democrats).
Students who will be representing the parties will start to plan and organise their campaigns, including holding conferences and making videos to out across their manifestos. 
We will then hold the Election on 8th June for the rest of the students in the Academy to vote for who they want to represent them. 
Led by Miss Cunningham and Mrs Murray, the process will also involve staff being mentors for each of their representatives as Election fever grips the population of the Academy. 
Thu, 18 May 2017 07:49:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Come and Join Us!]]> At The Co-operative Academy we believe in the value of transition and ensuring that students feel very happy when they come into the Academy in Year 7. On Tuesday 23rd May between 4.30pm-6.30pm we are hosting an Arts and Book Evening for adults and students. Events start at 4:30pm and finish at 6:30pm.

We would love for you to come along and join us, so please feel free to drop in at any time between 4:30pm-6:30pm and show your support, each adult that attends receives a free book.  There will be refreshments, a craft table; try your hand at making bookmarks, storytelling, reciting of poetry and music provided by students at The Co-operative Academy. There will also be art work on display and the opportunity to purchase some amazing art work. The Stoke library service will be hosting a stall and The Parents Teachers Friends Association (PTFA) will be baking cakes and have made themselves available to chat about their events and how they can support you as new parents to the Academy

We would love to be able to celebrate some of the excellent work that is taking place.

Tue, 16 May 2017 10:28:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Living for Sports!]]> Last week saw former Olympian and World Championships Silver Medallist Anthony Clark visit the Academy to deliver an inspiring workshop for our table tennis pioneers. After a morning of motivational seminars, Anthony led the students on some fantastic physical activities before showcasing some of his brilliant badminton skills.

Sky Sports “Living For Sports” is an initiative that helps students develop a range of skills such as team work that will help improve confidence. This is done through sport with the help of ambassadors and mentors who have enjoyed fantastic careers in a range of sports. Our academy was lucky to welcome former professional badminton player Anthony Clark as our Sky Sports athlete mentor.

Kick starting the day was Anthony’s inspiring story of how he made it to the top of his profession through hard work and commitment. This was before the “Six Keys to Success” workshop that really got our students thinking about what it takes to become successful.

After a morning of problem solving and thought provoking insights from the world of sport, Anthony led our students through a series of physical activities that helped improve their teamwork skills. One of the activities required one member of each team to think of a sports person with the rest our their team taking it in turn to run over 10 metres and ask questions, to which they could only receive a yes or no answer.

Following on from this was an activity to see how long our students could hold the “plank” position, with each team encouraging their team mates.

Then it was the turn of our students to impress Anthony, as they showed off their table tennis skills. This included Anthony taking on some of the students in “best of 5” matches.

Concluding the memorable day was a badminton session in which Anthony enthralled all with his badminton skills before a few activities to end the day.

Mr James, who started the table tennis pioneers at the Academy, also helped with the day, and was very impressed with what he saw. “The day was brilliant. We couldn’t thank Anthony enough for his time and the insight he passed on to our students. They got so much from the day. And a massive well done to the students who acquitted themselves superbly throughout the day.” 

Anthony said: “I really enjoyed the day and working with the students at the Co-op Academy. I always judge a school on ‘would I send my kids to this school?’ and I definitely would at the Co-op Academy. The students were fantastic throughout and were a credit to the academy. And their table tennis skills were very impressive.”

Anthony will be coming back to the Academy later in the summer to deliver motivational assemblies to more of our students.

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:04:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Higher Ability Delta Star]]>  
Umar is a member of the Delta Three group in Year 8 and this is a group of higher ability students who are offered  opportunities to develop their supra-curricular knowledge and skills and challenge them beyond the limits of the curriculum. 
The academy has recently purchased,  at Umar's request, phiiosophy, psychology and Thomas Harris books.
Umar loves to read and reads every day. His favourite author is Thomas Harris and he enjoys his books as they are based upon the FBI, solving cases of Serial Killers and crime.
Umar has also taken part in the Brilliant Club Scholar's Programme in which he achieved a First with Distinction. The Brilliant Club is an organisation which brings PhD tutors into schools across the UK to work with a selected group of gifted students on a project which is at least one key stage above their current working level. Umar and eleven other Y8 students worked on a project entitled 'Could the stars float in the bath?' which involved using mathematical principles and scientific theories to analyse the density and flotation of certain materials, such as the matter which makes up stars. 
Mrs Higgs, LRC manager, has been instrumental in developing the 'Delta corner' in the LRC which contains many high-level, academic texts for students to loan. Mrs Higgs has been encouraging members of Delta Three to suggest more ambitious literature for the collection, which is available to all students.
Tue, 02 May 2017 13:57:00 +0100
<![CDATA[ASDAN Success!]]> On 30th March, a group of Year 10 and 11 students visited Gentleshaws Wildlife Centre in Eccleshall as part of their ASDAN course.  During the visit, the students had the opportunity to learn about and handle some of the animals at the centre, including reptiles, birds of prey, a skunk and a wolfdog.  All students really enjoyed the day and were able to complete their ASDAN unit.

On 25th April, the year 11 ASDAN group visited the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Hanley in order to complete a unit for their course. During the visit the students learnt about the history of Stoke-on-Trent and viewed artefacts linked to the city.  They especially enjoyed seeing the Spitfire exhibited.

Tue, 02 May 2017 13:52:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Table Tennis Press Conference]]> Today saw the much anticipated press conference of our table tennis pioneers. In front of a sell-out crowd in the main hall, Mr James did his best to calm down the excitement as the sporting event of the year nears it's climax. 

First up were our KS3 finalists, Danny and Ramiz, who set out their intentions right from the off. Danny said: "I'm going to destroy him" to which Ramiz replied "I will do my talking on the tennis table." The two finalists then took questions from the crowd as they talked up their chances of being crowned KS3 champion. 

Once they had departed to cheers from the crowd, our KS4 finalists stepped up to the mikes, with Liam immediately throwing down the gauntlet, "I can't see anything other than a victory." After the cheers died down, Dawid responded by picking up the trophy and showing it to Liam, "...this is the closest you will get to the trophy, so enjoy it."

The crowd wanted more but the finalists had to undergo their last few training sessions before the finals tomorrow at lunch time. The time has now arrived, and the matches we have all been waiting for will soon be upon us. To the victor goes the spoils.  

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:29:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Mad Scientists' Visit Primary!]]> Earlier this week, two of our science teachers (Miss C Dawson and Miss K Dawson) visited St Nathaniel's Primary School to deliver a science assembly as the primary school celebrated science week.

In a packed hall full of eager pupils' and staff, our mad scientists started by sharing a video on the joys of science before launching into their first experiment. This was the "Ketchup Test." After asking the pupils' what they thought was the best method for getting ketchup out of the bottle (tap the top; tap the side or shake) our teachers invited three pupils' up along with three of St Nathaniels' staff to see which method proved to be the best. After 30 seconds, and plenty of cheering, the shaking method was the winner. 

After another video, the next experiment was "Elephant's Toothpaste" -  which showed substances "changing state." A solid (potassium iodide) and a liquid (hydrogen peroxide) were mixed together and it produced a gas that was captured in bubbles by some fairy liquid in the mixture. This made lots of a substance that looked like it could be an Elephant's Toothpaste.

The assembly was thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils', with one commenting how it was "the best assembly" they have had. Another pupil said: "I loved the elephants toothpaste experiment. I really didn't expect it to come exploding out the tubes like it did."

Miss K Dawson said: "It was lovely to see how excited the students were to see us at the beginning and they were still excited at the end which was good! If we've helped make even one child more interested in science then I think it was a success!"

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:15:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Able Writers' Day]]> Some of our students took part in an Able Writers' Day for Year 7 at Thistley Hough Academy on 31st March. The author running this event was the brilliant ​performance poet, Tony Walsh. Tony is a fantastic ​poet​ who really does inspire everyone he works with.

Tony's poetry has been published on both sides of the Atlantic as well as displayed with an LS Lowry image at both Tate Modern and The British Museum as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund "Best of British" exhibition. 

A multiple winner and finalist in top-level poetry slam competitions, Tony is the current Manchester Literature Festival Comedy Slam Champion and was the runner-up in "The Times" UK Allstars Slam Final at Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2008. His impactful and accessible poetry has been showcased nationally including on BBC1, BBC Sport, Sky Sports, BBCRadio 2 and BBC6Music. 

Tony has showcased at prestigious international poetry festivals including Ledbury, Strokestown and StAnza. He has also performed at the Palace of Science and Culture in Warsaw; as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 50th anniversary celebrations; and as website Poet in Residence for the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival.

Tony has a poem titled 'New Beginnings' which works extremely well with Year 7 groups at the outset of their time at Secondary School - please follow this link to listen to Tony's audio performance of the poem: New Beginnings

The students had chance to work closely with Tony, experiencing a number of writing workshops. Olivia; Hiba: Kelisha: Mayowa: Maria: Caitlynn: Naomi: Aliah: Lucja and Gloria all enjoyed the workshop and they have produced some fantastic examples of writing (many of them are still working on them) so watch this space.

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:09:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Class Cricket On Show]]> Our U15's cricket team entered an indoor cricket tournament at Fenton Manor last week. Building on some success in previous matches and tournaments, as well as some intense training sessions, our students' put on a masterclass in bowling and batting to make it all the way to the final.
Coming up against strong oppostion, the Academy cricket team ran their opponents close and matched them toe for toe, before narrowly losing.
Tauseeb  was the captain of the team and led by example with some superb spin bowling complemented by the pace of Usman and Shuaib. The rest of the team provided great support and accumulated runs at a rapid rate. In the end we were unable to achieve the victory but they did themselves and the Academy proud with their performance and attitude throughout the event, which drew plaudits from spectators and oppenents alike. 
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:07:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Numeracy News and Fun!]]>
The Numeracy faculty have been very busy over the last few weeks.  For Pi day on 14th March 2017, a series of assemblies and competitions took place around the academy.  Students completed a Pi-rate treasure hunt and entered a Maths joke competition.  During lessons, students completed meaningful numeracy starters which used real life Maths.
There have also been a series of revision days organised by the Maths Excellence Partnership taking place for our Year 11's.  We joined schools from all over the city at Keele university on Saturdays' in March and April called 'Cloud 9' where top performing students in the city came together to improve their grades in some of the most difficult grade 9 Maths.  Mr Riaz accompanied the students to Keele on the Saturdays' and said how useful these were for the students.  In addition, during school day in the same months, 'Super 6' days have been organised with the same purpose, but aimed at grade 6 topics.  Mr Ford and Mrs Godwin took some of our aspiring students and were very impressed with how our students performed.  
The countdown to the GCSE's are on!  A reminder that P0 and P6 sessions take place every day in Maths for ANY students wanting to revise and prepare for their exams.  Timetables are on each Maths classroom door.
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:11:00 +0100
<![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