News Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:43:00 +0100 en <![CDATA[ParentPay]]> We are now operating a cashless system at the Academy. This includes payments for academy lunches and trips. If you would like any assistance in setting up your ParentPay account, or have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us at or ring 01782 882300. 

For a step by step guide on setting up your account, please download the file below. 

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:43:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Students Smash Sports Day]]> Sports day 2017 was the best yet. We had some fantastic talent on display, from Ethan in Year 8 stepping in last minute to support the Year 10 team (and becoming the best performer) to the Venture relay team claiming a last minute victory in the relay race thanks to Year 10 student Kyle and his Usain Bolt like speed.
With the sun out and shining providing perfect sports day weather, the support for our 64 elite athletes from all the students and staff was fantastic and the atmosphere on the field was electric. Community spirit really came to the fore as the academy got behind the athletes and celebrated the success of the day.
The overall winner winners were Venture, who snatched victory in dramatic circumstances. Discovery had led the competition throughout the day until the final double point relay, when Venture came out on top, becoming sports day champions for 2017.
Head of Year 8 Mrs Chilton said: "Well done to all that were involved and help to run and support sports day."
Mr Rogers, Head of PE said: "This was a proud day for me. It's good to test yourself and develop your talents and ambitions as fully as you can and achieve greater success; but I think success is the feeling you get from a job well done, and everybody involved in organising and participating in this event can consider themselves a complete success. #Awesome team
Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:58:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Graduating From University Week]]> Uni Week 2017 was a huge success, involving students from all year groups but with a key focus on Year 7. Staff and students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College's Honours Programme (a programme for high-potential students) visited to engage in some inspiring activities with Delta 3 students, encouraging them to think of themselves on a developmental journey.
Delta 3 students also visited Chester University for a taste of university life, helping them to understand the courses available and skills and qualities needed to succeed at university. The week ended with a full day of university-themed activities for the whole of Year 7 in which students researched courses, wrote their own personal statements and went on a university scavenger hunt. The students were visited by Keele University who arranged an interactive myth-busting session to help students understand that university is possible and affordable. 
The finale of the day was a graduation, in which students wore real university gowns to receive their degrees! 
Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:24:00 +0100
<![CDATA[If I Can Dream]]> The Academy were enthralled by Elvis impersonator Gordon Hendricks recently, as the multi award winner belted out some classics as well as delivering a motivational speech to our students. 

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Gordon shot to fame when he won "Stars in their Eyes" in 2005, before signing up to Yellow Records where he performed songs written by Geoff Morrow, who also wrote songs for Elvis, Barry Manilow, The Carpenters and Billy Fury to name but a few. 

Gordon was also crowned the "European Elvis Champion" in 2011 and has toured the world, performing to sell out crowds and winning numerous awards prompting John Wilksion (former Elvis guitarist) to state: "He has the looks of Elvis, he moves like Elvis and he sounds like Elvis - he has my vote any day."

Peforming to our students, Gordon sung "Teddy Bear" and "Don't Be Cruel" amongst others, with both staff and students singing and dancing along. 

Gordon then provided some inspirational words for our students, telling them to aim high and follow their dreams. After repeatedly being told he would fail and even laughed at, Gordon stuck to his goals and achieved his goals - becoming famous world wide. And this was the message he was keen to relay to our aspiring and ambitious students.

Year 8 student Holly said: "That was amazing. He was brilliant and we enjoyed having a dance."

Another Year 8 student (Robert) said: "I thought his journey was really inspiring. Especially when people told him he couldn't do it, but he stuck with it and proved people wrong."  

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Co-op Amongst Top Performers]]> Co-op Academies Trust amongst top performing multi-academy trusts for a fourth year.

The Sutton Trust’s annual report on the performance of academy chains has been released today. The Co-op Academies Trust is amongst the highest performing academy trusts nationally and one of the very few high performers based in the north of England.

The report focuses on 48 academy trusts and is in its fourth year of publication. The results across the 48 trusts vary significantly but the Co-op Academies have once again been sighted as consistently high performers.

Frank Norris, Director of the Trust, said “It is something that we knew from our own analysis but it's something that we are very proud of. The Co-op Academies always looks forward to the Sutton Trust’s report each year, as it is a really valuable indicator of how all trusts are performing across the sector with communities similar to ours.”

“We want to work with others to remove the gap between students from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. We serve some very complex communities and it's important to know that we are serving them well.”

The report recommends that the government must recognise the challenge of limited capacity in the system and allow civil servants to draw on all education providers with good track records.

Other recommendations include creating a taskforce led by the National Schools Commissioner, and comprised of trustees and senior and middle leaders from chains demonstrating significant success, to act as mentors to those sponsors struggling to realise their potential.

“I agree with the recommendations. We have now got a very strong track record of providing a fantastic education and a wonderful environment to grow. The Co-op Academies would support any form of co-operation and as co-operators we’d be very pleased to support other providers and work closely to improve education for all.” said Frank Norris.

Principal Nick Lowry said "being part of the Co-op Academies Trust has provided us with a platform for sustained improvement.  The expertise within the Trust means that we can continue to improve.  It is fantastic that this is again recognised in the Chain Effects report".

For the first time the report took into account converter and primary academies. A full version of the report can be found here - Link

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:13:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Meet Our Governors]]> Karl Lawton

I joined the Governing Body in October 2016 as a Local Authority Governor. I am the Governor Support Manager at the Local Authority and support all schools and academies Governing Boards to fulfil their three core functions.  I have been a Primary School Governor for sixteen years and was privileged to be the Chair of Governors for six years of this.

I volunteered to join the Governing Board as I would like to contribute to the Co-operative Academy becoming outstanding, by supporting and challenging the academy team to ensure that every pupil achieves to their full potential in a safe and supportive environment.

Our Governors

Our governors all have the same common goal in ensuring the Academy provides the very best education possible for every student. The members have a plethora of knowledge and experience to enable the Academy to be the very best. 

Our governors attend the various events (detailed on our home page under the events section) at the Academy through-out the academic year and would love meet with parents/vistitors and discuss any topics you may wish to discuss. 

If you wish to find out more about our governors, please click here

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:37:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Gifted Students Visit Oxford]]> On Thursday 18th May, four students from the Academy travelled to the University of Oxford with Miss Harrison and representatives from other schools from around Staffordshire. Ali; Simeon; Shazmeen and Talbashah Javid (all Year 10) were the students selected because of their motivation and potential.The visit was kindly organised and funded by Newcastle-under-Lyme College. The day involved a tour of University College, lunch with current students and activities to raise students' aspirations and help them to achieve a place at a university such as Oxford one day. The day was enjoyed by all the students and they had an opportunity to meet with other enthusiastic students from the local area.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:41:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Student Elections]]> Our students took part in an election that was held within the Academy to coincide with the General Election, as the Academy put one of our strongest values (Democracy) in action.

During Tutor Time students went through a PowerPoint with their Tutors regarding Parliament and the election process. Our own Academy election with the students was then held and the three main parties got together to try and gain the majority of votes. Students nominated themselves to represent one of the 3 main parties (Conservatives; Labour and Liberal Democrats).

Students who represented the parties planned and organised their campaigns, including holding conferences and making videos to put across their manifestos.  The Academy election was then held 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 also involved staff being mentors for each of their representatives as election fever gripped the population of the Academy. 

The majority winners were Labour, who gathered 86% of the votes. Conservatives came second with 8% of the votes, with the Liberal Democrats finishing last with 6%. A huge well done to all of the students who formed their respective parties.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:26:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Primary School Disco]]> Last month we invited local primary school pupils to our Academy for a school disco to help celebrate the end of SATS. The disco was organized by our Parents; Teachers and Friends Association and saw Academy staff and students come together to help put on a memorable evening.

Our Co-operative Young Leaders played an integral part, helping sign in visitors and running various stalls, including refreshments. Students in Year 10 also formed a band to perform (who also performed at the Arts and Book Evening) with music teacher Mr. Ward becoming resident DJ for the night.

The event was a great success as it showcases and strengthens the links our Academy has with primary schools in the local area. Head of the PTFA Mrs. Garrity said: “It was a fantastic evening. The primary schools loved it, and our staff and students worked really hard to ensure that the disco was a success. We hope to host more events throughout the year.”

The primary schools who attended were Summerbank Primary School; Forest Park Primary School; Hanley St Luke’s Primary School; Etruscan Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School. One of the pupils’ from Summerbank said: “It was really good and we all had a fantastic time. This is the first time some of us have been to the Co-op Academy and it was very impressive. The band were brilliant—my favourite part.”

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:59:00 +0100
<![CDATA[ASSIST Success]]> Want to give up smoking? Some of our Year 8 students have been working very hard with Stoke-on-Trent city council’s ASSIST team to stop people from starting to smoke.

ASSIST came in to do a survey with all of Year 8, and selected who our students chose as the top 20 most influential in their year group. These students then went with ASSIST on a 2 day course which trained them up as peer mentors for stopping young people from getting into smoking.

Finally, 6 of the most dedicated peer mentors were selected to take part in lessons on our ECM day, showing off what they had learned about smoking with their ‘cake task.’ This was very successful, and one of our teams from the day, Ali and Callum, said that they would like to do the lesson again and again with different year groups to help spread their message. Many students said that they learned a lot from this task about smoking, and it had put them off smoking forever! 

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:55:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Success At Arts Evening]]> Our Academy hosted an Arts and Book Evening this week, as we opened our doors to the local community. Set up by our Parents; Teachers and Friends Association, with help from our staff and students,  the event was to highlight the fantastic art and literacy work that is produced at the Academy.

Visitors were greeted by Amna; Noor; Samia and Lauren in reception, before making their way to a few indoor stalls. Mrs Higgs, the Academy Librarian, hosted a book swap stall, as well as giving all adults a free book to take away with them. Hanley Library also had a stall as they took part in the fun.

In the courtyard, with the sun shining bright, a plethora of activities took place to entertain all, with each activity led by our Co-operative Young Leaders, who excelled on the night.

One stall allowed visitors to design their own plate (with Shaimaa and Liwa) to take away with them, with another table creating colorful bookmarks, ably led by Joe and Tyrese (who made bookmark worms) and Jumia; Nicole and Abbie (who made emoji bookmarks).

Members of our PTFA, along with Qudsia,  ran a tuck shop table. They sold cakes and snacks they had baked themselves, as well as crisps and chocolate. Alongside this was a refreshments kiosk which offered hot and cold drinks free of charge.

In the drama area, Chloe enthralled the crowd with a superb monologue from her drama studies at the academy.  Once this was finished,  the Carnegie Book Club (Katie; Millie; Shannon; Gloria and Jessica) read from their favourite books in the story telling corner, which captured the imagination of both adults and children alike.

Last but not least, our talented musicians took to the stage to perform to the crowd. Showcasing their abilities on guitar; violin; keyboard and vocals, the performances encapsulated the atmosphere of the evening and provided a pleasant backdrop to the event. Well done to Bailey; Naomi; Sarah; Olivia; Katie; Mia; Jasmin and Keira.  

Tue, 30 May 2017 10:41:00 +0100
<![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