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Headteacher’s Blog 22 – Friday 4th March

Have you ever?

Have you ever seen a rabbit on dinner duty?  Have you ever seen Snow White complete an experiment in science?  Have you ever seen a bottle of George’s Marvellous Medicine walk, talk and teach?

I have!

Thanks to Miss Kirk organising a fantastic World Book Day, staff and students were able to see all of this and more.  We held our breath throughout the day as we were entertained by instalments of the short story, The Monkey’s Paw, were baffled by the pictures on the “You CAN judge a book by its cover” quiz and delighted by the array of costumes worn.  Well done to our prize winners and thanks to everyone for reminding us all of the importance of reading.

The Importance of Attitude to Learning


Despite the snowy weather, I have been to cinema with over 700 students this morning.  Why?  Every student who came to cinema has achieved less than three zeros in their Progress Checks this academic year.  They have also upheld the expectations in our Behaviour Policy.

All our evidence shows us, a positive Attitude to Learning, equals excellent examination results.

The countdown to Alton Towers began in January – remember, ATL counts.  Five or more zeros and you will not be on the bus in September.  Be positive – make learning count!

But, the rewards don’t stop with trips.  Are you aware that students with no zeros in the ATL scores are entered into a prize draw that takes place every Progress Check?  Congratulations to the following students who received “I love to shop” vouchers:

Year 11:Sophie Shaw, Rhianna Ward, Dionne Hemingway,Connor Wilkinson and Alistair Redmond

Year 10:Louis Shaw, Megan Morris, Korin Philip, Edith Selby and Alishan Ahmad

Year 9: Amelia Doherty, Mia Johnson, Ethan Harrison,Safa Khan and Luke Townend

Year 8: Callum Thorley,Yasamin Nasimi, Zak Wilson, Niomi Roberts and Lily Marshall 

Year 7: Hateam Zulfqar,Sky Hampshire, Eshan Khan, Ellie Tomlinson and Gabriella Mitchell 

More Rewards, Juice and Cakes!

Congratulations to the following prize draw winners who were drawn out of the hat for gaining the most certificates for the Spring Term.  Each of them also won a £10 Love to Shop voucher.

Year 11:Aeron Todd, Sophie Shaw, Bailey Jones, Sasha Richardson and Conner McKeeman 

Year 10: Ethan Shaw, Alfie Jones, Ami Dickinson, Korin Philip and Joe Brear

Year 9: Joshua Oldroyd, Alicia Kaye, Ellie Dodds,Kadie Stirling and Tia Harbottle

Year 8: Sophie Smith, Harriet Churchill, Francesca Wainwright, Joshua Proctor and Brook Slater

Year 7: James Smith, Isabel Batchelor, Eshan Khan,Charles Kendall and Malaya Basir

And congratulations to the following students who were invited to receive their Headteacher’s Certificates during afternoon tea – Laura Thornton, Sophie Wilson, Jasmine Bowden, Missy Haywood, Ellie Kendall, Saskia Moore, Lucy Davies and Rebecca Barnes.

And Joshua Thomas, Harry Carbutt, Ben Haigh, Eshan Khan, Aaron Hunter, Alistair Cocker, Klye Gallagher, Sophia Carter, Natalie Cooling, Samantha Kershaw, Sarah Exley, Jake Senior and Liam Walker.

(Apologies if your photograph doesn’t appear below, this was due to some technical difficulties!)

A Roaring Success

The highlight of my week, however, has been watching “The Lion King.”  As always I was stunned by the talent of the students at the Academy, both on and off the stage.  I know that others feel the same as I have been lucky enough to receive a number of emails from parents, carers and grandparents thanking Miss Fisher and her team for their hard work in rehearsing and preparing the set.

Thank you to everyone involved – you were incredible! 




And finally…

 Don’t forget it’s two weeks to Sports Relief!  Make sure you are getting plenty of sponsors so that you can "Pay to Participate"

 And Year 11 PPEs start on Friday – remember, be like Cliff Young, work hard and don’t give up!