Dear All,

We now only have 10 school days left until the summer holidays! But this week is very exciting as we welcome all of our new Year 5 cohort and say good luck to our Year 8 young men and women as they take the first steps on their next steps of education at high school.

Transition activities will be in full swing this week and everyone is excited for ‘Eureka Day’ on Wednesday, where every member of our community takes part in an alternative curriculum, focussing this year on SELF. With topics that range from Faith to Haiku poetry, from Yoga to food tasting, I am sure this will be a day to remember and that everyone, staff and pupils alike, will get a lot from.

This week we had our summer concert. As I had mentioned in my previous blog this was something I was looking forward to and I was not disappointed. Any of the audience who were present I am sure would agree that every performance demonstrated what talented and hardworking staff we have here at the Academy.  I would again like to offer my praise and congratulations to all the pupils who took part and offer up again specific thanks to Mrs Ibbotson, Mrs Foster, Mrs Harding and Miss Jones for all the hours of practice and dedication that they have put in.

For the Academy as a whole but especially for our Year 6 pupils, the release of their SATS results this week was a momentous occasion. I am happy to inform you all that results this year showed a marked increase, particularly in Maths and Writing elements, and progress improved across the Academy. I will be releasing a more detailed breakdown of our results once we have the fully finalised results but the Academy is now making the improvements required to allow all pupils to be the best that they can be which is central to our motto “Learn for Life”. Congratulations to all the pupils for all their hard work and especially the Maths and English teachers who make these results possible.

There has been some miscommunication about a Parental Forum to provide parents with further information ahead of any changes to Academy systems prior to September. This will now take on Wednesday 12th July at 6pm.

As I end each blog with a quote I thought this week I would include a few verses. Our community at the Academy is making changes ready for the new academicyear and our new pupils are arriving and we are saying good bye to those who have grown up here over the past 4 years. Anxious and unsettling thoughts can be at the forefront of our minds. During such times I like to reflect on this passage which I have opposite my desk in my office. I hope this can be something that all members of our community especially our pupils can use to ease their transition to a new school.

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it:

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.” The LORD replied: “My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

God Bless,

Mr Hutchinson