Academy News 13th November 2017

Dear All,

This week we have been focussing internationally, nationally, locally and within school on Remembrance and the great sacrifice many people have made to allow us to have the life and freedom we often take for granted today.

Our pupils have demonstrated their empathy for others by creating some amazing installation art pieces as a sign of respect. These consist of poppies in a variety of forms, such as a wreath on the cross, an installation sculpture using the cherry tree at the front of the Academy and a beautiful display in the school foyer. I highly recommend that you take the time to look at these pieces as they demonstrate the pupils clear understanding and gratitude to all those in the armed forces. I would very much like to thank Mrs Stevens, Mrs Breen, Mr Millgate and Mr Goldstraw for their help in putting these beautiful art works together with the pupils.

Within our collective worship this week, pupils have taken the lead role in their House Groups for the first time. Talking and leading worship in front of their peers was a daunting undertaking, and I thank the House Tutors and the pupils for their hard work together with their heartfelt messages. How the message of Remembrance was linked to relatives past and present, You Tube clips, poetry, prayer and the celebration of our lives today gave poignant messages to the younger pupils present. Well done, again, to the Year 8 pupils who delivered these assemblies: you have set the bar very high and I look forward to how other House Groups will build on this great foundation.

Finally, in terms of Remembrance week, I would like to thank the pupils who joined me on Sunday at the monument in Leek. The Head Boy, Dylan Pascall, and Deputy Head Girl, Izzy Rose, alongside other pupils took a poppy wreath to the Monument as a sign of our respect and demonstration that as a school we are central participants in our community. Once again, thank you to you all.

In regard to the core purpose of the Academy, which is teaching and learning, the teachers and pupils have been reviewing mock SATS results and beginning the task of identifying where our next steps in learning will be. The efforts of the pupils show their desire to achieve alongside the hard work of the staff to support their progress.

This information will be shared with parents in the interim progress reports that come out very soon.

House Point totals to Friday 10th November 2017.

As always, I end this blog with a quotation:

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We shall remember them”


God Bless,

Mr Hutchinson