Academy News 30th April 2018

Dear All,

This week has seen our Academy’s sports team in full action: the improving weather has allowed fixtures to take place. Both individuals and teams have demonstrated their sporting excellence, shaking off the blanket of this very cold and long winter.

I will now include two reports from Mr Salmon:

On Thursday (26/4/18) 11 pupils from Year 6 travelled to Leek Rugby Club to play in the annual district tag rugby tournament.

12 teams were involved and these were split into 2 leagues. St. Edward’s played 5 games – winning 3 and drawing 2. The team sored 21 tries and played some excellent rugby. They topped their league and went on to meet Woodhouse Middle School in the final. Both teams played well; however, St. Edward’s played their best rugby of the afternoon and went on to win by 7 tries to 4. Congratulations to the boys and girls who took part. As well as demonstrating some excellent skills, their sportsmanship also deserves high praise.

On Wednesday (25/4/18), the Year 7 cricket team travelled to Denstone College to play in the first round of the county cricket cup.

St. Edward’s won the toss and batted first. The pitch was wet, keeping the ball very low. It was, therefore, difficult for the batsmen to score. St. Edward’s eventually achieved 52 runs off their allotted 20 overs. Denstone had some good players in their team but also struggled to make runs. Some tight bowling restricted the scoring rate; however, Denstone eventually scored the winning run in the 16th over and now progress to round 2.

On a blustery day, against a school who were playing 9 fixtures at different ages on the same day, it was always going to be a difficult game. However, the St. Edward’s produced some encouraging individual performances and they should all be proud of their efforts.

Well done.

These reports reflect our RESPECT ethos so clearly: effort, encouragement, teamwork and sportsmanship!

Well done to those involved, and thanks to the PE staff and coaches for their commitment to encouraging so much physical activity.

Regarding other business I would like to dispel some ‘fake news’ that has been brought to my attention. I am not leaving the Academy and will continue to provide my commitment to the pupils, parents, staff and the wider community of this Academy. The vacant post of Principal is for that of St Edward’s C of E First School in Cheddleton and nothing linked to our community.


House Point totals for week ending 26th April 2018.


As always, I will finish with a quotation and time it is from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Every Artist was first an amateur”

God Bless,

Mr Hutchinson