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posted 28 Mar 2014, 01:54 by H Slim   [ updated 28 Mar 2014, 03:27 ]

Year 7 Parents Evening 

Next Thursday is the date of the Year 7 parents evening. The preparation and analysis of lots and lots of data is happening a pace to show the fantastic efforts of year 7 for the parents and carers next week. It's great to see all the progress and achievements. Well done all. 

As we approach Easter what is important is to keep learning and to enjoy challenge. In the end there are no certain answers to everything but I expect you to work hard and keep questioning until 2:50pm on the 4th April. 

Have a good week. 

Mr Davenport 

Year 7 Achievement Director 

Year 8 Visit to the Globe 

Year Eight had the opportunity to visit to Globe this week. I was lucky enough to accompany the C and A band on Tuesday and we had an outstanding day! The day started off with a tour of the theatre, learning about the history of the Globe. I was thoroughly impressed by the level of questioning from the group I was allocated with, demonstrating a real enthusiasm. Once we’d had the tour, students went onto to attend a workshop, led by one of the actors exploring some of the themes and character relationships in the play, The Merchant of Venice. The students absolutely excelled themselves, fully immersing themselves in the practical tasks. 

After lunch, we took our place ready to watch the play – standing! The vibrant characters and staging kept the students entertained throughout, to the extent that they forgot they were standing! The eccentric Launcelot provided many a giggle with his clownish, comical puns! 

The students were a real credit to the Year Group and the Academy and it was evident that a good day was had by all! 

Miss Blagrove Year 8 Achievement Director 

Year 9 COYO Presentation 

Last Thursday the 20th I took the COYO team to London’s parliament square to the Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors headquarters. I was joined by Ms Wenzel, Mr Glikofridis and Ms Hemming all of whom I am extremely grateful to for their support. The team had been working on a presentation based around the community of Brooklands and developing a new eco community centre to support blending the community’s needs. 150 members and directors from the construction industry were present at the event. Here is the official write up from RICS ( The students were introduced by RICS EMEA Director Mark Walley who opened proceedings with a speech about the importance of social mobility and careers in the built environment. “Eco Efficient” then followed with a seamless and professional speech about their ideas for the future community center. They were then followed by the government’s Chief Construction Adviser, Peter Hansford, who was humbled and amazed at the professionalism of the students. I was immensely proud of the team who managed to secure additional support for next year. Some students who are considering careers in engineering or construction also gained the help of a professional mentor. The students were also invited to take part in a future presentation and to work with teachers from Oman as part of the British Councils representatives. I do not think the students quite realised what they achieved that day, well done to the whole team. 

A big thank you to parents and students: I would like to thank all the students and parents on fully engaging with the options process, it has been a fantastic experience. 98%

of forms were handed in on time and we now have all 260 forms. The attendance for year 9 is at its highest this year which is fantastic and shows the hard work the students are putting in during this last full term to reach end of year targets for May. Keep up the good work year 9! 

The race is on to hit 100 commendations this term with just 1 week to go will, Annie May Kitchener (90) Kia Baker Williams (88) Ebony Sleight (88) - can they do it to claim a giant Easter Egg?! Only Tyler Russell-Read reached 100 last term, can we have 3 this term? 

Mr Hodge Year 9 Achievement Director 

Year 10 Work Experience 

Another busy week in Year 10 this week with students preparing for upcoming exams. Please remember that Year 10 students have access to room 105 after school every Thursday for EDMODO clinic. This gives the students a fantastic opportunity to complete homework and revision with the support of the Year team. You should have now received work experience forms to your homes. Please remember that these forms must be returned by April 20th in order to ensure that Year 10 students are able to access the work experience that they want to do. Students can source their own placements for work experience and when these are arranged, the information should be passed to Mrs Marks in the Career Zone. 

It has been lovely for Year 10 students to benefit from so many university visits this term. A group of girls from Year 10 visited Essex university on Thursday to attend workshops about Maths and, once again, reported what a fantastic day they had. 

Miss Wells Year 10 Achievement Director 

Miss Froning Year 10 Deputy Achievement Director 

Year 11 Students of the Week 

“Just wanted to mention that these ladies (Jemma Wilkinson and Siobhan Bultitude) have attended Performing Arts catch-up almost every Wednesday after school with a clear determination to achieve a C or above. The girls have been excellent at helping each other as well as completing their own work during these sessions and we felt that this deserved a mention.” Miss Croucher and Mrs Slim - 50 AD Vivos 

“Tanzina Islam has been a real star and has worked after school every day for the last 3 weeks. She has managed to get her coursework marks up considerably. Her ‘child study’ marks are up by 50 %. We are really pleased with her effort.” Mrs Lewis - 50 AD Vivos 

Mrs Starmer Year 11 Achievement Director 

Mrs Barry Year 11 Achievement Director