Weekly Update - 11th March 2022

We have come to the end of another activity-packed week at the academy, and the mid-point of the second half of the Spring Term.

This week, we have enjoyed several visits from OAT Lead Practitioners for Science and History, from our Regional Director, and from our Teaching & Learning Educational Consultant.  As always, we welcome their expertise, feedback and support in our continuing aim to drive improvement and ensure that our academy is the best that it can be for all.

Many students have undertaken “real” exams this week; in Childcare and Health & Social Care for Year 13, and in Health & Fitness for Year 11.  These will continue next week, with Year 11 exams in Drama, Food, Engineering and Business Studies, and the Year 13 LiBF exam.  All Year 12 and 13 students will also begin the next round of PPE’s, and the French speaking PPE’s for year 11 students will also commence.  We wish every student the best of luck in their exams and hope that they secure the outcomes that they deserve.

On Thursday we held our Careers Fair, intended to guide and support students in their future choices and to introduce them to the many opportunities available to them.  This was very well attended and enjoyed by all involved.  We also held an Options Clinic for Year 9 students, to support those students and parents who may still be uncertain or undecided about which option choices to pursue at Key Stage 4.  For both of these events, it was a real pleasure to be able to, once again, welcome you back into the academy, to meet you and speak to you face-to-face.  I hope that those that attended found these events helpful and informative, and that we will be able to hold many more in the future.  I would like to thank all those involved in organising and arranging these events, and particularly the external agencies, companies & community groups who gave up their time to support our Careers Fair.

Today, we enjoyed a visit from Councillor Vanessa Bell, Burnham-on-Crouch Town Mayor, accompanied by Lauren Green, Essex Youth & Community Commissioner, and Gary Dyer, Community Engagement Officer.  We are really excited about the opportunity to work more collaboratively with both our local and wider community.  If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding potential community/academy initiatives, please do let us know.

Next week, we are looking forward to Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Monday 14th March; the first face-to-face Parents’ Evening that we have been able to host for the past two years.  The academy will close to students at 1.50 pm on this day, in order to honour pre-booked appointments.  However, if your child is in Year 7 and has an early appointment, they are welcome to remain at the academy and meet you at your appointed time.  All other students will have work set on their Google classroom as usual.

I would also like to remind you that we will be hosting a Parent/Principal introduction and information evening from 5.00 – 6.30 pm on Tuesday 15th March.  Myself, and members of the Academy Senior Leadership Team, are looking forward to welcoming you, meeting you properly, sharing our vision and values, and listening to your feedback regarding school improvement.  If you have not already done so, you can express your interest in this event via the following short Google form: https://forms.gle/62nrLWYtCPgX8kUC9

The purpose of my weekly blogs is to give you a flavour of the range of activities and events that take place on a regular basis within our academy, and I hope that you find them helpful and informative.

As always, I wish you all a wonderful weekend.