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Number 067 Christmas 2012



Mr S L Allen - Principal

Dear Parents

The past Autumn Term has been incredibly busy and it is hard to believe that Christmas and 2013 is nearly upon us. As always, the months since September have seen many successes. Perhaps the highlight was Double Helix appearing at the Royal Albert Hall in November and supported by nearly one hundred parents, staff and students. Our first Academy Awards Evening held on 7th December at St Georgeʼs Park was a fantastic evening with an inspirational speech by Dan Hopwood.

As we near the end of 2012, on a sad note we have to say farewell to Mrs Hulcoop, who has decided to retire after eighteen years of service to The de Ferrers High School, Specialist Technology College and now Academy. Mrs Hulcoop has simply been a wonderful teacher and colleague and will be greatly missed by all. We wish her a rewarding retirement.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a fulfilling New Year.

Mr S L Allen Principal

The de Ferrers Academyʼs annual Awardsʼ St George’s Park Evening took place last Friday at St. Needwood Georgeʼs Park, Rangemore. Burton Over 380 upon Trent guests attended the event, which was organised to celebrate studentsʼ achievements during the last academic year.

Students from each year group were awarded for their academic achievement in both GCSEs and A Levels and academic progress within different subjects. Of particular note were the amount of musical and sporting successes that were recognised, including awards to Elysia Richards, who is ranked 15th in the world for Tae Kwon Do and Charles Sketchley, who plays table tennis for England, and in Italy this year won a Silver medal for the team event. There were also a range of non-academic awards given with titles such as ʻDuke of Edinburgh Achievementʼ, ʻService to the Year Groupʼ, ʻService to the Academyʼ and

ʻService to the Communityʼ.

Musical items were played by students from the Academy as a tribute to the late Philip Marshall, who was Head of Music at de Ferrers from 1971-2000.

Awards Evening


The guest speaker was paralympic athlete Dan Hopwood, who is a world champion paracanoeist and also completed a 2,341mile canoe expedition down the Mississippi River, raising £11,000 for charity. Dan gave an inspirational speech and presented the students with their awards.

Friday 7th December 2012 * * STOP PRESS * * In 2013 we will be launching our New Academy E-Newsletter. We have re-designed the content and layout and will no longer be printing hard copies for each student. Our full colour version of the e-newsletter will be available to view on our website as usual. We understand that some parents may still want a paper copy of the newsletter and ask you to contact the Academy office on 01283 239936 so we can arrange for a copy to be sent home.

Students host annual Christmas Party for local senior citizens Students from The de Ferrers Academy hosted their annual Christmas party for local senior citizens on Thursday 13th December. The party started at 1.30pm in the Trent Hall on the Academyʼs Trent campus on St Maryʼs Drive. To raise money for the event, many students gave donations, held fundraising games and took part in sponsored ʻnon-uniformʼ days. Dean Chrisp, a Year 11 student at The de Ferrers Academy, helped raise money for the event by being sponsored to have his hair cut! Dean said, “Fundraising was really good fun and I managed to raise more than £100 to put towards the party!”

Each table had an allocated student waiter or waitress who will serve sand-

wiches, cakes and hot drinks and ensure that guests are well looked after during the day.

Throughout the party, guests enjoyed entertainment including singing, dancing and various musical pieces performed by the Academyʼs talented students. There was also a game of bingo, which is always a favourite amongst the party goers and students.

Bob Fraser, Chair of Governors at the Academy, said, “Itʼs great to see that our students are engaging with older people in the local community and that theyʼre really enjoying the experience.”

Double Helix EVENING OF THE ARTS in London After waiting three months since getting the phone call, Double Helix finally took to the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall on 12th November. About one hundred students, staff and family members joined the lads at the biggest gig of their lives and they certainly lived up to expectations.

A near capacity audience of around five thousand saw them perform two of their own songs, The Funk Song and What's Your Next Plan?, as well as joining together with the Maria Fidelis Girls Convent School Gospel Choir from London and Lincoln's Jazz Vehicle for a special arrangement of the Candi Staton classic You Got The Love. During the week prior to their appearance Double Helix were lucky enough to gain some wider exposure on both the Royal Albert Hall's and Classic FM's websites, as well as live interviews on Radio Derby and Touch FM. Everyone agreed that it was an experience that they will never forget!

Our annual showcase of the Arts saw over two hundred performers take to the stage for an evening packed full of Music, Drama, Dance and Art. The packed Trent Hall was treated to a diverse range of performances, starting with the Concert Orchestra's renditions of some classic film themes, with the evening being concluded with a rip-roaring, footstomping set from Souled Out. The range of Drama performances was equally wide-ranging; the Junior Drama Club devised five pieces based on the Academy's PRIDE acronym, whilst a group of Sixth Form students staged a very powerful extract from Equus. There were Art Displays around the hall, together with a piece of Live Art, created during the evening at the side of the stage. The evening was also tinged with sadness, as it was Mrs Hulcoop's last concert at the Academy. All the musicians would like to pass on our heartfelt thanks for all the support that she has given us during her time at de Ferrers.

With best wishes for Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in 2013!


de Ferrers Academy and gameswear always in stock

Clothing4 Limited is delighted to be working in partnership with The de Ferrers Academy to supply the Academy uniforms. Our shop facility is based on Anglesey Road in Burton on Trent and we offer a range of facilities including;  Free Parking  Large Showroom and Changing Facilities  All major debit and credit cards accepted  Showroom will be open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm and 9am to 1pm on a Saturday with extended hours throughout the summer holidays  Open Evening Tuesday 24th July from 6pm to 8pm specifically for the sale of de Ferrers Uniforms. Extensive ranges including: Blazers embroidered from £24.80 Dove Ties £4.95 Girls Trousers /Skirts from £16.25

Phone: 01283 548234


Learning Centre Digital News Engaging technologies to develop independent, motivated readers and learners for life….

Anywhere, anytime…..the iMLS APP allows staff, students and parents to access the academy library from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or other smartphone or tablet. Enter DE13 0LL and select de Ferrers Academy. Enter your normal computer username

and then enter your date of birth in the following format ddmmyyyy as your password. In school, go to All Programs, Library, and enter your username and date of birth. Browse our books, read and write reviews, reserve books and hear interviews by authors about their books. Coming soon…..e-books and audio books to freely download to your PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or other smartphone or tablet. OverDrive, a digital distributor of e-books, are to launch our de Ferrers Digital Library. E-books from your school library everywhere and anywhere! See the Learning Centre staff for more information but watch this space!

Charnwood 2012 Young Artists Competition

Year 10 BTEC Art students students have taken photos, as part of their 'Nature in Focus Project'. These photos were also taken with a view that the students will choose one of their images to submit to the Charnwood 2012 Young Artists Competition. This is a competition to celebrate 2012 as a special international year in the UK, encompassing all forms of visual arts created by young people across the world.


There have been four groups of Year 9 students attending ʻChef School Workshopʼ sessions run at the Toby Carvery, Burton on Trent (approximately one hundred students were involved). The students are working on their National Crest award, looking at foods for a festival and have been developing products and extending their practical skills at the workshops.

During the workshop, the students learned about health and safety, food safety and customer service. The students participated in role play to demonstrate their knowledge of customer service.

Year 9 student, Myah Armstrong, said “Many thanks to the Toby Carvery for a good trip. I have really enjoyed learning about running a restaurant, health and safety and

understanding about good customer service. Our team also won the quiz, which was to test the knowledge that we gained.” Will Hulbert, a student in Year 9, said, “I have enjoyed my morning at the Toby Carvery and I have learned a lot. I especially liked the role play activities and enjoyed tasting the food and learning about customer service and how to lay a table”.


Please be aware that the Academy will endeavour to stay open in the event of bad weather. If the decision is taken to close the Academy, this will be announced on our website,, and a text message will be sent to parents who have provided us with their mobile phone details. There will also be announcements on local radio stations, and on Staffordshire County Council's website


It is the Academyʼs policy that student medications (except inhalers and epipens) are handed in to the Health Advisor on the relevant campus with a letter of consent to administer the medication to the student. STUDENTSʼ ASTHMA

In accordance with the Academyʼs Asthma Policy, students who require inhalers to control their asthma should ensure that they carry their own with them. Please make sure that they are clearly labelled with the studentsʼ name and form. The Academy Nurse is unable to return unlabelled inhalers A spare inhaler needs to be handed in to the medical room for safe keeping in case students have forgotten their inhaler or for use in an emergency.


Students who require medication in the academy should hand it in to the Nurse on Dove and to the Campus Advisor on Trent at the beginning of the day. There have been a number of students self-administering their own medication during the academy day.

Please note that this is against Academy Policy and the implications could cause a student to have an allergic reaction or even overdosing!

No student will be given medication without the written consent of an adult with parental responsibility.

Please note that all medication should be sent in the original container and labelled. Loose tablets in envelopes cannot be given. Labels should include:

 Name of student  Name of medication  Dose and dose frequency  Special storage instructions  Dispensing label (if applicable)  Expiry date

Medication consent forms and the Administration of Medication Policy can be obtained from the Academyʼs website or from the Health Advisor situated in the medical rooms on either campus.

Support for students who have medical needs in the academy; parents/carers have prime responsibility for their childʼs health and should ensure that their child is well enough to attend. The Academy Nurse is unable to offer a consultation service at the start of the day but supports students who become unwell or have an accident during the academy day.


Any student who has been sick during the night or before the start of academy day must not attend the academy that morning. Please do not send students back into the academy until they have been clear for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness. This helps to minimise the risk of the virus spreading to staff and fellow students.


Students who have a cough, cold or sore throats can still attend the academy unless they have a high/low body temperature (above37.7-38.0 and above and below 36.0 for example 35.5). Students outside these limits will be sent home. It is the parentʼs responsibility to ensure that students are collected from the academy. We advise that students use disposable tissues and dispose them in the academy bins after each use and regularly wash their hands to prevent the risk of infection to other student.

Key Stage 3 Drama Club

Drama Club members have worked very hard this term and produced some fantastic performance work for the Evening of the Arts. They created a range of sketches based around the Academy's acronym 'PRIDE' and used visual media to support their work. Next term, Drama Club will be embarking on their new challenge of preparing for the Key Stage 2 primary performance for our local feeder schools. Well done, Drama Club, and keep up the good work!

Conservation Day On November 4th 2012, seven students from Year 9 volunteered to help with the Conservation Day which involved the clean-up of the brook by Castle Park. The day was organised by the Horninglow and Eton Parish Council and ran from 10.304.00pm.

The students, along with several people from the community, began the clean up at the Tutbury Road end of the brook and worked their way

along slowly. Gloves and wheelbarrows were provided and during the clean up they came across many interesting items i.e. a toy truck, a trophy, work cones and even a pair of pink pants!

The students said that there was a lovely atmosphere and everyone was happy in their work. Refreshments were provided in the form of pumpkin soup to help to keep them warm as it was a very cold day. We are very proud of these students for giving up their own free time to help with such a worthy cause.


We have recently had some cases of head lice at the academy. We would ask that all parents/carers regularly check their childʼs hair and ensure that any live lice are treated before they return to the academy. For any advice on how to check for and treat head lice please contact the Academy Nurse on Dove Campus.

Olivia Eaglefield, Emily Ball, Olivia Elson, Esme Parkinson, Chantay Dixon, Bethany-May Steed, Nicola Brown.

Top Evening, Top Exhibition, Top Chefs!


An inspirational evening was held in Trent Hall with the recent Sixth Form Open evening in November. Design & Technology Key Stage 5 students presented examples of their work for A Level Product Design 3D and Product Design Textiles. Many Year 11 students visited the Design & Technology exhibition and were thrilled to see that the Curriculum Area are also hoping to offer A Level Food next year. The Area was very well supported by Derby University and special thanks go to university lecturer Bev Reardon who spoke with many parents and students about Design & Technology in Higher Education.

The day I arrived at the de Ferrers Academy, I knew I would have a lot of fun and the good thing is, I am having a lot of fun. I am enjoying all the subjects, as all the teachers are very friendly and always willing to help. All the teachers make sure that we are having no trouble at all while doing our work and if so, then they help us very nicely. On my first day at the Academy, I found it very difficult to find my way as the Academy is huge, but at the end with the help of the teachers, I found my way at last.

The extra sparkle to the evening came from the GCSE Food and Catering students who provided beautiful canapés for all visitors on the night.

PSFA The PSFA had a fantastic quiz night in October and over twenty teams competed with Mr Astonʼs team “Ken Doddʼs Dadʼs Dogʼs Dead” eventually be crowned the winners. Our own PSFA secretary, Tracey Grimmett, set the picture quiz and Liam Woolley was the quiz master for the evening, assisted by Liz Chadwick. Ex pupil Andrew Plumb was set the task of scoring, so a huge thank you to everyone for their help including PSFA members who were serving behind the bar. The PSFA also donated £500 towards equipment for the Youth Club.

November also saw the Evening of the Arts, as always

a very popular event, so much so, that this year we ran out of wine and had to run out for additional supplies. We will know better next year!! The Christmas Fair, which was held on Trent this year, was a roaring success with Santa on his sleigh and the band playing in reception to greet visitors which made the evening very festive. The fair started with a few words from Mr Allen who handed over the official opening of the evening to Mrs Hulcoop who has been an active member of the PSFA for many years. She will be greatly missed when she retires at the end of the term. We were delighted to see so many stall holders share the evening with everything from hand made cushions, to chocolate and sweet delights, jams and pickles to charms and jewellery. The auction had a slight football theme with donations from DCFC, Man United, Leicester City and Burton Albion, plus many other items from a variety of local companies which added

to the fun of the evening. The final amount raised has yet to be finalised but with a great response to Liz Chadwickʼs Luxury Hamper raffle, the auction, and the proceeds from the refreshment counter Iʼm sure we wonʼt be disappointed.

Another thank you is to all the students who entered our cake competition. The standard was very high and all the students that entered did extremely well but the winner for the £15 iTunes voucher was Lucy Frost. All cakes entered into the competition were donated to the YMCA, who appreciated them very much, after the fair had finished. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped with the PSFA events this term so many people have worked so hard to make every event the huge success it has.

Wishing you all A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy 2013! PSFA

I think the food choice in the dining hall is fantastic because the foods are healthy and made with great care. Most of all I really like the choices of clubs in the Academy. There are all sorts of clubs, you just have to find your hobby. I like the reading club best so I always go there. I think we get the accurate amount of homework and at least a week to do it which is just correct. The Academy is perfect and in my opinion The de Ferrers Academy is the best school in the world!

Ashah Khalid 7.7

Consultation Day Wednesday 9th January 2013

Clothes Show Live 2012 FIRE AND

Both GCSE and A Level Textile students had an early start on Monday 10th December to travel to the bright lights of Birmingham to experience the 2012 Clothes

Show. Students got involved in many of the competitions, trawled through an array of fabulous stores, got inspired by the creative university student exhibitions and inspiring workshops and met celebrities, just to add that extra sparkle to the day! The whole day culminated in a huge, action packed show in the main theatre where top models showed off a variety of high street collections down a fun packed catwalk. Lots of fun, lots of inspiration‌..a great day!


Year 13 BTEC Art students took part in the annual National Memorial Arboretum Photographic competition, on the subject of remembrance. Several of the students received awards for their photos, in the under 18 category. Megan Evans won the category, Rebecca Cross received a High Commendation and Annabel Jones and Bethany Smart's photos were Commended.


AS Product Design students went to Burton Fire station on 17th October to look at issues faced with equipment used by firefighters. The research they did will form the start of

their International Rescue Project. Students will need to identify a need/problem to focus on and carry out independent research to enable them to design and make a concept model of a solution. This will make up part of their portfolio to be submitted as fifty per cent of the AS qualification.


It has been a strange start to the year for the de Ferrers Sign Language Club Choir (dFSLCC) this year as at the start of the academy year Mr Tucker was recovering from an operation that he underwent at the end of the summer and so he missed almost the whole of the first half of the term. What a surprise he had when he came along to his first session with the Choir to find thirty-four students who performed Thriller and The Climb superbly!

Mrs Tunstall, with the help of the Year 10 students, had worked wonderfully with the new choir members who had learned the signs to these two songs really well, but were keen to learn something new. It is not only great to see so many Year 7 students coming along but also some new members from Year 8 and Year 9. It is fantastic to see so many students involved with the Choir this year and, although it makes rehearsals a little challenging, it has brought a new vibe to the Choir with so many new members eager to learn.

The second half of this term will be our busiest period yet as the Choir are involved in seven different performances both within the Academy and in the local community. After reprising our performance of Thriller from Celebrate in Sign

2012 for the Evening of the Arts which saw thirty zombies take to the two stages and perform brilliantly the Choir members now move on to their festive performances starting with the Christmas Fair on 5th December. As we go to press the Choir members have moved in to a busy month and we have put together a festive programme for the season which we hope will provide a mixture of the traditional, the classic and the more modern Christmas songs; the Choir have worked really hard on these so we hope you始ll enjoy them.

In addition to our annual concert at Fountains and performance at the Senior Citizens始 Party, the Choir have also been asked by Willmott Dixon to perform at a Christmas Coffee Morning being held at one of their residential homes. We have also had a special request to appear at the Speakability Conference being held in Burton. Speakability is a national charity that supports people with Aphasia, a condition that affects the language centres of the brain and it is really exciting that they have asked us to perform at their conference. We would like to thank you all for your support of the students in dFSLCC during this rather unusual term. As we move into 2013 we will begin putting together the programme for our own concert evening. Celebrate in Sign 2013 will take place on Friday 10 May and will be the finale to our celebrations of National Deaf Awareness Week which is 6-12 May 2013. We do hope to see you there. Wishing you all the best for the holidays. - dFSLCC

My Academy The de Ferrers Academy is great. There始s loads to do and loads of great subjects, such as Art, DT, Science, Geography, a range of P.E. activities, History, Drama, L2, PSHE and much more. I found my way around the Academy within the first week. You may think it sounds scary but when you are used to it you will be okay.

The dinners are really nice. You get things like fish and chips, pizza, jacket potatoes and stuff like that. There are loads of opportunities at de Ferrers for different clubs and activities. There is a reasonable amount of homework at de Ferrers. The teachers usually give you at least a week for you to complete your homework. The de Ferrers Academy is generally amazing.

Kelsey Wood 7.7

Over one hundred and fifty Duke of Edinburgh candidates are having a very busy December by trying to raise money to help buy new equipment to enable them to go out on expedition over the summer period. They are bag packing in Sainsbury's on 22nd/23rd and 24th December and also towing Santa on his sleigh around the streets of Burton helping to make a magical start to a lot of childrens Christmases. Candidates are trying to beat last years total of over 拢7000.00.

SPORT THE DE FERRERS We have had a busy term with fixtures with lots of success. We have played eighty five fixtures across a number of activities: football (boys and girls), netball, basketball, hockey, rugby (boys and girls) and table tennis. Current notable successes were:

FOOTBALL Year 7 boys are top of the District League, Sixth Form team is in the semi finals of the Staffordshire Cup and round 4 of the National Cup. Under 13 and Under 16 girls are in the Quarter finals of the Staffordshire Cup, Under 15 girls are in Round five of the National Cup.

RUGBY Year 10 boys are in the third round of the Staffordshire Cup. HOCKEY Under 16 boys are top of the league in both the Staffordshire and West Midlands leagues.



One score and fifteen days ago, our mofathers brought forth to this Academy a new notion, conceived in charity, and dedicated to the proposition of improving awareness about men's health. 'Movember' works to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.

Sixteen staff members grew moustaches during the month of 'Movember' to raise money for prostate cancer and cancer research. It was a difficult time facing the ridicule of colleagues, and the dismay of our students. But solace was found in the brotherhood that developed out of a common cause and vigorous discussion concerning male grooming.

On November the 30th a proud group of men, sporting a variety of moustaches of differing shapes and sizes, stood together for the last time before the call of the razor blade finally overpowered them.

At the time of writing we have managed to raise almost £450, with students themselves donating £76 worth of vivos! Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfil its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of menʼs health, by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of menʼs health. Already we have heard of other staff wanting to join next year, with plans afoot for a 'trucker' or even a 'caretaker'. Well done to those who suffered eating a Krispy Kreme doughnut and finding hundreds and thousands in their moustache afterwards, and a huge thank you to those of you who have donated.

If you want to be one of the champions next time, check the display outside DA61, make sure all your work is excellent and that your wraparound is competed at the end of the project. Winners: Victoria Twells Thara Saquhlan Anisha Mohammed Molly Fitzpatrick Nominated Leyla Cellum Elena Foster Emilia Bartram Ansa Shaheen

* * REMINDER * * In 2013 we will be launching our New Academy E-Newsletter. We have re-designed the content and layout and will no longer be printing hard copies for each student. Our full colour version of the e-newsletter will be available to view on our website as usual.

TABLE TENNIS Under 13 and Under 16 boys teams have won the district competition and progress to the team zone finals in Bradford.

Principal: Mr S L Allen BA NPQH

Another succesful start the year has meant that once again we have a great set of Young Designers in Year 8. After judging all the work by nominated students, four winners were selected and have received their awards.

We understand that some parents may still want a paper copy of the newsletter and ask you to contact the Academy office on 01283 239936 so we can arrange for a copy to be sent home.

DOVE CAMPUS Harehedge Lane, Burton upon Trent DE13 0AS Telephone: 01283 239961 Fax: 01283 239971

TRENT CAMPUS St Maryʼs Drive, Burton upon Trent DE13 0LL Telephone: 01283 239936 Fax: 01283 239950

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Communiqué 67