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Gymnasts win place in National Finals Knutsford Academy entered teams into the UK Schools floor and vault regional competition for the first time on January 15th and came home having exceeded everybody’s expectations. Over the past eight weeks Ruth Chapman, of Gymfinity Gymnastics, has offered Gymnastic training to a group of eight students at U13 and U16. This group of seven girls and one boy competed on behalf of the Academy with the U13s coming in 1st place and winning a place for the Academy at the National Finals in March. The U16s were in a very strong group with seventeen schools represented which makes their achievement of 3rd place all the more fantastic. The U16s were represented by Millie Marshall, Bronwen Snook, Angharad Snook and Esme Grainger.

U13’s Mixed Winners

Sammy Rogers. Again they were up against a strong group, with significantly more experience of competing at this level. They started brightly with precise and well executed vaults, followed by three superb floor routines which allowed each of the gymnasts to show some of their personality. “The U16s This was rounded off by a group floor were in a piece which secured them first place very strong and a trip to the finals in March.

Their group was extremely tough and included last year’s regional and national champions. All four girls were a credit to the Academy with outstanding vaults, individual group with floor routines which had a higher Ruth Chapman was overjoyed by degree of individual freedom and seventeen the level of performance from the artistic interpretation than some of schools” students and complimented them the other competitors and finished on their hard work. She said “we have been off with a very strong group floor routine. working for three hours after school on The girls were placed in 3rd place overall, Monday and Tuesday evenings to write and just 0.4 off a second place silver medal. They teach the students their routines. They have should be very proud of their achievement. been keen to learn and desperate to do well, and I am really pleased that this has been The U13s were represented by Georgia Ban recognised today” Murray, Louis Thomas, Sarah Healey and

BEXTON SCHOOL also had a group of seven pupils under Ruth’s guidance, who were outstanding, winning first place and securing a trip to the finals in March. The students trained alongside the Knutsford Academy squad in preparation for the regionals.

Knutsford Academy Gymnastics squad


Success Matters

Ground breaking development Kevin Hollins Head of Knutsford Academy Trust

New beginnings are always exciting! The Community Matters magazine is our latest new venture, and one of which I am very proud.

Local MP and Chancellor George Osborne visited the Academy on Tuesday 27th January to officially start the building of the new Studio School. Breaking the ground with George Osborne were Kevin Hollins, Nicola Hall (Studio School Headteacher Designate) and Bob Armstrong (Chair of the Board of Governors).

Kevin Hollins said “We are fortunate to have George Osborne as our local MP. He has been extremely supportive and we thank him for taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit us today”. The building work is due to be completed in August ready for the start of the new school year. To watch the development of the new building please visit our live webcam on the Studio School website.

It presents to our community a sense of the high academic standards in our Academy, but also the attention paid to promoting the broader development of students through the wide range of opportunities offered. The magazine profiles our Studio School, which is a further new initiative. One of the lessons of history, however, is that when change occurs there is also a great deal of continuity. The Studio is part of our academic offer but existing programmes based upon traditional academic subjects remain the bedrock of our provision, as reflected in the pages which follow. I hope you enjoy the magazine. It is very much a co-production by students and staff and this too reflects what we have always stood for.

This edition is sponsored by Richmond Sports Coaching

COUNTDOWN We are now counting down to the exciting opening of The Studio in six months time; “all systems go” to ensure that we are ready to open and provide our students with incredible learning opportunities. Here are the features of our school that we are currently planning... From March 2014 to September 2014 • On-going marketing plan and recruitment of students at years 10 and 12 • Development of detailed projects with our employer partners • Signing up more work experience partners


• Shaping our timetable and the Studio calendar • Intensive staff and student induction programmes • Recruitment of personal coaches • Building our amazing new facilities and installing cutting edge digital technology Keep checking our website www. for progress of the new building and news.

Success Matters

Sixth form University Success The vast majority of our Sixth Form students go on to university – which is not a surprise given the support they receive throughout their time in the Sixth Form! The journey begins in January when university speakers are invited into the Sixth Form to provide Year 12 students with an introductory insight into Higher Education. Students also attend various Higher Education Conventions and Conferences including ‘Design your Future’ and ‘Med-Link’ in order to gain further information about the types and range of courses offered by universities. Potential Oxbridge applicants are supported both internally by experienced tutors and externally through attendance at a series of events designed to prepare them thoroughly for the application and interview process. These include the Haydock Conference in March and the Oxbridge Head Start Day, an intensive one day course which is led by tutors from Oxford and Cambridge. The Sixth Form runs an Investigations Week in the summer term of the Lower Sixth year, which provides students with a thorough grasp of all the different aspects of Higher Education including Student Finance, Personal Statements, Studying Abroad and the UCAS Tariff. The Post-18 Pathways Evening provides another opportunity for both parents and students to gather additional information on both the Higher Education and Employment/ Apprenticeship routes. In Year 13, a specialised and experienced team of Personal Tutors provide students with personalised support and, in conjunction with the careers department, guide students through the application process to ensure that applications, personal statements and reference material are of the highest quality. The Head of Sixth Form also provides substantial support to the tutor team and offers additional assistance to students in order to provide them with the best chance of gaining a place on competitive courses and institutions.

Meet Emily - Brasenose College, Oxford.

the practical side of biochemistry study and helped me realise the importance of accurate data analysis.

‘The culture of support amongst the staff was invaluable to me in my development as a young adult. Strong focus on developing a broad range of skills both academically and as an individual allowed me to enjoy my time at Knutsford by achieving in and out of lessons. The staff enabled me to achieve my full potential academically and stretched me regularly to allow me to increase my chances. The confidence in my abilities instilled by the Academy has been essential to entering a new stage of education and the strong focus on achievement at the Academy has made me appreciate the vast opportunities with which I am now presented’.

Meet Katherine Adams

A sample of this years students With so many university applicants awaiting their fate in August, there will once again be a buzz around the Academy on results day. We look forward to another year of successful university entries and outstanding achievement to enable our students to embark upon their exciting futures.

As a Lowry Young Actors member, I have opportunities to write, direct and act. My exploration of a variety of theatre styles has included music theatre in school productions and physical theatre in a National Theatre Connections Play by Jim Cartwright. I have also acted in Bible sketches for holiday clubs, created an original piece for anti-bullying week and produced a courtroom drama to teach Year 7. I have shown leadership skills, responsibility and reliability when teaching young children in volunteer work at Sunday school and chairing school Christian Union meetings.

Employment Success Students opting for the Employment Pathway have received invaluable information, advice and guidance from the Careers Department. This support has led to apprenticeships or jobs with local businesses, including Barclays, Fishawack and Concert.

Meet Sam Costello

Meet Chris Butler

Over the summer I organised work experience at Nowgen, a biomedical research facility. I worked with a PhD student to plan and perform an experiment to isolate plant DNA from pollen grains in honey, amplify the DNA by PCR and analyse the results using gel electrophoresis. I learnt how a professional laboratory functions and how to operate specialised pieces of equipment. This reinforced my enthusiasm for

Chris joined the Concert Apprenticeship Scheme which provides employment opportunities for young people who are looking to gain real-life work experience, recognised qualifications and earn while they learn. Neil Hollands, Concert Managing Director, said: “We are delighted Chris has joined Concert in this landmark year. He has only been here a short time but he is already proving to be a fantastic addition to the team.”

A sample of last year’s success With such a broad range of talent every year, it is no surprise that our students go on to achieve great success. Last year’s cohort were no exception, with students going to some outstanding universities all around the country.

Emily Lunnon - Oxford (PPE) Harry Barker - (Deferred to Medicine) Sam Stephenson - Kings College London (Maths & Philosophy) George Edmondson - UCL (Philosophy) Toby Smith - Durham (Philosophy) Megan Evans - Nottingham (Physics)


Studio Matters

Broadcast Media Pathway Broadcast media is a dynamic, creative and innovative strand in TheStudio@ Knutsford – helping students gain and build the skillset necessary to be successful in this competitive and growing industry. Students who have ever dreamed of being the next big movie director or producer or creating a hit TV show of the future will love this creative pathway! Those who want to learn more about camera work, audio production, filming and editing will get to experience all the technical aspects of the world of media. Students will combine a traditional academic qualification (GCSE and A Level Media Studies) with the opportunity to gain an Industry Standard Qualification as part of the ‘Academic Plus’ offer. The Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Premiere is a software package that professionals use to edit moving image pieces. This will help students gain experience in planning, filming and editing a range of texts such as music videos, television

Clare Turner, Head of Media advertisements and movie trailers. Studies said, “Students will really There will be opportunities to work enjoy the exciting opportunity to with our business partners such as “Students...really work closely with professionals Key 103, Futureworks School of enjoy the exciting in the broadcast media. This is Media or The Sport Business to opportunity” central to the vision of TheStudio@ create broadcast media pieces for Knutsford where all learners will be a real, professional audienceand to able to apply their skills to real life situations and gain journalistic experience in filming in a variety communicate with people working in industry.” of sites.

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Design Pathway

would like to commission a new display in the men’s department in time for Christmas 2014. Students will be expected to carry out in depth research and produce a piece of visual work from one of the multi-disciplinary areas.

The emphasis within the Design pathway is “learning by doing”, so students will be able to create imaginative, intuitive solutions for real life industry developed design briefs set by professionals.

Head of Art Miss Rigby is excited by the new venture “The Design Pathway gives students a fantastic and unique opportunity to work as artists and designers would in the real world. The combination of using exciting digital technologies and working alongside real life business partners to produce imaginative commercial work is an experience that cannot be missed”.

Using exciting digital technologies, including laser cutting and 3D laser printing technologies, Adobe software and 2D and 3D media, students will be given the opportunity to develop and explore their creative minds. Every good company realises that creativity and good design are important factors in generating new business, so students will work alongside local business partners as an artist or designer to resolve briefs and provide ‘real world’ challenges toproduce exciting art work for their companies. Students

will experience contemporary client based work and also build a professional portfolio of work. Students will combine a traditional academic qualification (GCSE and A Level Art & Design) with the opportunity to gain an Industry Standard Qualification as part of the ‘Academic Plus’. At GCSE students will study Adobe Photoshop and at A Level students will study Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. There will be opportunities to work with arange of industry partners. This includes producingnew attractive window displays for the menswear department at Harvey Nichols.Harvey Nichols are famous for their creative window displays. The temporary nature of window display installations makes them excellent opportunities for experimental, conceptual design. London department stores always surprise with exceptionally good onesthat can almost be called art. A famous example of this was Harvey Nichols’ new series of displays originated from the theme “Everyday things”. Harvey Nichols Manchester

Computing Pathway

The advancements in technology are incredible, and computer science can unlock students’ potential and position them as the creators of the next technological innovation, ground breaking app or global reaching website.

GCSE students will study the MTA – Microsoft Technology Associate and at A Level students will study ITIL and PRINCE 2. Students are taught in context and this cannot be achieved without involving external speakers and engaging in visits to workplaces to see real technology companies developing real apps and games. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to work with a range of industry partners including Apadmi, an app development company whose portfolio include the X Factor app and BBC iPlayer Radioapp, Barclays and Springpad a social media company based in the USA.

Computer Science in the Studio is taught in context so students undertake learning which explores and relates to mobile phone app development, games In addition to this the University of Manchester, design and development, School of Computer Science will provide and website development. support by undergraduates and Students can take ownership “Throughout the provide the opportunity to attend of their learning and choose to and experience lectures with course students explore areas of personal interest. undergraduate students. will have the Students will combine a traditional opportunity to Head of Computing Andy Clarke academic qualification (GCSE points out that “Computing and A Level Computing) with the work with a is recognised nationally as an opportunity to gain an Industry range of industry industry crucial to the UKs Standard Qualification as part partners” advancement and prosperity. of the ‘Academic Plus’ offer. At

The Studio Knutsford recognises this and I’m thrilled to be able to offer our students fantastic unique opportunities and experiences through the Computing pathway to ready them for the future” COMMUNITY MATTERS | 5

Studio Matters

Performance Pathway This course is predominantly practical and suited to students interested in practical and active music making and the music industry. Students who enjoy playing an instrument or singing in any style, including classical, pop, rock, jazz, music theatre and many more and would like to perform, compose and learn more about music will find either course highly suitable for them. Students will combine a traditional academic qualification (GCSE or BTEC Level 2 Music, GCSE Drama OR GCSE Dance and A Level or BTEC Level 3 Music) with the opportunity to gain an Industry Standard Qualification as part of the ‘Academic Plus’ offer. The Logic Recording Level 1 at GCSE uses Mac computers and Logic Pro X software to learn about Music recording and post-production techniques such as recording and editing both audio and MIDI.

Students will also learn how to use audio effects, mixing and automation, as well as manipulating pitch and time. For the Level 2 at A Level students edit moving image pieces. This will help gain experience in planning, filming and editing a range of texts such as music videos, television advertisements and movie trailers. Working with experts in the industry (Orchard Studios, Futureworks and Manchester Midi School) students will be able to gain valuable experience and knowledge from people who are doing this in their everyday working life. To make the projects even more engaging, delivery and assessment of some of them will be shared with our industry partners to use their experience to create real life contexts. Head of Music Emma Wright is looking forward to the opportunities that it will bring. “I am excited about the Studio for a number of reasons. Firstly, I think it is essential that young people today develop the skills required by employers in a variety of industries. I, also, believe that we are in a digital age we should be preparing young people for digital industries as these will undoubtedly provide so many job opportunities and open many

Sport & Leisure Pathway The pathway will promote excellence in sports through participation at the highest level, and by providing students with real opportunities to gain experience and work in the industry. Students will have a choice of which course to study at GCSE (GCSE PE or BTEC Level 2) and A Level (A Level PE or BTEC level 3) as well as the opportunity to gain an Industry Standard Qualification as part of the ‘Academic Plus’ offer. At GCSE students will study the Prozone Level 1 and at A Level students will study VCTC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing. Through unique 6 | COMMUNITY MATTERS

industry partnerships with innovative market leading global businesses such as Prozone Sports, we will deliver a programme of academic leaning and practical performance which will allow students to experience their chosen sport in the context required to make it real and beneficial to their future success. Students will have the opportunity to act as match analysts for Manchester City Football Club youth teams, working alongside sports professionals to liaise with coaching staff and support staff. They will analyse and provide feedback and reports on live match data. We will ensure that we provide students with one to one mentoring and work experience opportunities giving them academic and practical experience, which is unrivalled in our region. We believe we are the only state school in the UK who are offering an excellence pathway across these four main sports (see Sports Matters for more information). Nikki

doorsof opportunity. This relates directly to the Logic Recording ISQs in the Performance Pathway as these are focused on the skills of recording, editing and mixing sound and the application of these skills”

Walsh Head of PE commented “The Studio School gives us a unique opportunity to use the world’s leading match analysis technology, only normally accessible to analysts in the industry. We are also delighted that students will enhance their prospects of future employment by achieving fully recognised qualifications in the world of health and fitness. This is an amazing time to be a PE & Sport student!”.

Performance Matters

Marching forwards

To allow a wider participation in music and performance the Academy has agreed a partnership with an American style Drum Corp who will provide music and dance instruction from September 2014. The emphasis is on music and dance, with competition throughout the summer in the UK and main land Europe for the marching corps. Members can choose to play the B Trumpet, a selection of marching percussion, front ensemble percussion instruments like the marimba or timpani drums, or they can be part of the visual with the colour guard who combine dance with flags and rifles. Chris Leigh, Director of Performance is excited about being able to add music performance into the Academy. The beauty of being part of this programme is that you do not need to have any music experience prior to joining, or even read music. All members are taught from scratch to read brass or percussion music and how to march. Our hope is that by taking part students will gain a love of music and will take this on to study at a higher level.

“An outstanding performance” Knutsford Academy is known and respected for its constantly high standard of performance of a variety of outstanding musicals.

Would you do the show again if you could?

This year Miss Mayne, Head of Drama, decided to take on the challenge of Les Miserables, which she calls: “one of the greatest musicals of all time’. It’s not just the extremely professional attitude of the cast members that bring such success to the shows, but the input of costume, lighting and sound and stage crew which ties the whole thing together. It would ‘literally not be possible without them all’.

Serena Brymer: Definitely! I absolutely loved every single moment; I didn’t want it to end!!

What did you most enjoy? Serena Brymer: ‘How professional it felt. You didn’t feel like you were performing for school, it felt as though you were part of a professional theatre company. You were treated like a respected actress and constantly encouraged in what you were doing. Stephen Sexton: Just the fact that I was given the opportunity to perform on stage and do what I love. Knutsford completely provided that for me and the fact that I had the advantage to do it with all of my best friends was more than I could ever have asked for.

Did you enjoy playing your character? Serena Brymer: Yes, because I enjoyed playing the interesting, and non-stereotypical female. I enjoyed playing a comedic role because it was something I wasn’t experienced in. I loved every moment of it!

Stephen Sexton: 100%, it was one of the best experiences of my life.

What’s good about Knutsford Academy? Knutsford Academy provided the chance for younger students from external, local primary schools to be cast in the younger roles within the production. Not only did this increase the authenticity of the performance, which is what Knutsford Academy are constantly aspiring to achieve. It was also extremely important and incredible to create a memory that will remain unforgettable for them! Knutsford Academy has produced phenomenal shows for many years now and they appear to be getting better and better. As one audience member pointed out “you became so engrossed within the show that you completely forgot that you were watching a school production”. I think that’s what makes our shows at Knutsford so outstanding, you can feel the energy and passion going into each performance and you just know how much each cast member is truly enjoying it.

Words by Grace Garvey

Drum Corps UK run a number of shows through the summer, where corps play in competition against each other. Shows are 10 minutes long and take place on a full size football field, with music played to accompany marching movement and dance.

On Sunday 27th April 2014 at 1.30pm, we will be holding an open day in the sports hall at the Academy, where students can come along and watch a short 6 minute marching performance followed by the chance to pick up an instrument and have a go. COMMUNITY MATTERS | 7

Achievement Matters

Years 7 & 8 As Head of Student Achievement for Year 7 and 8 work in partnership with parents and carers to help with the academic, social and emotional progress of all our students. The student services team made up of Form Tutors, Head of Student Services and Head of Inclusion Resource Base work tirelessly to monitor every child’s progress and provide them with emotional support.

Year 8 have responded positively in their job as role models for year 7, are engaging in the curriculum and extra-curricular activities and looking forward to making their option choices for Year 9 and the up and coming Year 8 parent’s evening. Collectively Year 7 and 8 have raised money for various charities and given their time in preparing and participating in charity events. They are a credit to themselves, an inspiration to us as staff and I look forward to observing their academic development during their time at Knutsford Academy. Words by Mrs S McCarthy

It is important in my role to monitor closely the progress of all pupils in Years 7 and 8 to ensure that academic achievement is taking place, pupils are rewarded and supported in the appropriate manner, and that parents feel included in their child’s education as much as possible.

Term 1 Winners Year 7 PLN – Georgia Ban-Murray, James Williams RFR – Natalie Healey, Scott Wilkie DBR – Millie Marshall, Lewis Baron, Joe Bergin LBG – Cerys Eddison, Rourke Walton MSN – Ruby Rowles, Finlay Rustage HAR – Amelia Howells, James Bamping

Year 8 CCL – Phoebe Millett, Peter Jackson SMN – Sophie MacKenzie, Freddie Crump RWN – Cassia Moinuddin, Courtney Adkinson, Luke Granger SDN – Amy Campbell, Sammy Rogers, Matthew Welton AJN – Renee Bell, Gleb Vinnychenko DBN – Katie Toft, Chloe Green, Ollie Bailey HRY – Mimi Skipper, Aidan Marsh

Year 7 have made an excellent transition with the support of their form tutors. They have just completed their first term at Knutsford Academy and are a credit to not only their primary schools, but their parents.

Year 9

suggestions that will impact on decisions at the school. We also have some students in the year

I really enjoy my role as Head group who are making impressions outside of of Student Achievement. school. Eleanor Twite has enjoyed numerous successes in athletics; Mikar Fisher is It allows me to get a rising tennis star and competes in to know students “It’s their regional, national and international from across the year toughest competition; and Sadie Olsen, plays group: the characters, decision yet football for Manchester City Girls and is a part of the national BMX achievers and talented but it’s also Academy! an exciting students... time”

The year group has settled into Upper School and members from each form have put themselves forward as council reps and have already made some good

Year 9 are currently in the process of making their final option choices for their GCSE subjects. It’s their toughest decision yet but it’s also an exciting time as this group of Year 9 students will be the first to have the opportunity to choose to be a part of The Studio at Knutsford and engage with new learning pathways. I’m confident that with the support and guidance of their excellent tutors they will make good decisions that will enable them to achieve all they want in their futures. Words by Chris Perry

Learning Centre Commendations

Humanities – Elizabeth Wakelin Performance – Will Buckley English – Saskia Davies Business – Millie Colman Smith Art & Design – Olivia Pickstock Science – Iona McGarvey Maths – Molly Field Languages – Lucy White

Most Merits

Chloe Wilkinson Elliot Norbury

Best LAP Score Iona McGarvey Jamie Griffiths


Achievement Matters

Year 10 In my role I oversee the progress of students and guide them to achieve the very best that they can in order to have a very positive start in life. The Year 10 students are currently undertaking the first year of their examination subjects. I am delighted to say that they have settled in well to their courses and with the help of a very professional, caring team of tutors, I anticipate great things from them. The Year 10’s are a kind, courteous group who display a great sense of humour and have a positive outlook on life. I look forward to the next 18 months with them and another year of great GCSE results!

Learning Centre Commendations Maths - Daniel Wilson English - Chloe Wolfenden Science - James Philpott Performance - Alistair Harrison Art - Alex Price Languages - Zach Lewis IT - James Gold

Attitude to Learning – for students that achieved EXCELLENT for their attitude Mike Kerr Oscar Edmundson Sophie Robinson Alex Young Words by Chris Harrison

Year 11 At the time of writing, Year 11 students have 13 weeks left before the start of their GCSE examinations, so they are in the ‘home straight’ of their time at the Academy. Consequently, it’s a busy time for my tutor team and I, as we continue to work with the students “We are in guiding, supporting and advising them during expecting this crucial time in their excellent academic career. Since results from they started their GCSE and BTEC courses, the them in the students have performed summer” well during the Year 10 and Mock examinations. Therefore, we are expecting excellent results from them in the summer.

Away from the classroom, the range of talent and ability in Year 11 has always impressed me and I enjoy hearing of their successes both in and out of school. From taking part in school productions to competing in international sporting events, I am proud of all their achievements. As the countdown to the exams continues, I am sure that the students will rise to meet the challenges ahead and beyond, and I look forward to celebrating with them on Results Day.

Learning Centre Commendations English - Mercedes Lavin Maths - McAlpha Chavan Science - Joe Dalzell Humanities - Bethan Norgrove Languages - Joseph Adams Business Studies and ICT - Rose Parkes Art and Design - Gwilym Rees Performance - Sarah Morgan

GCSE results day:

Thursday 21st August 2014 After school revision sessions are currently taking place. For more information contact

Words by Ray Fung All photographs in this section taken by Jenna Scott.


Extra Curricular Matters

Big Apple visit Every year Knutsford Academy provides the opportunity for sixth form students to go with their best friends and have the time of their lives in the incredible city of New York. Activities include, seeing four phenomenal Broadway shows, visiting the Rockefeller Centre and ice skating in Central Park. We also visit the Statue of Liberty and go to the top of the Empire State Building. The trip is extremely well organised; it is incredible the amount you can fit into 5 days! With another group of pupils going this February, I spoke to the previous students who went last year to express how amazing the trip is.

What was your favourite part of New York? All of it! Everything is so much bigger and better than you could imagine. The shows were phenomenal and they completely reinforced my desires to be a musical theatre performer. Going to the top of the Empire State Building. We went at night so you could just see all the city lights, it was an incredible sight. I couldn’t choose! It was all amazing! Couldn’t have been a better experience. Going to Brooklyn Bridge! It was absolutely hilarious; it was so windy we all had to run down it together! Words by Grace Garvey

Memories to last a lifetime Knutsford Academy is proud to offer the programme that’s an adventure from beginning to end. The Duke of Edinburgh gives you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. You will make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime. As a school we offer the award at all 3 levels, the Bronze award starts in year 9, Silver in year 10 with the expedition section at the start of year 11 and the Gold award in year 12 with the expedition at the end of year 13 after the exams. The award relies on both school support, led by Dave Middleton, and independent organisation from the students. The skill section encourages students to learn a new skill for example knitting, cooking, playing a musical instrument or refining a sporting skill. The physical section can be used to get fitter for the expedition or continue to show commitment to regular physical activity. The volunteering section requires the students to put something back into the community by giving over an hour a week as a minimum to a charity or a neighbour. Lastly the expedition takes place over a few days and students are self-sufficient with food, clothing, tents, stoves and anything else you need to survive for the set amount of time walking and camping.

Words by Dave Middleton


Academy Matters - Lower School

Project based learning What a day the 17th December was - Go-Go Dancers, Popcorn, Rioting Miners and a Dalek! But hold on a minute, let’s roll back the clock to September… Each class in Year 8 were given a decade of the twentieth century from the 20s to the 80s. There was much discussion, teams were looking at the technology of the time, sporting legends and how people dressed to help create artefacts that represented the decade. There was much discussion, teams looking at the technology of the time, sporting legends and how people dressed.

learning, and real-world centred activities. As the students were creating an exhibition themselves in school it was a great chance for them to be able to learn about how a display is put together to be interesting, intriguing and informative at the same time. The students enjoyed the opportunity to explore the museum in groups; finding artefacts relevant to their decade whilst also considering the grouping of objects and facts made this a very beneficial visit.”

So, on the day we had 1920s, the invention of popcorn; the 30s-flappers and the first world cup; the 40s-a scary looking tank and the postwar catwalk; the 50s-fashion and television; the 60s-Doctor Who and a Dalek; the 70s- vinyl music and computer games; the 80s-Maggie Thatcher and the Miners! And the winner... it was very close... but the winner was 8RWN with the 1930s!

Words by Alec Midgely

In November a trip was organised to the Museum of Science to see how the professionals did it. Over to Miss Rockley: “The chance to take all of Year 8 to MOSI was a fantastic experience as we aim at Lower School to build up the students’ experience of project based

Emily Coggin’s report on the MOSI trip The main aim of this trip was to find an exciting and exotic way to exhibit our ‘Battle of the Decades’ work. After arriving, a member of the museum staff explained the history of science and the role it played in the expansion of industry, and told us about the sort of things we could expect to find in each of the exhibits. Throughout the morning, we explored the museum looking at all the exhibits and taking pictures of the most interesting pieces of work. It was fun because we were able to walk around the museum freely, looking at the work that fascinated us the most. When we got back to school we worked on our decade project applying all the new, thrilling ideas we had absorbed from the museum trip.

Athletic sporting success

Words by Rachel Ince

On Thursday 30th January Mrs Ince and Mr Martin had the pleasure of taking a Year 7 team to Poynton High School to represent the Academy at Sports Hall Athletics. The events covers short sprints, longer races, relay races, jumps, shot putt and speed bounce. All students enjoyed their competitions and were very tired from their efforts. A very impressive result was from Drew Woolfenden who managed 78 speed bounce in 40 seconds – amazing! The girls finished 6th overall and, with a great effort in the last relay race, the boys WON and will now represent Macclesfield and District in the Cheshire Finals in March. COMMUNITY MATTERS | 11

Academy Matters - Upper School

GCSE students at Poetry Live As part of our continued focus on driving up GCSE English results a group of 100 Year 11 students attended the Poetry Live event at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. This is part of the revision programme for their forthcoming English Literature GCSE examination. Events such as this support the extensive revision programme which the English Learning Centre offers to students within the Academy. GCSE Poetry Live aims to bring the required poems for study to life through performances, readings and question and answer sessions with the poets themselves and workshops from the examining board. Students were privileged to hear from the likes of poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and Huddersfield poet, Simon Armitage as well as an entertaining rendition from Caribbean-born John Agard.

Each student received a study book with commentary on the poems and examination tips. This left the students enthusiastic about the revision required over the coming months!

Words by Chris Parr

Unilever lead GCSE Food Tech workshop Tim Zawada, a development chef from Unilever, visited our GCSE Food Tech class to give them a workshop on nutrition and the importance of eating healthily. The session was designed to give students a better understanding of healthy nutrition and how to make healthy food choices, both in terms of the ingredients that they choose when completing practical work. 8 students were asked to help Tim with some cooking, and made scones and sponge cakes using both butter and low fat alternatives. Students were then able to blind taste these products, as well as lemon drizzle cake and brownies, to see if they could 12 | COMMUNITY MATTERS

identify which was the lower fat one. Most of us couldn’t tell the difference, and many students may be replacing butter in their baking in the future. Whilst the cakes were baking, the students had a talk from Steph Hall, a nutritionist from Chartwell’s. Steph recapped all of the healthy eating guidelines that we should all be following and asked for input from students about why these were important. Students also had the opportunity to look at the fat and sugar content of some popular snack foods and fizzy drinks. Some were very shocked about the amount of sugar in a bottle of coke! Words by Nicola Newell

Academy Matters - Sixth Form

Deloitte employability Sixth form student graduation awards We are all aware of the growing concern from employers that young people lack the necessary skills to be successful in the workplace. With this in mind sixth form students at Knutsford Academy have embarked on a brand new qualification endorsed by a successful multinational business. The DELOITTE EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS qualification gives students an opportunity to develop skills and qualities needed in the workplace as well as teaching them about rules and regulations they can expect on a daily basis. It also enables them to develop their interview skills – which in today’s climate will be essential in helping them stand out from the crowd! Following a successful 18 months of study, which included mock interviews with local businesses Manchester Airport, Barclays, Booths, SameDay plc, Delamere Dairy and Paul Moonan, students delivered the final business pitch in December. The standard was outstanding helping make it a realistic competitive event – with 3 deserving winners;

Every student involved in the course made excellent progress and showed the benefits of teaching them the employability skills to help them in the future. From office simulations to target setting, students were able to spend time reflecting on their current strengths and weaknesses to help develop these ready for what lies ahead. At the graduation in December there were a number of students who were given a Special Achievement Award for recognition of their exceptional attitude; Sophie Batchelor Jessica Wright Alicia Buckley Christie Harding Rhona Kerr Charlotte Hotchin Rachel Berry Hannah McNicholls Tom Roberts

Manchester City of Culture – Peter Keeble, Connor Warburton, Jake Dennerly Jones, Sam Hawkins, Tyler Longworth. (Pictured). Youth Festival at Tatton – Alicia Buckley, Charlotte Hotchin and Rebecca Jamison. Valedictory at Concorde – Sophie Batchelor, Tom Elton, James Hall.

Words by Nicola Martin

Ben Barrett Rebecca Jamison Jake Dennerly Jones Joe Berrisford Sam Hawkins Sarah Duckworth Ben Barrett Tyler Longworth Peter Keeble

English Literature: Lydia Parr, James Spruce English Literature & Language: Rachel Smith, Katie Smith English Language: Orlagh Ementon-Shaw, Tom Roberts Media Studies: Sophie Drape, Carissa Weatherby Mathematics: Cara Armstrong, Becca Jamison Further Maths: Charlie Parker, Peter Keeble Biology: Lydia Parr, Alicia Buckley Chemistry: Cara Armstrong, Tom Chalker Physics: Zoe Adams, Rhona Kerr French: Lola Abbas-Silvera, Patrick Smith German: Phil Benson History Conflict: Olivia Weatherby, Molly Deegan, Joseph Berrisford History Ideology: Laura Hughes, Sarah Duckworth Geography: Lydia Parr, Joe Crofton Philosophy & Ethics: Laura Hughes, Greg Mather Psychology: George Franklin, Greg Mather Sociology: Zac Crees, Nicole Ellis Politics: Chris Corteen-Allen, Connor Dorrell-Shepherd BTEC Business: Hannah Gates, Jake Denerley-Jones Business Studies: Jacob Potts, Luke Jones ICT: James Harris, Sophie Batchelor Applied ICT: Tyler Longworth Economics: Zac Crees, Rebecca Jamison Fine Art: Ellie Yarwood, Charlotte Harmsworth Design: Louis Estherby, John Coulson Graphics: Charlotte Bailey, Hannah McNicholls Photography: Charlotte Rudd, Jenna Scott Textiles: Katharine Field, Olivia Tarbuck Food, Nutrition & Health: Courtney Bashford, Abbey Woods Drama & Theatre Studies: Molly Deegan, Katherine Adams Music Theatre: Carissa Weatherby Dance: Olivia Weatherby, Sam Costello Music: Theo Wall BTEC Music (performance): Charlotte Bailey, Holly Cooper Sports & Physical Education: Adam Lawrence, Sam Bruce BTEC Sport: Bethan Murray, Billie Hopley EPQ: Sarah Duckworth Deloitte: Holly Robinson, Jessica Wright BTEC Health & Social Care: Hannah Gates If you would like to dicuss joining our high achieving and vibrant Sixth form community please contact Sarah Kirkham:


Sport Matters

Achieving excellence in practical performance Athletics

Thursday Core Fitness Friday Industry Standard Qualification Saturday & Sunday Track & Field competition

From September 2014 we will offer full time Athletics excellence through a partnership with Diane & Vicente Modahl. Diane is a four-time Olympian and Commonwealth Gold medalist who will work alongside Vicente who is a world-renowned coach, having experience with a number of international athletes over a long career. The programme will involve the delivery of specialist training to ensure athletics scholars cover all the aspects required to excel in their specific discipline.

Athletics events: Sprints & Hurdles Middle & Long Distance Jumps Throw

Sports Programme: Sprint & speed Resistance sessions Endurance & interval sessions Bounding & plyometric sessions Circuits & weight sessions

Sample Week Monday – Friday 8.40am – 3pm Academic study & training

‘Academic Plus’ 3pm – 5pm Monday Psychology in Sport Tuesday Performance Training Wednesday Industry Standard Qualification


The programme will also involve regular school and club competitions during the week and at weekends, with links through to UK Athletics to ensure progression for athletes and coaching staff.


This is delivered along side a strong academic offering at GCSE and A level, coupled with a unique sports analysis qualification, which has been developed, by Prozone, Liverpool John Moores University and the PE staff at Knutsford Academy. The students at the Studio School will be the only people in the UK who are able to learn and gain recognised qualifications and experience of sports analysis outside of a university degree programme. Practical experience of this will be applied through work experience at Manchester City FC who are a partner.

The football programme has been in operation for three years and has existing links through to professional clubs such as Preston North End, as well as successful partnerships with Hyde FC & Macclesfield Town FC in the Conference League. Our staff have over 70 years experience in the professional game as players and academy managers. Over the past three years we have managed to gain contracts for several players at Conference level and at step 4 & 5 of the semi professional game. For the coming year we will be running a full time reserve team at U19s in the Lancashire League, an U19s team playing on Wednesdays in the Conference Youth League as well as two U18s youth teams and two U17s teams in the North West Youth Alliance. The Football programme is designed and delivered by A and B license coaches who run the programme on the same lines as a professional academy, with scholars expected to train and play up to 15 hours per week.

The programme will involve the delivery of specialist training to ensure Scholars cover all the aspects required to excel in their specific discipline as either a player, or a coach

Sample Week Monday – Friday 8.40am – 3pm Academic study & training

‘Academic Plus’ 3pm – 5pm Monday Industry Standard Qualification Tuesday Phase of play work Wednesday Conference Youth games Thursday Industry Standard Qualification Friday Game set up Saturday Elite youth football 11am kick off, Mens football 3pm Sunday Youth Team Football 2pm kick off

Sport Matters Gymnastics

two hour sessions per week built into their timetable, which will include 2 x training sessions and 3 x development work and industry standard qualifications.


These qualification will provide exit routes into the professional game and employment. All coaches leading sessions will be RFU level two qualified as a minimum. We will move and play fixtures on a Saturday to bring us more in line with traditional rugby schools. We will introduce specialist coaches from Sale FC and as well as RFU coaching staff, with additional training camps & academies using all of the facilities at our disposal.

The Academy Trust has agreed a partnership with Ruth Chapman and Gymfinity Gymnastics. This will allow us, from September 2014, to deliver a full time Gymnastics programme at the Academy/Studio providing an excellence programme with links to Gymfinity gymnastics, British Gymnastics and local clubs within the North West. Over the past eight weeks, Ruth has offered Gymnastics training to a group of eight students at U13 and U16, who competed on behalf of the Academy in the UK Schools Floor & Vault regional competition on Saturday 15th January, finishing first and third in their age groups respectively. Ruth also coached a group of seven year six students from Bexton Primary who won their age group. Our main focus will be on recruitment at year 7, with the aim off recruiting a form of 25 students each year with the group staying together through the school, moving to the Studio School in year 10. Existing Knutsford Academy students will have the benefit of the full time Gymnastics coaching available as well as the enhanced facilities. We expect the profile of the Gymnastics programme will rise once we compete regularly in regional and national schools competitions. This will undoubtedly attract new students at all key admission years 7, 10 & 12.

Training Between 9-3pm students will receive in timetable sessions (Year 10-11). Between 3-5pm students will have five

Competitive Fixtures

From September 2014 we will offer a full time rugby programme at the Academy/Studio with a view to delivering an excellence programme with links to semi professional and professional rugby union clubs within the North West. We will enhance the excellent coaching work already delivered by the PE staff under the guidance of Mr. Acton through a partnership with TryRugby and Michael Jefferson of Sale FC. As part of the Rugby excellence programme, TryRugby have secured the coaching talents of Phil Mackenzie whose experience will be a great asset to the programme. Phil Mackenzie is a Canadian International winger who is currently signed to Sale Sharks. It is expected that Phil will appear for Canada in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Phil is a level 2 qualified coach. We will introduce year round rugby to Year 10 through to 13. This will be inclusive of both the Studio School students and the College students. This will include a full pre-season programme run through the summer, a programme of Saturday fixtures (running full time from Sept 2015) and post-season recovery and treatment. Prozone (Rugby) analytical software will be uniquely supplied to the students in the Studio School, with all Sport & Leisure pathway students taking qualifications at Level 1 and Level 2 in the use and delivery of the software as well as in sports analysis techniques.

Saturday 8th March v Ambrose Saturday 29th March v Sale FC Saturday 26th April v Kings School Saturday 10th May v TBC

Sample Week

Monday – Friday 8.40am – 3pm Academic study & training

‘Academic Plus’ 3pm – 5pm Monday Training session Tuesday Industry Standard Qualification Wednesday Competitive Fixture Thursday Gym & Match Day preparation/tactical meeting Friday Industry Standard Qualification Michael Jefferson will support the programme by coaching up to 18 hours per week during practical sessions as well as delivering the progression links and Saturday rugby programmeme. The rugby programme will also offer strength & conditioning, physiotherapy, plyometric training which will all be delivered by the multi discipline specialist staff within the Sport & Leisure pathway.

Words by Mark Worthington


Charity Matters

Iron Man of Knutsford On July 20th at 6am I will be on the start line, floating in the water ready to start the 2014 Ironman UK triathlon. It is a 140.7 mile race over three disciplines. 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.3 mile run all in one go. Most people who know what I am doing think I am mad for taking on such a challenge and to be honest I think you have to be to do it. I was inspired to take part in the Ironman by fellow teachers Mr P Lynn and Mr N Gillon who have both completed the gruelling challenge. They are both very enthusiastic about their sport and that has rubbed off on me, so much so that I am following in their footsteps. Being a part of ‘Knutsford Triathlon Club’ has helped massively with training, support and just being around like minded people. As a club there is a variety of abilities but no matter what level everyone is made to feel welcome. Although I am doing the Ironman for myself as my own challenge I am also raising money for ‘The Christie’. The Christie is the leading expert in cancer care, research and education.

PE Teacher David Middleton-Egan

They have been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for over 100 years and remain committed to helping all those affected by cancer both now and in the future.

I am excited and nervous about the challenge ahead but I have my targets to aim for and my goals to achieve so with good planning I hope to succeed in becoming the 3rd Ironman at Knutsford Academy.

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