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Sport Matters


Diane and Vicente Modahl are gearing to lead the athletics programme at TheStudio@ Knutsford. With extensive experience within athletics, Diane a former Olympic athlete and Vicente an Olympic coach, they are excited to work with the students. “It is our vision to develop athletics to a very high standard at TheStudio@Knutsford. The school has shown great vision and determination to work with us and we are here to stay long term. We also would like to work with the school to secure the new fantastic athletics facilities planned, it would be a centre of excellence both during school hours and after school. The athletics program is unique in Britain, it breaks new ground and will develop not only the next top athletes, but the next leaders, coaches and officials to our sport. England Athletics will work closely with us to make 24 | COMMUNITY MATTERS


Student success in Magistrate competition

The team, having came first place in the regional finals were representing the North West against all the regions and including Scotland and Wales. The standard was incredibly high with most schools having purpose built gymnastics centres attached and elite gymnasts in the squad however the team performed brilliantly and came in at 3rd place representing the North West! This was a fantastic achievement and was an excellent reward to all those involved who have worked so hard in training to achieve such success. 



On Friday 7th March Knutsford Academy mixed gymnastics team Sammy Rogers, Georgia Murray, Louis Thomas and Sarah Healey travelled to the National School Gymnastics Championships at Stoke on Trent.

The success was followed by the younger girls from Gymfinity at the Cheshire and Merseyside Gymnastics Championships. The grade 14 girls came in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th meaning that for the first time in history one club makes up the Cheshire and Merseyside county team! In grade 13 Emma Routs achieved 2nd place and in grade 12 Milana Marsten Taylor also achieved 2nd place both making the Cheshire and Merseyside county team too.


sure the students has a clear pathway within athletics and sport in general, and the exiting prospects of Prozone developing athletics is for us very exciting. Both Diane and I cannot wait to start the work this Autumn, we hope to see many students signing up for the program” The athletics program is unique in Britain. It breaks new ground and will develop not only the next top athletes, but also the next leaders, coaches and officials to our sport with the full support of England Athletics who will work closely with us to make sure the students have a clear pathway within athletics. Both Diane and I cannot wait to start the work this autumn, and we hope to see many students signing up for the program”

RUGBY FOUNDATIONS ALREADY IN PLACE Following the announcement of the Rugby excellence program I am delighted with the response from the current playing students towards the future program.

we arranged a specific fixture with Sale U16; this not only offered a chance for students to play in a professional stadium but was the first step on the journey of working in and alongside a professional club system. This allowed some students to play their first competitive match outside of a school environment; they obviously enjoyed the experience as the game was a great success with some excellent skills and ability being shown by both teams. From this game we have been able to identify areas of immediate improvement and these will be used to offer a collective but more importantly individual strategy moving forward. Already personal assessments have begun to identify individual needs for example, understanding of the game, personal objectives and requirements from the program, outside club rugby involvement to name a few.

This has been shown in regular well attended training sessions and by playing four fixtures. From the games played we have won two and lost two, the results and performance offering great potential moving forward.

This level of involvement and commitment by all involved has filtered around the school and rugby community. We are delighted to have received an excellent level of interest in the programme as well as confirmed applications; this allows for a full team programme for the forthcoming season and confirms the exciting opportunity available within the rugby excellence programme.

To give an insight as to how the program will be run and the principles behind it,

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The Citizenship Foundation’s Magistrates Court Mock Trial is a National competition led in school by the English Department. Knutsford Academy triumphed over Cheshire East schools, with a unanimous win awarded by the judges, putting us throughtotheregionalcompetition in May. In December the students took on their roles and received the case that they were to perform in court. The case consists of five witness statements, which the students playing Competition winners with Mrs Bond and Miss Rockley the defendant and witnesses must learn by day were Ben Moser and Kassandra Thomas, heart for when they are questioned and crosswho delivered a stellar examined in court. These witness performance and successfully statements are all the two defence “Becky Lynes proved that the defendant was lawyers and two prosecution was praised not guilty. They were supported lawyers are given to build their case by excellent witness performances on. They had to craft opening and for her very from both Joanna herself, and Iona closing speeches and questions for natural McGarvey as Jaz Henry’s employer, both the prosecution and defence performance Sal Mineo. Our court usher, case. The twelve students involved and excellent Elizabeth Wakelin, kept everyone completed all of this preparation in in order and also ensured respect their own time, using lunch breaks delivery” for our three magistrates, Emily and after school sessions to prepare Podmore, Georgia Francis and Iwan Rees. and rehearse. The magistrates were the only students who were involved in both cases, going out to On the day, half of our team were involved deliberate with other school’s representatives in acting out the prosecution case, with the and a lead magistrate from Crewe. other six students defending in the second case. This year we defended against Poynton In our second case, the prosecution lawyers High School and prosecuted against Hartford (Catherine Brown and Alex Deegan) had C of E High School. to prove that Jaz Henry from Hartford had received the goods with either knowledge The prepared case was The Crown vs Jaz or belief that they were stolen. Knutsford Henry, with the defendant (played by Joanna Academy achieved the incredible feat of being Henderson) accused of knowingly receiving a the only school in our heat to successfully stolen bicycle. Her defence lawyers on the

return a not guilty verdict. Both lawyers were commended for their excellent preparation and delivery, and the judges commented especially on Alex Deegan’s very challenging cross-examination questions. Becky Lynes and Iona McGarvey performed brilliantly as prosecution witnesses, with Iona competing in both cases due to Saskia Davies having to pull out with a shoulder injury the day before. Becky Lynes was praised for her very natural performance and excellent delivery, and was commended so highly that she won the outstanding individual performance for the whole heat. Leading the proceedings in the court room was our legal adviser, Lucy Wicks, whose confidence in her important role led to all legal proceedings being followed. Everyone has worked so hard for the last four months and we are so proud and pleased for all the students involved. Bring on the regionals! Words by Mrs Bond & Miss Rockley COMMUNITY MATTERS | 1

Experience Matters

Knutsford Matters

TheStudio@Knutsford is taking shape

Numerous trips have been organised to enhance the student’s extracurricular experiences. This includes the celebration of National Science Week, Manchester Airport work shadow event and an A Level English exam workshop – all featuring in this edition. The Academy has offered several trips abroad this year, including the recent ski trip to Montgenevre. Students enjoyed a great week with fantastic snow conditions and a trip to Italy for pizza! With the opening of TheStudio@ Knutsford approaching, A Level student interviews have been taking place and GCSE places allocated to both existing Academy students and external candidates. Exciting times are just around the corner for this cohort of students with work experience placements, industry standard qualifications and personal coaching. With the continued strong focus on academic success, more extracurricular opportunities just around the corner and the opening of TheStudio@Knutsford, the Academy really is an exciting place to be! 2 | COMMUNITY MATTERS

Manchester Airport lead work shadow event

Manchester Airport employs more than 19,000 people on their site and welcomes more than 22 million passengers every year. The new Enterprise Zone looks set to increase both these figures and is likely to be a major boost to the local economy in the near future.

Welcome to the second edition of Knutsford Academy Community Matters. This is a busy time at the Academy as students prepare for their GCSE and A Level exams. With support sessions across the school helping students hone their exam technique as well as the Year 11 Easter revision days, we hope to see an outstanding set of results this summer. The information and guidance offered within school has ensured that all students have a plan of action for their next step whether that be University, Apprenticeships or Employment.


On 20th March a group of year 10 Business and Deloitte students were given the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Manchester Airport and experience a range of job roles that they have on offer.

TheStudio@Knutsford building work on track with 17 weeks until handover

COUNTDOWN This is an exceptionally busy time for TheStudio@Knutsford now as we reach the last term before opening in September 2014. Our work comes under plenty of scrutiny over the next couple of months as we work to satisfy the quality of provision requirements of the Department for Education who conduct a series of readiness to open checks and of Ofsted with a pre-opening inspection window scheduled for after the next half term break. Our student recruitment hopes have been exceeded with the numbers of learners applying for places being extremely strong at both year 10 and year 12. A few places remain and we would love to speak to all parents and students from across the region who are keen to find out more. The Studio building programme being delivered to us by ISG is making great progress and the building is taking shape

with visible advancements being seen every day. I am absolutely sure that the innovative internal design, incredible range of digital technologies and modern environment will help our learners to thrive in a business like setting. I am extremely keen to talk to any prospective new business partners who may be interested in exploring ways of being involved with our innovative new school model. Your involvement can range from provision of student placements, to supporting the development and content of authentic projects to industry visits and input into the delivery of our Industry Standard Qualifications (ISQs). Please get in touch regarding any queries or to support us and follow us on twitter @StudioKnutsford to keep up to date with all our developments as they happen.

Words by Nicola Hall - Headteacher Designate

Employees at Manchester Airport gave students an insight into what their job involved as part of a work shadow initiative organised by the airport. These included the fire service, duty free, Emirates lounge, external engineering and airfield operations. This was an extremely valuable experience as it gave them the opportunity to see first hand what working at the airport involved, as well as being able to talk to employees about what they enjoyed about their jobs.

On Thursday 20th March I was selected to attend a Manchester Airport job shadowing day. There were many jobs to choose from, from working in Duty Free to the Fire Service to Airfield Operations. I chose to shadow the Airfield Operations team and was showed around by Steve Clouston, Senior Operations Manager.

This is part of an ongoing partnership that Knutsford Academy has with the airport. Other areas include entering Dragons’ Den, a year 9 enterprise competition, being part of their stall at the Cheshire Show and also their whole Human Resource department kindly helped with the year 13 interviews in November.

At the start of the day we made a short journey to security, where we had to be checked to get through to the Airfield. We then travelled on one of the taxi-ways besides the runway, code named taxi-way Juliet. We witnessed eight plane landings until we were granted permission to enter the main runway, Runway 1. They informed us that they were in one runway operations, meaning they only had Runway 1 open for Take-offs and Landings. We were then offered the amazing opportunity to visit the ATC Visual Control Room Tower, when we got to the top we were amazed at all of the hi-tech technology, and the view! At the end of the day we got the chance to tour the Emirates Airbus A380. We travelled through the whole of the plane, from Business Class, First Class, and Economy class and all the way to the Cockpit. Overall it was a fantastic experience and one to remember. I definitely have a job at Manchester Airport down as a future career! Words by David Fletcher.


Studio Matters

Studio Matters

Broadcast Media Pathway

Design Pathway

Students who are following the Broadcast Media Pathway in Year 10 have an exciting project awaiting them to kickstart their assessed GCSE portfolio work.

The Design Pathway will be working alongside Harvey Nichols to produce an eye catching retail display or visual for their store in Manchester with a contemporary or traditional Christmas theme

Students must complete an investigation into how a region is represented through sport in the media and then create a professional standard media product showcasing their understanding of the topic. Broadcast media’s links with industry partner The Sport Business mean that students will have the exciting opportunity to visit real sporting locations and personalities as part of their coursework. Students will record and edit their own sporting media products such as radio discussion shows, press conferences or interviews with sports personalities. The project will be led by Studio staff in collaboration with Dominic McGuiness,

a freelance reporter for the BBC and Talk Sport, who will advise the students on professional standards of interviewing and recording audio. A recent Sports Journalism Day at Knutsford Academy featuring a press conference with footballer Danny Higginbotham was a superb success, with students actively engaged with preparing for a live media event and communicating effectively in time pressured situations. Students were also responsible and recording and editing their audio productions to be made available for an online audience. This project is an excellent example of how students will be engaging with real life contextualised projects and industry partners to complete their academic programme of study. Understanding theoretical concepts

such as representation in the media will be enhanced extensively through working with media professionals to real deadlines. Students will also have a fantastic example of an industry standard media product to open their portfolio with, an essential component of what employers are looking for to differentiate candidates for job roles in an increasingly competitive market.

Words by Clare Turner

Retail displays are one of the most powerful tools used by retail establishments to increase sales and provide customers with a store identity. Window displays provide customers with a store’s first impression and may give a passerby, the desire to purchase. Therefore the quality of this is key – not only to capture the attention of customers, but also as it reflects the style and image of the shop. Students will be asked to produce their own visuals for an interior space or window display within the store. Their response must be enticing and convey a positive message by means of attraction that will promote the merchandise on offer and motivate their target audience to buy from

understand what is commercially viable. Students will develop vital skills and abilities to make a contribution to the creative industry as a practising artist or designer.

the store. They will begin by gathering market research into brands and trends before developing and refining their own designs for a personal response to the design brief. Students will use digital technologies and experiment within one of the areas of Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Photography: lens-based and light-based media, Textile Design or Three-Dimensional Design. Students will work to a budget and strict deadlines before pitching their ideas to the client where winning designs will be selected for display by the design team at Harvey Nichols. The work throughout the project will develop creative and technological competencies whilst also beginning to

Working with Harvey Nichols is a fantastic opportunity. This real life project brief will ensure that students experience work in the ‘real world’. Learning by doing within a contextualised project will motivate and inspire the students. Working alongside Harvey Nichols as an artist or designer, to resolve their design brief and produce exciting art work for their company will enable the development of their confidence in future projects, initiative and imagination valuable to many career routes.

Words by Katie Rigby

Computing Pathway

Performance Pathway

Students who are following the Computing Pathway have an exciting real life problem to solve as part of their GCSE project work.

One of the Performance projects, working alongside Orchard Studios, will focus on basic recording techniques which are used daily in all recording studios.

In collaboration with professional mentors from Barclays Global Technology Centre at Radbroke Hall, students in the Computing Pathway at GCSE will research, design and build a technological solution to a problem brief set by Barclays. With over 3000 employees working on site, finding a parking space at Radbroke Hall can be a real challenge and as such Barclays would like our students to investigate how a coded technical solution could streamline the process of arriving at work and immediately finding an available bay. 4 | COMMUNITY MATTERS

Students will need to work with the client to tease out the requirements before planning, developing and testing a working solution which could be based around a mobile app. In addition to the software engineering skills students will develop, they will also need to work effectively with a team and prepare a pitch to explain their solution that will be presented in front of a panel of management back at Radbroke Hall.

Words by Andrew Clarke

This includes how to create/edit audio and MIDI regions. Using these skills students will then be able produce a soundscape of a drum kit as their final product. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for students to see first hand the link between what they have learnt in the classroom and how this can be used in real life. Students will begin by recording a range of ‘real’ sounds they wish to use to represent each part of a drum kit. They will consider what types of sounds will produce good recordings

and provide good representations of each part of a drum kit. Then they will import these sounds into the Logic Pro X software and begin combining and layering sounds creatively. They will investigate various editing, looping and mixing techniques to produce the finished professional quality soundscape. Students will produce a digital audio portfolio of all stages of their work. They will share this during their pitch to Orchard Studios who will choose a winning soundscape to use as part of a backing for a recording session with the winning student. The Performance Pathway of the Studio School is really excited about all the projects being designed. We believe strongly in the advantage of preparing young people for digital sound and recording industry which provides many varied job opportunities. Words by Emma Wright COMMUNITY MATTERS | 5

Studio Matters

Performance Matters

Beswick Dancing Success Festival

Sport & Leisure Pathway The students on the Sport & Leisure pathway have an exciting opportunity to work with the latest in sport technology. Prozone currently provide extensive match analysis data for over 200 professional football clubs around the world and assist in the recruitment of performance analysts to provide support to these clubs. Students will begin to understand how performance analysis is used within the professional sports environment. This will be done through assessing physical data alongside technical and tactical information. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the technological processes that drive performance analysis.

This year the football excellence programme has grown and developed, offering a more rigorous academic pathway to students, along with greater opportunity to achieve excellence in practical performance Progression This year’s sixth form have all worked hard in their academic study and seven students have been accepted at the University of their choice in the UK and on American scholarships. We also have 30 boys who will complete their FA Level 2 qualification in May 2014, giving them a fantastic Industry Standard qualification and a foot on the ladder towards being a professional football coach.

Football All of the youth teams have achieved and grown this year. The 17s and 18s have had excellent seasons in the North West Youth Alliance league, with the two U18s teams both set to finish in the top six of the premier 6 | COMMUNITY MATTERS

Students will complete a project based qualification which will analyse ideas and technology that drive performance analysis. Students will familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of performance analysis and gain invaluable hands-on experience using one of the world’s leading performance analysis software packages. Projects will consist of developing interpersonal and presentational skills through preparing a scouting report for a ‘football manager’ through the analysis of individual player and team tactics of a selected opposition.

The annual Beswick Music Festival, held on Tuesday 4th March, was yet again a resounding success with some very difficult choices for the panel of judges! This report will be presented before a forthcoming match. Students will have the opportunity to explore Prozone’s MATCHVIEWER platform and learn to work with the data. Students will then create a post-match report from the selected match and compare and contrast their findings and deliver a report in small groups and whole class presentations. Words by Tom Horner

league as well as reaching the league Cup Final against Chester on the 4th May.

Success We have provided some outstanding opportunities to our Football Excellence players this year, with many boys moving up to play open aged men’s football at a very high level. HYDE FC play in the Conference Premier League - James Kirby, Damase Kiwanda, Josh Morrall, Adam Lawrence, Alex Weatherby, George Riley, Paul Reddy and Lee Gregory have all been involved with the squad this year and have made appearances in the league and cup during the season


Gibson (Salford City) Mike Hulse (Newcastle Town) Jamie Allen (Trafford FC) Christian Thewlis (Mossley) We have also seen four academy players on trial at Preston North End and expect at least one to be signed onto the extend scholarship program for the coming year.

Nearly one hundred students auditioned, showing a high level of musical talent and enthusiasm across all year groups, making the selection process extremely difficult. The finalists gave excellent performances, to an appreciative audience, in a variety of styles and on a wide selection of instruments. The adjudicators this year were Alastair McWilliam (Director of Music for Life), Ashley Thomas (Special Projects Manager for Music for Life) and Ruth Tickle (Private Instrumental Tutor). They thoroughly enjoyed the evening and found the task of choosing the winners in each category so difficult they decided to recognise the talent of an additional student through the ‘Adjudicators’ Award’. The 2014 winners: Most Promising Beginner - Leah Massam Junior Musician - Zoya Imtiaz Junior Vocalist - Laura Downes Ensemble Players - Jack Abbott, Adam Maxwell, Ben Squires, Mike Wilcock and Leo Willis Adjudicators’ Award - Adam Maxwell Composer - Jonathan Jamison Contemporary Musician - Anthony Jardine Senior Vocalist - Jake Phillips Senior Musician - Alistair Harrison Year 9 (Shorrocks Award) Adam Maxwell Year 13 (Wallace Rosebowl Award) Theo Wall

It is a pleasure to announce the successful applications of three of our A2 Dance students to prestigious college undergraduate programmes this year: Sam Costello – London School of Contemporary Dance Frankie Gerrard – Trinity Laban Amber Reynolds – AMDA Los Angeles USA

Lord of the Flies

The audition process for all three students was both rigorous and challenging. They have achieved outstanding results against a very competitive field of candidates both nationally and internationally. Each student was faced with intensive technique classes followed by improvisation and individual solos in their chosen style. In September Sam, Frankie and Amber will begin a new and exciting phase in their dance career. Head of Dance Lisa Scott is extremely proud of their achievements ‘I feel exceptionally privileged to have been a part of this journey. I wish them every success in the future and hope that one day we can witness their talents on a professional platform’.

In February this year Matthew Bourne and his dance company ‘New Adventures’ launched a National Theatre project to springboard boys’ interest and experience in dance. Bourne approached each of his major venues to hold auditions for boys ranging from aged 8-18 years to partake in performances as part his national tour of his new work Lord of the Flies. Jacob Roberts in Year 12, who is currently studying A Level Dance and is a student of the Centre of Advanced Training at the Lowry, decided to take the plunge and successfully auditioned for the Lowry’s run this April. Jacob is one of the oldest members of the boys’ newly appointed ensemble and began his training earlier in March during weekends. This is a tremendous achievement for Jacob as well as an exciting time in his young dance career.

ABBEY HEY FC play in the North West Counties Premier League and have been active in providing opportunity to players this year. Kieran Burrywood, George Riley, Adam Lawrence, Jamie Allen, Jack Mason, Josh Morrall, Alex Weatherby, Christian Travaglini and Luke Jones have all made appearances for the first team in the league and cup, on the clubs return to the premier league. We have also had success with Dom Marie (FC Halifax Town) Josh Croft (Witton Albion) Ryan

Words by Emma Wright

Words by Lisa Scott COMMUNITY MATTERS | 7

Experience Matters

Experience Matters

Stop the Employability Skills Clock Twice a year, in November and March, the regular timetable is suspended to focus on Personal, Social and Health Education in a dynamic and engaging way.

The ‘Stop the Clock’ programme, introduced in 2011, to deliver Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) includes a broad range of subjects. This includes drug education, sex education, citizenship, IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance for future option choices), preparation for employment (Deloitte), further & higher education advice as well as financial education. Here’s what they recently got up to in March.

Year 7 The year 7’s focus on global citizenship. Activities across the day look at areas such as the challenges of poverty, the importance of trade between nations and how supporting Fair Trade products can support the lives of people in the developing world.

Year 8 Year 8 students explored the area of Drugs education through a variety of educational games and workshops leading to students designing their own drugs educational game, focussing on the dilemmas faced by young adults.

Year 9 The Year 9’s day focused on personal safety and awareness. Workshops considered road safety, personal safety, healthy eating and challenging homophobia. All the workshops had a common theme in challenging the students to make positive choices be it the language they use, how much water they drink or whether or not they wear a bike helmet. 8 | COMMUNITY MATTERS

More than 900,000 young people are still unemployed and over 250, 000 young people have been unemployed for over a year. With this in mind the year 10 students worked on how they could improve their chances of employment through effective interview preparation.

The process began during Deloitte sessions where students selected a job to apply for. The next stage, preparation and research, was probably the biggest surprise to them all in terms of the work required before the actual interview! The worked on company research, general practice questions, preparing their own questions and planning specific examples to strengthen their answers. On the interview day employees from Barclays and Deloitte attended to interview the students and help give them real life experience of the nerves and anxiety they are likely to experience! Students were allocated an interview slot to attend and had to ensure that they were organised, arriving on time and well prepared. The buzz around the school, helped by how professional the students were, really added to the day with

The Deloitte Employability Qualification was introduced as part of the Professional School and to help set Knutsford Academy students apart from other young people in a competitive jobs market. Judging by the performance within the interviews, the future looks bright for these students!

out the gym equipment under the close supervision of their gym instructor and work away the stresses of the day.

Easter holidays. Students are working hard to achieve their potential and enjoy excellent results this summer

Linda Marshall of Fit4Life also kindly offered her services to show students the benefits of Pilates as a method to relax and work on their core strength and posture. The taster session was a great success and the students had a great time learning from an expert.

Sixth Form

Preparing for the summer exams Year 11

many students being told that they would definitely make the shortlist! The business partners really added value and helped students get a real life interview experience – to which many rose to the challenge! Organiser Nicola Martin commented ‘the way in which the students conducted themselves on the day was exceptional. Despite the nerves, they were extremely professional and dealt with the pressure really well. It was great that Barclays and Deloitte could support this event. It means a lot to students to get positive feedback from external partners – some of the students were over the moon with the comments that they received. Both the year 13 and year 10 event have been really successful and I hope that we can host many more in the future.’

Students were given help and guidance to prepare for their summer exams. This included Study Skills Workshops to help students experience a variety of revision technique and memorisation strategies. This helped provide students with lots of different methods that can be used across their exam subjects.

Worklife balance

They also attended study support sessions to help with areas that they required extra support to strengthen their position for their exams. Finally they were able to have a mentor session with their form tutor to help offer one to one support during this stressful time. This day compliments all the extra revision sessions every evening after school as well as the revision days within the

Year 12 students attended the UCAS Higher Education Conference in Manchester to help kick start their preparation for University and focus their thinking on the application process. This event provided students with the opportunity to explore the range of courses offered by Higher Education institutions and attend seminars including ‘Choosing What to Study and Where to Go’, ‘Student Life’ and ‘Student Finance’. This is just the beginning of the help and guidance process offered at Knutsford Academy in the continued drive to help students with informed choices for the future. With the end of their school life looming year 13 students engaged in a programme of independent living seminars. These encompassed a range of interactive sessions designed to strengthen students’ life skills and ability to survive away from home. Football Excellence Students enjoyed a theoretical and practical cooking session which emphasised the importance of diet and nutrition for optimum fitness! Study seminars were also included to aid revision for the forthcoming A-level examinations were also hosted throughout the day as part of the Academy’s continued drive to help students achieve success.

It can be hard to achieve at times but we all strive for a good work life balance! After a stressful day ‘at the office’ preparing their presentations and taking part in an interview the year 10’s also took part in activities designed to help them understand the importance of relaxing to avoid too much stress. Students selected an activity of their choice that included some relaxing options like sewing and board games to some more active options like roller skating courtesy of the Roller Club in Knutsford! Knutsford Leisure Centre also helped out by arranging water aerobics as well as a session in their gym. Students got a chance to try COMMUNITY MATTERS | 9

Lower School Matters

Science Matters

Science Week

Science Week

Big Bang Fair

To celebrate Science Week all students in Year 7 went to Chester Zoo.

In addition to the assembly, a group of Year 9 students also experienced the buzz and excitement of The Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham.

We had a fantastic day exploring the zoo, watching animals being fed and talking to zoo staff about the care of the animals. The baby elephant was a big hit as were the giraffes and meer cats! Students attended workshops throughout the day focusing on the adaptations of a number of animals to their environment. They also looked at several skulls and, in groups, tried to figure out whether the animals that they had were herbivores, omnivores or carnivores. They studied their teeth, location of their eyes (were they at the front of the head or the side?) and tried to work out what they ate. They then had a guess at the animals’ identity - some were easier to guess than others! The skulls turned out to be from the Caiman crocodile, squirrel monkey (surprisingly tiny!), a Jaguar and a tapir.

Year 9 Year 9 Students were exposed to a rare treat in a Science themed assembly during the spring term. A string quartet came to play some beautiful classical music clips as students watched a series of images on the big screen relating to the effects of global warming.

Year 8 Also as part of Science Week our year 8 students visited Magna. Following a breathtaking journey over the High Peaks, students arrived in Rotherham to visit the Science Adventure Centre and attend the ‘Kitchen Sink Show’. The ‘Kitchen Sink Show’ started out by looking at water pressure. The students watched in awe as the presenter made bigger and better rockets and propelled them across the room! He then set fire to a £10 note (donated by a very trusting Matthew McPake!) and because he had soaked the note in a mixture of meths and water it burned brightly but was undamaged: lucky for the generous student!

The keeper then led a discussion about camouflage and which animals see in colour and which see in black and white.

The finale was an explosive Coca Cola and Mentos experiment which resulted in a coke fountain which hit the ceiling. Becky Brookes, our willing volunteer, got a bit wet in the process!

Head of Science Karen Key was extremely positive about the day “This was a great opportunity for students to relate the work that we have covered in the classroom to the real world. It was brilliant to see the students engaging with the experts and discussing their ideas in groups to match the skulls to the animals. We had a brilliant day!”

The Adventure Centre contained areas entitled ‘Air’, ‘Water’ and ‘Fire’ and students had great fun getting hands on in each zone. The highlight for us all was the giant fire tornado in the ‘Fire’ area – this was breathtaking to watch. The Air pavilion contained lots of noisy exhibits where students explored waves and resonance and they made ‘smoke rings’. They pushed down


on a ring of steel and a doughnut of water vapour gently rolled upwards from the centre. Head of Physics Tim Swan said “This was a fantastic hands on trip for the students and a great opportunity to see Science come to life outside the classroom. It’s great when students get to see what they have learnt in their lessons in a different setting – as well as learn new exciting things!”

The musicians were amazing and the representative from Polar Explore answered questions at the end of the assembly on how he condensed a year’s worth of footage in to a 20 minute film. This certainly gave students a thought provoking insight in to the effects of global warming on the planet.

All articles by Karen Key

The Big Bang Fair celebrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics and offered an opportunity for our students to interact with and understand - at first hand - how they can make an impact on the world. There was a vast range of activities, shows and exhibits on offer, from building bridges out of chocolate to driving a Formula 1 car (simulation!). Through practical and fun activities students could see where their classroom subjects could lead and found out about the exciting opportunities available to them over the coming years. Students could talk with scientists and engineers about their jobs and begin to think about what science or engineering career might be right for them. The Big Bang Fair is fundamentally about careers and futures. For our students, it highlighted the exciting possibilities that exist for young people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics backgrounds and the contributions they might well be able to make in the future.

Inspiring Our Students

Knutsford Academy Science department continues to engage and inspire its students through outstanding teaching and extra curricular activities. This has led to outstanding GCSE results – within the top 20% schools in the UK and many students go on to study Science at University. Here is just one example of a student who has a passion for Science. My interest in science began from the very start of my time at Knutsford Academy. My first science teacher, Dr Britton, went further than just teaching me the content; he challenged my understanding and engaged me intellectually. From this point I took every science option available to me, including Physics, Chemistry and Maths at A-level with Biology to AS. It was a lot of hard work, but thanks to all the supportive staff and fantastic facilities at the academy, I was able to achieve 3 A*s. My teachers continued to fuel my interest in all subjects and the science common room provided a great work environment, even after school hours. This network support extended outside of the faculty of science, where my personal tutor not only guided my academic development but promoted higher ambitions for me. I am currently in my first year studying Physics with Theoretical Physics at the University of Nottingham. I have no doubt that my time at the academy prepared me for the transition to further education, providing the opportunity for me to not only learn science, but to become a scientist.

Words by Megan Evans

Toby Williams, George Keeble and Louis Humblet on the Bloodhound SSC stand taking part in the K’NEX Racing Challenge

In GCSE Science at the academy, the number of higher grades (A*-C) is nearly 20% ahead of National with the number of A and A* grades more than double the number achieved nationally. Achievement in the separate science subjects Biology, Chemistry and Physics is equally impressive with 60% of all grades being A or A*


Academy Matters - Upper School

Upper School Matters

Celebrating Achievement Knutsford Academy continues to celebrate achievement and the Easter assemblies saw a new list of winners to recognise hard work and a positive attitude to learning. Here are our winners. Year 7 PLN – Georgia Ban-Murray, Zac Priestley RFR – Holly-Jo Hunt, Matthew Egan DBR – Millie Marshall , Lewis Baron LBG – Annabel Smith, Isaac Marsh MSN – Freya Walker, Tyler Moore HAR – Amelia Howells, Caleb Allen

Year 9 Learning Centre Commendations Humanities (SS) – Josh Hollingworth-Flint Performance (music) – Adam Maxwell Computing – Patrick Clough Art & Design – Ruari Kerr Science – Iona McGarvey Maths – Jack Amritt Languages – Josh Dally English – Josh Dally

Most Merits Ceren Marsh David Kukalowicz-Booth

Year 10 Learning Centre Commendations Josh Saunders - English Kyle Blake - Maths Ted Parr - Science Emily Davies - Humanities Cerys Murray - Performance Kate Hasselden - Art Oscar Edmondson - Languages Will Skipper - Business / IT

Year 11 Learning Centre Commendations Year 8 DJS – Shaniece Sneddon, Rocco Pani SMN – Sophie Mackenzie , Ben Healy RWN – Courtney Adkinson, Rory Wilson SDN – Amy Campbell, Max Reyner AJN – Renee Bell, Gleb Vinnychenko DBN – Katie Toft, Rory Scott/Tom Slaney HRY – Kelly Savage, Aidan Marsh 52

PE - Tom Dally Science - Sophie Lines Maths - Ruby Stimpson Art and Design - Megan Griffiths Business Studies - Millie Waldie Humanities - Josh Lynes Languages - Tom Dally

Sixth Form English Literature: Georgia Hayes, Alicia Buckley English Literature & Language: Emily Ashton, Georgina Crehan English Language: Sophie Benny, Georgia Thompson-Curran Media Studies: Charlotte Rudd, Carissa Weatherby Mathematics: Alice Garewal, Ross Wilkie Biology, Cara Armstrong, David Martin Chemistry: Emily Wilson, Chris Burley Physics: Cara Armstrong, Rhona Kerr BTEC Science: Joe Crofton, Rachel Berry French: Sophie Benny, Christian Travaglini German: Phil Benson History Conflict: Jess Lomas, Lydia Parr Connor Dorrell-Shepherd History Ideology: Guilia Loregian Katherine Adams Geography: Cameron Carnegie, Alicia Buckley Philosophy & Ethics: Guilia Loregian, Grace Henderson Psychology: Milly Jackson, George Hooley Sociology: Matthew Phillips, Sophie Batchelor Politics: Molly Deegan, Connor Dorrell-Shepherd BTEC Business Studies: Hannah Gates, Jake Denerley-Jones Business Studies: Theo Bielby, Charlotte Hotchin ICT: Emily Barker, Sophie Batchelor Applied ICT: Hannah Gates, Hannah McNicholls Economics: Guilia Loregian, Rebecca Jamison Fine Art: Georgia Hayes, Lauren Synclair Design: Louis Estherby, Billie Hopley Graphics: Charlotte Bailey, Hannah McNicholls Photography: Lauren Atkinson, Robson Ballance Textiles: Lauren Atkinson, Abbey Woods Food, Nutrition & Health: Rachel Caulfield, Tom Roberts Drama & Theatre Studies: Molly Deegan Stephen Sexton Music Theatre: Seb Groves, Frankie Gerrard Dance: Jacob Roberts, Amber Reynolds Music: Laurence Wall BTEC Music (performance): James Taylor, Holly Cooper Sports & Physical Education: Ewan Williams, Kate Knight BTEC Sport: Luke Trimble, Rob Swallow Extended Project Qualification: Lydia Parr, Connor Dorrell-Shepherd Deloitte: Kayleigh Fox-Gaffney BTEC Health & Social Care: Jess Lomas If you would like to dicuss joining our high achieving and vibrant Sixth form community please contact Sarah Kirkham:

of Maths Challenge Centre Excellence On March 5th, 4 students (Josie Brookes, Darcey Jones, Adam Brown, Archie Howells) in year 8 and 9 were selected to take part in the UK Team Maths Challenge at Poynton High. 20 teams entered from across the Northwest – with Knutsford Academy finishing in 8th place – an excellent achievement and a performance that the Maths Learning Centre are extremely proud of. The challenge enables the students to stretch their mathematical capabilities and complete work under pressure. The first round consisted of 8 questions that the students were allowed to work together on. These ranged from questions on sequences to questions about washing. The Knutsford four worked really effectively as a team and also interacted effectively with the other schools in the competition sharing their ideas about how to tackle the problems. The next round proved to be a strong one for the Knutsford team. Similar to a crossword, the team was split into two, one half had the across clues and the other had the down clues. Each question was linked and so they had to work together as a team to complete the grid - the only problem was, you weren’t allowed to ask each other for help. It was a waiting game and relied very heavily on number facts!

Round three involved a series of questions that were linked together. The answer to part 1 was the starting point of part 2. The students had to trust each other’s answers and work on. At the end the questions were marked and handed back if any part was incorrect. This was all done against the clock, and a bonus awarded if the 4 questions were correct with 2 minutes to go – which Knutsford managed on one of the sections! Finally there was a relay race, where the students were spread out around the room. They had to answer a question take it to their “Supervisor”, get it marked, then collect a new question and take it to the other half of the team. This round was all about speed and accuracy – this proved a more difficult round for Knutsford as they were too accurate and perhaps not quick enough! This is the most recent challenge that Knutsford entered – and there are plenty more opportunities in the future for our mathematicians.. This is clearly inspiring students like Peter Keeble who is going to study Maths at University this September.

Words by Alison McGeehan

Knutsford Academy are one of very few secondary schools in the country to gain the prestigious ‘Outstanding Centre of Excellence’ plaque for the delivery of industry standard Microsoft qualifications. They are placed alongside only 12 other centres, including forward thinking schools in contemporary secondary education like the JCB academy and Universities such as, Warwick and Central Lancashire. The Microsoft Office examinations are the most commonly sat tests in the world and test a person’s competence in the use of software. It is a purely skills based test with a pass or fail mark set at 70% and all the responses are marked within Microsoft’s own testing software. The students at the academy can gain qualifications in Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Access and Outlook. We also offer an extended qualification in both Word and Excel. If a student were to gain both of these extended qualifications alongside a pair of the standard level test then they would gain the coveted Microsoft Master status. Knutsford place great importance on equipping all their students for the workplace and work with major local employers, such as, Barclays Global Technology Centre to give them a range of real life technological challenges to solve. In a recent article in the trade journal, Computer Weekly, Howard Simms, co-founder and Operations Director at Apadmi, speaking about the potential of the ‘year of code’ in schools, says it offers a great opportunity for the UK to boost the skills of its future workforce, but that this must be done in partnership with specialist companies instead of relying on teachers to play catch-up with what is happening in the sector. Apadmi is an app developer, which has designed apps for the X-Factor, the British Museum and the BBC. Knutsford Academy have been working with Apadmi in this type of partnership. Andrew Middleton, Director of Learning Technologies responsible for E-Learning says, “This has been extremely beneficial to the students and means that companies operating in the sector can bring the latest skills, experiences and technologies to help our teachers offer more relevant experiences and up-to-date lessons.”

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Sixth Form Matters

Sixth Form Matters

Microbiology Workshop Introduced in 2012, BTEC Level 3 National Applied Science, aims to give students the skills needed for employment in the applied sciences or, if they choose to, further study. In February we took a group of year 13 students to the University of Manchester for a Microbiology workshop. The day aimed to enhance the work we have been doing in school for their year 13 biology module ‘Microbiological techniques’ and gave them the opportunity to experience a University lab. Whilst at the University the students carried out a range of practical techniques including the Gram stain used by microbiologists in the identification of bacteria.

Love through the ages The Year 13 English Literature classes recently attended a Manchester University workshop designed to help them with their exam unit entitled Love Through the Ages

For their exam the Year 13 students must compare literature extracts from different time periods analysing the similarities and differences between how they use form, structure and language to illuminate the theme of love. They must also be aware of the context surrounding the pieces and what influence that has on what has been written.

Knutsford Academy have continued to raise achievement within their Business and Economics Learning Centre by running the very successful Essay of the Year competition for a second year.

The Head of Department, Nicola Martin said “it is vital that our students realise the importance of depth of research and independent study to give them the best chance of competing for desirable university places or apprenticeships. The fact that prestigious local businesses have sponsored our student essays is amazing and our thanks go to Booths, Guy Salmon and RBS for donating such generous prizes.”

Three lecturers from Manchester and visiting Universities took the students through over 700 years of love in literature; looking at examples from prose, drama and poetry. It began with a fascinating look into Medieval Literature from Professor Weinberg; medieval language which students can often struggle with but her readings and explanations really bought the texts to life. The next lecturer, Gerald Hammond from Manchester University dealt with love from the 16th to the 18th Century, including engaging ideas on Shakespeare, Heaney, Milton and Defoe and finally John McRae from the University of Nottingham (who managed to make the event following journey problems) took students through a highly engaging lecture on love in literature from 1800 to the present day – exploring Keats, Tennyson, Bronte, Wilde, Larkin and many more.

Essay of the Year Girls in Physics

The reason for the competition was to raise awareness amongst students that employers really do care about academia and to develop direct links with local businesses. The lecturers on the day really allowed the students to explore the different contexts and consider how influential they were in terms of the portrayal of love. Each lecture allowed the students to begin to see how ideas in literature have changed and developed in one way, yet how the theme of love in 14th Century literature has clear, interesting and ever present links with love in 20th Century literature. They also benefited from a session from the AQA Head examiner who gave the students some vital tips on how to answer the exam questions properly. It was an invaluable event for the Year 13’s to attend, dealing with so much literature in one day and covering such an expanse of time, giving them such a clear focus for their upcoming A2 exam.

Essay winner Niall Robertson (Yr 13 Economist) said ‘To do this essay “High Speed 2 on the right track or off the rails” I had to do extensive research into HS2. Next year I am planning to study Sports Science with Management at Loughborough University

It is probably not news to you to hear that we have more boys than girls studying A-level physics at Knutsford Academy. After all, nationally physics is the sixth most popular A-level with boys but only the 19th most popular with girls. and this competition has helped give me a real insight into the quality of research required at University.’ Other essay winners were Charlotte Hotchin and Luke Jones (Year 13 Business joint winners) who wrote an essay on Dyson’s investment plans; Jack Harmsworth (Year 12 Economist), whose essay concerned fiscal austerity and James Derbyshire (Year 12 Business) who wrote an essay about the recent London Underground strike. Words by Fiona Routs

However, in GCSE physics, girls have consistently achieved higher grades than boys for the past three years. Furthermore, those girls that have continued to study physics at A-level have tended to perform exceptionally well, including achieving A* grades. A-level Physics is a key qualification to access a variety of careers and it is important that we help our students understand of how careers and physics relate. On 17th March we hosted a Career awareness and aspirations workshop for Year 11 girls studying GCSE physics. The girls met Natalie Abbott, a trainee medical physicist and radiotherapy specialist, and Abigail Kiernan, a Chartered Civil Engineer. The event provided a forum for the girls to ask questions and find out more about physics-related careers. The girls were keen to find out what had inspired Natalie and Abigail and how their careers had developed. Common themes that emerged from discussions included the rewarding nature of physics-related careers, not just financially but in terms of being able to make a difference to people’s lives. Natalie gave the girls an insight into how medical physicists use technology to diagnose cancerous tumours and develop radiotherapy treatment plans. Abigail described her experiences of working on transportation projects in the region, including being part of the team that built the second runway at Manchester Airport, and how these had contributed to the rejuvenation of areas, thereby improving the quality of life for people.

Words by Karen Key



Community Matters - Issue 2  
Community Matters - Issue 2  

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