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28th June 2019
18th - 19th June 2019 Mr Landers, Principal: As you may be aware we were visited by OfSTED last week for a full school inspection. Although not technically due until next academic year, our positive monitoring visit in September highlighted the progress we had made in improving the academy and we were not surprised that OfSTED wanted to see further evidence of this improved practice. The inspectors saw thirty-nine lessons over the two days as well as speaking to staff, pupils and senior leaders. Although I am unable to share the outcome of the report yet, I can say that the young people did us proud, wore their uniform with pride and were a credit to the school. We still have work to do, but inspectors noted improvements in all aspects of the Academy including teaching and learning, attendance and behaviour. The full report will be available in the next four weeks and will be available to read on our Academy website.
Mr Townley, Assistant Principal: From 1st to 5th July Year 10 students will be attending Dudley Academies Trust’s Festival of Education (DATFest) at Dudley College. The event will run all week and students will be timetabled for nine sessions from their personal selection. Students must wear full academy uniform, bring a packed lunch (students entitled to free school meals will have their lunch provided by the Academy) and make their own way to and from the college. We wish them a very enjoyable week.
Miss Rawlings, Intervention Coordinator: Next week we will be welcoming students from local primary schools. Groups of Year 5 students will be spending time in our L4L department and more will take part in our ‘Primary Day of Sports’. Year 6 students joining Year 7 in September will spend a day getting to know their teachers during their induction day. Parents and carers are invited to attend our parents evening taking place on Thursday 4th July at 6.00pm. Can we remind parents of Year 6 students to return forms that were sent out recently and also bring in your child’s birth certificate for verification purposes. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Mrs Turton, AIG Career & Aspiration Advisor: Local businessman Shaz Saleem visited the Academy to promote ‘United Hands’, a campaign to help the homeless. The campaign is run by The Saleem Foundation in partnership with Leslie’s Care Packages. Donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated: Socks, underwear, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, facial wipes, bottles of water, breakfast bars, biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars. Please send donations into the Academy. Mr Saleem is pictured with a Year 10 student, Ellie Jarrett.
Bethany Davies (Year 8): When I was in Year 7 representatives from Cambridge University came to talk to the whole year group. The aim was to get us thinking about our futures, in particular further education. We took part in an activity called ‘My Perfect University’. We had to work in groups and then present our ideas to a panel. It was great learning about university in Year 7 and it got me thinking about my future career. Recently I entered a postcard competition ran by the University. I wrote about my aspirations for the future and my entry won. I am pictured here wearing my prize of a hoodie.
Congratulations to the following students who gained the most merits per form for the month of May. Year 7 Parmasher Grewal, Leon Parker, Pratham Sinjali, Rehan Tahir, Lewis Walker Year 8 Areeb Ali, Morgan Malpass, Shanika Martin, Rhea Riley Year 9 Abigail Berry, Katie Criddle, David Griffin, Nikita-Jorja Johnson Year 10 Emily Butler, Nital Patel, Yusrah Shokat, Jake Smith.
Can we please remind you that if you are planning to take your child out of school during term time for any reason (including for religious festivals), you will need to complete a Leave of Absence Request form providing your intended dates, before your child takes any time off school. This will be given to the Principal for consideration and approval. Note that term time holidays will not be authorised and you may be liable to a fixed term Penalty Notice if you choose to take your child on holiday during term time.
Mrs Turton, AIG Career & Aspiration Advisor: We took twenty students from Dudley Academies Trust to tour Thomas Dudley the factory to look at all aspects of an engineering and plastics company. Year 7 students are now going to work on a recycling project with the focus being on plastic recycling. They will design the bin considering form, function, materials, size and safety. The bins will then be manufactured. Here’s what some of the students said about their day: Kaydance: I enjoyed the trip. It was exciting and I would like to go back again. Ayesha: The trip was fun and educational. I enjoyed learning about different parts of industry. Year 7 Student: We learnt about the moulding of plastic and also about
Mr Biddlecombe, PE Teacher: Six Year 7 students went to the BCSG Smile event at Wolverhampton University. The students took part in a number of different sporting sessions including boxing, cricket, archery, tennis, volleyball and football. They all had a great time and represented the academy very well. Here are some of the students who went: Yusuf Mahmood, Jaylan Nyere, Pratham Sinjali, Rehan Tahir, Muhammed Ahmed.
Mr Sharp, Art Teacher: This month we showcased our Year 11s Art and Design work. Their creations were put on display for students, parents and moderators to view. Congratulations to all our students for their hard work and commitment. We look forward to finding our their final results in August. Here is a selection of their work.
Mrs Turner, L4L Teacher: Year 7 students have been busy at work looking at how oil was used in ancient civilisations. This work forms part of the Black Gold theme in L4L. Students were asked to produce an innovative display to share what they had understood. The students then began to look at comparisons in the use of oil in society today. They have all worked extremely hard and have come up with some clever ideas to share their work and make it memorable. Here is some of their work:
Mr Biddlecombe, PE Teacher: Eight Year 9 students went to the Black Country School Games Athletics at WV Active (Aldersley) to compete against eleven other teams. Each student had to compete in one field and one track event, plus a relay if required. All the students performed well and some of our outstanding performances were: Darren Omobogie: 1st in High Jump, and 2nd in 100m Robert Norton: 3rd in 1500m Kion Pettitt: 2nd in 200m Morris Adah: 3rd in 200m Here are some of the students who represented the academy: Morris Adah, Robert Norton, Darren Omobogie, Kyrese Parke, Kion Pettitt and Callum Rudge.
Mr Townley, Assistant Principal: Our annual enrichment week commences 15th July. A variety of activities will be taking place, including a visit to either Showcase Cinema, Drayton Manor or Alton Towers. If you have not returned your selection form, please do so by the end of Monday 1st July.
1st - 5th July 4th July 5th July 12th July 16th July 15th-18th July 19th July
Y10 College Taster Week Year 7 Induction Day Year 7 Induction Evening Year 11 Prom DAT Sports Day Year 9 College Taster Day Enrichment Week Barcelona Trip End of term
Amman Ahmed (Year 11): To celebrate the second Mayor’s Community Weekend, Dudley Youth Council present ‘Yo Fest’, a free, family friendly event taking place at Top Church on Dudley High street on Saturday 29th June from 12.00pm till 3.00pm. There will be a range of entertainment including music, food, dancing, arts and crafts, information stalls and more for residents to get involved in.
Mrs Lawson, Vice Principal: We continue to have a number of students arriving at the Academy without ties. If this occurs, it is the students responsibility to obtain a loan tie prior to attending lessons. This should be returned at the end of the day. Ties not returned will be charged at £5.00. If students lose or break their own tie, they must purchase a replacement from the Academy shop.