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MS ANNE HILL Dear Parents/Carers At the end of a busy academic year, it gives me great pleasure to share with you some of the achievements of our students and highlight some of the extra-curricular activities that have taken place at TCA over the last year. We have made some significant changes this year and the school is improving. We know we still have work to do, but we will continue to improve. I very much look forward to seeing you all next year and working together to provide our students with the rounded education they deserve.




Around 170 students, staff, families and friends conquered the three mile Race For Life course around the Academy grounds, in memory of loved ones affected by cancer. Proceedings were started by organiser Amy Anderson, who also cheered fundraisers on as they crossed the finish line. She said ‘It’s been incredible how the TCA family have shown such solidarity to this fantastic cause, I am proud of every single person who has worked hard, donated and run.’ Thomas Clarkson Academy initially raised around £3400 from Race for Life, however a raffle held at the Academy’s recent ‘School of Rock’ production boosted the total to £3675. The money has been raised in memory of our colleague Nicki Cobbin who sadly passed away from cancer this month.



Seven determined students from TCA have successfully completed their Expedition as part of thier Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Students were required to plan a two-day walking, one night camping trip in the Rutland Water area. The participants were completely self-sufficient for the two days carrying and cooking all food and providing their own entertainment, including a giant hide-and-seek challenge. The group managed to manoeuvre through a waist-high nettle field with only minor complaints. The students will continue to work their way through the remaining volunteer, skill and physical aspects of their award program over the coming months. Having previously completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, 11 students successfully completed a 3 day, 2 night Expedition as part of their Silver Award. During the expedition, the participants walked 10km per day as well as setting up and dismantling of tents and other equipment after transporting them between campsites. The group coped well with the varied terrain in great contrast to the familiar flat terrain of the fens. The students will continue to work their way through the remaining volunteer, skill and physical aspect of the award program over the coming months.


The year 7 Netball team have had a year to remember. In September, the girls started attending netball club after school and a new team was formed in preparation for the Isle of Ely competition.

Thomas Clarkson beat every team twice and therefore remained unbeaten all season. TCA were therefore crowned Isle of Ely Champions. The next venture was to attend the District Qualifier at Witchford Village College. Thomas Clarkson Academy went on to beat Witchford as well as Ely College. As well as Isle of Ely Champions TCA are also now District Champions 2017. Winning the District Qualifier meant that we were invited to compete in the School Games Championships in St Ives. This was the first time a Thomas Clarkson netball team had ever got to this event. Attending the School Games Championships was such an amazing experience for the girls as the standard of netball on show was outstanding. TCA competed against the best teams in Cambridgeshire. Our girls got a real taste of elite sport- something that will inevitably improve their own game even further. Thomas Clarkson were a credit to the academy and once again played outstanding. Due to the ongoing success of the year 7 netball team the team were nominated for the Brooke Weston Trust Key Stage 3 Team of the Year. TCA attended the Brooke Weston Sports Awards evening along with many other outstanding teams from across the trust and we are delighted to report that TCA won KS3 Team of The Year. Team: Megan Allen, Tia Onslow, Chantelle Lott, Sharon Akinrefon, Chelsea Handley, Chantelle Lloyd, Tarryn Kirby, Sian Cundell, Kyia Holmes, Maisie Stratton.

TCA were crowned Isle of Ely Champions at a recent Rounders tournament. The squad have been training since the Easter holidays and have shown full commitment and passion for rounders. The tournament was held on one of the hottest days in June, but the squad did not let this phase them and they played some of the best rounders they have ever played. Chloe Allen played brilliantly and was calm under immense pressure at second base, getting many of the batters out. Victoria Jarvis was a great captain at back-stop, she called tactical instructions and encouragement from her vantage point, and was a clear asset to the team. Bethany Reach played deep field and caught a fantastic catch to get a threatening player out. All girls were fantastic when batting, they held their cards close to their chests and aced the batting innings, sneaking ½ rounders and exploiting mistakes in the field. Well done to our amazing Year 8 rugby team who have staged an unbeaten record this year that has meant they are Isle of Ely champions. The team have showed excellent progression, dedication and sportsmanship and had some very impressive score lines, finishing the league with 6 wins out of 6 games, 265 points scored and only 75 conceded. The team have shown great commitment attending every single training session. The team had huge potential and confidence grew after the first few wins. TCA are very proud of the team. It shows that when you work hard it pays off and this was a real achievement. The more time you dedicate the more you achieve and improve. The team have fantastic team spirit and help each other. Thomas Hajdukiewicz resulted as best try scorer having never played rugby before Year 8. His great attitude towards training and within P.E lessons enabled him to learn the game, improve and achieve through hard work and dedication.


Captain, Danny Grieve, showed real leadership skills, always ensuring the team were motivated and working hard in training in order to improve. Danny Grieve is now a Northampton Saints Academy player. Reeve Brighty and Kacper Bembenek-Widuch are 2 other names to mention completing the front row with Danny, these 2 players are really hard workers on and off the pitch. The team are already looking forward for the next season, and ready to start working hard again. The future looks promising for these boys!



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Sports day 2017 was a great day for all staff and students. There were many outstanding performances on both the field and the track. For the first time this year staff joined the fun, taking part in a staff relay which provided much entertainment for the students. All staff and students entered the events with great spirit. After an array of talent throughout the day, congratulations need to go to Madiba as the resultant winners.




Congratulations to the year 10 Rounders team. Weronika libich. Fabi oliveira. Rachael stimpson. Oakleigh Lee. Rhea Lee. Sami-joe Higham. Skye George. Alicija krasiel. Courtney price.



Gifted and talented dance students form year 9, 10 and 11 have been training all year. This training was in preparation for two local street dance competitions. Considering the student only started training and dancing in this style in September, they have come a really long way. “They were up against some groups and teams that have been dancing and training together for years. I’m really proud of what they have been able to achieve in such a short space of time”.




14 GCSE Dance students took part in a taster day at Trinity Laban, one of the top dance universities in the UK! They had a tour of the facilities, watched the graduate dance company take class and took part in a creative workshop. “It was a great day and the students really enjoyed themselves. They didn’t want to leave at the end of the day! It’s great to see students pushing themselves and wanting to train at such a prestigious dance school”.

A NIGHT TO Students put on a barnstorming performance of School of Rock that rocked the school to its rafters! The cast put on a stellar show with fantastic songs, great dance routines and stand-out performances from its lead characters. The show recounts the story of Dewey Finn, a music wannabe, who takes up a role as substitute teacher at an elite school, transforming students into an amazing rock band against all the odds. It was fast-paced, dynamic and a great crowd pleaser. Thomas Clarkson Academy successfully applied to stage the show, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and offered to schools royalty free for one year only. The cast, who have been rehearsing since Christmas, have spent hours honing the production and the result was an amazingly polished performance with an accomplished cast who obviously enjoyed every minute of the show, as much as the audience. Sixth Former Ewan McConnachie shone in the lead role of Dewey and was onstage for virtually the whole time, delivering top vocals and great acting. Bethany Ellerby, a very accomplished actress, took on the role of strict Miss Mullins, the school Principal, who, along the way, revisited her love of rock. Gvidas Grikietis ably played the part of hen-pecked Ned Schneebly who, despite being a teacher, was a true Rock God at heart. Kirsty Lee-Newman played his battleaxe partner Patty Di Marco to a tee.

The kids were excellently portrayed by Harvey Wilson, Mia Beardow, Kate Filart, Jordan Murphy, Ben Marshall, Bethany Blake, Lizzie-Ann Bryant, Joseph Tierney, Erin Bell, Matthew Skuse, Ari Baghdouyan, Alisha Cox and Courtney Beckett and they also displayed amazing vocal and acting talent. Students Gertruda Dambrauskaite, Faith Richmond, Jade Thompson, Robert Kinney, Olivia Rumbelow and Kira Smith joined in the fun, playing teachers at Horace Green School, while Thomas Clarkson Academy's real life teachers, Ms Murphy, Mr Wooduff, Mr Crossly, Ms Timothy-Nicholls and Mr Birch all played the role of parents. Special mention should be made of drama teacher, Mrs Julie Wilcox who also played a parent, as well as directing the play and Mr Laurence Watson, the musical director, who also voiced Jeff, the compere from 'Battle of the Bands', Mrs Wilcox and Mr Watson were both instrumental in bringing the play to life, aided by the talents of the very loud and very rocky live band. Thank you to all the helpers backstage and pre and postperformance who provided the sets, props, costumes, catering, strategic planning and everything else to make sure the show went with a bang. Finally, both performances of School of Rock are dedicated to the memory of one of our much loved, respected and missed colleagues, Mrs Nicki Cobbin. She was passionate about improving the lives of countless children and young people.

The group of students above visited Anglia Ruskin University in July. All term these students had been Shadowing the Carnegie Medal, which is one of the UKs most prestigious awards for children’s literature. From March to June they worked hard to read the shortlisted books and decide which one the judges would choose as the winner. Former judge Louise Aldridge, who works for Cambridgeshire Public Libraries, came into school to tell them about the judging process and the strict criteria which the winning book had to meet. At the end of this project, the students were invited to Anglia Ruskin University to experience student life. Comments from students: Zara Walden “I loved this trip and it made me experience student life and I would definitely want to go to university”. Katelyn Bowles “the best part about the project was reading the books and getting inspired and also the trip to the university to see if I want to go there”. TCA once again entered the Lions Club Peace Poster competition. The theme this year was The Future of Peace.Bill, and Marilyn Batrick from the Lions Club, President of the Wisbech Lions Maureen (last name to be confirmed) and school governor Jan Hutchinson came into school today to judge the competition. Winning poster was by Eleaner Hunt who was given a certificate and a voucher. Morgan Stephen was Highly Commended. All winning entries form Wisbech schools will be on display in Tescos at the end of September. An overall winner will be selected to proceed to the Regional, National and even International levels of the competition. Fingers crossed!

BUSINESS Some of our students recently took part in a business challenge to run their own company. High achieving students from Years 7 and 8 on the Kroto programme, took part in the event delivered by the Skills Service and supported by staff from Perkins and TCA. They learned to make origami ducks and team members were given company roles and money to start up their business, which consisted of buying materials, making ducks and negotiating sales to buyers. Although the event took place over a few hours it simulated five working days, so teams had to pay wages and rent. They could also earn bonuses for good performance or be fined for breaking rules. CEIAG ambassador Ms Vicky Read said: ‘The students really enjoyed the experience and we received really positive feedback such as: “I developed the skills of communication and money management ” and “I enjoyed being able to experience what it felt like being able to run a company”. It certainly made them think about their future and the possibilities that exist, which we aim to encourage as they progress through school.’

Since January TCA have been working with local company ‘ Tin Fish Creative Communications’. They challenged students to be in school achieving 100% attendance. Through doing this students have been entered into a draw to win a brand new iPad. This target was met by 121 students whose names then all got entered into a lucky prize draw to win an iPad. The draws were made during the end of year celebration assemblies. This years lucky winner was Rafael Seborro from Year 8.

Produced in loving memory of Mrs Nicki Cobbin. ‘An amazing person, colleague and friend’

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