Beaconsfield Drive
Blurton
Stoke-on-Trent
ST3 3JD
01782 882200

Academy Update 12/02/21

Posted on: February 12, 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have now completed a whole half-term in lockdown with the academy only partially open. I want to take this opportunity to thank parents and the wider community for the support that you have given to our students. Remote teaching and remote learning are tough for everyone involved, and I know that you have borne the brunt of it as parents and guardians. We have acted on your feedback and adjusted what was required from students, and the results of our surveys suggest you feel we have the balance about right.

You can see the results of the student survey here and the parent survey here. We will be acting on many of the excellent ideas and suggestions that you have made.

World Book Day is on 4th March, and the academy will be putting on several events, including a staff version of “The Masked Reader” and Extreme Reading. More details coming soon.

We also held elections to find two students who will represent the academy at the OAT regional student council. The election winners were Sebby Dance in Year 8 and Demi Lockett in Year 10. Congratulations to them both and I am sure they will represent the academy brilliantly.

The academy has also been shortlisted for a national award due to the breakfast offer we have provided students over the last few years. You can find out more about this here.

I am sure all of us are now turning our minds to when schools across the country can reopen, something I think we all want to see safely happen as soon as possible. We expect an announcement from the Government at the end of this month, which will hopefully clarify whether schools will reopen on 8th March and whether all or only some year groups will return. The Government has promised schools two weeks’ notice to prepare for that reopening.

Hopefully, we will get clarity from the Government regarding the arrangements that they want schools to follow with Year 11 grading. It seems likely that exam boards will offer assessments for schools to help them assess the level students are working at. The recent consultation made it quite clear that students should be graded at the level they are working at when they finish Year 11, so all students should be working towards that goal.

Finally, I would like to wish you a restful half-term holiday if you can take one. Switch off the screens, go for walks and have a relaxing week off.

My best wishes to you and your family.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. N Brennan
Principal