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Parents Forum Meeting 11/01/18
Thank you as ever to the parents/carers who were able to join me last night. We discussed:
1. On line uniform purchasing
There was broad support for this and generally parents would support a move to a cashless system for lunch. There were two queries:
· The impact on price of postage and packaging
· Mechanism for occasional purchases for students who usually bring pack lunches
Our conversation looked at the students’ perception of homework. It was generally felt that the use of the word valuable in the survey (letter sent to all parents/carers) was probably not a good one as few students would describe homework as valuable.
The key requests from parents were for:
· More consistency in the setting, collecting and marking of tasks set for homework
· More information available on the website to support learning
We discussed the school’s current reward structure. There was general agreement that while comprehensive the reward structure has considerably less traction for year 9+ than it does for Years 7+8. It was suggested that more research be undertaken talking to students who had recently joined the school, and investigate other rewards such as Hot Chocolate with the Head, more regular rewards trips, and to promote the student of the week cards.
Other issues raised:
The nature of some of the P6 offer
Clarification for Year 8 regarding the MidBacc
The possibility of a re-launch of the PTA
Thank you again for your support and ideas for improvement. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any other suggestions.
The date of our next meeting is 10th May ay 6.30pm.
With best wishes
Newmarket Academy December 2017 Newsletter from Mr Froy
I would like to wish you all a very happy, peaceful and enjoyable holiday.
This has been a great term – busy as always but full of milestones.
Our year 11 students have just completed their mock examinations. While there is still a great deal to do we are optimistic that we will again break records. We are predicting increases in all key measures from last summer’s outcomes. The students will however need to work incredibly hard over the Christmas break. Although we are prepared to allow them a few days of down time on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day we hope that they will all make use of the targeted activities each one of them has been given. There are always the Apps which can and should be used whenever there is a moment. We are tracking the use of the Apps and have been really impressed with the way some of the students are making use of them.
It seems apt therefore that one of the highlights of the term was the KSIV awards evening at which Shaun Whiter spoke with a key message of ‘never give up’. It was a first for us as we have never had a speaker at Awards evening who has been given a spontaneous standing ovation. We hope that Shaun’s attitude to life given his own personal challenges will be the motto of all our students and in particular our current year 11.
In sports the Academy has once again punched above its weight. We have entered teams into a range of competitive sports this Term. The sports include badminton, table tennis, football, cross-country, rugby and netball. We are all very proud of this. Consequently, the number of students representing the Academy at competitive sport, against other schools, has been very pleasing and has increased from last year. Highlights include the U14 boys football team winning their league, the U16 boys table tennis and badminton teams making the County Finals, the U14 girls football team reaching the County Cup 4th round and a number of Cross Country runners reaching the Final County trials. Perhaps the greatest achievement here was one of our students stopping in the race to support another struggling competitor and still completing the very challenging course ahead of the cut time. We also have a very special group of Sports Leaders who have been exceptional this Term. The leaders have helped at a range of Forest Heath sporting events and have been a credit to themselves and our school.
Attendance even with the dreadful weather and cough/cold virus that has been going round remains exceptional and places our attendance in the top 2% of all secondary schools in the country. Thank you for your support.
We launched the second year of the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project with an even more ambitious programme of events. We are working closely with the Heritage Museum, and using the contacts we have made through the project to extend our programme. Students from Franklin House visited ‘Franklin House’ the horse named by them and we will be visiting Huntingdon race course and welcoming an incredibly wide range of experts to provide careers talks after school. The press coverage for the Academy was fantastic. The Newmarket Festival organised another Dragons Den process. I am delighted to be able to announce that our students were given over £4500 to support a range of causes; bell ringing at Exning Church, equipment for 1st Aid provision, funding for the Lexington Exchange and more. What impressed both the judges and I was the community based focus of the bids. It is great to see the values of the Academy embedded in the students’ attitudes. This was further demonstrated in our contributions to music in the town and hosting the 7th Suffolk Constabulary Christmas party for OAPs.
This term we have said goodbye to two members of staff. Luke Turner our ICT technician has joined a school in Cambridge. Habi O’Grady is also leaving to join a school in Essex. We wish them both well.
Our priorities for the term ahead are:
- Challenge in lessons – we are looking again at our strategies to stretch our learners.
- Revisiting homework to ensure that the students can see the value in the tasks
- Making clearer how we promote a healthy lifestyle
- Planning for our Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair in March 2018
We are still hopeful of winning the Tesco Bags for Life competition and hope that you might support us in the last few days before the competition closes on January 1st 2018.
As you may have read in the news the government is consulting on revisions to the Sex and
Relationships Policy in schools to reflect the issues around misuse of social media. We are delighted to hear that this is happening. The Academy continues to focus on raising awareness of internet safety, and offering guidance on how young people can protect themselves. We would urge parents and carers to be vigilant in helping your children to use the internet safely, and in particular social media. Please do not hesitate to contact Neil Fisher who leads on online safety if you have any concerns at all with regard to the internet.
The first day of school next year will be Monday 8th January which will be week 2. All students will in normal lessons from period 1.
This letter attempts to give you a flavour of the school’s achievements this year. If you would like to follow events more regularly please follow us on Facebook.
On behalf of all the students, staff and governors I would like to wish you a very merry and peaceful Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
With best wishes
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