Welcome to the Summer Term. This is an important term for many reasons. A particular mention must go to all students sitting exams this term. Please know that we are thinking of you and you have our total support- let us know if there is anything you need or anything at all that we can do to help in these last stages.
It is also a time of transition. We are so looking forward to meeting the 280 students joining us in Y7 next year. We are delighted to be full in this year group and can't wait to prove to you why you have made a great choice in coming to Sprowston Community Academy. At the same time, we are preparing our Y9 students to become GCSE students and our Y11/Y13 students to take their next steps to adulthood.
We are really proud of our Academy and the all the people in it- our fantastic students, teaching staff and support staff. It is a real team effort and we are looking forward to this final term of 2018/19. We set ourselves the target of being the best version of Sprowston that we could possibly be and we are determined to end the year on a high.
This has been a very positive term for us. Earlier this half-term we had a 2 day external review and here are some of the things that were written about our Academy:
Being the best version of Sprowston that we can be.
I am pleased to inform you that, after a formal interview process last week, I have been appointed permanent Head of Academy at Sprowston Community Academy with immediate effect.
I could not be more proud of our Academy and our students and staff. We have already achieved a significant amount of work strengthening the culture and ethos of the Academy and we now have firm foundations from which to build further success.
I would like to thank everyone for their on-going support. We look forward to working with all of our stakeholders including our local Cluster schools, students and parents to be the best version of Sprowston Community Academy that we can possibly be and to contributing to development and improvements across the whole of our Trust.
It doesn't seem that long ago that we were talking about the "fireworks to daffodils" dark days ahead with a certain amount of trepidation. Well, the sun is shining and I've spotted some daffodils so I think we can almost say we made it!
As we head into Spring, it's a great opportunity to reaffirm what matters to us and to think of the new projects on the horizon. Our 3 main aims remain strong:
(1) To build a culture in our Academy that is positive, purposeful and fuels student progress through praise, reward and celebration.
(2) To make sure we give our students as many opportunities as possible to gain, organise and learn knowledge so that they can do as well as possible in exams and can make sense of the world we live in
(3) To focus on the well-being of our students and staff and to look after each other, building an Academy that is kind and inclusive
This term we will also be drawing together our plans to re-launch homework so that we have a more consistent approach to promoting independent learning. At the same time we will be looking at how we record Attitude to Learning scores and whether we can make this more effective.
A special heads up must go to all of our Y11 and Y13 students. This is a massively important half term as you prepare for exams in the summer. Please remember that is it is OK to ask for help, we are all behind you and we will do whatever we can to support you through this last lap!
As an Academy we are totally committed to promoting Equalities. It is really important to us that our students understand that we live in a world that is diverse and that we can celebrate this difference.
February is LGBT History month and as usual we will be celebrating this with a week of assemblies and a cake sale on Friday. Our rainbow flag will be flying with pride this week. This year the theme of LGBT History month is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation and we will looking at how far we have come since the Stonewall riots and what we can do to make a difference.
It is very important to us that every student and adult feels physically and emotionally safe in our Academy. We have a zero tolerance approach to all homophobic language and actions, whether this is intended to cause harm or not. This is a place where it is certainly not acceptable to say "This is gay!", Indeed, this must be a place where we are all free to be ourselves.