Academy director's blog - 18 April 2017

18th April 2017

Mr Jobling and studentHello and welcome to my blog and our new, fresh more modern website. I will be using this blog to keep everyone updated on life at National academy on a regular basis and to share the many good news stories about our students.

Many students ask me what my role is as academy director, as National has never had one before. Quite simply, the academy director is responsible for the day-to-day running of the academy as Mr Jones’ (executive principal) role is to work with National and other academies within the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership. As such, it is myself along with senior team who have the ultimate responsibility to ensure that the high standards that we have set over recent years are maintained and improved.

I have worked at the academy since 2006 and have held a number of different roles over the years. This experience means that I am fully aware of the expectation that National continues to provide a high quality educational experience with a distinctively Christian ethos for all students.

Since starting my latest role in September, there have been many successes and I would like to share with you some of my highlights of the year so far.

The opening of the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre (HSFC) was a very positive moment for all involved. It has been a vision of the academy to be able to provide a facility like this for a number of years and this year we were able to realise that vision. The Centre provides excellent facilities for the post-16 students of Hucknall and is having a significantly positive impact on all who attend.

Every year the academy is subject to a FAR (Full Academy Review) which is a peer review conducted by senior members of staff from other academies in our trust. This review assesses the academy against the Ofsted criteria - we were judged ‘outstanding’ for teaching and learning, student outcomes, PDBW (personal development, behaviour and welfare), leadership and management. The sixth form was judged to be ‘good’ and rapidly moving towards outstanding. You can access the full report here.

Students across the full academy community are taking advantage of the many extra-curricular opportunities that are on offer to them, not just at lunch time and after school, but also the educational visits both within the UK and abroad.

Our sporting successes have been notable so far this academic year! National has a proud and strong sporting heritage which continues to build and thrive. I am proud of all of our sporting achievements, but especially of those who are currently in year 7 as their teams have only just being brought together and already they are showing signs of becoming dominant at a high level. More to follow on this in future blogs.

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Best wishes,

Martyn Jobling