Principal's blog - 21 December 2017

21st December 2017

Mr JoblingWith every passing term I am amazed to see just how many sporting achievements, trips, visits and charity events we manage to pack in to what is in essence a relatively small period of time. This is testament to the dedication of our staff in providing value-added enrichment to the main curriculum together with the hard work and positive attitudes of our students.

I was particularly proud this half term to learn that our chair of governors, Kathryn Mitford, has been selected to be part of the National Leaders of Governance (NLG). Kathryn will bring her wealth of experience on our local academy board to lead the improvement of other governing bodies at academies and schools across the country. The support and challenge posed by governors to National has been massively beneficial to our academy and I would like to congratulate Kathryn on this recognition.

There was also great excitement in the academy when Miss Green, teacher of geography, won the  Newly Qualified Teacher of the Year at the Nottingham Post Education Awards 2017. Miss Green was nominated for ‘showing a maturity and passion for teaching well beyond her years, delivering inspirational lessons and going above and beyond to help students’. This acknowledgment is well-deserved, and I look forward to seeing Miss Green continue to develop in her role as teacher and tutor.

I would also like to give a special mention to our year 11 students who sat their mock exams during December. It was really pleasing to see how motivated they were and how they acted with maturity and awareness of this crucial point in their studies. Where year 11 students have showed outstanding effort in maths and English, some have been rewarded with discounts on their tickets to this year’s prom. Across the whole academy, the rewards system has been relaunched and now includes prize draws, queue jumps for Archie’s, and star badges to wear on blazers. We value the importance of celebrating successes and how this ultimately links to achieving the best outcomes for all our students.

I would like to close by wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, productive and positive 2018.

Mr Jobling