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11 July 2014

Principal’s Letter - Friday 11th July 2014

Dear Parents and Carers

As we prepare to break for the summer, we can confirm arrangements for the final day of term Friday 18th July 2014, students will be dismissed from 1:30pm.  We wish all our students a safe and happy summer holiday.

The Academy will reopen to students on Tuesday 2nd September as follows:

Y7 – Gates open at 8am for an 8:40am start

Y8 to Y11 – Gates open at 9:15am for a 9:30am start

Please ensure your child returns any outstanding books to the LRC.  All students returning books this week will receive a VIVO.

The Academy was visited by a team of inspectors on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  The inspectors were checking how well the Academy is improving.  The inspection team has not yet published a report but they did talk about the behaviour of the students.  They said that their behaviour was much better; students were polite, well-mannered, looked smart and were ready to learn.  Well done to all our students!

On Thursday, there was a national strike but the Academy remained open.  This meant that students were able to continue successfully with their education.  Thank you for your support in ensuring your child attends school every day and is punctual.  Attendance and punctuality have improved considerably this year.

Y10 enrichment fortnight ends this week and we look forward to welcoming Y10 back into the building on Monday morning.  On Monday they will receive the results of their trial exams. 

The performing arts department would like to say well done to the five Y10 students who have taken part in a dance leaders programme this week.  They have been developing skills and techniques in leading dance activities and done so with maturity and enthusiasm.  The dance leaders have already led their first dance session with Springs students as well as Y6 students from Arbourthorne Primary School. They will be working with students from Prince Edwards Primary School on Monday 14th July.  A particular well done to Sian Thorley who has completed her work experience placement within the performing arts department.  She has been specifically supporting our drama teachers in a range of lessons and done so with professionalism and enthusiasm.

Congratulations also to this week’s “Stars of the Week”, the following students were presented with certificates for displaying particularly high levels of commitment to their learning and showing exemplary attitude:

Maths

Joel Pashley

Y9

Some excellent grade A work on similar shapes

Performing Arts

Sian Thorley

Y10

Excellent commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism during her work experience within our department

ICT

Sophie Maw

Y8

Brilliant work

ICT

Daniel Akpedeye

Y8

Brilliant work

Business

Alisha Blakeman

Y9

Good work in Business studies

Business

Louisa Smith

Y9

Good work in Business studies

Science

Jack Charlesworth 

Y9

Excellent work on controlled assessment

Science

Nathaniel Thompson Bradshaw

Y9

Excellent work on controlled assessment

PE

Nicole Varley

Y7

Consistent effort in lessons, working hard to find ways to improve their level in cricket, working closely with others in the group to improve together

PE

Ashley Robinson

Y7

Consistent effort in lessons, working hard to find ways to improve their level in cricket, working closely with others in the group to improve together

Springsboard

Georgia Evans

Y7

Consistently high quality work in Springsboard lessons

Springsboard

Nike Allen

Y7

Consistently high quality work in Springsboard lessons

Inclusion

Harry Guirdham

Y7

For excellent attitude and contribution to learning in English and Springsboard

MFL

Jessica Costello

Y7

Outstanding approach to learning and speaking work of an excellent standard this term

English

Jade Goldsborough

Y7

For excellent effort in improving her skills in descriptive writing

English

Jessica Ward

Y7

For excellent effort in improving her skills in descriptive writing

Sheffield Springs Academy is an outstanding learning environment for students, the building and facilities we have are some of the best in the country.  However, at the moment we have a major issue which is causing the appearance of the building both internal and external to be made to look unpleasant.  This is due to dis-guarded chewing gum that is damaging carpets and also external areas.  We will be actively discouraging students from chewing and bringing into the Academy packets of chewing gum.  From September chewing gum will be confiscated from students who bring it into the Academy.  I am sure you will be totally supportive of this measure in order to preserve the facilities that we have for future generations of students. 

Yours sincerely                                                 Yours sincerely                                                Yours sincerely  

Russell Heritage                                               Lee Morritt                                                       Jeremy Richardson

Executive Principal                                         Associate Principal                                         Associate Principal

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