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11 April 2014

Principal’s Letter - Friday 11th April 2014

Dear Parents and Carers

Recently we set Y7 students a target of reaching 100% attendance, on 18th March they managed to achieve 99.3%.  Yesterday, 10th April 2014, Y7 students achieved 100% attendance, an absolutely fantastic achievement for all staff and students involved and a first for Sheffield Springs Academy.

Parents of Y11 will be aware that several curriculum areas will be running support sessions for young people during the Easter break.  Final details have been circulated and we welcome your support in ensuring students attend.    

On Tuesday a group of Y9 and Y10 students attended the global manufacturing and engineering event in Brightside, Sheffield. The “Get Up To Speed” event featured employers, universities and colleges all showcasing careers and training available in the area for engineering.  Students took part in a variety of hands on activities from racing in F1 simulators, to practising arc welding and even having a go at the skeleton bob.  The students behaved exceptionally and forged many new contacts with prospective employers.  It was also a great pleasure to see several former Sheffield Springs Academy students representing a variety of companies whom they are currently training with or working for and I hope in years to come we see even more of our students succeeding in the engineering sector.

Tuesday night the Y7 netball team played a friendly against Sheffield Park Academy.   This also gave the opportunity for others to come and play their first games.   The Netball team played the 1st and 4th quarter with a win and a draw respectively.  The other girls came on to play in the 2nd and 3rd quarter and in their first game were a little nervous.  Congratulations to all involved and we look forward to taking this success into Y8 and hopefully having more success in the leagues and tournaments.

The “Is It Worth It?” School Tour took place this week with Y7-Y10 being fully engaged.  The project was created to help raise awareness and reduce anti-social behaviour.  All students were given the opportunity to get involved with many receiving prizes.  The tour was supported by a local artist and endorsed by celebrities throughout the show.   The “Is It Worth It?” School Tour was an exciting sound and light experience which consisted of a mix of  interactive games, dance, musical performances and information.  Using a multi-sensory way of learning, the show appealed to a wide range of students.  At the end of the show each student was given a questionnaire to complete asking various questions including whether they enjoyed the event, if they are worried about being a victim of crime and how the roadshow has made them feel about crime and the Police.

mymaths.co.uk is now available on smart phone and tablets via an app called “Puffin Academy”.  This is free to download from each relevant app store.  We realise that access to mymaths has not been available through these devices until now but students can complete their mymaths homework and revision on their phones and tablets.

Our Y12 ‘A’ Level English Language students recently attended a lecture at Sheffield University, given by Professor David Crystal.  Professor Crystal is a widely published author and internationally renowned linguist.  His lecture gave a fascinating insight into the impact of modern technology - the internet, mobile phones, social networking - on our language.  The event was invaluable, especially as the students' AS exam is just a few weeks away.

This week saw the run of one of our most successful productions yet! Little shop of Horrors played to more than 500 people over three nights.  The audience thoroughly enjoyed the show, leaving many positive comments for the cast and production team.  On Monday, 500 students from local primary schools watched the dress rehearsal and sent many positive comments and letters of thanks to the cast and production team for which they were very grateful. Already, there is great excitement and speculation about what the next production will be!

All aspects of the show were a real credit to Sheffield Springs Academy showing students and staff at their very best. Cast members were treated to cupcakes, cookies and special certificates for their hard work, well done to:

Holly Akers

Melissa Rhodes

Amber Cheetham

Bethany Howard,

Katie Bell

Marshall Stocks

Josh Walley

Jack Walley

Oliver Daniels

Sam Myers

Kieron Holden

Charlie Thomas

Megan Garner

Gabrielle Ndiomo

Nichelle Moyo

Eleanor Corker

Elizabeth Bell

Courtney White

Megan Pinder

Emily Siddall

Amy Daniels

Cori Sinclair

Izzy Brice

Alex Lockwood

James Foster

Jamie-Lee Richardson

Dale Liversidge

Keeton Bark

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:


Amber Cheetham


Outstanding ATL and attainment in History – a true star


Rebekah Demir


Achieved a great Level Seven in her assessments this year


Bradley Mann


Excellent approach to learning in Science going the extra mile and doing so well in Mock Science Exams


Ruth Yedu


Excellent approach to learning in Science going the extra mile and doing so well in Mock Science Exams


Kier Fenwick


A monumental effort in recent weeks, which is bringing really encouraging results


Juvaghan Lewis


Deserves star of the week for his excellent written work in English. Brilliant.


Amber Douglas


For finishing the preparation for their German coursework well ahead of schedule, and to a very high standard.


Rhiane Freeman-Cain


For finishing the preparation for their German coursework well ahead of schedule, and to a very high standard.

Art, Design and Tech

Luke Loosemore


For his progress in Art this half term


Jade Dearn


Much improved effort and involvement in PE lessons, answering questions and helping others

The Friends of Sheffield Springs Academy (FOSSA) group (formerly the PTA) is holding a table top sale on Saturday 10th May to help raise money which will benefit the students of the Academy.  Further details about the event and how to book a table can be found on the attached flyer and on the website.  We hope you can give your support to their fund raising activities.  If you don’t want to sell items you could still support by way of attending FOSSA events. Just by going along and simply buying refreshments makes such a difference.  We look forward to welcoming you to the sale.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all an enjoyable break and remind you that all students should return on Monday 28th April on time, in correct uniform and fully equipped for learning.

Yours sincerely                                                Yours sincerely                                                  Yours sincerely

Russell Heritage                                               Lee Morritt                                                        Jeremy Richardson

Executive Principal                                         Associate Principal                                          Associate Principal


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