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17 October 2014

Principal’s Letter - Friday 17th October 2014

Dear Parents and Carers

Reminder to Y11 students: There are now only 4 school weeks to the start of the externally moderated exams on the 24th November.

With the onset of winter weather we are concerned that some of our students are coming to school without a waterproof coat.  In some cases this has meant them sitting in lessons in wet clothes.  We would welcome your support in ensuring that children dress appropriately for their journey.  We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that students should have a bag large enough to carry A4 folders and that mobile phones should not be seen in the Academy.  If they are they will be held by staff until the end of that school day.

Friday 3rd October saw 29 Y9 students return from an outward bound course at Aberdovey in North Wales.  The purpose of the programme was to challenge students in an outdoor environment to help develop important skills such as self-awareness, resilience, patience and communication.  They were involved in a number of outdoor challenges including a hike and overnight camp and a dip into the sea off a 5 metre high pier.  Students conducted themselves extremely well and were a credit to the Academy.  Congratulations to Bailey Power and Sam Morley who were awarded an £800 scholarship to go back to Aberdovey for a month’s course after their 15th birthdays.

We would like to thank the parents of Y11 students who attended our preparing for success evening last week.  Key messages around the importance of Y11 and post 16 progression were shared, if any parent has any follow up queries please do not hesitate to contact the relevant member of staff.

On Wednesday our Media and Performing Arts students together with a number of other Sheffield schools  had the amazing opportunity to link into a live Q&A via a video conference with award winning Writer/Director Anthony Chen.  They were able to ask him in-depth questions about his work in the film industry and the making of his new film.  This offered the students involved an insight into the difficulties and rewards of working within the film industry.  All the questions submitted by our students were asked to the Director and the students were very excited to have been a large part of the exclusive event.

Also on Wednesday, 40 Y7 students took part in a School Games Level 1 competition.  Students from the same school play against each other.  The games were run by Y10 students who form part of the Sports Leadership Academy.  All Y7 forms were represented, with the largest contingent coming from Endcliffe.

Well done to all students who attended auditions for this year’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”'. Auditions took place on Thursday 16th October with students performing to their best. The cast list will be confirmed next week ready for rehearsals to start on Thursday 6th November. Congratulations to everyone involved.

As part of the Academy’s drive for improvement in literacy, all students have access to the Academy’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC), not only during break and lunch time but also through allocated English lessons once every 2 weeks.  We would be grateful if you could remind your child to check the return date on any loans they may have and return or renew items, if necessary, this week.  All students returning loans to the LRC receive Vivo points.

We have been approached by Sheffield International Venue Leisure Centres to inform you that they offer free or heavily subsidised sports/leisure activities for students aged 11 – 19.  Please visit the site to access further information: https://www.sivltd.com/get-sheffield-fit.

Congratulations to last 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:


Libby Lee

Really enthusiastic, helpful and is keen to learn and improve her skills


Molly Mattless

Participated with enthusiasm and made every effort to improve her performances in both netball and fitness.


Shannon Milligan

Excellent, thoughtful creative writing in Springsboard lessons.


Alicia Ecksersley

Excellent, thoughtful creative writing in Springsboard lessons.


Emily Bradbury

Excellent attitude to learning.


Taylor Lee

Superb verbal contributions to class discussions.

Food Tech

Melissa Capps

Positive start to her GCSE food controlled assessment.

Product Design

Nathan Banks

Willingness to help others with their work and ICT problems.


Olivia Marsden

Producing fantastic pieces of descriptive writing today in English.


Tyler Fiddler

Producing fantastic pieces of descriptive writing today in English.


Christopher Robinson

Consistently showing 100% effort and completing ‘Gold’ tasks through Maths lessons.


Abbie Taylor

For her work ethic and attitude and attending every period 6 so far.


Attila Kolompar

Fantastic effort and achievement in Maths.


Callum Kirk

Excellent approach to learning.


Nike Allen

Excellent focus in class, great flexibility when working with others.


Georgia Evans

Enthusiastic and hard working at all times.

Yours Sincerely                                               Yours Sincerely                                                 Yours Sincerely

Russell Heritage                                              Lee Morritt                                                       Jeremy Richardson

Executive Principal                                        Associate Principal                                         Associate Principal



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