Headteacher’s Blog 07/09/2018

Important Dates

• 21st September – Non Uniform Day – Jeans for Genes
• 27th September – Year 8,9,10,11 Parents Information Evening (Please see more information below)
• 27th September – Year 12 and 13 Parents Information Evening(Please see more information below)

Full dates for the rest of the term will be published in next weeks blog.

Welcome

It’s been lovely to welcome everyone back to school and especially our new Year 7 who have made a very impressive start, looking very smart in their new uniform. We welcome lots of new staff this year in a range of subjects including 3 new members to the senior team.

GCSE Results

Congratulations to last year’s Year 11, who achieved some very impressive individual performances. 62% achieved a pass in Maths and 72% in English. This is a 10% improvement from last year. There were 33 grade 9s, across subjects including English and Maths, Languages, Sciences and Humanities as well as subjects like Art and RE. Vocational subjects did particularly well achieving high grades in subjects such as Engineering where nearly half the students achieved at least a Distinction. Although progress 8 is difficult to predict at this point, the English and Maths progress 8 grades look very promising, with a significant rise this year. The sixth form continued to impress with all students achieving the grades they needed to move on to their Post 18 destinations. We wish them well in wherever they go next.

Summer Study School

Last week, the Aspire Students from Year 13 attended the Summer Study School (28-31 August) where students caught a coach each morning and went to Cambridge for a full 9-5 day of sessions before returning home on the coach in the evening. The aim of the week was to refresh some of the core content from Year 12 and start to introduce topics and ideas for their Year 13 study. The Academic Sessions were delivered by qualified teaching professionals and we designed to be curriculum relevant but stretching and challenging. Alongside the Academic Sessions, students also attended some IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) Sessions to get them thinking carefully about their next steps. We looked at how to research and select universities, along with a session on Personal Statements.

Survey Results

As well as aspiring for all students to make outstanding academic progress and achieve all their potential grades, we want to ensure the safety and well-being of all the young people that come to DMA. To that end, a comprehensive survey was carried out in the summer term last year asking for feedback from students, parents and staff. This feedback has been used to improve the pastoral support offered to students as follows:
> Signposting to local and national support agencies for students both online (http://downhammarketacademy.co.uk/information/concerns-and-safety/students-concerned-health-welfare/) and on a noticeboard in the Academy
> Online form for reporting instances of bullying
> New anti-bullying policy
> Training for staff on their pastoral responsibilities and practises
> Larger safeguarding team
> More direct support from external agencies to be on site and offer more immediate support

Parents Information Evenings

An Information Evening for parents of students in years 8, 9, 10 and 11 has been organised for 27th September at the Academy:
> Year 11: 5pm – 5:45pm in the Assembly Hall
> Year 10: 5pm- 5:45pm in the Dining Hall
> Year 9: 6pm- 6:45pm in the Assembly Hall
> Year 8: 6pm- 6:45pm in the Dining Hall
There will also be a Year 12 and Year 13 Parents information evening held at the Ryston 6th Form site on the 27th September from 5-6pm.

All parents are strongly encouraged to come along and hear what the year ahead has in store for their children.

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