Headteacher’s Blog #9 10/11/2017
- We were pleased to invite Liz Truss and Jonathan Lewis (Deputy Regional Commissioner) to our monthly Parents Forum which took place last Friday. Richard Auffret from the Cambridgeshire Educational Trust gave a presentation on E-Safety and I updated those present on recent developments at the Academy. Our next meeting will be Wednesday 6 December at 5.00 pm in the Library.
- Congratulations to all 495 (yes 495!) students who achieved 100% attendance for the first half term. Excellent attendance is crucial to academic achievement and being here every day has given these students the best possible opportunity to do well. Celebration certificates were handed out in assemblies last week – can we top that number this half term?
- All students should now have their homework booklets. If any student is missing theirs they should see Mrs Knott who will be able to let them have the booklets they need.
- As of Monday we will be starting homework intervention, this is to support those students who are struggling to submit homework on time.
- From this point, any student who is given 3 or more detentions for not completing homework will be placed in homework intervention for 2 weeks. This means that they will be expected to stay for the duration of period 6 (3.00 – 4.00 pm) where they will be supported in the Library to complete the work that they have been set.
- Please refer to our website for the most recent edition of the Support Session timetable for students. Due to high demand from Year 11 students preparing for Mock Exams, extra sessions have been organised in a number of subject areas. If your child has received a formal invitation to attend these sessions, please do support us in ensuring that he/she attends, as a genuine need has been identified.
- We have been busy making sure that students in Year 11 have every opportunity available to them to do well in their exams this year. English, Maths and Science intervention forms started on Thursday of this week – this short but regular boost will be high-impact revision and consolidation for students who need a little extra help. Some students will be doing extra option lessons during the day and most students have been recommended to attend at least one period 6 intervention session. These will appear on timetables and, if subject staff contact you to arrange for your child to attend these sessions, please do support us in enabling them to make the most of this extra tuition.
- The mock exams for Year 11 start on Monday with Maths (please see our website for the full timetable). It is absolutely crucial that all students attend all mock exams and treat this period as though it were the real thing. Any student not attending exams will be expected to sit them in an after school session as these will provide us with a crucial marker on their progress towards the final exams and areas of weakness to improve. Please also ensure that your child arrives fully prepared for each exam: on time, at the correct venue and knowing which row and seat number they are using (this information can be found on their personal exam timetable); a calculator where appropriate, a ruler, protractor and plenty of pens and pencils.
- Year 9, 10, 12 and 13 students went to see the National Theatre production of Hedda Gabler on tour at Norwich Theatre Royal. Not only were students impeccably behaved but they were excited and inspired by the complexity of the performance, it was fabulous to hear their personal interpretations of the play afterwards.
- Information has been sent home with students about 2 upcoming non-uniform days.
The Downham Market Academy (DMA) Local Governing Body (LGB) will work closely with the Cambridgeshire Educational Trust to help DMA with its local affairs.
· Parent Governors
We now have three volunteers who would be willing to be elected as new Parent Governors on the newly formed LGB:
Peter Burt, Susie Louise White and Helen Richings.
We also have two existing Parent Governors who are willing to continue:
Rebecca Young Nicholson and Andy Rayner.
If there are any other parents out there who would like to be considered, or who just want to know what would be involved, please contact the Head’s PA in the first instance. Governors are elected for a 4-year term of office.
· Community Governors are appointed internally by the LGB and are people from the local community who bring along their skills and are interested in working with the school. We have two volunteers who will be appointed as Community Governors:
Steve Waters and Simon Prior
We also have two existing Community Governors who are willing to continue:
Sarah-Jane Napper and Jeanette Redding.
Again, if you would like to suggest any others, please let us know.
· Staff Governors
Andrew Crumpton and Brian Reeve-Hayes have volunteered to be our staff Governors, in addition to Headteacher Rolf Purvis, so we are nearly up and running.
· Our next meeting will be on the 7 December 2017.
- On Sunday 26 November, the Academy will be holding a Car Boot Sale, please contact Mr Harris or Mrs Appleby for further details.
- One of our ex-students, Fennie Gibbs, is now working for the NHS in the “Healthwatch” team. She is currently gathering information on NHS dental services for children and would like your feedback. For more information: bit.ly/2zs8LgE