Headteacher’s Blog 10/05/2019

 Important Dates


                       27th– 31st May Half Term


End of Year Exams

Key Stage 3 begin their end of year exams on Monday over a two week period. Please support your child at home with revising, they will receive preparation lessons in school. After Half Term Year 10 and Year 12 will have their mock examinations starting on Monday 17th June.


Year 11 

Good luck to all our Year 11 students as they start their written GCSE exams next week.  The standard of work produced in the Art exam this week has been phenomenal and we are really pleased with the skills shown in Language oral exams and practical aspects of some courses such as PE and Engineering.  The next four weeks will be the culmination of a long period of hard work for Year 11 and we have everything crossed for them.  Next week we have exams in ICT, Biology, PE, French, English Literature, Drama and Portuguese – GOOD LUCK!


A reminder that morning exams start at 9am so it is important everyone is here for 8:30 so we can have a relaxed start.  On Monday and Friday some students have the opportunity to revise independently at home from 11:45 but otherwise, all revision sessions are compulsory.

Art GCSE Final Exams

Congratulations to everyone who sat their GCSE Art practical exam this week. We are very proud of your focus and determination to succeed, which was evident in the wonderful responses you all produced on the theme of Reflection. Well done!

Dont forget, you still need to attend the timetabled Art sessions throughout May and June. This is essential to ensure that your Unit 1 coursework is complete, fully polished, and ready to present to the examiner in order to secure your highest possible grade.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Yr 9 x 38 students are heading out on their practise expedition this weekend alongside 55 Yr 10s completing their Bronze Assessment expedition. The pupils are all packed and ready to go, the only question is whether the weather will be kind to them! It is fantastic to see so many students involved and the support of parents in enabling them to have such a fantastic opportunity. Here is to a great, dry and successful walking and camping weekend!


Mental Health Support


You may have seen in the news about the new 24/7 text support line for young people experiencing a difficult moment with regards their mental health. Further details can be found here… https://www.giveusashout.org/


Royal Norfolk Show

Please can parents check for emails from ‘evolve’, asking them to sign up to both the Royal Norfolk Show (Y7). We hope all Year 7’s will join us for this celebratory end of year experience.

Those having trouble signing up or paying for the Royal Norfolk show should email Mr Hewitt at n.hewitt@downhammarketacademy.co.uk


Year 7 Parents Evening

It was great to see so many parents come and discuss their childs progress at the year 7 parents evening on Thursday. As a cohort, there are a large number of students meeting and exceeding their already aspirational potential grades and these may be enhanced to challenge potential grades to give students something higher to aim for.


Parents BBQ

Thank you to all of those who have RSVP’d to the BBQ invite via the link in the email from Evolve. We have had a fantastic response and are very much looking forward to the event. However, it has been brought to our attention the link in the email has expired. We will resolve this as soon as possible and send another link. If you have already replied you do not need to use the new link produced.


Insight Discover

Twelve students from Year 7 have been taking part in a series of activities run by Insight Discover in association with The University of Cambridge. This included a visit to Cambridge, online mentoring and creating a shoebox entitled ‘All about me’. The programme will culminate in an event at Lynn Museum on Thursday 23rd May where students will receive a certificate and all shoeboxes will be exhibited including those made by students from a number of other schools. We congratulate these students for all their hard work and look forward to the next phase of the project as they move into Year 8.


Insight Plus

Insight+ is run in association with The University of Cambridge and aimed at sixth form students to support them in one of Physics, Chemistry or English A Levels. Eight students from Year 13 took part this year and we are hoping to have a number of our Year 12 students participate with the programme as they move into their second year of studies with us. There will be an event in July to celebrate those who have participated this year and also launch the programme for those who will be doing so next year.


Rewards Cookies

Students receive Above and Beyond Points for exhibiting one of a number of outstanding character traits either within lessons or around the school. Certain milestones of points allow students to achieve a higher level with 30 points equating to Level 2 for example. For each new level achieved from Level 2 upwards, students will be rewarded with a free cookie. This week, the first round of cookie vouchers were distributed in house assemblies and exchanged at lunchtimes for a free cookie. With a large number of students very close to reaching Level 2, we hope to see more cookie vouchers distributed in assemblies in the near future.


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