Headteacher’s Blog 11/10/2019

Important Dates



Year 7 Tutor Evening

Year 7 tutors are available to meet with parents on Thursday 31 October from 4:15 to 7:15 – please login to the online booking system here: www.parentsbooking.co.uk/downhammarket.  This is a great opportunity to see how your child has settled into life at DMA and we are looking forward to seeing you all there


Henry Moore Trip

Recently Art students in Years 11 and 13 took part in an artist-led workshop at Houghton Hall. The day focused on the sculpture and drawings of Henry Moore, and students were able to see many examples of Moores work both inside the Hall and around the grounds. They were introduced to the purpose and meaning behind Moores own work and despite the windy conditions worked outside with the workshop artist to produce some lively, expressive responses in chalk and charcoal to add to their own portfolios. We are grateful that this trip was partially funded by Neaco, an organisation which supports students in their aspirations and progression to higher education.


First PTA Event; Bingo Night!

Friends of Downham Market Academy are hosting their first large-scale fund raising event on Thursday 17th October in the Assembly Hall at the Academy. We cordially invite you, with friends and family, to enjoy an evening of bingo playing, refreshments and raffle. Doors open at 7pm with eyes down for 7:30pm. It would be amazing to get the PTA fund raising kicked off to a great start to enable re-investment back into the enrichment of your children’s experience at Downham Market Academy. There really are some fantastic prizes to be won through both the bingo and raffle from great local companies supporting the event.


Year 10 catering

This week a group of year 10 food students went to the College of West Anglia to experience a seafood workshop. The students were involved in investigating a range of seafood including fish, squid and crab. They were shown how to fillet, skin and portion the fish then got hands on having a go at preparing mackerel themselves. Finally students were able to taste a range of seafood prepared by the catering students at the college to experience the full range of flavours. 


Year 9 and 10 technology students

The technology department are investigating an exciting residential technology trip to London to take place at the end of June 2020. This will include Hospitality and Catering as well as The Shard, Olympic Park, Apple Store and more. Students with an interest in technology who would like more information about this opportunity should speak to a member of the technology department as soon as possible.  



Thank you to all parents who have brought issues around bus collection times in the morning to our attention – we are working with Norfolk County Council to rectify these.  If a bus is late collecting, please be reminded that students must wait for 30 minutes at the bus stop.  If students go home and do c


Reward Points

Congratulations to the following students who are the first to have reached Level 1 for reward points. This means that teachers are recognising your commitment to the Downham Market Academy ethos in lessons and around the Academy. 


Taya Bell

Ryan Berry

Evey Cornelius

Alex Easter

Kai Edwards

Rosie Futter

Mia Halls

Lauren Loth

Elsie Laws

Harriet Melia

Megan North

Robbie Reeve

Mia Richardson

Aston Riley

Daisy Saxby

Isla Sivell

Frankie Tume

Hayden Wescombe


Year 11 Maths

The following topics will be on year 11’s maths assessment next week. Revision should be focussed on these areas to help them prepare. Revision guides,www.corbettmaths.com, vle.mathswatch.co.uk and www.onmaths.com are all great resources to use.




Venn diagrams

Scatter graphs

Simultaneous equations

Exchange rates

Standard form


Speed time graphs* 

Coordinate geometry – equations of perpendicular lines








Use of calculator

Parts of circles

Listing combinations


Angle facts

Function machines

Money calculations

Solving equations

Percentage change

Pie charts

Venn diagrams

Scatter graphs

Simultaneous equations

Compound interest


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