Headteacher’s Blog 13/12/2019

Important Dates



Christmas Jumper Day

Next Thursday (19 December), we will be taking part in Christmas Jumper Day, the national fundraiser organised by the Save the Children charity. All students and staff are invited to wear a Christmas jumper for the day. We ask that everyone makes a minimum donation of 1 that will go to this very worthwhile charity. We do not expect parents or children to buy a Christmas jumper specifically for this event it is the donation to charity that is the most important. If your child does not own a Christmas jumper, we are happy for him/her to decorate a normal jumper with Christmas items such as tinsel and baubles. All other items of uniform remain the same, namely black shoes; white shirt and tie.


DMA Yr9 Girls Basketball Team

On Tuesday 10th December the KS3 Basketball Team competed in the West Norfolk Competition and KLA.  Strong competition saw the miss out on progressing forwards to the County Rounds. Well done girls!



Are you a native speaker of French / German / Spanish ? Are you willing to give up a little time to speak to our KS4 students ? We are looking for people who can speak French, German or Spanish to allow our year 11 students a bit more practice speaking in the run up to their speaking exams in April. If you are able to spend a little time ( even 10 minutes would be great) before school ( 8:159:55), at lunch ( 12:50-1:20) or after school ( 3:00-4:00), we would be very grateful. If you can, or if you would like further information, please contact Julie Cowan, Head of MFL by email : j.cowan@downhammarketacademy.co.uk


Year 7 Ovid Competition Finals

On Tuesday 3rd December, five Year 7 Latin students took the train into Cambridge to attend the finals of the Ovid Mythology Competition at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Ovid was an ancient Roman author whose myths they have been studying this term. Evalyn, Lilyrose-Lynn, Lilly-Jo, Chloe and Roland had all produced amazing creative responses to the myth of Prometheus. When the student arrived they were sent off on a competitive scavenger hunt around the museum to find artefacts that linked to the myths they had studied. The students were very quick at spotting these (some of which we had seen before in class) and had a great eye for detail. They chose a sculpture of a king vulture as their favourite object as it reminded them of the bird which ate Prometheus’ liver each day. They then had a story-telling session where they learnt about the myth of Odysseus. Finally, there was a prize giving session where students were all given Commended certificates for their work. To top it all off, however, they announced that the Downham Market team, The Greek Mythologists, had won the scavenger hunt and beaten all the other schools there!

The students won books, badges and post cards and enjoyed a triumphant train ride home.


Mock General Election

Students at Downham participated in their first mock general election in several years. Timed to coincide with the nation, students went to the polls throughout the day, which were staffed and tellered by a fantastic team of Y12 and Y13 politics students. The results are below:


At the sixth form Labour  won

At the Bexwell site the Green Party won

The over all combined result was as follows:

Conservatives 120

Labour 115

Greens 115

Lib Dems 33



NCS is the most exciting youth movement in the country right now. Recognised by UCAS and employers alike, it’s a fun experience that looks to help our young people with building their skills and confidence. This is all done in an environment that allows the them to have one of the most rewarding and enjoyable times of their lives, in what will be the longest Summer break from education they will ever have. Making new friends is a guarantee, and getting a taste of university life as one of the two residential weeks is something that all parents really value from the programme. As mentioned, this programme happens in the Summer holidays, so think of it as a reward after all their and hard work and effort gone into completing their GCSE’s. there are many different dates to fit around Summer commitments. 


Young people sign up for the fun, and parents sign up for the confidence and independence they know it helps to grow in every young individual who becomes an NCS graduate. 


The NCS team will be coming in to speak to all the Downham Market Academy Year 11’s in the Spring term, but right now if you wanted to sign them up before Christmas, there is a special offer where you can sign up for 30 instead of the standard 50. This offer is only valid until the 31st of December. The signing up fee unlocks the 1450 funding for them which pays for all the activities, food, travel and accommodation etc. 100,000 young people across the country take advantage of this funding every year. 


To find out more details and sign up (spaces are limited) please go to https://wearencs.com and go through the sign up link. You can also speak to the contact centre and sign up and pay over the phone on 0800 197 8010 


We are looking forward to having the NCS team  speaking with the Year 11’s at Downham Market Academy early next year. You may also want to speak to the NCS team at the Year 11 Parents Evening on the 23rd of January where they will have a parent information stall.  

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