Headteacher’s Blog 14/12/2018

Important Dates



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Downham Market Academy!


Socks for the Homeless


This half term, our year 7 students have been supporting the ‘socks for the homeless’ charity.


The charity asked for donations of a new pair of socks filled with a few small toiletry items or gifts such as such as combes, toothpastes, toothbrushes, soap or deodorants, which are to be distributed to homeless people over the Christmas period.


Due to the generosity of Downham Market Academy’s Year 7 students, their families and local businesses like Boots, Tesco and The Downham Dental Practice, there are now over 90 Christmas Socks ready to be delivered. This is an amazing achievement, showing the compassion and generosity of our students, their families and local businesses.




Congratulations to all y11 GCSE students for their successes in their recent mock exam, students produced their refined outcomes to a high standard. Well done everyone. We look forward to the New Year and the delivery of their final Unit 2 in January.




The January and GCE/GCSE Summer 2019 Exam Timetables are now available to view on the DMA website. These are all official exams and students who are involved in the January 2019 exams have already been given an individual exam timetable to help them prepare.


Holmes House Update


Holmes House have given Christmas shoe boxes to the elderly in the community. Students donated small items to go into a box.


Homes House is going to support The Alzheimer’s Society whilst also carrying on education regarding Cancer Charities.  The House Council & Forms voted on which charity to support but it was felt that we should remain understanding about cancer charities whilst giving our support to the Alzheimer’s Society for the remaining part of this academic Year.


Frank Parks in Year 11 has been recently qualified for the British Powerlifting Championships that will happen after Christmas.


Year 11 GCSE Trip to Cambridge 24th and 25th January


A visit to Cambridge has been organised for the GCSE Geography groups, on the 24th and 25th January, to take part in a compulsory field trip to collect data for their Paper 3 exam in June 2019. A and B band will be going on the 24th September, and C and D band will be going on the 25th September. During the day, students will work in groups to collect data in Cambridge city centre. Letters have gone out W/C 10/12/2018, and the deadline for permission slips and the financial contribution is the 17th January. Many thanks, Miss S Worsley (Head of Geography and Trip Organiser).


A-level Geography revision sessions


Starting on the first week back after Christmas, the Geography department will be hosting A-level revision sessions at Ryston from 3:15 to 4:15 every Thursday. It is expected that Year 13 students attend all sessions, but it is open to Year 12’s who would like to go over their lessons, enhanced learning or benefit from working with the Year 13’s in their revision. 

Eco club

The Geography department has recently started up eco club. This is a student lead club designed to help make DMA more environmentally friendly. The students involved are: Josh Williamson; Sophie Gooding-Lewis; Amber Jones; Phoebe Langley; Kacey Welland; Aurora Jones; Evey Cornelius; Eliza Ward and Jack Smith. The eco club has democratically elected Kacey Welland as the chair of eco club.

The school has been entered in to the green flag award, which is an internationally recognised certification to say that DMA is environmentally friendly. The students will be completing talks over the course of the year to fulfil the requirements for this award.

Iceland 2020

The Geography department have been looking to go on a field trip to Iceland in 2020. This would involve taking 30 year 9 and 10 students (current year 8 and 9) to Iceland for 4 days. The trip will provide new and exciting experiences for those involved, including glacier walking and swimming in the secret lagoon.

GCSE and A-level

Miss Worsley and Mr Hewett would like thank Year 11 and 13 Geographers for all their hard work during their mock exams. There was vast progress from the last set of mocks, and while there is still a lot of hard work to do, there was lots to celebrate. There was also great success with the Year 13 mock exams. Well done everyone!

Year 10 have also worked incredibly hard, and their work ethic and progress has improved dramatically since the beginning of the year. So from all of us, very well done! Here’s to a well deserved break and a happy and successful 2019!


GSCE Exam Contingency Day


The JCQ have introduced an Exam Contingency Day to the season on 26th June 2019. 


This means that should a national or local emergency arise resulting in a cancellation of an official exam that this would automatically be rescheduled to the 26 June date. Parents therefore need to ensure that their son/daughter is available on this date too should a rescheduled exam become necessary.


6th Form Update


Alison Hornby director of 6th Form will be leaving us at the end of term for a new position. We would like to wish her every success and thank her for her hard work during her time with us.


Taking over from Alison will be Clare Hargraves who is currently a deputy head at Chesterton Community College.


Christmas Concert


On Wednesday 12th December our very talented Year 10 and 11 students performed a range of choral and instrumental pieces. They all performed with such confidence and enthusiasm. Well done to everyone involved!


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