Headteacher’s Blog 24/05/2019

Important Dates


                      27th– 31st May Half Term


Year 10 London Art Trip

An exciting trip to The Tate Britain in London is planned for Year 10 GCSE Art students on 18th July. They will view the Van Gogh in Britain exhibition, and explore the permanent collections of artwork. This visit is an important part of preparation for GCSE art, and we hope that every Year 10 art student will be able to attend.

Trip consent forms have been sent to parents of Year 10 art students by email this week if you have not yet received an email about the trip, please email r.nicholson@downhammarketacademy to confirm your current email address. We will then forward you the trip details. Many thanks.


Year 13

 Good luck to all year 13 students who are now sitting their formal A level examinations, and well done to students who have completed coursework assessments.  A hugh congratulations should also go to the leavers ball committee who are tirelessly working towards raising money for their leavers ball, fundraising activities have ranged from bake sales, tombolas and today making and selling delicious ice cream smoothies and cookies – a real end of term treat!



Good luck to Cameron who is representing Norfolk at an event in Dublin after half term where young people from across the whole world are working together on anti-bullying.  We will be sharing some of Cameron’s experiences with other students and hopefully implementing some new ideas into our approach to preventing bullying.


Careers Support – Year 10

Our Year 10 students will soon be required to make applications to post-16 providers. Applications to DMA sixth form will open in September, as will applications to local colleges. To support our students with their next steps, a number of activities are planned. 






Further support can be found on Norfolk’s website called www.helpyouchoose.org  Here you will find extremely useful information about post-16 providers including details of all open evenings at local providers. This website is also the site students will use to make their post-16 applications on, to any post-16 provider in Norfolk. Further information about this website will also be available to students and parents on 18th July.


Duke of Edinburgh

On weekend of 11th and 12th May both Year 9s and 10s went on their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. The year 10s were hiking around Thetford forest, they successfully navigated and camped their way to completing the expedition section of the Bronze D of E – a massive congratulations to them. 

Year 9s were successful on their practise expedition, and are well set for their assessment expedition in July. Current Year 8s will get an opportunity in September to sign up for Bronze D of E and Year 10s in September will get the opportunity to sign up for Silver – even if they have not completed Bronze.

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