|Parents' Information Evening:||Thursday 24 September|
|Parents' Evening: Meet teaching staff||4 February|
|Progress reports||early January, late March, mid July|
|End of year exams||mid June (these will replicate the exam scenario for formal GCSEs to give students a taste of what this period will feel like the following year)|
Downham Market Academy term dates.
It is important to us that our students feel they belong to the Downham Market Academy community. We recognise that the Academy is very large so we have created smaller communities within it that students can relate to and feel a part of.
All students are allocated to a House at Downham Market Academy and this is denoted by the colour of the tie:
- Duffy Blue
- Dyson Green
- Holmes Red
- Peake Purple
Each House is led by a Head and Deputy Head of House, full details can be viewed here. Students will be encouraged to compete in various activities throughout the year and represent their House.
Each student will be in a tutor group with other students from Years 8, 9 and 10 and they will see their tutor every morning for twenty minutes at the start of the day. This tutor is the primary port of contact for both students and parents and will be able to offer advice and a supportive ear should there be any problems. The benefits of being in a vertical form with students from other year groups include:
- Receiving advice from older students about key decisions such as the options process
- Benefitting from the experience of older students around difficult social situations
- Being able to pass on experience and act as mentors for younger students
- Learning different points of view
For students with Special Educational Needs, our SENCo, Dr Natalie Paine, and Assistant SENCo, Mrs Bev Ireland, are able to offer specific and bespoke support and advice to students and parents.
At Downham Market Academy our aim is to work with parents to ensure that all our students receive the most from their education and reach their full potential. Research commissioned by the Department for Education shows missing school for even one day can mean a child is less likely to achieve good grades, which can have a damaging effect on their life chances.
Regular attendance is a minimum of 96%; akin to attending 182 of the possible 190 days this year. This would mean having no more than 8 days of absence between now and the end of the academic year in July. A lower attendance impacts outcomes; attend less and you will achieve less. We are keen to work with parents and carers to support students to attend all the time and a number of options are available as outlined in the letter below that is provided to all parents and carers at the start of the academic year.
For information on how to report an absence or apply for any term time holidays, please visit here.
At Downham Market Academy, our curriculum provides all students of different starting points and needs access to a full range of subjects. Students study the same broad range of subjects through lessons and structures tailored to their needs. The curriculum aspires to provide a quality, broad, interesting and challenging range of subjects and topics which ensures students are always ready for the next phase of their education as well as ensuring they are prepared for life in modern Britain.
In Year 10 students embark on their GCSE (or equivalent) course of study. All students will study the core subjects: English, Maths, Science and Ethics. This will be supplemented by up to three option subjects that students will have chosen during Year 9.
Each subject area has prepared a short overview of the topics taught in Year 10 that can be accessed using the links at the bottom of our curriculum pages here.