#ThisWeekatSAW – 21st April 2023

[21 Apr 2023]

Message from the Head of School:

The students have been welcomed back into the Academy this week after their Easter break. Thank you to all students who worked in the Academy over the Easter period in preparation for their examinations this summer. It was fantastic to see so many students in all year groups engaging with the activities with support offered by our subject experts. Thank you to parents and carers for supporting.

We have had a busy start to the term. The Celebration assemblies have awarded our Expert Learners from the previous term and we have had some success this week with our sports teams. Well done to all those students involved with representing the Academy in Sports and to those gaining and maintaining Expert Learner status!

Please continue to encourage your child, regardless of their year group to respect their education by working hard, completing their homework and extended learning and for attending any revision or additional sessions they are invited to.

Attendance remains a significant priority for the academy. Please continue to ensure your child is attending the Academy every day to ensure no learning is missed. There is a significant correlation between academic success and attendance. This half term holds two bank holidays and two days of industrial action which will disrupt the upcoming academy weeks so please ensure every day the academy is open that your child is attending to limit any missed learning.

Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter socials for an updated view of all Academy events and visits.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

Enrichment Timetable

Please see the Enrichment Timetable for half-term 5 below. Students should be encouraged to attend. All clubs are free of charge.

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Year 8 Parents / Carers Evening

The Year 8 Parents / Carers Evening will be held on Thursday 4th May. Letters will be delivered home over the weekend or early next week. Students to begin collecting appointments from staff.


Red, White and Blue Day

As per the letter sent home, we will be holding a red, white and blue day on Friday 28th April to recognise the upcoming Coronation of King Charles. Students can wear items of red, white or blue clothing and any donations will be accepted for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.


Information from the MFL Department

Thursday May 4th – Home language speaking examinations. Polish is pending possible change but students will be notified. Your support with this would be greatly appreciated.

W/C May 8th Year 11 language students will be completing their GCSE speaking examination. Your support with this would be greatly appreciated.

KS3 – Homework set weekly on Language Gym – students set up their own account using their school email and a class code available from their teacher.

Y8 Challenge this half term – Students to create a fact file of a Francophone or Hispanic country.  Help available Wednesdays after school in 363 with Mrs Hepworth.

Y8 French trip parental meetings Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th April. Parents should refer to MyEd message sent by Mrs Fairless 18.04.23 for further information.


RESPECT for Education – Lesson 1 Content

This week the students have completed the following tasks in their Lesson 1 lessons. Please discuss with them as we continue to develop the knowledge of our students:


Culture Task

To tie in with World Earth Day, the students looked at the contribution of Steve Irwin. Famous for his popular ‘Crocodile Hunter’ TV show, Irwin raised awareness of money for supporting wildlife and the environment as well as running Australia Zoo.


Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Should more be done to protect our oceans?’


Character Education

Character Education is a time-tabled lesson within our Lesson 1 curriculum in which students focus on skills and traits which will allow them to be successful in not only their academic studies but also in other aspects of their life.


This week students have focused on:

Year 7 through to Year 10 students have focused on completing goal-setting grids and WOW planners in their student planners as we are beginning a new term.

All students have also had an online workshop led by Kevin Mincher from Unstoppable Teen to introduce them to their new module for this term.


RESPECT for Education- Curriculum Area ‘Students of the Week’

Each Curriculum Area will nominate a student each week who has shown through their lessons that they have met the RESPECT values of the Academy. The reason for the selection is highlighted below:

Curriculum Area

Student Name Reason for Nomination
English Cameron W
(Year 10)

For trying incredibly hard with creative writing and making considered vocabulary choices.

Business Enterprise

Stevie K
Chidimma D
Klenam A
Nawal A
Poppy S
Evie W
(All Year 11)
Level 2 Distinction in external exam (Highest in the year group)

Level 2 Distinction in external exam, an increase from Merit.

20 mark increase in external exam.

26 mark increase in external exam.

15 mark increase in external exam.

12 mark increase in external exam.

MFL Bethany W
Gabija M
Amalia M
(All Year 11)

Always give 100% in all aspects of their learning. Also attend intervention sessions and Easter revision.


Alfie C
Olaf K
(Year 10)
For consistently following all of the school’s respect values in every lesson.
Health and Social Care Charrel W
Lexie S
(Year 11)

For continuing effort in their Health and Social Care Coursework.

Lesson 1

Thomas E
(Year 7)
Gave some good ideas to help improve the quality of sleep.
Lesson 1 Matipa M
(Year 8)

Give thoughtful, insightful responses in discussion.

Lesson 1

Charlie B
(Year 8)
Very engaged in the topic, was reading the work out to the class and improving his literacy skills.
Lesson 1 Sydney A
(Year 8)

Sydney always offers her sensible and mature answers and opinions whilst being respectful of others at all times.

Lesson 1

Isaac W
(Year 9)
Always having positive contributions to class whatever the topic we are covering.
Lesson 1 Lillie H
(Year 7)

Excellent PSHE mind map design.

KS3 Spellings- RESPECT for Education

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be tested each week on a set of spellings. This is to improve their basic literacy skills. We encourage parents / carers to engage in this activity with your child to support their learning. This week’s spellings to be learnt are:

Year 7

  1. Horror
  2. Psychological​
  3. Abduction
  4. Occurrences    ​
  5. Exaggerated
  6. Decaying​
  7. Terror
  8. Mysterious​
  9. Fearfulness
  10. Superstitious

Year 8

  1. Propriety
  2. Retribution​
  3. Dandy
  4. Rehabilitation​
  5. Etiquette
  6. Deterrence ​
  7. Magistrate
  8. Incapacitation​
  9. Gallows
  10. Counselling

Year 9

  1. Oppressive
  2. Manacles​
  3. Domineering
  4. Hearse​
  5. Decaying
  6. Corruption​
  7. Colossal
  8. Hopelessness​
  9. Wreckage
  10. Insignificance

Final thought

“Do what you need to do now, to allow you to do what you want to do in the future”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 28th April 2023; enjoy the week ahead!

Mr A Kay (Assistant Head Teacher- Pastoral and Attitudes to Learning)

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