Sutton Community Academy

Sutton Community Academy is part of the family of Academy Transformation Trust academies.

Our mission is to transform learning, aspirations and opportunities for all our pupils, and the communities in which they live.

We believe that every child matters and deserves a first class education. We believe everyone has hidden potential to be uncovered and nurtured.

Our extensive family of primary and secondary academies are based in the Midlands, East of England and South East.

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Brierley Forest Nursery and Primary School

Brierley 1Brierley 2Brierley Forest Primary and Nursery school invited some of our students to work with the nursery and foundation year children at their fun Halloween day. Spooky themed crafts were made where the students got to engage and work with the 3-5 year old’s and experience working in a nursery setting. A fun day was had by all involved.

Ofsted Inspection September 2014

Our latest Ofsted inspection was carried out in mid-September 2014. A copy of the report will be sent home with all students and the report can be viewed via the link below.

All schools can make improvements and we are no exception. The Ofsted team recognised that we have improved since becoming an academy but there are areas that we need to work on. This meant we did not achieve a higher grade than in our previous inspection.

We were very pleased to see the hard work and commitment of all our staff, pupils, parents and Governors recognised by Ofsted, as well as that of our sponsor, Academy Transformation Trust.

In the future, we will be continuing to focus on improving teaching and we will be using the report as another stepping stone on the way towards an outstanding education for all at Sutton Community Academy.

Ofsted Report 2014     Ofsted Letter to parents

Some key points from the inspection: 

  • This school has improved since becoming an Academy
  • The curriculum is generally broad and balanced
  • Vocational courses are a strength of the Academy
  • The positive behaviour of the students reflects their good moral and social development
  • Senior leaders and teachers have made extra-curricular activities a popular option
  • Leaders have secured improvements in the achievement of disadvantaged students
  • Senior and middle leaders have successfully developed an atmosphere of care and safety in the academy
  • The academy’s sponsor offers a range of support and professional development opportunities for teachers and senior leaders
  • The behaviour of students is good. Relationships between teachers and students are very good and these have developed well over time.
  • Students work together exceptionally well
  • Students consistently display positive attitudes in lessons
  • Students take pride in their appearance
  • The academy’s work to keep students safe and secure is good
  • The marking of students work is regular and detailed, and helps students to make good progress in their subjects
  • Teachers plan lessons that are well structured
  • Governors are fully aware of their responsibilities, and they provide effective challenge and support to senior leader
  • The new principal has accurately identified areas for development and has begun to address these
  • Attainment in academic qualifications has improved significantly in 2014
  • Achievement in vocational qualifications is good
  • Behaviour and safety are good, with positive peer relationships contributing to the caring and friendly ethos of the school.

Tim Croft


Sports Day with a Twist – Friday 3rd October

sports 2Sports Day with a twist was organised by Natwest in partnership with Sutton Community Academy.  Local businesses joined together to compete in a series of fun sporting activities such as wheelchair basketball, cider bobbing and the desert island challenge.

Ollie Hynd, the paralympic, Commonwealth, British, European and World Swimming champion MBE came along to join in with the fun and show off his vast collection of medals.

The event was a fantastic opportunity to showcase Sutton Community Academy’s leisure facilities and catering facilities as all participants were able to end the night with a well deserved meal of homemade chips and burgers whilst the winning team ‘Specsavers’ were presented with the title of ‘Ashfield Cup’.


Sutton Community Academy Bake Off

ellie may 2Coffee morning TimThe staff and students of Sutton Community Academy held their own version of the ‘Great British Bake Off’ recently.  The new Principal, Mr Tim Croft, tried all of the competition entries and gave judgements in true Paul Hollywood style!  Thankfully there were no ‘soggy bottoms’, just plenty of ‘good bakes’.  The winner of student competition was Ellie May from Year 10 whilst the staff competition was won by a team of three teachers: Ines Santo, Dehbia Goumeziane and Rosie Honeyman-Smith. The £290 raised was donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.


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Year 10 History Trip

school 2school 1As part of the national World War One Centenary Battlefields tour, two Year 10 students (Olivia and Imogen) and Simon Hutchinson (Head of History) travelled with a party of other staff and students from schools across the East Midlands to spend a weekend in Belgium/France.

The Saturday itinerary included a visit to the largest British cemetery at Tyne Cot and the Paschendale Museum at Zonnebeke.  On the Sunday the group visited the Somme region of France, including the Thiepval Monument, the Ulster Tower and Lochnagar Crater.  On their way back to the UK they visited the In Flanders Fields Museum, the death cells at Popperinge and Lijsenthoek Cemetery before returning to the UK.

The students made some new friends and had a fascinating insight into the First World War. They now plan to share their experience by beginning a community based project in the area.

Family Fun Day – Teversal Cricket Ground

Ad Ed 2Sutton Community Academy attended the family fun day and coffee morning at Teversal Cricket ground on Saturday in aid of ‘We are Macmillan’ cancer support. The event was well attended with lots of activities and entertainment for all the family. The free nail art and glitter tattoos that the SCA team provided went down a storm with even Queen Elsa getting in on the act.

Harvest Market

Harvest Festival 1Sutton Community Academy took part in Ashfield’s Harvest market held on Sunday on Sutton outdoor market place. We provided free kids activities as well as selling grass seed heads and sunflower kits which were made by adult learners with additional needs. The weather was perfect for people to enjoy browsing the various stalls selling plants, cakes, handmade crafts and homegrown produce.

Sports Bronze Level Award

Bronze SportsSutton Community Academy has achieved a bronze level award as part of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme.  The award is in recognition of the high level of commitment shown to the development of competition within both the school and the wider community.

In order to gain this award the Academy had to meet a set of demanding criteria.  In fact, the criteria are so demanding that not all the schools that applied were lucky enough to achieve the award. Sutton Community Academy is one of only two schools in the Ashfield area to have a bronze award for 2013-2014.

The assessment team from Sainsbury’s particularly liked the fact that the Academy promotes a wide range of sports and that every student achieves a leadership qualification in managing, officiating and organising sporting activities.

Based on this year’s success, the Academy now plans to apply for the silver award.  If this is achieved, Sutton Community Academy will be one of the most successful places for sport in the area.


Year 5 & 6 Open Evening – Thursday 2nd October 2014

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