Thank you to all the students and staff who dressed up, bought cakes, key-rings, headbands and wristbands to raise money for Children in Need. Our grand total is £670.22. Well done everyone!
(More photos on SCA Facebook page).
Our Year 11 student Natalie Hill was shortlisted for the finals of the Nottinghamshire Young People of the Year (YOPEY) award and attended a presentation ceremony at Kelham Hall, Newark on Tuesday 22nd October 2014.
She was nominated for turning her behaviour around after she was involved in anti-social behaviour in and out of school. Her baby brother almost died several times due to a rare medical condition and this traumatic and frightening time for the family helped Natalie realise that if he was lucky enough to pull through then she wanted him to be proud of his big sister, not ashamed. Natalie also did lots of charity work, donating her hair to Little Princesses, became a peer mentor and worked extra hard to achieve in school (she gained an A in English Literature this year despite taking it in Year 10 a year early). She is an example and a role model to all. She no longer gets involved in conflict and her teachers often comment on what a lovely person she is.
At the ceremony Natalie invited and was supported by her mum and baby brother, friends (Paul Graffeo, Emily Thompson and Sindija Sosina). School Governor Mary Rutter (Mary nominated her for the award), Simon Martin, her tutor Mr Palfreman and her English Teacher, Georgina Lee.
Though Natalie didn’t win, she was awarded a £50 cheque that she has donated to Kings Mill Children’s Ward and we were all very proud of and impressed with how Natalie conducted herself. She gave a speech on stage in front of hundreds of people and answered live questions about the work she had done. Well done Natalie!
At 11.11 on 11th November, 100 students gathered in the reception area for our poppy drop. Hundreds of poppies had been made by students, staff and adult learners depicting the name of a fallen solider from Sutton or a message to a member of their family who fought in WW1, in honour of Remembrance Day.
Adult Education staff attended a fundraising event on Friday night at the Vic Public House in Huthwaite. The event was held to celebrate the life of Beth Waring, a former Sutton Community Academy student who sadly passed away in 2006. The event was organised by Beth’s sister Rachel as it would have been Beth’s 21st birthday. The party was very well attended where staff from Sutton Community Academy provided free glitter tattoos and even dressed up as Elsa from Frozen to sing and dance with the children. It was a fantastic yet emotional night which was a huge success raising £900 in total which will be given to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Beth was cared for.
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Brierley 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.
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.
Some key points from the inspection: