Sutton Community Academy

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BTEC Travel & Tourism Visit to Peak District National Park

Peak District National ParkThe BTEC Travel and Tourism students are currently exploring the appeal of the Peak District National Park for a variety of different types of tourist. To enable them to access primary evidence and to witness the area first hand they travelled to the national park for data collection purposes. This was the second year that this particular trip had been arranged for students of this course since the work produced from the visit last year was highly commended by the examination board.

The visit included time spent visiting Chatsworth House and also Matlock Bath as well as enjoying a scenic route across the park. The students worked as a team to collect their primary data and to investigate its appeal to different types of tourist. This evidence will be extremely useful as they create their individualised coursework.

This trip proved to be extremely worthwhile in providing them with access to information and the opportunity to experience an area of countryside which was new to many students.


Year 11 Prom

On Friday 26th June, 80 students attended the Year 11 Prom held at the Towers. Unfortunately the rain started just as they arrived, but they went into the room in their suits and ball dresses looking stunning and about 20 years old! They had a buffet, chocolate fountain and a magician entertaining the staff and students. Their behaviour was amazing and they all looked so wonderful.

A great evening was had by all, with the evening finishing at 11.30pm. A great way to end their time in Year 11. Thanks to all staff and students who attended the event.IMG_8689IMG_8713


Year 11 Presentation Evening

ollieThe Year 11 Presentation Evening was a wonderful opportunity for students, families and staff to share the successes of the year. It was great to see so many talented individuals from across Year 11 receive nominations and awards. The audience was enthralled during the speeches, especially Paralympic Gold Medalist Ollie Hynd’s inspirational talk about overcoming many barriers in pursuit of making his dream come true. The audience was obviously proud to see members of their family being rewarded and acknowledged and to celebrate the achievement of all the students taking part.

Students were invited by their tutor to collect their Record of Achievements and were presented these by Ollie Hynd. Many students also received nominations for prize awards from all subject teachers across all subjects and these were presented by guests representing Specsavers and Nat West as well as by Mr Croft, our Principal. Over 80% of students were in attendance.

Dave Jenkins (Assistant Principal), said, “I sometimes have to remind myself that these are 16 year old students and I am very proud to have been part of their journey. It is important that they now move on to the next level to pursue their dreams and fulfil their ambitions. The level of talent, maturity, and dedication of our students makes me feel so privileged to work with them every day.”

More photos can be found on the Sutton Community Academy Facebook page.

Year 12 Forensic Science Taster Day

IMG_2630On Tuesday 23rd June, the Year 12 Applied Science with Forensics and the Year 12 Physics class attended a Forensic Science taster day at Nottingham Trent University. All students were given a tour of the campus and got a chance to partake in professional grade Biology, Physics and Chemistry practical sessions.  Everyone had a good time and students commented how useful the day was in helping them decide what to do after Sutton Centre Community Academy.

Visit to Bonds of London

Bonds of LondonOn Thursday 11th June, two Year 13 students, Damian & Callum were given backstage passes to ‘Bonds of London’, a sweetie factory in Huthwaite.

Students enjoyed a tour of the packing house and the warehouse as well as meeting several of the office staff for one-to-one discussions. The visit gave the students a fantastic insight into running a business and in-particular helped them prepare for their final Business exam ‘People in organisations’.

The company are experiencing huge growth and as a result have found it necessary to move to a larger site nearby. This is all taking place next month so it was much appreciated that they made time for us during such a busy and critical period of change for them.

In addition to a better understanding of businesses as a whole, the boys returned to the academy with goodie boxes containing a large variety of Bonds confectionary. Yum Yum!


Year 8 ‘Shape up or Ship out’

Shap up Ship outIn the drive to improve standards of numeracy across the Academy a group of students were invited to attend an extra-curricular mathematics club, entitled ‘Shape up or ship out’.

The students voluntarily attended these sessions every Tuesday with the aim of improving their mathematics skills in dealing with shape, space and measurements, the students then solved problems involving real life situations. Regular attendance at the ‘Shape up or ship out’ club has resulted in increased progress and an enthusiasm for mathematics.

All attendees were invited to a ‘Celebration Event’ on Tuesday 23 June 2015 with certificates and prizes being given out. Party food was on offer and students took part in celebration games. The guests of honour were Nicky Elvidge and Mr Croft, with all the mathematics staff taking part in the activities and dressing as pirates.

The picture shows some students attending the celebration event with the mathematics staff who supported them.


Derby University Open Day

Derby UniversityOn Friday 19th June, Year 12 level 3 students and several Year 11 students visited the University of Derby for their Open Day. As well as a tour of the campus, students were given 3½ hours to attend subject talks of their choice. Students attended many lectures, some of them being Criminology, Fashion, Forensic Science, Media, Photography and Zoology. Following these sessions, students were then shown around a Halls of Residence typical bedroom and its shared facilities. All students were impeccably behaved and a credit to the academy.


School Food Champions Programme

School-food-champions-logoA big ‘thank you’ to everyone that completed the School Food Champion surveys.  We have had a fantastic response.  A whopping 195 students responded to the survey.  Special thanks to Michael Walton (ICT HoD), and his department for facilitating the huge KS3 response and a big thank you to the members of staff and parents who gave their views.  You are the customer; therefore it is vital that you have a voice.

We are now in the process of analysing the data and aim to publish the results by next week (with the help of the Maths Department!) so watch this space.  Please also keep a look out for further ways that you can support the Food Champion Scheme in the near future.

Sutton Community Academy was selected to join The School Food Champion Scheme in March 2015.  The aim of the scheme is to increase the uptake of students eating a healthy balanced meal every day at school.

Rosie Honeyman-Smith (School Food Champion).


Say No To Prejudice Competition

Prejuice Day wenYear 8 students Kenya, Molly and Holly wrote and performed a rap for Nottinghamshire County Council’s ‘Say No to Prejudice’ competition earlier this year and won!

Several schools in the county took part and they beat over 500 shortlisted applicants who had designed posters, wrote poems and created symbolic art to get the message across that prejudice is not to be tolerated in our society.

As the girls were starring in the school production ‘Oliver!’ at the time the award was presented, their families represented them at Kelham Hall, Newark, accepting the award after watching a video of their rap. Councillor Steve Carroll, a former governor of the Academy very kindly came to present the girls with their prize money cheques in school, saying he was delighted to be asked and supports the school as his children all attended SCA.

Well done girls!

Enterprising Markets

6.6Sutton Community Academy hosted an enterprise day for Year 8 on Wednesday 3rd June. People from local business gave up their time to work with the students and introduce them to the world of work. These included Nigel Davidson (Specsavers), Graham Hind (who has 30 years retail experience) and clothing designer Tara Shad (Crowd Capture Fashion Design).

Students worked on five different projects producing goods to be sold at a later date. Key learning on the day was profit and loss, production line and team work. Students also helped design a logo for a new charity ‘Nottinghamshire Homeless Eyecare’ being set up by Nigel Davidson of Specsavers Sutton. Nigel commented ‘The day was full of fun and vitality!’

This will culminate on Friday 19th June with students selling their products on Sutton Market. Products include Tea light holders, T-shirts, Gift bags and Decorative garden plaques.

More photos can be found on the Sutton Community Academy Facebook page.