Sutton Community Academy has taken ‘swift, determined and appropriate action’ to improve the academy since their Ofsted inspection in September. This is taken from the very positive report from Ofsted based on their recent monitoring visit.
Mr Croft said “we strongly feel we are on the road to an Ofsted ‘good’ at our next inspection.
Everyone is very proud of the hard work that staff and students do here at Sutton Community Academy and it is fantastic that Ofsted have recognised this.
We are an academy that is definitely MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!”
Students from Sutton Community Academy showed their generosity this Christmas by organising a collection for their local food bank. Here the students are presenting the huge amount collected to Mr Eric Saxton, the local organiser of the food bank distribution at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Sutton in Ashfield. Numerous local people will benefit from the hard and charitable work of the students at Sutton Community Academy.
On Wednesday 10th December 13 students from Year 10 took part in the Raising The Grade conference at Nottingham Trent University. This is an annual event aimed at helping students to reach their full potential in English.
The conference was made up of workshops in which students developed their descriptive writing skills, their ability to create effective arguments, their skills needed to compare texts and their poetry writing skills. The poetry session was led by Dreadlock Alien, a nationally renowned poet, who has been into the academy to work with students last year.
The day climaxed in a poetry competition where students from all the schools attending were specially chosen by Dreadlock Alien to present their poems to all the students who were attending. Corey, Connie and Anthony were chosen to be part of this.
This really was an amazing opportunity for our students and one they thoroughly enjoyed.
Staff took part in the ‘Save the Children’ Christmas jumper day with all proceeds raised going to this very worthy charity. Students judged who had the best jumper and Lee Lewis was crowned the winner.
On 9th & 10th December over 60 students took part in the annual Sutton Community Academy Christmas concert. The students were fantastically behaved and an absolute credit to themselves and the school. The concert had a very festive feel with solos of Silent Night and Away in a Manger, along with a staff performance of “All I Want for Christmas is you”. The audience got into the Christmas spirit clapping away, cheering and supporting the students. There was a range of pianists, singers, guitarists and dancers from KS4 and 5, songs from the 2015 school musical “Oliver” were also showcased and a lovely heart-warming Drama performance of ‘The little Match Girl’. Many parents and staff came at the end to congratulate the students and school on a fantastic performance.
The students here at Sutton Community Academy really are talented!
All Year 7′s here at Sutton Community Academy receive a free book. Here is one tutor group excitedly receiving theirs. At the Academy we encourage every single child to foster a love of reading and this is just one of the many, many ways we guide and support them.
If students contact home using their mobile phone and arrange for a relative to collect them then the Behaviour Policy will be implemented i.e. mobile phone confiscated and the pupil will be returned to lesson unless the student is deemed to have a serious illness/requires First Aid.
Assistant Principal for Student Learning
On Friday, 5th December the Academy took part in ‘Number Day’ to raise awareness and funds for the NSPCC. All students in the Academy participated in their mathematics lessons, with several tasks based around ‘Number’.
Staff were invited to share their favourite/lucky number with students and posters were created to promote this. There was a bake sale in mathematics at break and lunchtime and a ‘sponsored’ event for which students paid 20p to enter a competition to find the most ‘expensive’ celebrity based on replacing the letters in their names with numbers. Approximately £80 was raised for the NSPCC. Well done everyone!
Three students from the Academy recently visited RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. The station is home to over 3000 personnel including 29(R) Squadron and a fleet of Typhoon jets. The students were given a guided tour of the base including the hangar where jets are taken for servicing and repairs. Whilst getting ‘up close and personal’ with a Typhoon’s wiring system, they were able to ask service personnel about their career paths and educational backgrounds. Not only were the students privileged to sit in an operational jet, they were also given a guided tour of the air traffic control tower. Whilst in the tower they were able to watch a group of jets practice a variety of high speed manoeuvres. The day was topped off with the presentation of RAF goody bags as mementos of their visit.