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:
Sports 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’.
The 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.
As 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.
Sutton 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.
Sutton 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.
Sutton 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.