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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Children in Need 2014

072Thank 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).

Young People of the Year Award

young person of the year awardOur 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!



Remembrance Day

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.


Beth Waring Charity Event

BW Event 1 BW Event 2Adult 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.

The Trust Newsletter

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Inset Days

Please check your child’s planner, the school website and the school calendar to ascertain when the INSET days are. They are often different from the local primary school INSET days and any absence reported due to mistakenly thinking a school day was an INSET day will be recorded as unauthorised.   Thank you.

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