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Principal's blog - Friday 6th December

posted 6 Dec 2013, 06:02 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 6 Dec 2013, 06:07 ]

I was absolutely overwhelmed by the Christmas decorations produced by our Year 7 students and it was great to celebrate those achievements with so many parents last night. The aspect that most impressed me was the ingenuity that had gone into the design. The biggest invariably were based on mathematics, science and engineering but the smallest were really well crafted with great attention to detail. They were all fantastic.



As ever, we have sporting fixtures and our teams do well but it is not just the winning that is important, it is also team work and discipline. It was pleasing to receive the following from a school that had just beaten us:

 “This is to inform you of how impressed I was with the performance of your rugby team. I had the pleasure of refereeing the match and although the game was rather scrappy, it was played in excellent spirit by both teams. The discipline of your team was outstanding and was a real credit to your school.

Well done to our U18 Rugby team. 




Life in the academy is about preparing for the future, it is a long journey and one that must be planned and so well done to the following Year 13 students who have received conditional offers from universities this week:

Jordan Strobach-Morris has an offer from Bath to study Physics, Ben Wilkinson & Edie Swain have offers from Exeter to study Medical Science,
Jamie McGuiness has an offer from Portsmouth to study Civil Engineering and Joseph Sloane has offers from Surrey and Leeds to study Chemical Engineering.

Well done also to our students who are members of the relaunched School Council. They are already making a good contribution to leadership and will be running a whole academy fund raising event on 19 December.  I, on their behalf, will publish full details shortly and I hope that our community will give us full support in promoting and celebrating their concern for others.


Eric Jackson
Principal