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Our week began with a phone call from Ofsted, one we have been expecting since September! Ahead of their visit on Tuesday, I was firstly impressed by the manner in which staff and students at the academy snapped into action, listening carefully to key messages about what to expect the following day. Due to our current ‘good’ rating, the visit by three inspectors was, initially, only for one day in order to test whether this rating should be maintained. I am unable to provide specific feedback at this time since the Chief Inspector’s report is due to reach me during this coming week for fact-checking before going through Ofsted’s own quality checking mechanism; the final judgement will be communicated as soon as it arrives after the half term break. At this stage, therefore, all I can say is that the inspectors did not have serious concerns with safeguarding, behaviour or academic progress to warrant returning for a second day and were able to provide some immediate feedback regarding our strengths and areas to develop further. All those children seen by inspectors, in meetings and during lesson visits, interacted in a polite and positive manner and were a credit to yourselves and the academy.
The inspection team were quick to point out that their visit should not interrupt the normal workings of the academy and, especially at this time of year, there was plenty going on. Most notably were the external exams being sat by Year 11; at this stage, I am delighted to report that students have continued with their confident and positive approach not only to the exams themselves but also the support sessions on offer. Staff have been highly impressed by the willingness of students to engage with a comprehensive package of support sessions, images of which have been shared during the week on our social media sites; many thanks for the messages of appreciation which have been posted in support.
As Year 12 made a very positive start to their end-of-year internal exams, we bid farewell and good luck to Year 13 as they began their own period of study leave before sitting A2 exams after the half term break. In a similar vein to Year 11, the students enjoyed a final assembly led by Mr Elliott where members of the Student Voice also sold tickets for the ‘Summer Ball’ taking place on the 22nd June. Students have also received details of exam support sessions during this coming week; if, as a student or parent, you have any questions concerning this, then please do contact the relevant member of staff or a member of the sixth form team. Further details can also be found on the SNSFC website: http://snsfc.org.uk/
Finally, after starting the week by welcoming back the Duke of Edinburgh team from a soggy weekend at Grafham, we ended the week by waving off the PE team as they departed for Condover Hall and the netball competition as well as students and staff taking part in the Regional Finals of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial, taking place on Saturday. A busy and eventful week, therefore, and, as always, much to reflect on and celebrate.