Head Teacher's Message
Weekly update
Added on the 27/02/2017

At the start of the week, we were delighted when Mr Jones shared our students’ success at the National Rotary Young Musician competition. Longsands was represented by three entries: Kathryn Oram, Ellen Spooner and the Choir who managed to reach the semi-finals. Kathryn came a very creditable 2nd with Ellen and the Choir going through to the fiercely contested district finals at which Ellen came third and the Choir won! When put in the context of the nature of the competition, this is an incredible achievement which the students should feel rightly proud of. Many thanks to all parents/carers who supported this event; videos of the students’ performances can be viewed on our Facebook site.

It has been a particularly busy week for our Year 8 students who have been involved in a number of events including Tuesday’s trip to see The Woman in Black; feedback from this trip reported that the students behaved in an exemplary manner with staff even receiving praise from a passing member of the public! On Wednesday, Year 8 students from across the Trust attended our annual Careers Fair which, once again, was well attended by community businesses who kindly gave their time to provide careers information to students before they start thinking about GCSE options next year. Lastly, Year 8 were joined by Year 9 students on Thursday for their interform competition which, as always, was hotly contested but always in a sporting manner.

On Friday, we welcomed our local MP, Jonathan Djanogly, to the academy as he spoke with Year 12 & 13 students studying Politics affording them the opportunity to question him on a number of local and national issues including Brexit, Scottish independence and school funding. Also on Friday, students in Year 10 led our support for Comic Relief as well raising money for Cambridgeshire’s ‘Kick Ash’ project which will be donated to the British Heart Foundation; a grand total of £580.76 was raised on the day.

I have led assemblies to all students in Years 7-11 this week under the banner of ‘the importance of sleep’ inspired by a recent Panorama report which highlighted the growing number of hospital admissions due to sleeping problems among children. I urged students to reflect on their own habits around this issue and questioned whether they managed to regularly achieve the recommended 8-9 hours’ sleep each night to ensure they were ready to learn effectively. I would welcome the support of parents/carers in helping their children to manage this vital aspect of their lives which can have such a massive impact on their education.

Lastly, we look forward to welcoming the parents/carers of Year 11 and 13 students on Wednesday and Thursday respectively of this coming week in order to listen to final advice and guidance from key staff so that we are able to work together to help students achieve the best possible outcomes in this summer’s exams.

Martin Paine