Head Teacher's Message
Weekly update
Added on the 27/02/2017
We began the week by welcoming back staff and students from three very successful half term trips to Austria, Poland and Rome with all staff reporting that students had been great ambassadors of the academy; images and video clips can be viewed on our Facebook site.

Our pride in your children’s achievements and conduct continued later in the week when Year 11 History students gave an excellent account of themselves when they visited Cambridge University to attend a debate on the First World War. This is a government run initiative which hosts leading Historians and Academics all across the UK in order to debate central themes relating to the First World War.

We also received some highly positive feedback about our Key Stage 3 pupils who completed their Bikeability Level 3 training before half term. This is a scheme intended to prepare students for making longer, independent journeys which involve more complex junctions and cycling on roads with high levels of traffic such as our own high street. The students clearly found the training enjoyable and useful as expressed by Ami Quenby in Year 7: "I enjoyed the training and now feel more confident about biking safely on the road". The Instructors were keen to reflect on how well the trainees had performed: “I was so impressed with the positive attitude of the young cyclists, despite the poor weather. Each trainee made excellent progress and demonstrated great awareness, observation and decision making, resulting in excellent independent riding. The challenging environment took them out of their comfort zone but they handled it so well, building confidence all the way”.

We were very proud of the students from Years 7-9 who attended the Lego Mindstorms competition with their robot ‘Champion’; whilst the students did not win the competition, they did perform admirably. Well done also to Matthew Cossins and Eddie Emerson who have been invited to interview for this year’s Arkwright Engineering Scholarship; this is, in itself, a huge achievement.

A key event during this coming week is World Book Day on Thursday; all students will have received information about a range of activities they can take part in including a competition to win a Kindle as well as receiving £1 book tokens and the opportunity to take away one of 600 free books on Friday. On Thursday, staff and students in Years 7-9 are invited to donate £1 to Bookaid International and dress up as their favourite book character or author.

Lastly, two items to make you aware of are the 2017 Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year Awards which is asking for nominations of young people who are positive role models, not necessarily due to academic or sporting achievement, but because they 'give to others'. In addition, several parents have made us aware of an item on the TV programme 'This Morning', which contains an important message about cyber-bullying. This concerned a young girl who took her own life, aged just 14, after a secret battle against cyber-bullies that she kept hidden from her parents. We have posted the clip on our Facebook site and tutors will be discussing it with students in the coming weeks to raise awareness of this matter.

Martin Paine