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

A real highlight from this past week has been some highly positive feedback which we have received from a range of stakeholders in our academy.

The first came from Little Paxton and Priory Junior Schools who were visited by our Year 10 ‘Kick Ash’ champions highlighting the dangers of smoking to the students. Staff commented, “The mentors who came to Little Paxton and Priory Juniors were absolutely excellent and worked brilliantly at conveying positive messages to the Year 6s.” The students also provided some heart-warming feedback: “I want to say thank you for helping me understand more about the dangers of smoking.”

On Wednesday, we welcomed parents/carers of our Year 7 students for subject consultation meetings. I was delighted that so many parents attended (91%, up from 81% last year) and the feedback they gave to Mrs Chilman about the process: I was surprised by the maturity my child showed in the interviews – clearly reviewing work at home, and setting targets in class, had made her much more confident.” The students themselves have also provided some encouraging feedback: “One of our teachers came round with her mark book and talked with us individually about progress and targets – I thought this was a really good idea.”

Mrs Powell took 18 of our Year 12 students to the Young Enterprise Area Finals on Tuesday with students required to present themselves and their products via a trade stand as well as presenting their business idea to an audience. The students won Best Trade Stand and Best Customer Service with Chi Brearley being voted Business Person of the Year. The team were especially proud to run out as overall winners and will be representing Cambridgeshire in the Regional Finals on Thursday of this week.

Lastly, as part of our commitment to international education, we were visited by 30 students and staff from Aachen in Germany and were delighted by the manner in which our own students welcomed them as well as the highly complementary feedback we received from our guests.

Once again, your children and our students should be rightly proud of their achievements and conduct.

Martin Paine

Headteacher