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​For all the latest news about what is happening in our Academy please refer to the Principal's blog.

30/06/2014
  

A very busy and exciting week for all our pupils ends this half term. This week 88 Year 7 pupils have been to France to sample the delights of a Caramel factory, goat’s cheese farm and the war cemeteries and museum near Arromanches. They have spoken French in huge measures and ordered food and stamps and asked for directions. Currently they are on their return up the motorway. Please see blog for further details of activities this week.

The remaining Year 7 pupils have also had a special timetable to broaden their learning and widen their thinking. The star lab from Keele University arrived on Tuesday with students and professor to support the exciting planets and stars presentation in the dome. The gym has never looked so alien! Two drama half day workshops  were provided on Thursday by Mrs  R Bell who is a consultant drama specialist and governor of the Academy. Pupils were challenged to a murder mystery with key clues to the story of Romeo and Juliet. The bush craft activities took place today with the team from Cecily Horton – Star Skills looking at survival techniques for the outdoors. Thanks go to Mrs Rose for organising the schedule.

Year 8 has been to Llandudno to study the beach and the coastal geomorphology with an additional view on the Gwynt y Mor wind farm off the coast. The weather was good on most days and beautiful on Wednesday. Pupils were challenged to solve several challenges on the beach and test their leadership skills. Huge thank you to both staff and parents who accompanied these trips; large number are needed for water margin field work and we could not manage without this support.

On Friday some more able pupils in RE were taken to Lichfield Cathedral to attend the G8 meeting to look at different forms of spirituality using creative means eg silk painting and drama. This was open to all church schools across the diocese. Thanks to Mrs Rutter and Mrs Handforth for taking them.

On Tuesday we had the Parents Forum where the new curriculum and assessment were discussed and Mr Parrish explained some of the changes imminent for Launchpad 365.

On Wednesday the Cornwall Parents’ Evening was held for those going to Cornwall at the end of June .This was well attended by the parents and they are reminded that medical forms must be in on June 6th. Thank you to those who have volunteered to be lead text in the groups.

Finally Year 6 reports will be issued in the first week of next half term owing to the shortness of this half term.​


15/06/2014
  

This week our news is brief owing to the SATS. The whole school has been gripped by their presence as the Hall and Gym are turned into  exam rooms for this event week. This not only affects the Year 6 but the whole school as lunchtimes and PE lessons are adapted to the changes.
Year 6 have worked so well and we would like to thank all the parents too, as each day Year 6 have managed 100% attendance. The tests were challenging as each year they are slightly different with no calculators in maths and although the Spelling Punctuation and Grammar were trialled last year, this year they will make  a greater contribution to the results. We have had more pupils sitting Level 6 this year, but again this has changed and is even more challenging. Next year there are further changes but it will be the last one on the 'old curriculum 'as the new Year 5 this year will be starting the 'New Curriculum' . These tests will be even more challenging as the content for the higher levels is moved down. Parents who may have any questions on this are invited to the Parent Forum on Tuesday  20th at 6.00 where this is one of the topics on discussion. Please return your slip from last week's          letter  if you are attending the meeting. Other topics will include Assessment and Launchpad 365.
There have been tests for other year groups during this week and they will continue after  next half term.
On Friday evening Year 5 & 6 enjoyed a disco run by the staff and Parents and Friends. We are grateful to both staff and Parents who give up their evening to support these events as they raise valuable monies for the extra items in school to support learning. There will be a list published shortly of the allocation of the money raised last year . The PFA are also planning a Family Fun evening on Friday 11th July and more news will be available on this event.
This weekend the Year 7 will be travelling to France for the annual visit .We wish Mrs Skelding and all the pupils and staff a really good time for their visit. Those pupils in Year 7 who remain are having a slightly different timetable with both drama and Science added to their week. We are fortunate to have Mrs R Bell who is both a parent, governor and educational advisor taking the Drama afternoon and the Science Lab from Keele will be visiting on Tuesday.
Finally this weekend  the Academy will play host to the Northwest Chess Congress on Saturday. This bring young people together from far and wide to play numerous games of chess - over 44 boards will be running in the Hall at any one time during the day. This is a real family event for those who love and excel at chess and thanks to all the parents and staff who turned up late last night to put out all the tables boards etc. We wish them every success for the day and hope that they do well in the competitions.
Final reminder for any Year 8 parents and pupils that the Year 8 Geography Field Trips to Llandudno next week leave school at 8.00am and return by 5.00pm

14/06/2014
  

This week has been a short one owing the Bank Holiday. During this week the governors committees have met as they do on a regular basis and the profiles of the governors can be found on the School website. They can be contacted using the School Office link on the website.

62 Year 8 pupils went to the Imperial War Museum on Wednesday as part of their Curriculum enrichment studies which take place on each Wednesday afternoon. The trip was partly funded by a grant from the Lottery which has been given following a bid from several local groups including schools. There will be further activities later in the year.

On Wednesday evening there was a meeting for the Parents and Friends group to include planning for the forthcoming Family Fund barbeque and Craft evening on July 11th. We hope to finish our Transition week with a welcome for all our new families along with our current ones to share in an evening together. We will be seeking further help from all our parents for this event. In addition, all of the funds raised from last year over £6000 will be allocated to support new school resources for differing departments. Details will be published shortly on our website.

On Thursday evening we welcomed Year 7 Parents to the Academy for their annual consultation evening. We do use these evening to research parents views and we are very grateful to those parents who took the time to fill in the questionnaire on PE and the one relating to the new text message service. We will be responding to the views and publishing the findings.

Finally all our Year 6 pupils have been busy preparing for next week’s SATS. We wish them every success and feel sure they will do their best for a quite heavily packed week of work. This year we have more pupils sitting the Level 6 tests. In addition after half term we have been chosen as a sample centre for the Science SATS so a few pupils will be asked to sit a paper for these tests too.

31/05/2014
  

The new term has gotten off to a busy start with two groups of pupils from the year 8 Science club taking part in the Salter's Chemistry Festival at Keele University on Tuesday and Wednesday with Mr Jones and Mrs Cunningham. There were challenges and experiments to stimulate and develop their talents.

On Thursday over 120 pupils took part in the Junior Maths Challenge, this is an externally marked national exam for those pupils working at the higher levels of the maths syllabus. Results will be returned within a few weeks.

In assembly on Friday there was a chance to celebrate some of the items from the end of last term. St Edward's took part in the Staffs Moorlands Swimming Gala at Biddulph Leisure centre. 34 boys and girls competed against 6 other schools, year 5 &6 in one group and Year 7&8 in another.   The standard was extremely high with many swimmers from across north Staffs. The 7&8 boys finished 5 th and the girls 4 th to give an overall 5 th position with Megan Poole achieving 1st in Front Crawl and Poppy Hinton coming 3rd . The year 5&6 boys finished 1st and the girls also came 1st which meant their team were 1 st overall. Key performances included;

Sam Reynolds 1st in BS and 2nd in BS

Coby Capper 1st in Butterfly

Tom Hewson 1st in Front Crawl

Ellie Dakin 2nd in BS

Rebecca Brooks 2nd in BS

Emelia Tomkinson 2nd in Butterfly

Hannah Underwood 1st in Front Crawl.

There were many other swimmers who took part in the relays who made a major contribution to the overall win. There was also a special mention for Arianna Bendall of 5D who took part in the Cossacks swimming gala at Fenton Manor. She obtained 3 gold medals in 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley. A silver medal was obtained for 50m BS and bronze for for 200m in BS. An outstanding achievement !

In addition 8 pupils took part in a golf tournament on the final day of term at Cannock Park Golf Club. Harry Fearn obtained the 2nd best gross score. Leanne Nixon obtained the 1st best net score. Well done to all pupils who took part and to Mr Salmon who accompanied the pupils.

Finally the assembly was a time to celebrate the third place in the u19 English Chess Federation's National School's Tournament.  The team were Sian Jones, Beth Wooliscroft, Emma Scotchford and. Libby Sharratt. The girls were the youngest team but played excellent chess . Thanks to Mr. Abell and Mrs Jones for accompanying the groups for the weekend tournament. This is another success for the Academy at a National level and all the pupils who regularly play chess each week should be congratulated on their achievements .We are also very grateful to Rob Milner and the Leek and Cheddleton Chess club. Rob, a former teacher at the Academy and well known local historian, helps each week with the pupils and encourages and challenges their games along with Mr Abell and Mr Rose.

24/05/2014
  

Our final week before the Easter holidays has seen Year 6 pupils working hard with their SATS revision and they have homework packs to maintain their learning during the two week holiday. We encourage all pupils to read daily and discuss their reading at home. In addition, simple maths around the home is also vital to support learning.

The final celebration assembly on Thursday included a review of a very busy term with many sporting successes; visitors from the local community and as far as Denmark  have added to the learning opportunities within the Academy this  term.  The pupils who had previously had success in the Cross Country were finally able to receive their shields; Megan Jones in Yr 8 was 2 nd in the yr 8/9 competition, Charlotte Nixon came 2nd and Georgina Jones 3rd in the Year 7 competition. Pupils have also visited differing places bringing back their ideas and views some of which are in our newsletter.

There were 10 commendations for both sporting leadership and improvement in attitude towards learning. Even in the last week we have had further sporting events with the year 5 &6 District netball tournament.  Teams from Churnet View, James Bateman and Woodhouse arrived to play in the event. Previously our Year 6  A and B teams won their league without losing a game and year 5  A and B teams also won their league without losing a game. After a well fought tournament the Yr 5 and 6 are the Joint District Champions. Well done to all those who played and thanks to Mrs. Batigan and Mrs Salmon for their work on the evening and during the term with the netball teams. Lunchtime netball practices are a regular favourite with many pupils.  

 A swimming gala was  held on Wednesday afternoon at Biddulph Leisure Centre but the results have not yet been passed to Mr Massey from the organisers . We will report these after the holidays.

The Academy also sent their best wishes to the Mr Abel and the girls and parents who are travelling on Saturday to Surrey for the Under 19 Chess final. The girls will be playing against the best girls in the Country, following their success earlier in the year at the northern semi finals. They will be returning late on Sunday evening.

Some pupils are spending this week skiing on our first joint venture trip with Leek High, Churnet  View, and Westwood College. They will be accompanied by Mr Salmon and Mrs Jeffery form the Academy.

Finally all pupils went to St Edward's Church on the last day of term for a service , year 7 & 8 in the morning and Year 5 &6 in the afternoon , they were joined by several parents and grandparents on both occasions and we are grateful to all those in the church for this opportunity. This was also the first service of the Rev Nigel Irons who is now the Team Parrish vicar and we are looking forward to working further him in the near future. There are further church services over Easter at both St Edward's and St Luke's and pupils were invited with their families.

Finally may I wish you all a Happy Easter and a restful holiday. 

14/05/2014
  


This week has been one of sporting excellence and celebration. We believe that sport builds the qualities for teamwork and develops leadership skills that are so essential for modern day resilience and character building.

Firstly, Abbiegail Fryer Winder will be travelling to London next Friday to take part in the National Biathlon Championships at the Olympic  Park. She will be swimming 50m in the Olympic Pool and then running 800 m in the Olympic. Stadium. She will be competing against some of the best athletes in the country.

In assembly, the hockey results for the Yr 7  Midlands Hockey Championships at Cannock last week were shared with all pupils . There were teams from Warwickshire, Shropshire Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, West Midlands and Birmingham. The girls came third and the boys also came third after a very keenly fought competition.

On Wednesday 14 boys from Year 7 took part in the annual Staffordshire Schools Rugby County Cup Tournament  at Longton RUFC. This is always a tough competition which is made up of the best teams in Staffordshire. 28 schools took part in the tournament including teams from the independent sector. After many splendid games the boys scored 21 tries and did not have one try scored against them ! Mr Salmon said the boys were magnificent, not only did they play high quality rugby but they also displayed great sportsmanship towards their opponents and were an absolute credit to the Academy. We are also grateful to Leek Rugby Club who came along on the day with their coaches to support and work with the boys - a real community venture for Leek.

On Thursday Mr. Massey and the Year 7 boys played their 6 th league game against Endon High School. The score was 5 1 and the team have now won all 6 games to win the District league with one more game to play. Well done to all the boys who have played this season and to Mr Massey for the coaching. This team are due to play in the County Cup final at Stafford on Tuesday evening next week ,there will be large contingent of support. The match takes place at 5.30pm at the football ground. We would welcome any additional support from anyone who wishes to support the Academy.

The results of the Chess League competition held within Chess Club on  Friday evenings were also read out by Mr Abell. There were individual winners for boys and girls in each year group and the overall prize went to Joe Alcock, just beating Jacob Smith by one point. Well done to all winners and the many pupils who attend the club each week.

Visitors to the Academy this week have been the local PSCOs  who came into Year 5 and 6 assemblies to talk about their role in the community. In addition, a further Year 5 group had their team and outdoor activities with the teachers from Cecily Horton on Friday afternoon. Year 8 have seen the Synapse group bringing the Easter story to life in lessons by acting out the roles of key players in the event. Pupils have been able to pose questions and raise issues with the volunteers. We are very grateful for their bringing the important Easter story to life in this way.

On Wednesday evening the full governing body met for the term. In addition several members attended training at Westwood First School for members of the governing boys of the area to update them on changes to Ofsted.

Year 6 continue to work hard for their forthcoming SATS and focus this week across the lessons was on doubling numbers. We continue to remind parents that 10 mins reading each evening is essential for all our Year 5 and 6 pupils to build their capacity in this area. There are now also weekly spellngs for these groups to support their learning as part of their weekly homework.

Parents are reminded that there will be 2 services in St Edward's Church on the last day of term. The year 7 and 8 service will be in the morning at 11.00am and for year 5 and 6 in the afternoon at 2.00pm. The service will be taken by the new vicar of St Edward’s, Rev Nigel Irons we look forward to welcoming him and pray that he will quickly feel part of our family at St Edward's​


05/05/2014
  

This week the Academy has played host to the young Carers in Year 7 PSHCE lessons. This organisation supports young people who look after relatives in the home. The organisation explains the many and varied type of support that they can offer to these young people. They also conduct an audit of the pupils who attend the lessons.
The team from Cecily Horton have also been,once again, running team building skills with year 5 pupils on Friday afternoon.

As we near the end of the season we have come to the final round of sporting events and we were able to present a number of awards for those pupils who have been taking part in the varied activities. The Year 8 table tennis tournament against Churnet View, which was last run in 1998 according to the trophy, was reinstated as pupils at St Edward's now have lessons in both PE and for some Curriculum Enrichment. Some also attend after school practices with Mr. Brown and Mr Forrester from the Leek Table Tennis Club. Churnet View brought 8 boys, sadly the two girls who were due to come were unable to make the journey so Chloe Cooper and Abigail Beardmore were not actually able to play their matches but were awarded a win. The boys team were John Daly,  Oliver Kent , Ben Crawford, Will. Dimmick, Sam Sherwin, Charlie Thackstone, Lewis Ball,and Nial Edwards (who played with a broken arm.) They played singles and doubles. and at the end the result was a 3 -2 win for St Edward's . The team enjoyed their matches and congratulations to Mrs Salmon for all her work with the team.

On Monday, the Year 7 boys’football team played their last match against Cheadle Academy. They only had ten players so we reduced our team to ten to be supportive. The game was comfortably won 9-0. With 7 wins outs of 7 for the team over the season this makes St Edward’s league champions

On Tuesday the Year 5 and 6 girls netball teams went to James Bateman to play the first of their satellite tournaments. For many girls this was the first experience of competitive netball and they were very excited. They played against Churnet View, James  Bateman , and Woodhouse . The Year 6 teams won all of their matches and the Year 5 won 4 and lost 1. The girls played really well and are looking forward to next week for the District Tournament to be held here at the Academy.

 

Also on Tuesday the Year 7 football team travelled to Stafford Town Football club to play in the Staffordshire Schools County Cup Final. 27 teams started in September with the hope of winning, and this was the first time that St Edward's have reached the final. The opposing team were from De Ferrers Academy in Burton who had won their semi final 6-0. Luke Bourne scored the first goal with further goals from Llewy Hammersley scoring 2 and Patrick Burnett. De Ferrers scored early in the second half but there were 3 more goals from Luke Bourne, Jacques Rushton and Jay Wilkinson. The final result 7-1. All boys played a splendid game and it is the first time a middle school has won this competition. Huge congratulations to all the boys and Mr Massey for their efforts this year and also thanks to the parents for their support.

Next week the Year 5 reports will be issued on Tuesday and target reviews will be held for the pupils on Wednesday . Thursday will be the Easter trip to church, weather permitting, a letter has been sent home regarding the details. Parents are welcome to attend,​


03/05/2014
  

​St Edward's Academy girls have come joint 3rd in the National final of the U19 Girls Chess Championship held this weekend in Surrey. Congratulations to Sian , Beth and Libby and also Mr Abell . Further details can be found in the Principal's blog.​

17/04/2014
  

Creative learning has been to the fore this week across the school with opportunities for pupils to stretch their learning beyond the classroom . On Tuesday several year 8 pupils joined with some of our former pupils, now in Year 9 at Westwood College, to travel to Keele University to take part in the regional final of the team Maths Challenge. This is a National maths competition for teams of year 8 and 9 pupils. There were 39 teams at Keele from as far as Wolverhampton, Dudley and Derbyshire  as well as from all over Staffordshire. The contest included problem solving, a cross number and two different types of maths relay. Our teams finished 13 th and 21st out of 39 which is a very respectable performance given the standard of competition . Pupils involved were Alice Etheridge, Alysee Lee-Orr, Ben Crawford, Ryan Freakley and John Daly. Westwood pupils were Ella Cope, EmilyCooke, and Callum Bell. Well done to all the pupils who took on this challenge.

On Thursday a large group of Year 8 pupils, staff and governors  visited the Tate and Maritime museum in Liverpool along with Crosby Beach.  The weather at the beach was quite challenging with severe gale at times, but the statutes are a testament to the variety of Art that can be such a fascination within our society. Thanks to Mrs Johnson, Mrs Lansley and Mrs Breen for the organisation.

On Friday, Karen Bradley our local MP was in school working with all of year 7 pupils on understanding various aspects of her role and the role of the House of Commons. Pupils had been studying and preparing numerous questions to challenge the MP. All thoroughly enjoyed the event and this has become a regular and worthwhile visit to engage pupils with an understanding of the  way their lives are affected by government. 

On the same day the fun run for Sport relief was held on the top field organised by Mrs Batigan and Mrs Salmon. The non uniform day was complimented by pupils and some staff either dressing up in sports gear or fancy dress. Two laps of the field were needed, some running , some walking, crawling and even tumbling . Three staff were allowed a three legged event from the Science department. Mr Jones,Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Manning made  a splendid if protracted effort ! Mr. Massey made a credible Superman while many pupils favoured animals with some remarkable onesies on show. The day has currently raised just over £500 we hope to issue a final total later in the week.

In the afternoon, Year 5 were able to share in some outdoor challenges with two teachers from Cecily Horton School who will be coming along each Friday afternoon for the next few weeks to work with year 5 on team skills and outdoor activities. This week involved some outdoor Science and fire ! We are very grateful for this opportunity to develop the leadership and team skills of our year 5 pupils.

There was a disco for our Year 7 and 8 pupils run by staff and the Parents and Friends in the evening; so all in all a very active Friday for the pupils. Thanks to the parents who attended this event as all our funds go to support activities for the pupils within the Academy.

 This Saturday John  Daly, Henry Williamson and Lewis Colley were representing the Academy at the Rotary regional finals of ‘Youth Speaks’ in Maisemooor near Gloucester. It was a splendid performance by all the boys, with John captivating and moving the audience, Henry making everyone laugh and engage and Lewis bringing it all beautifully to a close. The opposing schools were also excellent at this high level of the competition with schools from Wales , Birmingham and the south west. The team came runners up and just missed out on first place by three points. They were a credit to the Academy and several members of the audience approached the boys to commiserate and express their feelings on their moving and thoughtful presentation.

Sporting activities this week have included hockey and orienteering in Hanley Park for a range of pupils. One different sport this week has been the rowing competition at Endon High. 17 pupils took part with the boys A team coming first and third and the girls A and B  coming second and third. Special mention in assembly went to Joshua de. Gale and Ella. Barratt who both finished first in the individual competition . Congratulations to all participants.​


12/04/2014
  

A very busy week in St Edward's has seen several visits and lots of sporting opportunities for those who wish to exercise their skills and be part of a team. The week began with Sainsbury's visiting an assembly and talking about their Active Life campaign, but also of equal interest to the pupils was the large number of sustainable and Eco friendly methods that have been used in the building. As the current Year 7 were actively involved in looking at the construction as part of their fieldwork in Year 5 it was particularly interesting to see how this has developed. They were also able to generously give a large bag of sporting kit to the school for pupils to use at break and also during PE. The year 5 & 6 have especially enjoyed some of the items that have been sent and the new handballs have proved popular in PE. We hope to be working further with them later in the year on a design challenge for the pupils with the Creative Studies department. We are also collecting the Active kids vouchers as these can be used this year not only for Sport by also this time for the Food Technology department.

On Wednesday the Year 8 School Council pupils went to visit Brown's recycling firm. This is the contract waste removal firm for the school. Questions have been raised by the Council on how our waste was recycled as we had previously needed to separate our waste within school. The pupils with Mr Parish and Mr Dunn had a splendid time and came back with enthusiastic reports that show the complex engineering and scientific methods used in this important industry. They will be sharing this with the pupils in an assembly at a later date. We are grateful to the firm for this opportunity and there is reference to the visit and photos on their website.

On Wednesday, it was the turn of Year 6 to have their Communion assembly with Mr Sherwin from Synapse. Parents are reminded that this year the end of year service will be on a Thursday.

Finally, with regard to visits, Miss Newport took a small group of pupils to the Fire Station to look at the work for the Fire Service. We are grateful for the work they have been doing within school to support our pupils with their learning.

One further item to be celebrated this coming Monday in our Fair Trade assembly is the sale of goods by Nathaniel and Arg. The final total when all amounts were finally collected has reached£170. This is a splendid amount and we are very pleased to support such a valuable cause and promote the brand of Fair Trade.  Our pupils do study this in several aspects of the curriculum but is always good to put and see ideas in practice. We also know that now fair trade has taken up the cause of local trade that this is a valuable support for farmers and growers and this has made a real difference to dairy farmers within Staffordshire and adjacent counties from the lobbying on milk prices.

On the sporting front we have been very pleased with the performance of our pupils and Friday's assembly was one of praise and celebrations for everyone's efforts. From last week we had the inter form netball results. This was for the last two half terms where forms play one another. More than 250 pupils from across the school take part. The winners were year 5 , 5S, Year 6 ,6M ,year 7 ,7M, year 8, 8S. Well done to all the pupils and also all the staff who run these activities at lunchtime and support their forms. Pupils organise their own teams and share the participation. This is an excellent opportunity for team skills.

This Monday, the County Hockey took a place at Cannock and a year 7 boys team and year 7 girls team took part. The boys narrowly lost in the final 2-1 to Newcastle even though they had beaten them in the first round. They were the runners up. The girls managed to win their tournament and they are the Staffordshire County champions. Mrs Batigan stated that both teams played some fantastic hockey with outstanding goals by Matt Bond, Will Midwinter,and Louisa Hall. Louisa scored 10 out of the 14 goals that were scored by the girls! Well done to all the pupils and Mrs Batigan for a successful season. The girls will go forward to the Midlands Hockey Championship next Monday.

On Tuesday the Year 7 boys played James Bateman at football and won 5-0 scoring all their goals in the first half of the match. Well done to all the boys who took part. The year 8 team won their match against James Bateman by 5-1 ,Mr Salmon said they produced a splendid performance especially in the second half. The team have now won 3/4 matches and are currently second in the league.

On Wednesday the final competition of the District netball tournament was held at Cheadle High. The opposing teams were Painsley, Endon, Moorside, Churnet View, Woodhouse, Cheadle,and James Bateman . The Year 8 team won 2 drew 1 and lost 3 matches to come 5 th. The year 7 team won all of their matches and are Staffordshire Moorlands Netball Champions. They go on to represent the district in the county competition at the summer games in June. Mrs Batigan stated that all girls had played really well and finally they had triumphed over Painsley which had been the team which had proved most difficult to beat. Well done to all who took part and gave up their lunchtimes and after school time for practices and to the parents who collect and support at all these events.

Maths puzzle this week was own by Laura Riley in 5L, congratulations to Laura who solved the puzzle ' My granny is more than 50 and less than 100.  She is 12 times my sister's age , 9 times my age and twice my mum' sage . How old am I ?'

Next week  also is looking busy we have the Yr 8 Liverpool Tate and Crosby Beach Trip and Yr 8 team maths[1]  challenge at Keele university. The MP Karen Bradley will also be visiting and working with Year 7 pupils who are busy compiling their questions!​


12/04/2014
  


Another week of January has seen our pupils reviewing their mock SATs and we have put some extra classes on to ensure that those pupils who need a little more help are given support before the final SATs. Pupils will be doing a programme of support over the next few weeks in form time  to build their confidence  with both maths and literacy.

The Road Safety officer has been in school again giving advice to pupils on safety for both buses and roads depending on the year group.

In assembly this week we had 41 commendations and the assembly was shared with Emily Bagshaw a former pupil who is now in year 13 at Westood College. Emily talked about the choices that she has made and the future that she is planning for university and beyond ,teaching sport and especially dance. We are grateful to Emily for sharing her experiences and all the lessons she has supported in school this year and previous years as part of the Sports Leader Course.

The results of two chess tournaments were celebrated; Louisa Swarbrook in Year 5 having competed in the English Primary School's Chess Association individual tournament in Liverpool last weekend and achieved a very respectable score of 4 out of 6.

Joe Alcock and Will Allen in year 7 made their debuts playing for the County under 100 last Saturday . They both won and thereby helped Staffordshire to a team victory.

Our girls chess players will be playing  tomorrow at Cheadle Hulme School where we have 5 teams of 3 , playing at the English Chess Federation Girl's Schools' Tournament. We wish them well.

Finally, next week several of our pupils will be taking part in the Rotary Showcase evening at Getcliffe's yard in Leek . We are looking forward to the public speaking competition in particular. On Tuesday evening there is a Parents and Friends meeting in school at 7.00pm everyone is welcome​



03/04/2014
  

This week has been one of sporting excellence and celebration. We believe that sport builds the qualities for teamwork and develops leadership skills that are so essential for modern day resilience and character building.

Firstly, Abbiegail Fryer Winder will be travelling to London next Friday to take part in the National Biathlon Championships at the Olympic  Park. She will be swimming 50m in the Olympic Pool and then running 800 m in the Olympic. Stadium. She will be competing against some of the best athletes in the country.

In assembly, the hockey results for the Yr 7  Midlands Hockey Championships at Cannock last week were shared with all pupils . There were teams from Warwickshire, Shropshire Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, West Midlands and Birmingham. The girls came third and the boys also came third after a very keenly fought competition.

On Wednesday 14 boys from Year 7 took part in the annual Staffordshire Schools Rugby County Cup Tournament  at Longton RUFC. This is always a tough competition which is made up of the best teams in Staffordshire. 28 schools took part in the tournament including teams from the independent sector. After many splendid games the boys scored 21 tries and did not have one try scored against them ! Mr Salmon said the boys were magnificent, not only did they play high quality rugby but they also displayed great sportsmanship towards their opponents and were an absolute credit to the Academy. We are also grateful to Leek Rugby Club who came along on the day with their coaches to support and work with the boys - a real community venture for Leek.

On Thursday Mr. Massey and the Year 7 boys played their 6 th league game against Endon High School. The score was 5 1 and the team have now won all 6 games to win the District league with one more game to play. Well done to all the boys who have played this season and to Mr Massey for the coaching. This team are due to play in the County Cup final at Stafford on Tuesday evening next week ,there will be large contingent of support. The match takes place at 5.30pm at the football ground. We would welcome any additional support from anyone who wishes to support the Academy.

The results of the Chess League competition held within Chess Club on  Friday evenings were also read out by Mr Abell. There were individual winners for boys and girls in each year group and the overall prize went to Joe Alcock, just beating Jacob Smith by one point. Well done to all winners and the many pupils who attend the club each week.

Visitors to the Academy this week have been the local PSCOs  who came into Year 5 and 6 assemblies to talk about their role in the community. In addition, a further Year 5 group had their team and outdoor activities with the teachers from Cecily Horton on Friday afternoon. Year 8 have seen the Synapse group bringing the Easter story to life in lessons by acting out the roles of key players in the event. Pupils have been able to pose questions and raise issues with the volunteers. We are very grateful for their bringing the important Easter story to life in this way.

On Wednesday evening the full governing body met for the term. In addition several members attended training at Westwood First School for members of the governing boys of the area to update them on changes to Ofsted.

Year 6 continue to work hard for their forthcoming SATS and focus this week across the lessons was on doubling numbers. We continue to remind parents that 10 mins reading each evening is essential for all our Year 5 and 6 pupils to build their capacity in this area. There are now also weekly spellngs for these groups to support their learning as part of their weekly homework.

Parents are reminded that there will be 2 services in St Edward's Church on the last day of term. The year 7 and 8 service will be in the morning at 11.00am and for year 5 and 6 in the afternoon at 2.00pm. The service will be taken by the new vicar of St Edward’s, Rev Nigel Irons we look forward to welcoming him and pray that he will quickly feel part of our family at St Edward's​


26/03/2014
  

​This week got off to a splendid start with the Year 8 pupils winning the area district ‘Youth Speaks’ Intermediate Rotary  final  held in Market Drayton on Monday evening. The boys had a last minute substitution as Sam Bray was taken in and Lewis Colley who had been assisting the team with timing and feedback was able to take over and give the vote of thanks. What an excellent response from Lewis who missed his sister’s birthday party to attend! Both John Daly and Henry Williamson gave both moving and amusing accounts of their topic engaging the audience immediately and holding them fast with their style and poise. They received excellent feedback and look forward to March 22ndfor the next west of England and Wales final in Gloucester. Huge thanks to Mr Renshaw for coaching and to parents for allowing them the time. John Daly had also competed in the Young Musician final at the Wolverhampton School of Music on the Sunday evening .John received very positive comments and was recognised for his skills by many Rotarians on the Monday evening yet again. A rising star !

This week we welcomed, yet again, Paul Sherwin from the Synapse Youth team to assembly on Wednesday morning. He is currently explaining communion to all individual year groups prior to the service at Easter( Thursday April 10th) We are grateful to Synapse in many ways as they run the Life-force group on Tuesday and the Puppet Club in Wednesdays for pupils within the school.

On Wednesday afternoon all Year 8 watched the Challenge Team UK, a Christian group that looks at sex and relationship issues within a Christian framework. This was a challenging but amusing and thought provoking performance and pupil feedback was generally good. It encourages pupils to think for themselves and challenge peer pressures in potentially difficult situations.

On Friday Mr Jervis introduced World Book Day and pupils have received their tokens towards the purchase of books and completed activities within their lessons. This was also the launch of a competition to announce the advent of Launch pad 365 and the online book library for pupils. We are asking pupils to write 50 words on a book they have read and enjoyed. The best 4 will be placed in the library when it goes online and the most read, recommended book will receive a prize for the recommender.

This week has seen a Fair Trade Sale on Wednesday ,Thursday and Friday of both chocolate and small gifts .We have yet to count the sales but huge thanks to Arg and Nathaniel for giving up their breaks and lunchtimes to spread the cause and help others as part of our  attempts to support those in need in other countries

The Year 5 &6 disco was held on Friday with large numbers of pupils attending . Many thanks to those staff and parents who gave up their Friday evening to make the session an enjoyable one for all those attending.

Three members of staff, Mrs Simpson, Mrs Parker and Mr Simm have all been away  visiting the  Danish link school in our Comenius project with the Leek Federation. We are hoping to see some of the ideas they have gained in school and look forward to sharing further with our Danish partners. Letters to our Kenya school went out over half term with a group of teachers from the diocese. We hope to hear from them soon.

There were many sporting activities this week and these will be added to our news on Monday when the results have been announced in assembly. We hope to welcome Sainsbury’s to our assembly on Monday with a surprise ! 
Sporting results this week include Year 8 pupils who played their 4th match of the season against Churnet View and lost 2- 1.The Staffs County 7 a side fifnal at Rowley Park where the girls finished 3 rd in the County and the boy who drew 3 matches and narrowly lost one game but did not get through to the semi finals. The Yr6 and 8 County Hockey Tournaments. The yr 6 boys and girls hockey teams competed at Newcastle under lyme with the girls coming runners up and going on the to regional tournament to represent Staffordshire. Yr 8 boy and girls went to Cannock to play in the u13 County Hockey tournament and played well aginst a wlarge number of teams from across the County. 80 pupils attend hockey practices every Thursday evening at Westwood. 
The Yr 7 & 8 satellite netball league saw further matches this week  with the new format proving very popular for schools to compete in several matches on one evening. Mrs Batigan would like to thank all the girls for their commitment  shown over the last two terms with matches and practices.
The Yaer 7 football team won 3-0 against Chruent View in a league match on Wedensday.  Well done to all our sporting pupils !


25/03/2014
  

This week the year 6 have been reviewing their homework from half term and the focus is clearly on building up their reading and maths skills as we approach the SATS. All lessons will be focusing on these skills to support the pupils as they aim for their targets.

We are in the peak of the sporting team finals this week and Tuesday saw the Year 7 boys and Year 7 girls take part in the County Futsal finals at Fenton Manor. In the girls, 9 teams from all over Staffordshire took part each team playing each team playing each other once. The girls won 5 games and lost three to finish 3rd, the boys won all of their 8 games to finish clear winners and were crowned Staffordshire County Futsal Champions. They will go to the regional finals in May with a few changes as some of our team will be on our French trip. The organisers and other PE teachers commented on how well our boys played and confirmed that they were the deserving winners. Well done to all pupils and Mr Massey for such a long but positive day. 

On Wednesday evening Archie Bettany in Year 7 took part in the regional finals of the Rotary  Young Chef at Wolstanton High School. Archie performed brilliantly and kept cool despite the rising temperature of the kitchens, the competition was fierce with pupils up to year 11 taking part. Although not through to the next round Archie put up an excellent performance and we and the Leek Rotarians were very proud of him.

On the same day Year 6,7 and 8 girls took part in a rugby competition organised by Staffordshire Rugby Union. 8 teams took part from all over the County . St Edward's B team finished 4th and St Edward's A finished 6 th. This was their first contact rugby competition and all the girls played with great determination and effort .Well done to Mr Salmon and his team.

On Thursday the year 7 boys played their first league match of 2014 against Woodhouse. After high scoring we led 9-1 at half time. We voluntarily reduced our team to 10 and the game finished 10-2. Congratulations to Mr. Massey and the team. Also on Thursday the Year 8 football team played their 3rd match of the season against Woodhouse. It was one for the toughest games of the season according to Mr Salmon and the boys put up a magnificent performance with a 1 -0 victory. Well done for all the sporting teams.

Maths puzzle this week was won by Alice Grindey in year 7.

There were 5 commendations this week for excellent English work and improved behaviour.

This weekend we have pupils taking part in the Keele maths master classes with Mr Abel supporting and John Daly from Year 8 will be taking part in the Rotary Young Musician at Wolverhampton Music College as he presents the Leek District. The Youth speaks team will also be in action on Monday evening in Market Drayton.​


21/03/2014
  

​St Edward's C.E. Academy will be open next Wednesday to all pupils. A letter to confirm this will be sent home today​

20/03/2014
  

Our final week before the Easter holidays has seen Year 6 pupils working hard with their SATS revision and they have homework packs to maintain their learning during the two week holiday. We encourage all pupils to read daily and discuss their reading at home. In addition, simple maths around the home is also vital to support learning.

The final celebration assembly on Thursday included a review of a very busy term with many sporting successes; visitors from the local community and as far as Denmark  have added to the learning opportunities within the Academy this  term.  The pupils who had previously had success in the Cross Country were finally able to receive their shields; Megan Jones in Yr 8 was 2 nd in the yr 8/9 competition, Charlotte Nixon came 2nd and Georgina Jones 3rd in the Year 7 competition. Pupils have also visited differing places bringing back their ideas and views some of which are in our newsletter.

There were 10 commendations for both sporting leadership and improvement in attitude towards learning. Even in the last week we have had further sporting events with the year 5 &6 District netball tournament.  Teams from Churnet View, James Bateman and Woodhouse arrived to play in the event. Previously our Year 6  A and B teams won their league without losing a game and year 5  A and B teams also won their league without losing a game. After a well fought tournament the Yr 5 and 6 are the Joint District Champions. Well done to all those who played and thanks to Mrs. Batigan and Mrs Salmon for their work on the evening and during the term with the netball teams. Lunchtime netball practices are a regular favourite with many pupils.  

 A swimming gala was  held on Wednesday afternoon at Biddulph Leisure Centre but the results have not yet been passed to Mr Massey from the organisers . We will report these after the holidays.

The Academy also sent their best wishes to the Mr Abel and the girls and parents who are travelling on Saturday to Surrey for the Under 19 Chess final. The girls will be playing against the best girls in the Country, following their success earlier in the year at the northern semi finals. They will be returning late on Sunday evening.

Some pupils are spending this week skiing on our first joint venture trip with Leek High, Churnet  View, and Westwood College. They will be accompanied by Mr Salmon and Mrs Jeffery form the Academy.

Finally all pupils went to St Edward's Church on the last day of term for a service , year 7 & 8 in the morning and Year 5 &6 in the afternoon , they were joined by several parents and grandparents on both occasions and we are grateful to all those in the church for this opportunity. This was also the first service of the Rev Nigel Irons who is now the Team Parrish vicar and we are looking forward to working further him in the near future. There are further church services over Easter at both St Edward's and St Luke's and pupils were invited with their families.

Finally may I wish you all a Happy Easter and a restful holiday.  ​


10/03/2014
  

The half term has arrived and the last week proved eventful in both weather and events. Severe gales and high winds caused some damage to the roof but this has been mended. The Bikeability course went ahead despite the weather and the trainers were very impressed with the resilience of the pupils in Year 6 who despite the colds and wet still wanted to carry on . 57 pupils completed the course and this not only improves their road safety but also allows them to cycle to school should they wish in the future. Governors have in the past felt that this courses is essential to any cycling to school for pupils, as the cycle route across Leek is still not complete. We are very grateful to the trainers and also the parents for persisting in bringing in the bikes so that pupils can take the course.

 On the same Wednesday of the final Bikeability Course  the Year 7 boys played in the semi final of the under 12s Staffordshire County Cup against Wilnecote High School from Tamworth. It was wet, cold and windy on the top pitch and not days for the feint hearted. It was a very close match which went extra time and finally penalties. After penalties each had 3-3 so it went to sudden death. We scored the first penalty and Jake Willshaw saved their penalty for us to reach the final for the first time in our history.  What a fantastic effort for all concerned and Mr Massey and the boys are looking forward to the next final later in the year. 

A large group of pupils went to Fenton Manor this week for the indoor athletics and came 3rd, 5 th and 6 th. At the same time the year 6 girls football was cancelled despite the team arriving for the match. They were able to watch some of the athletics before returning home.

There were 8 commendations this week for year 7 and 8 pupils for Latin and German work in extracurricular activities. Attendance was also in focus during assembly where those pupils who had100 % attendance last term were entered into a prize draw . Three pupils received  a prize  from the lottery draw to support their achievements. Alex Cooper , Year 6 , Emily Seager Year 7 and Ben Crawford Year 8. Pupils were reminded that there is a strong relationship between success and attendance. Thanks to Miss Newport who is the Attendance Leader who monitors and works with the Authorities on attendance.

In assembly Hannah Underwood in Year 6 was also praised for her swimming in Wolverhampton  with the Leek ASCL. She came 1st ,2nd and 3rd in differing lengths. Congratulations to Hannah, we are very pleased to hear of the activities of our pupils out of school and celebrate them as a community.

Finally a letter was read from Jane Powell mum of Leah our former Year 8 pupil who sadly passed away last summer. She thanked the Academy for the support for Leah during her illness and fund-raising that has been done over the last 18 months. She will be setting up Love 4 Leah as a registered charity this year and they hope to purchase a house in the Moorlands for children undergoing cancer treatment. We hope to be able to support them in the future and some pupils already have ideas for later this term and next. We wish the charity every success and remember Leah fondly for her loving presence, courage and indomitable spirit during her illness. We were all the better for having Leah amongst our community.

May I wish everyone a good half term and hope Year 6 enjoy their reading and maths challenges over the next few weeks.​


08/03/2014
  

This week saw year 6 Parents' Evening on Tuesday and we are grateful that so many parents were able to attend ( 84%) We hope that the new booking system is making things easier and more convenient for parents to book appointments and control their schedules.

On Wednesday several year 8 pupils went to Leek library to look at the Staffordshire horde as part of their curriculum enrichment history studies.

This week assembly was a very celebratory one with much sporting success and celebration of pupils’ activities. There were 8 commendations for contributions to assembly and support for Parents' Evening. The year 7 and 8 District Sports hall Athletics team comprised 33 pupils all of whom took part on Tuesday afternoon at Fenton Manor. Other schools taking part were Endon, Moorside ,James Bateman and Woodhouse . The track events were comprised of an obstacle relay ,2 lap race ,4 lap race and a 6 lap race and relay. The field events were shot putt, speed bounce, standing long jump, standing triple jump and vertical jump.

Year 8 girls won 8 out of 11 events and came 1st

Year 8 boys won 6 out of 11 events and finished 1st

Year 7 girls won 4 out of 11 events and finished 2nd

Year 7 boys won 8 out of 11 events and finished 1st

This means the winning teams now go to the County Finals at the inaugural Staffordshire Winter Games next Tuesday . Special mention went to Megan Jones who competed in 5 events and won all 5 with a broken toe. Thanks go to Mrs Batigan for taking the team and we wish all the team well for next week.

The County Cross Country Championships were held last Saturday at Staffordshire University. There were teams from  5 districts and the course was both tough and muddy. Our runners performed admirably to secure 3 rd place for the Year 7 boys and girls and 1st place in the Year 8 girls’ competition. Well done to all the runners who took part.

The results of the interform lunchtime competitions were announced with vast numbers of participants from each form standing to receive applause for their efforts during many lunchtimes.  Over the last 4 months boys and girls from all forms were able to take part. Pupils from Year 7 and 8 have assisted with refereeing, without them the competition could not have taken place. The Year 7 & 8 teams organise their own referees and show a distinct level of maturity that Mr Salmon and Mr Massey are proud of. Winners of Year 5 were 5 M, Year 6 were 6M, Year 7 were 7E,Year 8 were 8L.

In addition, there was a thank you to the Leek Rotary Club for the district final of the Young Chef held in Newcastle, Archie Bettany taking part for the Academy.  The club stated that all participants should be proud of their entries to such a high standard. Thanks to Mrs Lansley for attending on behalf of the Academy.

Finally the maths competition winner was Ameila Swarbrook of 5S, congratulations on her prize for this week and the kitten conundrum.​


01/03/2014
  

A week of mixed weather has seen the pupils faced with several indoor lunchtimes with which they have coped well. The week began in style on Monday evening with several pupils attending the Rotary Showcase evening in town to perform musically, celebrate their success in the Young chef competition and compete in the Rotary public speaking competition. Westwood were also competing and it was good to see some former pupils enjoying further success. The St Edward's team will now take part in the next round of the competition to be held at Market Drayton in March.  The whole evening was an excellent opportunity for pupils to show off their skills and talents and we are grateful to the Rotary Club of Leek for this.

Staff this week have had their twilight training on Monday evening with short key sections from both the leaders of maths and English and a detailed overview delivered by Chris Dawson on Dyslexia.

News from last Sunday on the chess was shared with pupils in our Friday assembly by Mr Abell. At the Northern semi final of the English chess Federation's National Girl's Schools Tournament we entered two teams in the under 19 section. The A team were runners up half a point behind a team from Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne. The B team finished in 4 th place, narrowly missing out on a place but helping the A team by taking points off King's School Chester in the last round. The U 19 A team was Sian Jones, Beth Wooliscroft, and Libby Sherratt, the B team Emma Scotchford, Eleanor Poole and Emily Wood.  ( Sian ,Beth and Emma reached the u11 finals last year) . In the u11 section we had three teams who finished 5 th ,7 th and 9 th which was a good performance against tough opposition. Both Tilly Thorley and Victoria Sheldon won 3 out of 5 games at the event.  Other team members were Marni Pointon, Priya Shrestha, Louisa Swarbrook, Fallon Buxton Rivers, Alisha Deaville, Olivia Eardley and Emily Sanzeri. We are very grateful to Mr Abell for giving of his time and Mr Milner for the coaching and support they deliver at chess club along with Mr Rose . We are also grateful to the parents who support these events at weekends.

Individual awards in assembly went to Molly Reilly for a level 2 in keyboard and to Priya Sherestha for her first prize in a fencing competition and first prize for her technique in fencing for a competition held at Westwood College on the previous Saturday.

On the sporting front pupils were commended from the leader of the new Dodge ball club who has commented that our pupils are very well behaved. We also wished those running today in the Staffordshire Moorlands County Cross Country Championships at Staffs University all the best for their races.

Finally we are also keen to note that Mr Abell will be delivering Royal Institution maths master classes with Keele University over the next few weeks on Saturday mornings. Some pupils will be attending the year 8 event for those working at the highest levels; this will bring them into contact with other pupils from across the whole region.

Next week we are looking forward to Year 6 Parents' evening on Tuesday and we are pleased that the new online booking system seems to be working for most Parents. Out attendance rate  for parents is over 80% at the moment and we hope this will increase. If you have missed the deadline please ring the school office.​


22/02/2014
  

The council are considering the use of public vehicles for pupils to travel to school. Public vehicles are already in use for some routes to Westwood College. The saving to the council would be based around saving on the contract cost against the subsidy. Please see attached letter from the Local Authority.Letter from authority
The following are comments that have been made by parents so far to the Academy.

  • The route length time of public vehicles increases the journey for pupils. The current Westwood route to Cheddleton arrives about 4.45pm compared to a previous 4.15. The letter states that times may vary between 5-20 minutes on arrival and departure so this would involve additional time.

  • Pupils can be expected to walk up to 1 mile to the bus stop from their home to the stop carrying their kit and bags. This route may not necessarily be along pavement routes.

  • The public service is open to all and therefore there may be safeguarding issues.

  • Public routes may only stop along main routes.

  • The guarantee of a seat cannot be given in the instance of a public service.

  • Care is given by the bus companies with regard to passes and pupils

  • Currently in severe weather buses can be asked to come early this will not happen with a public service

  • There is a strong relationship between the bus companies and the schools with regard to behaviour. An agreement on behaviour is adhered to.

  • Shared transport is referred to in the consultations and this may involve restriction on school choice on the basis of bus provision. This would ultimately affect the finance of schools as the number of pupils closely governs the budget of all schools.​


14/02/2014
  

Year 6 have had a busy week with their mock SATS taking up a large part of their mornings and year 8 completing their mock SATS for reading. This will help us see any gaps in knowledge so we can support pupils in their learning before the final tests in May for Year 6.

All classes have had or are having the Road Safety Officer into their PSHE lessons over this couple of weeks to discuss various aspects of road safety from walking and careful road use for year 5 to bus safety for year 7. This is a vital part of the safety education within school.

Our celebration assembly will be on Monday as a result of the exams. We are very happy to report that the Year 7 football team were successful in the quarter finals of the Staffs County Cup with a resounding 7 -0 score. Well done to Mr Massey and all his team.

We are also in the second week of our trial on positive text messages . We hope to gain feedback on this after half term.​


09/02/2014
  

Assembly theme this week has been 'Seeing the best 'and on Friday we were treated to some performances from our pupils to showcase their talents. There was a play on bullying written by a year 7 , Cassie Ash and her brother and two musical presentations. On Wednesday the Academy played host to the Rotary Young Musician of the Year and 32 pupils took part in the evening playing a variety of instruments, including penny whistle,violin, keyboard, piano,saxophone,and voice. There were two categories, beginner and advanced. Winner of the advanced category was a closely run thing between John Daly and Nathan Peake both of whom are outstanding pianists. John played a melody combination of film themes and just edged ahead. For the beginners, Ruth Watson excelled on the saxophone. Everyone produced their best and 120 plus parents and Rotarians were treated to an evening of music that will serve to give our musicians the forum they need to enhance their performing skills. The Academy are very grateful to the Rotary Club of Leek for sponsoring this event. 

Year 8 have had their mock exams this week and the hall was turned into an exam hall for Tuesday and Wednesday to accommodate this.

On Wednesday all year 5 pupils went to the New Vic Theatre with staff, governors and helpers. The One Hundred and One Dalmatians story has been researched and will be followed up to support all classes in their English lessons. There will also be more parent lessons next Wednesday for the remaining year 5 classes who have not yet taken part in the opportunity.

On the sporting front the Academy were successful at Fenton Manor on Thursday evening with a team for the indoor athletics and they are once again, for the 7 th year running, the Staffordshire Moorlands Indoor Athletics Champions . We are very proud  of their achievements.

On Friday evening saw the year 7 & 8 disco . We are grateful to the staff and Parents who gave up their time to support this evening. The funds from the evening will be used to support projects within the Academy.​


01/02/2014
  

This week  has seen more opportunities for Parents to come into  the Academy and on Tuesday the SATS information evening was held for Year 6 Parents. This was especially important this year in the light of the changes that are coming to the papers for next year in both maths and English. The materials can be found in the Parent space on the learning platform and the websites are also available in the subject areas. Parents are reminded that if they wish to order the SATS booklets from the Academy then limited time is available. It was stressed at the evening how important reading is for building pupils' skills just 10 mins an evening could make a huge amount of difference to their learning over these early years.

 

On Wednesday there was a meeting of the Parents and Friends Association and the grand total for the fundraising evening last half term was £ 2596. We are grateful for all the parents that support the fundraising for extra equipment for the Academy and everyone is welcome to join and support the events. There will be a Year 5 &6 disco next Friday and parent support is always welcome .

 

The Rotary club of Leek were sponsoring the Young Chef competition again this year and the first round took place on Wednesday.11 pupils from years 7&8 cooked a main course and dessert with a table arrangement as part of their assessment. The standard was excellent and the winner was once again Archie Bettany year 8, for the second year running; second place went to Louisa Hall in Yr 7 and 3rd to Olivia Willshaw.  Mrs Lansley has worked hard within the school to stress the value of home food preparation and the Healthy lifestyle that accompanies some very innovative recipes. It was a delight to be able to taste the variety and quality of the pupils’meals. We are grateful to the governors and the  many members of the Rotary Club who turned up to judge the event.

 

Friday saw the school a colourful place with many following the School Council 's idea of oneseys and pyjamas for Children in Need. Well done also to those pupils who baked and sold cakes and also the boys from the Council who sold the Pudsey bear key rings . All boxes were sold during the week. Totals will be available next week.

In assembly,  there were 14 commendations this week congratulations to all those pupils who excelled in Creative Studies, MFL and in support of their form. The maths puzzle had many entries this week and the winner was Dexter Skelding.

In sport this week , 8 pupils took place in a badminton tournament at Leek High . For some this was their first competition and it was a year 9 competition. The competing schools were Westwood College, Endon High, and Biddulph High. Both teams finished in 3 rd place and are keen to take part in the next tournament after Christmas. Thanks to Mrs Salmon for promoting this new sport within the Academy. The team consisted of Rachel Claydon, Abbey Southern, Lucy Thompson, Dexter Hammonds, Jamie Ash, Jay Wilkinson, and Stephen Goodwin.

Finally in rugby the  yr 7 & 8 rugby team travelled to Newcastle under Lyme to play in the quarter final of the Staffordshire  County Cup . This was the first time the school have reached this stage in the cup and the school were against the defending champions. The final score of 31-  7  to  Newcastle reflected a lot  hard work on behalf of the boys with Jack Lawlor receiving man of the match. Mr Salmon said that this was the first time that Newcastle had failed to score 50 points or more this season and that includes fixtures against private schools in the area. Congratulations must go to all the boys and Mr Salmon.

Highlights for next week in school include the English lessons for some Year 5 classes on Wednesday and  the joint Federation puzzle afternoon on Monday  for the  more able maths students to be held at  St Edward's.​


01/02/2014
  

Respect for one another sits at the heart of all we do in school and this week has seen a focus on Anti Bullying as we are taking part in the National campaign this week and next. Two assemblies , one by Mr Parrish and one by 8T pupils with myself have given a clear focus on the effects and dangers of bullying. The theme is on cyber safety and the ability to use this safely. There are competitions and all pupils have had or will have lessons on the theme as part of their PSHE. The School Council have discussed this and will be doing so again next week for pupil feedback. We use the AMB system in school and try to adopt the Restorative approach for remedying the problems that arise.

The week began with a joint venture with the Leek Federation for the more able learners in Year 8 maths. Westwood pupils came to the Academy while Leek High and Churnet View also joined together.Monday afternoon was used to challenge pupils with the Puzzle company. This is a group who bring maths puzzles and problem solving activities to challenge and stretch the imagination. Feedback from pupils was very positive and the afternoon saw several mind stretching problems.

On Wednesday we were pleased to welcome more year 5 Parents to the English lessons for half of the year group. There were over 60 Parents on a  very wet and inhospitable morning taking part in the lessons.The other half of the year group have invitations for the week after next. About 30 parents also joined  Year 7 & 8 for the assembly in the hall prior to the sessions with Rev Etheridge from Cheddleton who has been of great support in the absence of a Vicar for St Edward's .Once again the theme was Anti bullying and thinking before committing to online chats. All parents seemed to enjoy the sessions and we hope that this is a different but profitable way of engaging parents with our Academy.

Governors meetings have taken place this week and we are pleased that our Committees have seen some of the new governors in their new roles. We hope to update profiles on the website as soon as possible..

On the sporting front the year 7 football team travelled to Huddersfield for the fourth round of the cup with  Mr Salmon and Mr Massey and after a gruelling game on an enormous pitch they lost 2-1. All boys performed extremely well and we are proud of their success in reaching so far in this competition. In addition, the same boys were involved in the Futsal tournament at Fenton Manor on Wednesday . The two teams A and B came first and second and will go forward to represent Staffordshire Moorlands in the next round in February. Congratulations go to all the  boys and Mr Massey for his coaching.

Last Saturday also saw some of our pupils competing in the u100 chess tournament with success and we are very pleased to have so many in our Friday chess club this year . Very pleasing is the fact that we also have former pupils now at Westwood who regularly return to help and play with our pupils. Thanks must also go to Mr Abell and Mr Rose and their team of helpers.

Finally we had the Year 5 & 6 disco last night with an enormous number of pupils attending. I would like to thank the staff and parents who gave up their evening to support the pupils and raise funds for the Academy. All funds are used to purchase equipment or services for the pupils.

Next week we are looking forward to Year 5 attending the pantomime at the New Vic in Newcastle . 196 pupils will be off the to the theatre with parents,  staff and volunteers. Our year 5 have been reading and working on the Dodi Smith novel in their English lessons to make this learning experience a worthwhile one.​


31/01/2014
  

This week has seen pupils getting ready in year 6 for their mock SATs next week.  All exams will take palce in the hall and gym and will give pupils a taster of the real exams to avoid them feeling overwhelmed in May. It also helps to look for areas where they have gaps in their learning and help with any catch up work that is needed.

Many thanks to those parents who came to the Parent Forum to exchange their ideas on allocation of places for Residential trips, exceptional absence definitions, and bullying consultation. We hope to put into palce some of the suggestion and modify our practice accordingly.

Sporting clubs will start next week but other lunchtime clubs and chess have already started this week. In assembly 17 pupils from year 5 to year 7 were able to receive their invitations to represent Staffordshire Moorlands in the County Cross Country Champion ship in February. This is a great honour as they have been selected out of the hundreds of pupils who run X country in this area. Three of the pupils were in Year 5; Harry Poole, Olivia Barratt, and Lily Evans, this is exceptionally good as these pupils are competing in a race for Year 7 pupils.

Other awards were given for the Prayer Flags for year 6 from the RE department. Many pupils received certificates and some chocolate for their brilliant assessment efforts. As this was a creative response to prayer based on the study of several faiths the Creative Studies department also assisted in the judging of the final most successful flags. We hope to have them on display soon in the entrance hall.​


31/01/2014
  

​The online room booking system for Year 6 Parents' Evening will open at 8:00 on Monday 13th January and close at 23:00 on Sunday 26th January. Please book early.

26/01/2014
  

​Please check for your letters from the LA regarding the Transport Consultation. The email for response ispauline.mutimer@staffordshire.gov.uk Thank you​

20/01/2014
  

The final week of the autumn term saw pupils having their reward afternoons. Those pupils who had gained sufficient points based on attendance, behaviour, merits, commendations and participation in school clubs and groups chose their varied activity afternoons. Thursday was target review day and allowed pupils to reflect on their progress this term in both subjects and their social progress. We have encouraged them to set challenging targets for the coming term. We are grateful for the support of parents in this role of supporting progress and we hope that the end of term report sheet will provide some further insight to share with our pupils. 

Friday saw the awards assembly with many receiving awards for both sports and chess. In addition the hotly contested Achievement boards were announced with honours closely fought by all forms. We are grateful to all the form teachers and pupils who spend so much time creating such thoughtful displays. Sadly we also said goodbye to Mrs Stanford who is leaving the area to get married  and Mrs Magnier who retires from Head of English but will be helping with additional classes for some Year 6 pupils.

Huge thanks to those parents and relatives who attended the two church services in St Edward’s Church. We are very grateful to the Rev Jones for taking the service and providing such a humorous but thoughtful insight for everyone on Christmas. May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that we may see you in the coming year at one or more of our Academy events? We do need parental support for the PFA events . The Parent Forum will be held on January 8th with topics as stated in our letter. Please return your reply or email if you wish to attend.​


18/01/2014
  

This week has seen the Academy building our links further with the community and pupils having the opportunity to interact with others and celebrate their skills. On Monday Mrs Ibbotson led a group of singers to perform in Sainsbury's in Leek to show their talents. It is always good to share the Christian message with carols and songs of worship. A further musical opportunity arose on Wednesday when Mrs Johnson led a group to Pine Meadows care home, this group was part of curriculum enrichment for year 8 and pupils had baked the mince pies, they were accompanied by the singers to give some Christmas celebrations to the residents. We are grateful for this opportunity for our pupils. 
The chess team played Newcastle- under- Lyme School at chess this week and although the B team were successful the A team lost. A large group of chess players accompanied by Mr Abel and Mr Rose are on their way to Bolton today to play in a tournament we wish them well.

On Wednesday we were privileged to welcome the prospective candidates for the vacancy of Team Parrish Vicar based at St Edward’s Church along with members of the church community to tour the Academy. They were escorted by the School Council so they could get a true insight into our school and freely pose any questions they may have. They later had lunch and opportunity to meet some of our governing body. We have a very strong bond with St Edward’s and we look forward to working with the successful candidate and pray for their guidance and support as they embark on this new calling.

Finally, Friday saw a special assembly with Mick Readman from the Rotary addressing pupils and explaining their role as he presented the awards that Rotary have sponsored for the Young Chef Competition. Mrs Lansley talked about the competition and Mr Sim had prepared a DVD of music an photos of the event. We are hoping to send two pupils to the next round in the New Year.  We are grateful both to Rotary and Mrs Lansley and her team for their hard work on this. A further joy fo the assembly was the huge number of items that were brought in bay all the pupils for the Food Bank in Leek.

 As Friday was Christmas dinner day (see Blog) The School Council decided all pupils should be encouraged to wear hats or Christmas accessories. In return, rather than money an item for the food bank was the charge. The Academy is a referral agency for the Leek Food bank and a simple explanation of the way the food bank works was given. The pupils are very aware that Christmas can be a difficult time for some families and that the meaning of Christmas is one of giving love and sharing the gifts that we have with others.  The stage was covered and pupils were able to erect a Food mountain in time for Christmas lunch. We will be taking the items to the Food Bank on Tuesday. 716 was the final total for Christmas dinners, one disco in the gym run by year 6 pupil Harry Lavender attended by most pupils at sometime during lunch , multiple virtual dancing teachers and support staff in the Hall. An excellent spirit of sharing and togetherness prevailed as we celebrated our family Christmas dinner.

Next week there will be reward afternoons for those pupils who have qualified in differing year groups and on Thursday target reviews will be held in the morning with pupils and form teaches. Grade reports will be sent home on this day with the Attitude towards Learning and target progress. Church services will be on Friday at St Edward’s, weather permitting. Pupils will certainly need coats on this day.​


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