Year 10 students are now being asked to secure placements for their Work Experience. The purpose of Work Experience is to help students prepare for the transition from school to work. It provides a greater understanding of the world of work and its expectations; the chance to learn new skills which are adaptable to both the working environment and the Academy; and hopefully help to decide what career paths students may want to pursue after education. It is therefore absolutely vital that your child participates in the 2 weeks.
Our training days, or CPDL days (Continuous Professional Development and Learning), provide us with an opportunity to improve the learning experiences for our students. This year we are committed to improving our standards by focusing on continuing to raise the achievement of our boys and improving teaching and learning by reflecting on our marking and feedback practices. We are striving to ensure we celebrate success as much as we can, particularly around attitudes to learning, achievement and attendance. We also continue to develop ways in which we can personalise learning and tailor it more to suit the individual needs of the child. We want our students’ learning experiences to be fun and enriching.
Last Thursday saw the official opening of the Academy’s sports pavilion and 3G football pitch. These facilities were jointly funded by the Academy and the Football Foundation (on behalf of the Premier League and the Football Association). The total cost was £800,000 and we received a generous grant of £495,000 from the Football Foundation. Academy students now have first-class facilities on which to train and play their matches – and equally importantly, so do our many community partners.
We have just returned from a very successful Year 7 Residential Week at Condover Hall. We would like to celebrate with you the high level of performance that the students achieved last week. Their behaviour was commented on and complimented by RSA staff, JCA staff and the instructors! The students immersed themselves in the challenges and consistently gave their all. As staff, we felt incredibly proud of them.
We are on the Year 8 RSA Family of Academies Leadership Programme and we are looking forward to Tuesday when the Year 8 students from Whitley, Ipsley and Holyhead come here for the launch of the Programme. We will be blogging, we will be learning about leadership from an expert and getting to know each other! Can’t wait! Look out for the #RSA8 on Twitter!
The REAL staff would like to invite the parents of Year 7 students to come into the Academy on Friday 10th October to learn more about the REAL projects. You will be able to meet the REAL team and find out how the REAL projects work! The event will take place from 10.15 – 11.45 in the Restaurant.