] Staffordshire University Academy


Friday 12th January 2018

A week filled with exams, hard work and determination by all in Team SUA. Well done to all students for making such an immensely positive start to the new term.

Some positive feedback has been received via email from Councillor Bryan Jones following an 'Innovation All Party Member Group Meeting' with members of the County Council this week. Mrs Palmer and Mrs Haffie-Hobday attended the meeting (9/1/18) to share information about the work delivered via our Chase View Support Centre. Bryan said of the Centre, "I feel sure that your work at the academy will be taken forward and shared as best practice and incorporated with the overall work that the County Council is undertaking."

We are really proud of this feedback as we all really value the great work that happens within CVSC on a daily basis.

Friday 5th January 2018

Happy New Year!

What a busy three days…Every year group has had a welcome back assembly, new planners have been distributed and new timetables issued. Year 11 students have received their mock examination results and have all had a meeting to discuss their current progress, places at SUA6 or their intended next steps from September.

It is great to be back at the academy following a well deserved Christmas break. Good luck Team SUA let’s ensure this is a term we can all be proud to be a part of.

Friday 8th December 2017

This week I was really honoured to be able to go along to the Birmingham Repertory theatre for the day with Year 7 and a team of colleagues organised by Miss Humpage. Students have just completed a 10 week long project and were able to perform on the stage. This was followed by watching the matinee performance of 101 Dalmatians. The students were a real credit to the academy with members of the public even commenting on their exemplary behaviour.

The Sixth Form did a brilliant job of organising and hosting our annual OAP Christmas Party. The event, attended by residents of local homes, was a real success.

Thank you to everyone involved - a very busy but truly rewarding week!

Friday 1st December 2017

Well done to all students sitting mock exams this week, behaviour has been absolutely exemplary.

On Wednesday we were visited by Staffordshire County Councillors Bryan Jones and Phil Hewitt. The visit included a look around our academy meeting staff and students. Our visitors were able to see the work being delivered by our Chase View Support Centre and they also met with the Academy Council representatives for Year 7.

‘We were made very welcome by all the staff and your openness and enthusiasm for the school was both infectious and much appreciated.’ Bryan Jones, County Councillor Hednesford & Rawnsley

‘Bryan and I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday afternoon…the highlight was spending time with your bright, enthusiastic, forthright and extremely amusing pupils.’ Phil Hewitt, County Councillor Hednesford & Rawnsley

Friday 24th November 2017

Student Takeover Day!

Hello I am Sasha, I was the Principal for the day. The students within SUA were given the opportunity to take over the role of a member of staff for the day. The students that were picked behaved exemplary and were given the chance to walk around lessons.

Firstly, we started with staff briefing and then we had an SLT meeting where we talked about the recent events and what we need to improve. In the staff briefing all the students involved read out notices to staff in the academy. We also went into assembly and spoke to Year 11 students and wished them good luck in their mock exams.  Many students started their roles at 8:20am and continued until 2:55pm. All in all the day was a great success.  Thank you to everyone who participated.

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

A week of planning and preparation paved the way to the most successful charity fundraising event EVER at the academy last week.

Children in Need, 17th November, was a day we can all be very proud of at SUA. Behind the scenes students were busily baking cakes, creating competitions, organising car wash events, coercing teachers into 'wet sponge' competitions, creating quizzes, arranging sponsored silences and generally doing all they could do to enter into a fundraising extravaganza!!

£1,318 was raised. A HUGE well done to all in Team SUA!!!

Friday 3rd November 2017

Our first week back and Team SUA are working with focus and great determination.

A review of leadership was held this Tuesday and visitors commented, 'behaviour around the academy is polite and courteous and no-off task behaviour was observed in lessons.' This was fantastic feedback and I wanted to thank all students for embracing our RESPECT code. Well done everyone!

Rewards assemblies have been held this week and many students have been recognised for their contribution so far this year. 

What a great start to the new half term!


Friday 20th October 2017

We saw an incredibly busy Year 11 Parents' Evening yesterday with 71% of our families in attendance. This is brilliant news and we want to thank families of Year 11 but encourage even more to attend our '100 days' until the first exam Parents' Meeting on 21st November, details to follow.

So wonderful to see children from three primary schools here on Tuesday evening celebrating a Choir Festival; some future members of Team SUA! The hall was packed full of parents and the children all sang beautifully.

Now we have reached the end of a busy half term, I hope all students and staff have a well deserved rest and prepare for another busy half term ahead.



Tuesday 17th October 2017

A week of Open Mornings (from 9/10/17) saw more families come to look around our academy whilst it was 'in action'! Some really positive feedback has been received. Thank you.

On Wednesday we held two Settling In Parents' Evenings for our new Year 7 and Year 12 students. It was lovely to see the events so well attended. Thank you to families and staff for their hard work.

With one week to go we all can not believe how quickly this half term has flown by!

Monday 9th October 2017

The SUA Open Evening was well attended with lots of positive feedback and more families came along to visit us on Saturday morning. Student helpers were absolutely brilliant ambassadors for the academy. We hope to get more visitors along during the Open Mornings, starting on Monday 9th October, to see us in action.

Special thanks go to the history team as they were joined by 39 Year 11 students for extra lessons this weekend. Amazing commitments being made by Team SUA! Keep up the great work everyone.

Friday 29th September 2017


An impressive week has been had by all. Mr Andrews went into assemblies to announce the names of those successfully elected to our Student Academy Council. A big thank you also to the form group representatives as they will have an important job keeping their Year reps informed of ideas from each form group. I am very much looking forward to my invite along to the first Academy Council meeting!

Holding our second Parents’ Forum meeting on Monday (25/9/17) was another significant opportunity for parents to be kept informed about our improvement work. We received some useful feedback and as a result have revisited the homework strategy gently reminding our teachers to give the key stage 3 students a week to complete each task they are set in the different subjects. The last thing we want is our students worrying about falling behind or being in danger of receiving detentions.

You will also notice that we have uploaded further information about the new attainment bands and assessment calendar in the section to the left of this Blog ‘Academy Improvement Work’. We hope you find these useful.

We ended the week today with a highly successful MacMillan’s Coffee Morning/Afternoon event organised and led by SUA6. Our sixth formers did a fantastic job and we look forward to hearing how much money was raised.

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Monday 25th September 2017

You can see that we have had our Homepage redesigned adding clear links to our Academy Improvement Work and this Blog. I am really looking forward to being able to share our good work on a weekly basis. This Blog will give me the chance to inform you of the positive contributions being made by our students and staff.
As this week begins we are all looking forward to the Student Council election results being announced and our first Parents' Forum Meeting of the academic year later on this evening (25/9/17). I hope to see as many of our parents in attendance as possible, 6-7pm, you are all welcome.
I hope everyone has a productive week here at Team SUA!


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