Week beginning Monday 24th February – Year 7
This week we will be looking back at some of the delights that this half term has brought to us as a year group.
We have had some exciting visitors come and talk to us about careers and aspirations. Firstly, we had a very inspirational visit from a man called Dave Heeley, who (if you do not know) is a father of three, from West Bromwich and is the first blind person to complete the seven-marathon challenge in 2008. Better known as “Blind Dave”, Mr Heeley talked to us about his life, what it was like for him growing up and going blind. How he overcame this barrier that life had placed in his way and achieved so much ever since.
We were also lucky enough to be visited by internationally renowned DJ Nathan Dawe. Who I actually heard on the radio last week for the first time!!! Nathan expressed to us that we must seek a career in something we loved and that this was the key to his success, he taught us that it was not easy but we must be resilient and ‘break through’ anything that would stand in our way to become the successful people we deserved to be. He also discussed our amazing academy and the facilities we had here as being 100% better than when he was at school.
As an Academy, we have been able to take part in an all-important student voice, where we have helped to shape the future of our academy by choosing what our uniform will look like from September. We have also visited the careers fair, which was organised by Miss Fletcher and were given a whole host of information from the exhibitions that attended.
We are looking forward to the delights the Academy has to offer next half term.
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Welcome to Staffordshire University Academy, where we Aspire, Believe and Achieve! As an academy, we are constantly improving; as the new Head Boy and Girl, we are enthusiastic to be a part of this community and input new ideas.
Since Year 7, we have seen the academy grow and we have experienced this. The main growth being within leadership. The schools senior leadership team regularly hold Parents’ Forums to discuss ideas and trial changes. Working alongside the senior leadership team is the sixth form leadership group which works to gather students’ opinions and voice these to staff.
Within the academy, we offer a wide range of enrichment programmes, both educational and recreational. Year 7s gets involved in REP Theatre projects, Walsall FC regularly come into the academy, whilst Year 10 get involved in work experience and in Year 11 students have a range of opportunities to support their studies. Year 11 and Sixth Form also have a chance to gain extra qualifications in subjects such as finance and the extended project qualification.
While at the academy students can study GCSEs, Level 2 BTECs and V-Certs, also if they choose to come back for further study we offer a range of A-Levels and Level 3 vocational qualifications. Having both chosen to come back we feel passionate about the teaching here at the academy. Staff are knowledgeable in their subject and inspire students in their lessons.
In our opinion, the academy has become the best in the area, especially for the careers programme and the opportunities that the academy provides. The support, environment and enrichment which is offered to students helps us to achieve our best and reach our full potential.
Recently the academy has had an Ofsted visit and the comments were very positive – we were pleased to have inspectors come and see the great work that is going on. We invite you to the academy to view us in action and see the opportunities which allow students to realise their potential.
Katy Booth and Kian Beddows
Head Girl & Head Boy
Here at Staffordshire University Academy we’ve got plenty to offer; our excellent facilities in our modern building, brilliant careers department (one of the best in Staffordshire) and exiting academic opportunities. In sixth form, we have our LEADERSHIP programme which encourages us to work closely with the lower years of the academy to further their learning as well as ours, it also encourages us to set up charity events, involving the community as well as local and national charities. As well as this, our committees meet and try and make improvements within the academy wherever possible.
We are all proud to be part of this academy and delighted to be part of the student leadership team as we now have the opportunity to give something back to the academy that has supported us for so long.
Megan Crutchley & Holly Baker
Deputy Head Girls
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