Hello and welcome to the first of our new blogs which have been taken over by us, the students. We are part of our democratically elected academy council which we were appointed to following a vote earlier in the year. Our council is made up of two students from each year group and we bring forward ideas and discussion points from our year council meetings which we hold with our form reps. This blog will detail some of the items we discussed at our recent academy council meeting.
We discussed our view on teaching in the academy and we were all in agreement that we are finding maths and science lessons more engaging and challenging this year. We were all in agreement too that behaviour has continued to improve in our lessons and around the academy.
Next, we were asked which charity we would like to support for our non-uniform day. Following the assemblies we have had recently and the high profile work around mental health, we unanimously decided upon MIND as our charity which we are all really happy to support.
Finally, we were asked whether there was anything else we would like to learn more about through our CHARACTER programme and assemblies. It was suggested by some students that we could learn more about LGBT and we all agreed that this is something we would like to know more about. We were pleased then that this was talked about in assemblies the next week and will be introduced more into our learning.
Thank you for reading our blog, we look forward to updating you with more exciting developments throughout the year.
Academy Student Council
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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