Principal’s Welcome

Here at Team SUA we make a difference. The culture of our academy ensures that our students achieve the very best life chances. Standards are high. Our students follow a simple RESPECT code which instils the right level of focus for the very best learning to occur. The staff and students at the academy continue to work together to improve every aspect of academy life. During the last academic year we were delighted to have been taken out of special measures; recognition of the improvements acknowledged and reported by Ofsted, ‘The quality of education has improved…Relationships between pupils and teachers are respectful…Pupils say things are better and they like the school…Bullying in rare.’ (Nov 2019). Achieving the recognition that we are ‘Good’ in our provision of Personal Development should fill all families with the confidence to consider SUA as the right choice of school for your child.

We underpin everything on our three academy values of Aspire, Believe, Achieve! Our dedicated staff body are a group of reflective practitioners who are constantly reinventing the way that students learn. We have been innovative in our approaches to teaching and learning, sourcing ideas from international practices. We believe it is working too as Ofsted stated, ‘Leaders know their pupils well and make sure that they have many valuable opportunities to learn beyond the classroom…Incidents of poor behaviour are now rare.’ (Nov 2019)

Our standards and aspirations are relentlessly high for all students in our academy. We care about the progress and education of all of our students. Successful learning is about partnership and we work to achieve this through excellent communication between the academy, parents, governors and the local community. This is also recognised as a strength of ours at SUA; parental voice and support is helpful and overwhelmingly supportive. This has been even more widely recognised during the ‘lockdown’ where all students and families were communicated with on a weekly basis about the work that was being completed. The commitment to our students and families is clear to see and the responses are brilliant. Over 80% of our Year 10 students re-joined us from June, each attending 12 sessions to support with their learning. Every student, in every year group, was invited in prior to the summer holiday to have a face-to-face meeting to ensure we could discuss any concerns in person. Student feedback to these sessions was also incredibly positive.

Our academy embeds in the character of our students the fundamental values of democracy, freedom and a wider understanding of different faiths and beliefs; celebrating diversity. Students develop an understanding of the clear link between rights and responsibilities and know the difference between right and wrong. Students learn to be reflective and are taught about the importance of respect and tolerance for others. Our bespoke CHARACTER programme permeates across the academy and this has also been adjusted to ensure the first term focusses on strengthening resilience following such a long time away from routine and the classroom.

This summer we have celebrated brilliant outcomes for both our Year 11 and Year 13 students, all down to the amazing hard work and positive attitudes of our young people. Our students strive to be the very best they can be and over two thirds of our sixth form are now beginning the next stage of their journey in education at university at their first choice place. Several of our other students have left our sixth form to begin Level 3 apprentices. We are immensely proud of the well-deserved results and many of our year 11s now embark on their courses in our sixth form – SUA6. These are truly exciting times.

As the new first term begins, we have committed to ensure all of our students are safe in our COVID secure academy. We have carefully planned bubbles, hand sanitisers placed throughout the building and additional break and lunchtimes to ensure our students and staff are confident in our return. We are all collectively looking forward to this year being a positive experience, rewarding and fulfilling.    

If you would like to find out more about our academy please feel free to come and visit us during a normal working day. Measures are in place to ensure you will feel safe whilst being able to do so. You will see why we are all so determined to help our students be the best that they can be; you will see our students hard at work and see staff whom enjoy working to support these ends.

Rowena Hillier

September 2020


SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership.  The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support.  In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.

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