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Friday 26th October 2018

Please see our jam-packed newsletter (October Newsletter) which highlights some of the wonderful work of Team SUA during this busy first half term.

There is also a newsletter that has been posted under Academy Improvement Work (Ofsted monitoring visit) sharing some really positive feedback from Ofsted as a result of our second monitoring visit. I sent this out to all families with students on Tuesday 23rd October. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the content of this letter and report.

We are all looking forward to a restful half term break with more progress to be made by everyone in the lead up to the Christmas holidays! Stay safe over the holidays and see you all back in November.


Friday 28th September 2018

A great start to the academic year! Team SUA are raring to go and ready to welcome our prospective families to our Open Evening on 4th October from 6.00pm until 8.30pm.  Staff are working hard to show case the excellent education on offer here at SUA and priming students ready to engage with younger learners as they make their choices for September 2019. 

In other news Tempest have been to visit and taken photographs of each member of Team SUA, treasured memories in the making! 

Parents’ Forum was held on 24th September and attended by 25 families, our best turn out yet.  Parents’ received information about academy results, our development plan priorities, academy-home communication, knowledge organisers and attainment zones.  The presentation can be found in the Parents’ Forum section below.  Our next Prents' Forum meeting is calendared for Tuesday 13th November 6-7pm - please join us.

Our sixth form are currently arranging our Macmillan Coffee morning for Friday 28th September. We are looking forward to raising lots of money together for this national charitable event in our biggest coffee morning yet. Students have been encouraged to bring a small contribution in to buy a cake during break/lunchtime. Alternatively they could sponsor a member of staff taking part in our internal bike challenge in trying to guess who covers the most distance in their leg of the journey!

We look forward to year 7 and year 13 Parents’ Evening on 16th October, 4-6.30pm. This will be an opportunity to meet form tutors and to see how well the start of the new year has been so far. 

Finally, we are really excited to be partnering with The Birmingham REP once more for our year 7 and year 8 students, who are writing, directing and then performing their very own 100 word play, which will be a curtain raiser for The REP's Christmas production of The Wizard of Oz in early December. We can’t wait to see how the pieces develop over the next few weeks!

Tuesday 19th July 2018

TeamSUA are closing the year with a roar not a whimper!  In early July the academy was alive to the sound of 500 year 5 students from our feeder primary schools who came to experience an early taste of life at the academy.

Each year group had its own celebration of achievement assembly and curriculum and attendance rewards were awarded.  We have had a brilliant run of activity days, sports day and our very first Summer Fare through which the students raised £1800 for charity. 

Y12 gained many life skills (and qualifications!) as they spent a week supporting local charities and businesses whilst also being first aid trained. Some SUA6 students began their coaching badges with the FA. A great week was had by all!

We wish everyone a wonderful summer break, see you in September!


Friday 21st June

an emotional week of goodbyes....  

Team SUA have said a fond farewell to our Year 13 students this week and we look forward to seeing them all reap the rewards of their hard work on results day on 16th August. Year 11 also had their Leavers’ Assembly this week but we look forward to seeing a great many of these students back as members of SUA6 in September. Results day for Year 11 is 23rd August. Good luck to you all.

Exams have continued this week with Year 10 busy sitting their PPEs – pre-public exams. This is really good preparation for students as they are soon to enter the final year of their GCSEs. Good luck to Years 7, 8 and 9 as they enter their end of year exam week from Monday.

Advanced notice: Information should have been received about the planned visit, for Years 7-10, to Drayton Manor Park on Wednesday 18th July.

Friday 8th June 2018

A warm welcome back to Team SUA and what a busy week we have all had. Some key examinations have taken place for our Year 11 and sixth form students; they have all been very focussed and have worked incredibly hard in the lead up to these. We wish them the best of luck with their final exams over the next couple of weeks.

Thank you to the families who attended our Parents’ Forum meeting on Tuesday 5th June. Some really useful feedback has led to us sending out a few letters through the school comms app this week. A plea to the remaining families who haven’t registered – please do so, it is such a brilliant way for instant two-way communication.

There are several events over the coming weeks but today we have been raising money to support our Year 11s for their prom. This annual fundraiser is really appreciated by our students and is something the students are keen to continue. All remaining funds from today will be donated to Prostate Cancer.

Advanced notice: On Tuesday 17th July students are organising a fundraiser extravaganza in the form of a summer fair for Cancer Research. Families will be invited along; further details to follow in the coming weeks.



Friday 20th April 2018

A great first week back from the Easter break. It has been fantastic seeing everyone refreshed and ready for the challenges of this summer term.

I sent out a letter on Monday to keep everyone up to date with information about our academy improvement work. If you haven’t received a paper copy this is also posted on our website.

We hope to see lots of Year 7 and 8 families over the next two weeks at Parents’ Evening, an important opportunity to have valuable dialogue with class teachers about your progress.

Good luck to all students as they work towards the upcoming exams and a reminder to attend the additional period 6 lessons.

Thursday 29th March

We have all made it to the end of a very busy Spring term. An amazing couple of weeks with the academy show, the SUA Oscars and our first rewards visit with nearly 250 students participating. We ended the term on a real high in true SUA style by raising £500 for Prostate Cancer - Well Done everyone! #TeamSUA

Please read the academy newsletter for more details about life at SUA this term.

Wishing you all a peaceful rest over the Easter break and we look forward to our return on 16th April.  

Friday 16th March 2018

SUA were visited by a bus from Stafford College today kitted out with information about apprenticeships. Over 100 students were able to access this brilliant facility with additional stalls giving information about a range of apprenticeships they could access post 16 and 18.

Several County Councillors visited this week to find out more about our Chase View Support Centre. You may have seen the Tweet we sent out; the feedback was incredibly positive.

Not long to go now until our academy show hits the SUA stage next week. We all can not wait to welcome over 300 children from our feeder schools to watch the show on Monday and Tuesday. Good luck to Miss Humpage and the cast, back stage crew and army of helpers. There are very few tickets left for Friday 23rd March following Tuesday and Wednesday evenings being completely sold out!

Friday 9th March 2018

A full uninterrupted week in the academy has been most welcome after our unsettling start with all of the snow! Thanks again to all families whilst we worked through the issues with our heating as well as preparing the academy for a ‘business as usual’ week.

Students have been brilliant this week. The Year 11 mock examinations have run smoothly and teachers are busy marking and completing reports ready for the Parents’ Evening on 28th March.

As our academy show rapidly approaches, ticket sales have soared with over 200 being bought on the first evening they were released. We are all getting very excited and cannot wait for opening night on 20th March. Good luck with the rehearsals this Saturday and thank you all for your commitment to what we hope will be a spectacular event!

Friday 16th February 2018

We have reached the end of an incredibly busy half term.

Students should invest some time on planning revision timetables and beginning, if they haven't already done so, revising.  

We are looking forward to welcoming the cast of Beauty and the Beast onto the academy for rehearsals over the break as well as opening the academy for Year 11 to complete revision sessions.

Best wishes for a restful half term break.

Friday 9th February 2018

A successful Year 10 Parents’ Evening this week saw many of our families arriving to discuss their son/daughter’s progress so far this year. If you were unable to attend, and would like some feedback, please do contact Mr Porter at the academy and this can be arranged for you.

Thirty of our Year 7 students did an amazing job debating at the County Chambers earlier today. Mr Andrews Tweeted some pictures of the students in action; please take a look!

On Monday I will be sending home our latest letter updating you on our Academy Improvement Work. It has been an incredibly busy half term and I know, with one week to go until a break from our daily routine, students are continuing to work very hard in their lessons.


Friday 2nd February

We have been collectively impressed as a senior leadership team with the RESPECT shown during the great many lesson drop-ins that we have completed over the last four weeks! I wanted to share this with families and students; well done to Team SUA.  

Can I encourage families to speak with your children about what they have been learning about each week? Teaching and learning continues to be a central foci for us at the academy and all feedback is always welcomed.

Another week – another exam! This is what is it starting to feel like for our older students and I also wanted to say well done to our Year 11 Business students as I know you have been undertaking additional revision and studying hard for the exams you have sat this week.

Thursday 25th January 2018

A big well done to all students in Year 11 and Year 10 who this week sat additional mock examinations for their English Literature GCSE course. The students’ behaviour was exemplary!

An exciting week for the Creative Arts Faculty as music lessons have begun for students. This has been something we have been wanting to happen for a while and a big thank you must go to Miss Humpage for her hard work and determination in getting this organised. If any families would like their children to have music lessons during the academy day, details about times, instruments and costs are available upon request from our info@ email address.

Students have had a four day week this week so whilst all SUA staff will be working hard on Friday I hope students use some of their day productively to complete homework and revision tasks and come back refreshed next week for the second part of this important half term.


Friday 19th January 2018

The Parents’ Forum meeting was well attended on Monday and parents were impressed with the new Knowledge Organisers that we will launch with all students from Years 7 to 11 straight after February half term. The sixth form are looking at something slightly different to support the Level 3 courses that they are studying.

Rehearsals for the academy show are now happening regularly and we all cannot wait to see Beauty and the Beast when it finally takes to the stage in March.

I have dropped into lots of lessons this week and been very impressed with the hard work and determination seen. The senior team will continue to visit lots of lessons to hear about the learning that is taking place as teaching and learning continues to be a top priority for us all at our 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.

welcome to my new blog
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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