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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.

Thank you for reading our blog.




Week beginning 10th February 2020 – Year 11

Since Christmas we have continued to prepare for our final GCSE exams.

In January we were visited by Elevate, who delivered a session called “Ace Your Exams”. This was useful as it taught us how to prepare properly and how not to panic in the exam.

We have also continued with period 6 although now the teachers have given us 4 extra lessons per week based on our subjects we need to improve in.

Period 6s have been useful and are helping us prepare for the following reasons.

  • We are in smaller groups so have more one to one input from teachers.
  • We are able to ask questions for the things we are not sure about.
  • It’s not like a normal lesson, it’s more chilled out, we discuss things more.
  • We get to look at exam questions and the teacher explains how best to answer them.

We have also benefitted from some good advice on our next steps this term, we have taken part in a sixth form taster day and a Cannock College taster day. We have also had the careers fair this week.

The careers fair was well attended by a number of different agencies and providers including Stafford College, Cannock College and Rodbaston, Staffordshire University, Aston University and Worcester University. There was also a lot of information available on Apprenticeships with companies such as Rolls Royce, and the armed forces were represented with the Army and Royal Navy. Some students were surprised to find that you could do an apprenticeship or a degree in the Army.

Looking ahead we are very much looking forward to the Year 11 prom which will mark the end of Year 11. We have set up a fundraising committee and already have a non-school uniform day planned to raise some money, further ideas to follow.

Year 11 council, Todd, Chloe, Tyler, Eboni, Sasha, Edie, Ellis, Jacob.

 




Week beginning Monday 3rd February 2020 – Year 10

What a busy start to 2020!

Year 10 students have been doing a lot of things so far this term: at times, it’s been slightly stressful, very exciting, and definitely eventful! Because our MOCK exams were postponed from before Christmas, we have been completing a few weeks of revision; we’re pretty sure everyone in our year is working hard and we’re sure that we’ll perform really well in our exams. Our revision time included the Christmas break which we enjoyed – it was useful to have two weeks off to prepare and get ready to come back for the New Year. When we returned back for the New Year, some Year 10s had to get ready for ‘real’ exams which were Health and Social and Sport; we all felt confident about our performance afterwards!

In January, some of the Year 10 students from SUA had the chance to go to Staffordshire University to help with our maths studies. It helped us a lot with our future exams- the people were very supportive and we cannot wait to see them again. We are planning to go back every so often to improve our skills even more. We’ve had lots of trips planned for us such as the Globe Theatre in London which hopefully helps us with our English skills.

Because the GCSE years can be quite stressful, the staff at SUA planned some professional youth emotional support services (YESS) to come and help us with our mental health. They gave us a sheet to fill in anonymously so they can come in and support us in the future, and they talked to us as a year group in assembly about ways that they can help us out.

On the 28th of January we had a Parents’ Evening for Year 10s when parents came in to see how their children are getting on in the subjects. We can’t speak for everyone but we’ve both heard very positive things about ourselves and the other students! Thanks to the SUA staff for always supporting us and looking out for us!

 




Week beginning Monday 27th January 2020 - Year 9

Here at SUA we have had a very busy start to the spring term!

Years 10 & 11 have continued their work with Elevate. Elevate is a company with a growing reputation as one of the best organisations in the country for improving students’ exam performance.

On Monday 13th January year 10 took part in a workshop on time management and on Thursday 16th January year 11 took part in Ace your exams sessions. This was then followed up with a well attended Ks4 parent session on supporting their child in the run up to and throughout their GCSE examinations.

Guest speaker ‘Blind Dave’ visited years 7 & 8 on Wednesday 15th January to share his experiences of being the first blind person to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. His stories were truly inspiring and students learnt a great deal about self-motivation and resilience in the face of extreme challenge. We would like to wish Dave all the very best of luck with his forthcoming adventures.

Years 7, 8 & 9 worked with Maximize Your Potential on Thursday 23rd January in a series of workshops focusing on study practice and independent learning.  To develop an understanding of the importance of being organised and having a ‘can-do’ attitude. Encourage participation in extra-curricular activities to develop character and learn new skills.

A parent’s workshop was also held on the same day to provide suggestions on how to support their child’s learning at both home and school. Including goal setting, organisation, listening & focus, positive attitudes, mapping and test preparation.

The Able and Inspired Minds group have started to attend their TIF talks. This week Mr Allsopp gave a talk on leadership. 20 students attended the talk after school on Tuesday and took part in an activity to identify their leadership style.

We have introduced some changes to our rules and routines in the academy this term. Mobile phones are no longer permitted in the academy. Students have really stepped up to this challenge and met it head on. Any student who is seen with a mobile phone has it confiscated and returned at the end of the academy day. As such we now have a much calmer and more sociable academy at break and lunch times. Well done SUA!!

 We are also launching our new rewards incentive this term. Students who are well behaved and consistently follow the academy RESPECT code will be rewarded with a visit to Alton Towers on 23rd March. To be able to attend the criteria is; no more than 3 C1’s in the next 6 weeks, no C2's or C3's and no more than 1 days’ absence and good punctuality in the academy.  We are an academy that recognises the hard work and effort that our students make. Good Luck everyone we hope to see you there!




Week beginning Monday 16th December - Year 11

It has been an unbelievable busy term for Year 11.

We have had visitors to help us to prepare for our GCSEs in the form of Elevate Education and Stretch Education. David Hyner from Stretch Education was particularly motivational and we really enjoyed hearing him speak.

We have been supported by our teachers with a large number of period 6 lessons, these take place after school and are a good way of revising and preparing for exams.

In October we took part in a vote for a Year 11 Campaign. This meant we had to pick a song, a slogan and some commitments for our Year group to follow. The song we picked is “Believer” by Imagine Dragons, our slogan is “Success is Not a Straight Line.”

In November we took part in fundraising events for Children in Need and supported Anti Bullying Week by wearing odd socks for a day. We are also extremely proud to have had a non-uniform day in aid of Mind UK, raising awareness of mental health and raised over £500 for the charity.

December has been all about our first PPE exams, which, at the time of writing, are just coming to a close. This has been a lot of hard work and preparation but will give us a good idea of our strengths and areas for improvement that we can work on in the New Year.

On a lighter note some of us were involved in the Christmas Concert this week and it was lovely to see so many people come to watch the talented performers of SUA.

On behalf of everyone at SUA we hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

By Ellis Preece and Edie-May Burke




Week beginning Monday 9th December - Year 10

Football Mad!

Our Year 10 football team have struggled to get a full team together during the last couple of years. This year Mr Tatton has organised a team and entered our Year group into the district league. Despite a heavy defeat against Cheslyn Hay in our first game we galvanised the troops, put in a great performance with a narrow defeat against Netherstowe.

Justin Bird, our left winger made a sweet run through the defenders then slotted it past the keeper! Despite conceding four goals and all of our defenders lacking experience, our back line is gaining more confidence every day.

The next day, we had our first home game against the Friary, and we won our first point! It was something for the team to take away with pride after a late equalizer from George Carnell. This result was also aided by the heroic goalkeeping performance of Kyle Langston. We are not only hopeful for the future, but also thankful for the support, faith and managerial brilliance that Mr Tatton and the other teachers have put into us this year. 

It’s been amazing to have more sporting opportunities at SUA this year.

Written by the Year 10 Football Team

Teaching and Learning

Lately in Year 10, we have been non-stop revising for certain exams such as English and Science; some people in the Year are also doing Health and Social and Sports Studies. Even though we were originally expecting these exams on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th, academy leaders have moved them to February. This is to support us with our revision and due to other exams going on in the new year. In our classrooms we are going to be doing little assessments for the end of term to see how we are progressing: this feedback will really help us to prepare for the mocks. We’ll be revising hard over Christmas!

During this term, we had a visit from Ofsted and although we were very terrified of them talking to us, we are very pleased with how it went. On the other hand, we still have not had the report given back to us but we are excited to hear the outcome for our wonderful academy!

We’re enjoying our lessons at the moment, especially important subjects such as PE where we get to play a sport of our choice and just have space and time to relieve our stress before our upcoming exams. The teachers in the departments are very helpful when it comes to our mocks; they have given us a lot of support and supplies for the exams. Thank you!

In two weeks’ time we are having a Christmas jumper day to end our term ready for Christmas. What will we wear?!

Written by Jayme and Ruby




Week beginning Monday 2nd December – Year 9

It has been an extremely busy few weeks at SUA. Ofsted have visited us to see how much our academy has improved since our last inspection in 2016. We all pulled together as Team SUA and are awaiting the final report to be published.

Professor Carl Chinn gave a talk on ‘The Real Peaky Blinders’ to members of the public on Wednesday 27th November. The event was well attended by both students, staff and members of the public who thoroughly enjoyed discovering our local history.

The extracurricular timetable has continued with rehearsals well underway for the academies upcoming production of Guys and Dolls! The year 9 football club have been working really hard and have upcoming matches and a tournament in the following week.

Written by Ella Davis and Jared Ball Year 9




Week beginning Monday 25th November - Student Takeover Day

When the day started on Friday 22nd November, we knew we had a busy, exciting day ahead of us. As soon as we arrived we collected our badges that was proudly presented with our name and job title. We walked to briefing. Throughout briefing, our assigned teaches gave us our notices to read out.

Our first meeting, soon came and we talked how to improve our school. We agreed, we disagreed until we knew what was right. Our meeting came to an end and the papers were finally ready. Time to see what was next.

It was time to go to the hall and have photos with the teachers we were taking over. Then we gathered, we had a group photo. Then we had our second meeting which was suggesting ideas that we came up with as a team.

We had a fun time from the teacher point of view seeing other students work and correcting their good work.

Our final hours came upon us and it was our last time to meet. We concluded our meetings and finished our last piece of work. A fun day must come to an end. Hopefully we will attend this again.

Written by student takeover - senior leadership




Week beginning Monday 18th November – Year 8

SUA has been a very eventful place over the past two weeks. Thanks to some very special visitors, we have a lot to talk about, so let’s just jump right into it!

Remembrance Day

Last week, we had a very special visitor, called Professor Carl Chinn, who came in to tell us about Remembrance Day and The Great War. When we asked our fellow Year 8s about the assembly, one person stated

“I felt excited to watch it”

and another shared a quotation they remembered from the talk that read,

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”

It was very eye-opening to learn about the origins of The Great War and the impact it has had over the years and around the world. We also held a two-minute silence to honour the soldiers who gave their lives.

Children in Need!

Last Friday we celebrated Children in Need by hosting a wonderful amount of stalls and students had the chance to buy from those stalls at lunchtime. Every tutor group made a stall so we had a lot to choose from! So, to everyone who took part, we say thank you for donating to a good cause! Nationally, Children in Need 2019 raised £47.8 million pounds; at SUA we don’t know how much we have raised yet but we tried really hard and are excited to hear the final figure. The day reminded us that Team SUA, is more special than ever imagined.

This Friday is Takeover Day and to all the people who are taking part or the people who tried to sign up, we applaud you. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading.

Written by Jonathan Corns and Taylor Harley Year 8.




Week beginning Monday 11th November - Year 7

Last week saw the academy return to business after a well earned half term break. There have been an array of things going on both in and outside of the academy.

This week saw 78 Year 7 students attend the annual Year 7 residential. This year the venue was much closer to home at Whitemoor Lakes. The students who attended completed an action packed 3 days of activities  which were designed to unite Team 7 and help develop positive relationships within the year group, support teamwork, resilience and a host of other personal skills that the students will not only need within their educational career but out in the wider world. Pictures of this can be found on our academy Twitter page @suaupdates.

This week also saw the Year 8 football team find themselves scoring goals for fun. The football team worked hard to score the most goals that they have ever scored in a single game (5), however this was still not enough to win the game. We are all extremely proud of the way the team conducted themselves during the game.

Our extracurricular timetable kicked off again this week, where there are a whole host of lunchtime and after school activities available to keep our students busy within their unstructured time. Students can find the timetables within the PE department and on the screens around the academy.

This week also saw the return of our partnership with Walsall Football Club. Our partnership with the football club is now in its second year and is growing from strength to strength. We thank Paul for his hard work and inspiring ways to engage our students throughout the lessons. We also saw the return of our female football coach (Charlotte), who works with our female footballers on a Friday after school; yet another exciting opportunity provided by our partnership with Walsall Football Club's Community Programme.

There are some exciting times ahead for our Year 11 students. This week they voted for their exam campaign motto and song. The work that Mr Kirk has been completing with the Year 11 students has been about ensuring that they are aware of the importance of their exams and providing them with the vision, encouragement and support so that they are able to perform to the best of their abilities when the time arrives.

Finally, every child in the academy was provided with this terms knowledge organiser, students are expected to carry this document around with them at all times as it is designed to assist them with their learning both inside and out of the academy.

We hope you have enjoyed reading the Team SUA blog this week. We look forward to addressing you all in this manner again in the future.

Kind regards

Year 7




Monday 4th November 2019

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




14th October 2019

Dear Families

As we rapidly approach the end of this very busy half term, we wanted to inform you that the students are taking over our academy blog! Year Council representatives and Academy Council Representatives will be responsible for putting together a weekly update for you all. We are really looking forward to reading about life at our academy from the perspective of our students.

Best wishes

Team SUA

 



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