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What to do if your A-Level results aren't what you hoped for 13/08/2020

If you have received your A-level results and they are not what you expected or hoped for, use the decision tree below to help you to decide what to do next.

If you want to appeal, the instructions below show you what to do.

 

 

Click here for further guidance or speak to your teachers here at Staffordshire University Academy.



SUA Year 6 Virtual Transition Evening 09/07/2020



Year 7 Language Pathways 19/06/2020

All Y7 should have received a letter regarding choosing their preferred language to continue into Year 8.

Year 7 Language Pathway Form



Important Assembly at 10am Today 18/06/2020

Please see this link for more information https://www.tes.com/news/duchess-cambridge-lead-uks-largest-assembly



School Games Virtual Competitions 09/06/2020

Next week sees the start of our County Virtual School Games competitions. These are virtual competitions open to students  across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent that children can enter individually to represent their school as part of a team. The individuals with the highest scores will represent their schools and be judged against other schools to be crowned county champions! All entries are welcome and all children will receive a certificate for taking part. This week is Dance so any pupils in KS3 or 4 are encouraged to enter.



Letter to Parents 05/06/2020

Please see attached document.

Letter to Parents 05/06/2020



Return of Year 10 03/06/2020

Please see attached document
Initial Return of Year 10



Return of Year 12 02/06/2020

Please see linked document below - 
Year 12 Initial Return Letter



Year 8 Pathways 13/05/2020

Hello Year 8 Students,

I hope you all doing well!

You may have already received a letter which outlines the details of the Year 8 pathway choices for next year. Please take time to review the subjects available and contact the relevant subject staff using the email addresses detailed in the information pack if required. If you are yet to receive this the information and link can be found on the academy website.

Below is the link to the digital pathways form that you will need to fill in.  The forms are digital this year and very simple to fill in from any device (smartphone/ laptop / tablet).   Simply open the link below, it  will take you to a form with a drop-down box for each pathways block. You will select your first choice and reserve choice for each block available. The deadline for submission is 22nd May.

If you have any questions please get in touch with either your tutor or myself.

Click here to access the pathways form

Mr Porter

Head of Year 8

 

Please find the Powerpoint and Word Documents here - 
Year 8 Options Powerpoint
Year 8 Pathways Letter



Year 9 Pathways Form Now Available! 11/05/2020

Year 9 Pathways form now available!

Here is the link to the digital pathways form that you will need to fill in.  The forms are digital this year and very simple to fill in from any device (smartphone/ laptop / tablet). Simply open the link below, it  will take you to a form with a drop-down box for each pathways block. You will select your first choice and reserve choice for each block available. The deadline for submission is 22nd May.

If you have any questions please get in touch with either your tutor or Miss Randle

Click here to access the online form



Year 10 Transition 29/04/2020

Please see this document for information on Year 10 transitioning into Year 11.

Y10 Transition Document



Year 9 Pathways 27/04/2020

Year 9 students will be receiving details via post this week regarding their pathways as they move into Year 10. Students will be receiving both a booklet and pathways guidance presentation. Further details about how to select the options will follow. Please contact the academy using the subject email addresses with any queries about the subjects on offer. For more details please see the Year 9 pathways page below

https://www.suacademy.co.uk/students/year-9-pathways



New weekly bulletins added 17/04/2020

Check out this weeks bulletins



Ofqual guidance 7th April 2020

 

 

GCSE, AS and A level students in England                                                                            3 April 2020

 

A message for all GCSE, AS and A level students this summer

I understand how unsettling the past weeks have been for you, since the announcement that exams have been cancelled this summer, and that you are urgently waiting for news. I wanted to let you know what we are doing to provide you with grades. Our over-riding aim in this is to be fair to students this summer and to make sure you are not disadvantaged in your progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented conditions.

How will grades be calculated?

Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements: 

  • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
  • within each subject, the order of students at your school or college, by performance, for each grade. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

This information will allow us, with exam boards, to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be different from the one your school or college sends to the exam board.

Do I need to complete any new work for my school/college to submit a grade? 

Your school or college is not required to set additional mock exams or homework for your centre assessment grade, and you won’t be disadvantaged if you were not set, or were unable to complete, any work given out after schools were closed.

Can I see the grades my school/college submits for me?

No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at your school or college, to tell you the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.

When will I get my results?

We’re working hard to get results out as soon as is possible – results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and ideally they will be issued a little earlier, so you can have the certainty you need. 

 

 

Can I take my exams another time?

We are working with exam boards to offer additional exams in the autumn term as soon as it is possible to do so. We’ll let you know about these in the coming weeks. 

The information we have published covers GCSEs, AS and A levels, plus Extended Project Qualifications and Additional Extension Awards in maths. You can find out more about which qualifications and students are included, and the current arrangements for those which are not, in our detailed guidance; along with answers to other questions that you and your parents or carers might have. We will keep updating our guidance as new information becomes available, including to share details about vocational and technical qualifications as soon as we can, so please keep an eye on our website.

Please be reassured that the grades you get this summer will look exactly the same as in previous years, and they will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers, to help you move forward in your lives as planned.

With every best wish,

 

Sally Collier

Chief Regulator, Ofqual

 



COVID-19 Daily Bulletin 5 20.03.20

Re: COVID-19 Daily Bulletin – Friday (pm)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Every student who attended the academy today has been sent home with a large pack of work to complete and a workbook in which to complete these various tasks. Our message has been clear and consistent to all of our students: this is not a holiday and a regular routine will be important for them through the weeks to come. It is essential students do not put themselves at a disadvantage and fall behind with their school work. Even Year 11 and 13 leavers have been advised to complete the work, keep their minds active and keep themselves being best prepared for the next steps of their education. Any students who were unable to attend today will receive their packs at the start of next week. Until then please utilise the knowledge organisers on our website.

It has been an upsetting day for a great many of our students, this has been completely understandable, but we have reassured each and every student that we are here for them as support at the end of an email or the telephone during the regular working day. The best form of communicating is by emailing queries or questions to info@suacademy.co.uk These emails will be redirected to the colleague who can best assist with any query.

We will also keep families updated as we work through these unprecedented times. The best way to receive updates will be by: following us on Twitter; ensuring we have your correct email address or keeping a regular eye on our website. We will push notifications of such updates out through our School Comms app, emails and text messages to families.

Thank you so much for all of your overwhelming support through these challenging days. Everyone here at Team SUA wishes all of our community all the very best as we navigate through the coming months. Please look after yourselves and loved ones.  

Yours sincerely

R. Hillier

Principal



COVID-19 Daily Bulletin 4 20.03.20

Re: COVID-19 Daily Bulletin – Friday (am)

Dear Parents/Carers,

The Department for Education has published a list of “key workers” (see below) whose children will be prioritised for schooling during general closures because of coronavirus. Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a number of children but will be closed to the majority from Monday 23rd March.

Health and social care

Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services

Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods

Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security

Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Transport

Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services

Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

We have had a limited response from parents informing us of the need to provide childcare for their children from Monday. It is our duty to support the government’s guidelines on social distancing. Families could have one key worker adult in the household but are still able to provide childcare for their child/ren. This is a decision that you would make as a family knowing your regular working hours. We are here to fulfill our social duty during these unprecedented times.

Please now contact us as a matter of urgency (by text, telephone or email info@suacademy.co.uk ) by the end of the academy day 2.55pm at the latest, so we can plan for Monday’s provision.

Other information:

  • From Monday, the View Street entrance will remain closed. All access to the site will be from Marston Road and the main academy entrance.
  • We are working in liaison with Tesco’s to arrange vouchers for families whose children are entitled to free school meals. It is our intention to have made the necessary arrangements by the middle of next week at the absolute latest. We intend on emailing the vouchers to families. If you do not have an email address on our system, we will be in touch with you to make alternative arrangements. Please ensure we have the correct email address held in the academy.

I will write to all families again this afternoon. Updates will continue to be sent out via email, through Twitter and via our website. Thanks once again for your incredible support.

Yours sincerely

Mrs. R. Hillier

Principal



COVID-19 Daily Bulletin 3 19.03.20

Re: COVID-19 Daily Bulletin

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you will be aware from the government announcement yesterday, Wednesday 18th March, all schools will be closed to the vast majority of pupils from the end of the academy day on Friday 20th March.

Schools across the country will remain open to the following groups of pupils:

- Children and young people with an EHCP

- Children and young people with a social worker

- Children of key workers who can otherwise not be supervised during the school day

In helping us to plan for the number of children we are expecting on site, we need your assistance with the key worker element of the provision. Please contact us as a matter of urgency (by text, telephone or email info@suacademy.co.uk ) by 9am on Friday 20th March at the latest, if you work in one of the following areas of employment and you will need your child to be supervised at the academy from Monday 23rd March:

- Medical professionals including doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics etc

- Other employed workers in medical or health settings

- Community safety including police force or fire service

- Social Workers

- Delivery drivers

- Teachers

Please state the name of your employer when responding to us. We may require evidence of this employment.

It is important to note that in the circumstances where a parent has requested that a child is in school, the normal expectation of attendance every day will apply and non-attendance will be followed up. This is in line with our safeguarding processes.

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through times, which I am sure you will agree, are unprecedented in terms of complexity. As further information is released, particularly with reference to both GCSE and A Level examinations, we will be able to continue to communicate with you about the next steps in our planning.

All students will return home tomorrow with a work pack. Updates will continue to be sent out via email, through Twitter and via our website.

Yours sincerely

Mrs. R. Hillier

Principal



COVID-19 Daily Bulletin 2 18.03.20

Re: COVID-19 Daily Bulletin

Dear Parents/Carers,

Here is our daily update for you today:

  • Alton Towers have confirmed we can change the date of the rewards visit for 150 of our students. The new date will be shared with families once we are in a position to do so.
  • Following confirmation from our insurance company, we are aiming to process a full refund for the cancelled Year 7 and Year 8 London visit prior to Easter.
  • The cleaning staff are taking extra care to wipe down students desks, academy corridor doors, staircase rails and other locations of ‘high traffic’ on a daily basis with anti-bacterial wipes.
  • All visitors to SUA are being asked to use the anti-bacterial gel in the academy and all staff are regularly using this prior to delivering lessons.
  • Regular checks are done to ensure soap is kept replenished in the toilets and students continue to be reminded to wash their hands regularly.  

Currently all lessons continue to be staffed however, this is an ever-changing picture as more families and colleagues are being affected by the 14 day self-isolation rules that have been imposed by the government. Our priority is to keep staff and students safe and to deliver lessons for as long as we are able to do so. It might be that we have to consider a partial closure for particular year groups if the situation worsens with further absence. This is not something we have the need to do yet.

Staff are currently working incredibly hard to produce work packs that we will issue in any circumstance where absence cannot be avoided from lessons. A number of our students, and families, are already self-isolating. We are aiming to get these packs sent out in the post to those students by the end of the week. In the meantime, if your son/daughter is currently not in school and you have access to the internet they should be directed to use their knowledge organisers. www.suacademy.co.uk using the tab Students then Knowledge Organisers. 

Thank you for your continued support, we very much appreciate this during these unprecedented times.

Yours sincerely

Mrs. R. Hillier

Principal

 



COVID-19 Daily Bulletin 17.03.20

Re: COVID-19 Daily Bulletin

Dear Parents/Carers,

Having consulted with the CEO of our Trust this morning, I have taken some decisions following further discussions with the senior leadership team to:

  • Cancel all assemblies until further notice, including the Year 10 sex and health education one due to be held this afternoon
  • Cancel the parents’ meeting, due to be held this evening, for the London visit that is due to take place 25th-26th March
  • Postpone the London visit whilst we seek further clarification from the coach company and theatre in the West End
  • Postpone the academy production of ‘Guys and Dolls’
  • Enquire about the Alton Towers rewards visit for 150 of our students. This is due to go out on Monday 23rd March, we believe it will also be postponed – more information will follow
  • Cancel the Year 8 Parents’ Evening due to be held on Tuesday 24th March – if you would like to receive a phone call or email with updates about your child’s progress please email info@suacademy.co.uk
  • Cancel all further visits that are due to take place outside of SUA – including the planned Year 11 theatre visit – until further notice

We are aware that many of the visits may have incurred a cost and we will endeavour to ensure refunds are paid to families as quickly as we can facilitate this. There will be delay with this as we liaise with our insurance company.

We intend on keeping families updated each day in a bulletin similar to the above. To ensure that you are fully up-to-date with accurate and reliable information please regularly check the news section of our academy website, follow us on Twitter or receive the updates through our SchoolComms app.

Thank you for the many comments that we have already received in support of what we are doing as an academy. We are sure you will appreciate that the ever-changing landscape is also a challenge for Team SUA. Please refer to the letter we sent home yesterday for further advice and guidance from central government and the DfE.

Yours sincerely

Mrs R. Hillier

Principal



Letter sent home 16th March 16.03.20

Dear Parents and Carers,

I write to give you an update on SUA and the Covid-19 virus. The situation relating to the virus remains fluid, however the academy continue to follow the guidance of the Staffordshire University Academies Trust and the Department for Education (DfE) relating to educational settings. As it stands today, we remain open and we are able to continue with events and visits as normal, however, I must stress this could change at very short notice.

This information should answer any questions that you might have in relation to what you should do if you or your child(ren) might have come into contact with the coronavirus.

We would ask everyone to follow the government’s advice:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

- a high temperature (37.8 degrees  or above) – you feel hot to touch on your

  chest or back.

- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. 

Urgent advice: use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days 

    Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.                      

    Source: nhs.uk  

We still encourage excellent attendance unless students have any of the symptoms outlined above or meet any of the other criteria for self-isolating set out by the government. This is a crucial time in the lead up to the examination season for many students and it is imperative that lesson time is not lost whilst also safeguarding against further spread of the infection.

SUA will continue to update parents, students, staff and carers should the advice from the government change. In the meantime, the government have set up a helpline to answer questions about Covid-19 for parents, carers, staff and young people. The contact details are on the image overleaf. We continue to maintain a strong focus on handwashing with all students and staff and we promote the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ motto for coughs and sneezes.

On occasion, rumours can spread wildly around a community. We will update you directly and reliably should the situation change. If your mobile phone number has changed recently, please advise us of this change.

As an academy, we are trying to take informed actions so that we can continue to serve our young people and their families in this unprecedented time. Thank you in advance for all of your support, it is very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Mrs R Hillier
Principal

Advice and Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

The Public Health England has also put together this helpful Q&A resource:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Academy show Guys & Dolls

Academy show Guys & Dolls

Team SUA are delighted to announce the final details for our production of ‘Guys and Dolls’. The following dates are available for students, family and friends to attend:

Tuesday 31st March     - 6.00 – 7.30pm

Wednesday 1st April    - 6.00 – 7.30pm

Thursday 2nd April        - 6.00 – 7.30pm

Tickets will be available to purchase through Parentpay from Monday 2nd March at the following prices:

Adult tickets                 - £4.00

Children                         - £2.50

Unfortunately, there is no option to purchase tickets on the night or at the door, so please ensure tickets are purchased in advance. Should there be any problem in accessing Parentpay please contact Mrs Osbourne at losbourne@suacademy.co.uk or 01543 224685.  There are no restrictions on how many tickets you purchase.



Professor Carl Chinn MBE historian for Peaky Blinders returns to the academy on Wednesday 27th November from 6pm to 7.30pm 11 November 2019

Professor Carl Chinn MBE historian for Peaky Blinders returns to the academy on Wednesday 27th November from 6pm to 7.30pm

Year 6 transition days - Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June 2019, 8.45am to 2.45pm on both days 19.06.2019



SUA proudly presents an evening with Professor Carl Chinn MBE historian for Peaky Blinders on Thursday 13th June from 6pm to 7.30pm Monday 3rd June 2019

SUA proudly presents an evening with Professor Carl Chinn MBE historian for Peaky Blinders on Thursday 13th June from 6pm to 7.30pm

Captain of the Staffordshire Schools Golf Team Tuesday 23 April 2019

Captain of the Staffordshire Schools Golf Team

Staffordshire Schools Trial 2019

Brocton Hall Golf Club hosted the Staffordshire Schools Trial on Tuesday 23rd April, when a field of 29 players competed for the honour of representing Staffordshire Schools at the Midland Schools Final at the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club. Leading the way was our very own Year 11 student Alfie White with a gross score of 72, a fine effort in testing conditions.

Congratulations Alfie and good luck at The Midland Schools Championships on Friday 31st May.



Staffordshire University Academy chalks up improved report Saturday 18 May 2019

Staffordshire University Academy chalks up improved report

Staffordshire University Academy chalks up improved report

By Megan Archer | Published: May 18, 2019

A secondary school in Hednesford where teaching was rated as 'inadequate' and pupil behaviour was poor is now making strides towards improvement.

Staffordshire University Academy, which is sponsored by Staffordshire University, was first rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted in 2017 and placed into special measures.

A recent report from the education body shows that the school, which has 604 pupils out of a maximum capacity of 900, is now taking 'effective action' towards the removal of the special measures.

Inspector Simon Mosely visited the school again last month – the third monitoring visit since the low rating – and said that leaders and managers were showing positive signs.

He said: "Teaching has continued to improve. Regular monitoring and feedback, coupled with targeted professional development opportunities, are helping staff to improve their practice.

"Lessons take place in a positive climate for learning. Staff and pupils enjoy productive relationships that are used to help pupils to learn. Planning has improved, and staff apply their strong subject knowledge more effectively. Pupils’ behaviour has continued to improve."

Principal of the academy Rowena Hillier said: "We are delighted with our most recent monitoring report which focuses on the rapid improvements across the academy.

"It's really pleasing that the report reflects our relentless focus on improving teaching and learning for our students. We are incredibly proud of Team SUA."

Assessment

The school was rated as inadequate in April 2017, and has been in special measures ever since.

Lead Ofsted inspector Graham Tyrer said at the time of the rating: "Standards of achievement are too low at this school. Teaching is inadequate and teachers do not use assessment well enough. Too many pupils do not know how well they are doing or how to improve their learning.

"Teachers’ expectations of what lower-ability disadvantaged pupils can achieve are too low. Many lessons are poorly planned and pupils lose interest."

He also noted that disadvantaged pupils in particular were not doing well, and that the sixth form also required improvement.

The school has had a number of monitoring visits since it was rated inadequate, the most recent being last month.

While Mr Mosely mentioned that teaching in maths had not improved as quickly as other subjects, and pupils were not challenged to develop their knowledge and skills, he said pupil behaviour was improving.

He added: "Pupils behave well in class and during social time and the number of incidents of inappropriate behaviour have reduced. Staff are taking more responsibility for managing pupils’ behaviour and pupils are responding well to higher expectations of their conduct."



Year 9 Pathways and Parents' Evening - Tuesday 21st May 2019 (4 - 7pm)

Re: Pathways and Parents’ Evening, Tuesday 21st May 2019 4.00pm – 7.00pm

 

At Staffordshire University Academy we have reached a critical time of year for our Year 9 students as they begin to make decisions on the qualifications that they will take in Year 10.

As you will be aware students have been receiving information regarding options subjects through lessons, assemblies and tutor time. Having had some insight into the different subjects available, we would like to invite you to a crucial evening for students as we discuss options for their future programme of study as they move from key stage three to key stage four.

We are acutely aware that students need the ‘currency’ of grades in order for them to receive the best chances in life, and therefore have planned a far-reaching and highly accessible curriculum model to reflect this. In our most recent monitoring visits we have been praised for curriculum developments, something we take great confidence from. We believe that this curriculum will offer students an excellent platform to build upon their work at key stage three and prepare them well for their studies at our sixth form, SUA6, or other post-16 choices.

In order for you to feel completely informed we would like to invite you in for a combined Pathways and Parents’ Evening. This event will allow you to see what each course offers whilst having a tailored conversation with subject teachers.  Students have already been asked to make appointments with their teachers throughout the evening. Subject staff will also have displays and information to help inform the choices that they will make. In addition, we would like to offer you, as a family, the opportunity to come into the academy following the event to speak with myself or another member of the Senior Leadership Team, so that the choices that are made are the most secure and appropriate for their future success.

In order to be as flexible as possible, there will be two opportunities during the event to hear a presentation on the curriculum model, rationale and its purpose. These presentations will occur at 5.00pm and 6.00pm in the academy hall, and will last for twenty minutes. You will only need to see the presentation once.

We look forward to welcoming you to this important evening.

                                                             

Richard Barnett-Richards                                                            Rob Porter

Assistant Principal                                                                       Head of Year 9



Team SUA welcomes Year 6 transition students 2019 Thursday 16th May 2019

Welcome to Team SUA! We are delighted that you have taken the decision to join Staffordshire University Academy – and cannot wait for you to get started here with us.

In order for you to find out essential information about us we would like to invite you to a welcome event on Monday 24th June from 6pm to 7pm, this will be an ideal time for you to ask any questions that you may have. 

Following this we will be hosting you on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June for two transition days. These days are critical for you to experience the culture and ethos of our academy.

In the coming months you will meet our Head of Year 7, Mr Shepherd, who will visit your primary school and introduce himself, answer any questions and also make sure that some of the transitional arrangements are preparing you for your arrival with us here at SUA.

If you have any queries, please contact the academy via telephone on 01543 224700 or email info@suacademy.co.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to our academy and working with you in the future.

Yours sincerely

Mrs. R Hillier

Principal

 



The Great Minds Bus Friday 1st March 2019

The Great Minds Bus

Team SUA have seen the arrival of The Great Minds Bus today from Staffordshire university, students have been able to experience university life and find out more about their future career and aspiration!



Lewis Evans, our East Coast Championship winner! Thursday 25th October 2018

Lewis Evans, our East Coast Championship winner!

Very proud of our Year 10 student Lewis Evans for winning the East Coast Championship at the final at Skegness on Thurdsay 25th October 2018. Well done Lewis!

http://www.nationalministoxclub.co.uk/about/



SUA support 2018 Poppy Appeal Friday 9th November 2018

SUA support 2018 Poppy Appeal

Sixth form students and army cadets with Governor Bryan Jones supporting our Poppy Appeal in honour of Remembrance Day



Year 7 students meet Joe Edwards and Joe Slinn Tuesday 30th October 2018

Year 7 students meet Joe Edwards and Joe Slinn

https://www.saddlers.co.uk/news/2018/october/edwards-and-slinn-meet-staffordshire-university-academy-pupils/



Year 13 16th August 2018

Well done to our Year 13 students, we wish them luck as they begin the next chapter #teamSUA



Y6 Transition 26th June 2018

Y6 Parents’ Evening

An evening for parents' of students that are joining SUA in September 2018 will take place in the academy main hall Tuesday 26th June 6.00 – 7.00pm. 

For students attending the transition days on 27th and 28th June you can find your timetable for the days here.



Saturday Intervention 04/05/2018

Saturday Intervention

As part of our continued programme of intervention and exam support we would like to make you aware of Year 11 sessions that are taking place each Saturday and during the Whitsun half term break. These sessions will focus on exam technique whilst also looking at previously covered areas of study.

All Year 11 students should be planning their time wisely and ensuring that they are regularly revising in all of their subjects.  We would welcome your support by encouraging your son/daughter to attend these sessions to help them in their final preparations for their forthcoming examinations.



Breakfast Boosters! 19th April 2018

Breakfast Boosters!

For all Year 10 and Year 11 students.  Come along to G6 for English Literature revision.  8.00am – 8.30am  Free breakfast provided!



Beauty and the Beast Star Raffle Winners! 27th March 2017

Star Raffle was drawn following ticket sales on Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Friday 23rd March 2018.

Winners list:

Carpet

Tracey Greenfield

Picture

Madeline Richards

Purple notebook

Donna Price

Jamie Oliver cookbook

Miss Dukes

Little Miss Naughty bathset

Colleen Green

Winter Frost giftset

B Statin

The Big Chill giftset

Jo Lapsley

NY London set

Michelle

Tetris set

Susan Parkes

Bayliss and Harding giftset

Sam Westwood

M+S Belgian box

Mia Whittingham

Wellbeing Spa set

Ali Baker

Lindt Golden Bunny

Jenny Westley

Ornament

Sophie Norman

Red necklace

Mummy Fletcher

Green necklace

Gitte Hyde

Purple necklace

Terry Westwood

Yorkie Easter Egg

Stephen Collins

USB

Clare Bailey

USB

Caitlin Naylor

USB

Ryan Edwards

USB

Gitte Hyde

USB

Dan & Lisa

Mini egg Easter Egg

Pat Mason

West Bromwich pennant

Dan & Lisa

Argos voucher

Katelyn Surch

Ben Sherman watch

Lisa Inns

Newhall Farm Voucher

Chelsea Bowyer

Birmingham Rep tickets ‘The Bank Robbery’

Mrs Hopley

Birmingham Rep Christmas show tickets

Bernie Hobday

Android tablet

Stephen Collins

Android tablet

Sharon Crutchley

 



Car Park 16th March 2018

The academy endeavours to ensure the safety of all students at all times, including before and after school. Road safety is particularly important during these busy periods.  We request your support for the drop off and collection of students during the mornings and afternoons from the academy. In order to support alternative parking for student drop offs and collections, an agreement has been reached with the Belt Road, Victoria Working Men’s Club (opposite the Marston Road entrance). Their car park can be used by parents/carers each day. We hope that you will be able to support us with this matter to keep our students safe.

The academy would also ask drivers to be mindful of its neighbours on Marston Road who require ease of access to their properties and driveways.

 



Additional Show Date 15th March 2018

 

Due to popular demand on existing show performances of Beauty and the Beast now being sold out, we are pleased to announce that we are able to offer an additional evening performance on Friday 23rd March at 6.30pm.  Tickets are avaiable to be purchased through Parentpay. 



Beauty and the Beast Ticket Sales 07/03/2018

We are pleased to announce the final details for Staffordshire University Academy’s production of Beauty and the Beast. There will be two showings available for students, family and friends to attend: Tuesday 20th March- 6.30 pm and Wednesday 21st March- 6.30 pm.

Tickets are now available to be purchased through parent pay at the following prices:  Adult tickets - £3.00. Children - £2.00.

There will be no option to purchase tickets on the night or at the door, so please ensure tickets are purchased in advance. Should there be any problem in accessing ParentPay please contact Mrs Osbourne at losbourne@suacademy.co.uk or 01543 224685.  There are no restrictions on how many tickets you are able to buy, tickets will be issued on Friday 16th March.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!



Academy Closure due to lack of heating 26/02/2018

Due to the unforeseen circumstances the decision has been made to close the academy this lunchtime on health and safety grounds, due to the heating system not working.  The temperature in many of our classrooms is as low as 11 degrees centigrade.  This temperature if not conducive no safe for our students to learn.

Work is are ongoing to rectify the situation.  Please check the academy website and Parent App for further details but we anticipate being open as normal tomorrow.

 



Great Minds Bus Tour Visit Monday 5th February

Great Minds Bus Tour Visit

The 'Great Minds Bus tour' arrived for its stop  at SUA on Monday 5th February.  

Year 10 and 6th form students were shown around the specially modified double-decker bus which gave them the insight to experience what their future could be like at Staffordshire University.

Student had the opporunity to jump into their futures by donning Virtual Reality headsets which feature 3D tours of different campus locations including the crime scene house, mock law courts, ceramics studios, journalism newsroom and motorsport labs.

Students especially liked the VR experience on the bus and said that it was definitely a worthwhile experience.



Great Minds Bus Tour 2nd February 2018

Great Minds Bus Tour

The Staffordshire University Great Bus Tour, a specially modified double-decker bus, will be visiting Staffordshire University Academy on Monday 5th February to provide students the chance to experience what their future could be like at Staffordshire University.  

http://www.staffs.ac.uk/news/get-on-board-staffordshire-universitys-great-minds-bus-tour-tcm4290210.jsp

 

 



The sound of music! January 2018

The sound of music!

Music at SUA is most certainly making its mark this academic year. Students are taking part in a variety of activities from curriculum-based lessons, vocal groups, African drumming and even getting the opportunity to join the academy Samba Band. SUA are now taking the next step in their musical journey and have launched instrumental lessons. We have partnered up with ENTRUST who are providing the academy with highly skilled practitioners to teach instrumental lessons to the students.

A range of instruments are available that students can begin to learn, ranging from a French Horn through to a Violin.

This is a wonderful opportunity for both the students and the school. Miss Humpage who is Head of Faculty for the Creative Arts said “This academic year students at SUA are really enjoying the musical opportunities which are being offered. Not only are they rising to all challenges, but also they are beginning to display and show off their musical talents. ENTRUST work closely with a lot of our feeder primary schools and students are happy to have the familiarity and continuity with staff who taught them previously. I am looking forward to more students signing up and taking part in this new initiative.”

Please come along and see our new msicians perform at our academy production of Beauty and the Beast on the 20th and 21st Macrch 2018.



Building for the future January 2018

Building for the future

 

Since the start of spring term, Mr Newton and the English department at Staffordshire University Academy have been welcoming students from primary schools in the local area to 'High Fives': a program which helps to stretch and challenge students that have shown a talent for the study of English in their own schools, and also prepares them for the excitement and opportunities of high school life here at Staffordshire University Academy.

Year 5 students from Littleton Green Primary and Chadsmoor Juniors are all in regular attendance, and appear to thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to meet and greet the staff; as well as the other students in their new class. Working through team-building activities and competitions, the students have already attempted to build the tallest tower possible from the basic materials they were given.  This has really helped the students to know each other and prepare for life at high school. One enthusiastic student, Ella Templeman from Chadsmoor Juniors, said ‘I never thought I’d make friends with people from other schools so quickly’.

Extending their English skills is the primary focus for the weeks ahead, with students set to write stories, perform poetry (even entering into rap battles) and begin analysis of key literary texts that they might study through their high school journey.

Thanks must go to Mrs Blakeley for helping support in class, and Mr Handy for organising and helping transport the group; both have made the students feel warmly welcomed within the school. An extra special mention must go to our Year 9 Peer Mentors Elisha Bridgart, Todd Brooks and Chloe Payne who have shown real maturity and responsibility in their roles and formed great relationships with their mentees. Sessions run weekly on Mondays during period 5, so watch this space to see how our excellent High Fives build and develop their skills for the future.



Year 7 learning to make 'Smart Moves' January 2018

Year 7 learning to make 'Smart Moves'

Year 7 students at Staffordshire University Academy are being provided with a fantastic opportunity to develop their resilience with the ‘Smart Moves’ programme. The programme is designed to enable students to discover what helps and guides them to think about who they can enlist to support them. It also encourages students to identify the positive aspects of their life and develop problem solving skills they can apply to their studies and everyday life.

Head of Year 7 and Year 6 transition, Mr. Chris Shepherd said, “Our Year 7s have made a fantastic start to their secondary school education. We wanted to continue their personal development and help them to manage their emotions and be able to express themselves and their aspirations. Although the programme is still in its infancy, there have already been many instances where we have been able to discuss, in greater depth, the ambitions of the students as well as providing them with the platforms and guidance to explore possible solutions to problems that have arisen.”

SUA are one of the first secondary schools in the area to deliver the programme. Year 7 will continue to follow the programme for the next 6 months, building resilient learners and enabling them to face the tasks that life throws at them throughout their time here at SUA and beyond. 

Mr. Shepherd added, “We have been really impressed so far with the programme.  We are excited to be able to offer this and it will form part of the transition process when our new Year 7 students join us in September, continuing the work that our pastoral teams do to ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary education.”  



New mobile app for SUA 12th January 2018

Coming Soon!

We are very excited to announce that we are about to revolutionise the way we communicate with you and the way you can communicate with us! Soon we will be launching an official school app which can be downloaded on all smartphones and tablet devices. This app will allow you to send and receive messages from the academy, view your childrens' timetables, see live behaviour and reward points and much more! There will be more information to follow , but you are welcome to download the app and register now - just search in the relevant app store for 'School Gateway' and then register using the email address registered with the academy. We look forward to getting as many people using this as possible to streamline the communication process and enable much more effective dialogue between the academy and parents of our students.

Mr S Williams

 



SUA Smart Moves 9th January 2018

Smart Moves goes LIVE in Year 7 tutor time today.  The programme is desgined to support a good transition from Year 6 to Year 7 by training and resourcing Year 6 class teachers and Year 7 tutors to facilitate a series of workshops about resilience.  The link below also provides additional information.  The programme is fundamentally designed to help students "cope with the things that life throws at us" and provides students with skills to increase resilience and enable them to eventually determine their own well-being. 

http://eikon.org.uk/smart-moves-training-pilot/ 



New Year reopen

Happy New Year!  We  look forward to welcoming students back to the academy on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 11am.

 

 



Non-uniform Day 18th December 2017

Tuesday 19th December will be a non-uniform day.  Staff and students are asked for a donation of £1 in aid of 'Save the Children' and are encouraged to wear Christmas jumpers!  The academy will close to students at 12noon. 



Academy Closure Tuesday 12th December 2017 Monday 11th December 2017

It is with regret that Staffordshire University Academy will be closed on Tuesday 12th December due to adverse weather conditions. The academy will continue to promote the health, safety and welfare of its staff and students and following an assessment of the access to the premises and surrounding roads, have confirmed that the building is unsuitable for access tomorrow with overnight temperatures provided on the weather forecast currently reaching minus nine degrees. 

The academy will be continuing to make every effort to clear the grounds this evening and tomorrow ready for reopening on Wednesday. The Christmas Concert due to take place tomorrow evening will now take place on Wednesday 13th at 6pm.

Thank you in advance for your support with these arrangements and apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

 



School Closure 11/12/2017

Message for Staff and Parents:
Due to the current poor weather conditions and the forecast overnight of freezing conditions, the decision has been made to shut the academy tomorrow, Monday 11th December, to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Please stay safe.



Museum of Cannock Chase - Emerge Project 20/11/2017

Museum of Cannock Chase - Emerge Project

A creative project is taking place at the museum of Cannock Chase called Emerge.  The project will be running until April 2018 and gives young people the opportunity to curate their own festival around the work of Shakespeare in a very fun and creative way. The project is all encompassing and can include drama, poetry, music, film, dance.  It really is a blank canvas and completely up to the young people involved.  Sessions are free and take place every Tuesday evening from 7-9PM at the Museum of Cannock Chase.  The project is being led by a very experienced creative called Josh Hawkins and co delivered by local theatre company 'Fired Up'.  Find out more and how to get involved here. 



All different; all equal – Anti-bullying week 13 -17th November 2017

All different; all equal – Anti-bullying week 13 -17th November 2017

This week at SUA staff and students are getting involved with anti-bullying week.  Students will be taking part in an anti-bullying poster competition which will be displayed around the academy. Presentations from staff will be avaiable to the students and during form time anti-bullying activities will be taking place.  For more information about anti-bullying week please visit:   https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/about-anti-bullying-week-2017



Children in Need 17/11/2017 13/11/2017

Children in Need 17/11/2017

SUA are proud to be supporting BBC Children in Need which take place on 17th November 2017.  In order to support the fundraising the Academy Student Council have asked students to attend the academy on Friday 17th November, dressed either in an item of yellow, spots or a Children in Need themed piece of clothing (t-shirt, Pudsey ears etc) for a donation of £1. 

The Academy Student Council have challenged each tutor group to raise at least £35, by holding a range of activities, games and stalls as well as non-school uniform. 

Last year the fundraising for Children in Need was a huge success and Pudsey Bear himself visited the academy to show his gratitude for all the fantastic efforts at SUA.

Curriculum lessons will take place as normal, however students will be hosting a range of fundraising events in the hall at both break and lunchtime.



Breakfast Club Grant 13/11/2017

Breakfast Club Grant

SUA Breakfast Club are proud and delighted with the funding we have received from Kellogg's. This gives us the chance to invest in new equipment, which will allow us to expand the range of food, drink and social activities that we can provide to students each morning. At SUA we believe that starting the day with a healthy, nutritious breakfast in a friendly and inclusive environment sets every student up for a positive and productive day of learning.

Breakfast Club began three years ago, offering free toast and cereal to all students. Since then we have continued with this practice and attendance at Breakfast Club has risen steadily. On average, we cater for around 40 students each day and we welcome student who wishes to attend. Breakfast Club offers the students a secure place to start each school day, with a warm welcome and equally warm toast!

Breakfast Club runs from 8-8.30am in the Canteen and is free to students from all year groups.

 



A Level Results 17.08.17

A Level Results

Congratulations to our sixth form students collecting their results today! Year 13 results continue to improve; well done!



National School Sports Week 26/06/2017

National School Sports Week

This week is National School Sports week 26th - 30th June 2017.  A variety of activites will be taking place at the academy during the week.

To participate in a break time activities, students need to wear trainers and full PE kits will be need to be worn for afterschool activites.

The aim is for students to participate in a minimum of 5 hours of physical activity. For students interested in completing the 5  hour challenge and to be entered into the prize draw, please collect a 'Passport' from the PE office. All passports need to be returned  by Monday 3rd July.

For more information please contact Miss Davis.

Activity Details

 



Ofsted Report 23/06/2017

 

Letters have been sent home with students today in reference to Staffordshire University Academy’s most recent Ofsted inspection.  A copy of the letter and the report can be accessed via these links:

Letter 

Ofsted Report



Y11 Prom - 28th June

Due to the vast number of vehicles expected to arrive at the Moat House for the upcoming prom, parents have been asked to please use the events field to park their vehicles during the children’s arrival.

Directional signs will be located on Lower Penkridge Road guiding the parents to this car park.  This is easily accessible off the main car park via a set of stairs.  Please see the satellite photo

It is hoped that by minimising the number of cars trying to enter the main driveway, the children will be able to experience a much smoother arrival in their vehicles.

Many thanks.

 



Practical outcomes for Product Design 19/06/2017

KS4 and KS5 Product Design students have recently completed their final prototypes for their controlled assessment. All products are functional, creative and well manufactured. They have worked extremely hard and have secured some excellent grades. I would like to congratulate the students for their efforts and wish them best in their future endeavours. Well done.

See their work here

Mrs Garland – Teacher in Charge of Product Design



Parallel London Sunday 3 September.

Parallel London is a fully accessible fun run and a free family festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 3 September. Sign up today and raise money for a cause that matters to you - leaflet



Year 11 Prom 06/06/2017

The Prom this year will be held on Wednesday 28th June, 2017 at The Moat House, Acton Trussell, Penkridge, 7.00 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start.  Tickets are now available, priced at £26.00 each which includes a three course meal and enterainment. Refreshments will be avaiable to purchase on the night.  A photographer will be on site for the duration of the evening. Photographs can be purchased on the night for a small charge.

A letter is being sent home with students today with details.  Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Aston if you require any further information.

 

 

 



Y9 Pathways and parents Evening Tuesday 16th May 2017 16th May 2017

Y9 Pathways and parents Evening Tuesday 16th May 2017

At Staffordshire University Academy we believe our students should be fully informed before making the decisions that have a very important effect on their career pathway.  The right choice of courses in Year 10 will help to secure their passport to a successful future. Letters have been sent home with students today, however please refer to the "letters sent home" section of the website if you have not received yours.  We look forward to seeing parents/carers and students at the event on Tuesday 16th May 4pm - 7pm.



SUA Catering Service

SUA Catering Service
SUA are pleased to announce the opening of 'SUA Catering,' with the official launch held on Monday 3rd April. The launch of the new in-house catering service was a great success and we hope that our students were impressed with what we have to offer!
 
We look forward to offering an even wider variety of meals after the Easter break. Students are welcomed to provide feedback for the academy as we hope to further improve the service we offer. Similar to the catering surveys issued in the autumn term, we will send out further surveys in the summer term for which we thank you in advance for your valued feedback.
 
We hope that our students will join us for an end of term Easter-themed celebration in the café on Friday 7th April at 11.05am and look forward to another positive term commencing on 24th April!
 


12 pm close on Friday 7th April 2017

The academy will close for the Easter break on Friday 7th April at 12:00pm. There will be an extended breaktime from 11:05am – 11:35am, where students will be able to purchase an early lunch. We will return for the start of the summer term at 8.45am on Monday 24th April.



The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

The SUA performance of The Wizard of Oz this week was a huge success - well done to all involved, it was a fantastic show by extremely talented students.  It was lovely to see our academy hall packed with people enjoying the performance.



Red Nose Day Total

SUA are very pleased to confirm that following our fundraising events last Friday we raised a massive £1091 for Red Nose Day - Well done to all those involved in acheiving this record fundraising amount at SUA for such a fantastic cause!



Red Nose Day

SUA will be participating in Red Nose Day on Friday 24th March 2017! Stalls with games, cakes and raffles will be available during break one and two in the Hall to fundraise for comic relief. We will be having a red-themed non uniform day which will cost £1 each; red noses are available to purchase during form time and breaks.



Exam Results 2016

5A*C with English and mathematics 15% improvement on 2015!

G.C.S.E. English 68% A*C; above national average

Record numbers of A* and A grades at G.C.S.E.

48% A*C in both English and maths

Expected progress (Key Stage 2 to 4) for English 71%; above national average

A*C in G.C.S.E. mathematics a 16% improvement on 2015

Average Level 3 vocational grade ‘Distinction’!

98% pass rate at A Level

21% of results at A Level were A*-B grades



Progress 8 Data

Progress 8 Data

Please see Progress 8 Data below...            

Progress 8
-0.18
Attainment 8
45.62
% C or above English & Maths
48%
% achieving the EBacc
5%


Our Students Help Hednesford

Our Students Help Hednesford

On Friday 20th May, ‘ Hednesford Neighbourhood Plan’ came along to the to the academy with a video camera to speak to a few of our students about Hednesford  and the future developments it holds.  These students will be in a promotional video that is being put together to promote Hednesford and what it has to offer.  The students also put forward ideas on what they think can be improved.

We can’t wait to see the results!

The video is in!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsCktgPmYuM



Our students have their say

Our students have their say

On Friday 20th May, ‘ Hednesford Neighbourhood Plan’ came along to the to the academy with a video camera to speak to a few of our students about Hednesford  and the future developments it holds.  These students will be in a promotional video that is being put together to promote Hednesford and what it has to offer.  The students also put forward ideas on what they think can be improved.

We can’t wait to see the results!



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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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