At Staffordshire University Academy we are incredibly proud to be making a very positive contribution towards the life chances of our young people. With the support of students, committed staff, parents, governors, our sponsor and the Staffordshire University Academies Trust, the academy is going from strength to strength.
Our vision is to achieve better outcomes for the students in the academy. By focusing on the core business of teaching and learning we are raising standards in both progress and attainment. Ofsted recognised the significant and sustainable improvements that have continued to be made (March 2015). We are enthusiastic about the future at SUA and welcome increasing numbers of applications for places at the academy.
We hope as many families as possible come and see what we have to offer. If you would like to find out more about our academy please feel free to come and visit us!
A message from the Trust
Staffordshire University Academies Trust’s aspirations are reflected in the culture and ethos of our academies, our commitment to raising standards and providing a stimulating and varied education. Our communities are built upon sensitivity, tolerance and the appreciation of difference; at the heart of our work is the education of young people in our care. There is a whole trust ethos based on Rights, Respect and Responsibility.
The academy has a strong sense of community and lots of great work goes on to support this. Community links are central to the success of the students. The academy operates as such and a team work approach is key.
Having a firm belief in representing the views of all learners, a strength of the academy is the Student Council. Young people making a difference within the academy and to the surrounding areas.
Regular work goes on in supporting a variety of charities. Students proactively engage in fundraising events and this is what makes them so successful. As well as raising money, representation locally with Hednesford in Partnership and attendance to services such as on Remembrance Day, gives the opportunity to show the strength of the links that have been developed.
Annual events to cater for senior citizens within the community are also arranged meticulously by the students. Developing core skills of pride, being proud to be part of the SUA community, ensuring thoughtfulness and respect are understood by all.
Students receive a broad and balanced curriculum covering the core subjects of English, mathematics and science as well as a range of humanities, modern foreign languages and creative subjects. British Values and PSHE are delivered through weekly Global Values lessons; feedback from families and students is incredibly positive.
Careers advice, information and guidance is strong in the academy. IAG meetings take place in the summer term of Year 9 to ensure an appropriate balance of subjects are taken to study as Level 2 qualifications and GCSEs.
In Year 11 further interviews are held as students make their choice about their post 16 aspirations. As many students enjoy their studies, numbers entering the sixth form are now increasing. We have a proven track record of sixth form leavers moving on to university, further learning or employment.
Taught through the delivery of 25 one hour periods each week the curriculum ensures every learner has the opportunity to develop the skills they need to be successful. In Years 7 through to Year 9, creative subjects are delivered via a carousel. This gives all students to study subjects such as art, catering, design, drama, and music. In the lower school students have the opportunity to study two languages: French and Spanish. Core PE is also on the timetable for every student from Year 7 to Year 11.
Activities range from sports through to homework clubs; enriching the busy weekly schedule as much or a little as each student would like to be involved.
A variety of activities take place each week. Students are kept informed via published half termly timetables. Activities range from sports through to homework clubs; enriching the busy weekly schedule as much or a little as each student would like to be involved. There is also a breakfast club which runs daily from 8am; particularly popular with younger students at the academy.
A Saturday Study School runs weekly for students in the upper years giving additional support opportunities throughout their GCSE studies. This is alongside a comprehensive programme of period 6 lessons where teachers are available to give further help and advice.
Visits are arranged for every year group at the academy from Year 7 through to Year 13. Many of these visits compliment the curriculum and give opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom.
A highly popular visit to France is just one new addition to the SUA visits calendar. Others include site visits to castles, orienteering across the Chase, river visits, sporting tournaments such as the Badminton Championships and even residentials away from home!
Student participation is essential to the success of the visits that we arrange. Also important is having the chance to visit colleges and universities for continuing education after SUA. All students have the opportunity to visit our sponsor Staffordshire University and several students move on to study there after they finish Year 13. Sixth form students have their own programme of enrichment activities including visits to Russell Group universities and other cultural and team building activities.
Find Your Voice
Every year group across the academy have representatives to form their Year Council. These students are elected via a fair democratic process. A main election occurs at the end of September each year for the Academy Council. These students help make some important decisions each year with regards to the charities that are supported.
“Student council is fun and informative, I enjoy it as you know what is happening in the school and its good for students to give their point of view.” - Luke Rushbrooke
“As sixth formers we get considerable independence within the academy to ensure that we are self motivated learners.” - Tia Russell
“We have had a wide range of speakers in during our global values lessons, which has helped develop our life skills and understanding of a range of topics from specialists in the area.” - Shannon Hyden
Student voice is also gathered via departments to seek the opinion of all learners. As you travel around the academy you will see evidence of displays, ‘You said…We did…’ There is a strong belief in the importance of listening to the views of the learners to help secure SUA as being an important centre for learning to take place.
The support of each learner is paramount to their success. A strong team of non-teaching staff are on hand to ensure that this is the case at SUA. Support is provided by a dedicated team of: student support assistants; teaching assistants; pastoral coordinators; assistant SENCos and an independent careers advisor.
SUA is a fully inclusive and support is also provided by every teacher in the academy. Progress and learning skills for life are essential for each and every student. Through the promotion of theme of the week, a varied assembly programme and weekly Global Values lessons, every opportunity is taken to ensure students are challenged and supported in all they do.
“I started off being a shy and introverted person but now, I have flourished into a confident and self assured individual.”