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6 December 2019

 

Dear parent carer

Monday 9 December – Full closure for KS3 only

I am writing to advise you that we have reluctantly decided to close KS3 all day on Monday 9 December.  This applies to years 7-9 only.  The Academy will remain open for KS4 and KS5.

 

We continue to have major issues with staffing, with nearly one third of teachers off sick today.  I am already aware that I have a high number of staff certified as sick for Monday, meaning that we will be unable to cover classes effectively. 

 

However, by having years 10-13 in school we can continue to provide these exam groups with a quality experience.

 

I expect all students to return to the Academy on Tuesday 10 December.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Kind regards

 

Alison Downey

Principal

 

 

Year 11 STEM Day

Year 11 Science class was taken over for a day by the Smallpiece Trust - a charity with the main goal of bringing big ideas to life through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Projects.

The students were given the a Project to complete over the course of a whole day...

'Smart Building Challenge'

Energy and clean water supplies are 21st century engineering challenges. In small teams of 6 it was our task to design and build a system to filter, collect, detect and pump collected rainwater as part of an integrated system on a new smart building.

Students designed and built a watertight water-collection unit, building in a filtration system. They also assembled and soldered an electronic water-detector and made a circuit for an electric pump in order to detect and then pump the water which has been collected. This water could be used to flush toilets and water plants in the smart building.

Subjects we covered over the course of the day were water conservation, renewable energy, electricity and circuits, structures and forces.

A BIG THANK YOU to Smallpiece for their visit - and stretching our minds!