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End of Autumn Term Letter from Nottingham Academy Principal Mr Rae

End of term letter to parents from Principal, Mr Rae. Read the full letter below. 

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to you at the end of an exceedingly busy and productive term.  We are making excellent progress through a continued focus on raising expectations and a shared ambition that every member of our community can achieve their aspirations. I am proud of what we have accomplished so far and I give you my commitment that we will further embed the improvements seen in every aspect of Academy life during 2018.

Attendance has finished the year above 95% for the first time ever and punctuality to the academy has improved.  Attending school regularly and on time is the best way to ensure our pupils reach their full potential – thank you for your support in achieving this outcome. I am also grateful to the Attendance and Pastoral teams for their continued diligence in this area. I am challenging our pupils to beat 95% in the coming term.

Progress tracking data demonstrates that outcomes for Year 11 and Year 13 pupils are rapidly improving.  There is an extensive programme of targeted intervention in place to ensure under performance is addressed, as early as possible, to make certain that pupils reach and exceed their ambitious targets.  Early in the New Year there will be an event to support our more able pupils to secure higher grades in the new, more difficult, GCSEs.  The Year 11 team will be in touch with personalised invitations.

As part of our drive to improve the quality of work in pupil books we implemented our PROUD strategy.  This has had a positive impact but there is still room for further improvement.  To support this initiative it is imperative that pupils are equipped to learn. Can I remind you that pupils should bring a blue/black pen, a pencil and a ruler to school every day – this might make a perfect gift over the holiday period!

The extended opportunities available to pupils have, as ever, been diverse and extensive.  You can keep up to date with everything going on in the Academy by following us on Twitter @NottinghamAcad and via this website

As we end the term we say goodbye to colleagues and extend a warm welcome to new colleagues joining the Academy in January.  During the term I accepted the resignation of David Shelton as Chair of the Nottingham Academy Advisory Council.  His thirty four year association with the Greenwood Dale School and Nottingham Academy is remarkable both in its longevity and impact on our community – such altruism is uncommon. David’s enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to improving educational opportunities have helped thousands of young people reach their full potential.  His selfless service to this community is inspirational and we will miss him.  Also leaving us are Miss Bazarfsha (SEND Mentor), Mr Parker (Site Team) and Miss Taylor (Science Teacher). We wish them well in their future endeavours.

We welcome Mrs Weightman, Mrs Parr and Mrs Cupit back following maternity leave.  In the past few weeks Mr Hawkley has joined our SEND team, Mrs Allsopp joined Science and takes the lead on the KS3 project and Mr Robinson adds capacity to the senior team on secondment from the Trust.  Finally, Caroline Riley joins as the new Deputy Head of Year 9.

I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year when it comes.  I look forward to welcoming our staff and pupils back to the Academy on Monday 8 January 2018 at 8.40am.

Kind regards

Ged Rae