Message from the Principal
I write to you at the end of a challenging but very positive half term. I’d like to start by thanking you for your support, understanding and patience during these unprecedented times. We have endeavoured to do everything we can to keep our students and staff safe, whilst delivering the education our community deserves.
Despite the challenges, we have had some fantastic experiences over the past eight weeks. Our risk assessment and systems have allowed all students to access their full curriculum as they normally would. Students have completed experiments in science, danced in a dance studio, cooked in a food technology room and taken part in PE lesson in our great sporting facilities. Both ensuring safety and ensuring that students do not miss out on any part of their education has been at the heart of every decision we have made.
Some of the highlights of the half term are listed below:
Our new Year 7 students enjoyed two transition days in the summer including a day when they got to meet their entire year group on the final day of the summer holidays. These days allowed them to familiarise themselves with the academy before any other students returned. As a year group, they have made a fantastic start and we are very proud to have them as Wath Academy students.
Year 6 Transition
We delivered over 1600 transition packs to our local primary schools. We welcomed over 120 families to our open evening and have now conducted over 60 Golden Ticket tours. It has been a privilege to show off our fantastic academy and show prospective parents what we have to offer. We have received very positive feedback about the opportunity to visit the academy during the day to see it in action.
Year 11 Revision Evening
We hosted two fantastic Open Evenings for Y11 to launch our ‘Achieve Programme’. Our motivation is to ensure that Year 11 are not disadvantaged by the events over the past few months, and we will do everything we can to make up for any lost time. Each student received a personalised revision pack which included revision guides for each of their subjects and stationery to help them revise. On the evening, Mr Taylor also presented his top revision tips, which will help the students prepare for their exams.
Due to the current situation in our local area, we were unable to deliver Parents’ Evening in the usual format. Therefore, we invested in new technology to allow us to deliver Parents’ Evenings remotely via appointment video links. Overall, the evening was a great success; as always, we have taken feedback from parents to further enhance the provision for our upcoming Parents’ Evenings.
Year 11 and Year 13
Despite uncertain times, Year 11 and Year 13, who are now in their examination year, have made fantastic starts to their academic year. Their commitment to catching up on missed learning time has demonstrated their resilience and no excuses attitude; these are skills and experiences which will allow them to be successful in future years.
Teaching and Learning
In line with our vision of delivering exceptional learning experiences, staff have worked tirelessly in developing the quality of Teaching and Learning at the academy.
We work on the premise that everybody in the academy needs to improve, not because they’re not good enough, but because they can be even better. With this in mind, staff are fully committed to improving the typicality of day-to-day teaching.
Many of the systems we have put in place due to Covid-19 have actually improved the functioning of the academy. For example:
- The one-way system ensures that there is a smooth flow of students during transition times
- The staggered starts to lessons mean that far fewer students are on the corridor at one time
- The 100-minute lessons allow subjects to go into far greater depth
Golden Ticket Events
This week, we held our first Golden Ticket Rewards events. Students who had gained 50 E-Praise points were able to claim their golden ticket and attend either Table Top Sports (including air hockey, pool and darts), the Wath Academy FIFA tournament or Film Night. We are looking forward to launching next half terms events when the students return.
These are just some of the many highlights we have experienced this half term. We also have a lot to look forward after half term:
- We will be launching the new Wath Academy App which will allow you access your child’s academic, attendance, behaviour and rewards data at any time. We will also be using it to communicate with parents.
- In November, we will be launching our brand new website. The website will reflect the great work and journey the academy is currently on. The website will be easy to navigate and will have all the information parents and visitors need.
- The first ‘Parent & Community Advisory Board’ (PCAB) meeting is due to take place just after half term. We are looking forward to engaging with parents and the community to discuss ways in which we can improve our educational provision.
- We will be hosting a Y12 Open Evening for our current Y11 to see what we have to offer within our fantastic Sixth Form.
Finally, I’d like to thank you once again for your support and for the welcome I have had from the community. I hope you have a great half term, despite the restrictions and we look forward to welcoming the students back after the break.
If, over the half term break, your child unfortunately contracts Covid-19, please let the academy know via email at email@example.com. This is to allow us to ‘Track and Trace’ and ensure the required self-isolation is in place for the return in November.
Mr L Ransome