Churchdown School Academy Newsletter July 2016

 

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ISSUE 06 July 2016 KEY DATES 18 August - A Level/AS Results 25 August - GCSE/BTEC Results 5 Sept - INSET Day 6 Sept - INSET Day (Yr12 sign-up, 1.30pm) 7 Sept - Induction Day for Yr7 & Yr12 only 8 Sept - Whole school returns Churchdown School Academy Winston Road Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear Parents and Carers As the end of year approaches we can reflect on another successful year. Since September our teachers and parents have continued to work closely together to ensure the students are challenged to better themselves and achieve. As I always say, our students are truly fantastic and are a real credit to our school and their families – even those who make us work slightly harder! There has been much to celebrate this year. Students have achieved record breaking results at GCSE and A level, and across the year groups there are more students than ever realising and even going beyond their potential. There have been a number of fantastic trips which have each broadened our students’ experiences. Our school production of Oliver! was amazing with some exceptional talent on display. The Music department has also organised some excellent musical events and performances over the year. The Science and Technology departments have run a number of excellent STEM events. Our sports teams have all represented the school with flair, commitment and pride and we have won an important number of fixtures against local schools from both the independent and state sector. Recently we have had a very successful Year 8 camp and students in Year 10 have excelled during work experience week. The Sixth Form ‘Futures Week’ was really valuable for our students as they prepare for life beyond school. This term has been packed with important events and two inspections. Our mock inspection was interrupted by a call from Ofsted informing us that they were visiting the next day. I would like to thank the parents who completed the online questionnaire, and it was particularly pleasing to read just how pleased you are with the progress we are making. The students also deserve special thanks. They were impeccable over the two days and both sets of inspectors commented on how delightful, polite and friendly each student was. This is now a real strength of our school. I would especially like to thank the staff. Everyone who works at Churchdown is dedicated to ensuring the students get a really good deal. Whilst we still have some way to go to reach our target, I am fortunate to work with some of the best people in the business and with a co-ordinated approach, we will get there sooner rather than later. Whilst we have not received the official letter from Ofsted, we have been given an indication of the outcome and I am pleased to reveal that they recognise the rapid improvements in every aspect of the school, ultimately the behaviour, learning and achievement of your children.

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Churchdown School Academy Winston Road Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER As we prepare for the next academic year, it is important to note a few changes. From September students are expected to wear the new school uniform which has been distributed to them. The notable changes are all in the Uniform Guide which has been sent home and emailed via Parentmail. This information is also available on the website. We say goodbye to members of staff who are leaving us to take up new challenges or are retiring. We would like to thank each of them for their wonderful years of service and wish them every success and good health in the future. REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE Should your son or daughter be away from school for any reason you must report the absence to the school by 8.30am on the first and every subsequent day of absence by leaving a message on the school’s absence line. The line is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and can be accessed through the normal school telephone number 01452 713340. Alternatively, you can inform us by emailing attendance@ churchdownschool.com Finally I would like to wish you all a good summer break and to enjoy the time together as families. I am sure your children will keep you busy, but I shall be reminding them that the hard work starts now in helping out at home as well as having a good rest. Thank you for your continued support. This year has been incredibly rewarding and I am already looking forward to September. Yours faithfully Christopher Belli Headteacher

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2016 SUMMER EXAM RESULTS A LEVEL & AS RESULTS - THURSDAY 18 AUGUST A2 Results - doors open 8.00am - 12.30pm AS Results - doors open 10.00am - 12.30pm GCSE & BTEC RESULTS - THURSDAY 25 AUGUST Year 11 and Sixth Form Doors open 10am - 12.30pm PLEASE NOTE: Year 10 results will be distributed in September and will not be available on 25 August. If your child is away on results day their results can be obtained as follows: 1. Give the Exam Office a stamped addressed envelope (an A5 size with stamp is fine). This is to be addressed to the student and results will be posted to you. Please remember to include tutor group. 2. Someone can collect them on the student’s behalf. In this instance we must have a written letter of authority, signed by the student, which names the person collecting on their behalf. That person must bring proof of ID. We will not give out results based on text messages, parents turning up without any consent, or friends trying to collect them. 3. No results will be issued if there are fees outstanding for missed examinations. If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Dinwoodie, Examination Officer Tel: 01452 713340 ext 215; email: exams@churchdownschool.com

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WELFARE ISSUES Please be aware that Churchdown School does not employ a full-time school nurse. Mrs Campbell is the Welfare Assistant and we have a Medical Room for emergencies only. If your child is unwell before the start of school please make the decision whether to send them or keep them at home. They will only be excused from lessons in an emergency. If your child has asthma please ensure they have their Ventolin on them at all times as we are unable to provide this medication. Forms relating to Asthma and Anaphylaxis care plans can be printed from the website (click on Parents section) and sent in to school. Thank you Mrs Campbell Welfare Assistant UNIFORM By the end of term we will hopefully have given all current students a new blazer and House tie - plus a skirt for the girls - in readiness for the start of the new term in September when we're looking forward to seeing all students smartly dressed in the new uniform! For a full Uniform Guide please refer to our website via http://www.churchdownschool.com/media/documents/uniform-guide-2016-2017.pdf Some students are waiting for outstanding items. As soon as these are in stock we will contact you. The school will be open for the purchasing or collection of uniform items over the summer holidays as follows: Wednesday 27 July Thursday 18 August Thursday 25 August Monday 5 September Tuesday 6 September Wednesday 7 September 9.30am - 12.30pm 9.30am - 1.30pm 9.30am - 1.30pm 9.30am - 12.15pm 9.30am - 12.15pm 9.30am - 12.15pm During term time, from September, the uniform shop will be open at the following times only for the purchasing of uniform items: Wednesdays 10.00am - 12.15pm and 2.45pm - 3.45pm Thursdays 10.00am - 12.15pm

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PGCE TRAINEES Success for our PGCE trainees at Churchdown School Academy Our teacher training programme at Churchdown School Academy has developed and expanded rapidly this year, and has led to great success for our trainee teachers. As a school we are proud of our firm links with the outstanding University of Gloucestershire/ GITEP initial teacher training programme. This year we have formed further partnerships with the University of Worcester, the University of Buckingham, the University of Bristol and most recently the University of Bath Spa. These links will provide our school with a steady stream of committed and enthusiastic young professionals, eager to contribute to all areas of our curriculum, and whom we can train to become excellent teachers with exciting career prospects. As a school we are firmly committed to continuing learning and professional development, and in this working atmosphere our eleven trainees thrived this year. Unlike the worrying national trend of withdrawal rates from PGCE courses, we had a 100% retention rate. Our trainee teachers achieved very pleasing and well-deserved final grades, with four trainees being employed by our school, and most of the others gaining employment in other schools. I look forward to an even more exciting year next year, as we continue to develop our training programme to support and nurture talented teachers in our excellent learning environment. Mrs P Church PGCE Lead Mentor

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ACTIVITIES WEEK - JULY 2016

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YEAR 7 NEWS It is with immense pride, tinged with some sadness, that we have reached the end of what has been a truly fantastic first year at Churchdown School for our Year 7 students. It seems like only yesterday I was faced with 217 eager Year 6 students in their rainbow assortment of primary school uniforms on induction day. Whilst the year has flown by, the students have achieved so much that it is hard to believe they have only been at Churchdown for one year. Besides the excellent ISMs, attendance and levels of progress, what has struck me the most is the Year 7s enthusiasm whether that be in the classroom or taking part in house competitions, sporting events or other activities. Naturally, there have been some obstacles along the way but I can sincerely say that all of the students have been a pleasure to work with and a credit to the school. The end of this term has been a fitting testament to how well the year group have done. Activities week has allowed us to reward and praise the efforts of all the students and for myselt, tutors and teachers to enjoy an alternative curriculum and see Year 7 at their best. I know that all the students will continue to flourish as they continue their journey into Year 8 and under the wise direction of Mr Chambers who will take over from me as Head of Year 8, skies are definitely the limit! I know that Mr Chambers is looking forward to working with the students and if this year is anything to go by, next year is set for success! May I thank all of the students for such a positive and successful year and to all the Year 7 parents for all of your support. I am looking forward to working with my new year group in September, but they certainly have a lot to live up to! I wish you all a relaxing and well deserved summer break. Miss Hicks Head of Year 7

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YEAR 8 NEWS What a year we have had. There can be no question that all of our students have made great strides during year 8. ISM reports show us how progress is being made in every subject, and none of this would be possible without the fantastic support I and the teachers here at Churchdown have enjoyed from all the wonderful parents and carers. We have a relentless approach here, and we simply will not deviate from our goal of making sure every student makes progress and reaches their ability. Aspiration is essential, and we tell our students daily that they CAN achieve anything they put their minds to as long as they work hard, listen to feedback and never accept “just OK”. As well as the academic performance, one can’t underestimate the great strides students have made socially. I see at first hand how every day marks learning in the holistic sense— learning how to be part of a community, how to look after one another, how to help those who need help and how to never take for granted all that we have. I got home every night proud of our pupils, and I know that they will become not just decent members of society, but exceptional members of society. Thank you all. Have a fantastic summer. Mr Chambers, Head of Year 8 THE TEN PUPILS WHO HAVE MADE THE MOST PROGRESS FROM ISM1—- - -ISM4 The following 10 pupils have made the most progress, on average, across all subjects in year 10. Their commitment to achievement, dedication and desire to continually do better has led them to make significant strides this year. It is also no coincidence that all of them have 100% punctuality and very high attendance. Bravo to them all—we are very proud of them! Robyn Nicholls Hannah Elwin Brandon Jebb Jessica Money Renee Thomas Noah Bews Lily-Ella Byard Connor Galling Jacob Summerhayes Duncan Bissett MOTO GP SUPERSTAR BLAKE ANSELL Blakes rise to the top continues, with Blake finishing second in the Cool Milk Fab racing British championship! Blake was also able to race at the Three Sisters event in Wigan; he was afforded the opportunity to ride as a sponsored rider for his team and shone when given the chance to ride a more powerful bike. We are all behind you Blake—COME ON TEAM ANSELL!!

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YEAR 8 CAMP

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YEAR 8 CAMP “Year 8 camp is a perfect opportunity to make friends and experience things that you might have never done before. I found all the staff from Biblins and Churchdown extremely kind and easy to talk to if we had any concerns. Everyone had a constant smile on their face and loved experiencing a wide range of activities such as stand up paddle boarding, caving and canoeing. My favourite thing about being on year 8 camp was talking to and meeting other students from the other side of the year that you might not necessarily talk to most of the time. At night we mostly played sports altogether, I found this was also a great way to talk and meet other students that you could possibly be great friends with. For those who aren’t looking for a grand holiday with school but a trip that can be guaranteed just as much fun year 8 camp is perfect. I really enjoyed learning new skills that you can take through life at this camp, such as teamwork, determination and courage. The activities throughout the week encouraged all of this and I would recommend the week to other students.” By Milly Chant, 8K1

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YEAR 9 NEWS Year 9 have now completed the Key Stage 3 “lower school” part of their education and we have made being “GCSE ready” all part of the focus for the next challenge. Year 9 Praise Assembly Students draw together in an atmosphere of mutual appreciation to celebrate the success of their peers in all subject areas. The focus now must be fully on achievement and success as we embark on the new challenge. The path to success can take many paths, directions and forms. The Activities Week saw students taking part in martial arts, circus skills, mountain biking and break-dancing. Students receive certificates and staff are able to acknowledge the visible signs of progress and endeavour, on this occasion the maths challenge winners with the deputy head of maths Mr Bayliss. All staff are asked to nominate students that deserve acknowledgement and this represents constant effort and achievement day after day and week after week leading to term upon term of progress. Success is not limited to classroom based activities always. The superb standards of attendance are crucial for achievement as are the requirements for students to face challenge and maybe to come out of their comfort zones. Finally the following with 100% attendance at the end of a long year deserve credit for their tenacious approach: Elizabeth Rhodes who has exceeded her level in 6 areas including a phenomenal level 8 in Maths. Kyle Bethall all ISM grades dood and above. Sophie Boakes 19 excellent grades in ISM 4. All the above have attendance figures of 100% and their achievements at Churchdown are stunning. Mr E Fawcett, Head of Year 9

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YEAR 10 NEWS We are now at the end of the first year of a two year GCSE course. It has been a roller coaster of a year and an absolute pleasure to be Head of Year to such an outstanding Year group. The students have grown a great deal in maturity and I am sure they will meet the challenges of Year 11 with a determined and positive attitude. I am sad to say that we lose 3 members of our Year team, who are moving on to new challenges within Churchdown School or to start posts at other schools. Mr Hayman has made a huge impact with 10K1 and has built an amazing rapport with all students within his tutor group. I know every student within 10K1 will miss his support greatly. Dr Masters has worked tirelessly with 10E1 to ensure that he provides students with a foundation to begin every day. Mrs Trowbridge has provided a routine and environment for her students that ensure all of 10E2 are prepared fully for their learning every day. Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme Back in September Churchdown School re-launched the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award. 15 Year 10 students accepted this outstanding opportunity and recently completed their final expedition in the Forest of Dean. Over the past 6 months, students have been required to undertake volunteering, physical and skills tasks that have resulted in all students receiving their Bronze award. Well done to all the students and staff involved! Kian Kieran Don Declan Joshua Charlie Stephanie Megan Megan Charlotte James Ebonie Joe Kevinlyn Josh Bayliss Berry Bisset Cooke Copley Foster Fox Gill Kenny Leeman Lovell Marks Meadows Overson Parslow 10E1 10H1 10K1 10K1 10H2 10K1 10H1 10C2 10C2 10H2 10K1 10K2 10H2 10C1 10C1 Staff and Students after completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award Duke of Edinburgh wore Kian Bayliss (10E1) out Year 10 Mock Exams From Monday 11 to Friday 15 July Year 10 completed their end of year mock GCSE exams. This was a huge success in terms of both the logistics of the week, and more importantly how all students acted in such a positive and mature manner. This was an early insight into how the students GCSE exams will be organised next summer. This experience ensured students are comfortable within their surroundings, the format in which the exams are completed and the revision process required. Students will gain a great deal from this experience and it will pose and answer many questions. Students will be informed of their results by subject teachers in the last week of term. Heads of Departments will then contact certain parents to ensure support is given over the summer holiday period so that students ‘hit the ground running’ at the start of Year 11.

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YEAR 10 NEWS Work Experience and mock interviews On 14 and 15 June, Year 10 had the opportunity to run through a mock interview with a range of managers from different industries. The year group prepared and dressed effectively for this event and impressed the interviewers so much that they commented how they would give many of the students a job now! This opportunity has given the students valuable experience when formally having to be interviewed for college courses, sixth forms and apprenticeships in Year 11. Well over 200 students spent a week in the work place from Monday 11 – Friday 15 July. This provided many benefits and gave the students skills and experiences that will allow them to stand out to potential employers in the future. Students worked in a range of different sectors, such as hairdressing, education, aviation, engineering, care homes and two even had the joy of looking after my son in his nursery for the week. I thoroughly enjoyed the visits that I made and the feedback I have been receiving has been nothing but positive. All students were an absolute credit to themselves, their families and Churchdown School. Well done! Mackenzie Temple and Annabel Richardson at Little Smarties Nursery in Cheltenham Serena Brook enjoying her work experience week with SCS Contract Cleaners in Cheltenham. She was kept very busy in the office dealing with accounts, phoning customers and directing the staff. She enjoyed her week very much with the variety of work she had to do.

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YEAR 10 NEWS ISMS It was once again a pleasure to read Year 10’s ISM4 data. The Year group are working very well and to be able to send home so many praise letters was a huge positive. I look forward to being able to send more positive letters home during Year 11. C1 Liberty Coopey Korey Edwards Callum Drew Joe Garfield Katie Gosling Benjamin Hall Nikita Kavtaskins Alex Nash Hannah Newbury Joshua Parslow Megan Tanner H1 Kieran Berry Adam Hall William Lowe Joseph Porter Callum Prosser Katie Say Annabel Richardson Makenzie Temple Christian Wright Lauren Daffin Outstanding effort in 5 or more subjects C2 E1 Samuel Algar Joe Evans Megan Gill Bobby Hopkins Megan Kenny Ella Matthews Robert Lloyd Kian Bayliss Charlie Foster Natasha Hurle Tamara Randle Sophia Weygang Aalia Piperdy H2 Joshua Copley Ellie Galling-Ireland Jade Glanville Charlotte Leeman Rebecca Lodge Carissa Street K1 Donald Bisset Declan Cooke James Elson James Lovell E2 Liberty Agg Harry Jones Kaitlynne Knight Natalia Skardova K2 Vasileios Apostolakis Ellie Lancaster Katie Poole Liberty Sharp Sophie Tidcombe C1 Liberty Coopey Korey Edwards Jacob Forbes Katie Gosling Billy Howe Frank Huggins George Jones Nikita Kavtaskins Toby Morgan Alex Nash Hannah Newbury Joshua Parslow Matthew Perry H1 Joshua Ayres Kieran Berry Sam da Forno Oliver Griffiths Adam Hall Matthew Merritt Anne Paterson Joseph Porter Katie Say Chloe Smyth Joseph Tyler Marshall Walker Christian Wright Lauren Daffin On or above target in 5 or more subjects C2 E1 Samuel Algar Jay Cerrone Cody Dokic Ellie Harper-Emerson Bobby Hopkins Ella Matthews Mark Smith Louis Young Joseph Davis Brandon Clarke Jack Barter Charlie Dillon Charlie Foster Thomas Hornibrook Kennedy Sia Dominik Skarda Sophia Weygang Bradley Wilkins Kaajal Patel Aalia Piperdy E2 Georgias Agathangelou Liberty Agg Jacob Buxton Harry Jones Irem Kilic Elizabeth Medhurst Kishan Patel Natalia Skardova Manueli Tuisavatu H2 Robert Bridge Ross Chevannes Joshua Copley Ellie Galling-Ireland Jade Glanville Abbie Janes Charlotte Leeman Rebecca Lodge Joe Meadows Cody Miller Cole Rees Jasmine Willcox Serena Brook K1 Donald Bisset James Cook Jack Ellis Daniel Fisher Aimee Jones Rhys Price Charlotte Saysell Toby Summerhayes Samuel Hatch K2 Vasileios Apostolakis Lewis Blacker Morgan Davies Lasarusa Frazer Usman Malek Liberty Sharp Sophie Tidcombe Ebonie Marks Brigette Frazer

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YEAR 10 NEWS Students are also doing very well in individual subjects and have been praised by departments: Moving into Year 11 and students’ final compulsory year at Churchdown School, it is important that all students push forward in a positive manner. Churchdown School will do everything that we possibly can to ensure that your son/daughter get the best deal possible from their education. It is important to state that Year 11s have many catch up, support and revision sessions starting in all subjects immediately on our return in September. These will run until at least 4pm every evening. Your support in ensuring your son/daughter attends these will be expected and appreciated. Hope you all have a restful summer. Mr C Jones Head of Year 10

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