We've nearly made it!

As we get to the end of a busy term, it's always good to reflect.

Last week we had a visit from Jim Nixon, ex Head teacher at Great Yarmouth High and CNS. He couldn't believe how much the school has changed since he last visited and told us that if he was Head teacher here, he would be very proud.

I am exceptionally proud.

This term, we set ourselves 3 key aims:

  1. To Improve the culture and behaviour for learning in school by adopting clearer and more consistent expectations.
  2. To make sure our lessons, curriculum and assessments get our students ready for the more "knowledge rich" examinations.
  3. To make sure the well-being of our students and staff is paramount in everything that we do.

We think we have come a long way in achieving these aims but we are not complacent and we know we still have work to do.

We have also been listening carefully to the voice of our parents and carers and responding to the things that you identify as areas of improvement. This week I will be sending out a "You said, we did" email to explain our responses so far.

We are so lucky to work with amazing students and supportive families. Thank you so much. Have a fantastic holiday when it comes and see you in 2019!

We believe every child and young adult at Sprowston Community Academy should be ... 'Healthy, happy and safe; loved, valued and respected; and have high aspirations for their future.'

 

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School Holiday Arrangements

We would like to take this opportunity to confirm timings for the end of this term and for the January start. School will finish on Tuesday 18th December at 1.30pm .

School buses and taxis have been altered to allow for this. Please ensure your child knows the arrangements for them to get home at this time.

School will reopen for the New Year on Thursday 3rd January 2019 at 8.55am.

We would like to wish you all a happy holiday. Mrs Burton. Office Manager

free school meals

During December, a two-course meal for the whole family will be served at Unite the Union's Xmas Café.

Meals will be served between 12-30 and 14-30 on the following days: Wednesday 19th Thursday 20th Friday 21* Saturday 22nd Thursday 27th Friday 28th Saturday 29th

Where? At the Phoenix Centre, 132A Mile X Road, NR3 2LD.

Maths

Maths forms part of the core curriculum at both KS3 and KS4, with groups organised into sets in all year groups. Students can elect to study Maths or Further Maths as post-16 courses.

English

English forms part of the core curriculum at both KS3 and KS4, with groups organised into sets in all year groups. At GCSE all students study English Language and English Literature.

Science

Science forms part of the core curriculum at both KS3 and KS4, with groups organised into sets in all year groups. Students can elect to study the induvial Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) as post-16 courses.

Maths

Maths forms part of the core curriculum at both KS3 and KS4, with groups organised into sets in all year groups. Students can elect to study Maths or Further Maths as post-16 courses.

Visit the Maths Faculty

English

English forms part of the core curriculum at both KS3 and KS4, with groups organised into sets in all year groups. At GCSE all students study English Language and English Literature.

Visit the English Faculty

Science

Science forms part of the core curriculum at both KS3 and KS4, with groups organised into sets in all year groups. Students can elect to study the induvial Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) as post-16 courses.

Visit the Science Faculty

Humanities

Humanities includes Geography, History and Philosopy and Ethics.

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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Spanish, German & French form part of the core curriculum at KS3 and for some at KS4, with other students being able to choose it as an option. Groups are organised into sets in all year groups where possible.

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Creative Arts

The creative arts faculty is formed from the departments of art & design, drama and music.

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PE & Sports

The Physical Education facilities are found mainly in the centre of the school, off the main corridor. This includes a swimming pool, sports gymnasium, sports hall, weights gymnasium and changing facilities. Physical Education aims to provide an enjoyable and balanced programme enabling all students to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.

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Design & Technology

Students have 3 core areas that they are assessed in for the Level 1/2 Technical Awards in Fashion and Textiles, Food and Catering, Materials Technology, and Visual Communication. 

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Business Studies

Students are encouraged to develop their Business and Enterprise skills as well as their knowledge as they progress through the course, with opportunities to take part in projects with local companies, as well as enterprise and business competitions, both in school and nationally .

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Health & Social Care

BTEC Health and Social Care can help students take their first steps towards a career caring for people and communities. They will learn the essential skills needed to support people with a wide range of needs, from babies and toddlers to adults and the elderly.

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Expedition & Training Dates 2018

Bronze Training Sessions

Begin Tuesday 6th March 3:30-5pm and continue to the end of the year.

Expedition Dates 2018

Begin Tuesday 6th March 3:30-5pm and continue to the end of the year.

The English classrooms are mainly found on the ground floor and 3rd floor of the WS Block. English forms part of the core curriculum at both KS3 and KS4, with groups organised into sets in all year groups. At GCSE all students study English Language and English Literature. Students can elect to study English Literature and/or English Literature/Language as post-16 courses.

Year 7 Resource - A Christmas Carol - Knowledge Organiser

The English Department at Sprowston Academy are looking forward to working with our new Year 7s and would like to give you a snap shot of the resources you will be working with during the first term.

Year 7 Resource - Knowledge Organiser

What will students learn in English?

English is all about communication through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It involves critically and analytically reading novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction, and writing about all of these as well as producing your own imaginative writing. Whilst English Literature fosters appreciation of language used for creative expression and social comment, English Language empowers students to manipulate language for a variety of purposes in a range of contexts and to engage meaningfully and critically with the written texts central to functioning as citizens and in the world of work.

English KS3 Curriculum Map

What is GCSE English Like?

English Language and Literature both follow the WJE Educas exam board course (C700QS and C720QS).
It will be essential for students to take notes, learn quotations and learn how to structure essays to be successful in the English examinations. (There are plenty of study guides available to support students in their understanding of the texts they will study.) Students will be expected to work independently at home, both on homework tasks and regular revision. They will be encouraged to read for pleasure and for knowledge on a regular basis in their own time. Both GCSE courses make great demands on students to work accurately, to write in a rich style and with a varied vocabulary, and to respond to texts in a thoughtful and personal manner. The best way to do well in English is to get involved in class discussions, read enthusiastically, and write experimentally

English KS4 Curriculum Map

How are students assessed at GCSE?

Students follow the Eduqas GCSE English Language, and GCSE English Literature specifications. Both of these courses are 100% exam: there is no controlled assessment or coursework.

English Language

Students will sit the terminal examinations at the end of Year 11, which are made up in the following way: Component 1 (40%): Unseen fiction for analysis and a creative writing task. Two hour exam Component 2 (60%): Analysing and comparing nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction, Two hour exam and transactional writing tasks (letter, article or report, for example). Component 3 (0%): Presentation or Speech to a group. This is assessed and reported on the exam certificates but is not part of the final examination grade.

English Language

A lot of the skills for the analysing of text in both English Language and Literature are similar and will be taught alongside each other. The English Literature examinations are as follows - 

Component 1 (40%): Two hour exam a) Shakespeare play Students will answer an extract question and a choice of essay questions. They will study one of the following plays: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth or Henry V. b) Poetry from 1789- the present day Students will answer two questions based on poetry studied in the Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison. Component 2 (60%): Two and a half hour exam a) The Modern Text Students will answer one source-based question. Students are likely to study An Inspector Calls or A Taste of Honey. (There are other texts from which the teacher can choose) b) Nineteenth Century Novel Students will answer one source-based question. Students are likely to study War of the Worlds or The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. c) Unseen Poetry Students answer two questions on unseen poetry, one of which involves comparison. 

English Grade Descriptors

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A group of 23 Year 9 students took park in Discover Your Voice debate training on Friday 29th June.  These keen talkers had a series of morning activities to help their reasoning, providing evidence to back up a point and listening and response skills. This included playing Ma Ma Moo Election, a game where you have to get elected varying tone and pitch but only using the words ‘Ma, Ma, Moo’! It’s amazing how much you can convey using pitch, tone and body language!

We learnt about the Extended Mace format for debating and in the afternoon had a chance to put our skills into practice! There were two motions:

  1. This House would ban all police carrying guns
  2. This House would allow all parents access to their child’s social media

Why learn an instrument or how to sing? Learning to play an instrument or sing can become life long passion.
We are very keen that all students who want to learn to play an instrument or sing, are given the opportunity to do so, whether your child has already been learning or is a complete beginner.
At Sprowston Community Academy, we have a variety of peripetetic or external music teachers that visit the school to teach a large range of musical instruments from guitar to piano to singing.

​We currently offer the following extra curricular instrument tuition

Guitar (electric, acoustic, classical and bass),
Violin, Woodwind (flute, clarinet and saxophone),
Drums, Piano, keyboard and Voice

We try our best to fit everyone in who fills in an application form, however, the lessons are organised on a first come, first served basis. We will write to you to inform you that your child has a place as soon as these have been allocated. If there is no space we will write to you and put your child on the waiting list.
Our instrument tutors visit us on a weekly basis and all sessions are 20 minutes in length on a one-to-one basis. If you would like to find out more about costs for these lessons, or have any queries please download the instrument lessons brochure and get in touch. Please contact Julie Hansell in the main school office.​

Esther Hopkinson

Violin

Whilst enjoying the challenges of playing with professional musicians from across Europe, Esther loves nothing more than to share her violin skills and her love of music with her students. In September 2012 Esther set up a new String Time Centre in Notting Hill in collabaration with Trinity Laban and Alpha Plus and is now working more locally with the newly named ‘Sistema in Norwich’ (formerly InHarmony), the Norfolk Music Service and the Guildhall String programme in Felsted.

Jess Edwards

Voice, Piano & Flute

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Adam Darricott

Guitar

I’m the guitar and vocal tutor at school. I’ve been playing the guitar for 23 years now and have performed all around the country in various projects and bands. I first began playing guitar because of my love of music. From an early age I had family members in bands and was always taken to various gigs around Norfolk. After being shown a Queen video (old school) I knew all I wanted to do was to play guitar and sing.
23 years later I’m still playing, performing and teaching. My love for music is still as strong today. Hopefully my enjoyment and eagerness to keep learning new skills rubs off in my teaching.

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Staff Abscence & Requesting Cover

General guidance & proceedures  – Cover for teaching and support staff for planned and medical absence and sickness.

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A list of staff policies

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Safeguarding

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Room booking system for school computer rooms

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Staff Email

Link to staff email system

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Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Nicklin, Assistant Headteacher
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Ms Wood, Deputy Headteacher
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Safeguarding

Our two Senior Designated Professionals for safeguarding including Child Protection are Ms Wood, Acting Head of School and Mrs Nicklin, Acting Deputy Head.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Introduction to Safeguarding for Students

Twitter Accounts

Here at Sprowston Community Academy we have so much to offer and celebrate within the school. We post a number of articles on the school website but there is a wealth of information to be found in our numerous twitter feeds. Below we have listed the individual accounts and link to them.

Active Citizens https://twitter.com/@SCHS_ActiveCtz
Careers https://twitter.com/@SCHS_Careers
Community https://twitter.com/@SCA_Lettings
Creative Arts https://twitter.com/@SCAcreative
Design & Tech https://twitter.com/@schs_dandt
DofE https://twitter.com/@SprowstonDofE 
English https://twitter.com/@SCHS_English
French https://twitter.com/@SCHS_French_
German https://twitter.com/@SCHS_German
History https://twitter.com/@schs_hist
ICT https://twitter.com/@Sprowston_ICT
Inclusion https://twitter.com/@SCHS_Inclusion
Maths https://twitter.com/@SCHS_Maths
MFL (Languages) https://twitter.com/@SCHS_MFL
PE & Sports https://twitter.com/@SprowstonPE
Pupil Premium https://twitter.com/@SCHS_PP
RS/Phil. & Eth. https://twitter.com/SCHS_RS
Science https://twitter.com/@Sciencesprowsto
SEND https://twitter.com/@SCHS_SEN
Sixth Form https://twitter.com/@SCHS_SixthForm
SMSC https://twitter.com/@SCHS_SMSC
Spanish https://twitter.com/@SCHS_Spanish_

 

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