As we reach the end of the first half-term, I wanted to say thank-you to everyone who has helped make this such a successful and happy half-term.  There are lots of things I want to mention but here are just a few:
  • Our new behaviour and reward policy really making a difference and transforming attitudes and learning
  • Students really embracing the "no mobile" policy- it is really nice to see students talking to each other again at breaks and lunchtime
  • Y7 and Y12 students settling in so well and already making a positive impact on the school
  • The overwhelming support for "Hello Yellow", supporting mental health awareness.  Personally and professionally, it means so much to me to see our school community recognising and valuing the importance of mental health
  • The "feel" around school cannot be easily put into words, but there is a calm, friendly, supportive and purposeful "vibe" that makes the school a great place to be
  • Our new mini-buses arriving back fully "wrapped" with images of our students and an emotional recognition of the late Norma Smith who gave so much to our school and is missed so much
  • Our Open Day was an opportunity for us to showcase our school and I was so proud of our students and staff for the way they conveyed what we are all about as a school.  It was also lovely to meet prospective new students and parents/carers
This week we look forward to our Sixth Form Open Evening at 6pm on Wednesday evening.  We are excited about what our sixth form offers and we are keen to share this.  Wednesday will also see another non uniform day, this time supporting a student led charity "Serious Fun".  On Thursday, staff look forward to an inset day on the new Gatsby Benchmarks (promoting careers education), promoting speaking in the classroom, and supporting the needs of diabetic students in school.
Have a fantastic holiday when it comes.  Thank you for all your support, it is very much appreciated.

We are very proud of our school, our staff and our students and we are happy for anyone to come and visit us, at anytime. We are particularly keen to welcome the parents and carers of Y6 students as they make the important choice of which High school to send their children to in September 2019.

Our Open Evening will be held on Thursday 11th October at 6pm. Please come and hear about our vision and ethos and meet some of our wonderful staff and students.  In addition, we will be welcoming visitors on the mornings of Friday 12th October and Monday 15th October from 9.15am to 11 am.

We look forward to meeting you.

One of the key elements of our new approach is to raise the profile of rewards. We want to be better and quicker at recognising achievement and letting our students know that they are going above and beyond and contributing to their own success.

In less than 2 weeks we have recorded a staggering 2114 achievement points which students know about when they receive green cards in their lessons. This is an exceptional achievement.

Well done to all students who have received green cards already. This approach will make for a more positive learning experience and will drive success and well-being.

How many green cards can we get this week?

I wanted to thank all our students, staff and families for a fantastic start to the new academic year.

We have a simple aim this year: To be the best version of Sprowston that we can be, This means consistently high expectations for behaviour, learning and attendance.

As part of this we have launched:

A new approach to behaviour management, including a sharper focus on rewards
A new shape of the school day
A ban on mobile phones in school
A renewed focus on uniform

We have been massively impressed with how everyone has risen to the challenge and to some extent it is feeling like a different school. We aim to keep our strong relationships and inclusive ethos whilst promoting consistently positive attitudes to learning and academic progress.

Thank you to everyone who is part of Team Sprowston. I could not be prouder.

Liz Wood
Acting Head of School

Welcome to all staff and students returning to school this week. We hope that you have had a fantastic break and are now ready to get the brain going again! A particularly warm welcome to our new Y7 students and any other students who are new to our school.

Our approach this term is simple, being the best version of Sprowston Community Academy that we can be. There will be a particular focus on attitudes to learning, behaviour, attendance and rewards. Central to all of this is student and staff well-being and a sense of kindness and care for each other.

We welcome back Y7 and Y12 students on Thursday 6th September, ready for a 8.55 am start. All other students should return ready for 11.30 am which will be in form bases.

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