As an Academy we are totally committed to promoting Equalities. It is really important to us that our students understand that we live in a world that is diverse and that we can celebrate this difference.
February is LGBT History month and as usual we will be celebrating this with a week of assemblies and a cake sale on Friday. Our rainbow flag will be flying with pride this week. This year the theme of LGBT History month is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation and we will looking at how far we have come since the Stonewall riots and what we can do to make a difference.
It is very important to us that every student and adult feels physically and emotionally safe in our Academy. We have a zero tolerance approach to all homophobic language and actions, whether this is intended to cause harm or not. This is a place where it is certainly not acceptable to say "This is gay!", Indeed, this must be a place where we are all free to be ourselves.
As we head into 2019 with new resolutions and hopes for the future, we intend to keep it simple- we want to be the best version of Sprowston Community Academy that we can be!
(A) Maintaining a positive and purposeful culture where achievement and effort are rewarded and behaviour and attitudes to learning are good
(B) Making sure we all know how to acquire, learn and can apply knowledge so that we do as well as we can in exams and make sense of the world we live in
(C) Prioritising well-being and mental health. We want to be a school that is kind and where we look after each other and celebrate our differences as well as our shared purposes
I wish all our students, staff and families a very Happy New Year and hope that this year brings happiness, personal success and fulfillment.
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:
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've been using this phrase in the staff-room. We are in that "bit" between Bonfire Night and Spring when everything feels a bit dark and gloomy. With the possible exception of Christmas, there is not a lot to look forward to and it is harder and harder to get out of bed!
The message is clear. It is OK to not be OK. What is important is that we talk to each other and don't feel that we have to pretend to be alright if we're not.
I want our students to get the same message. This can be a tough time- especially for Y9 choosing options and Y11 and Y13 approaching their mocks. We all have different things going on in our lives and pressures that we sometimes keep to ourselves. I want our school to be an emotionally safe place where it is OK to ask for help.
There are lots of people who you can talk to in school:
Your form tutor
A teacher or member of the support staff you get on well with
Your Head of Year or Inclusion Co-ordinator
Mrs Purton or Miss Clark in Compass
Staff in the ARC or Pathways
Me- just because I am Headteacher, doesn't mean I can't listen!
Please look after each other and let us look after you.