This has been a very positive term for us.  Earlier this half-term we had a 2 day external review and here are some of the things that were written about our Academy:

  • Students behaviour around the academy and in lessons is typically good and their conduct is often outstanding
  • Strong relationships exist between students and between students and adults throughout the academy.  As a result, students are comfortable with one another and in talking to staff
  • Students make a good contribution to the school and realise the importance of good behaviour in lessons to facilitate teaching and learning for all
  • There is a positive ethos for learning in classrooms
  • Teachers have Good subject knowledge
  • Teachers are providing effective after-school interventions across a wide range of subjects to improve students learning and raise achievement
  • Staff morale is high and they share a strong commitment for improvement
  • Bullying is rare and resolved effectively. There is a strong anti-discriminatory culture reflected in students’ appreciation and celebration of diversity and low incidents of racist or homophobic bullying

Being the best version of Sprowston that we can be.  

Liz Wood

I am pleased to inform you that, after a formal interview process last week, I have been appointed permanent Head of Academy at Sprowston Community Academy with immediate effect.

I could not be more proud of our Academy and our students and staff.  We have already achieved a significant amount of work strengthening the culture and ethos of the Academy and we now have firm foundations from which to build further success.  

I would like to thank everyone for their on-going support.  We look forward to working with all of our stakeholders including our local Cluster schools, students and parents to be the best version of Sprowston Community Academy that we can possibly be and to contributing to development and improvements across the whole of our Trust.

Liz Wood

It doesn't seem that long ago that we were talking about the "fireworks to daffodils" dark days ahead with a certain amount of trepidation.  Well, the sun is shining and I've spotted some daffodils so I think we can almost say we made it!

As we head into Spring, it's a great opportunity to reaffirm what matters to us and to think of the new projects on the horizon.  Our 3 main aims remain strong:

(1) To build a culture in our Academy that is positive, purposeful and fuels student progress through praise, reward and celebration. 

(2) To make sure we give our students as many opportunities as possible to gain, organise and learn knowledge so that they can do as well as possible in exams and can make sense of the world we live in

(3) To focus on the well-being of our students and staff and to look after each other, building an Academy that is kind and inclusive

This term we will also be drawing together our plans to re-launch homework so that we have a more consistent approach to promoting independent learning. At the same time we will be looking at how we record Attitude to Learning scores and whether we can make this more effective.

A special heads up must go to all of our Y11 and Y13 students.  This is a massively important half term as you prepare for exams in the summer.  Please remember that is it is OK to ask for help, we are all behind you and we will do whatever we can to support you through this last lap!

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.

We have spent the start of term talking a lot about the importance of learning and gaining knowledge- not just to do well in exams but to also have the facts to make sense of the world we live in!  
I think it is helpful to think of 4 really important bits to this:
(a) Acquiring knowledge in the first place.  This is why it is so important to be in school in the first place and to be actively engaged in lessons so that the brain is starting to store facts.  What we learn in school can be added to, for example by independent research, chatting to adults and watching the news regularly.
(b) Organising knowledge.  Over time, we learn lots of things.  At some point we need to organise what we know- a bit like a sorting exercise for the brain! Some people use mindmaps, other people like flash cards or knowledge organisers. You need to find what works for you so try different things.
(c) Memorising knowledge.  This is the bit most of us find hardest.  How do we get our brain to be able to recall specific facts and link them together? We have to train our brain to do this as it will not automatically happen.
(d) Applying knowledge.  It is not enough to know a list of facts.  We need to practice how we can use these facts in different contexts.  This is where online tools such as My Maths, Doddle and BBC Bitsesize are brilliant- as are past papers from your teachers.
For parents and carers, please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice on resources and revision guides that can support learning.  We are always keen to sign post resources.
Good luck!

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