After two weeks back at work we still have not had the call from Ofsted. I think the best way to deal with the stress of waiting for the phone call is to just get on with my day to day work. I know we are prepared and everyone is ready so it doesn’t matter when the call comes.
One of the events I’ve introduced to the academy is a year 10 parent evening. I wasn’t sure how well attended it would be, but based on being a parent myself and how important it was to hear how my children were doing, I felt the school should have a format for parents to meet with subject teachers during year 10. On Tuesday evening the turn out was about 65% of parents. This was very pleasing and encouraging so I will keep this in as an annual event. I’m convinced our parents will have found the evening informative and be more in the picture about how their child is progressing- talking to the teacher is so important.
The highlight of my week was going to Beamish museum, on Friday, with our year 7 students. The weather was kind and we stayed dry all day but it was a bit cool. First, I went with the group who were staging the suffragette demonstration in the town. The students were dressed in costume and took the roles of suffragettes, suffragists and anti voters. A well thought out and researched debate took place in the band stand; why should women be given the vote? I was very proud of the way the students conducted their debate. Many of the other visitors stopped to listen and watch. Next I joined a group going to Home Farm where they made ‘singing hinnies’, butter and rope. The barn was full of new born lambs, unfortunately we missed feeding time. Last it was down to the colliery village where a lesson in the school was waiting for us. Even I was scared of the Head master! The students were so well behaved and the silence was amazing- we could hear the clock ticking! Perhaps there is something to be said about the old teaching methods. The students were brilliant the whole day and I’m so pleased I went with them. I went home happy and tired.
Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
Redcar Academy, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 4AB
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