The academic year is coming to a close for me, our staff and students. This summer term has seen an onslaught of announcements from the Department for Education on changes and new initiatives for schools. There have been so many it’s hard to keep up to date with them all. I’m hoping that over the next 6 weeks we have some respite from any further declarations. Let’s hope the release of the GCSE results in August will see some praise coming to schools and their students for the hard work and success they’ve achieved instead of the regular criticism that results are not good enough. Thursday, August 22nd is the big day.
I thought I would be reflecting on the year in my final blog, however, the events of this last week have taken over so this is what has happened!
Redcar Academy has hosted the first of many musical events. For two nights and all day Thursday our students have been part of a ‘Musical Mashup’ with extracts from Cats, Blood Brothers and Grease, not to mention Mamma Mia. The performances have been amazing. I was in tears with Blood Brothers and singing along with Grease. We have some truly talented young people in our academy. But, the staff who have trained, rehearsed and led the students have achieved a brilliant show. The next challenge is to produce a full show next year- I can’t wait.
The academy is also hosting our ‘Redcar Academy Has Talent’ event with a distinguished and perceptive judging panel to select the best from our student body- I don’t envy their task to pick a winner.
In amongst the shows and Arts day the learning has continued for all students. We promoted our students to their new year groups and issued them with their new timetable at the start of July. This has energised staff and students and new course have started in preparation for summer learning and the return in September.
Redcar Academy, like many other schools in the country, is saying farewell to a number of staff. Some are retiring, some have gained promotion in other schools and some are taking up the challenge of moving to a new school and post to further their career. I wish them all well and many will be missed by us. However, I’m also looking forward to the future when we have new staff joining our family here at Redcar Academy. Helping to take us to being recognised as the ‘good’ school we are. The future looks very exciting for Redcar Academy and I’m privileged to be the headteacher of such a wonderful school.
Welcome to my blog. I aim to update this blog a few times each month, to keep you up-to-date with what is happening in the academy and keep a memoir of my working weeks.
Please feel free to read through them.
Statement from the Local Authority - buff.ly/2uhxNex
Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
Redcar Academy, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 4AB
Tel: 01642 289211 •
A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 8281046