With the Christmas holidays and the end of the autumn term almost upon us, I would like to share some positive news and uplifting success stories from the academy.
This week, we saw in the festive season with our annual Christmas Fair, with this year’s event promising to be better than ever before. Attendance was excellent, with students, families, primary school pupils and members of the local community turning up for an afternoon of entertainment and Christmas cheer. Stalls were set up to sell a variety of student creations, including mince pies, cakes and arts and crafts. It was a wonderful occasion to see our students and visitors embracing the festive spirit, despite the chilly weather! We raised £507.15p . This will be divided equally between the two charities chosen by year 10: MIND and Zoe’s Place. We look forward to hosting a similar event next year.
On the academic side, the term has been a hugely successful one for students across the year groups. Our Year 7s are now coming towards the end of their first term with us, and have settled into their new surroundings superbly. They have embraced the challenging and innovative curriculum we have on offer here at Redcar Academy, and have reaped the rewards of our comprehensive transition programme. The remainder of their first year is set to be a promising one, with a wide range of excellent work already produced by the students.
The term has also been a busy time for our Year 11s as they enter a pivotal stage of their studies. Review meetings involving students and parents have taken place over the course of the term, with follow-up sessions planned every 6-8 weeks between now and exam time to ensure all are fully prepared. 50 of our ambitious Year 11s also got the chance to experience the Careers Convention at Redcar and Cleveland College, taking the first steps towards further education, apprenticeships and successful careers. We wish our Year 11s all the best next term!
Enriching activities beyond the curriculum have also been plentiful this term. One particular highlight included members of the Year 10 boys’ and girls’ rugby teams heading to London for a behind-the-scenes tour of Twickenham Stadium and a training session from England internationals Jonny May, David Wilson and Matt Mullan. The trip was so successful that our head of PE, Mr Williams, has made national news with his calls to the Rugby Football Union to start up a national schools tournament for girls. To read the Telegraph article, please click here. After this success, we are eagerly anticipating developing rugby further at the academy.
Further extracurricular visits have included a History trip to France and Belgium as part of the First World War commemorations and a PE trip to Low Mill Outdoor Centre in the Yorkshire Dales. We are also proud to mention the successes of Adam Harrington, who has been awarded a grant from social enterprise organisation UnLtd to build his business idea – a film club for local elderly residents. We hope to see many more of our students follow in Adam’s footsteps as they develop their sense of social responsibility.
The Academy was invited to compete in the Faraday Challenge, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event. This is our first year competing against other schools in Redcar and Cleveland. I have great pleasure in announcing we won the event! Six students: Cameron Greenwood, Luke Jones, Jade Abisetti, Holly Stephenson, Megan Preston and Siobhan Miller made up the team. Mrs Harrington said,” they were absolutely brilliant. A great credit to the Academy in the way they conducted themselves and how they worked together as a team on the Challenge.”
As we head into Christmas, we are delighted to say that there is a real atmosphere of anticipation at the academy. With so much to celebrate, we are confident that the rest of the year will provide many more highlights from both within and beyond the curriculum.
Have a fantastic Christmas and we will see you in the new year!
Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
Redcar Academy, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 4AB
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