Welcome back to a new academic year at Stone Soup Academy and what an exciting year it is going to be. Already we have had so much happen this term that I am excited to tell you about. I think though, that I need to start by telling you about our fantastic GCSE results in the Summer. Again we improved with nearly 84% of our young people achieving GCSE qualifications in English and Maths and over 50% leaving with over 6 qualifications including English and Maths. This was great work by both our young people and our dedicated staff, and we are looking forward to even better results this coming summer.
I have attached with this letter a document that tells you about the exam contingency day in the Summer, so please do not book any holidays until you have read this. I have also included some details about what your child will be learning in the different areas next term. I hope that this will help you to get a feel for all the exciting things that we do here at Stone Soup.
So there is lots to tell you about. Our brand new food room is up and running and our students who are studying food are making lots of lovely things including vegetable soup, brownies and apple pies. It is no good for the waistline but the smells coming from the room are amazing!
Nexus Lexus, a local company visited the Academy and worked with our students to improve the outdoor area, which looks refreshed. We had a visit from the company Paul Smith, who donated 70 rolls of fabric to support our GCSE fashion qualification, can you believe it, we will be making products with Paul Smith fabric! We have had a presentation by the military, which talked about all the amazing opportunities available including apprenticeships. This also led to two activity days this term to Chilwell Barracks which the students really enjoyed.
We have an award-winning teacher at Stone Soup Academy. Matt Murphy who leads the Creative Media department and he is up for the gold award for Technical Innovation at the annual Pearson Teaching awards in London on the 20th October. The event will be televised and we all have our fingers crossed. To achieve the silver award is an achievement in itself given that we are competing against all schools both comprehensive and independent schools across the whole country, but it is a testament to the great work being done at Stone Soup Academy.
This term we have ended on mock exams in English and Maths for year 11 students and although they are never the favourite days, they are very good practice for our Year 11 students in preparation for the real thing in the summer.
Over at Richmond House our Year 9 students are settling in well. We have moved the accommodation around at Richmond House over the summer to make room for a practical room which is a welcome addition. We also have a change of lead Teacher with Steve McKinley leaving us at the end of this term to move down to the south coast. Kyle Saddington will move across to support our year 9 provision and we are really excited about all the possibilities that this will bring.
Reports regarding progress will be sent home next term so that you can have a good look at how your child is progressing but be assured if we have any concerns then we would of course contact you before then. Hopefully you are receiving well done cards when your child is doing well and you will continue to receive these as the term progresses.
This term and next term some of our students will be involved in the WE project, which is a project around helping the community. As we are involved in this project the students will be taken to an amazing concert to which you cannot buy tickets, you gain entry through the good work that you do in the community. This will take place on the 5th November at the Royal Theatre, watch this space for more exciting news about that event.
Finally we will break up at 12.45 p.m. on Friday 18th October and return to school on Monday 4th November at 9 a.m.
As always I appreciate your support in ensuring that your child attends each day and is on time at 9 a.m. We can achieve some wonderful things but only if your child is with us.
To support our push on attendance we are running a two week ‘100% Attendance and Punctuality Challenge’ from Monday 4th November to Friday 15th November. The prize will be a trip to Nando’s. What a positive way to start our next term.
I hope that you all have a safe and happy half term break