An Outstanding Learning Experience

A must watch film capturing the brilliant student outcomes from our World War 1 cross-curricular project, 15th-18th July 2014.

Congratulations Britten House whose domination extends to a fourth year

For a fourth consecutive year, Britten House swept the board the annual End of Year Celebration Assembly, holding on to trophies for House with the  ‘Best Attendance’, the ‘Highest Number of Vivos’, the ‘House Competition Winner’; and the overall ‘House of the Year’.

Congratulations to Britten students and Mrs Graf, Head of House, who has carried on where Mr Clarke left off. Mrs Graf handled the pressure brilliantly and, like Sir Alex Ferguson before her, motivated her team to demoralise the opponents. All that was left for Mr Hicks to ask of all Elgarians, Purcellians and Sullivanites to “feel the pain” in order to motivate to go again with resilience in September.

A special mention must, however, go to Mr Freeman’s Elgar who pushed Britten as hard as they had ever been pushed before and to Purcell who retained the honour of winning Sports Day.

In other prizes…

Ellie Woodward and Ellis Rowland were presented as Sports Captains, with their deputies, Joel Vernon and Olivia Munro beside them;

Jenson Whalley was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Premier League Reading Stars project;

Hannah Words received a £25 ASDA gift voucher and won the competition for her logo design that will front the academy’s bid to become an EcoSchool;

KS3 Gardeners were rewarded for their excellent contribution to this year’s Royal Horticultural Show;

James Twelvetrees of Sullivan House was awarded a special prize for making outstanding academic progress.

Chloe Corcoran of Elgar House was recognised for her outstanding contribution to academy life.

Warm congratulations to all these students.





Representing the voice of young people in Winsford

20140715_100227A number of our students have been invited, by partner agencies, to represent the voice of youth in Winsford. They have been chosen for their willingness to engage in other projects over the last few years within Cheshire such as the Young People’s Senate, Lifestyle Centre Healthy Eating Project and the Custody Suite Review.

They will be asked questions about young people’s perspective by the Winsford Town Council, Cheshire West and Chester Locality Team, Youth Service, the Police, the Children’s Society and Youth Participation Team. It will involve some training as they have to look at value for money, the impact a project might have for the area and the expected outcomes. They will be expected to garner views and opinions of lots of young people in order to help make their decisions and shape their views.

This week they had their first training session with some of the agencies in school and were discussing if there was a pot of money available what would they choose to send it on to benefit the young people of Winsford and why.

The pupils representing Winsford are:-

Jamie Hurst
Bradley Rowbotham
Chloe Donnelley
Ella O’Hare
Charlie West
Rhys Harrison
Samantha Tidd
Georgia Plumb

Report by Mrs J Tringham (Associate Assistant Principal for RESPECT)



Massive Academy Success at E-ACT Games, Alexander Stadium, Birmingham

On Tuesday 15th July, Mr Pendlebury, Miss Hobson and I took 45 students from the Academy to our final E-ACT Games at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. We all knew it would be a good day.

The day started well with our first gold medal coming in race three when Emily Oakes won the year 9 girls 800m race by a margin of 20m. The medals continued throughout the day with several students achieving podium finishes:

  • Emily Oakes – Gold, year 9 girls 800m
  • Rebecca Ward – Gold, year 10 girls shot
  • Charlotte Wynne – Gold, year 7 girls 200m
  • Amy Brough – Silver, year 7 girls shot
  • Gabi Hill – Bronze, year 8 girls discus
  • Owen Cookson – Silver, year 7 boys discus
  • Jodi Cocker – Bronze, year 7 girls 100m
  • Lily McKenna – Bronze, year 7 girls high jump

The most outstanding performance of the day came from Charlotte Wynne, who ran her 200m heat, winning by a margin of approximately 40m to reach the final. During the 200m final, later on in the day, Charlotte was cool, calm and collected and performed to a standard beyond that often seen in her age group. She beat the entire field by a margin of at least 20m stunning the field and the crowd. Charlotte could well be a name to look out for in the future athletics world.

Every student who attended the event should be proud of their achievements. Those who didn’t finish in the top three, with many finishing 4th out of 10 academies, showed fantastic support for their friends with a huge roar being heard every time a medal was awarded and during every race where we had a competitor.

A huge thank you and well done also needs to go to our Trailblazers who helped to run the event. These students were outstanding and led whatever events they were asked to lead. They are true leaders who will go on to lead other events throughout the rest of their time at the Academy.

Once again, the 45 students made myself, Mr Pendlebury and Miss Hobson very proud and these are students who everyone at the Academy should also be proud of.

Report by Miss S O’Donnell (Head of Girls’ PE)