Year 11 Revision & Planning Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

We would like to invite you to our Year 11 Progress and Revision Planning Evening which will take place on Monday 30th January 2017.

This has a slightly different format than usual Progress Evenings as we want to share detailed information about courses, revision techniques and Year 11 March trial examination details.  There will be a carousel of activities in the Main Hall focusing on English, Maths, Science and Revision Skills.  Parents/Carers and students are then invited to the ‘Street’ for Subject Revision Stalls.

Parents/Carers are invited to choose a carousel session for example 4pm – 5pm, 5pm – 6pm or 6pm – 7pm for the activities in the Main Hall.  The Revision Stalls on the ‘Street’ will run between 4pm – 7pm with subject teachers.  Please choose the session you would like to attend.

Carousel 1

4pm – 5pm Main Hall – Carousel Sessions
English (10 minutes)
Maths (10 minutes)
Science (10 minutes)
Revision Skills (20 minutes)
Questions (10 minutes)
5pm – 7pm The Street – Subject Revision Stalls
GCSE Mathematics
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE Additional Science
GCSE Core Science
GCSE Biology
GCSE Chemistry
GCSE Physics
GCSE Art
GCSE Business Studies
BTEC Business
BTEC Health & Social Care
BTEC Hospitality
BTEC Travel
GCSE RE
GCSE Geography
GCSE History
GCSE Computer Science
Cambridge Nationals ICT
ECDL
GCSE French
GCSE PE
BTEC Sport
GCSE Food
GCSE Product Design
GCSE Resistant Material
GCSE Music
More Able
SEN
Sixth Form Representatives

Carousel 2

5pm – 6pm Main Hall – Carousel Sessions
English (10 minutes)
Maths (10 minutes)
Science (10 minutes)
Revision Skills (20 minutes)
Questions (10 minutes)
6pm – 7pm The Street – Subject Revision Stalls
GCSE Mathematics
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE Additional Science
GCSE Core Science
GCSE Biology
GCSE Chemistry
GCSE Physics
GCSE Art
GCSE Business Studies
BTEC Business
BTEC Health & Social Care
BTEC Hospitality
BTEC Travel
GCSE RE
GCSE Geography
GCSE History
GCSE Computer Science
Cambridge Nationals ICT
ECDL
GCSE French
GCSE PE
BTEC Sport
GCSE Food
GCSE Product Design
GCSE Resistant Material
GCSE Music
More Able
SEN
Sixth Form Representatives

Carousel 3

6pm – 7pm Main Hall – Carousel Sessions
English (10 minutes)
Maths (10 minutes)
Science (10 minutes)
Revision Skills (20 minutes)
Questions (10 minutes)
4pm – 6pm The Street – Subject Revision Stalls
GCSE Mathematics
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE Additional Science
GCSE Core Science
GCSE Biology
GCSE Chemistry
GCSE Physics
GCSE Art
GCSE Business Studies
BTEC Business
BTEC Health & Social Care
BTEC Hospitality
BTEC Travel
GCSE RE
GCSE Geography
GCSE History
GCSE Computer Science
Cambridge Nationals ICT
ECDL
GCSE French
GCSE PE
BTEC Sport
GCSE Food
GCSE Product Design
GCSE Resistant Material
GCSE Music
More Able
SEN
Sixth Form Representatives

Each student who attends with their Parent/Carer will receive their ‘Emergency Revision Pack’ worth £25 at the end of the evening.

There will also be Sixth Form staff representatives to discuss progression into Sixth Form.

We hope you will support your child by attending this evening.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 30th January 2017.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Year 9 Assessment/Examinations

Dear Parent/Carer

In order to prepare our students for Key Stage 4 we have brought in an assessment week for all our Year 9 students. These assessments will be in the form of short examinations which will mostly take place in our Sports Hall which will be set up as an examination centre for the week beginning Monday 16th January to Friday 20th January. Class teachers will advise students what to revise and review for these assessments. Most of the assessments will last between 60 and 90 minutes.

The ‘next steps’ from the assessments will be shared with Parents/Carers and students at the Year 9 Progress Evening which is on Monday 6th February 2017. Further information about booking appointments for this Progress Evening will be forwarded on Monday 16th January.

It is hoped that these assessments will identify any particular area for development your child has and with additional regular assessment processes will prepare students for choosing KS4 subjects later in the Spring Term.

The assessment timetable is shown below.

Thank you for your continued support. Please contact Mrs Beeckmans via clairbeeckmans@josephswan.org.uk for further information or if you have any questions or queries.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Year 9 Assessment/Examination Timetable 2017

Date Start End Subject
Monday 16th January 9:00 10:30 Science
13:00 14:00 Maths Calculator Paper
Tuesday 17th 9:00 10:00 Geography
11:15 12:15 French Reading & Writing
13:00 14:15 History
Wednesday 18th January 9:00 10:30 English
12:45 13:45 ICT
Thursday 19th January 9:00 10:00 EPRE
11:15 12:15 Music
13:00 14:00 Technology
Friday 20th January 9:00 11:00 Art
13:00 14:00 PE

Christmas and New Year Letter

Dear Parent/Carer,

Can I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a very happy, healthy and safe 2017. Just a reminder that on Friday 16th December we hope the entire Academy will join us in our now traditional ‘Christmas Top (Jumper or T shirt) Day’. Students and staff are all encouraged to join in with this event. Students and staff will be able to wear ‘normal clothes’ for this day. A small donation will be made for our charitable collection for Save the Children and Joseph Swan Academy.

We will end our term this year on Friday 16th December at 12.30pm with scholars’ buses being available for our students to use at this time. If the finishing time is an issue regarding childcare arrangements please do contact the Academy’s Administration Manager via andreaatkinson@josephswan.org.uk or 0191 4422004 and we will arrange supervision for your child until 2.50pm.

As we come to the end of this the term can I, as always, thank you for all your support. We have had record breaking attendances from Parents/Carers at our Academy Progress evening, our Year 11 and Year 7 Parent/Carer evenings, our Shine Awards Evenings and our Remembrance Concert. I am very proud to say that our Academy raised £5,721.89 this year for the Royal British Legion. Our Remembrance Respect Day and Concert was something we hope students, staff and local community will remember forever. We have a busy term ahead with the following key dates for your diary:

Year 10 & Year 11 BTEC PE Examinations (selected students) Monday 9th January and Wednesday 11th January 2017 (see separate timetable)
Year 12 Mathematics Examination (selected students) Monday 16th January 2017 (see separate timetable)
Year 9 Assessments Monday 16th January to Friday 20th January 2017
Year 11 Progress Evening for Parents/Carers Monday 30th January 2017 from 4pm to 7pm
Year 9 Progress Evening for Parents/Carers Monday 6th February 2017 from 4pm to 7pm
Heart to Heart Respect Day
Supporting the work of British Heart Foundation and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)
Tuesday 14th February 2017
Heart to Heart Concert Wednesday 15th February 2017 at 6.30pm
Staff Training Day Friday 17th February 2017
Half Term Holiday Monday 20th February to Friday 24th February 2017
Year 11, 12, & 13 Trial Examinations Monday 6th March to Friday 10th March 2017
Options for Sixth Form Evening Monday 20th March 2017 from 6pm to 8pm
Year 12 & 13 Progress Evening Monday 27th March 2017 from 4pm to 7pm
KS4 Options Evening Monday 3rd April 2017 from 6pm to 8pm
Easter Holidays Monday 10th April to Friday 21st April 2017

During the Autumn Term we have continued to focus on improving still further the quality of teaching being delivered in the classroom and have further embedded our marking and feedback policy which is having a real impact. Our focus in the Spring Term will be on Student Outcomes. We will also continue to develop our students’ positive attitudes, resilience and developing a ‘can do’ attitude for all.

As you can see next term will be a busy time for all of us. Please do have a wonderful Christmas and we send very best wishes for 2017.

We would like our students, your children, fully rested and ready for ‘deep’ learning when they return. The Spring Term will begin at 8.30am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 when we look forward to welcoming our students back.

With very festive wishes

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Examination Certificate Collection

Dear Parent/Carer

I am very pleased to say the examination certificates for the 2016 Examination series are available for collection from the Academy.  These can be collected during the week commencing Monday 21st November from 10am to Friday 25th November 2016 at 12noon.  Former students can receive these from Mrs Price Academy Examination manager from 10am on this date.

Former students are reminded that they must bring in photographic identification to enable them to collect the certificates.

We wish everyone the best of luck for the future.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl 1What a fabulous day Roald Dahl Day was! Students of Years 7, 8 and 9 really revelled in reading in order to commemorate this very celebrated author. Students in Year 7 were treated to lessons that celebrated the life and work of Roald Dahl, which included: making fruit batteries in Science from giant peaches; looking at 17th century witches in History and how they compare with those in Roald Dahl’s book; looking at how to ‘throw like Trunchball’ in PE – amongst many other things.

All throughout the day, students were able to listen to Matilda being read aloud by Kate Winslet and were able to vote for Joseph Swan’s favourite Roald Dahl book – the winner being Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!

The main event was ‘Willy Wonka’s Fabulous Book Swap Shop’. Students brought in many of their old books that they had already read, Roald Dahl 2and were able to exchange them for a different book of their choice. Ms Gilhespy and Mr Lamb were simply stunned by the participation and the surge of students that came to use The Reading Room in order to exchange their books!

All in all, it was a great day that everyone thoroughly enjoyed!

Key Dates

Dear Parent/ Carer

We invite you to make a note of the following key dates for your diary for the forthcoming Academic Year:

Term Dates

Term Dates First day of term Last day of term
Autumn Term Tuesday 6th September 2016 Friday 21st October 2016
Autumn Term Monday 31st October 2016 Friday 16th December 2016
Spring Term Tuesday 3rd January 2017 Thursday 16th February 2017
Spring Term Monday 27th February 2017 Friday 7th April 2017
Summer Term Monday 24th April 2017 Friday 26th May 2017
Summer Term Monday 5th June 2017 Friday 21st July 2017
Academy Training Dates (Confirmed) Monday 5th September 2016
Friday 25th November 2016
Friday 17th February 2017

Progress Evenings

Date Event Times
Monday 3rd October 2016 Year 5 and 6 Open Evening 6pm – 8pm
Monday 10th October 2016 Year 7 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 19th June 2017 Year 7 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 12th June 2017 Year 8 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 6th February 2017 Year 9 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 10th July 2017 Year 10 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 17th October 2016 Year 11 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 30th January 2017 Year 11 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 3rd April 2017 KS4 Options Evening 6pm – 8pm
Monday 20th March 2017 KS5 Options Evening 6pm – 8pm
Monday 27th March 2017 Year 12/13 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 5th December 2016 All Year Group Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm

Yours faithfully
Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Year 11 Shine at Joseph Swan Academy in their GCSE and BTEC results

Many congratulations to all our Year 11 students who collected their results today. We are very proud of each of our students whose hard work really has paid off.

We are very proud to say that the top grades of A*/A were achieved in many subjects including: English Language and Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Science, Additional Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Art, Business, Computer Science, Food Technology, French, Geography, History, Resistant Materials, RE, Spanish, Italian, Business and in BTEC subjects including Business Studies, Health and Social Care and Travel.

A record number of students not only reached their target grades but exceeded them. Of this we are very proud. A number of Year 11 students achieved straight A*/A results including in AS examination subjects which are usually taken in Year 12. The AS subjects taken were in languages and Mathematics. A further cohort of students achieved excellent results with a combination of A*/A/B/C grades.

Students achieved high grades in a full breadth of subjects from English to Computer Science, French to Geography. This means that they are able to choose from many different subjects to study at A Level here at the Academy.

Some students choose a more vocational curriculum and achieved outstanding results in BTEC Business Studies, Health and Social Care and Travel with many Distinction and Distinction* grades being achieved.

We are very pleased with the record numbers of students signing up to our Sixth Form to study a wide variety of Sixth Form courses. These include A Levels in Sciences, Mathematics, Geography, History and Business.

This year we also include a partnership course with the NAC Group linked with Nissan for a course in Automotive Mechanics with an A Level curriculum. This is a very exciting development for our Academy and our students.

Some students have also been accepted on apprenticeship courses in construction and mechanics – we wish these students well as they start their careers.

Congratulations to all our students on their success and their hard work and thanks to all parents/carers for all your support over the last five years. This has really paid off.

For Sixth Form enquiries please contact laurahouston@josephswan.org.uk or via enquiries@josephswan.org.uk

Another very proud day for the Joseph Swan Academy community.

Miss H.E.Scott
Head Teacher

A Level (A2 and AS) Examination Success at Joseph Swan Academy

Congratulations to all our Year 13 and Year 12 students on their excellent examination results. We are very proud of every single student. Their hard work, diligence and commitment has certainly paid off.

Our Year 13 students achieved some exceptional results with students confirming places to many of the top universities around the UK including Loughborough, Leeds, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Bristol, Aberdeen, Manchester, Herriott Watt, Liverpool, Reading, Derby, Northumbria, Teeside and Newcastle.

The students will be studying a variety of courses including Law, English Literature, English Language, Archaeology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Primary Education, Interior Design, Economics, Maths, Business, Geography and History.

In additional a number of Year 13 students have been accepted on some very prestigious Apprenticeship programmes. Well done to these students also.

Our Year 12 students also achieved an excellent set of results in their AS levels. We look forward to these students returning to the Academy for their A2 courses in Year 13.

Very well done to all our students for their hard work and commitment throughout their studies and for the support given by parents /carers to the students and to the Academy. We wish all of our Year 13 students the very best for the future and look forward to hearing of their continued success.

Results can be collected today Thursday 18th August between 9am and 3pm and Friday 19th August between 9am and 3pm.

GCSE and BTEC results can be collected from 9am – 3pm on Thursday 25th August and between 9am – 3pm on Friday 26th August.

A great day for Joseph Swan Academy.

Miss H.E.Scott

Head Teacher