I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate your son or daughter on the achievements that they have made throughout the Academic Year 2016/17. It is with great pride that I write this Year 10 and Year 11 letter. Your child has been studying for their GCSE and BTEC qualifications throughout the year and, for our Year 11 students, the hard work is now over. We patiently await the results day on 24th August 2017. Every student in Year 10 or 11 recognises the importance of this time in their academic career and understands the opportunities that being successful at Key Stage 4 will bring.
It is for this reason that our aim is to provide guidance, support for every student so that they can truly ‘Shine’.
It has been a busy term. The first day back after Easter began with our ‘Welcome Back’ assembly to celebrate the success and ambition of our Key Stage 4 students. The theme was ‘demonstrating resilience’ and how this can support our own personal development.
Our Year 10 students have attended an Interview Skills Day at the Academy in association with the Careers Service. Students learnt vital application and interview skills and received personalised feedback on how they can continue to improve. Many of our students have since used these skills when applying for University courses. Six Year 10 students have successfully applied and been accepted on courses to Newcastle University and Cambridge University (Jesus College).
On 7th June all the Year 10 students and with all students in the Academy participated in our very own General Election organised by our EPRE department. Prior to the day students were given the opportunity to watch all the Party Political Broadcasts and to discuss these further with their Tutors. Using real polling booths, students voted for which Party they believed should win the election. Students took their vote incredibly seriously and the Academy released exit poll data and updates throughout the day. The winners of our Academy General Election was the Labour Party.
On the 19th June the Year 10 students began their Trial Examinations. The students have prepared themselves for these examinations and have behaved superbly. They will receive their results on 14th July as part of the Year 10 Academy Results Day. Students will also take part in activities that focus on our ‘You Can Do It’ ethos. This event will be followed by the Year 10 Progress Evening. We look forward to seeing you on this important evening where you can find out more about your son/daughter’s progress.
We still have lots of learning and many activities to do before the summer holiday. Our Reward Day for top point holders is on Saturday 8th July. This will be taking place in the Academy and replaces the visit to Lightwater Valley. This free event will have music and entertainment and be a real celebration of the Year successes. Our ‘All Together’ Games on Monday 17th – Tuesday 18th July will give our students the opportunity to show their athleticism and dedication to doing their absolute best.
Next year is a crucial year for the Class of 2018 and I am very excited and proud to say that I will be taking over Year 10 as their Year Leader and taking them into Year 11 with the support of Miss Rodaway.
For our Year 11 students, the countdown to their final examinations began with the first of the examinations on May 15th. Since this time over 160 exams have taken place and we are incredibly proud of how conscientious and dedicated the Year 11 students have been throughout the examination season.
Students have attended Booster Sessions and Top Tips regularly as well as continuing to attend Light Bulb Learning after school and holiday lessons.
The English and Maths departments delivered conferences to many of our students. These events, taking place at the Hilton Hotel and St James’ Park, were well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all students.
After the examinations were over the students attended their final Assembly. Students received awards and thanked their Tutors for their support and encouragement throughout the past 5 years. The students have also participated in the traditional Year Group photograph. An event that always fills us with pride when we see the entire Year Group together for one of the last times.
The Year 11 Prom deadline was on the horizon soon after returning from Easter and over 100 Year 11 students attended Beamish Hall hotel, a perfect location to celebrate the success of the Class of 2017.
We now look forward to the greatly anticipated results day on Thursday 24th August.
Many of our Year 11 students have chosen to continue to study at Joseph Swan Academy in the Sixth Form. All students who applied are attending a Taster Week from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th of July where they will experience life as a Sixth Form student and attended lessons in their chosen subjects. They will also join the current Sixth Form for their end of year celebration BBQ. We look forward to welcoming them back in September to study for their Post 16 qualifications.
Students in both Year 10 and 11 have worked hard this term. We currently have a large number of students who are learning to play a musical instrument and have their lessons at the Academy. Many of our Year 10 and Year 11 students have recently taken and passed music examinations. We would like to congratulate all students on their exceptional performance during these examinations.
Our Year 10 and Year 11 students have also been eagerly collecting reward points since the start of this Academic Year. The following students are the top 20 points earners. They have collected a commendable number of points this year, well done.
Finally, I hope that every student has had a successful, enjoyable and memorable year at Joseph Swan Academy. I look forward to welcoming the Year 10 students back to school on Tuesday 5th September 2017 as our new Year 11s and to the celebrations on the 24th August at the GCSE and BTEC results day.
Miss K Allan
Academy Leadership Team