25th April 2017
Message from the Principal
Welcome back to the start of the Summer term. I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable holiday. I’d like to start by commending all of our students who attended revision sessions at the Academy over Easter, and thank staff for coming in to run sessions during their holidays. As we approach the start of the exam period the pressure our students are under, inevitably, starts to mount; please do ensure you ‘check in’ with your child regularly to see how they are.
I’m incredibly proud to announce that Chelsea Academy has received recognition for its work from two very prestigious sources.
Following an intense audit process, Chelsea Academy has been awarded the NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) Challenge Award. This award is held by less than 400 schools nationally, and acknowledges the quality of the provision for able learners at Chelsea Academy, as well as the opportunities that all learners have to flourish and achieve. Mr Cragg explains more about this later in the CA Update.
We are also proud to have won three national awards for our exceptional 2016 exam results from the Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that the Academy is in the top 20% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and for progress. We have also been recognised for our success in achieving high levels of performance for students eligible for the pupil premium (just under 45% of all students at the Academy). These awards are even more significant because they come after just our third set of exam results. Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to ensure our students leave us with the qualifications they deserve.
Learning Coach Consultation Day
Finally the next Learning Coach Consultation Day is taking place this week, with appointments available from Thursday after school to early afternoon on Friday. We have split the event across two days following feedback from the last Learning Coach Day, providing a wider range of times for appointments.
If we have an email address for you, you will have received an email before the Easter holidays. This email had an 8-digit code which you need to log in to book an appointment with your child’s learning coach. If we do not have an email address we have sent you a paper copy. If you have not received either the email or a paper copy, or you are having difficulties logging in, please contact our Reception team on 0207 376 3019 or email our Admin and Internal Communications Assistant Ms Allen on firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to see all parents, carers and students attend this event please.
Dear Parents and Carers,
The upcoming ethos themes for us all to reflect on and discuss are:
Matthew 6:14-15 (NIVUK)
‘For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.’
Key Questions: How forgiving am I to those who have offended me?
Should I be seeking forgiveness from anyone?
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIVUK)
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
Key Questions: What examples of inspirational generosity do you know of?
What does the future hold for us?
Please also feel free to contact me further on email@example.com
With every blessing,
On Friday 24th March 2017, Zios in Y10 received a Painter-Stainers award, which was presented to him by the Master Painter, James Lee at Painters’ Hall.
Zios received this award for his fantastic artwork, which is pictured above. Congratulations, Zios!
Review: “An Inspector Calls”
Following two years of studying Priestley’s ‘darkly sinister’ classic “An Inspector Calls”, some Year 11 English students finally had the opportunity to see his ideas captured on stage at The Playhouse Theatre.
Stephen Daldry’s multi-award winning adaptation certainly had some stark differences to the original script, with the lift of the curtain initiating young children to run through the audience and on to the stage, accompanied by dark music of which they eerily sing along to. Cue the thunder and rain to echo through the theatre, and the sombre and dramatic tone for the rest of the performance was set perfectly. On the upper left of the stage, we saw the Birlings as they discussed Sheila’s engagement, with Dauldry returning strictly to the script. This part of the play is set closed off in a stereotypical, almost nursery like home in a slightly disorganized state, not dissimilar to that in “There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe”. The pompous, irrelevant talk of Mr. Birling echoed through its tiny walls, being impeccably hard to hear. The Inspector quietly appeared on stage, but of course possessed a certain level of confidence that can’t quite be ignored. The play then kick started into action, with the fiery comments of the Inspector proving to be humorous but still impactful. The tactful use of theatrical devices throughout, such as the previously closed off house at the start of the play opening as the Inspector begins to open up the characters previously closed off views of morality proved to be incredibly interesting to watch, and added a certain level of excitement to the play that simply can’t be obtained by reading the script over and over again. Whilst the irrelevance of Edna proved to be humorous, her quiet presence slowly became sinister, particularly when the house suddenly set ablaze after the Inspector’s famous final speech, making us question how much she, and the lower class as a whole, really know. The melancholy yet thought provoking ending (of the working class singing a labor song) added a unique touch to the play and provided another layer to the thematic sandwich that is “An Inspector Calls”.
Although some may argue that Priestley’s version is perfect as it is, Stephen Dauldry truly wrung out the message to a modern audience, who perhaps are accustomed to the flashing lights and action that accompany current dramas today. The play was incredible, impactful and eye-opening, and I urge you to go and see it for yourself, regardless of whether you’re studying it for GCSE or not.
By Naomi P.
Newton House Charity Collection
1 in 5 of the UK population live below the poverty line and struggle to find enough food to eat each day. A fantastic group of Newton students wanted to make a difference.
Chelsea Academy received generous donations of food and toiletries from students, staff and parents from the local community. Students volunteered at the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank (Newton House Charity) where they worked tirelessly organising donations for the charity so that the food and toiletries can be redistributed to those in crisis.
If you are interested in helping out the Newton House Charity, we will be having other donation days in the future or you can find out how you can help directly by going onto their website: https://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk
Chelsea Academy achieves the prestigious ‘NACE Challenge Award’
Over the past year, Chelsea Academy has been working on a high profile assessment called the NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) Challenge Award. The assessment is used to:
- review the scope and quality of what we are doing for our most able students in a context of challenge and high standards for all
- plan for continuous improvements in this area of the Academy’s work
- work towards gaining a prestigious award for our work with the more able, only currently held by 391 primary and secondary schools across the UK.
Initially, we had to submit an audit across 8 areas of whole school leadership and a portfolio of evidence to back up what we had written. Once we had received approval for a full assessment based on this evidence, three assessors (all of whom were trained Ofsted inspectors) visited the Academy on Thursday 30th March. This visit included 27 lesson observations, interviews with a group of students, parents, staff and governors, as well as a scrutiny of all the interviewed students’ exercise books.
We are delighted to say that Chelsea Academy was successful in achieving the award, and the report highlighted some particular strengths, which we would like to share with you:
- The Academy demonstrates high ambition and aspiration for all students, including the more able and talented.
- The Principal, governors and the leadership team have created an environment in which staff and students can have high expectations of themselves and of one another.
- All staff are fully committed to raising achievement for more able and talented students, including those that may be disadvantaged.
- Students identified as having multi-exceptionality are very well supported.
- Over time students make excellent progress at the Academy. Standards are improving and are above the national average. The proportion of A and A* grades are increasing over time at the end of both Key Stages 4 and 5. Disadvantaged students do as well as others and their attainment is above that for similar students nationally.
- The progress of MAT students is meticulously tracked through regular assessments.
- Individual needs are responded to in a timely manner to ensure that any underachievement is addressed quickly and effectively.
- Teachers’ excellent subject knowledge and high expectations ensure that students are thoroughly engaged in their learning. There is an overt focus on enabling students to develop depth and understanding in all their subjects.
- All staff receive excellent professional development to provide for more able and talented students in the classroom, as demonstrated in the effective provision observed in lessons.
- The curriculum is carefully planned and enriched through an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities in which students develop their talents and skills to a high level.
- Links to higher education are very effective in raising aspirations and in 2016 97% of students went on to study in higher education establishments, including Russell Group universities.
- Students’ views and responses are listened to and valued, including their views on how they learn best. They spoke highly of the way they are supported and challenged in lessons and the high quality pastoral support they receive.
- Governors provide very good support and challenge. They set aspirational targets for attainment, including at the higher grades. They hold the Academy robustly to account.
- Parents feel that the school is welcoming and highly inclusive in meeting the needs of all students. They talked warmly of the support that their children receive and were appreciative of the numerous opportunities that students have across the age ranges to develop their leadership skills.*
*We are aware that only a very small number of parents were able to be involved in this assessment, so we are proposing to run a ‘more able and talented’ parent information evening in the very near future. We will contact parents individually about this event.
We would like to thank all of the students for their excellent conduct and engagement in lessons throughout the day, and all of the teachers for their commitment to plan and deliver the best possible lessons for students, even at such a late stage in the term. Particular thanks also go to Miss McLoughlin, our More Able and Talented Coordinator, who was responsible for running the process alongside the Leadership Team, as well as the parents and students who were involved in small group meetings.
If you have any specific queries about the Academy’s work in this area, please do not hesitate to contact Miss McLoughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
T A Cragg (Vice Principal, Curriculum)
‘There’s Lots on Lots Road’ Fundraising Auction 20th June 2017
The Chelsea Academy Foundation, in partnership with Lots Road Auctions, is organising a postcard art fundraising auction. Funds raised will be allocated to extended curriculum activities and supplies for the Academy’s arts department. The event will focus on celebrating the local community and area and a wide range of artists will be invited to take part. The submitted postcards will be shortlisted by a judging panel and curated for display in the store front of Lots Road Auctions. A live auction will take place on Tuesday 20th June 2017 with a drinks reception open to the local community outside the auction house. It is a really ambitious event within the timescale and we are looking for parents who would be willing to help with some of the organisation. Tasks will include:
- Speaking to local community groups to gauge interest in participating in the event
- Delivering postcards (in local area)
- Keeping a spreadsheet of contacts
- Setting up for the live auction on Tuesday 20th June at Lots Road Auction House
In addition to helpers, we would also like to secure match funding for the event. If you work for an organisation that has a match funding policy or you run your own company and would be interested in matching the money raised at the event then please contact us on the details below:
DL: 0207 376 6649