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10th February 2017

Message from the Principal

Trips and Visits

Last week saw a large number of our sixth form students head off to Juniper Hall for a Biology Trip. You can read more about this later in the CA Update. This week Mrs Tomlinson and Mr Redfearn take a group of students on a cultural trip to Greece to tie in with their GCSE Drama studies. Thank you to those staff involved on both trips, and we look forward to sharing some of the Greece trip photos with you next time. As always, we will be updating Twitter with pictures.

Supporting our exam classes

If your child is in year 11, 12 or 13 and taking their exams this Summer (or in year 10 and taking their RE exam) please encourage them to use this half term to continue to consolidate the content they have already learnt - a little and often approach to revision will help make the coming months far less stressful. A good place to start for revision is by finding the exam board’s specification for each subject and making sure that students are working their way through all the areas which may be covered in the exams. Please see Mr Cragg’s notes for each year group further down this update.

Parents’ Consultation Evenings

If you have a child in Year 7 or sixth form you’ll know that we have recently moved over to an online booking system for Parents’ Consultation Evening appointments. So far the feedback from parents has been positive and we intend to use this system for the rest of the Consultation evenings coming up this year. Please look out for more information nearer to your child’s event. If you have any trouble booking, please pop into reception where someone will be happy to help you.

Date for your diaries - Academy Production

We're excited to announce that this year’s Academy production is ‘Back to the 80s’, featuring some of the most popular tunes from the 1980s (so popular that even our students know them!). The production runs from Wednesday 15th March to Friday 17th March. Students and staff are working hard to put on an outstanding show, so please come and support them.

Reminder - INSET day on Monday 20th February
Please remember that Monday 20th February is an INSET day. Students return to the Academy on Tuesday 21st February 2017 at normal time (by 8.35 am). Please subscribe to our Academy calendar through our website to keep up to date with Academy events. Term dates for 2017-18 will be shared soon.

I hope you have a wonderful half term.

Upcoming Events

Our building
  • Half Term: 13th-17th February
  • Inset Day: 20th February
  • Year 10 Boys Teenage Booster Jabs: 27th February
  • Year 8 Parents’ Consultation Evening:  9th March



Dear Parents and Carers,

The upcoming ethos themes for us all to reflect on and discuss are:

w/b 20/2/17

Matthew 4:1-3

‘Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’

Key Question: What are the advantages of being self-disciplined?

World Book Day
w/b 27/2/17

Proverbs 4:5

‘Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.’

Key Question: How wise am I as a person?

Please also feel free to contact me further on

With every blessing,

Tim Richards
Academy Chaplain

Harry Potter Book Night

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30 of our students attended our Harry Potter Book Night last Thursday, which was a huge success. With the help of Ms MacMillan, the LRC was transformed into our very own Hogwarts, with floating letters suspended from the ceiling and Wanted posters for the most dangerous criminals on the run from the Ministry of Magic.

The student librarians thoughtfully made delicious wizarding treats, such as owl cupcakes and butterbeer, along with wand making and photobooth fun. Magical science experiments were also conducted, with the help of Ms Holgate, Ms Beadles, Ms Edge and Mr Gilchrist, in the form of colour-changing potions!

The fun didn’t end there, though, as the evening continued with a ‘Sorting Quiz’ to determine whether they belonged to Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. Jahzel A in Year 9 won The Hogwarts Quiz with flying colours, which tested students’ knowledge of the Harry Potter books, and Eliano T in Year 8 stole the spotlight with his amazing Bellatrix Lastrange outfit for the costume competition.

The students also raised money for Lumos during their evening of festivities, which is the charity run by J. K. Rowling that helps underprivileged children.

Jack Petchey Awards

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Chelsea Academy are extremely proud of our Jack Petchey Award winners, who received their prizes on January 31st. The students who received this prestigious award were: Nadia L; Tabia S; James C; Tommy W; Haytham H; Sooriya K and Sarah H. Mr Rahman, teacher of Science and Deputy Head of Year 10, also received recognition, obtaining the Leader Award.
The Jack Petchey Award is given to those who go above and beyond expectations, whether by showing bravery, volunteering or breaking through a personal barrier, in addition to being an excellent role model for others.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Science Update


Juniper Hall Yr 12 Biology residential
The year 12s had a great opportunity to complete part of their practical assessments in a field trip to Juniper Hall. They set out small mammal traps and investigated populations of plants and invertebrates. The students worked incredibly hard both outdoor in the forest and by the river as well as in the classroom. They gained practical skills and successfully collected data. Their efforts and behaviour was praised by teachers and organisers at Juniper Hall.

Science Museum Building Bridges project – Year 7
The Academy is proud to be in partnership with the Science Museum as participants in the their Building Bridges project, which aims to inspire young people to explore the science that shapes everyday life.
An outreach team paid a visit to the Academy and performed an exciting show for the whole of Year 7. Students were wowed by the live demonstrations which involved flying aluminium plates, making lightning with a tesla coil as well as some brilliant acting from our student volunteers.
One Science class was also selected to take part in a workshop where they created pieces of scientific art made from disassembled clocks and practised their presentation skills.
We are now looking forward to a follow-up visit to the Science Museum later on in the year for a day of exclusive activities including working with scientists and searching the Museum collection.

Imperial College tutoring
In October we were very lucky to have Dr Mark Richards from the Physics Department at Imperial College as our guest speaker at Awards Evening. Following his visit, he invited us to nominate some Yr 12 students for a pilot after school tuition programme which started this term. The scheme aims to support students who study Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A  level, and we are currently one of only 3 Science departments across London taking part. If this pilot is successful the aim will be to roll this out as an opportunity for further Yr 12 students next academic year.

Imperial College Pathways to Medicine programme
Congratulations to Blerim G in Yr 11 for being awarded a place on the prestigious Pathways to Medicine Programme at Imperial College. This innovative three-year programme aims to support aspiring doctors and surgeons on their journey to medical school, providing many opportunities such as e-mentoring, a summer school, taster events and a medical work placement. We wish him all the best and look forward to hearing more about it after the launch event next month.

Imperial College Schools Science Competition
Earlier this term, two teams of Chelsea Academy students entered the Imperial College Schools Science Competition. Whilst Team Firebird (Yr 11) did not make it through to the final, Team Flare (Yr 12) were successful!  The final will take place on 22nd March at Imperial College, with some very VIP judges.
To find out more about the judges have a read here:

Year 9 Boys Football

Semi Final vs Bow School – 7th Feb 2017 
Score: Chelsea 5  v Bow School 1

The game started well for Chelsea with Andi J scoring within the first 5 minutes to settle the nerves. Bow School was knocked back from the quick start from Chelsea and tried to play football but then Caleb H scored a very good goal angling his shot into the corner against the run of play. Chelsea began to then dominate and the game became a bit scrappy.  After a good piece of play down the right from Alfie S who crossed the ball, Angel O was able to make it 3 nil. You would expect the opposition to crumble but instead they made us work for the game and they got a deserved goal towards the end of the first half.

After a talking to at half time, Miss Shakes emphasised that the next goal was crucial as Bow was in the ascendancy and that it could take the match in either favour if we let them continue to get back in the game.

The boys responded well to the team talk and again with some good play between Josiah V and Michael I in the middle. They released Caleb H to slot home for 4-1. This settled the game and Chelsea started to play better football. With the introduction of Mark S and Adriel B just after the half, Chelsea began to look more direct and Michael S was rewarded with a goal through a great 1-2 with Mark and he dunked the ball over the keeper for 5-1.

After the 5th goal, it made it very difficult for the opponents to come back who tried but the team was still presented with plenty of scoring opportunities that if it was not for the goal keeper the score line could have been more.

Not the best overall performance by the team, but it was a solid performance that has put us in the semi-finals against either Globe Academy or City of London Boys School.

Sport and Well-being Update

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Chelsea Academy have had a very exciting half-term in terms of sporting successes:

  • The Girls’ Athletics team competed in the borough wide Athletics competition, with the Year 7 Girls coming 1st, and the Year 8 Girls in 2nd place.
  • We also had the Year 9 and 11 Boys representing the borough in the National Schools Badminton Competition held at Harrow Leisure Centre.
  • Chelsea Academy’s Under 13 Girls and Under 15 Boys handball teams are both through to the finals of the London Youth Games, which will be held at the Copperbox Arena this coming March.
  • The Under 13 Boys and the Under 15 Girls narrowly missed out on the handball finals, with both losing in the 2nd round, but their efforts have not gone unrecognised.

Well done to all Sports teams!

Academic Update


Dear Parent (s) / Carer (s),

As this is one of the busiest times of the year, I thought I would give you some year group-specific advice and updates regarding your son / daughter’s academic progress, and how you can best support them at this time.

Year 7

  • Have another read through the ‘I can’ booklet given out at parents’ consultation evening, then go back over the specific targets that teachers set, and the resources they mentioned that will help the students to progress. If you are uncertain about where to find materials, email the teachers directly – it is easy to find their email addresses if you ask your son / daughter to log onto their email account, then simply enter the surname of the teacher in the ‘to’ box.
  • The more progress your son / daughter makes, the more likely they are to achieve their Bronze 3 Cert certificate in every subject, so they should be trying their hardest.

Year 8

  • Please make sure you have read the options letter and booked the date in your diary for the parents / options evening. The best piece of advice we can give for Year 8s at present is to work their hardest in every subject, building knowledge about themselves, i.e. where their strengths and weaknesses really lie in each subject. If they know themselves and their abilities inside out, they will be best placed to make good option choices.   
  • Your son / daughter will be experiencing taster lessons in a range of subjects between now and March 9th, including Citizenship, Creative iMedia, Computer Science, Media Studies and Business Studies, so please do ask them about these sessions. All other option subjects will be talking your son or daughter through the GCSE spec during lessons as well.

Year 9

  • Now that we are six months into GCSE courses, it would be helpful to have a specific focus with your son / daughter on writing answers to extended exam questions, as this is a key feature of the reformed GCSE 9-1 specifications. Students need to write more, and there are more marks for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Look at exam questions together from the exam boards’ websites so that your son / daughter can familiarise themselves with the challenges that lie ahead.
  • The Year 9 option booklet is openly available on the website if you want to know which exam board individual subjects are following.

Year 10

The key focus for Year 10 students at present is RE, as they now have about 3 months left before their full GCSE exams. Here is a list of the intervention available to them:

  • 42 students are currently involved in additional lessons during enrichment on Friday afternoons with Ms Malik.
  • From the week following February half-term up to the exams in May, there will be weekly revision classes after school. Please contact your son / daughter’s RE teacher for full details.
  • Some of the Sixth Form RE students will be available to provide tuition for a small number of motivated students every Tuesday after school from half-term 4 onwards. Please register your interest with Mr.Cragg.
  • All of the students have received free revision guides for the Edexcel RE full course exam, so you should see your son / daughter working from these. If you are looking out for them they should have a lilac coloured front cover!
  • Ms Malik is sending weekly emails to all Year 10 students with exam tips and advice about specific topics.
  • Finally, a question – Do you know your son / daughter’s mock exam grade from December? Ask them what they need to do to improve, and ask them to be specific about the subject content and skills involved.

Year 11

In the all-important run up to the final GCSE exams, it is vital that students have a positive mindset, so nobody should be thinking ‘It’s too late. I may as well give up.’ Students should believe that in the next 3-4 months, a lot of progress can be made, and they can achieve the grades of which they are capable.

  • Firstly, a question – Do you know your son / daughter’s mock exam grades? What are the key things they need to focus on to improve?
  • To help answer the questions above, students have received ‘PLCs’ (personalised learning checklists) from many of their subject areas, to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses in each course. These are very helpful in identifying where the focus of the students’ revision needs to lie over the final few months.
  • Ensure that your son / daughter has a clear and realistic revision timetable in place from Easter to June. Here is a simple revision timetable that you can print off if you wish:

  • From half-term 4 onwards, there will be a formal after-school revision class timetable, including all subject areas. Details of this will be shared with the students on their return after the holidays.
  • Remember, for the current Year 11 cohort, unlike Years 9 and 10, controlled assessment still contributes a significant percentage towards many of the courses’ final grades, so it is essential that students have maximised their performance in these units of work. Here is a list of the subjects for which controlled assessment is still relevant:
    • Science, 25%
    • Art 60%
    • Business Studies / Business and Economics 25%
    • Food Technology 60%
    • Geography 25%
    • History 25%
    • Media Studies 60%
    • MFL 60%
    • Music 60%
    • Product Design 60%

Sixth Form

In the all-important run up to the final GCSE exams, it is vital that students have a positive mindset, so nobody should be thinking ‘It’s too late. I may as well give up.’ Students should believe that in the next 3-4 months, a lot of progress can be made, and they can achieve the grades of which they are capable.

  • Firstly, a question – Do you know your son / daughter’s mock exam grades? What are the key things they need to focus on to improve?
  • To help answer the questions above, students have received ‘PLCs’ (personalised learning checklists) from many of their subject areas, to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses in each course. These are very helpful in identifying where the focus of the students’ revision needs to lie over the final few months.
  • Ensure that your son / daughter has a clear and realistic revision timetable in place from Easter to June. Here is a simple revision timetable that you can print off if you wish:

  • As a general rule, Sixth Form students should be completing a minimum of five hours per week per subject of IL, so please do try to ensure that this volume of work is actually taking place. It really is necessary to maximise achievement.


Drama Update


Four Year 11 students took the illustrious LAMDA examination in Solo Acting this term. They all passed with flying colours and have gained UCAS points already. The Drama department is very proud of them so massive congratulations to the following:
Irfan R – Bronze (Level 6) Medal – with merit.
Reem A – Bronze (Level 6) Medal – with distinction.
Lydia S – Bronze (Level 6) Medal – with distinction.
Tiarnan M – Silver (Level 7) Medal – with distinction.

Also this term, the Year 10 drama group cowered and screamed their way through a particularly terrifying theatre trip to see ‘Woman in Black’ . They were all a credit to the Academy and are, at present, writing excellent practice exam essays about the show.

Don’t forget to put this year’s Academy musical, ‘Back to the 80s’ in your diary. The show will be at 7pm on 15th , 16th and 17th March and should be phenomenal. Tickets on sale soon – watch this space.

Sixth Form Update

Sixth Form students at Chelsea Academy have benefited from both 1-2-1 and whole class interventions from our esteemed Alumni this week.
Tabia put some students through their mathematical paces and told us about her experiences studying Computer Science at Kings College. Miebi taught Psychology classes, inspiring students to exceed their predicted grades in the way that she did and aim for A*s! Koroush has had a real impact on both individuals and lessons; making Maths seem ‘easy’ and also sharing his extensive knowledge of Economics and Physics. He inspired us with tales about his Degree in Economics at Surrey university where he spent part of his first year on an exchange programme in Australia!
Along with tutoring from students at City University on ‘getting into Uni’, and targeted support from Imperial students for our Scientists within Chelsea Academy, our 20 Access Project members have been visiting their tutors at their places of work. These have included: Channel 4, The Economist, Rothschild, Deloitte, The Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Aimia, Imperial College London and British Airways.
With the theme of the week being Leadership, we are very proud of our sixth form students who take every opportunity to excel, often giving their free time; and of our Alumni who return to Chelsea Academy time and again to continue contributing to our community.

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