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21 March 2017

Message from the Principal

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who made this year’s Academy production - Back to the 80s - such a roaring success. That includes the staff who worked so hard from the audition stages to the exhausting week of the show itself, and the student cast and stage management team who were phenomenal. It also includes you, the audience; your energy and support really gave an additional buzz to the performances. As always, it was a highlight of the Academy calendar.

Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening

I would like to remind you that this Thursday is Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening, starting from 4.15 pm. We look forward to meeting parents and carers of Year 10 students then. Once again we will be using the new booking system, which has been very successful so far this academic year. If you have any difficulties making your appointments, please contact either our Reception or your child’s learning coach, who should be able to help.

National Funding Formula changes - your chance to respond

You will see some information regarding changes to the National Funding Formula in this week’s CA Update. Please do read the letter that is linked to the information if you have not already done so; there are details of who to contact if you have concerns and would like to voice them.

End of term and Easter holiday arrangements

The Spring term ends for students at 12.00 pm on Friday 31st March 2017. All students are expected to attend until that time. Year 11, 12 and 13 in particular will be receiving important exam information on that day, so attendance is essential. Details of Easter holiday revision classes will be shared with students soon. There will be arranged sessions on most days which are always very useful for students, so please ensure your child takes advantage of them. We return for the Summer term on Tuesday 18th April 2017 at the usual time of 8.35 am.

Science Update


British Science Week @ Chelsea Academy – Mrs Holgate

This year we have been very excited to be running Science Week activities over two weeks from 6th March until 20th March. This included welcoming volunteers from Imperial College, STEM ambassadors from international engineering, finance and computing companies, and guest speakers from the Centre of the Cell. We have also held our own activities and assemblies led by members of the Chelsea Academy Science Team including practicals and demonstrations in Science lessons on 16th March for Demo Day 2017.

demo day

Imperial College Planetarium visit – Year 7 – Miss Andrews

Tuesday 7th March was an exciting day for Year 7 students at Chelsea Academy. They were lucky to have Imperial College experts in astronomy bring in their giant Planetarium to show us the stars, planets and rest of the universe in the middle of the day! The Planetarium is a large inflatable dome which is completely in the dark and has a digital screen on the inside. The scientists had a projector which could be controlled through an iPad to tell the story of the stars as it gets dark each day in London. However, being in London we do not see many stars due to light pollution but Imperial College showed us what is really in the night sky and even indicated the difference between planets and stars and how to identify Orion’s Belt!  There were many “oohhs” and “ahhhs” which showed Year 7s loved their experience.

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Centre of the Cell – Snot, Sick & Scabs show – Year 8 – Mrs Gill

As part of Science Week at Chelsea Academy, Year 8 students were invited to a fun interactive show run by the scientists from the Centre of the Cell. They delved into the microscopic world of bacteria, viruses and fungi living on our skin and inside our bodies. They learnt how the human body defends itself against these nasty bugs and got to make fake sticky snot, which actually has a useful purpose! They role-played how blood components get into action and help to form scabs to heal wounds and stop further infections. This topic brought to life the harmful microbes that Year 8 have just studied in their Science lessons.

snot sick scabs


Visit from Dr Rahman – Mr Rahman

Dr Rahman is a Research Fellow at Southampton University and completed his PhD at Imperial University. His area of research is in Solar Technology and his work includes building new solar cells that are more efficient than those currently available. His research has seen him work with leading scientists in Solar Energy from countries such as Spain, Singapore and Australia. He is currently working on a project in Bangladesh to promote the use of Solar Energy in developing countries. Dr Rahman came in to the Academy on the 9th of March to give Year 9s and 12s a lecture on the use of Solar Energy and presented his research findings.

STEM ambassadors – Science and Careers week – Mr Gilchrist

We were lucky to have some fantastic STEM Ambassadors from a variety of engineering backgrounds come in to provide an insight to Year 11-13 into their careers over lunch and then presenting to our Year 12 Physicists. We had a lecture on the physics of virtual reality from a software engineer who demonstrated how the waves which we are currently studying could be used to animate a pirate ship! This was followed by a presentation on the science behind making photoelectric cells more efficient from Dr Rahman (our own Mr Rahman’s brother!). The other areas covered were providing the infrastructure that runs the internet and the work of structural engineers, all fields that directly use what students learn at A level in Physics.

Imperial INSPIRE Activities – Mrs Holgate

Students in Year 9 and 12 Physics lessons were lucky to have Gamal Abbas visiting from Imperial College. Mr Abbas ran a lesson to show students how a trick of light (light refraction and total internal reflection) can make a series of beakers and coins disappear in glycerol, water and vegetable oil, modelling how invisibility cloaks are not just a thing of Science Fiction.

inspire light

Sheep head dissection – Dr Greene

Students from Year 7 – 11 attended an after school dissection club run by Dr Greene. On this occasion, a hacksaw, hammer and chisel were used to open up the skull of a sheep. Students enjoyed examining the brain, sinuses, eyes and mouth although it wasn’t an activity for the squeamish.

sheep head                                      sheep heads

Cambridge University Visit – Ms Beadles

On Wednesday 15th of March, six Year 11 students from Chelsea Academy attended a day trip to Cambridge University. The students visited two Cambridge colleges, Fitzwilliam and Sidney Sussex, and learnt about the application process, why they should apply and what life at Cambridge University is really like. Students were able to ask questions about what kind of people apply to Cambridge and many misconceptions about the ‘correct’ type of Cambridge student were addressed, encouraging our students to apply if they have a passion for their subjects. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day, particularly the delicious lunch provided by Fitzwilliam College and the guided tours given by current Cambridge students around both colleges and the city centre.

Cambridge tour                                     cambridge tour 2

Chemistry Lecture at Westminster School  – Dr Peter Wothers – Mrs Holgate

On 15th March, 2 of our Year 12 Chemistry students attended a Chemistry lecture at Westminster School. The lecture was given by Dr Peter Wothers from Cambridge University on “Modern Alchemy”. When medieval alchemists staged spectacular stunts in front of royalty they never revealed the secrets of their mystical potions and fire-breathing creations. Today’s chemists can perform equally impressive feats, but they do so to explain and explore the extreme frontiers of our material world. In 2012, Dr Wothers presented a series of lectures about Modern Alchemy for the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, where he unpicked the chemistry of the world around us – looking at Air, Water and Earth – three of the original ancient Greek ‘elements’ that tantalised alchemists for centuries.

peter wothers

Understanding Animal Research – Year 10 – Mrs Holgate

As our final event of Science Week, we welcomed Head of Education and Outreach, John Meredith, from the organisation ‘Understanding Animal Research’ to run a series of talks for Year 10 Science students and Year 12 RE students. This organisation aims to explain why animals are used in medical and scientific research. They aim to achieve a broad understanding of the humane use of animals in medical, veterinary, scientific and environmental research in the UK. Students were very engaged and asked some thought-provoking questions.

john meredith



Dear Parent (s) and Carer (s),

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

Our Faith
w/b 20/3/17

Hebrews 11:1
‘Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’

Key Question: How can faith be strengthened or challenged?

Easter Achievement Week
w/b 27/3/17

Phillipians 4:13
‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’

Key Question: How did Jesus’ death and resurrection change the world?

Parents’ Prayer- this Thursday (23 rd ) 6-7pm

Please also feel free to contact me further on

With every blessing,

Tim Richards,
Academy Chaplain

Academic Update


Dear Parent (s) / Carer (s),

As we approach exams week for Years 7-10 and a period of intensive revision for Years 11-13, I thought it would be helpful to share a useful article on revision and study skills.

Please do read through this information and get in touch with us if you require further advice or guidance. Remember, there are also openly available resources on the Academy website in the following location (see ‘study skills / support for parents’):

Academic update snippet

Best of luck to all students in their upcoming assessments.

National Funding Formula – Stage 2 Consultation


Many of you will be aware of the increased pressures on school budgets as a result of changes to the ways in which schools are funded in England. There are plans to introduce a new National Funding Formula to determine how schools will be funded, resulting in some serious concerns from schools across London that this new formula would have a significant impact on our funding.

Please follow this link to view the full letter from Mr Williams regarding this matter.

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