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19 December 2016

Message from the Principal

As we come the to the end of a busy and wonderful term at the Academy, I wanted to just remind you of a few important things and use this as an opportunity to say goodbye to some staff that are leaving us.

End of term arrangements

As you are aware, the last day of term for students is Wednesday 21st December. Students will take part in a carousel of activities in the morning including coaching time, a Christmas celebration and an assembly, before being dismissed at 12 pm. Members of staff will escort students off site and into the community to ensure that they disperse in an orderly and festive way. Please can you remind your son or daughter to head straight home once they are dismissed so that they do not gather on the streets surrounding the Academy. We return from the Christmas holiday on Wednesday 4th January 2017 and all students should arrive at the Academy at normal time (by 8.35 am). The Academy staff return the day before (Tuesday 3rd January) for an INSET day.

Sixth Form mock exams

Our year 12 and 13 students will be taking mock exams to prepare them for the Summer when we return in January. These will start on 9th January 2017. We expect our Sixth Form students to be using their time over the holiday to prepare for these exams and revision materials and examination advice will be shared on the morning of Wednesday 21st December to ensure that they use the Christmas holidays wisely.

Goodbye to staff

As it is the end of term we need to say thank you and goodbye to a number of members of staff, including two members of staff who have been part of the Academy community since the beginning. Mr Hill leaves us to take on a promoted role at another school, and Mrs Vellacott has decided not to return after maternity leave so she can spend more time with her daughter. They have been instrumental in shaping the Academy and we wish them the very best of luck for the future.

Christmas and New Year wishes

At the end of a long Autumn term, I hope our students and you, their families, have an opportunity to rest and relax over the holidays. Our year 11 students should take a well-deserved break following their mock exams; our Sixth formers should revise in preparation for theirs in January; year 7 students should congratulate themselves on completing their first term at Secondary school; all of our students and staff should switch off and enjoy spending time with their loved ones. I wish you all a peaceful Christmas, and look forward to the challenges and excitement of 2017.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas Reflection


Joseph accepts Jesus as his son
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: his mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet  did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.’

In our world where public shaming is frequent due to the press and social media, may we remember Joseph who did not publically disgrace Mary when he found out she was pregnant. May we be considered in our actions and slower to anger.
Key Question: How can I be more peaceful and slower to get angry?

Please feel free to contact me further on

May God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Tim Richards
Academy Chaplain

Imperial College Faculty of Natural Sciences Schools Science Competition


On Thursday 1st December, Mr Gilchrist and Mrs Holgate were wowed by the presenting skills of teams of Science Students from Yr 11 and Yr 12 vying for places in the Imperial College Schools Science competition. We enjoyed some interesting and thought-provoking presentations, and managed to agree on the two winning teams to present us in the competition next spring. Congratulations to Yr 11 Team Firebird, and Yr 12 Team Flare. We look forward to seeing your final video submissions in January, and have high hopes for reaching the finals again as we did in 2015. The judging panel at the final will include the first Briton in Space, Helen Sharman, and Professor of Public Engagement, Lord Robert Winston.

Imperial College Children’s Christmas Lecture – Flying Robots!


On Thursday 8th December, Mrs Holgate and Miss Michaelides took a group of students from Yr 7-10 to Imperial College for the annual Children’s Christmas Lecture. Students were invited by their Science teachers due to their hard work and effort in Science over the last term. The lecture was given by Dr Mirko Kovac and was titled ‘Bio-inspired flying robots for future cities’. Dr. Kovac took us on an exciting journey towards a future smart city – a complex ecosystem that could see swarms of friendly flying robots moving autonomously alongside their human neighbours. We saw the vision of these smart cities come to life as Dr Kovac demonstrated the latest bio-inspired flying robots in action. The rise of these bio-inspired robots offers a unique chance for us to re-imagine the design of our future cities, paving the way for dynamic metropolises where humans and robots can work alongside each other to keep our cities running smoothly. As well as the lecture, students were also able to check out the Imperial Fringe event “All Around the World” in the main entrance, and particularly liked the flurry of fake snow!

Christmas Concert


On Thursday 15th December students across the years performed amazing pieces in the Christmas Concert, from Year 7 up to Sixth Form.  The music was varied from Beethoven, to Silent Night performed by the Academy Vocal Ensemble, a medley of spirituals sung by the whole of Year 7 and the Staff and Community Choirs.  There were also fantastic dances from the Year 8 group and GCSE students, and a devised Drama piece by the Drama Club.  A packed out Theatre then all joined together for a final rendition of the Slade classic ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’.  It was a fabulous performance by everyone and huge thanks to the staff involved, including the instrumental and vocal staff.

MFL trips 2017


MFL staff are pleased to announce the Year 7 trip to Boulogne, Year 9 trip to Madrid and the Sixth Form trips to Rouen and Barcelona. Parent information evenings for these trips will be held closer to the departure dates. In previous years, these trips have proved invaluable for students’ learning and also lots of fun!

Tech Camp


Tech Camp will be holding four weeks of camps at Chelsea Academy during summer holidays 2017. They are pleased to offer a venue discount for summer courses at Chelsea Academy.  The code is CHELSEA17.  Parents should input the code when they register and book via to ensure they obtain this venue discount of 10%, which will be automatically applied.  Please find a leaflet here.

Reptile Events visit to Enrichment on 9th December


Luke and Emma from Reptile Events visited Dr Greene’s dissection enrichment class with a collection of snakes and lizards. Students learned about the physiological and behavioural adaptations of these organisms as well as about the day-to-day challenges of running a large reptile sanctuary. The highlight of the talk was when students had the opportunity to hold some of snakes and lizards including Citrine, a 13ft long albino Burmese Python.

Upcoming Events


Christmas Holidays
Dec 22 2016 – Jan 2 2017

INSET day – Academy closed to all students
Jan 3

SPRING TERM STARTS for all students
Jan 4

Years 12 and 13 Mock Exam Fortnight 
Jan 9

Year 11 Parents Consultation Evening
Jan 12 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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