As part of our drive to raise the aspirations of our students, on Friday 21 April a group of year 7 students took part in a workshop with staff from the University of Nottingham. The purpose of the session was for these students to focus on their ambitions for the future, together with giving them a glimpse at what university life is all about.
As part of the workshop, students completed an activity that focused on their hopes for the next 2 years, 10 years and 20 years’ time. They also took part in a drama
As we approach the end of term, I wanted to provide you with my reflections for the first few months of 2017.
Firstly, it was great to read the comments from Ofsted which show the progress we are making as an academy. I know I speak on behalf of the Local Academy Board in praising the efforts of both students and staff in the progress you have made. I am confident that by working together becoming an outstanding school will be part of our future. To achieve this we will need to maintain this level of focus a
Welcome to my latest blog, a chance for me to update you on what has been happening in a very busy few weeks here at Queen Elizabeth's.
We have had confirmation that now the academy has been rebrokered to DALP, Ofsted and the government recognise that we need time to embed the changes that we are putting in place. Therefore, they have nominated us as a 'fresh start school', meaning that our Ofsted rating is wiped clean and we have two years before they will return, (rather than the termly monitoring that we
This week food technology students from key stages 4 and 5 found out more about the traditions and history of Shrove Tuesday, together with enjoying a tasty practical session!
Did you know that ‘Shrove’ stems from the old English word ‘shrive’, meaning ‘confess all sins’? It is also called Pancake Day as it was traditionally the time to eat up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs as Lent starts.
Some of our students had never made pancakes before, so the practical aspect of the lessons was not only great fun b
The week we invited parents of our year 11 students to the academy, to help them support their child with revision in the lead up to exams this summer. Our experience is that when parents can understand and support their son/daughter with revision, the student performs better and is more engaged with their learning.
We will be holding a further revision support session on Tuesday 28th February at 4pm should any other parents or carers wish to attend. A free goodie bag with revision resources and a booklet
Welcome back to Queen Elizabeth’s. I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on a very busy and productive half term.
I hope that you have been able to make the most of our new mobile phone app called ‘My Ed’ which is giving parents vital, live information about their child’s attendance, reward and behaviour points and is an easy way that we can communicate with parents. It translates information for our parents who have English as an additional language and is a free way for you to communicate back a
Both Wainwright Primary Academy and Queen Elizabeth’s Academy have both recently been subject to monitoring visits from Ofsted and have demonstrated positive improvements after just one term under the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership.
The inspections took place at Queen Elizabeth’s and Wainwright on 30 November 2016 and 18 November 2016 respectively and highlighted the great improvements made, specifically in the areas of leadership, teaching and behaviour.
Findings at Wainwright concluded that work to
Students at the academy have recently received some expert football coaching and have been supporting the ambitions of Syrian ex-professional footballer and refugee Fayd Saleh, as he has been training some of our aspiring young goalkeepers in their PE sessions.
Mr Saleh, 31, who resettled in Mansfield in late 2015 with his young family, is currently extending his learning in sports development at Vision West Nottinghamshire College to support his coaching qualifications. As part of his course, Fayd has linke
One of the key functions of secondary education is to prepare students for contributing to society as they grow into adulthood. Offering opportunities for personal development is at the core of what we do at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, and this week a group of students received their reward for showing initiative and the desire to push themselves further.
Pictured are the students who last term applied to be prefects for the academy and within their own house groups being presented with their new badges.
Hello and welcome back to Queen Elizabeth’s Academy in what is going to be a very exciting new year for us. It has started extremely well with our December Ofsted letter being published (click here to read in full) that emphasised a clear message that we are doing the right things to put the academy back on track towards ‘outstanding’. Some of the key messages from the letter are:
‘The principal and the executive principal have worked very well together to deliver clear and unequivocal messages about the sc
Keeping children safe online is a major concern for our society, and students at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy this week received a timely reminder about how to protect themselves as the Pintsize Theatre Company visited to deliver a strong message about this subject.
Pintsize are currently touring academies and schools in Nottinghamshire to deliver plays and workshops that help support students’ understanding of a variety of subjects relating to personal development and welfare. The play was performed to our yea
Are you considering a career in teaching? As a member of the Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance (TVTSA), Queen Elizabeth's Academy and schools across the region are offering the opportunity to gain experience in the classroom and apply for one of 50 School Direct trainee places for 2017 entry.
What is School Direct?
School Direct allows you to train to teach in a school of your choosing – with the expectation that you’ll then go on to work there on completion of the programme.
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On Wednesday 7th December 2016 we held the inaugural meeting of our new Parent Forum. The event provoked successful discussions focused on parent survey responses, attendance, behaviour and uniform.
The feedback from the meeting was very positive. A selection of the comments from parents include:
- "Absolutely brilliant meeting. I feel that the academy will be taken to a new level of excellence and that to me is very important. I am very impressed."
- "Improvements are happening which is great!"
- "This meeting was v
Last week we were delighted to welcome Ofsted who came in to assess our progress. We had two inspectors in for two days and they gave us extremely useful feedback about the progress they saw, and the areas they would like us to develop further. The inspector commented that she couldn’t think of anything more that could have been done in the time we’ve had. I am very reassured that she felt that we were focussing on the right areas and could demonstrate impact in even such a short time.
It is clear that we ne
Following the success of our Mannequin Challenge last week, we want to link this in with a Creative Writing competition. This will be the first of these competitions, and we are opening this to the whole academy community including students, staff, parents, families and friends. There are four age categories to enable all to get involved.
The theme for your creative writing is ‘I am a Mannequin’. Within a maximum of 500 words, provide us with a creative piece that summarises the theme – it could be a poem, s
This week I’d like to lay out some of the plans we have for the end of term.
First of all, I’d like to reassure parents that students will be engaged in valuable learning time right up until the last day of term. There will be no DVDs or games played during learning time – every day counts.
We, like other schools in the area, are planning to close early on the last day of term. We will break up at 12.30pm and there will be a tutor group party from 11.30am – 12.30pm. Friday 16th Dec will also be a Christmas th
Last week our talented year 10 boys Futsal team took part in the Mansfield Schools Futsal competition. The team, managed by Mr Paling and Mr Sisson, were competing in a combined year 10 and 11 tournament and worked very hard throughout the competition and did very well.
Playing 6 games in total, they produced an amazing performance and managed to win 4 of their games, drawing the other two. The tournament was decided in the very last game where the Queen Elizabeth’s Academy faced the year 11 team from Manor.
Hello and welcome to my blog in what will be my 11th week at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy.
Last week our students showed yet again their community spirit when they raised money for Children in Need on Friday with a non-uniform day and various raffles and cake sales. We also celebrated anti-bullying week by wearing blue ribbons as a message to each other that we will not tolerate bullying, and that we will look after each other, even when at times it can feel difficult to do so.
At our staff forum on Thursday we
Neil and I are enormously proud of the staff and students at Queen Elizabeth's Academy, but I would like to use this blog to acknowledge and share some particular moments of success that we have experienced over the last week.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, a team from our sponsor DALP arrived to give us a thorough review of our progress since the last inspection. They were amazed at the progress that we have made and were extremely impressed with the positive way that staff and students have responded. They saw
This week a group of talented Netball players from Queen Elizabeth’s Academy took part in the West Notts Under 14 tournament. The team played five games in total and showed superb attitude, performance and learned a lot about their individual and team play as the tournament progressed.
Overall the girls drew two and lost three of their games, but the experience of playing in a tournament was invaluable and they improved in each game.
The academy wishes to say a huge well done to all who took part. Feedback fr