On a beautiful, sunny August morning Felixstowe Academy Sixth Form students arrived to collect their A Level and BTEC results that were the reward for their hard work over the past two years.
Academy Principal Mr Williams was on hand to meet with students as they collected results and to chat to them about their next steps after Sixth Form. He shared ‘We are extremely proud of the achievement of our students in terms of their attainment and more so with the progress they have made. The students and teachers have worked hard to achieve these results and witnessing this shared success was something very special.’
Mr Williams went on to add ‘It was so pleasing to speak to students who shared their aspirations and next steps using the qualifications they had achieved to fulfil their career goals. These next steps varied from starting apprenticeships, embarking on university courses and entering employment. This has shown how the students have matured and are clear how their qualifications will be a foundation or springboard to future success.’
Gemma Crane, Andrew McKenna and Lucy Sayer were the first students into the Academy to collect their results, and couldn’t wait to get confirmation that their hard work and long hours of coursework had paid off. The opening of the exam result envelope confirmed a string of Distinction* grades for the trio of Health and Social Care students!
Gemma, who achieved four Distinction* grades, was delighted by her grades and praised her ‘amazing’ teacher Mrs Couto saying ‘Mrs Couto was brilliant, she gives you the time out of lessons and is prepared to work late with you just to offer support when needed.’
Andrew, who also achieved Distinction* grades, agreed with Gemma adding that ‘good time management, being organised and having good friends working around me helped to stay on track to get these results.’
Luke Grant, pictured with Sixth Form Pastoral Support Manager Mrs Meredith, explained that he had been ‘nervous throughout the summer ahead of Results Day.’ With his Distinction in Business Studies and two higher grade A Levels, Luke will be studying Computer Science at the University of Lincoln in September.
The Maths department were celebrating strong performance in results in A Level Maths and Further Maths, and were on hand to congratulate Jordan Amos. Jordan secured his place at the University of Bristol with an A grade in Maths and Bs in Further Maths and Physics and is ‘excited and looking forward’ to starting his course in Engineering and Mathematics.
Heading in completely different directions, both geographically and politically (currently!), are Michael Meredith and Alisha Lewis. Michael confirmed that he had accepted a place at the University of Portsmouth to study Politics, whilst Alisha is heading to the University of Liverpool to study Politics and Philosophy.
Michael, who is well known for his passion for politics and discussion, encouraged students to think beyond just their academic success saying ‘Your personal statement is a really important part to your university application, so make sure you get involved in a range of extracurricular activities, as it really makes a difference.’
Alisha ‘can’t wait’ to get to university and feels that her degree course in Liverpool will give the chance to start building towards a career in politics. Alisha explained that ‘there are real opportunities to get involved in grassroots projects in Liverpool. They have great links to political parties and you have the opportunity to start making contacts very earlier on. I can’t wait!’
The English Department were celebrating excellent results, with 100% of students studying English Language and Creative Writing, and 83% of English Literature students achieving A* to C grades. One of these students, Ashley Colbourn will be using his higher English grade alongside his Distinction* in Creative Media Studies in a Sports Journalism course at Leeds Trinity University.
With all Textiles students achieving A* to C grades, it was great to hear how some of the students will be using their grades to support future careers. Lucy Hayfield confirmed that she will be heading to Nottingham Trent University to study Fashion Management, a course that Lucy feels would prepare her for a career in the business elements of the Fashion Industry.
Naomi Arnold beamed as she explained that she be heading to Anglia Ruskin University to study Fashion Design. She advised students to follow their ‘passion for the subject’ as she had done, and encouraged students studying Art or Textile to ‘build a portfolio or work that shows your passion for the subject as universities will value this.’
Celebrating with Naomi were Taryn Mason and Keelan Swift-Stalley. Taryn, who gained higher grades in A Level Film Studies and Drama alongside Distinction* grades in Music and Production Arts, changed her earlier degree course choice. Taryn explained ‘I have decided to study Business Management instead of performance related courses. I have a dream to own my own theatre in the future and think that Business will definitely aid me in achieving this!’.
Keelan will be using his higher grade results from three English subjects and Drama to head off to the University of East Anglia to study Performance and Script Writing. As a student who took part in so many performance related activities at the Academy, it is brilliant to see him going on to develop his natural talent further, which he hopes will lead to a career in acting.
Joining Keelan at the UEA will be Jake Goddard, although Jake will be reading European Law. Having achieved two A* grades and two A grades, Jake is looking forward to starting his four year degree course in September. Jake explained even with the EU Referendum result, he felt it was a good time to study European Law ‘The recent result will mean that there will be a lot a career opportunities within this area of law. This course will also mean spending a year in a work placement in a European organisation. I am really looking forward to it!’
It wasn’t just about A Level and BTEC results for some students. Although Giedre Skeiryte was delighted that her excellent grades for Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Textiles, Product Design had secured her place at the University of Chichester to study Music Performance, it was the higher grade pass in GCSE English that brought tears to the eyes of both her and her mother!
Lithuanian born Giedre had been determined to pass her GCSE English as her first language, and finally achieved this as she looks forward to the start of her university course. Giedre explained ‘I was determined that English result would be as my first language and I am so relieved and overjoyed! I am now looking forward to starting uni, and have already made contact with other new students already. I am so grateful to staff at the Academy for giving me the opportunity to perform and build my confidence - every student should take up the opportunities offered to them!’
Oliver Hazell is heading off to Nottingham Trent University to study Property Finance and Investment thanked ‘all the teachers and staff that have made my time at Felixstowe Academy special.’ He went on to add ‘They have all helped me to this point in my life, where I am now going to University to study a subject that I love. Of course there were obstacles in the way but through hard word and determination I have been able to secure my place at Nottingham Trent. For anyone that is attending Sixth Form in September I would just like to say that if you keep your head down and get involved in the many opportunities on offer, you will be a success and get the best grades possible.’
Ollie Spink, Chester Tooke and Matt Taylor where all celebrating their results and the opportunities their results have created. For Ollie and Matt, this will mean starting university courses at Roehampton and Cheltenham respectively, but for Chester it meant confirmation that he had secured a place on the world-class apprentice scheme at BT Adastral Park.
Mr James Assistant Vice-Principal (Raising Standards Leader for KS5) said ‘Our results this year are a testament to the work put in by staff and students to achieve their best. Again our vocational students have performed very well with nearly half of all entries achieving the Distinction* grade. There were also some fantastic A level results for students in English, Maths and Social Sciences. I am pleased that many of our students have been able to secure their first choice university places and wish them well on the next stage of their journey.’
Students start back at Felixstowe Academy on Monday 5 September. This will be the start of Timetable Week 1.
Arrival times will be staggered during the day. The times are as follows:
Sixth Form will not follow this schedule. Year 12 students will meet at Felixstowe Academy, in the Atrium at 6.45am ready to travel to London by coach and returning to the Academy at approximately 6.00pm (details of this trip can be found at Sixth Form Letters section of the website). Year 13 start back on Tuesday 6 September for 8.30am Tutor Time.
Uniserve’s new Super Distribution Centre will be 40 metres high, covering 2 million square feet over four floors providing more than 150,000 racked pallet positions distribution hub within the Port of Felixstowe. The modern distribution centre aims to become the leading one-stop supply management centre for organisations bringing goods into the UK through the port.
Sixth Form student Ollie Hazell explained how the game was played ‘Throughout the day we were taught to play the game ‘Business on the Move’. It was actually a really fun and interactive board game that showed us the importance of logistics and how it works in the 21st century.’
‘Each game had a banker and four teams who took on the role of major logistical firms in the world. The aim of the game was to deliver a range of goods to the various businesses, ensuring that we didn’t go bankrupt in the process.’
‘The game introduced us to the problems you encounter when moving goods around the world. The experts were on hand though to guide us through the game, increasing the game’s difficulties so that by the end of the day we could realise the true reality of business logistics.’
The day wasn’t just about playing games, as Ollie went on to explain ‘Once we had experience of more ‘real life’ factors in the game, we then had to apply our vocational business lessons to put the theory into practice.’
‘Each team was tasked with creating a balance sheet and a profit and loss account to see who the winners of the game were. This was really interesting as you don’t often have to factor costs in a board game, so it didn’t necessarily mean the team with the most money won.’
Mr Gibson really enjoyed the interaction with students, and seeing them develop their understanding as the day progressed ‘For an industry that we have all come to rely on, Global Logistics tends to be happening in the background. It is not surprising then so few of us have any idea how inter-dependent the various processes and players really are. Business on the Move seeks to explain the Supply Chain on a number of levels in a unique and intuitive way that makes it informative, competitive and above all fun.’
Mr Ellul, Subject Leader for Business Studies remarked, 'It’s a very good game to introduce the complexities of supply chain practice.'
Ollie added ‘Winners from each game won a prize from Mr Gibson. But in my opinion the main prize was gaining a vital insight into the global supply chain and the roles that are available from a company like Uniserve. With the careers available close to us in Felixstowe, the experience gained from the day will help us in the future.’
The Academy has recently undergone a process of consultation and interviews, to facilitate the re-structure of the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team.
Mr Williams, Academy Principal, said of the change 'The need for the re-structure was borne from the fact that the Academy is now in a new phase of its journey following the amalgamation of the predecessor schools and subsequent move to our new campus. The new structure and appointments will enable the Academy to address the key priorities and ensure we make rapid progress towards our aspirational targets and goals.'
As you will see from the structure from our Senior Leadership Team page, many of the roles within the previous team have now changed and this may take a little time to adjust to.
Mr Williams formally thanked Mrs Lawson-Frost, Mrs Burgoyne and Mr How, who take on new roles as a result of the restructure, 'for their hard work and dedication to the Senior Leadership Team over several years, and value their ongoing commitment to the Academy in their new roles.'
There is currently a vacancy for one Parent Governor on the Governing Board at Felixstowe Academy and we would like to share the details of the arrangements for applications to become a new Parent Governor.
Please click on this link to a nomination form on which you can apply to become a Parent Governor. It is necessary for a Parent Governor to have a child at the Academy at the time he or she is elected.
Certain people are disqualified from being Governors and, as such, candidates are asked to make a declaration that they are not disqualified from serving as a school Governor for any of the reasons described below. If grounds for disqualification come to light as a result of this, or otherwise, the person is automatically barred from being a Governor and the appointment will terminate with immediate effect.
There is space on the nomination form for a statement of not more than 150 words where you can give details as you wish about yourself and your views. This statement would then be included on the voting paper.
Governors should be willing and able to commit to meetings as required which would be approximately three per term and be prepared to undertake training if required. We would particularly welcome applications with skills in Finance and HR. Once we have the applications from interested parents, if there is more than one application, a voting form will be sent to all parents and the parents will have the option to vote for the parent they would like to be elected.
The term of office is for four years whether or not the child of the elected parent remains at the Academy for the whole of this period. A Parent Governor elected now will hold office until 2020 and, like other Governors, will be eligible for re-election. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this with Mrs Robinson, Chair of the Governing Board, please contact Mrs Cumberland on 01394 288228 or by email at email@example.com who will pass on your details to Mrs Robinson. Applications should be sent to Mrs Cumberland, PA to the Principal by Friday 26 February 2016 at the latest.
Reasons for disqualification from standing as a Governor, include people who:
- Can be compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act 1983;
- Are bankrupt or disqualified under the Company Directors Disqualification Act;
- Have been removed from a charity trusteeship by the Charity Commissioners or High Court on the grounds of misconduct or mismanagement;
- Are included in the list of people considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children;
- Are disqualified from working with children or subject to a direction under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002;
- Have received a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months without the option of a fine in the five years before becoming a governor;
- Have at any time been sentenced to imprisonment for 5 years or more;
- Have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to, or since, appointment or election as governor;
- Refuses to allow an application to the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) for a criminal records certificate.
Felixstowe Academy welcomed hundreds of local Primary School students and their families to the annual Open Evening for an event packed full of exciting challenges and activities that encouraged them to interact with students, staff and facilities.
Academy students and staff creatively planned the event around a ‘Secret Agent’ theme, as our visitors were presented on arrival with ‘Mission Documents’ to guide them around the Academy campus. As ‘Trainee Secret Agents’ our visitors tested their skills to crack codes, pass under-cover agent interviews, dodge laser beams, solve puzzles and uncover secrets and mysteries!
Principal Mr Williams welcomed pupils, parents and carers to the Academy as part of a presentation in the Main Hall. Mr Williams highlighted key areas of focus for the Academy would be ‘on improving the quality of teaching and learning, improved curriculum provision and excellent care and support.’ He went on to say that ‘going forward the Academy would focus on Integrity, Inspiration and Influence in building a strong ethos and vision for our community, with Teaching and Learning at the core of what we are.’
Mr Williams was joined in his presentation by Year 8 students Charlotte Wright and Ella Jones, and Sixth Form students Caitlin Lawrence and Niamh Bennett.
Charlotte and Ella shared with our visitors the excitement they found in learning different subject areas and having great resources. They highlighted Project Based Learning as a great way of building personal skills and the ‘brilliant Science resources available to students at the Academy allow you to take part in experiments right from Year 7’.
Charlotte reassured the younger visitors by explaining that ‘teachers at the Academy make you feel grown up and independent, but they are always there to help you if need them’, whilst Ella loved the fact that ‘Project Based Learning helps you to develop subject skills linked to the outside world in topics such as creating a book about Felixstowe and the Dragon’s Den business project.’ Ella signed off their presentation by sharing that ‘we love being at Felixstowe Academy and can’t wait to see what this brings us in the future.’
Caitlin and Niamh explained that they too had recently been in the same position as the Year 6 pupils, although they were selecting a Sixth Form rather than a school. Both students shared their reasons behind the decision to choose Felixstowe Academy, highlighting the support they received as well as the range of extra-curricular activities that supported learning.
Caitlin loved the fact that ‘teachers will find out about your preferred learning styles, your strengths and weaknesses to help you to improve.’ She went on to add that her selection of A Level subjects at Sixth Form were based on the support she had received from teachers. This support had given her ‘a love for the subject and the inspiration to become an English Teacher as a career in the future’.
Niamh explained that she loved the fact that Felixstowe Academy offered a range of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. She highlighted the Academy’s participation in the Shakespeare Schools Festival and National Theatre Connections project that gave students the opportunity to perform in professional theatres, and identified partnerships with organisations such as the Felixstowe Book Festival that give students the chance to listen to, and interview, published authors.
Niamh concluded her presentation by emphasising that these opportunities were not just for older students, saying ‘we had over 120 students turn up for auditions for the Academy production of Bugsy Malone, many of which were Year 7 students. If you join the Academy in September this could be you!’
There are many transition activities planned for pupils in Year 5 and 6 over the next academic year that will give pupils the chance to familiarise themselves with the excellent resources and staff before making the move from Primary School. Alongside this Mr Williams will arrange opportunities for parents to visit the Academy over the next academic year to see the Academy community in action during the day.
The summer holidays are a perfect time to check what uniform your child needs and to order your requires through our dedicated website.
All students in Years 7 to 11 are required to wear an Academy uniform, details of which are given below. It is expected that all students will maintain a high standard of dress within the Academy at all times.
Many uniform items, such as shirts, skirts, trousers and sports kit are available from a wide variety of retailers and uniform stockists at reasonable prices. In order to provide a more efficient service, the supply of branded uniform items are available via the following link to the uniform page of our website: Academy Uniform
ID cards and Community Lanyards are also part of the Academy uniform and must be worn. Year 7 students with their ID cards during the first few weeks of the new academic year. Replacement ID badges can be ordered at Student Services at the cost of £2.50 per card, payable via ParentPay: ParentPay
Your attention is particularly drawn to the fact that trousers should be tailored ‘plain black traditional, straight legged, full length, school style’, which means undecorated trousers that are not jeans, leggings or jeggings, even though some stores may sell these in their school uniform section. Shoes need to be plain flat black leather or leather look shoes, not with coloured laces or decoration.
Should you have any technical problems ordering online, please email the Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the case of family hardship, the Governing Board invites parents/carers to apply in confidence for financial support. Such requests should be addressed to Mrs S Flint, Business Manager.
Students enjoyed a sense of ‘relief’ and emotion as they collected their GCSE results at Felixstowe Academy today with some of the best ever outcomes for individual students. Many students spoke of the delight in their ‘hard work paying off’ and reflecting that even though their Year 11 experience had ‘gone by very quickly’, they had an amazing final year as a community.
Opening their results together were Joshua Smith, Nancy Barnsley and Ollie Rose. Joshua, who was celebrating securing nine A* GCSE grades as well as an A grade in Additional Maths (a bridging course between A Level and GCSE), said ‘I hadn’t really thought about my results until today, and then I suddenly felt nervous about the results. Then we all arrived, had our envelopes in our hand then it was over in a flash! It feels great to know I have these results.’
Nancy, who also achieved brilliant results with three A* grades in English Language, English Literature and History alongside four additional A grades, agreed with Joshua that is was great to know the results. Asked if she had any advice for the new Year 11 students in September Nancy replied ‘I really enjoyed the whole of Year 11, but you need to pace yourself to get the most out of it. Start on a revision plan in good time and factor in breaks. There is a lot of work but if you give yourself time you will feel good throughout the year - and on results day!’
Ollie, who was ‘relieved’ when he discovered that he achieved four A* grades in Physics, Chemistry, English Language and Maths alongside A and B grades, agreed adding ‘If you push yourself you can achieve everything you set out to achieve. The year goes quickly so the sooner you start with revision the better you will feel as you approach the exams.’
Mr Salter, Principal of Felixstowe Academy, said 'I am absolutely delighted to see so many of our students celebrating the outstanding success across so many GCSE subjects that will enable them to pursue further studies or apprenticeships.'
Felixstowe Academy saw an increase in the number of students achieving the A* to C grade in Maths compared to last year, with 35 students achieving the highest A*/A grades. Results in Biology, Chemistry and Physics were also being celebrated with 89% of students achieving A* to C grades.
With over half of the students taking History securing A* to B grades, staff were congratulating students as they opened their results. Student Megan Barbor was 'overwhelmed' with her results as she discovered she had achieved 100% marks in three areas of her History course to secure an A* grade along with an A* in ICT and additional A and B Grades. With a few tears in her eyes she said 'I hadn't expected to achieve full marks in these areas, it is amazing. I just made sure that I took time to revise and it all came together.'
Nikita Pond, Matthew Varley and Callum Burrows
Nikita Pond was celebrating with seven A* grades and an A GCSE grade alongside securing an A grade in Additional Maths, pictured with Callum Burrows and Matthew Varley. Nikita was pleased that the hard work resulted in some fabulous grades saying ‘It was a full on year but I enjoyed it. I hadn’t really thought about the results until last week and then today it was great to see these grades in sciences and Maths.’
Callum Burrows was also delighted with his results, achieving three A* grades in Maths, ICT and Physics, five A grades alongside a B grade saying ‘the phrase if you put the work in, you get the results means so much to me now. The whole year went so quickly but I now realise that the work put into my courses paid off!’
Matthew Varley, who plans to start training as a plumber in September, was pleased with his mix of A* to B grades and is ‘looking forward to starting on a career as well as continuing studying’.
With broad smiles, Lucy Fossett and Ellie Haste were celebrating achieving excellent results. Lucy, with an A* grade in English Literature and Distinction* grades in Business Studies and Health and Social care alongside five A grades and two B grades, reflected that it had taken ‘a lot of hard work’ to achieve the smiles! She said ‘Although it was a tough year it was also one of the best as the shared experience of exam stress pulled the whole year group together as no other year had.’ Ellie, who also achieved a Distinction* in Business Studies along with A* grades in Maths, her two Science courses, agreed adding ‘many of us made new friends in Year 11 and will have positive memories of this year together.’
Both Lucy and Ellie had siblings collecting their A Level results the previous week, so found it hard to put ‘Results Day’ out of their minds over the past week. Lucy couldn’t wait to get in to collect her results today ‘As soon as I had the envelope I ripped it open, saw the results and was elated!’.
Asked if they had any advice for the new Year 11 students, both Lucy and Ellie said ‘Listen to the Year 11 students before you!’ Lucy went on to explain ‘start your revision early, a bit at a time. Be sensible and flexible with your revision planning to give time to the subjects needing more work. It is scary and you will worry, but it will work out!’
Nancy Barnsley, Tiegan Fielding and Emily White
Tiegan Fielding echoed this sentiment when she said 'I am so relieved, all the time worrying was wasted energy!'. Tiegan, who achieved an A* in Religious Studies alongside four A grades and B grades, felt that she had had 'good guidance from teaching staff especially in Maths, English and Science' and that the iPad resource students are given in as they start their GCSEs was 'a massive help as it meant I could communicate to teachers really easily at anytime I was working.'
Along with others on results, Tiegan also felt that the shared experience of students in Year 11 brought them closer together saying 'We all worked extremely hard, realising in Year 10 what we needed to do. I met some really great people in Year 11, but Results Day is my highlight of the year!'
Caleb Woodard was one of the first students in to collect his results and felt ‘great’ to finally be holding his results saying ‘I have won awards and gained certificates in sport, but this is totally different! I am really pleased that I can go on to study PE.’
Having secured a Distinction* grade in Health and Social Care long with other great results, Grace Cruse, who was accompanied by her mother, felt her experience in Year 11 was ‘amazing!’ Grace wanted to thank her teachers for the support she had received throughout the year saying ‘My teachers supported me throughout my GCSEs but in Year 11 they kept on providing me with the opportunities reinforce the information being given out in lessons through additional revision sessions and being on the end of an email for any questions I had. They were fantastic!’
Mrs Cruse noticed the developing confidence in her daughter in her final GCSE year ‘Grace was definitely treated more like an adult in Year 11 and she thrived on that. She seemed to stay calm throughout the year and stayed focussed on passing her exams.’
Grace is planning to study Health and Social Care alongside Sport, and wish her all the best for her cricketing career as she has recently found out that coaches from the England Women’s Cricket Team will be watching her cricketing progress closely!
Flossy Cook and Jasmine Betts felt the emotion of the day but were already looking forward to focussing on their favourite courses as A Levels in September. Flossy said ‘I am glad to have my results and am so relieved to see my grades!’ with Jasmine adding ‘There was definitely pressure in our final year but it has all worked out well for us.’
Students within the Music Department were celebrating great range of results with 87% students securing grades A* to C, with 56% securing A* to B grades. As he collected his results, which included a Distinction* and B grade for BTEC and GCSE Music, Benjo Hall reflected on the range of opportunities he had taken to perform not only here at the Academy but also abroad as part of FXAspire.
Benjo said ‘Although Year 11 was stressful in places it was on the whole really enjoyable. I felt that as a Music student I had lots of opportunities to not only perform but also contribute to the planning of concerts and the music we would perform. The Jazz Band tour to Barcelona was a real highlight, closely followed by the Summer Concert.’ He went to add ‘the resources available to Music students are really good so we were able to get really creative with Garage Band or Sibelius software packages to help with our coursework.’
As with many schools and Academies nationally this year, the variation in grade boundary changes has meant that for some of our students the results, particularly in English and Maths are short of what was expected. The Academy has immediately put into place the process for challenging the grades for 69 students, 25% of the year group, to secure the grades these students deserve.
Mr Salter said of this decision, 'We successfully challenged a large number of English grades in 2014 that we felt were wrong. Our decision was proven to be correct with the outcomes benefitting individual students and the overall performance of the Academy. We are confident that a similar challenge this year will result in improvements for individual student successes and overall Academy results truly reflecting all the hard work and effort that our students and staff have put in to the examinations this year.'