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Ofsted Report

posted 14 Feb 2018, 01:18 by Adam Durrant   [ updated 20 Feb 2018, 06:27 by Web Admin ]

Please find attached our latest Ofsted report with accompanying letters.

'Pride' and 'Relief' for Students on Results Day

posted 24 Aug 2017, 09:00 by Chris Ozanne   [ updated 24 Aug 2017, 09:07 ]

GCSE Results Day...

Students returned to the Academy to collect their GCSE exam results and discover how they had performed in the new GCSE examination and grading system for English and Maths.

Amongst those celebrating today were Lucy Borrett, Yasmin Payne and Emma Borrett, who all achieved grade 9 in Maths on Results Day.

Yasmin, whose grade 9 in Maths was amongst a range of top grades she achieved in English and the Sciences, explained that the anxiety of waiting was finally over, ‘I am so relieved to have my grades confirmed!  I have been going over exam scripts and checking mark schemes to try and predict what grade I might have achieved.  The wait is finally over and I am so pleased with my grades!’

Sisters Emma and Lucy Borrett also achieved a further six A*/A grades each to accompany their grade 9 in Maths.  Emma shared her happiness that the wait for Results Day was finally over saying ‘The new Maths exam was hard and I am so glad I started my revision plan in September.  That, along with after school sessions, really helped to prepare me.  The stress is finally over - I am so happy!’

Lucy also thanked her teachers for supporting her in her final year saying ‘the teachers offered lots of support after school, and this really helped my personal revision.  I can’t believe I achieved a grade 9 in Maths, I am really delighted.’

Many students were accompanied by family members and met by staff eager to support and share in Results Day.   However, the biggest smile on the day was Hope Rutterford, who was joined by her mum, Kirsty Aberdein, and Key Worker, Paula Birchall.  

Hope, who has had Cerebral Palsy since birth, completed her GCSE courses with grades 5 and 4 in English, an A grade in Health and Social Care and three additional higher grade GCSE passes.  Beaming as she celebrated her successes, Hope shared ‘I am lost for words to describe how I feel.  I am so happy.  We had a good time in lessons.’  Hope’s mum was full of pride in her daughter explaining ‘It is such an incredible day.  When Hope was born it was touch and go as to whether she would survive, but now she has her GCSEs and is planning to take a business course in September. It goes to show that from humble beginnings Hope has been able to achieve great things.  She already has a business plan in mind, so I can’t wait to see what Hope achieves in the future!’

Hope’s Key Worker, Miss Birchall, added ‘Hope’s hard work has paid off.  She brings so much joy to those around her and I am also very proud of her!’

Amongst a range of higher grade exam passes, student Emma Fawkes achieved a grade 9 in both the new English Literature and English Language exam!  Emma said explained that the mock exams used in the build up to the final exam helped her to improve on her exam techniques.  Emma explained ‘In my first mock I gained a grade 9, but then my subsequent grades dropped.  I just keep revising, practicing and reading lots and the final grades were amazing.  I am really proud of myself!’

Jumping for joy were Raminta Ozelyte and Sandra Espitia who were ‘so happy’ with their exam results.  Both students picked out their Health and Social Care results as the grades they were most proud in.  Raminta explained ‘my target grade was a C, but to find out that I gained an A* was amazing’.  Sandra, who was celebrating gaining an A grade in the same subject said ‘I am really pleased that the hard work shows in my grade!’.

Jack Sharman and Thomas Gibbs both felt the idiom ‘a weight off your shoulders’ best described how Results Day went for them.  Jack, who secured a grade 8 in both English exams and grade 7 in Maths alongside his other higher grade passes, felt pride in his grades.  Thomas was really pleased with his grade 8 in the new Maths exam but explained that he felt prepared, saying ‘it is really down to working hard and stay focused on your revision plan.  It does pay off in the end’

Felix Barber was ‘really happy’ with his A grades in German, Religious Education and Sociology, but went on to add ‘but I am really proud of my grade 7 in English!’.  Mrs Barber, Felix’s mum, added ‘I am really chuffed for him.  I had every confidence that his hard work would pay off, but as a parent you are still very nervous on Results Day.  I think we will go off celebrate now!’

Felixstowe Academy’s Principal, Anthony Williams, said ‘we are all very pleased and proud of our students’ achievements. We are particularly pleased with the number of students who achieved the highest grade (9) in English and Maths. I’d like to thank the teaching staff for their hard work and commitment in supporting our students.’  

At Felixstowe Academy 62% of students who sat the new English GCSE achieved grade 4 or above, with 59% of students sitting the new Maths GCSE achieved grade 4 or above.  48% of students achieved combined Maths and English at grade 4 or above.  

Excitement and Joy for A Level and Vocational Course Students

posted 17 Aug 2017, 08:49 by Web Admin   [ updated 17 Aug 2017, 09:55 by Chris Ozanne ]

Sixth Form Results Day...

Students and staff at Felixstowe Academy were today celebrating improved A Level and vocational course results that have helped students to secure university placements and advanced apprenticeships.

This year’s results saw an 11% year on year increase in the achievement of A* to B grades, along with an increase in the number of students (64%) securing A* to C grades.  The Academy was particularly pleased with the performance of vocational courses where a record figure of 73% of students achieved the highest Distinction*/Distinction grades.

Academy Principal Mr Anthony Williams was ‘delighted with the continuing improvements in results for our A Levels and vocational courses’.  Mr Williams added ‘What has really struck me as a positive outcome from today is that our students have a very clear idea of how their next steps will help them achieve future careers, whether that is through completing a degree course at university, or through the completion of advanced apprenticeships.  I think this highlights that the strength of support from Mr James and the Sixth Form pastoral and teaching team has prepared our hardworking students over the past two years.  We are very proud of the improving achievement and outcomes of our students.’

Mr Darryl James, Assistant Vice Principal said ‘Today’s results highlight the continued upwards progress our students are making, alongside recognising the efforts and hard work of students and staff.  These results have enabled so many of our students to secure places at University and on prestigious apprenticeships.’

Felixstowe Academy’s former Head Girl, Lucy Fossett, was ‘very excited’ to have confirmed her place at the University of Nottingham to study Politics and International Relations.  Lucy explained ‘My aim is to build a career in politics either within the Civil Service or with a Non Governmental Organisation.  I initially considered pursuing a role in law, but soon realised that if I want to make a positive difference to people’s lives it was be better to work in politics and try to help other people within society.  I can’t wait to start my degree!’

Also celebrating was Jordan Astley whose A Level results secured his place at the University of Bristol, bringing him a step closer towards his career aim of becoming an Engineer.  Jordan explained ‘Bristol was my first choice University because it had the highest entry requirements and was part of the Russell Group of Universities.  I can’t believe that I will be there to study for my degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering!’

Alongside students celebrating securing university places, a record number of Felixstowe Academy students will be joining BT on their full degree Apprenticeship programme in the Autumn. Hannah Cook described Results Day as ‘Fabulous and wonderful!’ as her higher grade A Level results secured her place on BT’s Technology, Service and Operations Apprenticeship in IT Software.  Hannah went on to explain ‘I was so impressed with the Apprenticeship programme at BT.  Not only will my degree be sponsored by BT, but I will also gain valuable work experience and I get to work for a company I really want to work for!’

Leon Harris secured Distinction* grades in Media Studies and Art, along with a B grade in Product Design (Textiles).  Leon shared that he was ‘relieved that all the hard work in Year 13 helped to achieve the grades that secured my place at the University of Bournemouth  to study a degree in Costume Design and Making’.   He explained ‘I am pretty amazed and excited! I don’t have to dread going home to share my results!’

Holly England’s Distinction* grades and experience gained from her Business Studies and Media Studies course helped her to secure a role as Personal Assistant to the owner of an events company who stage events across the country.

Megan Fisher secured her place at the University of Suffolk to study Psychology and Early Childhood Studies, to help her towards her career goal of working within Social Services or being an Education Welfare Officer.

Opening his results to discover he had achieved a Distinction* in Music and B grades in A Level Film Studies and Art, Benjamin Hall shared that results day brought ‘a bizarre mixture of feelings of both being happy and sad at the same time.’  Benjo went on to explain ‘I feel really happy to have secured my first choice course of Film and TV Studies at the University of East Anglia, but I am also sad to be leaving the Academy after seven years.  I think the past two years at Sixth Form have been great - it has a sense of family as you build such camaraderie with your fellow students and develop a better working relationship with teachers.  I will miss that.’

We wish all our Sixth Form students the very best in their future courses and careers.

Record Maths and English Results at Felixstowe Academy

posted 28 Aug 2016, 01:15 by Web Admin

Students collecting their GCSE results at Felixstowe Academy today have achieved the highest number of A* to C grades in GCSE Maths and English!

The hard work, commitment and resilience of Academy students saw the number of students achieving A* to C grades in English rise to 70% against 53% in 2015 whilst in Maths the figure grew to 64% compared to 56% in 2015.  The overall figure for students achieving an A* to C grade in both Maths and English increased to 56% against 42% in 2015.

Academy Principal Mr Williams celebrated the commitment students had shown to their studies and subsequent success, saying ‘We are immensely proud of our students. They demonstrated a strong work ethic and showed great resilience, responding well to new initiatives and high expectations from their teachers, who have also been fantastic and have been prepared to go the extra mile. We are equally pleased with the significant improvement in progress for English and Maths, and the improved A*- C grades in 17 other subject areas’.

However, this is just the starting point for the Academy as Mr Williams went on to explain ‘We are extremely proud of these results and so pleased that we can share them with the many people who have helped and supported the Academy this year. Much of this success is down to the dedication, commitment and quality of our teachers and teaching assistants. However, we know we must be unrelenting in our efforts to improve teaching and learning and the overall quality of provision. Our real challenge is to see these results improve year on year, with increased levels of progress and even better outcomes for our students.’

The strong improvement in academic results for English students also brought a 23% improvement in students making their expected progress, above national figures.  Mrs Hartley, Subject Leader for English, beamed as students shared their exam results with her in the Atrium.

Mrs Hartley praised the resilience and commitment of students and staff, saying ‘The English Department are absolutely thrilled with the results for both English Language and English Literature. The grades received demonstrate the students’ hard work and determination to succeed; they’ve really ‘bought in’ to the after school, holiday and Saturday sessions, giving up their time in an effort to produce such wonderful grades. I am particularly impressed with those students who did not give up after the November exams and who persevered to achieve higher grades in the Summer exams.’

So many students on Results Day praised the overwhelming support of the Maths Department and programme of additional group and one-to-one revision sessions they ran.  Time and again students gave examples of how the support they had received had made the difference to them making progress and achieving higher grade results, explaining that their final year in Maths seemed like a shared experience between students and staff.

Members of the Maths Department were with students at the final stage of the exam process - discovering the results of all the hard work.  Mr Jones, Subject Leader for Maths ‘What an amazing set of results!! All credit has to be given to the students, they have been absolutely fantastic.  The commitment and hard work they have put in has been rewarded. The Maths Department could not be prouder of our awesome students.’

Impressive results for students taking Computer Science were also a highlight with 86% of students securing a higher grade result. Students praised teachers for the enthusiasm and motivation to get them ready for the final exams. Mrs Bustos, Subject Leader for Computing ‘Once again, the computing department are delighted with such an outstanding set of results at GCSE. Computer Science and ICT managed an overall pass rate of 100%, with ICT achieving 85% A* - C grades up from 79% in 2015.’

Mrs Bustos went on to add ‘We are particularly excited about the success of our Computer Science pupils. This was the first cohort to undertake the GCSE qualification and the course had its many challenges. However, with a lot of hard work, determination and perseverance, we managed in our first year of teaching Computer Science achieve 86% A*- C!  Both pupils and staff worked incredibly hard over the past 2 years and can feel very proud of such a wonderful achievement.’

When reflecting on what factors and initiatives had made the difference to results this year, Vice Principal Dr Riach felt that there was a fundamental shift in the year group in their final year.  Dr Riach explained ‘The students bought into the idea that they could succeed, and understood what it would feel like to succeed, and the staff were there to work with them as a team.’  

He went on to say ‘We used the early entry English results and Mock Exams to emphasise the need to prepare for exams early by giving out results through a formal ‘results day’ format.  The aim was to highlight how it felt to succeed and also what it could feel like to fail.   I believe that this played a part in focusing students on wanting to succeed, and in helping us achieve the best results we ever had in Maths and English.’

Assistant Vice Principal Mr Stopher added ‘At the same time we stopped issuing ‘predicted grades’ and gave them their actual results based on where the student would be if the Mock Exam result had been their GCSE exam.   This helped the students to know where they were at in the build up to their final exams.’

Mrs English, Achievement Director for Year 11, picked up on the theme of many comments being made by students when she shared her view on the progress made by students in the year group ‘There was a great rapport between staff and students this year that helped to build trust and a team working mentality in the year group.  It was clear to the students that they weren’t on their own, but they had a team supporting them to succeed.’

Dr Riach agreed with this view ‘There was definitely more team working between staff and students, but also between students.  I remember one day where students had a revision day for Maths and English, but when it came to the end of the day so many students stayed behind to keep going into the evening. The additional sessions we ran with the students over the year actually became a lot of fun, and we had more students turning up than had originally signed up!’

However both Dr Riach and Mr Stopher felt that there was a fundamental difference focus towards building a strong mentality this year, supported by the arrival of Mr Williams.  Dr Riach reflected ‘I feel it is important to note the arrival of our new Principal and the direction and resources he brought into the Academy.  For example, our involvement with the PiXL Partnership led to both students and staff gaining access to a new level of support which has helped to raise standards and aspirations.’

Mr Stopher went on to explain ‘The PiXL events were so important in raising aspirations.  We took students to national and regional events that celebrated student success, to show them what is possible.  It took the emphasis away from ‘grades’ to highlighting what success could mean to their future lives and careers.’

Dr Riach agreed and added ‘I felt that last year our conversations with students were not just about bluntly ‘working harder’.  Our partnership with PiXL enabled us to personalise conversations with students specifically targeted the areas needing development within the classroom.  This really helped the teaching staff to pitch their support to the individual need of the students and the level or ability they were at.’

With visitors commenting that Felixstowe Academy’s Results Day was ‘one of the most positive and happy’ Results Days they had been too, we would like to congratulate students and wish them the very best in the next stage of their education journey!

Tears of Joy and Excitement for the Future

posted 19 Aug 2016, 04:55 by Web Admin

Sixth Form Results Day...

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.’     

As a cohort, 63% of A Level students achieved an A* to C grade, with 99% of students achieving A-E grades.  The Academy’s vocational courses secured increase in the highest results with 46% of students achieving Distinction* grade and 72% of students achieving Distinction*/Distinction grade.

Details for the start of the new Academic Year 2016/2017

posted 21 Jul 2016, 07:47 by Web Admin   [ updated 1 Sep 2016, 09:29 ]

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:

  • 8.10 am to 8.25 am - Year 7 arrive on campus
  • 8.30 am - Year 7 will be arranged into Tutor Groups on the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)
  • 8.45 am - Year 7 will be taken into the Academy for Tutor time 
  • 9.00 am - Year 8 and Year 9 arrive and gather in Tutor Groups on the MUGA
  • 9.15 am - Year 8 and Year 9 Tutor time begins
  • 11.20 am - Year 10 and Year 11 arrive and gather in Tutor Groups on the MUGA
  • 11.35 am - Year 10 and Year 11 Tutor time begins
  • 1.35 pm - Period 4 normal lesson starts for Timetable Week 1 for all students
  • 2.50 pm - End of the Academy day

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.

Gaining Experience in Global Logistics

posted 15 Mar 2016, 04:08 by Web Admin   [ updated 15 Mar 2016, 04:18 ]

Students gain valuable insight from industry experts...

How many of us take for granted the availability of products and goods in our shops, without thinking about the processes involved in keeping Britain stocked up?  With the Port of Felixstowe on our doorstep, and the development of the multi-million pound, state of the art logistics centre about to start, Academy students were given an insight into global logistics with industry experts.

Sixth Form Business students were lucky enough to experience how the global supply chain works through a game that simulates the inner workings of logistics in the real world.   The creators of the game ‘Business on the Move’ travelled from Grimsby to explain the game, and principles behind global trading, alongside Mr Murray Gibson, Head of Portcentric Business and Operational Development at Uniserve Holdings.

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.’

Management Team Changes to Lead Rapid Progress

posted 15 Mar 2016, 02:49 by Web Admin   [ updated 15 Mar 2016, 02:50 ]

Senior Leadership Team restructure to support Academy students’ success...

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.' 

Invitation to Apply for the Role of Parent Governor

posted 22 Feb 2016, 09:31 by Web Admin   [ updated 22 Feb 2016, 09:32 ]

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 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.

Willingness to Change Brings Results for Students

posted 22 Feb 2016, 09:19 by Web Admin   [ updated 24 Feb 2016, 01:48 ]

Mr Williams highlights that early entry English exam results shows positive progress being made for students across Year 11...

Since the start of the new academic year there have been a number of significant changes made to the Academy, not only in terms of culture and ethos but mainly around our core business - understanding the need to constantly improve the quality of teaching and learning, leading to better outcomes linked to progress and achievement. 

I must say at this point, that staff and students have been exceptional in the way they have embraced these changes and there is a real sense of optimism and high expectation around the Academy.


On that note, it gives me great pleasure in sharing the positive news about our iGCSE English language results. 78% of the year group sat the exam in November, of which, 75% achieved A*-C.  So in terms of the entire cohort, we have already improved on last year’s summer results by 5% (59% A*-C) with expected levels of progress improving by 7% (56%) and more than expected progress by 9% (27%).  


Individually, there were some outstanding performances by students, namely Summer Walker and Kit Harold who made five levels of progress to achieve a grade B and Harry Edwards who made six levels of progress to achieve an A*!

A huge thank you to the English team and Teaching Assistants, who believed in the students and stopped at nothing to help them achieve these positive outcomes. 

Mr Williams, Principal

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