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Academy update | January/February 2016
 
David Cotton
David Cotton
Executive Principal
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  Providing a fantastic experience for our students

I am pleased to say that the new term and year will be an exciting time for our students. The academy has invested in a wonderful new drama build and redesigned the Clumber Café with all new contemporary dining furniture, which complements the new servery. We hope that both of these will significantly improve the educational experience of all of our students.

It's also the beginning of a very important year, particularly for our Year 11s and Year 13s. I have confidence that our students will work hard, in the run up to the exam season and do themselves proud. As usual we will do everything we can to support them.
 
Charity Christmas Fair - over £1,000 raised for local charities!
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Drama facilities

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New state of the art Drama facilities

After just a few months of construction our new Drama block is finally ready for use. The space is an amazing addition to our academy's facilities: creating new classrooms, extra space and most importantly a fabulous state of the art drama studio (94m2 and 81m2), complete with top of the range integrated LED lighting and audio equipment. Creative Arts will no doubt put the additional new space to fantastic use in lessons and in preparation for their summer production of 'Billy Elliott!' They are rehearsing and auditioning for actors this term, any students that are interested in taking part in an adaptation of this amazing West End Show should speak to Mr Cox, Head of Drama.
 
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Celebrating the most
successful year group ever
Most successful year group ever

Just before Christmas, Miss Murphy, Head of Post 16, organised a special celebratory evening for the students and parents. This group of Post 16 students were the highest achievers in the academy's history! The grades the class of 2015 achieved meant that 52% of students achieved grades A*-B at A level, a record high percentage.
The guest speaker during the evening was former-student Victoria Jones, who left the academy in 2009. Victoria gave a highly impressive and motivational speech detailing her experiences since leaving school.

"Tuxford Academy has played a huge part in what I have achieved during the past six years. Since leaving I have achieved a degree in International History with Politics and have been fortunate to carve a career in public service working in a number of high profile areas. After an extremely competitive application process, whereby only 5% of applications are successful, I have also been accepted on to the Civil Service Fast Stream, the Government’s graduate programme."

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Successful internship
& apprenticeships opportunities
Over the last two years Tuxford Academy have had the pleasure of offering and supporting a number of students and adults in our local community, with internship and apprenticeship opportunities. One of our current Post 16 students Jonathan Lile, who has applied to go on to aviation school to be a pilot, is currently completing an internship in ICT. Miss Maris, Head of Faculty said of the experience: "It's been a great opportunity and huge confidence boost for Jonathan - the students love having him in the classroom." Matthew Williams, a former-student is also completing a Sound Technicians internship in Creative Arts. Lesley Rudkin, who is working in various administrative roles within the academy, is on a full time apprenticeship at the academy. "I've learnt so much since starting in July and am enjoying gaining a wide variety of experience."

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Key Dates – 2016
  February  
"Push yourself to step outside your comfort zone instead of sticking to what you know. Be brave and go for it!"

Victoria Jones,
former-student
Monday 1st
Y12/13 Academic Tutorials Week

Wednesday 10th
KS3 Drama Play,
'Our Day Out,' 18.00-21.00

Thursday 11th
Non uniform day – in aid of British Heart Foundation
KS3 Valentines Disco, 19.00-21.00

Monday 15-19th
Half Term
Monday 22nd
INSET Day – students not in school

Wednesday 24th
Y9 Pathways evening

Thursday 25th
Curriculum Day

Monday 29th
Y8 Academic Tutorials Week
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  For further information please visit our website www.tuxford-ac.org.uk or contact Nicola Manning on 01777 870001 ext 571