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Academy update | May/June 2016
 
David Cotton   Excellence through Teamwork

We all know that preparation for examinations is crucial to students' success. In the run up to exams I would like to reinforce the advice that all our students should be using their time wisely and doing those extra revision sessions to ensure that they enter the exam room as confident as possible! At Tuxford we are supporting our students during their study leave with extra revision sessions and a quiet study area in the Clumber Café (with replenishing tea and toast available!). Finally, it would be fantastic if parents and carers could continue this study support at home – especially as the summer weather tempts the students outside!

Thank you again to parents, students and staff for all your hard work and support. I know it will be worth it!


David Cotton
Executive Principal
David Cotton
 
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Italian ski trip

From 1st-8th April 2016, 64 students embarked on the academy's annual skiing trip – to Prato Nevoso, Italy. After a 23 hour coach journey the students and staff arrived at the resort to lovely views of the mountains.

"All groups skied from the hotel on the first morning which was a fantastic achievement" said Mr Tatterson. "The evening activity was night skiing, it was touch and go as to whether the activity would take place as thick fog covered the resort-luckily this cleared up and away we went! The slopes were lit up by floodlights and we pretty much had the slopes to ourselves... an amazing experience!"

"A fantastic trip, the students' behaviour was exceptional and were a credit to Tuxford Academy", said Mr Cotton, Executive Principal.
Italian ski trip
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Billy Elliot –
a star is born!


Billy Elliot
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Year 8 student Jamie Kirkland is set to play the lead in the academy's summer performance of 'Billy Elliot'. Rising star Jamie auditioned against six other students to win the prestigious part of 'Billy'. At the audition Jamie was asked to showcase his talents by singing and dancing one of the West End show's songs 'Electricity'. The young actor is no stranger to being in the limelight, as not only did he perform in the academy's last performance – Romeo and Juliet, but in 2014 he won the Rotary Club's Young Musician of the year, playing the piano!

Many of our talented students are involved in this year's long-awaited drama performance. Tickets are on sale from the beginning of June. Performances are running at the academy on the following dates 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th July (two performances on Saturday 16th).

Ticket prices: Adults £7.50
Concessions £6.50


Concessions include OAP, all Tuxford Students & Under 16's
 
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The importance of good attendance
It's commonly believed that excellent attendance at school leads to the best educational outcomes for our children; the more they miss school, the lesser their chances of succeeding.

To test this theory, we have analysed our recent GCSE performance data, alongside Y11 student attendance figures. The results are clear:

For each 4% drop in attendance;
  • Students' chances of reaching 5 A* to C (including English and Maths) drops by 15%
  • Students' total number of GCSE A* to C grades attained drops by 2
  • Students attain 1 grade less in every subject, on average
Please see the below table for an explanation of what is deemed as good attendance rates.
Attendance
100% The target for everyone. Rewards available for students reaching this.
Over 97% = 5 days absence (or less) in one year. Very good attendance.
Below 97% Your chances of good grades are in danger.
Support from your tutor and class teachers is available if you are ill for long periods.
Below 90% = more than 4 school weeks off school. This is called Persistent Absence.
Your chances of good grades are negatively affected.
For further information on the importance of good attendance please read our Good Attendance Guide on our website.
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Key Dates - 2016
June

Monday 13th
P16 Work Experience week

W/c Monday 27th-30th
Y7 Academic Tutorials week

Tuesday 28th
P16 Transition day

Wednesday 29th
Y11 Prom

July

Friday 1st
P16 Summer ball

Monday 4th
Y6 Transition week
Tuesday 5th
Y6 Parent coffee morning

Wednesday 6th
Y6 Parent & Tutor coffee evening

Tuesday 12th
DALP Games
– Harvey Hadden Stadium

Wednesday 13th-16th
'Billy Elliot' performances

Monday 18th-20th
Y7 Camp 1
University residential trip

Tuesday 19th
Y9 London trip
TFC Music Festival

Wednesday 20th-22nd
Y7 Camp 2

Friday 22nd
Last day of term
August

Thursday 18th
A Level results day

Thursday 25th
GCSE results day

September

Tuesday 6th September
First day back for Y7 & Y11 Y12

Wednesday 7th
First day back for
Y8, Y9, Y10, Y13, Y14

Thursday 8th
Y12 Induction day

Friday 9th
Post 16 –
normal timetable begins
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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