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Academy update | November 2015
As the start of this half term really gets under way, the academy is as usual a hub of activity in the countdown to Christmas and to the end of term. The wealth of enrichment activities is something I feel particularly proud of, as we all know having a balanced life that is a combination of work and play promotes happy, well rounded individuals. Staff at our academy strive for the very best for all our students and so it was with great pleasure that we all welcomed our Chinese guests and received the brilliant feedback from our recent Curriculum Day.

David Cotton
Executive Principal
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Something for everyone Enrichment
Activities ā€“
something for everyone

At Tuxford we run a wide range of extra-curricular activities with the intention of providing clubs that will cater to a variety of students' interests and hobbies. Examples of a few of our exciting clubs include Astronomy, which starts this half term alternate weeks on 11th November (Wednesday 5.00-7.00pm), Bird watching (Friday lunchtime) and Trampolining & Gymnastics (Tuesday 3.30-4.45pm). We are passionate that our students receive the very best education and this includes extra-curricular activities. To promote attendance, therefore, we produce an extra-curricular leaflet which contains details of all the clubs run throughout the week; copies can be found at college receptions or are available to view on our website. Students can also check the college reception screens or with their tutors for details.

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New way to assess student progress

As part of Government reform, assessing student attainment and progress using levels has now ceased. This half term KS3 students will receive their termly review, which will begin the process of removing levels. Tuxford Academy's response to this change will be to focus on student progress towards GCSE's. The reports will not use levels and so will look different to previous reports. Government guidance suggests that assessing a student without using levels is a fairer and more precise form of assessment; teachers will assess the student based on all the skills required in a subject, which will provide a more accurate assessment of progress. This provides all schools, including Tuxford Academy, the freedom to formulate their own way of assessing the progress of their students. Further information will be sent out later in the term.
Student Progress

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Curriculum Day

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Exciting English Curriculum Day

Many thanks to our English department who ran a fantastic Curriculum Day last week. Years' 7-9 honed their journalistic skills by writing for a fictitious Teen Magazine with a 'Harry Potter' theme. Some amazing magazines were drafted - so well done to all students who participated. (Winners will be included in Academy Life 2016). The academy also ran a Health Day, where guest speakers spoke to the students on important subjects such as self-esteem, positive relationships, fitness and road safety. Our Year 11's wisely used their time on the day to practice mock exams in preparation for their real GCSE'sā€“ something I know will stand them in good stead for next summer! Year 12's went on a variety of further educational trips including Lincoln University, Hull University and West Notts College. Feedback on the day indicated a brilliant and valuable day for all.

This term, as part of our role as a Maths Hub, we have been fortunate to be involved in a National Shanghai Teacher Exchange programme. Last term Tuxford Maths teachers Miss Orange and Miss Barlow visited China to research and experience teaching Maths in China, with the intention of bringing elements of their methods back to Tuxford. On 4th November we welcomed Mr Yang and Miss Jinn, two Maths teachers from Shanghai, to our academy who will be observing the outstanding level of teaching we have here at the academy. The Chinese teachers will also be working alongside Tuxford staff and teaching some classes over the next few weeks. We look forward to hearing how the students and staff respond to the lessons and the impact it has made to their learning.
Chinese Maths Exchange 4th-30th November

Maths Exchange

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Key Dates - 2015
November December
Thursday 19th
Post 16 Open Evening

Friday 20th
Non-uniform day (Framework Charity)

Monday 23rd
Year 11 Academic Tutorials Week

Thursday 26th
Year 11 motivational speaker, Derek Redmond

Thursday 26th
Year 11 of 2014-2015 Celebration of Achievement Evening

Friday 27th
Year 11 whole year group photo
Wednesday 2nd
Year 10 Progress Evening

Thursday 3rd
Charity Christmas Market

Friday 4th
Inset Day (school closed)

Monday 7th
Inset Day (school closed)

Tuesday 8th
Year 9 Academic Tutorials Week

Thursday 10th
Christmas Disco for Years 7-9

Friday 11th
Non-uniform - Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 11th
Year 9 'Pintsize' Theatre Production
Tuesday 15th
DALP Creative Arts Festival

Thursday 17th
Year 7 Panto Trip to Nottingham

Thursday 17th
Post 16 Celebration of Achievement Evening

Monday 21st
First day of Christmas Holiday

January 2016

Tuesday 5th
School re-opens after Christmas Holiday
  For further information please visit our website or contact Nicola Manning on 01777 870001 ext 571