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Academy update | October 2017
 
Welcome back! I would also like to extend a warm welcome to new parents and students to Tuxford Academy.

The school year is now well underway and it's been a pleasure to see how well our students have settled into it. The uniform is smart, enthusiasm levels are high and the commitment I can see in all students, but especially those with exams this year, is already making me hopeful for a repeat performance of our superb summer results again next year. Early indications suggest that, in terms of progress made between Year 7 and Year 11, our GCSE results from this year definitely put us in the top 10% of schools nationally, potentially even higher.

Since September, so much has happened in a short space of time: the National Youth Orchestra came to deliver an exceptional day of workshops and performances; the Royal Horticultural Society have visited; we raised a record amount of money for Macmillan at our school wide coffee morning for Oak College's Charity day; Year 7 students enjoyed an evening of dancing at the disco and some of our students have had leadership training so that they are ready to take on their roles within the academy.
  Dave Vernon

What makes our academy so special is that I know there will be even more to come next half term!
 
Dave Vernon
Mr D Vernon
Academy Principal
 
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Results to
cheer about
We really could not be more proud of how well our students did this summer.
We know that it would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication from all staff in our academy who go above and beyond for our students, providing them with the opportunities to achieve their potential and shine.

71% of our students achieved a grade 4 (the new equivalent to the old GCSE 'C') or above in 5 GCSEs, including English and maths. With the introduction of new GCSE exam specifications in English and maths, we are especially pleased with these results and were astounded that there were 24 grade 9s achieved. This year will see students sitting new specifications in even more subjects, so we are hopeful that we will have continued success.
Results to cheer about
At A Level there were also some incredible achievements, with the amount of A-A*s rising from 16% in 2016 to 22% this summer. We also saw 97.5% of our Post 16 students move into the higher education, employment or apprenticeship that they wanted to. We couldn't hope for more than to see our students leave us having achieved what they needed to take the next step in their lives.
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Life outside
the classroom
Morgan Freeman once said: "When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I'd discovered the extracurricular activities that interested me: music and theatre."

Here at Tuxford, we offer a huge plethora of activities that students are able to participate in. Along with the wide range of sports and creative arts clubs, some particular favourites include: Chess Club, which always appears to be a hive of activity every lunch time; Astronomy Club and Gardening Club. What's on offer will change throughout the year so click on the link to see the most up to date programme for this half term.
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Here's to making
new friends…
Here's to making new friends
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The annual bowling and McDonald's trips went ahead for Year 7 at the start of October and were great fun.

This year we offered two nights since it was so popular and still filled both trips. After school, we took 72 students to UK Superbowl in Newark, where the competition ramped up, new friendships were formed and there were strikes galore! We then made our way to McDonald's where we proceeded to almost fill the entire restaurant and many a Chicken Select was demolished.

One Year 7 student told us on the night as we returned to school: 'I have made better friends with the people I already know and I also made some new friends too.' That feels like it was an evening well spent!
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We want an encore!
We were privileged to host the National Youth Orchestra at the end of September for a day filled with music.
They delivered workshops and performed for young musicians across the region as students from Outwood Portland Academy, Holgate Academy, East Leake Academy and Southwell Minster School joined us for the day.

What was particularly special was that the day was not just for students with instruments as one workshop was specifically aimed at giving students who do not already play an opportunity to be inspired.

Throughout the day we had a group of young promoters who helped our visitors and they were described as "amongst the best the NYO had worked with," according to their Educational Outreach officer, Nick Thorne.
Encore!
In the afternoon they treated us to a wonderful performance of Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' and it was sensational. It is what they performed during August at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, London. The hall was completely filled, both with the orchestra themselves and staff and students who were keen to enjoy their music.
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Tuxford Academy is looking for a new governor to join the academy board
New Governor
Reverend Greg Price (centre back), our Chair of Governors, with visitors who came for our Remembrance Service.
Tuxford governors play a crucial role in supporting the development of the academy.

The academy board is responsible for a wide range of matters, with three core functions:
  • setting the vision and strategic direction of the academy
  • holding the academy principal to account for its educational performance
  • ensuring financial resources are well spent. We are looking for a governor with a range of skills and we would particularly welcome someone with financial skills.
If you are interested in joining us, then please contact: Jane Stock, Clerk to Academy Board by email jstock@dalp.org.uk or 01777 861618 ext 450
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Key Dates – 2017
October November December
30th Year 11 Academic Tutorial Week

30th Year 7 Parent Coffee Morning
8th Year 12/13 Progress Evening

16th Non-uniform Day

16th Year 11 Celebration of Achievement Evening

17th School photographs –
siblings/Year 11 friendship photos

23rd Post 16 Open Evening
4th Year 9 Academic Tutorials week

11th INSET day

14th DALP Creative Arts Festival

20th Key Stage 3 Play – Scrooge

21st Year 7 Panto Trip

21st Post 16 Celebration
of Achievement Evening

22nd Non-uniform Day
(Christmas jumpers optional)
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  For further information please visit our website www.tuxford-ac.org.uk or contact Natacha Dunn on 01777 870001 ext 526  
     
 
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