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Hundreds of students were rewarded for their academic and extra-curricular achievements at our Presentation Evening.

Students from Year 8 to 11 received awards in front of a packed audience of parents, family members, carers and staff.

House awards were also made, with the Athletics Day Trophy going to Kolbe House and the  Attendance Shield being won by John Paul House.

The opening prayer was delivered by academy chaplain Jannice Richtof and this was followed by an introduction from deputy head teacher Hazel Boyce.

Kevin Gritton, head teacher , told the audience that it was sheer hard work and practice that made the difference rather than pure talent.

He said: “We talk a lot about talent and a lot of students have talent and gifts but the difference is not talent it’s sheer practice. Very often you think you are good at just one thing but not another but all of you here have got the ability to work hard, to practice, to attend well and to keep doing well.”

Mr Gritton paid tribute to his younger brother who was determined to become a professional footballer.

He said: “He was just like you and he had the same qualities and attitude, it wasn’t about being talented or gifted, it was about grafting and hard work. To achieve 100 per cent attendance, that’s hard. A massive well done to you, keep doing what you are doing, keep working hard and keep practising, practising, practising. Well done everyone.”

The academy’s chair of governors, Sherri Medcalf, also addressed students.

She said: “Many of you might have particular skills that allow you to achieve in certain areas more easily. For most of us achievements in some areas is realised through sheer effort and persistence. What we lack in natural ability we make up for in hard work. Don’t give up and think of the satisfaction you get when you work hard at something.”

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Tours for Year 6 pupils

We will be holding tours for Year 6 pupils and parents on October 10th and 16th starting at North Block – parents to arrive for a 9.15 am start please. The tours should be completed by 10.45am.

Derbyshire Skills Festival, Pride Park Stadium, 20 September 2018

Careers fair with opportunities to experience practical skills, find out what’s available post 16 such as college courses, apprenticeships and opportunities at local sixth forms. You will also be able to hear from local employers, the NHS and the armed forces to name but a few. Parents and carers are welcome to attend, see attached letter for further details.

SKILLS FESTIVAL LETTER TO STUDENTS

England trip arrangements

Parents/students need to meet at school at 1.15pm on September 8th for the trip to watch England Vs Spain.

Please check the information letter regarding how much spending money to bring:

England Football Letter 2018

Students should dress appropriately for an evening in September and are not allowed to bring any hot food/drinks on the bus.

Come on England!

Students are celebrating another record-breaking set of GCSE results this year.

Patrick Mowles, 16, achieved four 9s, four 8s and two 7s and an A in Further Maths.

He said: “I’m really happy especially as I want to go into Medicine and I got 9s in all of the Science and maths subjects so hopefully I’m on the right track. I want to study Biology, Chemistry and maths in the Sixth Form. I didn’t really worry about the exams after they’d finished as there was nothing I could do to change the result. I was a little bit nervous this morning and when I picked up the envelope.”

Caitlin Lewis, 16, achieved three 9s, four 8s, a B, two 6s and an A* in Further Maths.

She said: “My dad is a maths teacher at the school so I wanted to do well in maths to please him.  When I saw that I had two 9s I was really happy, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t think I’d get a 9 in maths as I didn’t get that in my mocks. I was quite shocked as I found the whole exam process quite tough.” I’m really pleased.”

Ceris O’Hara, 16, achieved six 9s, an A in Further Maths, an A in Sociology, two 8s and an L2 Merit in ICT.

She said: “I’m really, really happy. I didn’t feel nervous until about five days ago and I couldn’t get to sleep last night.”

David Kirkham achieved five 9s and five 8s and an A* in Further Maths and is staying on in the Sixth Form.

He said: “I was a bit flabbergasted when I saw my results. I really wasn’t expecting that.”

Mathew David achieved six 9s, an 8, two 7s, an A and an A*.

He said: “I’m staying on in the Sixth Form to study Further Maths, Maths and Physics. I was ecstatic when I saw my results. I was a bit nervous when I got the envelope but opening it was like ripping a Band Aid off.”

Brendan McAteer, 16, achieved five 9s, two 7s, two 8s, a 6 an A and an A* and Jade Jordon, who attends our Enhanced Resource Base, passed all of her exams, five of them at grade 4.

She suffers from left-sided hemiparesis, which is a weakening on her left side.

Talking about her results, she said: “It’s amazing. I was quite nervous and very emotional.”

Swimmer Charlotte Hall, 16, achieved grades including a 7, 6s, 5s and 4s along with a B.

She has spent part of the summer competing in the British National Swimming and English National swimming competitions. She won two silver medals at the English Nationals, in the 200 and 100 freestyle races.

Today’s GCSE results mean that the school’s Attainment 8 score, which measures the attainment across the best eight subjects of all pupils, has risen from 42.9 in 2017 to 48.1 in 2018. The school expects its Progress 8 score to be around +0.26 compared to -0.09 last year.

The percentage of pupils achieving a grade 4 or above in English and maths (equivalent to the old grade C) has improved from 62.3% last year to 65.7% this year.

Over 80% of all pupils achieved a 4 or above in English and 62% achieved a 5 or above in English.

The percentage achieving a 5+ in English and maths has also improved from 31.6% last year to 37.5% this year. A total of 57 grade 9s were achieved by pupils this year compared with 11 last year.

Mr Gritton said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s GCSE results, which are our best ever, and we would like to congratulate our students who worked so hard and our staff who supported them along the way. These results follow on from last week’s excellent A-level results, which saw students achieve a 100 per cent pass rate, and our Ofsted ‘Good’ rating which we achieved earlier in the year. We look forward to seeing many of our students return to our high-achieving Sixth Form.”

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