It gives me great pleasure to write to you at the start of what is going to be a momentous year for the academy. Our students last year achieved some great successes in their GCSE examinations and our year 13 students achieved a 100% pass rate at A level. This year we have again ‘raised the bar’ and are working to ensure that students in all year groups do even better than before. We live by our motto of being ‘the best we can be’ and will work tirelessly to achieve the best for your child.
This year we have a wider range of courses on offer than ever before and our extracurricular clubs grow from strength to strength. One of the most pleasing developments from last year was that 100% of students in years 7-9 took part in a club, production or activity. The majority of the older students also took part in a club and almost all of who took part in the revision sessions we organised before the examination season started. We will continue to encourage all our students to get involved in the wider work of the academy to make the most of the opportunities on offer.
One of the biggest changes this year will be the move into our fantastic new building during the February half term. Great progress is being made and preparations are underway to make sure the move takes place as smoothly as possible. I will ensure that you are fully informed of the developments on the new build. Please also check in and look at the website for further information regarding the new build and all the other events and activities which are going on.
I continue to hold the position I took last year, to secure an outstanding future for the academy, and I continue to have the highest expectations of both the staff and students. I have met many of you this year during parent evenings, open evenings and rewards evenings etc.. I wish to continue to develop ways in which you can have a say in the way the academy is developing and so I will be running ‘Meet the Senior Team evenings’ where you will be able to pop into the academy and meet one of the team without an appointment. Of course you can contact the school at any time to speak to one of us, but I hope this new initiative will make it easier for you give us your input into the academy. You will be able to find more information about these evenings on the website in the near future.
Home learning is an important part of the learning journey that your child will be undertaking. Can you please support your child in completing work at home, on time and to the best of their ability. We will be using ‘Firefly’ our new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for most home learning activities and you will also be able to see what your child is doing in school in their newly designed planners.
As part of the drive to raise standards I would like to ask for your support in ensuring your child attends school punctually every day, in the correct uniform and equipped to learn. I would also like to ask your support on the use of mobile phones. They should be turned off and left in bags during the academy day unless instructed otherwise by a member of staff. We fully understand that you may wish to contact your child during the day and the office staff will be happy to help pass any messages on.
I look forward to meeting you during the year to come and to working in partnership with you to ensure a highly successful time for your child at Workington Academy.