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  • Academy directors blog June 2017

    Academy Director's blog - 19 June 2017

    19th June 2017

    It has been a busy few weeks at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. GCSE exams went without a hitch and our students were impeccably behaved. Our year 11 students left on Friday and we look forward to seeing some of them on work experience with us, in for their exams, and we are very excited to see everybody at prom. We are very proud of year 11 and wish them all the very best for their next steps.

    The past weeks have also been difficult as students have tried to come to terms with the tragedies which have happened i

  • Books2Africa charity appeal

    Our students need your charitable help!

    15th June 2017

    As part of our values, supporting those less fortunate is something that is embedded into the mind-set of all students at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. Recently, we have been collecting unused and unwanted textbooks that are to be donated to the charity Books2Africa, who support education throughout the African continent, providing textbooks and learning materials to children and schools that cannot afford to buy these.

    This is where we need your help. Pictured are a number of our students and Mrs Dixon alongsi

  • Parent governor elections

    15th June 2017

    Further to the recently advertised vacancy for a new Parent Governor at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, we are delighted to have received two expressions of interest from parents. As we have received more than one interested party, the decision on who will take the role has to be decided by a ballot of our students’ parents.

    All students at the academy will be taking home a letter with details of our candidates, together with a ballot paper that must be returned to the academy by 10.00am on Tuesday 20th June 2017

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    Academy Director's blog - 12 June 2017

    12th June 2017

    Queen Elizabeth’s Academy is transforming its curriculum for 2017/18. Committed to a broad curriculum, our students enjoy the full English Baccalaureate suite of subjects with the important additions of music, drama, art, ICT, physical education, and options at key stage 4 for business studies, law, child development and psychology.

    Big changes – a knowledge-based curriculum
    From September 2017, the style in which our students are taught is significantly changing. It is our intention to deliver the curriculum

  • Thy Kingdom Come 2017

    Academy prays for Thy Kingdom Come

    25th May 2017

    Today our academy community has united with Christians in the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Diocesan day of prayer. This national event enables Christians to spread the word through serving God in a variety of ways. It is about seizing opportunities, particularly in the wake of the Manchester bomb attack, to show the light and love of God within our own community.

    There have been a number of opportunities for all to show their faith on Ascension Day, starting with Holy Communion with celebrant Archdeacon David Picken.

  • Governor vacancy - May 2017

    Parent governor vacancy

    22nd May 2017

    Queen Elizabeth's Academy are looking for a new parent governor to join our academy board. We are looking for skilled volunteers from all backgrounds to support the ongoing progress of the academy.

    Our 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 director to account for its educational performance
    - ensuring fina

  • Ambitions event - April 2017

    University of Nottingham 'ambitions' visit

    26th April 2017

    As part of our drive to raise the aspirations of our students, on Friday 21 April a group of year 7 students took part in a workshop with staff from the University of Nottingham. The purpose of the session was for these students to focus on their ambitions for the future, together with giving them a glimpse at what university life is all about.

    As part of the workshop, students completed an activity that focused on their hopes for the next 2 years, 10 years and 20 years’ time. They also took part in a drama

  • Governor update - Mar 2017

    Update from our chair of governors

    29th March 2017

    As we approach the end of term, I wanted to provide you with my reflections for the first few months of 2017.

    Firstly, it was great to read the comments from Ofsted which show the progress we are making as an academy. I know I speak on behalf of the Local Academy Board in praising the efforts of both students and staff in the progress you have made. I am confident that by working together becoming an outstanding school will be part of our future. To achieve this we will need to maintain this level of focus a

  • Academy Director's blog - 20 March 2017

    20th March 2017

    Welcome to my latest blog, a chance for me to update you on what has been happening in a very busy few weeks here at Queen Elizabeth's.

    We have had confirmation that now the academy has been rebrokered to DALP, Ofsted and the government recognise that we need time to embed the changes that we are putting in place. Therefore, they have nominated us as a 'fresh start school', meaning that our Ofsted rating is wiped clean and we have two years before they will return, (rather than the termly monitoring that we

  • Shrove Tuesday celebrations

    Shrove Tuesday celebrations

    3rd March 2017

    This week food technology students from key stages 4 and 5 found out more about the traditions and history of Shrove Tuesday, together with enjoying a tasty practical session!

    Did you know that ‘Shrove’ stems from the old English word ‘shrive’, meaning ‘confess all sins’? It is also called Pancake Day as it was traditionally the time to eat up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs as Lent starts.

    Some of our students had never made pancakes before, so the practical aspect of the lessons was not only great fun b

  • Revision sessions

    Revision support session held for parents

    23rd February 2017

    The week we invited parents of our year 11 students to the academy, to help them support their child with revision in the lead up to exams this summer. Our experience is that when parents can understand and support their son/daughter with revision, the student performs better and is more engaged with their learning.

    We will be holding a further revision support session on Tuesday 28th February at 4pm should any other parents or carers wish to attend. A free goodie bag with revision resources and a booklet

  • Academy Director's blog Feb2017

    Academy Director's blog - 21 February 2017

    21st February 2017

    Welcome back to Queen Elizabeth’s. I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on a very busy and productive half term.

    I hope that you have been able to make the most of our new mobile phone app called ‘My Ed’ which is giving parents vital, live information about their child’s attendance, reward and behaviour points and is an easy way that we can communicate with parents. It translates information for our parents who have English as an additional language and is a free way for you to communicate back a

  • Improvement recognised by Ofsted

    Praise from Ofsted following inspections

    9th February 2017

    Both Wainwright Primary Academy and Queen Elizabeth’s Academy have both recently been subject to monitoring visits from Ofsted and have demonstrated positive improvements after just one term under the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership.

    The inspections took place at Queen Elizabeth’s and Wainwright on 30 November 2016 and 18 November 2016 respectively and highlighted the great improvements made, specifically in the areas of leadership, teaching and behaviour.

    Findings at Wainwright concluded that work to

  • Fayd Saleh with students

    International footballer coaches students

    2nd February 2017

    Students at the academy have recently received some expert football coaching and have been supporting the ambitions of Syrian ex-professional footballer and refugee Fayd Saleh, as he has been training some of our aspiring young goalkeepers in their PE sessions.

    Mr Saleh, 31, who resettled in Mansfield in late 2015 with his young family, is currently extending his learning in sports development at Vision West Nottinghamshire College to support his coaching qualifications. As part of his course, Fayd has linke

  • Academy prefects 2017

    New academy prefects elected

    1st February 2017

    One of the key functions of secondary education is to prepare students for contributing to society as they grow into adulthood. Offering opportunities for personal development is at the core of what we do at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, and this week a group of students received their reward for showing initiative and the desire to push themselves further.

    Pictured are the students who last term applied to be prefects for the academy and within their own house groups being presented with their new badges.

    The r

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    Academy Director's blog - 16 January 2017

    16th January 2017

    Hello and welcome back to Queen Elizabeth’s Academy in what is going to be a very exciting new year for us. It has started extremely well with our December Ofsted letter being published (click here to read in full)  that emphasised a clear message that we are doing the right things to put the academy back on track towards ‘outstanding’. Some of the key messages from the letter are:

    ‘The principal and the executive principal have worked very well together to deliver clear and unequivocal messages about the sc

  • Pintsize Theatre Company

    Internet safety performance delivered

    12th January 2017

    Keeping children safe online is a major concern for our society, and students at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy this week received a timely reminder about how to protect themselves as the Pintsize Theatre Company visited to deliver a strong message about this subject.

    Pintsize are currently touring academies and schools in Nottinghamshire to deliver plays and workshops that help support students’ understanding of a variety of subjects relating to personal development and welfare. The play was performed to our yea


    Train to teach with the TVTSA

    12th December 2016

    Are you considering a career in teaching? As a member of the Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance (TVTSA), Queen Elizabeth's Academy and schools across the region are offering the opportunity to gain experience in the classroom and apply for one of 50 School Direct trainee places for 2017 entry.

    What is School Direct?
    School Direct allows you to train to teach in a school of your choosing – with the expectation that you’ll then go on to work there on completion of the programme.

    All TVTSA School Direct places

  • Inaugural Parents' Forum held at the Academy

    9th December 2016

    On Wednesday 7th December 2016 we held the inaugural meeting of our new Parent Forum. The event provoked successful discussions focused on parent survey responses, attendance, behaviour and uniform.

    The feedback from the meeting was very positive. A selection of the comments from parents include:

    • "Absolutely brilliant meeting. I feel that the academy will be taken to a new level of excellence and that to me is very important. I am very impressed."
    • "Improvements are happening which is great!"
    • "This meeting was v
  • Academy Director's blog Dec2016

    Academy Director's blog - 8 December 2016

    8th December 2016

    Last week we were delighted to welcome Ofsted who came in to assess our progress. We had two inspectors in for two days and they gave us extremely useful feedback about the progress they saw, and the areas they would like us to develop further. The inspector commented that she couldn’t think of anything more that could have been done in the time we’ve had. I am very reassured that she felt that we were focussing on the right areas and could demonstrate impact in even such a short time.

    It is clear that we ne