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  • 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

  • Queen Elizabeth's Academy

    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

  • Creative Writing competition launch

    Creative Writing competition launch

    28th November 2016

    Following the success of our Mannequin Challenge last week, we want to link this in with a Creative Writing competition. This will be the first of these competitions, and we are opening this to the whole academy community including students, staff, parents, families and friends. There are four age categories to enable all to get involved.

    The theme for your creative writing is ‘I am a Mannequin’. Within a maximum of 500 words, provide us with a creative piece that summarises the theme – it could be a poem, s

  • Miss Brothwell

    Academy Director's blog - 28 November 2016

    28th November 2016

    This week I’d like to lay out some of the plans we have for the end of term.

    First of all, I’d like to reassure parents that students will be engaged in valuable learning time right up until the last day of term. There will be no DVDs or games played during learning time – every day counts.

    We, like other schools in the area, are planning to close early on the last day of term. We will break up at 12.30pm and there will be a tutor group party from 11.30am – 12.30pm. Friday 16th Dec will also be a Christmas th

  • QEA Futsal team

    Futsal success for year 10 boys team

    23rd November 2016

    Last week our talented year 10 boys Futsal team took part in the Mansfield Schools Futsal competition. The team, managed by Mr Paling and Mr Sisson, were competing in a combined year 10 and 11 tournament and worked very hard throughout the competition and did very well.

    Playing 6 games in total, they produced an amazing performance and managed to win 4 of their games, drawing the other two. The tournament was decided in the very last game where the Queen Elizabeth’s Academy faced the year 11 team from Manor.

  • Miss Brothwell

    Academy Director's blog - 22 November 2016

    22nd November 2016

    Hello and welcome to my blog in what will be my 11th week at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy.

    Last week our students showed yet again their community spirit when they raised money for Children in Need on Friday with a non-uniform day and various raffles and cake sales. We also celebrated anti-bullying week by wearing blue ribbons as a message to each other that we will not tolerate bullying, and that we will look after each other, even when at times it can feel difficult to do so.

    At our staff forum on Thursday we

  • Academy site on Remembrance Day

    Academy Director's Blog - 14 November 2016

    14th November 2016

    Neil and I are enormously proud of the staff and students at Queen Elizabeth's Academy, but I would like to use this blog to acknowledge and share some particular moments of success that we have experienced over the last week.

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, a team from our sponsor DALP arrived to give us a thorough review of our progress since the last inspection. They were amazed at the progress that we have made and were extremely impressed with the positive way that staff and students have responded. They saw

  • QEA netball team

    Tournament experience for our netball stars

    21st October 2016

    This week a group of talented Netball players from Queen Elizabeth’s Academy took part in the West Notts Under 14 tournament. The team played five games in total and showed superb attitude, performance and learned a lot about their individual and team play as the tournament progressed.

    Overall the girls drew two and lost three of their games, but the experience of playing in a tournament was invaluable and they improved in each game.

    The academy wishes to say a huge well done to all who took part. Feedback fr

  • Guest Blog - Mrs Bishop, Chair of Governors

    17th October 2016

    Hello there,

    My name is Pam Bishop and I am Chair of Governors at QEA. I have served as chair for the past three years and am delighted to be in post as the school moves forward under DALP (the new multi academy trust).

    I have lived in Mansfield for well over 40 years, teaching in local secondary schools before going on to train teachers at University of Nottingham and carrying out Ofsted school inspections nationally. I am now retired and have been able to give my time to QEA. I worship at St Mark’s Church i

  • Careers Fayre 111016

    Academy Director's Blog - 17 October 2016

    17th October 2016

    This has been an exciting week here at Queen Elizabeth's Academy. There are many photographs on our Facebook page of our visit from business leaders from a variety of businesses from across the region, an event organised by young people from Queen Elizabeth's and from All Saints, introduced by Mayor Allsop. This is part of a project supported by the Maun Valley Citizens organisation of which Queen Elizabeth's students are active members.

    We also had a very impressed Deputy Regional Schools Commissione

  • Careers Fayre Oct2016

    Students host Careers Fayre

    11th October 2016

    On Tuesday 11th October, a group of students from Queen Elizabeth’s Academy in Mansfield, working with peers from the All Saints School, organised and held a Careers Fayre at the academy’s Chesterfield Road site.

    The idea for the Careers Fayre came about following meetings with the Maun Valley Citizen’s jobs team, together with the Mansfield executive mayor Kate Allsop and representatives from Nottinghamshire County Council.

    At these meetings, students aired their feelings about wishing to meet with professio

  • Academy Director's Blog - 10 October 2016

    10th October 2016

    Over 200 potential and current parents visited the academy last week, and the feedback we have had has been fantastic. Staff and students are clear about what it is that we do well here at Queen Elizabeth's, and the journey of improvement that we are on and can articulate that to visitors and families of potential students. During my round of year 11 progress meetings with parents I have had the benefit of honest and open feedback about their experiences and we have discussed each student individually, ensu

  • Mr Holmes - Executive Principal

    Academy Director's Blog - 3 October 2016

    3rd October 2016

    My name is Neil Holmes, and I am delighted to introduce myself as the New Executive Principal of Queen Elizabeth's Academy. I am really looking forward to working with our new Academy Director Helena Brothwell and the rest of the team to take the Academy forward to become the school we all want it to be, and importantly the school that the young people who attend it need it to be. We will be relentless in focusing on improving all aspects of the provision that Ofsted identified as weaknesses.

    It was good to