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    Academy Director's Blog - 26 September 2016

    26th September 2016

    Hello and welcome to my first blog, which will be a weekly update about events here at Queen Elizabeth's.

    The term has started with a clear plan of how to improve, and immediate steps to improve the experience for our young people.  The curriculum and enrichment programmes are being worked on as we speak to broaden their scope and ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience success at the highest levels, both inside the classroom and out.  Music, drama and dance will be new additions to the cu

  • INSET Day Friday 30th September

    26th September 2016

    A reminder to students and parents that the academy will be closed on Friday 30th September 2016 for staff training.  The academy will open again as normal on Monday 3rd October 2016.

  • Summer Holidays

    21st July 2016

    The Academy will be closed to students from Thursday 21st July 2016 until Tuesday 6th September 2016.

    • New Term: Tuesday 6 September – Year 7 start at 8:30am and meet in the Main Hall. Years 8 to 11 need to be at the Academy for 10:30am and will be directed to Tutor Groups for new timetables and information.

  • Academy Day

    15th July 2016

    Please find attached the timings of the Academy day

  • Young Professionals Conference

    14th July 2016

    On Thursday 14 July a group of identified Year 10 and Post 16 students visited the Derby Round House and attended a conference on careers and apprenticeships. 

    Students took part in four workshops to understand what businesses are looking for when recruiting young people for apprenticeships.  They also had the opportunity to talk independently with the businesses and colleges that were in attendance. This allowed time for students to develop their networking and confidence skills.

    The Year 10 students are no

  • Step up day – Race for Life

    12th July 2016

    On Tuesday 12 July Queen Elizabeth's Academy held a special day called “Step Up Day” the focus of this was around enterprise.  Each tutor group became their own business for the day.  Students developed skills around  organising  and running their own business. They created their ideas in the previous weeks during tutor time.  Each tutor group represents a House, therefore all the funds raised from the sales on the day will go towards the House Charities of the year. 

    We had support from local business Hal

  • Year 6 Transition Week

    8th July 2016

    From Monday 4 July  Year 6 students spent almost a week at Queen Elizabeth's Academy to help prepare for their start in September.

    Students had the opportunity to  tour the academy, take part in lesson experiences, experience a “ what about me day” which involved lots of team games and understanding everyone’s own strengths and differences. 

    The students spent time with their house leaders and completed transition booklets throughout the week, which allowed time for them to build relationships with key staff

  • Prom of 2016

    7th July 2016

    On Thursday 7 July the Year 11 students celebrated in style at The John Fretwell Centre in Sookholme were our annual prom is held.

    We certainly had some interesting transport this year from tractors, to cadillics to limousine and on foot!

    A big thank you to all the parents and carers for coming along to celebrate and support their son/daughters evening.  The arrival area was buzzing!

    All the young people had made a great effort and certainly dressed to impress all looking amazing !!!

    We wish all Year 11's well

  • Squash festival

    30th June 2016

    On Thursday 30 June Year 3 and 4 children from; St Peters Church of England, Flying High Academy and Crescent Primary School all came together for the QEA Family of Schools Squash Festival of the year.  Farmilo Primary School and Intake Farm Primary Schools, sadly could not make the final, however they had took part in the coaching within their Primary Schools.

    Queen Elizabeth’s Academy Sports Leaders were on hand to help support with the event and provide refreshments, some donations were received from the

  • INDUSTRIAL ACTION – Tuesday 5th July 2016

    30th June 2016

    The National Union of Teachers (NUT) representing some teachers in schools have voted to take industrial action in the form of a one-day strike on Tuesday 5th July 2016.

    We respect the teachers’ right to take this action in the dispute they have with the Department of Education.  However, we recognise that this will be disruptive to students’ education and can create problems for parents and carers.  We will therefore try our best to minimise any disruption to the normal function of the academy.

    The disrupt

  • Y5 Theatre Day

    23rd June 2016

    We would thank the following schools with their involvement in the Theatre Day: Farmilo Primary School, Crescent Primary School, Intake Farm Primary School and Wainwright Academy.

    The students performed really well to songs from the musical "We will rock you".

    We hope that they all had a great experience, and should any students wish to take up musical theatre they can contact Razzmaztaz!




  • QEA Family Parliament

    20th May 2016

    On Tuesday 16 May, we held the second meeting for the family parliament at Queen Elizabeth's Academy. Year 5 children from Queen Elizabeth's Academy Family of Schools attended. The idea of the family parliament is about the school children learning more about each other schools within the family. The minutes of the meeting are below: 

    • Mrs Riley welcomed all to the meeting. Year 7 students from QEA chaired the meeting. Each child introduced themselves and their school.

    • Crescent Primary School shared the minute

  • Old Elizabethan Association Annual Dinner

    20th May 2016

    Head students Chris Pickersgill, Jessica Williams, Alice Nicholls, Lucy Cowe and Ryan Clayton, supported Mr Smith at the annual Old Elizabethan Association Annual Dinner on Friday 13 May at the Oakham Suite in Mansfield. On arrival students were  greeted by the current President - Andrew Hughes who supports the Academy and is the Old Elizabethan Association School Liaison Officer to the Academy.

    Students had the opportunity to network on the evening with former students of Queen Elizabeth’s School and gain

  • Maun Valley Citizens

    25th April 2016

    The day arrived! The Accountability Assembly for Maun Valley Citizens was held on Monday 25 April at Vision West Nottinghamshire College and over 420 people attended the evening.  

    The Community Manager, Mrs Riley, is extremely proud to have been part of the growing Maun Valley Citizens alliance over the past two years.  This year at the assembly we had representation from schools, churches and community groups across the Ashfield area which was amazing. 

    The students from Queen Elizabeth’s Academy had been

  • Beacon Project

    20th April 2016

    We would like to say thank you to Farmilo Primary School, Intake Farm Primary School and Queen Elizabeth's Academy for supporting with the Family of Schools food collection for the Beacon Project this year. It was a hugely successful project. 

    As you can see from the photograph, a large amount of food was collected along with toiletries.

    Louisa from the Beacon Project was very grateful to the schools for taking the time to organise the collection and also appreciative of the school wanting to know more about

  • Year 7 Ambition Visit

    19th April 2016

    On Tuesday 19 April, a group of identified year 7 students took part in their annual visit to the University of Nottingham as part of the Ambitions Programme.  The students had the experience to learn more about what university life is like and what a typical day or week at university would look like for them. 

    They worked in groups with other students from different schools to design a "student to study" at the university and then planned out what the timetable would look like. The students took part in a

  • Southwell Minster Visit

    29th March 2016

    The whole of the Academy community, staff and students, visited Southwell Minster on Tuesday 29th March 2016 for an Easter Celebration Service. This was the first time the whole Academy community had visited the Minster and after the success of the event this will become an annual event in the future.

    The service was led by Fr Matthew Askey from the Minster and the Academy Chaplain, Mrs S Smart. The service focussed on the vision statement of the Academy: Seek Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with Your God.

  • Bishop Paul's Visit

    24th March 2016

    Bishop Paul Williams walked the Stations of the Cross with a group of students when he visited Queen Elizabeth’s Academy on Maundy Thursday.

    The group, which also included the Principal, Mike Smith, Chair of Governors Pam Bishop and the Academy Chaplain Steph Smart, paused at each station to pray and reflect with Bishop Paul.

    Each station was represented by a beautiful piece of artwork on the walls of the cloisters at the Academy. The art had been produced by  students.

    At the Fourteenth and final station – ‘J

  • Y8 Road & Passenger Safety Workshop

    11th March 2016

    On Friday 11 March 2016, all Year 8 students took part in a performance and workshop on road and passenger safety. Thank you to those students who volunterred to support the workshops, including: Jorden Judson, Jordan Mathers, Tilly Holbrook, Jorja Prudene and Riley Peat.

  • Y11 Ambition Programme

    8th March 2016

    On Wednesday 2 March, targeted Year 11 students attended a visit to the University of Nottingham. This was part of the University Post 16 Ambition Programme. The programme is deigned to support students throughout secondary education to make the most of their ambitions and support them to achieve their best.


    The focus of this visit was to support the students to learn the benefit of study skills at this key time of their educational journey.  Students also completed a series of maths revision sessions in pr