We are still celebrating the best GCSE results in our history with 55% of all students getting A* to C in both English and mathematics. Although you can see that this was the highest percentage our students have ever scored, you will not know how good this was in terms of the students’ starting points, which is how Ofsted measures the quality of the school.
On a progress measure, this puts our students in between the top 5% nationally and the top 20% nationally. (From where they started, 51% would have scored top 20 and 59% would have scored top 5, so at 55% we calculate that our students ended up in about the top 10% nationally for progress)
Academy Sponsors and School Improvement
I wrote to you in May to tell you that we are researching possible sponsors to help develop The Academy further. We already have our Ofsted Good grade, but we want to be the first genuinely non-selective school in Eastbourne to become Outstanding. I also told you that we are looking at schools or multi-academy trusts that can work with us on joint improvement projects. The office of the Regional Schools Commissioner put us in touch with the Swale Academies Trust which runs six secondary schools in Kent and has worked with a couple of East Sussex schools in the past. Swale has experience working with a similar cohort to TEA and have achieved good results over a number of years, including an Outstanding judgement in its flagship school. We started partnership working with Swale in September where they are sharing good practice with us and we are sharing our good practice with them. They will be presenting to Governors in November on possible future models of working.
School Trip to Iceland
This weekend some of our students are on a trip to Iceland to look at geographical features, glaciers, the Northern Lights and a completely different ecosystem. This trip is being led by Mr Pavey, our Head of Humanities, and is one of the huge number of trips and visits we run at The Academy. We wish them a safe journey and an amazing few days.
We have a vacancy for a parent governor and we would like to encourage parents/carers to consider this role. Please find the information in this Post.
Parent Consultation Group
The Parent Consultation Group continues to provide a voice to our parents. It is run by parents for parents with the support of Mr Jones (Assistant Principal). I encourage all parents to get in touch with the Parent Voice Group either by e mail to Mr Jones on email@example.com , on the website under Parents, or its own e mail address firstname.lastname@example.org .
Answers to some parent questions
At a recent meeting of the Parent Consultation Group, parents asked about the cost of school trips and also about the cost of food in the Canteen. Here is some information for all parents in case you have the same questions.
When there is a school trip, how are the costs worked out? Do parents end up paying for staff to go?
Any school trip is supposed to break even so we work out the cost we are being charged by the company or destination (plus the travel) and then calculate the cost to parents. Travel companies usually offer a few free adult supervisor tickets for a certain overall number of tickets sold. This is because the companies do not want to have to pay for supervision of young people and prefer to offer the free tickets so that the school staff will do the supervision for them.
The Academy keeps a small hardship fund to use when families are really struggling to pay for the cost, but this is only supposed to be used in a real crisis.
Does The Academy make a profit on the food it charges in the Canteen?
We have to try and cover our costs in the Canteen, but we operate at a loss overall and subsidise the food quite heavily. Here is a chart showing the figures for the Canteen over the last three years so you can see for yourselves.
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Food & Supplies
By having our own employees we can ensure the quality of the food we serve as well as having a proper choice. In the past when we had outside caterers, they would tell us what they could do for the money and we did not think this was not good enough for our students.
Attendance at The Academy is running at an all time high. Since the beginning of this school year, our total attendance is 95.4% which is well above the national average and is a really impressive total. Thank you to all the work you put in as families to make sure the children get into school on time and ready to work.
There are still a huge percentage of children who have never missed a single day so far in their school career - exceptional!
Attendance of 97% or better will get students free entry to our own Attendance Celebration Event in the Summer, so keep it up!
Parent Governor Vacancy
The governing body at The Eastbourne Academy work alongside the school’s Senior Leadership Team and staff. The governing body consists of 16 people from different areas / groups, including parents, staff and the Sponsors – Sussex Downs College and East Sussex County Council, working together as a team to secure the best education for your children. We currently have a vacancy for a Parent governor.
Parent governors play a very important role in keeping the governing body aware of the views of all parents. They are a vital part of our team at The Eastbourne Academy and the role requires time and commitment. Governors are expected to attend 4 full governing body meetings per year and join a committee which is a further 4/5 meetings (meetings last approximately 2 hours). In addition governors are expected to undertake training to help them understand the part they play in The Academy’s life.
If you are interested in being nominated and/or want further information please feel free to contact Jo Saunders, Clerk to the Governing Body, email@example.com . Please also contact Jo for a copy of the nomination form and disqualification regulations. Any nominations should be received via the above email address by 5pm on Friday 4thNovember 2016. Should more than 1 applicant apply an election will take place, further details will follow.
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