Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A look back at 2016






Whitley Academy has had an incredible year, and we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on pupil successes, and the progress the school has made during the year. 

You can revisit some of our stories by clicking the links in blue below, or by viewing our full news page.
 

Most recently, Ofsted have published a report investigating the availability and effectiveness of enterprise education and work-related learning for pupils in secondary schools.

In the course of their visits to 40 secondary schools, inspectors looked at how well schools and businesses were engaging with each other and how these schools were promoting alternatives to university, including apprenticeships.

Whitley Academy was one of the 40 schools visited and praised in the report for their use of “the RSA’s Opening Minds competence framework as the main vehicle to cover enterprise capability and employability skills”.


On Monday 14th November, Mr Purslow and Mrs Nguyen collected the British Council's International School Award at a ceremony in London, on behalf of Whitley Academy. This is a very prestigious award which recognises our school's rich network of international partner schools, and there impact upon our students learning, confidence, and life experiences. 

On Friday 16th September, Whitley hosted the visit of Mark Carney (Governor of the Bank of England) in a live BBC television event. This was an invaluable experience for our students, who were given the chance to observe the BBC live production team, work with BBC reporters and presenters, and quiz Mark Carney on issues impacting their families locally. 

During the summer, Whitley proudly celebrated the best GCSE results we have ever had at the school, with 77% of students achieving 'C' grades or higher in English and Maths, a rise of 19% since last year.

On September 23rd, Whitley Academy pupils set off for the town of Ypres, Belgium, to visit the site of the most intense and sustained battles of the First World War. This was an invaluable experience for our pupils, who were given the chance to visit the town's historical monuments, and the remnants of the Somme's trenches.

On June 6th 2016, sports teams from each of the RSA Academies visited Whitley to compete in the RSA Academies Sports Day. All four schools proved to be very competitive, with some very tight games and close calls to be made in a number of sporting contests. On the day it was close, but Whitley Academy managed to keep hold of the RSA Shied and were crowned overall winners on 186 points.

The Whitley Academy Year 11 Leavers' Prom is always a fantastic evening, and so it proved again during the summer. Everyone at Whitley Academy is proud of the ex-Year Group for the fantastic efforts the pupils put into their exams, and we hope you can all be happy with the grades you received this summer.   

Here's to an equally fantastic year next year!

Whitley hosts successful Christmas Fair




Written by Amy – Year 8 student reporter


One of the most festive times of the year is fast approaching. Whitley Academy has already started celebrating the special occasion of togetherness by hosting the Christmas Fair on the 5th December for students, their families and our primary school feeders’ families.

With a lot of reds and greens, the festive spirit was everywhere. At 5pm, the school canteen was full of people and children. Amongst the noises of people talking, you could hear children running around asking their family members to buy Christmas presents for them.



Many people were enjoying themselves, entering a tombola, playing guessing games, such as guessing how much the cakes weighed, and guessing how many sweets were in the jar. There were some craft activities and biscuit decorating. You could buy many Christmas hand-made cards (by our History teacher Miss Wright), books, biscuits, Christmas teddies, and little bags made out of old material.

There were songs playing throughout the evening. One of the songs that some parents, students, and teachers particularly liked was ‘Walking through the Air’ by Howard Blake; it was in the film ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs.



Another song playing was ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ by Mariah Carey.

It was held in the school canteen, as soon as you stepped outside there was a cold blast of wind! It was dark and cold outside. Younger siblings of students were playing outside in the cold icy wind with faint cracks on the nearly frozen lake.
 

There were some very helpful students who gave up their time to help show some of the people where to go and they manned the stalls for teachers.

Mrs Roberts stood by the door noting all the students’ names in case of a fire alarm at the end of the night. She must have been cold, but she kept smiling all night long. 


It was very full evening but also very fun. 


Written by Sam - Year 7 student reporter 




Last night at the wonderful event, Christmas at Whitley Academy, I ran a stall for Macmillan Cancer Support to offer a whole range of cakes. I decided to do this because Macmillan has helped millions of people worldwide every day.

I had an amazing night, everyone was jolly, laughing hysterically; and best of all, eating delicious cakes , and the most important thing, all enjoying themselves.




 At around 3:10pm, after school, myself and Miss Reynolds made our way down to the canteen to get the best table (in our opinion). As we did so, the time was ticking on and I was getting more nervous because I didn’t know if anyone would buy any cake and if I would even raise any money while doing so. 


Then I got a text from my Mum: "Outside with the cakes". Then my heart relaxed, I went out to get them and brought them in to set them up on our table.

It was 5 o’ clock. There they were, the first customers standing in front of me. They spoke, I answered. I gave them their change and their goods (my auntie’s home-made cakes). All customers were happy. FINALLY I felt relaxed.




6 o’clock! Everything had been sold and gone. We opened the tub. It’s on the table. We counted £70.00! 

I was so proud of not only me but everyone who had helped: my Mum, my Auntie, Miss Reynolds and my classmates. It was a fantastic night and I hope everyone enjoyed it and had a good time.




Monday, 5 December 2016

Post 16 student has interviews to study at Cambridge University



 
Whitley Academy would like to wish Martyna, a successful Post 16 student, all the best in her interviews at Cambridge University to study Psychological and Behavioural Sciences.

Good luck!

As part of my preparation for higher education in 2017, I have applied to study Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. I aspire to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, as well as a Master of Science degree further in the future.
My career plans are not finalised, however I am interested in becoming a clinical or educational psychologist, or alternatively continue my studies to become an academic or researcher in a university. I am looking forward to attending Clare College for both of my interviews, and beginning the journey to undergraduate studies in Psychology at my chosen university in the near future.

– Martyna.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Whitley Academy features in Ofsted ‘Getting Ready for Work’ Report






Following Lord Young’s report in 2014, ‘Enterprise for all’, Ofsted have published a report investigating the availability and effectiveness of enterprise education and work-related learning for pupils in secondary schools.

In the course of their visits to 40 secondary schools, inspectors looked at how well schools and businesses were engaging with each other and how these schools were promoting alternatives to university, including apprenticeships.

Whitley Academy was one of the 40 schools visited and praised in the report for their use of “the RSA’s Opening Minds competence framework as the main vehicle to cover enterprise capability and employability skills”.


View Ofsted's report here.

Well done Whitley!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Whitley showcases 'outstanding' teaching practice to teachers from across Warwickshire





Written by Destiny-Alliah, Holly, and Sam - Year 7 student reporters

It was a gloomy, rainy day, on Thursday 10th November when, at Whitley Academy, the Partnership Plus teachers’ workshop took place. The workshop was to introduce over 50 teachers, from all over Coventry and Warwickshire, to 'outstanding' teaching practice, based around competences and growth mind-sets at Whitley Academy.

Our ambassador for this year was Miss Reynolds, who filmed a lesson with a group of her Year 7 pupils in advance of the session. She then played the footage to the visiting teachers, and talked about the lesson, speaking about objectives, and learning outcomes for the pupils.

The event has traditionally been very helpful for Newly Qualified Teachers, both at Whitley Academy, and from across Warwickshire.

“The event was a celebration of teacher collaboration; it was fantastic to see so many people together focused on improving outcomes for our learners through the excellent use of the RSA Opening Minds competences". - Mr Purslow, Director Of CPD and MFL at Whitley Academy.

Destiny, Holly, and Sam captured some thoughts from the teachers in attendance.





Mrs Nash, a visiting teacher, said, ‘I want to learn lots of information on how to inspire my students.’
 

Mrs Turner, a visiting teacher, said, ‘I want to share ideas and network with one another.’
 

Mrs Latue, a fellow teacher at Whitley Academy, said, ‘I want to gain ideas for competencies in the lessons I teach.’
 

Miss Reynolds, the host of the event, had the last word and said, ‘It's important to teach pupils to approach learning positively, to never give up, and to realise learning isn’t a straight line, and has ups and downs along the way'.
 













Monday, 7 November 2016

Year 7 student reporter works with BBC staff to report on Coventry City




Written by Holly, Year 7 student reporter

It was Tuesday 1st November 2016. Mrs Nguyen and Sam, our Year 7 student reporter, arrived at the Ricoh Arena at 5:30pm. There was to be a football match between Coventry City, the sky blues, against Chesterfield.

Outside the weather was very cold but dry. It’s November time after all. Mrs Nguyen said her knowledge of football wasn’t as knowledgeable as Albert Einstein’s! We laughed when we heard what she said.

However Mrs Nguyen and Sam were very excited to be able to watch the match sitting in the Ricoh Arena Press Box! At first we had no idea how the Press box would be! Later on we found out that in the Press Box there were many benches with internet and electric cables connected so that Journalists could report live to anywhere in the world!

As soon as they arrived, Sam started working with Martin – the Broadcast Journalist of BBC Coventry Warwickshire, and his team. Martin has been a Journalist for 17 years. Wow!





At 8:00 PM: the match started.

There were no goals in the first half. The first goal was scored at the 69th minute. The whole stadium became alive with many of the Sky Blue's fans responding wildly!

Then out of the blue, the second goal scored at the 80th minute. Mrs Nguyen and Sam shouted with joy. The weather was cold outside, but they felt warm inside. This was because Coventry had managed an important win.

At 10:30pm, Sam interviewed Sam Ricketts – the captain of the Sky Blues. It was nerve- racking. Sam managed to do his first ever interview with ONE take only! We felt very proud of Sam!


His interview with the Coventry City captain is now available here - https://www.facebook.com/bbccoventryandwarwickshire/videos/1219472758132360

That’s it for now, my first ever blog, thanks for reading!

By Holly –Year 7 student reporter.