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!