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As we near the end of the GCSE exam series, the year 11 students had a welcome reward by taking part in their enrichment activities on Friday.  The students have embraced the exams and have been amazing throughout with their efforts and behaviour.

The summer term brings two new club offers – Ultimate Frisbee, Wednesday’s from 3.00pm until 4.00pm and Rounders, Thursday’s from  3.00pm until 4.00pm.

All clubs continue to run from this week.  To attend a club, students need to sign up through MCAS or via a letter, which can be collected from the main office.

Our year 9 Inspire+ sports ambassadors represented the school this week by supporting at a cricket match.  Next week they will be helping with the Mini-Olympics at the Meres Leisure Centre, where over 50 primary schools will be taking part.

Enrichment continues to provide our students with new opportunities and experiences, this week’s highlights were; baking scones, archery, mountain biking, clay modelling, eye ball dissection, guitar playing in music and chess.

During Mental Health Awareness week, Year 7 students took part in and won a competition to promote mental health awareness in the Lincolnshire area.  A hamper full of goodies was shared between all students who took part in the competition.

The students produced some lovely artwork to encourage ‘Movement’, and students in 7AJK put together a brilliant video that has been shared not only with the Lincolnshire Mental Health Team but also with all NHS Mental Health teams across the country.

Congratulations to all students who took part.

This week, several of our year 7 and 8 students were awarded certificates that they gained from the recent UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.

This year has given us the best results we have ever had!

Overall, 12 of the 36 students who took part in the challenge were awarded either bronze or silver certificates.  Charlie Tulloch was awarded a silver certificate and also named Best in Year, while Daniel Ballaam was also awarded silver and named Best in School.

Congratulations to all the students who took part.  You should be extremely proud of yourselves

A group of year 8 students have visited Nottingham University on National Numeracy Day.  The visit started with a talk by Dr Ria Symonds followed by a data task in small groups.  After the group had solved their maths problems they had a tour of the campus.  The students were very impressed with the facilities at the University and learnt about clubs and societies students can join as a student at the University.

The day finished with a Q & A session with University lecturers and maths undergraduate students.  Thank you Nottingham University for hosting us for the day.

Year 9 have made their first afternoon teas in their food technology lesson.
The students have worked in teams to choose their own recipes and have baked cheese scones, chocolate cupcakes, iced muffins, blueberry and strawberry cakes, and Mrs Bainbridge’s favourite – Biscoff flavoured shortbread biscuits!
Their families will be having a delicious tea this evening 🧁🥧🍪

This week West Grantham Secondary Year 7 football team played Charles Read Academy at home.  The team has some impressive individuals who performed well in a difficult game. The attitude of the students was fantastic and they worked tirelessly throughout the game.  Emlyn Broad, Aaron McClory and Charlie Tulloch were standout performances, with player of the match being awarded to Aaron McClory for outstanding play and excellent work ethic.

STEM club investigated copper extraction and purification. The students worked well and showed great technical ability in obtaining pure copper from copper oxide. Scientists of the week were Torin Milne and Hedwin Ajesh for excellent practical technique and an attention to detail.

The enrichment program continues to provide our students with opportunities to explore new skills, hobbies and interests. Archery, cooking, escape rooms, golf and football were really enjoyed by the students this week.

Exam season has started, and the year 11 students have shown great maturity preparing for the exams. There is a real focus and drive to be ready to tackle the next three weeks and the students seemed extremely confident entering their biology exam this morning.

It has been a  busy week at West Grantham Secondary Academy.  Years 9 and 10 were visited by the Army for Surge Training. The students took part in team building activities and were given information about various careers in the Army, pay and pensions. Staff and students alike were surprised by the generous pay and pensions on offer!

Year 7 students went on a visit to the Natural History Museum in London.  The students were very impressed with the actual size of the animals on display.

The craft club is becoming self-sufficient and sustainable.  They are producing high-quality work which they are selling to be able to fund more materials for their next project.

STEM club investigated endothermic and exothermic reactions, luckily the exothermic reactions avoided setting the fire alarms off – just! Scientists of the week was Libby Cullington, well done Libby.

A group of year 10 students attended Lincoln university to view the campus and accommodation.

The P.E department are transitioning to summer sports in preparation for the fast approaching sports day.  Clubs are being updated as dodgeball comes to an end and replaced with rounders from next week (Wednesday 3-4pm)

Year 9 and Year 10 have taken part in an Army Surge Training Event.

Students learnt about life in the British Army and the variety of careers available in the armed forces.  They were then challenged with a STEM activity and were given the task of building a solar communication tower.

They had a great day!

The year 7 boys football team headed to Walton Academy for a football fixture this week. The team showed commitment and flair throughout and held Walton until the last 15 minutes of the game. Two speculative shots and a penalty produced a flattering 3-0 win for Walton Academy. The final score did not reflect the game overall and the team deserved a draw at the very least. Player of the match was Paul Olaitan, however, Mr Brown said any of the players could have claimed the award and thanked the team for their efforts.

STEM club investigated static electricity on Wednesday with some excellent results from the Vaan de Graaf generator. Scientist of the week was Oliver Kingston for his mature attitude to practical work.

During term 6 there will be changes to the clubs on offer.  Rounders, golf and athletics have been introduced to replace dodgeball.

Students need to be registered through MCAS to attend.  Registers will be open on MCAS towards the end of term 5.

On Wednesday evening the Year 7 football team played a fixture against Walton Academy.

The game was very evenly matched with the final result of 3-0 to Walton not reflecting how hotly this game was contested.

The team represented the academy brilliantly and should be very proud of their performance.

During the Easter holidays, Aliona Fardell and Lennon Walker held a Book n’ Bake sale and raised £455.86.

After realising that there are families in the community who are struggling to pay for food, they organised the sale in support of these families.

They used the proceeds to buy essential items and delivered them to the Foodbank.

We are very proud of their commitment to help others, well done Aliona and Lennon!

Grantham Journal – 8 April 2024

This week in the library we have been celebrating Shakespeare Week.

During the week, students enjoyed playing a board game based on Shakespeare’s life, winding their way through plague, marriage, and rebellion as they learnt all about the famous bard.

We started to read A Midsummer Night’s Dream before our eager poets-in-the-making created their own Haikus based on the mystical events in Athens and the many lovestruck characters.

Our Kahoot quiz included all year groups who impressed us with their Shakespeare knowledge – do you remember who spoke the famous line “Once more unto the breach, dear friends”? I’ll give you a clue: it was one of the Henrys!

To end the week, the library held a Scavenger Hunt during lunchtime. Students searched high and low for facts about Shakespeare and his work, and some felt quite betrayed by the particularly sneaky hiding spots! It was a wonderful end to an incredibly jam-packed week, celebrating such an important part of our literature and our culture.

On Wednesday, the Year 8 football team played a home fixture against Walton Academy.  It was a tough fixture for the team but the players never gave up and demonstrated an excellent attitude and team spirit. There was some excellent goalkeeping in the first half, which kept Walton Academy at bay until our goalkeeper suffered an injury.  The game was even until 20 minutes from the end when Walton Academy scored the winning goal.  Well done to both teams for a fantastic game!

This term sees two more fixtures and an away fixture for the girls’ team next Monday.

In STEM club this week, we investigated the heat of neutralisation, which required a high degree of accuracy in measurements of volume and temperature.  Concentration skills were a must!

The enrichment program continues to offer new experiences to our students, with highlights of the week being:

  • Eyeball dissection.
  • Quick and easy folded flatbreads in food.
  • History displays.
  • Bass guitar – smoke on the water solo!

During PHSE drop down day on Thursday, Year 11 students received a talk based on revision techniques and growth mind set from LincHigher.  New revision techniques and wellbeing were amongst discussions and the students were pleased to pick up some strategies to help them through the exam series.

https://www.thefuturefocus.co.uk/students/

The girls all played extremely well, with the final score being 6-2 to West Grantham Academy. Our goals came from Tracey Oliviera with a hattrick, Isabella Cuttle with two and Alana Harrison with one.

Every single girl gave it their all and did themselves proud. Our captain, Shaila Willets, led from the back with an impressive defensive performance, and a special shoutout also has to go to Alexis Parnell and Gracie-Sue McGibbon, who both bravely volunteered to go in goal, and both performed excellently.

The afternoon was rounded of with a cheerful rendition of Sweet Caroline in the bus back to the Academy. Once again, a huge congratulations to all of the girls in the team!

In celebration of Shakespeare Week, and in preparation for their GCSE English Literature exams, pupils in years 10 and 11 had the wonderful opportunity to watch a special revision-based performance of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.

Pupils particularly enjoyed the Porter’s shenanigans, including rolling around on the stage and spraying water into the air!

Pupils had the opportunity to ask the Director about the play and the choices he had made for his version of the performance.

One pupil was very disappointed that they did not get to see a realistic version of Macbeth’s severed head!

We look forward to sharing experiences of live performances with pupils with more theatre trips coming soon.

This week students have been learning about the careers opportunities in science.  In science lessons, teachers have presented ‘A Scientist a Day’ showcasing the wide range of green careers in the science field.  For more information on green careers in science, please click here.

STEM club have celebrated British Science Week with a hands on approach in dissecting lungs, hearts and eyes.  Students have investigated the heart chambers, inflated lungs and have extracted the lens from an eye.

They found the inflation of the lungs fascinating! Please click here to see a video of their experiment.

In STEM club this week the students have used red cabbages to make their own indicators to test for acids and alkalis. The students agreed it was a better indicator than the traditional laboratory stock. 

The learning support team have been making craft items for Easter.  They will be selling the items they make to raise funds for materials for future craft projects. 

Pet therapy continues to be a great support for our students, with groups interacting with and learning how to use hand signals to train the dogs. The dogs enjoy their bonus treats as well at the end of each session.

Enrichment continues to provide our students with a wide range of activities and experiences to complement their education. This week’s highlights were a fantastic display of static electricity in science, some lovely cupcakes and flapjacks in cookery, live music courtesy of the music department, and confident cycling skills from Mr Butt’s cycling group. 

Next week is Science week and the academy will see a focus on careers in science.  

April also look very busy for our sporting clubs, with football fixtures throughout the month and the dodgeball club taking part in a tournament in Derby.  Good luck to all of our students taking part in sporting fixtures.

Throughout the week, the Library has hosted a number of activities in celebration of World Book Day.

On Wednesday, the Library classroom was transformed into ‘La Book Café’ where students were invited to a book tasting.  Waiters served a wide range of books from a number of genres and due to the success of this event the café will be opening again to students later in the year.

Throughout the week students have taken part in a Book Swap.  They have brought unwanted books into school to exchange for books donated by other students.  We saw over 100 books swapped during the week!  The students demonstrated their fantastic community spirit by giving their swap tokens to friends who hadn’t been able to bring a book to swap.

On Thursday teachers finished their lessons with a few minutes of reading from their favourite books.  Students heard from a great selection of books, including Goodnight Mr Tom, The Hobbit, and Skandar and the Unicorn Thief.  Miss Phillip’s choice of the Lord of the Flies was so popular that her class want it to be their new class reader book and students are requesting for it to be added to the Library stock!

Friday saw our regular weekly Kahoot being taken over by our Book Club.  They created 32 questions ranging from Roald Dahl to Harry Potter to Heartstopper.  They had great fun coming up with red herrings for the multiple choice questions, although we are not quite sure how many were fooled into thinking Frankenstein had flowing pink hair!

Thank you to Miss Mackintosh for organising a brilliant week of reading and activities.

With Spring in the air, the resident pigeons are getting ready for their annual courtyard nesting.  Students are able to monitor their progress in building their nest via a newly installed camera.

The Learning Support team have been working with students on the skills of design technology, art and creative media to record the welcome arrival of Spring.

The Duke of Edinburgh students are making great progress in learning new skills towards their Bronze Award.

New skills being learnt are wood carving, improving on drawing skills, learning a new crochet stitch pattern, and learning how to read, write and speak Korean.

On 26 February 2024, 16 students across years 7 to 10 successfully took part in lifesaving CPR training sponsored by the British Heart Foundation.

Students used an online platform called Classroom RevivR and were able to get hands on experience of CPR and defibrillator training via technology within the classroom.

BBC Look North reporter Crispin Rolfe has visited the Academy to report on our new flexible working timetable.  He interviewed the Principal, Clare Barber, teachers who benefit from the flexible rota, and students.

The introduction of the timetable comes at no additional cost to the Academy and staff still work full time.  Ms Barber told Mr Rolfe that the timetable allows teachers to have similar flexible working opportunities as people in other jobs.  She added that teachers get the opportunity to be ‘masters of their own time’ and it was about giving ‘professional trust’ to them.

Teaching staff are allocated free periods within their timetables once a fortnight to plan and prepare for lessons.  They can do this in school or working from home for a day.

Five teaching staff so far are part of this new initiative, which Ms Barber describes as a ‘monumental change’.

For the full BBC Look North broadcast, please click here.

New Grantham School Rota Allows Teachers To Work From Home BBC News

We are delighted to have been Ofsted rated as Good with Outstanding features.

The inspection team noted that the school ‘serves its pupils with expert care, love and kindness’ and that ‘pupils’ behaviour is exemplary’ and ‘they are an absolute credit to the school and its community’.  A full copy of the report is on this link: Ofsted Report January 2024

Thank you to all of our parents, carers and the local community for your continued support of our academy, as we celebrate this momentous occasion.

Year 11 students have attended a talk delivered by Colour Sergeant Fraser McLennan of the Royal Navy.

He spoke to students about the perks of a career in the forces and the many career opportunities that are on offer, including continuing their studies with the Royal Navy and apprenticeship opportunities. He also introduced the students to the ‘Role Finder’, which can be accessed by clicking on this link: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/find-a-role

This week in Collective Worship we have been celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week, with the theme ‘My Voice Matters!’

Students have been creative with exploring what matters to them in a reflection and wellbeing activity.

Our International Film Club enrichment group wish all a Happy Chinese New Year and good luck in the Year of the Dragon新年快樂

STEM club was very fragrant this week with the aromas of vanilla and rose water.

With valentines round the corner the students used their time to produce some colourful and pungent bath bombs. As can be seen from the pictures some were more successful than others! The clean-up operation was also a bit hit and miss but the laboratory smells quite nice.

In honour of Holocaust Memorial Day, students have been thinking about the past and present suffering of the Jewish people.

Students contributed to a Memorial Flame:

  • yellow flames carry messages to survivors of the Holocaust and expressions of love and sympathy, and
  • orange flames ask the students to consider how they might feel if they were persecuted because of who they are.

Our students made us very proud once again with their thoughtful and mature responses.

This week saw years 9 and 11 enter the football county cup. Both teams played very strong opposition and found the going tough. The year 11 team lost 13-1 to Louth grammar school with Keanan Burnett scoring the only goal of the game for West Grantham. The attitude, spirit and commitment shown by the year 11 boys in adverse conditions is it credit to the team.

A mixture of year 8 and 9 played in the year 9 county cup draw. Again, another tough draw against a selective grammar school saw the team work hard but suffered a heavy defeat. Credit to the team as they never stopped trying despite the scoreline.

The STEM club are a very enthusiastic group and enjoyed the combination of maths and science, this week they had the privilege of Mr Hulse who helped the students calculate the speed of sound.

Art Club students experienced a really nice relaxed atmosphere at the end of a busy week on Friday.  The students had the choice of clay sculpting, teaching one another to crochet or creating a drawing from their imagination.

In contrast, the Dodgeball Club was back this week with no-one safe from the flying dodgeballs!  Mr Brown reminded students of the finer rules of the sport before again being drowned out by the noise of enthusiastic play.

Book Club had a more sedentary feel, with students and staff playing a game of Book Bingo.  Miss Jackson was the enthusiastic bingo caller adding to the fantastic atmosphere.

Debate Club considered a ban on the use of slang terms in school.  There were some very interesting views on writing texts and the need for accurate punctuation and grammar.  The long-term aim of the club is to develop the debating skills of the students and enter local debating school competitions.

As part of  Global Wordsearch Day on Tuesday, Miss Mackintosh organised a giant 100 word wordsearch.  This proved very popular with students and as a team they completed the puzzle in rapid time!

Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the sleep workshop and to Dave Gibson for presenting the session.

There were some really useful tips for establishing an effective sleep routine.

If you were unable to join us for the session, or would like to view the presentation again, please click here.

Clubs were back in full swing this week after the Christmas break, with a distinct focus on fitness!  A number of students are improving their fitness as a New Year’s Resolution and joined Miss McCulley in the Fitness Suite.

The sportiness even spread to the chess club, not sure that PE kit was essential!

In contrast to the New Year /New Me approach in the Fitness Suite, the Drama students who had a very busy pre-Christmas rehearsing for their show, opted for a more sedate Wednesday club activity.  The warm of sleeping lions was a good choice for all!

The sports clubs running for the spring term can be found on this link.

 

 

Year 9 and 10 have made a start on their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Their first task is to complete their skills, volunteering and physical sections of the award. We are looking forward to seeing how the students progress and can’t wait for the expedition in the warmer, and hopefully drier, months!

Yesterday evening we welcomed family and friends and our Chair of Governors, Martin O’Connell, to watch students perform a ‘Showcase of Creativity’.

Students from Drama Club and Drama Enrichment have worked hard all term to write their own scripts and performed a Christmas themed comedy performance. We had an evil elf stealing Christmas, children running wild at the North Pole and Carollers with attitude arguing with two cheery elves all wonderfully performed by Aliona, Faith, Paul, Aiden, Sophie, Lana, Mina, Axel, Lola-Rose, Izzy, Betsy, Aaliyah and Gabe.

The music department had some great acts with Liam, Blaine and Rysz  performing a tribute to Metallica that had the audience rocking, Keira and Amelia showing off what they have been learning at keyboard club and treating us to a rendition of Jingle bells on the piano, and Toni performing a beautiful piano solo.

Lana’s mum had a brilliant surprise with Lana performing a solo on the flute after only having five lessons!

Dance club worked together to choreograph an emotional Christmas themed dance to ‘Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas’.  Our Dance Club performers were Abi, Annabella, Jorgie, Gabriella, Devon, Maisie, Mollie and Amelia.

The school Choir of Libby, Maisie, Bernadette, Amelia, Ellie-Bee, Mollie, Keira and Caitlin closed the show with a rendition of ‘It’s Christmas’.

A big thank you to Miss Blencowe for organising the show and helping the students put together fabulous performances.  Well done everyone!

Students have been rewarded for earning house points for their positive attitude and behaviour.  Those with an overall total of 15 positive points chose from a list of activities to take part in a reward afternoon of their choice.  The choices catered for all interests, with students choosing either a gym session, to take part in a dodgeball tournament, library time with books, board games and chess, and Christmas Crafts. The final reward of the term, a Christmas movie, saw a full house in the hall this afternoon.

Well done to all students who received a reward afternoon this term.

Last week Drama Club were busy with their final rehearsals for the Showcase of Creativity performance this evening.

Miss Blencowe and students have all been working really hard to put together this showcase of talent.

We hope you are coming along to join us for a truly spectacular evening!

Today has been a day of Christmas celebration at West Grantham Academy.

Staff and students have worn their Christmas jumpers in support of the Save the Children charity.  Students and staff have worn an array of festive designs, paired with festive ties, socks and hats!

This morning we walked to St Wulfram’s Church for our annual Christmas Carol Service.  The Service was led by Father Yuce with bible readings from the Head Prefects, Vivien and Lewis.  The staff and students joined the Choir in singing traditional Christmas Carols – a beautiful way to start of day of festivity.

After the Carols, we had our festive Christmas Lunch of roast turkey and all the trimmings.  The catering team served up an amazing meal and were ably supported by the Year 10 Hospitality and Catering students.  Well done to everyone who helped cook, serve, tidy and dance along to Christmas songs.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Mrs Pearson’s GCSE art group have experienced a very active art lesson inspired by the First World War German expressionist artists’ printmaking.

Students cut out Lino tiles based on their self portraits creating repeated patterns on painted backgrounds.

The results are amazing!

The Academy Choir have had a lovely morning singing Christmas carols with the residents of Red Court Care Community.

Andrew Morton, from the Earlsfield Community Church, accompanied the Choir on guitar.

The residents were delighted to receive a gift of a hand crocheted blanket made by students.

The Academy would like to thank Andrew and Grace Morton from Hope Community Café for the generous gift of cakes this morning.  They were a much welcome treat to staff.

Well done to our fabulous Year 10 Hospitality and Catering students who this week have mastered the chocolate yule log.

They look great and tasted even better.  We hope their families managed to get a slice before they were all gone!

The West Grantham Academy Choir have been rehearsing in their enrichment sessions with Mo Power from St Anne’s Church.

This Friday, the Choir were invited to sing Christmas Carols at the Hope Cafe Christmas Lunch, organised by Andrew and Grace Morton.

The Choir sounded amazing and were each gifted with a selection box as thanks for sharing their Christmas.

The fitness suite continues to be a popular club, with the PE department running three clubs a week to accommodate our active students.

STEM club moved on from making pH rainbows to investigating the mechanics of a human hand.  Students each made a fully operational hand, complete with tendons and bones – a great ‘hands’ on way to learn!

As part of our Stay Safe programme, outside agencies have presented a variety of safety awareness workshops to our Year 7 students.  Important subjects covered were:

  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Online safety
  • Healthy relationships
  • Fire safety

7ALH were really involved with their session on Anti-Social Behaviour.

On Wednesday 5 December, the INEOS Go Humans Academy came to the academy to deliver workshops to Years 7, 9, 10 and 11.

The aim of the workshops is to:

  • Give the students life skills that will help them better understand and support their mental, physical and emotional well-being
  • Ensure students have an accurate positive perception of how they can make incremental changes that help build confidence and self-worth
  • Complement our PSHE programme and help teach acceptance, tolerance and empathy which result in higher levels of respect for each other, and young people who are supportive of one another’s well-being

The Academy is taking part in Bookbuzz, a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading in 11 to 13-year-olds.

Year 7 students have been asked to choose a book each from a selection of 16 books chosen by the BookTrust.  Students have chosen a wide range of books from from Dread Wood, a chilling high-school horror, to Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun, a fantasy which combines the best of Percy Jackson and Black Panther to tell the story of a Nigerian girl with superpowers. For those looking for a something a little more factual, we had The Awesome Book of Animals, a colourful guide to all things awesome in the animal kingdom including tree-climbing fish and jellyfish in space. Or they could take a look at Kay’s Marvellous Medicine, a gruesome history of medicine which will have our students squirming in their seats.

This week the books arrived – just in time for Christmas! The children are thrilled with their choices and quickly became engrossed in their chosen book. eagerly sharing facts, pictures and stories with each other.

The BookTrust have also kindly sent us two extra copies of each of the 16 books for our library.

The Year 8 football team, with a sprinkling of ambitious Year 7, have completed in the first round of the Lincolnshire Schools County Cup.

Every player performed brilliantly and competed to the very end of the game, despite playing against a strong opposition.

Unfortunately, the result did not go our way.  However, the students can be really proud of themselves and look forward to future success.

Ms Mackintosh has been busy decorating the library area, with the focus of reading being the inspiration for the Christmas tree.

The Advent Acts of Kindness is a lovely idea with one student a day opening the door to see the day’s act of kindness.

Science is the focus for club news this week.

Students in Science Club have investigated acids and alkalis.  They used a magnetic stirrer to understand how the pH of liquids can be changed. he students were then given a task to create a ‘pH rainbow’.  The results were very impressive.

Due to injury and illness the Year 8 boys football team have exited the County Cup.  Some Year 7 boys joined the team but they were drawn against a highly organised team. Well done to all for participation!

The Boccia club are looking for a new name as they plan to compete against other schools. Mr Gillion is confident that the skills of the team are rocketing and will soon be ready for competitive matches.

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