On Friday, 1st May 2015 we were inspected by Mr Chris Chapman (HMI) to consider the progress made at the academy since our inspection in January. It was reported that Senior Leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement and as we continue to move forward we will ensure that we sharpen our monitoring and evaluation of our new initiatives to ensure they are bringing us the successful outcomes we are aiming for. We will also look increasingly at the gaps in the achievement of boys and girls and disadvantaged students to achieve their best outcomes.
On his visit the HMI commented that “students were set work that enabled them to work on areas of weakness identified in their weekly tests. As a result they were able to close the gaps in their learning”. He also saw that “students were attentive, engaged well with activities set, and worked purposefully both independently and with their peers. Some students, particularly those in Year 11 lessons I visited were extremely well motivated and eager to do well. Those positive attitudes supported students’ learning. Many students were able to articulate what they needed to do to improve their learning”.
It is pleasing to see that our HMI has recognised the progress made by the academy in the short time since our inspection in January and we will endeavour to maintain our drive in raising standards for all students at the academy. A link to the full monitoring report can be found on the link below;
Mr N Jamieson
As term drew to a close, students from Year 10 at The Cheadle Academy invited Jenny Peake from the Douglas Macmillan Hospice back to the school to present her with a cheque for £890.52. The money was raised from a whole-school Non-Uniform Day and from various activities organised by students in Y10.
Readers may remember that a few months ago, Jenny was chief judge at 10EVA’s Great Staff Bake Off. Since then, students from other Year 10 tutor groups have taken part in a sponsored silence and PE teacher Adam Edwards had his legs waxed, much to the delight of his students!
KS4 Pastoral Leader, Chris Hadley said, ‘the students were delighted to see Jenny today and to be able to hand the cheque to her. It really reflects the sense of determination that they felt, to raise as much as they could for such a worthwhile cause. The Academy’s students have a real sense of wanting to support their local community and its charities’.
The Cheadle Academy has hosted its successful Year 9 Careers Morning in the Sports Hall. Big names took part: Alton Towers, JCB Excavators, Keele University (Outreach), Lafarge Tarmac, Leek United, Michelin, Reaseheath College, South Staffs & Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust, Tesco Stores and Vulcan Refractories Ltd. Year 9 students were split into groups and visited each employer in turn for a presentation on careers within their organisation. The aim of the event was to help the students start thinking about possible careers, prior to deciding on their GCSE options at the beginning of next year. IAG and Work Experience Co-ordinator Chris Loughran said, ‘This can be a bewildering time for Year 9 students and we want to make sure that they receive as much support as possible, to enable them to make informed choices. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with some extremely important organisations’.
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