Secondary School Entrance Changes

From Monday 14th January our entrance on Wood Lane will be open to students only until 8:55am. Students will also leave via this entrance as usual at the end of the school day. Any students arriving after 8.55am will have to enter via the Du Cane Road entrance and register at the all-through reception, which is located in the Primary. They will then be escorted to their lessons.  

All visitors, parents and guests will arrive and leave via the Du Cane Raod entrance, at all times and also check in to the all-through reception.

The all-through reception is reached by following the pavement around to the left and entering the primary building. 

In the Spotlight: The Oxbridge Project

In the spotlight this week are members of the academy's Oxbridge project, who come together on a weekly basis for a series of specialist seminars, lectures and other events. The main objective of the project is to stretch and challenge our most able students, stengthening their ability to critically analyse texts and discuss current affairs. We also aim to deepen their cultural understanding of a range of topics, taking their learning above and beyond their key stage curriculum content. 

Ryan Tasker of 9U had this to say about the project this week:

This Oxbridge project had an amazing quiz in which one question, ‘How old was Oscar Pistorius when his legs were amputated?’ started up a heated debate over whether or not it was beneficial to be given this treatment so young, or if he should have received it later in his life. This then brought us to the later topic which was the overall topic of the Scottish Independence referendum. This created many debates over some topics such as: ‘English votes for English laws could be problematic’. Regarding this, Felix Butcher (8B) said, “I do not think there is any problem with this, English people should be able to control their laws” while Loujaine (10B) showed an insight into how the votes may not be fair due to disproportionate Labour party voting. 

Another question posed was, ‘Is this an exiting time for English politics or a worrying time?’ Where Ria Patel in 10B said, “Other countries may get involved in this and therefore there could be a referendum anyway”. While Daniel Blackburn (8B) said, “ I think it is worrying as he [David Cameron] has made a lot of promises to grant more powers but is yet to give them.” All debates were insightful and interesting. This was an amazing afternoon.