Netball Tour, Flying Ace and Carers Awareness

Last week Ms Bywater, Ms Parks and Ms Bathhurst from our PE Faculty took a group of Year 7 and 8 girls on a netball tour to Skegness. It was a really successful weekend and as ever the girls were a credit to themselves, the academy and the local community. They were fantastic ambassadors for Neale-Wade and they played with distinction against club teams from across the country. All of the PE staff gave freely of their time but they were more than rewarded by the attitude of our children. I am not surprised to hear this news as I have complete faith in our students and know that they always rise to any challenge that they are faced with. I see the same traits in many of the younger children at Burrowmoor Primary School and I am confident that this trend with continue. Today I witnessed some lovely conversations between Year 2 pupils as they discussed their work. These young people across both schools are a credit to our local community.

This week the local press reported on the success of one of our former students; Flying Officer Alex Ogden qualified as an RAF pilot and has graduated from RAF Wittering’s Elementary Flying Training Programme. We are obviously very proud and I assume that the March 1220 Air Cadet Squadron share our sense of pride as Alex began to learn his trade under the guidance of the volunteer leaders at air cadets. This is stunning achievement and once again confirms my belief that our children can compete with the very best nationally and internationally. Well done Alex and we look forward to you being our guest speaker at our Awards Evening in the very near future.

This week we took part in the Young Carers Awareness event. It ran during lunch on Wednesday and is part of the Carers Week which took place from 12th – 18th. The aim was with the help of Centre 33, who provides support to the young carers of Cambridgeshire, to raise awareness of the young carers we have attending Neale-Wade and highlight the impact a caring role can have on a young person in education. Mrs Butler (Student Welfare) organized a quiz that highlighted the affect caring can have on mental health and a will be a prize provided by Centre 33. The Academy actively looks to support young carers. A representative from Centre 33 is in school on alternate Mondays 12.30 – 5. During the school day a representative is available to work with students on a 1:1 basis and there is also a group session after school in the Student Welfare.

The vast majority of the A level and GCSE examinations are complete and we will await the results in August. We are also waiting on the KS2 results from Burrowmoor School but we do have the results of our internal KS3 examinations. I am pleased to report that the results show great promise for the future and that any previous gaps are closing. It is important that all students maintain their focus over the remaining weeks and that they continue to commit to the array of extra-curricular activities. I am looking forward to the annual Track and Field competitions for all year groups.

It has been a great week working across both Neale-Wade and Burrowmoor and both schools make me very proud on a daily basis.

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