Borneo 8 gain recognition

This week we received recognition for the excellent work that a group of eight pioneers from the Academy undertook. The “Borneo 8” who went on an expedition with Camps International received an award for the excellent work that did whilst in Borneo. I believe that this experience will have been life changing for those who attended and I am keen to offer a similar experience to another cohort of students. More detail can be found by following this link from the Wisbech Standard.

An individual student at the Academy had some excellent news last week when his place to study Engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge was confirmed. Digby Chappell (Year 13) has worked extremely hard to be in a position to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Digby is obviously an incredibly bright and able student who has applied himself to his studies.

Our Year 10 students have been working in conjunction with our Science teachers to achieve the best results that they possibly can in their Investigative Skills Assessment (ISA). These ISAs are study based practical controlled assessments and they make a 25% contribution to the Core Science GCSE. Dr Spibey and her team are optimistic that the results will reflect the ability of our Year 10 cohort.

Our Year 12 & 13 students have been taking their Curriculum Exams this week so that we can internally assess the progress that they are making, diagnose any problems and then take therapeutic measures to improve the student outcomes. Mrs Lamb (Head of Post-16) has high hopes for our Year 13 students this year and I have found our Year 13 students to excellent role models and a credit to the Academy.

Our GCSE Mathematics revision sessions are still taking place on Sundays. Mr Samuel (Vice Principal) is doing a sterling job of delivering first class sessions and I believe that he will be instrumental in the success of our current Year 11 cohort. I have been speaking with these students and they are committed to working in partnership with us so that they achieve their best possible results. 80 students have signed up for the Sunday session. Well done to those who are committed to success. These sessions are potentially life changing as success in GCSE in Mathematics and English will open many doors in the future.

Our Year 10 Engineering group attended Stainless Metal Craft in Chatteris today (17/1/14) and they had a great time working with and against the apprentices. In a competition to build the strongest column our students defeated the Metal Craft Apprentice workers. I met with our students on their return and they were full of enthusiasm. They really enjoyed seeing real life engineering first hand. I would like to thank Mrs Ward for organising the event.

Student Leadership continues to go from strength to strength at the Academy and a fine example of this was evident this week from our Year 10 students, who had previously attended Anglia Ruskin University to experience a ‘day in the life of a student’. They then worked at the Academy with staff from Anglia Ruskin and Cambridge University to prepare a presentation on what they experienced and learnt. The next phase took place this week when the Year 10 students delivered an assembly to our Year 9 students. The assembly was a resounding success and illustrates the confidence and enthusiasm that we are striving to develop at Neale-Wade. Well done to all involved and once again this type of success makes me incredibly proud of our students.

I met with Mr Stephen Barclay, our local MP, this week and I was able to inform him of the progress that we making in all aspects of Academy life. He visited a lesson with me and commented on how engaged the students were despite the fact that it was period 5 on a Friday afternoon.

This week was another excellent week and I continue to feel very privileged to be Principal of such a progressive school that is full of potential.


  1. Angela Howe says:

    I would just like to say a huge thank you to all the staff dedicating their time and energy to pushing the pupils through their exams. As a parent I know at times it can be frustrating, but thank you for all your efforts.

  2. jwing says:

    Thank you very much for your positive comment. We are very lucky at Neale-Wade to have a body of staff who are committed to developing the talents of all of our students.
    Jason Wing

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