Year 6 into 7 Information Evening a success

This week the parents of our new Year 7 students who join us in September attended the Academy to meet their child’s form tutor. The evening gave parents an opportunity to find out about the timetable, uniform and general information about the Academy. The feedback that I received was very positive as parents welcomed the opportunity to meet the pastoral team that will be responsible for the welfare and academic progress of their children. The event was extremely well organised by Mrs Copeland (Transition Coordinator) and Mr Abbey (Year 7 Progress Leader). We look forward to working in partnership with a new set of parents and new cohort of children.

Last week I mentioned that despite reports in the national press about the demise of school sport in state secondary schools, I felt that Neale-Wade Academy was providing sufficient competitive opportunities. As we approach the end of the academic year the focus is firmly on the summer sports of athletics and cricket. This week Neale Wade U15s Boys Cricket team played their final Fred Trueman League fixture against Ramsey Abbey School on Wednesday.  We were put into bat and Curtis Oldroyd and Will Curtis made a steady start putting on 36 for the first wicket, unfortunately both lost their wickets quickly and sparked a mini collapse, 36 – 0 became 56 – 4 in the space of 3 overs. Sam Clarke stepped in and steadied the ship, scoring 42 not out to ensure that we finished on a solid 119 – 6 (18 overs).  He smashed a six and two fours in one over and played some fine attacking shots during his innings. In reply the Abbey openers put on 49 for the first wicket in just 7 overs, however a  wicket maiden from Luke Green halted their progress., followed by two consecutive wickets from Mitchell Smith reduced them to 65 – 3, unfortunately he missed his hat trick ball. 65 – 3 became 81 all out in  the space of 5 overs, including 4 wickets in 4 balls from Will Curtis.  This means that the team have to play one more game before hopefully returning to Burghley House on the 16th July in the finals.  Once again the whole team played incredibly well and were a credit to the academy.


On Tuesday night we held our third Primary Transition Group activity. The students had fun and showed high levels of confidence throughout the session and all left happy and excited. They are really looking forward to starting full time at Neale-Wade in September. Mr Woollard’s Mathematics Challenge proved to be highly successful, with both staff and students working together to solve the problems. This event was a unique opportunity for us to show off all that Neale Wade Academy has to offer and I believe that the highly committed staff are making the transition for this group of students seamless. Mrs Winlsow and Mrs Cooke (ACES) are doing an excellent job of organising and coordinating the sessions. Each week the sessions have a separate focus and next week the students and staff will be exploring physics as they prepare to launch paper aeroplanes form the atrium balcony.



This week Mr Smith (Humanities Faculty) completed the work on the Academy Travel Plan. It is an excellent document that highlights all of the positive work that goes on at the academy to promote healthy lifestyles, road safety and community links. Mr Smith has done a fantastic job and has worked hard to produce a very comprehensive document.


As the GCSE, AS and A2 examinations finish we started our own internal Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) for Year 10. These examinations are part of the process of preparing our students for the new demands of GCSE. Recent changes in education have meant that the modular system no longer exists and students need to be prepared for the rigours of terminal exams at the end of their course. We are also in the process of collating the results data for students in years 7-9. This data is looking very promising and I am optimistic about the future regarding this aspect of our work at Neale-Wade.


Friday (27/6/14) was a non-uniform day that was focused on raising money for the Sue Ryder charity. This charity is close to the hearts of a number of our staff and formed part of the 3 non uniform days that we have each year. We try to rotate the charities that we support each year but this type of activity is crucial as it not only raises money nut it also raises awareness within the Academy community.


Once again it has been a busy and demanding week and one that demonstrated the excellent ethos and work ethic that exists in the Academy.

1 comment

  1. Year 6 parent says:

    Great evening at NW. I am confident that my child will be happy and successful. Very optimistic

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