It was a short week at LECA but an exciting one as our new Year 7s joined us for their first day on Thursday. Suddenly the Academy looked a lot more like a 'normal' school as the hall was full for our first assembly and the dining room was at capacity for break and lunch.
The key message, as always, was what our expectations are of students: Determination, Resilience and Never Giving Up. We have built the school ethos on Growth Mindset and we're looking forward to instilling this into our new students and continuing this mantra with our Year 8s. Last year it proved pivotal in the success of our first year group. Every time we asked for more effort they gave it and the results at the end of the year proved it. The vast majority of students met their progress targets or exceeded them and 80% of our students managed to reach GCSE standard in Maths and English, an incredible achievement for Year 7.
Some tips for new parents:
1) Log in to Go4Schools, if you haven't already. Go here , select Parents on the top right of the page and select 'first time user' and follow the link in your email. You will be able to see your child's profile including their progress, attainment, rewards, and attendance.
2) Follow the blog - if you're reading this, you're already there. However, if you know someone who's not please do tell them about it.
3) Follow us on Facebook - search for Littleport and East Cambs Academy and you'll find us. This is a great way to see up-to-date pictures and information.
4) Follow us on Twitter - @lecacademy.org. A few of our teachers are also on Twitter so it's worth searching for them too for subject related tweets and information.
5) Email tutors for pastoral issues and subject teachers for academic issues. This ensures the right person deals with the issue efficiently and quickly. We always aim respond to any query within one working day.
Next week we start our Year 7 baseline assessments which we will triangulate with the SATs scores to ensure every child is in the correct set. We see setting as fluid position, however, and firmly believe in moving students as they make progress. Sometimes, of course, it's necessary to move a student down a set to allow them time to catch up but we never see this as one way process. We will work hard with every student and ensure they make the progress they deserve.
On Friday, we are also celebrating our first year by welcoming Stephen Barclay, MP, to LECA for our official opening alongside Highfield Littleport Academy. We look forward to welcoming Stephen and our other guests, many of whom have supported us both before we opened and over the past twelve months.
Finally, we look forward to working with all of our students and parents this year. Strong partnerships are the foundation of outstanding schools and we are single-minded in our resolve to deliver an outstanding school to Littleport.
Head of School, LECA