For those who follow our social media updates, you will see on a daily basis all the work we doing at LECA to ensure no day is ever the same.
On Tuesday, for the second year running, Mrs Way took a small group of girls from the LECA choir to Kings College Chapel for the annual Christmas Carol Service. This year, however, the students also had time to drop into the Fitzwilliam Museum beforehand and spend some time enjoying the art and exhibits and doing some drawing. Mrs Way is leading the Academy drive to achieve the Gold ArtsMark award this year and this is another event that will for part of our evidence. Arts and music at LECA is a particular strength of our curriculum and we feel confident we will achieve this award early next year.
This week we also welcomed Kings School into our Assembly with 13 of their boys singers from Year 6, 7 and 8 performing a selection of African songs. The performance was fully interactive with our students joining in singing in rounds and it was a fantastic to hear the schools join together in (almost) harmony. We hope to collaborate more and more with Kings over the coming months and years as both schools have so much to offer each other.
On Thursday it was the turn of Centre 33 to lead an special assembly for Year 8, with a focus on our Young Carers. Centre 33 do an enormous amount of work in Cambridgeshire offering help and support to young people and families with a wide range of issues. Their work for Young Carers is particularly strong and it was great to see some of our students stand up in front of their peers to tell them what their lives are like and the challenges they face. Well done to everyone involved and thank you to Centre 33 for giving our students that opportunity.
Thursday evening was also busy at school not only with the Littleport Players performing their new pantomime, Aladdin, but with Year 7 Parents Evening. It was a great turnout with 94 sets of parents attending over the three and half hours and what made it more successful was the fact the so many of our students have made such a positive start. The vast majority of them have made that first vital step along their flightpath towards their end of year targets and have racked up huge amounts of positive points along the way. Not only this but we asked our 'new' parents to judge us against the same criteria as Ofsted with our parent questionnaire and we are really pleased with the results. They are summarised below:
100% agreed or strongly agreed that their child enjoyed coming to the Academy.
100% agreed or strongly agreed that we keep their child safe.
98% agreed or strongly agreed that the Academy keeps them informed about their child’s progress.
98% agreed or strongly agreed that their child is making enough progress
99% agreed or strongly agreed that teaching is good.
98% agreed or strongly agreed that the Academy helps them to support their child’s learning.
96% agreed or strongly agreed that the Academy helps their child have a healthy lifestyle.
100% agreed or strongly agreed that we prepare children well for exams.
99% agreed or strongly agreed that we meet their child’s particular needs.
99% agreed or strongly agreed that we deal with unacceptable behaviour effectively.
99% agreed or strongly agreed that the Academy takes into account their suggestions or concerns.
100% agreed or strongly agreed that the Academy is led and managed well.
99% agreed or strongly agreed that they were happy overall with their child’s experience at the Academy.
93% of parents agreed or strongly agreed with every statement.
Finally, to top the week off, 43 of our students took part in the 12 Hours of Sport in support of the Malcolm Whales Foundation. Those taking part were changed and in the Sports Hall at 7am Friday morning ready to begin the mammoth challenge which started with table tennis and badminton. Following that we were joined by Improve It and 150 primary school students taking part in a festival of sport. Those taking part in the challenge were then tasked to lead and supervise the students as they competed in a number of team and individual events. Once again it was great to see LECA students take leadership roles with younger children - they looked every bit the part as they recorded scores, cheered them on and gave them encouragement. After the festival finished the 12 hours continued with a huge range of activities for the students to choose from including some at the Leisure Centre. The sports and activities on offer were: Dodgeball, Speed Stacking,Trampolining, Clubbercise, Football, Capture the Flag, Netball and more. Well done to all the students involved and thanks to Mrs Emmess and Mr Mortlock in PE who made it happen - a great team effort.
Next week our main event is the Christmas Showcase on Thursday 13th from 6.30pm. There is great range of acts on show and we really hope we get a packed house. Millfield Primary School are also joining us so it promises to be a lovely evening full of festive music, acting and readings. Do come along and join us and if you have anything you'd like to donate to our raffle, it's not too late, just drop it into Reception this week. Thanks for your support.
Head of School, LECA.