Somehow we have arrived at the halfway point of the academic year. I don't mean that we've limped here - far from it - I mean how quickly it has come around. It reminds me of the very first assembly we had in front of Year 7 in September 2017. We said:
Welcome to your brand new school
Take every opportunity we offer you
Enjoy it - because it will fly by.
How true that last point was. We are at the half way point in our second year and those Year 7s are now Year 8 and this time next year they will choosing their GCSE options and two more years from then they will be sitting their final exams. In amongst all of that there will be more trips, experiences, opportunities, events and, of course, assessments. Some of these are optional - some are not!
One of the optional experiences coming up is the Ski Trip, run by Mr Hughes and ably assisted by Mr Tatham and Mrs Hedges. This is an exciting first for LECA and one which will begin a legacy of trips over the coming years. The group arrive at school this coming Friday, bags packed, and will leave after lunch to begin their 24 hour coach journey to the Austrian mountains. What an experience that will be and many more will follow as the students move through the school. Thank you to Mr Hughes for the organisation and commitment to make this happen. We look forward to seeing the pictures and hearing the stories when you return.
Last week our partnership with Kings School, Ely took another positive step forward as we welcomed Daniel Everest and his boxes of Lego and iPads to work with a group of Year 7s building interactive robots. It was fantastic to see the creativity and engagement in this workshop as the students created robots and satellites and programmed them to react to motion with sound and movement. Thank you to Mrs Middleton for arranging the workshop and for Daniel for giving up his time to visit us today; the students had a great time and learnt so much.
This week is also busy with assessments in Maths for both Year groups. As we've said before, progress is not linear and often we see high points and low points before the end of the year when it should level out. This is especially the case in Maths where some concepts and methods are easier to master than others so the key message to remember is that if there is a dip or stall in progress this is quite normal. Most of our students are within sight of their targets and we expect the vast majority of them to meet them by the end of the year.
Finally, after another positive parents evening with Year 8, we'd like to share the results of our parent questionnaires. These can be seen below - thank you for your ongoing support:
94% agreed or strongly agreed that their child enjoys coming to LECA
100% agreed or strongly agreed that we keep their child safe
100% agreed or strongly agreed that we keep them informed about their child’s progress
94% agreed or strongly agreed that their child is making enough progress
98% agreed or strongly agreed that teaching is good
96% agreed or strongly agreed that we support their child’s learning
94% agreed or strongly agreed that we help children have a healthy lifestyle
96% agreed or strongly agreed that the Academy prepares children for exams well
96% agreed or strongly agreed that the Academy meets the particular needs of their child
96% agreed or strongly agreed that the Academy deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour
94% agreed or strongly agreed that the Academy takes account of my suggestions and concerns
100% agreed or strongly agreed that the Academy is led and managed effectively
98% agreed or strongly agreed that they are happy with their child’s overall experience at LECA
Head of School, LECA