An Important Update from the Head Teacher - Lockdown January 2021

Dear Parent

In order to increase motivation and also ensure that students are receiving the full breadth of the curriculum during lockdown, all students in all year groups will now have live content for all of the lessons on their normal timetable. The details will be as follows:

Years 10 and 11: all of their lessons will be completely live on Microsoft Teams 

Years 7, 8 and 9: All of their lessons will start with a live input from the teacher on Microsoft Teams. Depending on the nature of the lesson, the teacher will then either remain present for the full duration or leave the students to complete a task and then “dial back in” at the end for a plenary session (all of which will be made clear to the students). Occasionally, instead of a plenary, staff may ask students to provide them with some evidence of the work they have completed such as completing an online quiz or taking a photograph of their work and emailing it to the teacher.

The 5 timetabled lessons each day will be supplemented by additional activities such as PSHE, DEAR, quizzes and news-reviews. We will also be launching another exciting range of whole-school challenges and competitions to engage the students in a variety of other ways. All students should continue to follow their normal weekly timetable and access the appropriate live lesson on Microsoft Teams or complete the relevant work on SMHW [Satchel:one]. Please do your best to ensure that your child is engaging with their school-work and contact the main office if you have any issues whatsoever as we will continue to have staff in the building to assist you.


Technical Issues and Laptops

If your child experiences any technical problems accessing their work, please contact the school via phone or email as we have staff who can support them with this. In addition, we also have a small consignment of laptops in school which we can loan out to any students who don’t have an appropriate device to work on or are having to share that device with other family members. Experiencing live lessons through a mobile phone is also not ideal, so again, let us know if that is an issue as we may be able to provide a laptop in those circumstances. Similarly, if there are issues with either WiFi connectivity or data allowances, please make us aware as there may be something we can do there too.

Exercise Books and Other Resources

We realise that your child will be having to do a lot of writing at home. Hopefully you have the necessary resources for this but we are able to provide exercise books for students where necessary. These can be either collected from reception or posted home, but please contact the school beforehand either way.

For practical reasons, we have asked teaching staff to deliver lessons which require little, if any, printing. As long as students are able to access the internet on an appropriate device, the fact that lessons are now being delivered live should mean that there is less of a need for work booklets etc. However, if you do need any specific resources, please let us know. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

Yours Sincerely

Mr S Bowhay

Headteacher

Remote Learning Update 11th January 2021

 

Examples of our student's work [During lockdown]

 

A Welcome from the Head Teacher


Welcome to the Park Vale Academy website. This is an exciting time for the school as we all work hard to establish a culture of High Expectations which delivers High Achievement for all of our students. This is helped by the fact that we are now part of the Redhill Trust which is able to provide the outstanding expertise and support necessary to ensure that our students are successful, many of whom will hopefully choose to transfer to the Redhill Sixth-Form Centre at the end of Year 11. Having previously been Head of School at The Redhill Academy, I am personally really enjoying working with the staff at Park Vale to make this a school which everyone in the community can be justifiably proud of. 

A Clear Upwards Trend in Academic Performance

DFE Key

Performance 

Measures 

2017 

2018 

2019


2020

 

“Basics”

4 and above

34%

48%

56%

66%

“Basics”

5 and above

14%

20%

32%

37%

Progress 8 

-0.43

-0.78

-0.24

N/A


 Click here for more information on the rising levels of achievement at the academy.

As you can see clearly from the table above, the achievement of students has risen consistently on all of these Key-Measures since 2017. In fact, in 2019 every student at the academy averaged half a grade higher in every single GCSE when compared to the previous year-group. As an illustration of our performance relative to other local schools, the link below will take you to the league-table for Nottingham city schools (best-performing at the top) as published in The Nottingham Evening Post  last year.

The GCSE Results in 2020 continued this upwards trajectory, however these were obviously based on Centre-Assessed Grades rather than actual examinations due to the impact of the coronavirus.

Whilst we are pleased with these improving trends in the results at the academy, we also recognise that there is still a lot of work to do and therefore remain absolutely determined to ensuring that the achievement of all students continues to rise.

High Expectations for High Achievement

Here at Park Vale Academy we believe that students should behave well and work hard in order to achieve their full potential. By promoting high standards right across the board, we are able to maintain a clear focus on ensuring that students leave school with the best possible set of academic qualifications. This is also driven by high quality teaching and learning from a team of professionals passionate about their subjects and committed to ensuring that students make exceptional progress. 

The school has a lot to offer beyond the classroom as well. We provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities to develop the students’ skills and interests and ensure that they become well-rounded individuals. They also benefit from our experienced and dedicated pastoral team who support the young people to ensure that they make the right choices and engage positively with life in school. Crucially, we always work closely with parents as we know how important your support can be in ensuring that we are able to maintain our high standards and deliver success for each individual student. 

We hope that you find the information you need on our website but if you have any further questions please contact the school directly.

Steve Bowhay

Headteacher

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