Y11 is a critical and intense time. It is crucial that students, parents/carers and staff work together closely, from the start, so that achievement is high. There are now fewer than fifty days before the first summer examinations begin.
The following documents have been posted to parents/carers:
The booking system is available here.
Appointments with each teacher will last for ten minutes. All meetings will take place in the school hall. Booking will be on a first come, first served basis and the booking system is now open. The number of appointments will, initially, be limited to five for each student to ensure that all parents/carers are able to participate. Nearer to the time, if additional appointments are available, we will release these into the booking system and notify you.
In order to login to the system, you will need the following information relating to your child, as held in our database:
- child’s first name
- child’s surname
- child’s date of birth
- child’s register class
You will also need to enter the details we have on record for you. If you have recently changed your title or surname, for example, and not informed us, we will be expecting you to login with the details we have on record. The email address you enter is only used to receive a confirmation of your appointment. If the system gives you an error when you login, it will not be the email address that is the problem.
If you do not have access to the Internet, or experience any problems with using the system, please contact the school and ask to speak with Mrs Winstone.
Subject teachers will meet with you and your child on an individual basis to provide clear feedback on your child’s learning. You will also have an opportunity to review your child’s exercise books.
Students are required to attend, with their parent/carer.
Two Ofsted inspectors attended Ipswich Academy on 20-21 January 2016, for the academy’s termly monitoring visit. The visit was a resounding success and the report from Ofsted is available here.
Ipswich Academy uses Accelerated Reader to as a key tool to encourage reading for pleasure and build reading stamina. Our students read books, takes online quizzes, and get immediate feedback. Students respond to that feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
Today, for the first time this year, a student has passed the ‘million words read’ benchmark! Many congratulations to Sarah Lee in 7 WAL! Well done!
Further information on Accelerated Reader is available from the Web site.
We have a range of arrangements in place to support Y11 students with science over the next few weeks, and beyond. Please click here to see the letter which has been posted today.
Ipswich Academy student Joanna Tibbs registered her interest with West Suffolk College at the Skills Show in August 2015 and was entered into a free £50 prize draw. Joanna, 16, spoke to West Suffolk College regarding their accountancy apprenticeship. Joanna has also now applied for Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business with West Suffolk College.
Last weekend, a local football club had arranged a mini tournament but the sudden cold snap prevented them from using their own pitch. At very short notice we were able to organise for the club to use our 3G pitch. Ipswich Academy – going the extra mile for the local community, whatever the weather!
We have a programme of assemblies, which started this morning, to support year 9 while approaching the options evening.
14th January – General key stage 4 options
21st January – Higher Education (University Campus Suffolk)
28th January – Further Education (Suffolk New College)
4th February – Further Education (Otley College)
11th February – Apprenticeships (Skills Team)
Staff from Suffolk One Sixth Form College will present to students after half term.
Ipswich Academy’s Book Mastermind final took place over two days in January 2016.
This was the 21st anniversary of the Suffolk competition and was a final for the top nine student scorers from the heats that had taken place during the 2nd half of the previous autumn term.
There were two rounds; a general knowledge round that followed the Book round where students were asked up to 20 questions in two minutes on the fiction book of their choice.
It was a close contest but Dylan Clements in Year 9 proved to be the winner, with Matthew Stothard, also in year 9, runner up, only one point behind.
Katie-Marie Kane in Year 7 came 3rd – she has two more years to enter and take the top position!
The other six competitors were Yeheni Bodhinayake, Rhianna Burrows, Aviha Faija, Harry Farthing, Angel Grey and Lucas Silva.
Encouraging students to read for pleasure is at the core of what we do.
Y11 have now returned from their ‘boot camp’ event, where revision was combined with adventurous activities in a potent cocktail of learning and fun. Many thanks to parents/carers for encouraging/supporting/cajoling/insisting that their children attended. Thanks also to all the staff who gave up their time on Friday night (all night in some cases!) and Saturday to support the students. We still have a mountain to climb – but we are climbing it!