Our first few weeks at Atlantic Academy

The student council, has been canvassing the views of students on our new school.  Here are some of the reactions:

Year 7 student – ”My first few days at Atlantic Academy were amazing. The teachers are really kind and I feel like I have already made progress.”
Year 8 student – ”I think the new school is amazing and it was built really well. I’m really happy at Atlantic Academy and feel my transition from year seven to year eight was good.”
Year 9 student- ”I feel like I have completed more work since being at Atlantic Academy and I feel like I have achieved a lot since the new school.”
Year 10 student- ” So happy with the new school building and the changes they’ve made to the school rules and all of the new organisation. I liked Route 39 but I like Atlantic Academy much more. Happy to be here.”
Year 11 student – ”The new school building is amazing and I can’t wait to spend my last year here. I like what they’ve done with the new school rules because I think it’s going to change Atlantic Academy for the better.”

Atlantic Academy opens it’s doors

We are delighted to welcome students to the new Atlantic Academy site, and are now enjoying the opportunities to support learning.  Students started term on Wednesday the 5th September, with excited anticipation for life in our permanent home. We will feature some feedback from students on their first few days, and include some pictures of classes in action.

Students celebrate GCSE results

We are delighted to publish the 2018 GCSE results, which sees many students surpass their expected results.  We are enormously proud of achievements in further maths, with all students achieving A* Distinction to B grades; a number of students also gained the much coveted grade 9 in GCSE maths.

Students achieving the very highest grades include:

Angus MacDonald with an incredible five grade 9s,

Sacha Peers with an impressive three grade 9s

Mackenzie King with a fantastic two grade 9s

Morgan Veitch and Jack Daniel who each achieved a grade 9.

We are also hugely pleased to announce that the highest grade in GCSE PE was gained by Imogen Old, with a grade 8.  Imogen achieved well across he board whilst simultaneously completing the demanding Sports Leader Award.

We wish all of our students the very best as they move onto the next steps of their education careers.

New site progress photos

With only a few weeks to go until the building contract is finished, we have a few photographs to share. The rooms are taking shape and furniture is being installed.

GCSE Exam Results – 2018

GCSE Exam results will be available for collection on Thursday 23rd August, from 9am until midday.  Results will be issued from reception on the new site, and we look forward to seeing you all then.

Please note, if you are not able to collect your results in person, you must provide a note authorising a parent or other person to collect your results for you.  We cannot provide student results by email or telephone.

Chromebook Update

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Chromebook audit

The audit has now finished and the Chromebooks will be returned to the students in a managed rollout after the bank holiday weekend.  Devices not returned to students will either be in a managed pool and signed out on a daily basis, or sent off for repair if economically viable.  No new chromebooks will be issued, as we do not currently have any spare stock. Information concerning the condition of Chromebooks loaned to individual students will be sent out on Tuesday and include any reasons why Chromebooks are not able to be returned at this point.

The initial audit was done over the Easter holidays to determine the loaned Chromebooks’ condition and the potential cost to the school of repair.   The devices were checked, cleaned where needed and stickers & pen marks removed where possible. They were asset counted, labelled and their condition was rated Good, Fair or Poor:

Good – Device charging, screen/case intact, good working order, no or minimal damage.
Fair – As above, working, some damage perhaps requiring repair.
Poor – Device not working, damaged, either requiring repair or beyond economical repair.
During the audit it became apparent that several devices were being used for gaming & non Route 39 accounts and a few students were able to bypass the school’s Wifi controls put in place to keep them safe on the internet whilst at school by installing Apps & extensions.  This means students were able to connect to restricted websites, such as social media sites, whilst at school. We have established a more efficient way of managing the Chromebooks by the school IT Admin system, and this has been implemented to ensure continued online safety for Chromebook users at school.  This extra requirement meant that the devices could not be returned to the students after the Easter break until a fix had been sought and as we are without an ITC Department to help, this has taken a little longer than we expected, thank you for your patience.

A baseline solution has now been rolled out.  The Chromebooks are now enrolled onto a Device Management System.  They have been set up to allow only ‘@route39.org.uk’ accounts to access them and the students are no longer able to install apps which allow them to bypass our security on the school’s internet access.  The school’s Chromebooks can now be tracked, managed remotely and the user access monitored. A smarter set up and any further changes can be applied remotely at a later stage when we have an IT presence but for now we are back working.

Chromebooks taken home will still be able to access your internet provision at home.  Please note that this is unrestricted, uncontrolled access to the internet unless you have preconfigured restrictions such as parental controls on your home WiFi.  The school cannot monitor usage at home but do remind parents and students of their signed Acceptable Use Agreement.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend,

Lynsey Slater, Principal