Discovering the world of work

All students from Year 7 to 10 participated in careers workshops this week, as we welcomed a range of of employers to our Academy.  Students learnt about a range of roles. from the IT industry to outdoor careers including tree surgery and adventure learning instructors.  We also welcomed the RNLI who spoke to students about their valuable work safeguarding users of our coastline.

Year 10 students will be embarking on work experience in the coming weeks, to immerse themselves into a career opportunity, and we look forward to hearing about their successes.

Ladies’ pamper evening

Monday 1st April, Atlantic Academy PTFA are hosting a pamper evening.  £2 entry, with £5 per mini treatment.  Come along and treat yourself! 6.30pm onwards.

Badminton masterclass

  •  On Friday Paul Widdicombe, his wife Alison and Karen Morris, from the Atlantic Racquet Centre in Bideford, came into school to lead GCSE PE Y10 and potential Year 9 PE students in a training session.  All the students really developed their skills, having not played much before, and took on the Atlantic Academy challenge at the end of the session – the most number of hits completed in 1 minute.  Winners were Beau and Bo with 64 in a row, well done boys.

KS3 Dance Performance

  • On Thursday all the students in Years 7, 8 and 9 finished their PE project with a dance performance in front of each other.  A seriously scary challenge, especially for some.  However the students did themselves proud and everyone who did their group performance were amazing.  They really challenged themselves either with their dance patterns, longer routines or just to stand up in front of people – developing a skill for life.  Well done all.

E11even Music Concert

Thank you to all who attended the Year 11 music performance, which contributes to their RSL music qualification.  We were moved by the heartfelt performances from the students, who have been working hard on this.  All students overcame their nervousness to perform well on the night.  Students are now completing the final aspects of their coursework.

Red Clothes Day

Students donned red clothes on Friday 15th March, to raise money for Comic Relief.  Some of our visiting speakers and charities we have worked with have benefited from funding from Comic Relief, and we are proud to support this good cause.  

National apprenticeship week

Week commencing 4th March is National Apprenticeship week, and we will be running a range of activities during that time.  Should students or parents have any questions about apprenticeships, please visit our information page, or speak to Mr Boardman for further guidance.

Any students wishing to attend the workshop at Petroc College on working within the NHS, must see Mr Boardman to book a place.  The event is booked for the 8th March.

eContact book launch – view your homework in one easy location.

From February half term, all staff will be listing the homework set for their subjects via our eContact book.  Students can log into this using their google passwords, and see all of their homework, including any links to support their work.  This is a web based system which can be accessed via a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Please follow this link to visit the site.

We are currently working to resolve issues with parental log ins.

Year 9 options process

Students are now choosing their option subjects, following a programme of careers education in CPE, and the Year 9 parent teacher meeting.

Please discuss option choices with your son / daughter, and ensure that the paperwork is submitted by Wednesday 13th February.

Students explore apprenticeship options

Students from Year 10 visited the Apprenticeship Show in Westpoint this week, here are some of thier comments:

‘I was able to meet employers and learn about their businesses’ – Lauren

‘Due to attending the apprenticeship show today, I have discovered many different career routes that interest me’ – Keira

‘I explored multiple available opportunities from companies such as Delloitte and J.P. Morgan, where I may apply in the future’ – Dan

‘I have gained confidence through talking with different employers’ – Emily

Further careers events are being organised by Mr Boardman, to allow pupils in all year groups to consider future options.  Thanks to Mr Boardman and Mrs Isherwood for driving.