Before half term, Year 7 students enjoyed their residential trips to Dartmoor. Students worked in teams to navigate thier route across the moors, as well as building a Tyrollean crossing to traverse the River Dart. Back at the centre, all students helped with the catering and cleaning up, whilst also preparing some excellent presentations on their experiences.
This Wednesday evening saw the school buzzing with activity, as we hosted our first open evening. Pupils and parents in Year 5 and 6 were invited to see the school in action, and take part in a variety of activities led by staff and students. Many of our current parents and other visitors also enjoyed the range of activities on offer, with particular highlights including the food and drinks prepared by students, the PE facilities and getting hands on with activities in all faculties.
Staff, students and parents enjoyed spending time together, at our Macmillan coffee afternoon, after school last Friday. Cakes were also donated and sold by Miss Parker’s coaching group during the day for all students to participate. We are delighted to have raised nearly £300 for this worthwhile cause; thank you to all who supported us.
The excitement is building amongst Year 7 students, as they approach their residential experience on Dartmoor at the end of term. Last week’s parent briefing was a chance to find out more about the activities we will be doing, and what students need to bring. If parents need to borrow any kit, please can they let Year 7 coaches know as soon as possible so we can arrange this. We will post feedback from students once they have completed their trip!
The student council, has been canvassing the views of students on our new school. Here are some of the reactions:
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.
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.
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.
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