Student council lead pupil debates

Members of the student council hosted house assemblies this week, to debate which topics our school will focus on this year. Based on information from our local member of youth parliament, and the interests of our student body, they considered a range of different areas, from citizenship to the environment, charity to crime. The votes are being counted and will be finalised at this weeks student council meeting.

Environmental ambassadors in action

At Atlantic Academy, students have formed an environment ambassadors’ group with the remit of identifying and implementing positive environmental actions within the school.  To date we have implemented a crisp packet recycling scheme for the local community, reduced food waste in the canteen and raised awareness through assemblies on a variety of environmental issues. At the start of this new academic year. the group are currently engaging with the wider student body to determine what actions to implement this year, which will further reduce our environmental impact.  To join the group, or for more information, please see Mr Boardman.

Jeans for genes

The student council wanted to raise awareness of the impact of genetic diseases by supporting the annual ‘jeans for genes’ day.  On Friday 20th September, students arrived in their smart school uniform above the waist, and jeans or other clothes below.

Students continue to debate which charitable activities and actions they want to support, with our next event being the Macmillan Coffee Afternoon on Friday 27th September at 3.30pm. All are welcome to come and support.

Atlantic Academy Open Evening

We look forward to welcoming Year 5 and 6 students and their parents to our open evening on the 24th September, between 5.00 and 7.30pm. Existing parents and carers are also welcome to come and see students showcasing what they love about our school.

If you would like to book a personal tour during the school day, please contact the school office to arrange this.

Impressive start to secondary school

Term started at Atlantic Academy this week, and we welcomed our new Year 7 cohort. We are delighted by their enthusiasm and are looking forward to working with them. We are also impressed to report that they whole cohort had 100% attendance in their first week.

We look forward to seeing parents and careers at the residential briefing meeting, 3.30pm on Tuesday 10th September.

Students celebrate GCSE successes

Atlantic Academy staff and students are immensely proud of their 2019 GCSE results.  They represent the hard work and commitment of staff, students and parents who believe in the power of education.

Some individual highlights include Alanna Heywood who achieved a grade 9 in GCSE Art, Robin Peers who gained 7 grades 7 or 8, as well as an A in Further Maths and a Distinction in his RSL Music qualification. The students who made the most academic progress based upon Key Stage 2 data are Robin Peers, Red Kacy Wright and Ettah Meader; our congratulations go to them. 

Overall Atlantic Academy has seen improvement from last year in several areas, particularly in English, science and GCSE Art.  We are also proud to have awarded a significant number of sports leaders qualifications and Duke of Edinburgh awards to students in Year 11.

Lynsey Slater, Principal, commented “As the school continues to grow in strength, we bid farewell to our Year 11 leavers as they begin exciting new adventures in further education or training. We wish all of our graduates every success in their future pursuits as happy, successful and responsible learners”.

Atlantic Academy term starts on the 3rd September, and we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 cohort. 

The end of our first year

Atlantic Academy has now closed for the summer. Here are some of the highlights from our first year:

Our first year at Atlantic Academy has just flown by, and as the term draws to a close, we reflect on the highlights and achievements over the last 12 months. Students have very much enjoyed their learning in our inspirational setting, where our spacious classrooms allow flexibility in lesson design and delivery. From creating tableaux of slavery in Roman times, to culinary masterpieces, forensic science crime scenes to a bespoke art gallery, this year has seen a wealth of creativity and imagination in the classroom.

Students celebrated their first Atlantic Academy sports day, with the hall echoing to the cheers of the whole school as students competed for the coveted gold medals. This was replicated in our sports festival where pupils from Woolsery school were inspired by Sport’s Leaders to try new activities. Our primary school club proved popular with students from both Hartland and Woolsery using specialist facilities with much enthusiasm.

Performance continued in our music and drama curriculum, with students of all ages performing in the Soundwave festival as well as students joining local schools for the Royal Shakespeare Company school’s production of Romeo and Juliet at Launceston Castle. Two students then traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon for the National production; a truly memorable experience.

Our student adventures also took us to Exeter University for the ‘Space Day’, with the planetarium proving a big hit. We visited Westward Ho!, Clovelly Dyke and Buck’s Mills for geography fieldwork as well as many students visiting FE colleges and universities to consider future educational steps.

Feedback from local employers has been impressive, from Year 10 work experience to mock interviews and careers talks. Students have been able to communicate clearly and enthusiastically, showing essential skills to make them work ready. Our final careers event of the year sees the construction team from Wilmott Dixon back on site, working through engineering challenges and supporting students with a local beach clean.

We will also be presenting more Duke of Edinburgh awards as the term comes to a close. Students have completed their Bronze and Silver Expeditions in recent weeks, complete with singing, laughter and the odd blister! Students also complete skills, physical and community service activities as part of the award, and we hope to support students moving onto the Gold award next year.

Our preparations for the next academic year are well underway, having welcomed our new Year 7 students for their induction days. Term starts on the 3rd September, with our open evening on Tuesday 24th September. We welcome visits from prospective parents and student at any time by appointment; come and see what it would be like to join our school community.

Find your happy….

7PAR presented the final student assembly of the year this week, which made everyone smile. They have been celebrating successes of students within the coaching group, and have researched why smiling, laughter and happiness are good for your wellbeing. They have challenged us all to #findyourhappy this summer, whether that is trying something new, helping someone else or simply by smiling.

They have found that smiling encourages the brain to release dopamine and serotonin, which increases the feeling of happiness and reduces stress. Smiling is also contagious, as we discovered during the assembly! Well done for an excellent presentation, and for making us all smile!