We excitedly await the start of our Year 7 residential this week on Dartmoor, checking kit lists and starting to pack. If any student needs to borrow equipment, please let the office know.
Last week saw our annual open evening, with prospective students and their families joining current students, parents and members of our local community exploring all that Atlantic Academy has to offer. From code breaking to sports challenges, live artwork to poetry, science experiments to our student led pop up cafe, a great evening was had by all. We are always happy to arrange tours of Atlantic Academy; please contact the office on 01237 431969.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GCSE results will be available to collect from Atlantic Academy between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We look forward to seeing students and parents in order to celebrate their successes.