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As a reminder, the Year 11 Graduation will take place, in the afternoon, on Thursday 29th June 2017 at 2.00pm. There will be a rehearsal with Year 11s at 10.30am (in full school uniform) on Thursday 29th June 2017, and photographs will be taken by a local photographer. These will be available on the day at a cost of £7.00 each, CASH ONLY, payable on the day to the photographer. Year 11s will need to arrive at 1.30pm in full school uniform in order to collect their cap and gown and then sit in their tutor group in the Theatre. Visitors will need to be seated by 1.50pm at the latest. Please note this is a ticket only event. The ceremony will conclude at 3.00pm and refreshments and cakes will be available in the canteen from 3.00pm-3.30pm.

I look forward to seeing you on the 29th June 2017.

1066 brought to life in France trip

Collage 2017-05-22 10_30_4835 students are took part in a trip to Normandy and Disneyland Paris in a trip which had many new learning opportunities.

The historical context from the Norman conquest in 1066 was brought to life by the Bayeux Tapestry in Bayeux, The American memorial and cemetery at Omaha Beach which commemorates the loss of American life during the D-day landings in 1944 and visiting Mulberry Harbour were the skeletal infrastructure of this key location is sill visible in the English channel.

This was followed by a day in Disneyland Paris, where the students had the chance to explore and enjoy the famous attractions.

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Students are currently attending an exchange visit to Kalmar, Sweden.  Mr Cushen & Mrs O’Donnell reported that they have had a safe trip, and Smith’s Wood students are enjoying the time they are spending with students from other countries, experiencing the different cultures.


Following the recent OFSTED inspection and conversion to Academy status on 1st April the leadership team, in collaboration with Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust, have begun to plan to both address the areas for improvement as set out in the inspection report, and to assimilate the work that we do with the core values of The Trust; these being Excellence, Dedication, Ambition, Integrity and Tradition. 

In light of this please see a copy of a letter that has been sent to all parents concerning important changes at Smith’s Wood Academy.


GB Star to work with Smith’s Wood pupils

On Wednesday 5th April at Smith’s Wood Academy, a number of our sports performers and sports leaders attended a talk/workshop by England Women’s Rugby player and GB Bobsleigh athlete Heather Fisher.

Heather is a World Cup winner and Olympian and worked with the students to help them on their road to greatness (as a person; as a sportsperson). It was a fantastic talk and workshop; the students thoroughly enjoyed learning how Heather had reached her goals and they are more determined, now, to reach their own goals.