14.1 From the Community Educational Psychology Service:

We are offering additional support to families through a telephone consultation service. Parents and carers can contact us Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm, and have a personal consultation with one of our educational psychologists. They will offer support to help with any concerns you may have. For example how to manage difficult behaviour or how to talk to children about Covid-19 and their worries related to it.
To book a free 30 minute telephone consultation please call 0121 779 1734. Find out more about the service here, including some basic information you will be asked prior to the consultation.

14.12 Christmas Community Spirit and Working As One

Mentor Hampers  – A huge thank you to all students, parents and Mentors that have contributed to the Christmas Hampers – your support and dedication towards this event has been incredible! Thank you so much.

BAM, Bidfood and Little Kickers Hampers

Smith’s Wood Academy are proud to be part of Little Kickers Festive Feast Initiative.

Together with Bidfood and LACA they are raising £18,000 in order to provide families in need with a Christmas dinner this year.

A local Little Kickers franchise will be visiting your school to package the hampers ready to distribute to families. I’m sure you’ll help them reach their target.

If you wish to read more about the campaign and make a donation, simply visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/littlekickersfestivefeast

Staff Christmas Day Hampers – A number of Support Staff at Smith’s Wood Academy have got together to create 10 Christmas Day Hampers – thank you to all involved.

20.11 Year 9 Options Information Evening Presentation

Have a look at our presentation.

17.11 PE Activities

Get involved in these sports activities to keep you fit if you're self-isolating!

Obstacle Course

Use some furniture, and also some chalk to draw out a course ranging from the inside of your house to the garden. Add challenges to the course. You can add a puzzle to be solved, an area to be crossed without touching the ground, etc. Get the whole family involved and time each other – who is the fastest?

Follow the leader

When playing this game, choose a family member to be the leader. Make sure to include exercises like jumping jacks, kicks, running, jumps, etc. Make your way all around the house and garden.

11.11 New Leadership team announced

Congratulations to our new Prefect Leadership team who wrote applications and were interviewed and appointed by Deputy Excellence Leader Mrs Cronin and principal Mrs Craig.

27.7 New Prefects

Congratulations to our new Prefects:
Zarah Ben-Farhat
Eustace Pond
Rameya Farqharson
Jasmine Field
Aimee-Mae Jukes
Cory Parton
Ben Townsend
Lauren Clayton
Kyran Harrison
Joshua Steadman-Smith
Toccara Edwards
Keishana Harris

16.7 Important Updates from our Head of Academy

Mrs Craig has released the following letters reflecting on lockdown and outlining the changes that will come into effect from September when the Academy reopens:

Head of Academy letter

General Information about returning to school in September

16.7 Prefect Applications

The standard of Prefect applications received were outstanding making it a difficult decision to appoint – announcement to be made soon!

16.7 Careers Provision

At Smith’s Wood Academy we are keen to gain your thoughts about the Careers provision available for your child. Please take 1 minute to complete the survey by clicking the link below.
Thanks in advance. Mrs O’Donnell Academy Careers Advisor.

13.7 Race for Life Update

We are inviting staff and pupils to complete a 3k run for this year’s ‘Race for Life’. We would love to make as much money as we can in donations and they can be made via the link:


Send us your photos too!

PM Address

Prime Minister @BorisJohnson is to address all school leavers on Friday 10 July at 10am, the address will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. @Number10press
Yr 11s – please tune in!

Stars of the Week

Science Stars

Well done to: Hollie Harris, Leah Mai Hughes, Hany Kelata and Grace Summer.
These students are working so hard for Science and are consistently completing work to a high standard every week. Miss Hargreaves is really proud of how hard they are working and the effort they have put in.

GCSE Pod Update

We are pleased to be fourth place in the heavy middleweight league of GCSE Pod with a score of 71.9389

Virtual Sports Day: Standing Long Jump Results

Nowaf Abagana – 1.60cm
Harry Hicken – 1.03 cm
Morgan Hyett – 1.90 cm
Meredith Maddox – 1.50cm
Keisha Hodge – 1.48 cm
Levi Davis – 1.57cm
Isabelle Revitt – 1.20cm
Callum Branson – 1m
Laillie Barlone – 1.55cm
Carson Cavenyer – 1.13cm

29.6 Virtual Sports Day is coming

With the current situation in schools our traditional sports day which would usually be happening around this time unfortunately will not be taking place…. So as an academy we have decided to do a virtual one for you to enjoy in your own homes instead.

There are 5 activities to complete and score.

The activities will run from Wednesday 1st July to Wednesday 15th July so you have plenty of time to complete these.

Look out for the video demonstrations to assist you in completing your tasks

Check out this poster that outlines all of the activities and this score sheet.  All you need to do is complete one or all of the challenges and send your scores in to your house participation leader using the entry form.

If you could send in a video of you completing each challenge, this would be even better!

Entries should be emailed to:

  •  Miss Bayliss – Hawking House
  • Mrs Bailey – Pankhurst house
  • Miss Wilson – Luther King House
  • Miss Plumpton – Parks House

Good Luck everybody, Mrs Ellis-Martin


29.6 Star of the Week

Well done to our Stars of the Week who have been working hard during lockdown.

17.6 Spanish Star!

Mrs Carroll wants to give a shout out to for Lily in Yr 7 for her #Spanish Home Learning. She completes tasks to a fantastic standard and is a diamond!

25.6 Graduation Day

On what would have been Graduation Day, Year 11 Excellence Leader Mr Collins and Deputy Excellence Leader Mrs Cronin reflect on the last five years.

25.6 Science Enthusiast

Well done to Liam Woodford in year 7. Not only has he been sending Miss Hargreaves fabulous work, he has been sending her awesome Science experiments that he has been doing at home and things we can do in school next year!

24.6 Virtual Sports Day

Watch as Mrs Ellis-Martin launches our virtual sports day. Click here!

22.6 Music Makers

Taegan Thomas (Yr7) has been teaching herself the keyboard in lockdown and Mason Silver (Yr8) has been teaching himself to DJ!

22.6 Supporting Black Lives Matter

Our latest house competition is to send a photo of you, your friends and family kneeling to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. These examples are from the Hawking and Parks houses.

22.6 Lockdown Rewards

Well done to the students who have been nominated by their teachers for the work they have produced during lockdown.

22.6 Star Students!

Jack Hawkesford in year 8 has completed a food home learning task on healthy eating which he did not need to do.  Very informative!

Makeda Myrie, also in year 8, has been cooking lots of brilliant dishes for her family inspired by home research.

Ethan Toney in year 7 is always giving his best and focused on his home learning-  his mum and his teacher Mrs Mclelland are very proud of his positive attitude.  He has even been camping in the garden… nothing gets in his way!

Kian Lee Mann – unfortunately his laptop has failed him so he is having to complete his home learning on paper BUT he is still eager to give his best and cannot get enough of the work we are sending him!  His dad is very proud of his mature attitude!

19.6 Prefect Applications

Year 10 students: Have you met the criteria to apply for a Prefect role?

Check your emails for details!

Don’t worry if you haven’t received an email there will be more opportunities during Year 11.

Good luck!

19.6 Home Learning Success

Lewis in Mentor Group 9A and his Mum have found this alternative way of helping Lewis with his literacy to make it more fun. Great idea!

18.6 Praise for Year 7 Bubble

Year 7 bubble 1 deserve a massive well done. On Monday, Miss Butcher taught them the New Zealand Haka! They then made their own Smith’s Wood welcome Haka for guests to SWA Academy!

18.6 Maths Challenge

Year 8 pupils William, Lovell, Jodie-Grace​, Lydia, Muhammad, Tyreis​, Lucas ​and Aidan completed the UK Junior Maths on Wednesday.

The Junior Mathematical Challenge is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems, designed to make students think.

In such unprecedented times, the fact that all students involved logged on from home and committed to preparing for this challenge is amazing. It is an accredited Maths challenge that runs across the UK and therefore the students participating in itself, is a massive achievement.

Only 10 year 8 students were able to enter, the students were selected by their teachers due to their consistent home learning and positive attitude towards Maths.

17.6 Drumming up support

Well done to Tye in 9A who has been playing the drums every Thursday for clap for carers!

13.7 Race for Life