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!