- Where possible students walk to the academy
- The rear pedestrian gate will closed as we cannot guarantee clearing the snow
- Allow extra time for your journey as the roads will be extremely busy
- Drop your child a short distance from the school and allow them to wall
- Avoid blocking traffic by stopping on local roundabouts or in other dangerous areas
- Be considerate to local residents at all times and avoid blocking private driveways
- When entering the carpark please avoid slowing the flow of traffic by stopping on the road
- Share journeys to reduce congestion
- We currently expect the Destinations Day excursion to Shenley Brook End for Year 10 students to go ahead
We regret to inform you that our Christmas Concert on Monday 11th December has been cancelled due to the school closure for adverse weather conditions.
Celebrating Values Coming to Life
The overall mission statement for the Hazeley Academy is to develop Character, Confidence and Creativity in our young people and each other so that together we can gain fulfilment by playing a positive role in our community.
Our Hazeley+ sessions allow gifted mathematicians to enjoy tackling concepts that would be left to student’s up to five years older than they are. Feedback from one parent below sums up the views of many.
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for the time and effort you have invested in the Maths Plus Sessions this term and express how impressed we are, the level of mathematics XXXX been doing in your sessions recently has just been remarkable and is undoubtedly going to enable him to achieve the higher grades he wants. When he first agreed to attend these session he was unsure about giving up his time I know now how glad he is he did and how grateful he is and also how highly he values the progress he’s been able to make!
The way in which school, parents and students work so closely and successfully together is captured by another impromptu letter that I received this week.
We are delighted to report that XXX has received offers from all five of university choices, two of which are willing to make that offer unconditional if XX makes them XX firm choice. XX wouldn’t be here making this big decision about XX future if it wasn’t for the fantastic support that Hazeley has given XXX. XXX worked hard to get this far, but this has been made possible by the positive and encouraging relationships XX had with teachers and most importantly with Ms Brooks. Without Ms Brooks, I’m not sure that we’d be looking at universities. She’s taken a dyslexic autistic student and helped XXX to shine. XXXX teachers have inspired XX to learn more, to read and to analyse in greater depth.
We feel that XXX achievements are a credit to the Excellence department and to the wonderful teaching XXX had.
The high expectations and the success that these lead to for our students with special educational needs has been recognised by the local authority who have presented the academy with an inclusion award. Hazeley is the first secondary school in the city to receive such an award.
Finally, if you ask staff and students what is best about Hazeley they will talk about the positive relationships. These are built on high expectations in a deeply caring culture. Sincere praise is a key element in building this culture and our Year 7 students chose to ensure that this is a two way process by writing postcards to their most inspirational teachers thanking them for their time and efforts; a small but powerful act that makes all the difference to staff towards the end of a long term.
For me, the best thing about Hazeley is the way in which our values come to life!
We have now completed 3 of our 8 drop down lessons for Wellbeing and students and staff alike are really engaging with the topics across a diverse range of subjects, see below:-
|19th Sep||Peer Pressure||Sexting
|Healthy Relationships||Consent||Consent||Finance Credit|
|11th Oct||Social Media||Online grooming||Media Distortion||Pornography||Pornography||Finance Debt|
|30th Nov||Right and Wrong||Forced Marriage||Exploited||Safe Sex/STI’s||Parenting||Pornography|
|19th Jan||Relationships||FGM/HBV||Safe Sex||Teenage cancer||STI’s/ Safe Sex||Parenthood|
You can also see what we have coming up in January.
Well done to our winners of the year 8 Sexting poster completion who won a £10 Amazon voucher with their innovative and creative designs- Donovan Barea, Sienna Edwards, Lewis Peacock, Megan Parsley
Congrats also to Archie Fellows, Jude Evans and Niamh Gallawan-Allen who were the winners of the year 8 and 13 Drop Down Day to produce a plan for a Film for Change linked to Child Poverty. This film will be made by our Unicef Ambassadors after Christmas so watch this space for a link to the completed film.
Next term sees a y12 drop down day based around Human and Children’s rights and how it affects wellbeing as well as the continuation of the Wellbeing programme.
We are promoting our school wellbeing over the rest of this term with the Advent Calendar of Kindness, encouraging our students and staff to do something kind for someone else each day until Christmas. The calendar can be found on the Wellbeing notice board.
The blog this week is written by Mrs McKenzie who is the Director of the Character Faculty. Mrs McKenzie also has responsibility for developing student voice and the house system. I hope that it gives you an insight into a few more activities and approaches that make Hazeley such a special place.
We believe students should have a wide range of opportunities to develop their leadership skills to prepare them for life beyond school. Many of the activities students take part in focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching in the classroom, embracing problem solving and supporting the whole school aim to build character, confidence and creativity.
Miss Lord has implemented the Sixth Form Peer Mentoring programme with our year 12 and year 13 students who have examined a range of different leadership skills including communication, motivation, positivity, trustworthiness, responsibility and delegating. The Peer Mentoring scheme gives full training and brings together students from different year groups, which benefits the mentees by working with students who are a few steps ahead in their academic career and the mentors as they develop transferable skills, meet new young people and gain valuable experience for their CV.
Thanks go to our Student Council, UNICEF Ambassador students who worked hard on a range of fundraising activities for Children in Need. Students valued receiving additional House Points for all the extra effort and commitment they showed. There are lots of ways in school in which students can achieve extra points for their Houses including inter-House competitions.
We are currently running competitions in the Business Department ‘The Mind of the Entrepreneur’ and for the Creativity faculty with a designing your own Christmas tree decoration.
Our Hazeley Debate Club attended the MK Big Debate where they shared ideas and prepared speeches on a range of life skills with other schools from Milton Keynes including Denbigh, Radcliffe and Stantonbury.
MP Iain Stewart, Mayor David Hopkins and other dignitaries gave feedback to the students on their presentations and then made pledges including from the Mayor “My pledge as Mayor is to pass on what I have learnt today to others in Milton Keynes, the Council and beyond. The city is in safe hands with you.” Councillor Sam Crook discussed with the debate students the argument that young people should get the vote at age 16 and is going to be presenting ideas in school to our year 12 during Drop Down Day in January.
Director of Character
What is the biggest decision you have ever made?
What is the best decision you have ever made?
Making good decisions is one of the most important skills in life. Sometimes just knowing that you have a decision to make and not simply drifting along with the crowd can be a challenge in itself.
I still recall advice from a Head of 6th Form about her 6 steps to decision making and it still rings true today
- Identify the decision to be made and the outcome you want from it?
- Gather all of the information you can on the options available. Keep linking them back to your values and long term goals?
- List the pros and cons.
- Ask for advice from people who you respect and value the judgement of
- Make your decision
Options at Post 16
As well as Year 11 being busy preparing for their PPEs and completing controlled assessments they are also considering pathways at post 16. Over 80% attended our Sixth Form Open Evening, alongside well over 200 external applicants.
For parents/carers who also attended the Options at Post 16 Evening in May, you will be familiar with the three options students have at the end of Year 11.
1) Full time education– this could be Sixth Form or College
3) Employment training or Part time Education plus being employed/self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
This is a big decision and it is incredibly important that students have all the information in order to make informed decisions. Some of the actions the students should be taking in order to help with this process are:
- Visiting sixth form and college open evenings, making sure they know what different organisations offer and to get a feel for the places.
- If they are joining our sixth form; speaking to subject staff about whether the subject suits them and finding out more about the course.
- Researching where they might head at Post 18 to ensure the options they choose support this.
- Researching Apprenticeships. These are available through colleges, for example Milton Keynes College offers a range of apprenticeships. Or through different employers, which can be found through searching individual websites or looking at the Governments data base, using the following web link https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
- Making applications to a range of destinations, to ensure they have a first choice and at least one back up option which has a lower entry requirement than their first choice.
- Ensure they are aware of deadlines for applications and are meeting these.
The Year 11s are currently working with their tutors on researching these options and making the necessary applications and will help prepare them for interviews. We have had numerous students spend either a day in sixth form or attend specific subject lessons to have a better understanding of the subjects they are potentially choosing. All our students will also have a pathways interview to support them further with their choice and any support required for making their different applications. Our aim is to ensure all our students find the right course and place for them and their future career pathway.
If students would like any assistance or further support with this, they should speak with their tutor, who will to book an appointment with myself for further support with this.
Director of Post 16
This week at Hazeley has been enriched by our Italian visitors (we tried not to mention the World Cup), Children in Need events and a focus across the subjects on the national anti-bullying campaign.
These activities all help develop the Hazeley Values and nationally they are often referred to as the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) elements.
The SMSC blog celebrates many of these events and can be discovered on this LINK or via our website.
Parents/carers often receive notifications regarding attendance and punctuality through termly Progress Review reports, letters and communications from the Personalisation team. Information can also be accessed via Go4Schools. The Pastoral team continue to celebrate 100% attendance and recently contacted close to 700 parents/carers via a congratulatory school comms home.
Attendance does make a difference at Hazeley. On average our Year 11 students with 100% attendance achieved almost a grade higher in every subject than students with less than 100% attendance. Their rate of progress was significantly higher than other students at the academy (including those with 96%+ attendance) and therefore we encourage students, wherever possible, to be in every day.
There are still occasions where students are taken on term time holidays. These holidays are often taken during the lead up to, or directly following, a half term break and will have an impact on learning and progress. For example – on the last day before half term (20th October 2017) Hazeley experienced a 4% reduction in attendance compared to our usual attendance levels.
Hazeley’ s attendance figures are excellent; however we still drive to improve in this area. ‘Persistent Average’ figures last year were significantly below the national average of 13.1% and we thank our parents and carers for ensuring their son or daughter attends the academy regularly.
Involvement of Parents/Carers also matters
Attending Parents Evenings and events such as the Welcome to the Year Ahead is an important way to ensure a strong relationship between the home and the academy.
The recent Year 11 Parents Evening was attended by over 86% of parents/carers. During the evening parents/carers were given the opportunity to meet with class teachers to discuss student progress in lessons, any areas for improvement and information was shared about preparing for exams and key areas for revision.
Please refer to the academy calendar for other key dates: LINK
Mr S Healy
Thank you to parents/carers who took the time to complete our parent surveys.
It is reassuring that over 90% agreed or strongly agreed with the key statements of:
- “My child is happy at the Hazeley Academy”
- “My child feels safe at The Hazeley Academy”
- “My child is well looked after at The Hazeley Academy”
- “The Hazeley Academy makes sure its students are well behaved”
- “The Hazeley Academy is well led and managed”
- “I receive valuable information from The Hazeley Academy about my child’s progress”
It is reassuring to also see that parents/carers are seeing improvements in homework, quality of teaching and instances of bullying, all of which now mirror the responses seen in many other outstanding schools. Our aim is to improve these further.
Our existing academy improvement plan and partnership work with Shenley Brook End School will help ensure that the positive responses in relation to levels of academic challenge and progress are improved further over the next year, with the aim that they also exceed the 90% mark.
We will continue to develop and improve the wellbeing programme to have a greater impact on student’s healthy living choices. Additional training and support will be given to form tutors, support staff, leaders and managers to help improve the way staff respond to concerns raised by parents/carers.
A great way to work with us and share your opinions and ideas is to join one of our Parent Voice sessions:
|Parent Partners||Thursday 25th January
|Next steps homework
Supporting parents and their child when they fall off track
How to help parents help each other
|Communication||Thursday 1st March
|Next steps with Go4Schools
Next steps reports
Next steps with the website
|Curriculum||Thursday 5th July
|Next steps careers advice and guidance
Next steps wellbeing programme
Next steps developing more clubs and links with the community
Mr T Nelson
Hazeley’s partnership with Shenley Brook End School is going from strength to strength. My comparison with the Brownlee brothers seems to be a good one, as we sit neck and neck with each other at the top of the Milton Keynes league tables. I am certain that the support and competition between us both will lead to further improvements in both schools, which is the really important outcome.
The first half of this term has been enriched with trips, visits and events. Magicians have helped students find out about the importance of creativity in the work place. The Malaga trip has developed the confidence of our linguists and Loughborough has helped reinforce the importance of character for our 6th Formers. There really is no such thing as a “normal” week at Hazeley.
The partnership we enjoy with parents has also grown this term, many of you supported the Welcome to the Year Ahead evenings and commented very positively on the increased role of the form tutor. We enjoyed positive and constructive feedback from both the parent surveys and the Parent Voice session. This feedback will be explored further in future parent voice sessions which will focus on homework, communication and the extended curriculum. More details will follow in the new term.
A day never goes by without us being grateful to all parents/carers who support the academy; from ensuring that their children set off to school on time and correctly equipped, to those that share their personal time to help as a Governor or with their own child’s learning. It is very much appreciated.
Key Reminders for the Term Ahead
All students’ return on Tuesday 31st October and the term ends on Wednesday 20th December.
The academy calendar can be accessed HERE
If you have not accessed go4schools this term then you are missing out on a wealth of information relating to your child’s progress and behaviour. Please email the data team on: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
We are very grateful to our supportive parents/carers who are proud of our high expectations in relation to uniform. A reminder of the expectations can be accessed Here
There will be a particular focus on ensuring that skirts are an appropriate length and that trousers are not of the “skinny” variety. Students who do not comply can expect detentions and isolations.
Those visitors who have joined me to look around Hazeley during the academy day will know that behaviour is very good. A key reason for this is the support that parents give in relation to expectations and sanctions. In all but the most extreme circumstances students issued with a detention are expected to complete them the next day.
If at all possible please encourage your child to walk/cycle to school. If you do need to drive them to school we strongly suggest that you drop them off at a safe place, a distance from the academy, and avoid the local roundabout as this causes congestion.
If you drop your child off in the academy car park then please let them exit your car near the main entrance drop-off zone; this prevents them from needing to cross the busy road. The car park is much quieter 15minutes before the opening of the academy.
In the term ahead we will be having a further push on punctuality. Your support with this is absolutely critical. Students who are late for school are placed at a real disadvantage often missing out on key messages and preparation time.
After School Clubs
Students have been encouraged to take the opportunity to attend as many after school clubs as they can, but also reminded that they should not be on the academy grounds outside of the school day unless they are at an organised club.
Enjoy the half term break.
Initial results and changes to GCSEs
This week academic results from last academic year are released to schools.
The headline summary for Hazeley’s results is:
“They are significantly better than other schools nationally; even more impressive is that this strong performance is spread across all of the main subject areas and ability bands of students”
For those of you who would like find our more detail in what the results mean, please read on.
The link to the national results can be found HERE. It is worth noting that the results on this website are what is called unvalidated and do not take into account the changes in grades for some of our students following marking reviews or the results that the Department for Education had missed for some of our students.
The figures below are those we expect to see once the validated figures are released in January.
The way that schools are judged by Ofsted and the information that parents receive has changed.
- Progress 8-this compares the attainment 8 scores for our students with students who had the same Key Stage 2 performance and again averages it out across the whole cohort. A positive score means that Hazeley students do better than their peers nationally. In 2015 our score was +0.17. Last year amid all the changes it was -0.01 or in line with the national average. This year we expect the value to be +0.22; this may be even higher following corrections to exam marking. Our student’s scores show that the average amount of value we achieve for our students is significantly above what other students achieve nationally from the same starting points.
- Basics-This is the proportion of students achieving a pass in both an English qualification and Mathematics; important in enabling students to make the most of future opportunities. This year almost 70% of our students achieved this at the standard pass.
- Attainment 8-this is the average number of points that a Hazeley student achieves across 8 subjects following certain rules. English and Mathematics points are doubled, their best 3 subjects from the sciences, modern foreign languages, history and geography and computer sciences are chosen next. For the remaining 3 subjects, any qualification can count, including the ones above that haven’t already been used. The total points are then divided by 10. This year our students achieved an average of 4.8, well above the new standard pass of a 4 (old grade C) and rounding to the “good” pass of a 5
- English Baccalaureate-this is for students who achieve a C or better in English, mathematics, science, a modern foreign language and either history or geography. We are very proud that at Hazeley we have a history of having around a third of our students achieve this; above the national average of around a quarter for this challenging measure. This year, on the comparable measure to 2016, we increased by 3% to 33%
Changes to GCSE
This year saw the first of the new GCSEs taking place in English Language and Literature and in Mathematics. These new GCSEs were graded in numbers rather than letters, with 9 being the highest grade they can achieve and 1 the lowest. We were very proud in the achievements of our students that led to a higher percentage of Hazeley students gaining a 9 than nationally.
The majority of other subjects have now started their new GCSEs. Our staff will continue to carefully consider all the new specifications that exam boards are offering to find the ones that will be best for our students and are a closest match to our values.
This is a period of great change, however our staff and students have the Character to be resilient in the face of it and to use the different measures and GCSEs to gain even stronger futures for our students; they have the Confidence to trust and support each other to understand the implications and changes; the Creativity to find the best possible solutions to the challenges posed by the changes and to continue to make their time at Hazeley an inspirational learning journey for all.
Mr T Nelson
Main School Open Evening – Year 7 intake. Date: Tuesday 3rd October Doors open from 5.45pm with Presentations at 6.00pm, 6.45pm and 7.30pmSeptember 26th, 2017
Dear Prospective Parents
You are cordially invited to attend our New Year 7 intake Open Evening on Tuesday 3rd October 2017. Doors open at 5.45pm with the evening closing at 8.00pm.
Principal presentations will take place at 6.00pm, 6.45pm and 7.30pm.
Student tour guides will be available throughout the evening to showcase our subject areas, with staff on hand to answer questions. Our Admissions Officer will also be present throughout the evening to clarify the admissions criteria and process.
Daytime tours are also available should you be unable to attend the evening. Please contact our main reception team who will be happy to arrange this for you.
This week saw the launch of our new Wellbeing programme, which aims to prepare students for the challenges of growing up. The programme is expertly led by Mrs Bowers and benefits greatly from resources and ideas from our partner school Shenley Brook End as well as PiXL (partners in excellence).
During these sessions students work with their form tutors, to create a positive atmosphere where they can explore and discuss ideas. The quotes from the students below help give a flavour of the topics covered and the student’s perceptions.
Y7 – Peer Pressure
“The lesson gave me an opportunity to understand and discuss peer pressure”
Y8 – Sexting
“Our form tutor used videos and debate to help us understand the dangers and potential consequences of sexting”
Y9- Healthy Relationships
“We talked about what the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships”
Y10 & 11 – Consent
“We explored an analogy that compared tea with consent so that we could understand its importance and complexities”
6th Form – Managing Finances
“The lesson allowed us to gain an insight into debit and credit cards, their benefits and potential pitfalls”
Further details on the topics to be covered in each session can be accessed on the school website via the links below.
Knowing what has been covered in these sessions gives parents/carers an ideal opportunity to continue the discussion at home.