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Principal’s Blog – 13th October 2017: Initial results and changes to GCSEs

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.

ZTN photo Nelson

 

Mr T Nelson
Principal

Main School Open Evening – Year 7 intake. Date: Tuesday 3rd October Doors open from 5.45pm with Presentations at 6.00pm, 6.45pm and 7.30pm

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.

Principal’s Blog – 22nd September; Wellbeing

Wellbeing

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.

http://www.thehazeleyacademy.com/category/wellbeing/

http://www.thehazeleyacademy.com/faculties/confidence/

Knowing what has been covered in these sessions gives parents/carers an ideal opportunity to continue the discussion at home.

ZTN photo NelsonMr Nelson
Principal

Thank you, thank you and thank you.

Hazeley has enjoyed the smoothest, most enjoyable and purposeful start to an academic year that I can recall in over 20 years.

Key to this success has to be the amazing support from parents, helping to ensure that students have their summer homework completed, uniform expectations are met and students arrive on time. This makes a huge difference and ensures students are ready to learn from the moment they enter the building.  This in turn allows staff to focus on making the lessons purposeful and fun.  Hazeley really is about working together.

If you have not already noticed then you soon will that we are placing a much greater emphasis on the role of the form tutor. Our aim is to ensure that every child builds a great relationship with their tutors so that they can be supported both academically and pastorally and allowing them to really enjoy being part of the Hazeley community. There will be more information about this drive and other key initiatives at the Welcome to the Year Ahead Events. Dates can be found on the Academy Calendar LINK.

 

One of the highlights of the week for me has been speaking to the new Year 7 and Year 12 students; it is truly amazing how their faces change from displaying anxious excitement at 8.40am to showing happiness and focus by the afternoon of their first day.

Finally don’t forget Extracurricular Clubs and Activities start from Monday. These can be accessed here.

Mr Nelson

Principal’s Blog 24th August – More Celebrations at Hazeley

More Celebrations at Hazeley

IMG_0634Students, parents, staff and governors are again celebrating some excellent GCSE results at The Hazeley Academy. Our focus remains on the growth of the whole child through the development of character, confidence and creativity. However, it is no surprise to see that these qualities not only develop well-rounded young people, but also equip them with the skills, attitudes and aspirations needed to achieve some excellent examination outcomes.

Our Year 11 cohort replicated the excellent A Level results achieved last week in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Close to 100% of the students studying chemistry, biology, physics, and psychology achieved A*-C grades with almost half of them securing A/A* in the single sciences.

Our more able programme (Top 50) has resulted in an increased number of students achieving the highest grades and over half of our students gained at least one L9/A. Equally impressive are the stories of individual students who joined us with relatively modest Key Stage 2 levels and who now leave us as well qualified, well-rounded individuals. They are all a credit to our strong community.IMG_0621

Computer science, geography, philosophy and ethics, art, media studies, drama, catering, performing arts, product design, PE, Italian, ICT all achieved well, with the number of students achieving A*-C in the region of 70% or above.

Our focus remains on the growth of the whole child through the development of character, confidence and creativity. It is no surprise to see that these qualities not only develop well-rounded young people, but also equip them with the skills, attitudes and aspirations needed to achieve some excellent examination outcomes.IMG_0610

The future for Hazeley is a really exciting one! We have absolute clarity in what we are going to do to improve further and are excited by the prospect of working more closely with our equally successful partner, Shenley Brook End School.

 

It’s a great time to be part of The Hazeley Academy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZTN photo NelsonMr Nelson
Principal

Principal’s Blog 17th August – Record A-level Results at The Hazeley Academy

Record A-level Results at The Hazeley Academy

Students and staff are today celebrating record A level results. An almost perfect pass rate with an exceptionally high number of students gaining top grades, especially in mathematics, economics, history, geography, languages, psychology, business studies, law and the sciences.

The initial analysis suggests that results are amongst the top 10-25% in the country in terms of progress, with high ability students performing particularly well compared to similar students in other schools, broadly gaining one grade higher than their counterparts in “average schools”.

Student Achievements:

Two of our students will be heading to Cambridge University.

Copy of IMG_0536Sachin Patel – 5 x A* at A Level will allow him to embark upon a course in Engineering at Cambridge
Giorgio Ragozzino will be studying English Literature at Cambridge after achieving A*AA at A-Level.

Other notable high flyers include:

  • Cerys Hughes A*AAA – Nottingham Chemistry
  • Daniel Onan A*AAA- UCL- Scandinavian Studies
  • Priya Vashistha A*AA – LSE- Accounting and Finance
  • Amy Wells A*A*AB – York – Molecular Cell Biology
  • Liam Critcher A*A*A – Nottingham – Mathematics  (AC)
  • Hamid Miah AAA – Bath – Economics
  • Kiaah Ubhi AAA – Gap Year
  • Yasmina Bugel A*AB- Leeds Law
  • Huma Mahmood AAB- Birmingham – Bio Chemistry
  • Anjali Kumar A*A*C – Birmingham – Politics, Policy and Economics

It is great to see these wonderful young people interacting with their exceptional teachers and receiving such outstanding results as a reward for all their hard work.

Well done to all students, staff, parents and governors; outcomes like these are all from an exceptional team effort.

ZTN photo NelsonMr Nelson
Principal

Last Day of Summer Term – Friday 21st July 2017

A reminder to parents/carers that the last day of term is Friday 21st July with a half day finish at 1.15pm.   

Over the summer you may be considering new purchases of uniform and school shoes. Our uniform guide can be found on our website HERE.

Hazeley’s uniform supplier, Shirley MK, will be at The Hazeley Academy each Saturday afternoon between 2.00pm- 5.00pm from Saturday 22nd July until Saturday 2nd September (Please note Shirley MK will not be on site on Saturday 26th August).    

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Theresa Shirley on 01908 340589 or theresa@shirleymk.biz. There is also a website at www.shirleymk.biz where important information will be posted.

We ask all parents/cares to read our school shoes guidance leaflet which is attached.

Should you have any queries regarding this matter please do not hesitate to contact form tutors directly.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Tickets on sale now

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Our students have worked tirelessly over the past few months to produce a fantastic musical performance for you!

 We are happy to announce that tickets will be available for The Wizard of Oz every break in the foyer.

Do not miss your chance to see the fantastic work the students have created!

Show Dates: Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th July. 7.00pm start. Approximate finish time: 9.30pm.

Ticket Cost: £4 child / £6 adult.

For further information please click here to email Academy staff.

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School sports day is due to take place on Thursday 13th July 2017

Dear Parent/Carer

School sports day is due to take place on Thursday 13th July 2017.

Students are expected to wear their school PE kit (black shorts or tracksuit bottoms and trainers), the only exception to this is that students are permitted to show support for their house by wearing their House colour T-shirt which must have sleeves (vest tops are not permitted).

They should arrive at school in their PE kit. In addition to this students are advised to ensure they have the following:

  1. Water for hydration
  2. Sun cream to apply to self
  3. Hat to protect head from sun exposure

Students should also be prepared with school books for normal lessons should there be a need to cancel sports day due to inclement weather.

Kind regards.

The Physical Education Department

Hazeley Bush Craft 2017

We will be updating Hazeley Bush Craft trip via our bush craft twitter account.

https://twitter.com/HazeleyB

Please follow us for updates as we go.

Grenfell Tower victims Collection

With many thanks to all the students, parents and staff that contributed to the collection held at the Hazeley Academy this week for the Grenfell Tower victims.

 

The total amount raised was £268.05.

Thursday 21-6 Uniform

The temperature is due to drop significantly on Thursday – therefore students are required to be back in full school uniform.

The uniform expectations can be found here

Warm weather information – Wednesday

Due to the predicted extreme high temperatures on Wednesday we suggest that students come to the Academy in their school PE kit. Could we also ask you to make sure that they have a water bottle which is refillable to make sure they stay hydrated throughout the day.

We will be monitoring the temperature daily and keep you updated.

Grenfell Tower Emergency Appeal

The London Community Foundation and the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

Immediate relief is being given to those affected and the priority is to provide financial support to the voluntary organisations, community centres, groups and churches local to Grenfell Tower.

The donations from Hazeley will go towards this emergency financial support which aims to give advice, medical supplies, equipment, transport and any other support to those affected.

appeal

Year 10 PPEs and Golden Tickets

As we enter the final stages of Year 10 are offering the previously successful ‘Golden Ticket’ scheme – click here for a blank copy of the Golden Ticket.

This is to help ensure every student is fully prepared for the new challenges that await them in Year 11.  Our aim is to ensure that students finish year 10 up to date with all their work, whilst ensuring that this is of a suitable standard and that they have begun to produce good quality revision resources for the PPEs and year 11 exams.  For the PPE timetable please click here. There is also a blank revision timetable which you can use to help schedule revision – click here for a copy.

Further information and resources for this can be found here