Steps to Success
This week Year 10 and Year 11 students experienced motivational talks from Mr Beezy and Maximise. The two speakers have hugely contrasting styles; however give consistent messages which perfectly align with Hazeley values.
Be Bold – “Have a Dream”
- Importance of VISION – Having something to aim for is the first step to success.
- Linked to this understanding WHAT IS YOUR WHY?
- Always remembering – WHO DO YOU WANT TO MAKE PROUD?
- The importance of REFLECTING on what we owe to others, especially family.
Be Sharp – “Use Time Well”
- Success is not for lazy people – hard work is important. Laziness kills your dreams – “no grind / no glory” (one of Mr Beezy’s catchphrases).
- Importance of ROUTINES
- Make great PLANS and stick to them
- Learn the SKILLS of revision
- Use the RESOURCES available to you
- The PROCESS is there to help you succeed – work with the school not against it
- URGENCY- need to act now – no excuses – crack on
- Importance of not being DISTRACTED by friends
Be Resilient- “Keep positive”
- DARK TIMES – keep going – no whining – no quitting – no excuses – be positive – accept it’s hard and keep going.
- The dangers of SOCIAL MEDIA- the risk of listening to false stories and even leading to depression
- FAILURE and MISTAKES – two of the best teachers – it’s how we learn – how will you learn from yours?
- Remove DOUBT – it stalls you
- Keep HOPE
- Take yourself seriously you can then support others – take RESPONSIBILITY
- The positive impact of PRESSURE- that’s what makes the diamonds
- DREAM / STRUGGLE/ VICTORY – keep up the struggle to reach the victory
- CHANGE your behaviours to CHANGE your results
I am exceptionally pleased by the way in which our students have seized the advice from the speakers and very grateful for the way in which parents and carers are also supporting this at home.
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: email@example.com 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
It was a privilege to welcome over a thousand visitors to our open evening on Tuesday. The feedback was excellent.
As a parent of a Y6 child myself I know what a big decision the choice of secondary school is.
Those of you who attended the evening will know that my advice was based on choosing a school whose values are aligned with yours as a parent. I strongly advised any parents, who were still unsure; to visit the school again and look at the things they that they felt were most important while the school was in action. These opportunities can be booked via my PA Mrs Gough and are unique to Hazeley in that, they are not staged in anyway; you choose exactly where you want to go and what you want to see.
When I got home from open evening my wife shared with me an article from the BBC which outlined eight things to look for at an open evening, it is certainly worth a read, the key points were:
- Quiz those hand-picked pupils who show you around
- Ask to go to the toilet
- Bring your child to the open evening/day
- Listen to the head teacher’s speech
- And then ask tough questions
- Take a good look at the teachers
- Visit the school again
- Write the deadline date on your calendar
The full article can be accessed using the below link:
Mr T Nelson
In the week in which our Progress Leaders, Form Tutors and Parents were meeting with each other at the Welcome to the Year Ahead events, Hazeley received confirmation that our recent Year 11 results were outstanding.
It is through our close values driven partnership with parents, students, staff and other schools that our students gain such excellent outcomes. This reinforces that we are doing the right things in the right ways.
It is great to know that students overall make significantly more progress at Hazeley than in other schools. This statement comes from the fact that schools are now reviewed on an indicator called Progress 8. This gives an indication of how much progress each child makes compared to national expectations. 0 is the national average.
Hazeley achieved almost 0.25. This result shows that students at Hazeley made on average a quarter of a grade more progress in each subject than the national average.
This result has the potential of placing Hazeley in the top 10 to 25 % of similar schools nationally.
Most importantly this result is spread across all groups of subjects including English, Mathematics, Ebacc (science, humanities and languages) and Open (confidence, creativity and ethics).
Hazeley has much more consistency than most other schools across a range of subjects. This is a very good indicator of excellence; some less successful schools will rely on a strong performance in just a few subjects to pull up the headline results, hiding inadequacies in other areas.
Even more pleasing is that this performance is across almost all groups of students. This links closely to Hazeley values.
Please be assured that the staff and governors at the academy will be aiming to improve these outstanding outcomes still further in the years ahead.
It is a great time to be part of the Hazeley community.
Mr T Nelson
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.
When I ask students “what is the best thing about Hazeley” the response “staff” is a popular one. It is so important to have an inspirational teacher at school or someone who makes a difference to you.
Below are some of the quotes from our students:
“Mrs Couzens is inspirational because, she gives real life application and is always ready to help, no matter how many times you ask. She takes the time to get to know you and how she can help you succeed”. Callum
“Mrs Fairly is amazingly dedicated, she put so much work in to support us with our GCSEs proving how much she really cares about us as individuals”. – Elise
“One of the main reasons that I am studying Science at sixth form is Miss Whiteman, she helped me through the touch times”. Emily
“I look forward to Mr Bonnet’s lesson, he works you hard, but teaches you everything you need to know and it is always fun”. Harry
“Mr McShane brings the lessons to life”. Claire
“If you have a problem R2L will always support you, it feels like they really want to help” Emily
“Mr Mortimer is funny, really strict on the surface, but you know that he cares”. Josh
“Mrs Harrison is fantastic; she always encourages you and ensures that everyone in the class participates”. Snagaa
“Mr Lane is fantastic; he knows his subject and his students inside out”. Santhiya
“Miss Lord is always there when you need her, you can tell she really understands you and cares” Ethan
These are just a few examples of their feedback, others included themes such as ‘caring, knowing students as individuals, dedication, pedagogical skills (although not a phrase used by the students), subject knowledge and a sense of fun’.
These are the characteristics that the leaders at Hazeley will keep encouraging to develop staff further.
A lovely activity to try at home is to ask your child who is their most inspirational teachers and why? Sharing the outcome of this with the teacher concerned can be a great way of motivating further these inspirational people and making the academy an even better place to study and work.
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.
More Celebrations at Hazeley
Students, 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.
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.
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.
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”.
Two of our students will be heading to Cambridge University.
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.
End of Academic Year
As we reach the end to the academic year we can go into the summer break with confidence knowing that as students, staff, parents and governors we continue to do all we can to support our young people working towards qualifications they deserve. We know that we have gone far beyond this and supported our students in developing their Character, Confidence and Creativity, and crucially we supported each other to gain fulfilment by playing a positive role in our community. We know that we all gain more by giving more.
Although our hopes are high, the truth is in these turbulent times we don’t know what the exam outcomes will be; no one has yet seen what a Level 9 Maths GCSE looks like. We do know that good, bad or indifferent we will respond as an academy and as individuals with a will to make the most of what we have and a commitment to improve further.
On Thursday 13th July our Governors voted in principle to explore formally the creation of a Multi Academy Trust with Shenley Brook End School. This means that our journey of improvement will not only be with the staff, students, parents and governors at Hazeley, but also with those at Shenley Brook End School.
This partnership will be a key theme in the years ahead as two of Milton Keynes best schools unite in their collective mission of working together to grow a vibrant community of exceptional people. We hope that in the fullness of time we will be joined on this journey by other local schools that share this vision and our values.
Partnership with parents is at the centre of our Hazeley ethos. When we return we will be running a number of open mornings where visitors can enjoy the opportunity to see the academy in action; the visitors decide exactly where they want to go and what they want to see. I feel privileged to be the Principal at an academy where we have the confidence to be so transparent.
Although we enjoy in the region of 1000 applications for our 240 places in Year 7 we do hold an in-year waiting list for all year groups and these open days also create an opportunity for new and prospective parents to find out more about Hazeley.
Term and student return dates can be found HERE.
I hope that you have a lovely break, enjoy the extra time with your children and I look forward to seeing you all again in the new academic year.