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Principal’s Blog 13th January – Personalisation at Hazeley

The blog this week is written by Senior Deputy Principal, Miss Whiteman, and provides readers with an overview of the Personalisation Team.

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Personalisation at Hazeley

At Hazeley our key focus is to promote Q3C; supporting all students to get the best qualifications whilst developing their Character, Confidence and Creativity.  A vital part of the support structure at Hazeley is the Personalisation Team.

Form Tutor

Form Tutor’s at Hazeley welcome your child each morning and work with them closely each day during the 30 minute form time.  They deliver vital sessions based on life skills, literacy and numeracy and above all the Form Tutor is your child’s champion in the academy, building really supportive relationships to guide students through the developmental years of secondary school.

We would strongly advise that this is your first port of call if you would like to discuss any concerns about your child.

Progress Leader

woollardLeading a team of approximately eight tutors per year group are the Progress Leaders. Their focus is to look at the academic profile of students within their year group and develop bespoke intervention programmes if there are any concerns.  Progress Leaders have a pivotal role in supporting the year group ethos.

We are delighted to welcome Miss Woollard as the new Progress Leader for Year 10. Miss Woollard has worked within the tutor team for this year group for a number of years and has a thorough understanding of the dynamics of students within the year group. She will continue to guide them through the next 18 months to their GCSE examinations.

 

   

Learning Mentor

Each year group has a Learning Mentor working with students (R2L – Return to Learn). Working closely with the Progress Leader to make sure students receive outstanding care, guidance and support. They are a listening ear for students at times of need and regularly offer home school liaison.

Excellence Team

Another key component of the Personalisation Team is the Excellence Department. Their role is to support students who have a particular special educational need.

The Personalisation team work tirelessly to ensure all students are happy and secure at the academy and have a point of contact if they have any concerns. They look to build supportive working relationships between students, parents and carers.

Please do not hesitate to contact any member of this team should you have any concerns. We will always endeavour to do the best we can.

whitemanMiss T Whiteman
Senior Deputy Principal

 

Principal’s Blog 6th January – Homework

This week’s Blog is written by Miss Thistlewood, our Senior Leader in charge of homework. She provides some useful advice on how to support students with homework.

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Good homework habits.

An excerpt from “I tried to do my homework” – a poem by Kenn Nesbitt © 2015

I tried to do my homework
but a show was on TV.
A song was on the radio.
A friend was texting me.

My email chimed, and so, of course,
I had to look at that.
It linked me to a video
of someone’s silly cat.

Kenn Nesbitt Copyright © 2015.

To read the rest of the poem click here

So what are good homework habits?

Good homework habits are things that will help you do your homework to the best of your ability, with the least distractions. It has been found that pupils who do about 2 hours of homework a night were almost 10 times more likely to achieve five good GCSEs than students who did not spend any time on homework.

  • Organisation – knowing when homework is due will help you schedule your time and reduce stress.
  • A good/sensible place to study – this needs to be a table or desk with good lighting and be free from distractions, which allows the focus to be on studying.
  • What, how and when – what the specific homework task is, how it is needed to be done and when it is due, all allow the focus to be on the work.
  • Distractions/Social media – the use of Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat or similar while doing homework is a distraction that takes focus off the work that needs to be done.
  • Music – quiet music in the background will aid concentration, however spending time searching songs and looking through playlists is an avoidance tactic.
  • Regular breaks – brains need a break, but these should be short to allow the work to be done in the allotted time.
  • Procrastination – leaving everything until the night before it is due in will not produce the best results, cramming a lot into a short time doesn’t allow the best work to be done.

 

A quick quiz…. True or False?

  1. It is best to leave all homework until the night before it is due in.
  2. The best place to do homework is on my bed with my mobile and tablet.
  3. It is not necessary to be organised to complete homework.
  4. Doing homework while on Social Media will make sure it is completed more accurately and faster.
  5. it is important to have a place to study so that it is possible to focus on homework.

 

A Thistlewood photo.jpgMiss A Thistlewood

Lead Practitioner, AST

 

Principal’s Blog 16th December – Keeping You Informed

The final blog for 2016 is brought to you by Assistant Principal, Mr Whitney, who is responsible for standards. Mr Whitney outlines an exciting update relating to home school communication. A special thank you to those parents who took the time to attend the related parent voice meeting and whose feedback has been very useful in shaping this development.

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Online reporting update

As was conveyed in the Welcome to the Year Ahead meetings earlier in the academic year, we are moving to a new online reporting system called Go4Schools.

You may have noticed that there is now a logo-which links to the web portal and a link to our guide on the left of our main webpage.  We have deliberately taken our time with launching this new system, to enable us to be as secure as possible about potential issues, as well as ensuring that we have made every effort to have all parents’ email addresses on our systems.

Students have had access to their page for at least a week following a lead lesson where the system, and how it can support their learning journey, was explained to them.  The system has already been launched with 6th Form parents to coincide with the release of their Progress Review reports last week and so far everything seems to be going well.  We are therefore planning to “flip the switch” for all remain year groups on Tuesday 13th December.

An email will be sent out to confirm this has taken place, with a text message if we do not have an email address on the system for you. If you have not received an email by Wednesday morning and have checked that it has not got misplaced into your spam box by your email provider, please contact the academy via the email address later in this blog.

Go4Schools will allow you to access information on your child’s attendance, behaviour, homework and academic performance.  We have done our best to ensure that the guide on our website covers every possible question, but if there is a query that it doesn’t answer, please do contact the Academy at data@thehazeleyacademy.com.

It is always a nervous time launching something that is such a change from before, but hopefully our considered approach means that all goes smoothly and you will be better informed than ever as we work together to support your child on their journey to success.

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Mr Whitney
Deputy Principal

 

Principal’s Blog 9th December – The Most Difficult Job in the World

The blog this week reflects on one of the most difficult yet rewarding roles we may undertake; parenting. We help instil values into our children and guide them though making those big life choices. This is where choosing the school that best fits you as a family is critical. I feel blessed on a daily basis to work with so many parents/carers who share the Hazeley Values and work tirelessly with Hazeley staff to make them come to life.

Hazeley Core Values

Character – We have respect, integrity, loyalty, high expectations and resilience. We believe the differences amongst us make us even stronger.

Confidence – We trust ourselves and each other, we relish taking calculated risks, we understand honest mistakes occur and learn from them together.

Creativity –We enjoy working together designing, creating and reflecting upon solutions, including how to improve ourselves and each other in so doing making our Academy a truly inspiring place.

There is no definitive guide book to parenting, however a good starting point is working with other people who share your aims and values.

The school my children attend very much reflects my family values; they encourage taking calculated risks. Our youngest son who is nine is currently staying for a week with a family in Germany and we know that honest mistakes occur; for example when my eldest son had an accident at school we worked with the school to unpick and resolve the problem together. I know that the honest, open, respect based relationship we have with our children’s schools places our children at a distinct advantage in their education. We don’t ask for or receive special treatment, however we know that everyone benefits through working together.

Parenting might be the most difficult job in the world but it can also be the most rewarding and fun. Remember it is far too important to take seriously all of the time.

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Principal’s Blog 2nd December – Making the right choice at the end of Year 11 – The Journey Continues  

Thank you to the hundreds of prospective 6th formers and their parents who took the time to attend and enjoy our 6th Form Open Evening on Thursday 1st December.

The focus of the evening was to ensure all attending obtained the information they need to make the right choice at the end of Year 11. We shared and celebrated the excellent outcomes at Hazeley in terms of exam results (ALPS places us in the top 15-25% of schools nationally), university places secured, student satisfaction, excellent facilities and expert staff, all complimented by our core values.

We stressed our focus on our passion to developing Character and Confidence by encouraging students to strive for success and we highlighted the value we place on Creativity; that crucial ingredient into a happy and successful life.

The quotes below offer a flavour of the evening from a student’s perspective.

“I love the way in which Hazeley is great academically, but offers so much more” Jess

“A lovely atmosphere, warm, lively and welcoming” Hatim

“Amazing supportive teachers with obviously high expectations” Cerys

“Everyone is so welcoming, an obvious community spirit” Ruby

If you would like more information about our 6th Form offering please contact our Director of Post 16, Mrs Mayles at: sixthform@thehazeleyacademy.com.

The 6th Form prospectus can be found by clicking here.

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Principal

Principal’s Blog 25th November – Digital Footprint

Digital Footprint

The blog this week has been written by Deputy Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Baldwin. It tackles a subject that children in current society can be faced with.

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One of the most recent themes of the week for lead lessons and tutor time has been ‘My Digital Footprint’.  The idea of what a digital footprint is and how we can protect ourselves whenever we go online was considered in Lead lessons and then looked at in more detail in tutor times.

As part of tutor time, students watched a talk performance poetry monologue about the challenges of going online.  You can view the performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlGyTp4Nd4M

Sexting

The theme of the week lead lessons and tutor time then considered the topic of Sexting and the changes to the law that were made earlier this year. We wanted to be sure that students were aware of these changed and the potential impact it may have on them.

Sexting can be seen as harmless, but creating or sharing explicit images of a child is illegal, even if the person doing it is a child. However, a young person is breaking the law if they:

  • take an explicit photo or video of themselves or a friend
  • share an explicit image or video of a child, even if it’s shared between children of the same age
  • possess, download or store an explicit image or video of a child, even if the child gave their permission for it to be created.

 

As of January 2016 in England and Wales, if a young person is found creating or sharing images, the police can choose to record that a crime has been committed but that taking formal action isn’t in the public interest. Crimes recorded this way are unlikely to appear on future records or checks, unless the young person has been involved in other similar activities which may indicate that they’re a risk.

We know that some young people have shared images with friends, or boyfriends/girlfriends. We also know that these images can very easily be shared more widely and be used as a form of online bullying and intimidation, which can in turn lead to the darker realms of Child Sexual Exploitation.

Students were reminded that if this topic had affected them in any way, there are people that can support at school; sharing information about concerns they might have about themselves or a friend with any adult is good, directly with Mrs Hill, Miss Whiteman or Mrs Baldwin is better.

 

MKSCB Annual Safeguarding Conference

As part of my role as Designated Officer for Safeguarding and Child Protection, I attend the annual Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board’s conference, getting up to speed on local concerns and issues relevant to the young people of our city.

The theme of this year’s conference was the ‘Voice of the Child’, reflecting on listening to and understanding what children and young people are thinking and feeling in situations where adults seem make the decisions for them. The key note speech from Luke Rodgers, Founder and Director of Foster Focus, an organisation which provides children’s services opportunities to grow and improve by involving young people, was both emotional and inspiring.

The final session of the day was delivered by local students aged 15-17 who had participated in the National Citizen Service over the last summer, presenting a project they had undertaken in response to a internet safety survey completed by nearly 3000 MK young people in June.  The group’s presentation was delivered by Jemma Ankin, a current Year 12 student Hazeley with an incredible amount of calm confidence. I was very proud to have been able to listen to her explain the project’s rationale with such ease to a room of over 300 professionals; teachers, social workers, health care workers and other local agencies.  Real life Hazeley 3Cs in action. Congratulations to Jemma.

The group’s project, the topic linking perfectly with our own theme of week of Sexting, can be seen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYuArguhsAM

I’d encourage you to share it with the hashtag #Notonudes. It’s the group’s intention to get this to go viral – let’s see if we can help!

#Notonudes

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Deputy Principal

Principal’s Blog 18th November – The Hazeley House System

The Hazeley House System

The House system is an important part of life at Hazeley; it not only provides students with a sense of community it also gives them a structure in which to compete in a vast range of activities. All staff are linked to a House, enabling them to get involved in staff House competitions.

Student participation and performance in events leads to the accumulation of House Points; the current standings show Cobra to be leading the way:

Cobra – 440 (Mrs Lloyd-Jones)

Victory – 340 (Mr Mullane)

Enigma – 330 (Mr Adamson)

Colossus – 140 (Mr Whitbread)

The term ahead will offer many more opportunities for students to gain points. Activities include:

Boys Badminton – 21st November
Languages – 28th November
Girls Badminton – 5th December

There will also be a spelling bee, KS3 Literacy activity and a Christmas card competition.

House assemblies took place this week and were used to promote key anti-bullying messages including highlighting support offered by Progress Leaders (Head of Year) and the R2L team. A copy of the presentation can be viewed here.

ZTN photo NelsonMr T Nelson
Principal

Principal’s Blog 11th November – Armistice Day

I never cease to be impressed by our student’s response to the opportunities we provide for them to reflect and consider the selfless sacrifices of individuals for the benefit of others.

Lead Lesson’s this week have been led by our Director of Character Faculty, Mrs McKenzie and Head of History Mr Edwards. They focussed on Armistice Day and were supported by further discussions in form time along with engaging with some poems of the time, including In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

Poppies were sold by members of the student council and the academy held a 2 minute silence on Friday, the end of which was marked by the sounding of the last post.

We talk at Hazeley about “gaining fulfilment through positively contributing to our community”, showing respect and gratitude for the sacrifices of others is an important part of this.

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Principal’s Blog 4th November – We Need Your Feedback

We Need Your Feedback

Following our recent Parent Voice meeting it was identified that communication is an area which could be reviewed. It would be wonderful if readers of this blog could give some simple feedback about communication at Hazeley by emailing parentvoice@thehazeleyacademy.com with a list of what they feel the academy communicates well and suggestions for improvement.

This will be reflected upon and presented at the relevant Parent Voice group.

Thank you for your feedback.

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Principal

 

Principal’s Blog 21st October – A Successful Term

Pausing and reflecting at key points is an important habit and this term has had more than its fair share of success. The school league tables puts Hazeley at the top of the city again in the key academic measures of Basics (Those students gaining a C or better in English and maths) and EBacc (the percentage of students gaining top grades in English, maths, science, history or geography and a modern Foreign Languages).
As always the term has been enriched with a range of trips, visits and activities including Malaga, Mountfitchet Castle, Headingham Castle, Cadbury’s World and Ikea, who have all enjoyed the company of Hazeley students. Our sports teams have had the best start to any year with numerous victories across a wide range of teams and we are grateful to the commitment of students, staff and parents alike.
The feedback from parents at the recent ‘Welcome to the Year Ahead’ evenings is heart-warming. They describe an academy which is well led and is full of happy, safe, well behaved children who are making good progress thanks to some excellent teaching. A summary of the surveys responses can be seen here parent-survey(please click on the image for a larger version.) This correlates perfectly with feedback from the numerous groups of prospective parent’s as they toured the school with me over the past few weeks.
Thank you to the group of parent/carers who were able to join me at the first Parent Voice event last night. We will be focussing even more on the impact of homework, quality of our communications, reports to parents and working to improve even further our excellent pastoral care. Further Parent Voice sessions will take place throughout the academic year; look out for more details on our website in the new term.
The half term holidays are an important time for students to have a change of pace, reflect, recharge, prepare and look forward to even more enjoyable and successful terms ahead.
A reminder that Monday 31st October is a Staff Inset Day, with all students returning to the academy on Tuesday 1st November 2016.

ZTN photo NelsonMr T Nelson
Principal

Principal’s Blog 14th October – More Table Topping Exam Outcomes

More Table Topping Exam Outcomes

Hazeley students, staff, parents, governors and other stakeholders may wish to pause for a moment today to celebrate another set of table topping KS4 exam results. The Academy tops the city with the number of students achieving Cs or better in both English and Maths qualifications (known as the BASICS measure) as well as the number of students achieving the academically focussed Ebacc standard (which requires students to perform at a high level across a range of subjects).

What makes this even more exciting is the palpable desire amongst everyone to keep improving these results further. What is our secret….our Core Values.

At Hazeley we have a relentless appetite to improve and we avoid wasting energy worrying about failure. That energy is much better invested in enjoying the journey.

Mr Whitney our Assistant Principal for standards has written the blog for this week which explains in more detail school league tables and how schools are measured.

Well done again to everyone who played a part in these excellent results.

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Initial results and changes to GCSEs

This is the week where schools see their initial results from last academic year released amidst the largest, on-going period of change in education for a generation.  With that in mind, I thought it worth going through some of these changes, what they mean and how we are incorporating them into our Hazeley Values.  You can find the website where you can find ours and other school’s results 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 when the validated figures are released in January.

Headline measures

The way that schools are judged by Ofsted and the information that parents receive has changed.

  • Basics-This is the proportion of students achieving a good pass in both an English qualification and Mathematics, important in enabling students to make the most of future opportunities. This year we improved this measure to 79%, again the best in the city, a result of our staff and students working hard together.
  • 5A*-C including English and Mathematics-this traditional measure is no longer used, however to aid with the transition, the proportion of our students who achieved a C and above in at least 5 subjects, including a mathematics and English qualification was 67%.
  • Attainment 8-this is the average number of points (A*=8, G=1, for this year) 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 the equivalent of a C+.
  • 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.  This year with the national picture of a changing curriculum, our school is +0.02, showing that we are consistently achieving above average outcomes for our students.  These scores show that the amount of value we achieve for our students is significantly above what other students achieve nationally.  At Hazeley, we call this the student’s Q3C score as it is the measure that fits in with what we seek to instil within all of them.
  • 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 had a round a third of our students achieve this, well above the national average of around a quarter for this challenging measure.  This year it was 30%, again top in the city.

 

Changes to GCSE

This academic year sees the first of the new GCSEs taking place with year 11 taking new GCSEs in English language and literature and in mathematics.  These new GCSEs will be graded in numbers rather than letters, with 9 being the highest grade they can achieve and 1 the lowest.  This means that more grades are there for more able students to achieve so that sixth forms, colleges and employers can better differentiate between them.  After this year the government are going to consider a 5 as a “good” pass at GCSE.

The remaining subjects are transitioning to the new GCSEs over a number of years.  Our staff are carefully considering 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.  If you have students in Key Stage 4 this LINK will take you to the Ofqual website where you will find details about what GCSEs are changing when and how this impacts on the different year group.

As I said at the start, this is a period of great change, but 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 our students’ time at Hazeley an inspirational learning journey for them.

Principal’s Blog 7th October –Making the Step to Secondary a Fun One

Thank you to the hundreds of students and parents who took the time to look round Hazeley at our open evening this week. Staff and students very much enjoyed sharing their academy with you.

I have also had a wonderful time visiting some of our amazing partner Primary Schools along with ex-students and our mascot, Harvey. Visits have been to share information about Hazeley and also to help reassure younger students that the step-up to secondary school will be a fun one.

Please see below an extract from one of the many letters received from parents of Y6 students.

If you would like to find out more about Hazeley, or see the academy in action please contact our reception team to arrange a daytime tour: 01908 555620.
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I wanted to take the time to write to you and congratulate you on a truly wonderful open evening. 

 From the second we approached the school I had a warm feeling and as we came through the doors and were greeted so warmly and I was able to walk around in the space I felt instantly like we had found the only school that I want my daughter to come to. 

 Not to be carried away with first impressions we went on a tour, we got so caught up in the science rooms that we actually missed our tour guide leaving and we stayed interacting with the teachers and the experiments for around 45 minutes before we dragged ourselves away! 

 I spoke to a range of students during the evening including a wonderful young girl who had just started with you. The way the students comported themselves was exemplary and when I say this I’m not referring to manners or articulations (which were all quite lovely without being pretentious) but I am talking about the enthusiasm and the desire to interact with us as parents. The young girl I refer to also saw that my daughter was interested in engaging and talked directly to her as I would expect a friend to and before long she was off getting involved with the teachers in the science room. The way the teachers spoke to the students and the way the students spoke both to each other and to the staff and my daughter was inspiring.

 Through the presentation my daughter, myself and her Dad were all encouraged beyond all doubt that the head teacher had everything you could ask from a head teacher. The passion that came from all of the teachers in every room we went in to left us as parents confident that she would thrive in this school.

 We then talked at length with your head of library team who was clearly very passionate and committed to her job.

 We were the whisked around by a wonderful drama student from year 10/11 and we were shown everything that you invest in the creative side of schooling, she was a credit to your school and got us to the music department just in time to talk with the wonderful music teacher about your music work.

 We loved being in the school and spent well over two hours enjoying what your school has to offer.

 Other secondary schools we have looked at had such a different atmosphere, the talks were rigid and scripted, the teachers seemed tired and put out to be there and the welcome was not in the same league as in your school.

 What a marvellous experience and thank you very much for the chance to come and see what you’re about.

 

 

Principal’s Blog 30th September – Finding Out More About Your Academy

Finding Out More About Your Academy

We were joined this week by hundreds of parents who invested their time to attend Welcome to The Year Ahead presentations. Parents gained an overview of the key events taking place over the next twelve months, were updates with changes and reminded about fundamental Hazeley routines. I must admit from a personal perspective it is lovely to have the opportunity to engage face to face with so many dedicated parents. Links to the presentations can be found here.

 

The evenings were also used to remind parents of other ways to engage with the academy. We have our next Parent Voice event on Thursday 20th October at 5.00pm, where we will review the recent parent surveys and create a focus for future meetings. This is a great opportunity for parents with some energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.

On the subject of making a difference, the academy is currently looking for new governors. If you are interested in finding out more please contact my PA, Mrs Gough, who will arrange for you to visit the academy to discuss the role further.

At Hazeley we have an open door policy and if you would like to see the academy in action please book an appointment through my PA, Mrs Gough, to join me on one of my many learning walks. Visitors are always amazed by the focused calmness that they experience.

Finally we have our Main School Open Evening on Tuesday 4th October. Doors open at 5.45pm with presentations held at 6.00pm, 6.45pm and 7.30pm. This is always a heavily attended event and thank you to those students who are giving up their evening to represent the academy.

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Principal

Principal’s Blog 23rd September – Two Views of Hazeley from One Person

Two Views of Hazeley from One Person

In many ways schools are just like people, when they first enter the world they have to work hard to understand and shape their place in it. As they become more established they develop a real sense of who they are. Hazeley is no different, just over ten years ago our first cohort of students joined us with many continuing onto university and now some of returning to Hazeley as a member of staff. Miss McInerney is one of them. In this week’s blog she describes her journey and her views on how Hazeley has changed, I wonder how many of our existing students will be working at Hazeley in another ten years’ time.

 

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On September 5th 2006 I stepped into Hazeley as a timid and apprehensive year 7. Little did I know I was about to embark on such a magical journey that would see me return as a graduate 10 years later.

On September 5th 2016, I walked into Hazeley and signed in as a staff member ready to begin my career. I have always had a passion for learning and from a very young age I knew I wanted to teach but I didn’t anticipate returning to where it all started to follow this dream.

In 2013, after 7 years at Hazeley I spread my wings and went to study English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University. I’ve always loved reading and English has always been my favourite subject. Every lesson was different, if we didn’t understand something our teachers would always go about it in a different way until we did understand it. I loved reading poetry and then absolutely covering it in annotation and digging deeper into the words to gain a better understanding of the poem. I loved reading novels and working out just why the author used that literary technique, why those characters were presented in that way and what themes the author explored through language. However, the love I now have for the subject didn’t come overnight. Yes I’ve always loved reading, but the passion that I now have for literature stems from the teachers that Hazeley provided me. This is why I was absolutely over the moon when I got the job as a TA working in the English department.

Although the school is the same physically (which is great as I have the advantage of never getting lost), the school has grown so much since I was a student. There are new houses and a lovely camaraderie shown through these, there are Vivos; there are new staff AND Harvey the husky for a mascot! As a student coming back as a staff member I have noticed that the school has established itself in its own right which is so comforting to see. Students take pride in their appearance and as a whole I think every student is proud to be part of The Hazeley community. I definitely am.

I am finding it strange calling teachers by their first names and having students call me ‘Miss’ but they are both things that I will get used to quickly. I am absolutely loving being back at Hazeley and being part of the team. As students, we always knew that teachers genuinely cared about us and our education but it is so special to be able to see what goes on outside of the classroom to ensure that students are on the receiving end of amazing lessons and pastoral care. I am so passionate about my subject and about children getting the best education they possibly can and I am really looking forward to what the future brings.

Thanks for having me back Hazeley 🙂

amy-mcMiss McInerney

Teaching Assistant

Principal’s Blog 16th September – Welcome Harvey

Regular readers of the blog will recall the mascot competition; it was won by Harvey the Hazeley Husky.

Harvey will help bring to life the Hazeley Academy values of Character, Confidence and Creativity LINK.

Harvey has made a great start by taking on a big role in lead lessons, welcoming Year 7s and helping out with the school photos.

If you click on this link (here) you will be able to see some of the activities he gets up to when I am on gate duty.

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Principal

 

 

 

Core Purpose (Our reason for existence)
3Cs “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 the communities in which we live”
Core Values (Our fixed, guiding principles by which we make all decisions)
 characterCharacter – We show respect, integrity, loyalty, high expectations and resilience.
confidenceConfidence – We relish taking calculated risks, we understand honest mistakes occur and we rectify them together. We believe the differences amongst us make us stronger.
creativityCreativity – We gain a sense of fulfillment though continuous improvement. We enjoy working together designing, creating and reflecting upon solutions to life’s challenges, including how to improve ourselves and each other, in so doing making our Academy a truly amazing place.