Principal’s Blog 7th September 2018, Great summer and a fantastic start

It has been lovely to hear what people have been up to over the summer; time with family and friends, reading books, enjoying hobbies, exploring, trying new things. The summer was equally enjoyable for Hazeley, more great exam results, refurbishments, new table tennis tables (bats and balls can be purchased for £2 from finance), finalising the official paperwork to form the 5 Dimensions Trust and preparations for the year ahead. I am always appreciative of how lucky we are to have a team of staff who keep the momentum going over the students break, they make a big difference.

The students have also used their break wisely. A large group of Y12 students joined us to embark on a peer mentoring training course and Y13 senior students came back to the academy early to support Y12’s with their start to the year. This idea of gaining fulfilment and growing by helping others is at the heart of what being part of the Hazeley community is.

Summer homework is an important part of Hazeley life, especially in Y11, Y12 and Y13. Without it learning tends to be lost and pressure is focussed too heavily on term time. I have been pleased to see that the overwhelming majority of students have risen to the challenge and will benefit greatly. Those who have not quite stepped up will be supported with some additional after school sessions and guidance on how to develop more effective study habits. It is very possible to have a great break, but avoid the summer learning dip, it just takes a little drive and organisation. The support of parents is an important factor for success and is appreciated.

The term has started very well, our work with Shenley Brook End as part of the 5 Dimensions Trust helped inspire an innovative and effective staff training day, which was wonderfully delivered by Mrs Jobling and Miss Whiteman. It involved staff sharing and shaping a range of teaching and support strategies to help make learning at Hazeley even more engaging and support still more effective.  It was made all the more memorable as it also involved a magician and the staff dressing up in a Harry Potter theme. It was a training day that staff will never forget and students will benefit greatly from.

Of course the most important people on the first day of the academy year are Y7’s. The slightly nervous expressions at the start of the day were transformed into smiles as they made new friends, enjoyed new lessons and engaged with new experiences. A big part of this has been the way in which older students have reassured them though their own smiles and enthusiasm.

A great start to what promises to be a wonderful year



Mr Nelson