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Academy                The Topical Magazine of St Aidan’s Church of England Academy




                                                                                       This Issue:
                                                                                        y   A Year in the Life
                                                                                        y   Success Praised
                                                                                        y   Achievement
                                                                                        y   Sport
                                                                                        y   Art & Culture
                                                                                        y   Community




                                                                                      Darlington’s Church Of England Academy
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A YEAR IN THE LIFE ...                                                                                                                         PRAISE BE                                                                                       SHORT STORIES

Principal Thinking                                                                                                                             Praise From High Places                                                                         Recognising Success

It is hard to believe that we are already coming to the end of the first year in our
 new building. It seems like only yesterday that we were surrounded by packing
cases and facing the daunting task of moving a whole school, lock, stock and barrel,
                                                                                                                                               T    he Academy has attracted plenty of praise
                                                                                                                                                    during the past year, including Royal
                                                                                                                                               recognition when HRH The Duke of Gloucester
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               T   he Academy’s academic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   successes were acknowledged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               when our GCSE results meant
from its old home of some seventy years into new accommodation.                                                                                KG GCVO performed our official opening.                                                         that we were represented at a
We were thrilled to be awarded a national trophy for the success of that move, but                                                             His Royal Highness met staff and students during                                                ceremony in London.
are even more delighted with the new opportunities and excitement that the move                                                                a visit that lasted an hour and saw him dropping                                                Staged by the Specialist Schools
has brought us.                                                                                                                                into a number of classrooms to see the work being                                               and Academies Trust to honour
                                                                                                                                               done. Among classes he visited were those in ICT,                                               schools that achieved the greatest
Looking back, it is evident that we have achieved much this year. Our Ofsted and SIAS                                                                                                                                                          improvement in their results, the
                                                                                                                                               resistant materials and food technology.
inspections acknowledged the progress that we have made and support the journey                                                                                                                                                                annual event celebrated the work
we are on. We have hosted a Royal visit; organised international, art and outdoor                                                              As the Duke performed the Academy’s official
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of 633 specialist schools and
activities trips for our students; enjoyed academic success; supported local and national                                                      opening in a packed sports hall, he told the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               academies.
charities and much, much more as you will see from the pages of this copy of Academy.                                                          audience of invited dignitaries, governors, staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               St Aidan’s was invited because we
                                                                                                                                               and students: “I have heard about the history
As a family we have strengthened our commitment to caring for each other with our House system and                                                                                                                                             were:
                                                                                                                                               of this splendid building. As an architect, I am
vertical family tutor groups. This ensures that all students are known and involved in Academy family                                                                                                                                          y One of the top five schools
                                                                                                                                               delighted to see
life and that work and play exist happily together.                                                                                                                                                                                            in the North East with 5+
                                                                                                                                               it playing such a
Have a happy summer and I look forward to the start of an exciting                                                                             major role in your                                                                              A*-C results, including English
new term in September when we can further show that ‘Together We                                                                               transformation. It has                                                                          and maths, improved by 15
Can and Together We Do’.                                                                                                                       created a tone for                                                                              percentage points or more from
                                                                                                                                               education here.                                                                                 2006-2009.
Alison Appleyard, Principal
                                                                                                                                               “I hope the Academy                                                                             y A school with 5+ A*-C results
                                                                                                                                               remains the success                                                                             improved by 15 percentage
                                                                                                                                               it clearly is for many                                                                          points or more year on year from
                                                                                                                                               years to come.”                                                                                 2006 - 2009.
Enjoying Exciting Times - One Year On (Cover Story)                                                                                                                                                                                            y A school with 5+ A*-C results,
                                                                                                                                               Our students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               including English and maths,

                                                      A    year ago, it was all change as the Academy moved into its new £16.4m building in    clearly left the Duke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               improved by 15 percentage
                                                           Hundens Lane.                                                                       with a favourable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               points or more year on year from
                                                                                                                                               impression because
                                                      It was a major move and the way the staff and students managed the exercise was                                                                                                          2006 – 2009.
                                                                                                                                               as he left, His Royal Highness commented that he
                                                      honoured nationally with the Academy Development Award, presented a matter of            was really impressed with their behaviour during
                                                      weeks later at the Education Business Awards.



                ers
                                                                                                                                               the visit.
                                                      The past year has seen staff and students adapting to the potential offered by the new



            inn
                                                      building and this edition of Academy tells some of their stories.
                                                                                                                                               Praise For Success


     W
                                                      It has also been all change for new Head Boy Michael Wall and Head Girl Bethany
                                                      Whittaker, both of whom will start their final year at the Academy in September.
                                                      Departing Head Girl Leslie Ann Grace presented them with the ‘key to the building’
                                                                                                                                               A   lso receiving praise were the students who received honours for outstanding
                                                                                                                                                   performance at the annual Awards night staged late last year, the first since the move to
                                                                                                                                               the new building.
                                                      in a ceremony conducted just as the Academy prepared to break up for the summer
                                                      holiday.                                                                                 Honours went to students for a range of academic, sporting, artistic and citizenship areas.
                                                                                                                                               Academy co-sponsor David Crossland, who presented the prizes, said: “It was a huge pleasure
For Leslie Ann, her attention now turns to her forthcoming studies at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, including law and psychology, and    to meet the students and celebrate some of their achievements with them.”
her hopes of a career within the Army as a Military Police Officer.
She said: “I really enjoyed my year as Head Girl. There were
lots of enjoyable events
and the year really flew
by.”
Michael said: “I feel I
have much to offer the
position of Head Boy. I
am looking forward to
the challenges.”
Bethany said: “I am
really looking forward
to the responsibility
that comes with being
Head Girl.”

                              Out with the old



Care
                                                                                            In with the new


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ACHIEVEMENT                                                                                                                                    SPORT                                                                                                    SHORT STORIES

It’s all about aiming higher                                                                                                                   It’s A Sporting Life                                                                                     World Cup Day

O   ne of this year’s big themes has been ‘aiming higher’ in which we encourage students to reach their full potential. It’s one of the
    philosophies that underlines everything we do.                                                                                             S port features highly on the Academy’s curriculum where we have achieved a number of sporting
                                                                                                                                                 firsts during the year. The strength of our sporting achievement is showcased by students
                                                                                                                                               competing at national and international level.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        S  tudents used the football
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           World Cup as the ideal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        opportunity to find out about
To help students achieve that potential, we have staged a whole range of visits as part of the Aim Higher scheme, which aims to broaden
students‘ experience of education.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      other nations.
                                                                                                                                               Boxing Clever                                                                                            World Cup Day offered the
A key part of the programme has been the identification of students who would benefit from additional activities geared towards

                                                                                                                                               B oxer Jack Edmonds has continued to develop his career throughout the year,.                            chance to learn about countries
strengthening their knowledge of particular subjects.                                                                                                                                                                                                   taking part in the tournament in
That has included a range of specially organised visits at which students have learned from the experience of people working in other            Already Northern Champion in the 30-32kg division, he secured the national title at the ABA            South Africa.
educational establishments.                                                                                                                    National Championships in Cheshire.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was inspired by students from
                                                                                                                                               Now, he is preparing to fight as part of a Darlington Boxing Club team heading for a tri-nations event   the W8 Family Group and events
Chocolate Master Class                                                                                                                         in Germany in September. Jack trains regularly with the club.                                            included creating displays.

F  or example, nine Year 8 students were given a Masterclass in making chocolate, visiting Darlington College to learn about the art of the
   chocolatier and how it fits into the world of catering. Sam Hollis, Progression Coach at the Academy, who organised the trip, said: “The
students adored the experience. They really enjoyed themselves and they are buzzing about it.” Darlington College tutor Donna Joyce said:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Student Declan Clark, one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        team behind the event, said: “In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        one of our Act of Worships we
“The hands-on experience was a real eye-opener to the pupils and they learnt all about how the chocolate was made, as well as having fun                                                                                                                had the Principal draw every tutor
making the chocolate treats.  St Aidan’s pupils were a pleasure to teach and were fully engaged on the required task.”                                                                                                                                  group a team in the World Cup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The tutor groups had to create
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a display about the countries
                                                                                                                                                     Practice, Practice, Practice                                                                       cultures’ and a bit about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        history of the country. When the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        day arrived everyone appeared in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        their red and white football kits.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Calum Kay, who also helped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        organise the day, said: “During our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lunch we had a number of football
                  More Chocolate                                                                                                                     Practice, Practice, Practice
                                                                                                                                                                                               Squaring Up To The Challenge                             related activities going on. We
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        also had a penalty shoot-out. Each
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        form nominated a boy and a girl to
                                                                                                                                               World Class Gymnasts                                                                                     take the penalty.”


                                                                                                                                               A  nother sporting activity saw students put through their paces during a visit by the Royal
                                                                                                                                                  Marines, who staged a series of physical training exercises in the sports hall.
                                                                                                                                               And just before the summer break, Cuthbert student Chelsea Fisher and Durham teenager Jasmine
                                                                                                                                               Danby were part of the British team competing at a tournament in Wrozlaw, Poland.

                                                                               Anyone for Chocolate?                                           Having already enjoyed great success in their time together as a team, the two girls pitted
                                                                                                                                               themselves against the very best in the world, coming fourth in their category at the World Age
                  More Chocolate                                                                                                               Group Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics.
                                                                                                                                               Both train for twenty hours a week at Deerness Valley Gymnastic Club, in Ushaw Moor, Durham,
Maths Masters                                                            Critical Thinking
                                                                                                                                               which has a reputation for producing national and international performers.

A   nother example came when three gifted and talented Academy
    students learned about advanced mathematics during visits
to Teesside University. Emma Nichol, Ryan Shields and Chelsea
                                                                        S   tudents Grace Robinson, Rhian Williams, Jamie Bartch, Sarah
                                                                            McCormick and Abi Guest attended a Critical Thinking event at
                                                                         Teesside University’s Middlesbrough campus. During the event, they
Fisher visited the University’s Maths Department to learn about the      were introduced to different ways of thinking about a wide range of
application of mathematical formulas to solve real-life problems.        issues.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Saying Farewell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Y   ear 11 students bade farewell to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the Academy by dressing up in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        their finery for the annual Prom held
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        at Walworth Castle. We wish them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        every success for the future.




Respect
                         Maths Masters                                                             Deep Thought
                                                                                                                                                                 Academy Class                                      World Class

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ART AND CULTURE                                                                                                                                RELIGION & COMMUNITY                                                                                          OFSTED SAYS

Supporting Our Cultural Life                                                                                                                   Celebrating Religious Links
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A    team of Ofsted inspectors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  visited the Academy earlier
A   s well as academic attainment, the Academy also places great emphasis on other activities, including arts and culture.
    For instance, young musicians from around County Durham were among those celebrating the world of music at one of the year’s most          A   n important part of life in the Academy is celebrating links with our co-sponsor the Church of
                                                                                                                                                   England.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             this year and their findings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             revealed that we were ‘good’ in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             number of key areas.
exciting events when the Academy hosted the Heavy Cavalry & Cambrai Band, based in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
                                                                                                                                               Bishop of Jarrow                                                                                               y The behavior of our students,
Band members staged a workshop for more than 30 musicians from St Aidan’s and other schools and colleges, who also played alongside
them in a concert. The event was staged with Durham Music Service and the International Military Music Society UK (Founder) Branch North
East and Cumbria Region.                                                                                                                       O    ne of the highlights was the visit of Bishop Mark, the Bishop of Jarrow, who on his first trip to the
                                                                                                                                                    new Academy toured the building and chatted to
                                                                                                                                               students. Bishop Mark said: “My first impression is that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              was praised.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              y The way the Academy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              encourages a healthy lifestyle
Taking part were four young musicians from St Aidan’s and thirty other young people selected by the Durham Music Service, which has            people really enjoy being here. St Aidan’s is committed                                                        among its students.
supported them. Students taking part came from towns including Chester-le-Street, Newton Aycliffe and Darlington thoroughly enjoying the       to doing education in the best possible way.
challenge of playing within such a professional ensemble.                                                                                                                                                                                                     y The way the students
                                                                                                                                               “The Church has been involved in education for a                                                               contribute to the Academy’s life
                                                                                                                                               very long time. The importance of faith schools is that                                                        and the wider community.
                                                                                                                                               they are places where ethos, atmosphere and values
                                                                                                                                               are important. “If you look at St Aidan’s, there is an                                                         y The care given to the students,
                                                                                                                                               emphasis on care, respect and responsibility. They are                                                         saying: “Students’ spiritual, moral,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              social and cultural development is
                                                                                                                                               the key values by which the school is run.”                                Bishop’s Vist                       improving rapidly.”
                                                                                                                                               During the visit, the Bishop elaborated on the role of                                                         y The way the governors
                                                                                                                                               faith schools, stressing that they were not just for Christians, but for all faiths. Bishop Mark said: “The    support the work being done by
                                                                                                                                               really good and important thing about faith schools is that they are places where faith is taken very          the leadership team within the
                                                                                                                                               seriously. It is important that, as a nation, we have places like this. “They are not elitist. Often faith     Academy.
                         Sound Off                                Keeping Time                              Playing Together                   schools are operating in some of the most challenging communities in the nation. They are at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              y Inspectors praised the way the
                                                                                                                                               forefront of improving life for students, parents and carers in the community.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Academy works with parents and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              carers, giving it a ‘good’ rating.
Residential Culture                                                                                                                            Christian Heritage                                                                                            One of the other things the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             inspectors pointed out was the
Music and art, was also the theme for a
residential trip to the Lake District for 38
students in the Summer term.
                                                                                                                                               A   mong students heavily involved in the work to
                                                                                                                                                   better understand Christianity are the ten who
                                                                                                                                               have been engaged in a design project that stretches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             improvement in academic results,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             with more students gaining five or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             more GCSE A* to C grades than
During the visit, they were able to take                                                                                                       deep into history.                                                                                            in 2008. They pointed out that
inspiration from the stunning scenery to carry                                                                                                 Each house is producing a Cross for its area within                                                           grades in English and Mathematics
out a series of artistic projects, as well as enjoy a                                                                                          the Academy. The students have worked with staff                                                              improved.
number of outward-bound activities.                                                                                                            to come up with designs and work is under way to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Inspectors said that they were
                                                                 Paddle Perfect                                  Splash!                       complete the finished versions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             pleased with the students’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Design & Build                    achievements in our specialism,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             business and enterprise.
Collaboration Leads To Success
                                                                                                                                               Being Part Of The Wider Community                                                                             One of the aspects of Academy
S  tudents also appeared in a range of dramatic productions throughout the year, including a performance of Inferno just before the
   Academy broke up for the Summer holidays.
                                                                                                                                               T    he Academy places great store on being a part of
                                                                                                                                                    the community, both local and international.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             life that impressed the Ofsted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             inspectors was the focus on
The show, which featured some of our most talented performers, was the latest in a successful collaboration between the Academy and                                                                                                                          lifestyles.
David Evans and his company, Forge Solutions, of Nottinghamshire. David is a former Deputy Headteacher who now specialises in working in       In addition to working with local organisations,
partnership with schools to create outstanding drama productions. During his visits to the Academy, he has worked with students of all ages,   students fostered international relations by hosting                                                          As part of that work, students have
teaching them about the artistic and technical world of live theatre.                                                                          visitors from schools in Germany and Norway.                                                                  been encouraged to eat healthy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             food with the help of nutritional
The shows have been performed at the Academy and have been well received by large audiences.                                                   The visit was part of the Comenius Project, which is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             menus and a series of initiatives,
                                                                                                                                               backed by the British Council and the European Union
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             including healthy eating weeks, the
                                                                                                                                               and brings together schools from across the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       International Relations               most recent of which was held just
                                                                                                                                               Students from St Aidan’s visited Norway as part                                                               before the Summer holiday.
                                                                                                                                               of the project and students from the Norwegian secondary school, in Porsgrunn Town, and one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Catering manager Sue Albrow
                                                                                                                                               near Brandbenburg, in Germany, came to Darlington in return. The focus of the project has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             said the Academy has been
                                                                                                                                               regeneration and the environment. During the visit, the 31 visitors were shown the work being done
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             working towards gaining a Healthy
                                                                                                                                               in Darlington by the borough council’s countryside team as well as taken to look round parts of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             School accreditation in October/
                                                                                                                                               Teesside and Whitby.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             November.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             She said: “We regard healthy
                                                                                                                                               Third World Water Stories                                                                                     eating as really important.”


                                                                                                                                               In other activities, students supported an organisation
                                                                                                                                                that guarantees fresh water for children in the Third
                                                                                                                                               World. As part of Cuthbert Week, the students raised
                 Art & Culture Through Drama                                                      Hot Stuff!



Responsibility
                                                                                                                                               money for Playpumps International, which provides
                                                                                                                                               equipment for Third World schools.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Money For Playpumps

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 COVER STORY

 That Winning Feeling

S  tudents have spent the year excelling in the things they do best.
   For example, a five-strong team won the Darlington Borough Council Gifted and Talented Quiz Competition. Daniel Friery, James Crossley,
 Lewis Harper, Chloe Lewis and Daniel Hall beat teams from schools across the borough. As winners, St Aidan’s will host the final next year.
 Daniel Friery enjoyed more success when he won the Academy’s chess competition, beating six opponents on his way to the title.
 And a team of super-spellers narrowly missed out on success in a national competition. Ashleigh Burton, Caitlin Rumney, Katie Hannan and
 Callum Kay won through to the regional stages of the Spelling Bee competition, run through The Times newspaper.




                                 Quiz Masters                                             Chess Master                         Spelling Masters

 A Year In Pictures




 Holiday Dates (Inclusive)

 Summer 26th July 2010 - 31st August 2010                                 Christmas 20th Dec. 2010 - 3rd Jan. 2011    Easter 15th April - 2nd May 2010
 Half Term 25th Oct. 2010 - 29th Oct. 2010                                Half Term 21st Feb. 2011 - 25th Feb. 2011   Half Term 30th May - 3rd June

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