February 12th 2010
Evelyn Grace Academy Parent Newsletter ‐ Year 2, Issue 5
Welcome to the first Evelyn Grace Academy newsletter of 2010. We normally send out two newsletters each half term but
this has not been possible in the first term of this New Year and I apologise for that.
This has been an unusual half term. The frequent bad weather has been a particular challenge to manage in the split‐site
temporary accommodation. I am pleased to say that we only had to close on one day at the start of term and I apologise
for any inconvenience that caused you as parents and carers. We also received a two day monitoring visit by HMI from
Ofsted as part of their programme for checking on the progress of new academies. This was a very positive visit and there
was lots of positive feedback about the academy’s work to date. This visit results in a short follow up letter from Ofsted
and I hope to receive the final version of this in the next few days and share it with you in a separate newsletter after half
During half term, our servers will be moved from the ARK central offices to the temporary accommodation on Shakespeare
Road. They will then be on site in readiness for the summer move to our permanent building. This means that the
academy’s email will not be working.
The academy telephones will be covered during working hours next week but in the event of an emergency please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7274 9395.
You will shortly receive your child’s progress report covering the last half term for English, Mathematics and Science.
Parents of Year 7 students will receive a progress level for mathematics and science as well as English in this report.
This is to confirm what many of you know already, namely that Mr Miller has been appointed as the new headteacher of
Evelyn School with effect from the start of this spring term. I am sure you will join me in wishing Mr Miller every success in
his new role as he and his team lead the further development of Evelyn School. Mr Miller has done an excellent job over
the last 18 months in establishing a ground‐breaking sports programme at EGA. We will be advertising nationally for his
replacement in that role shortly to ensure that our sports programme, which is very popular with students, continues to
develop and foster excellence and participation for all.
1) My child usually likes school.
Outcomes of Year 7 parental survey January 2010.
At the recent Year 7 parents’ evening, we asked parents 20
and carers to complete a survey to give us feedback on 10
parental views of the academy’s very distinctive 0
approach after the students’ first term. This was a Strongly Agree Disagree Strongly Don't know
repeat of the same survey we conducted during our first agree disagree
year. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and
this is a shortummary of the results for your information.
Despite the recent bad weather, those of you who
regularly travel along Loughborough Park or
Shakespeare Road will have noticed how well the work
2) My child is making good progress.
on our new building is progressing. There are some
pictures of the work in progress in this newsletter. We 60
can now really begin to see our fascinating new academy 50
building taking shape. It is going to be a landmark 40
building in South London and one we will all be
justifiably proud to work and learn in.
Key dates for your diary 10
We have two planned staff development days after the Strongly Agree Disagree Strongly Don't know
half term break and the academy will re‐open for agree disagree
students at 8.30am on Wednesday February 24th.
Whilst I apologise for the previous postponement of the
Evelyn small school celebration, I am delighted to invite
you to attend our first Celebration Performances of the
2009/2010 academic year:
Year 7 on Monday 29th March 2010 at 4pm
9) Staff expect my child to work hard and
Year 8 on Wednesday 31st March 2010 at 4pm
do his or her best.
I sincerely hope that you will be able to join us in 80
celebration your child’s achievements. Please endeavour
to arrive by 3.50pm.
With best wishes 20
Principal Strongly Agree Disagree Strongly Don't know
Evelyn Grace Academy Parents’ Forum
Last year we set up a parents’ reference group and a small group of parents attended a regular series of half termly
meetings. This was a really helpful, regular source of feedback for the new academy and several suggestions made by the
parents’ reference group have been incorporated into our practice this year.
The small school model of organisation, the weekly tracking sheet and the half termly subject progress reports mean that as
parents and carers of EGA students you receive much more regular contact and information from us than is the norm in
most secondary schools. Once we are in our permanent accommodation we will also be setting up a parent link on our web
‐site to allow regular on‐line parent communication as well as an on‐line parents’ forum.
I have not called a further meeting of the reference group this year as I was keen to establish a means of communicating
with a broader range of EGA parents and carers on a more regular basis particularly with the all important move to the
permanent accommodation taking place this summer.
We are building a new academy with a very clear mission statement, strong sense of direction and distinctive features. This
was recognised during our recent HMI monitoring visit. We believe that parents’ and carers’ opinions and feedback are
extremely important to Evelyn Grace Academy and its future development.
As mentioned in our November newsletter, we are keen to develop the Reference Group into a Parents’ Forum which will
meet two or three times a term and will allow you to review and comment on developments at the academy, including the
preparations for the move to our permanent site in September 2010. I would like to encourage you to consider joining this
important focus group and ask that you return the completed reply form to the office by Friday 26th February.
PARENTS’ FORUM REPLY SLIP
I would like to join the Parents’ Forum (please tick) YES NO
Name (please print in BLOCK CAPITALS): ____________________________________________________________
Contact Telephone Number: ______________________________________________________________________
Child’s Name: __________________________________________________ Learning Team: ______________
Please return this completed form to your small school reception by Friday, 26th February 2010
Evelyn School News
As you know, one of our distinctive features as a new Academy is the fact that we report on your child’s progress
in the core subjects – Maths, English and Science – every six weeks. Over half‐term you will receive the results of
our most recent round of assessments. Many students have endeavoured to hit and surpass their target levels
and we are generally very pleased with the academic progress of the majority of students. If you have any
questions, queries or comments about the academic progress of your child, please contact your child’s Learning
Team Leader in the first instance.
Year 7 Parents’ Evening
Thanks to all the parents and carers that attended this very productive and rewarding evening on a cold winter’s
night earlier this year. It is always good to know that the work that we do here is appreciated, valued and
supported by you all. The staff recognise the vitality of the relationships that we are developing with you all as
we seek together to turn our young people into the leaders of tomorrow.
100% League Tables and Tracking Sheets
We have begun to publish the results of the 100% tracking sheets in school every week. The Tracking Sheet is
one of the most important aspects of our daily routines and the key way of enabling our students to measure
their learning, social and moral progression in line with our core values of excellence, endeavour and self‐
discipline. As a parent or carer, please make sure that you ask to see and sign the Tracking Sheet of your child
every week and mention it to the students every day. If you see that a Tracking Sheet has got a lot of signatures
and positive comments, it means that your child is making progress, displaying our core values and hitting
targets. On the other hand, if you notice an absence of signatures, you may wish to speak to your child’s
Learning Team Leader as this may indicate a problem that we need to overcome together. You can always use
the Tracking Sheet to write positive comments on, should you wish to do so.
It is vitally important that all Tracking Sheets are returned on a Monday morning signed and up to date.
In the meantime, hearty congratulations go to E8 and their Learning Team Leader, Ms Beckles, who are currently
top of the league with a Tracking Sheet average of 84%.
Thanks to Ms John for organising the visit of
successful DJ, television presenter and actor Reggie
Yates to our assembly.
Reggie was visibly taken aback by the impeccable
behaviour shown by the students and praised the
academy for the opportunities it offers children
from the local community.
Suffice to say that we were all entertained,
engaged and impressed with the questions that
students asked and the intelligent, thoughtful and
humorous responses that Reggie gave.
We hope you all have a restful and productive half‐
Headteacher, Evelyn School
Grace School News
We have been selecting the top 20 students of each week, 10 students from G1‐G9 and 10 students from G10
– G18, to have a special lunch with Grace School’s Headteacher, Ms Franklyn. The lunch has taken a party
theme with fun, games and sweets for the students to enjoy. These students have also had the privilege of
going in for lunch ahead of all the other learning teams.
The criteria for winning a place at the special lunch are as follows;
100% tracking weekly
This will be reviewed weekly and these
students’ names will be displayed
around the school.
Headteacher, Grace School
Chinese New Year
Our students were recommended to the BBC Chinese Service by Ms Wenju Sun, one of their Mandarin
Chinese teachers from last year. She specifically recommended our students for their excellence and
endeavour in their learning last year. Mr Xin Li, Programme Producer for BBC Chinese Service, came to
Grace School with a crew to record and film our students for a piece on the Chinese New Year. The video
content will be seen on two BBC Chinese websites and we also made some audio recordings about why
learning Mandarin Chinese is important for our students, which will be made into radio programmes, also
available on the internet.
The children are singing a
Happy New Year song in
Mandarin and they are
wishing everyone a Happy
Year of the Tiger towards
the end of the piece.
The Brunel Urban Maths Scholars programme
has continued this term with the visit on
Saturday 6th February to Brunel University. This
course aims to raise the aspirations of students,
to encourage them to pursue a mathematical
future and to give them wide ranging
experiences of university life.
Students continued working with teachers and
post graduate students on a range of
mathematical tasks. The specific focus was on
writing a mathematics journal in which students
expressed what they had achieved during the
day in a written form at a very high level.
Students were accompanied by members of the
Mathematics department as well as Ms. Beckles
and Mr. Smith who enjoyed expanding their
knowledge of the Maths curriculum and being
involved with such a fantastic opportunity.
The final visit will be taking place on Saturday 24th April. This visit will include a celebration of the excellence, endeavour
and self‐discipline the students have exhibited throughout the course over the last academic year.
The Historical Association, which is a national charity that promotes history and plays a significant role in the setting of
the history curriculum, are running a competition and we will be participating. Students from Years 7 and 8 are being
asked to write a story of no more than 1000 words or 2 pages of A4 which tells of an exciting time in the past. There will
be a prize and we will be judging the best stories in both Evelyn and Grace and placing these around the school. We will
then send the top three from Evelyn school and Grace school to the Historical Association to be judged on a national
When can the story be set? Any period of time! Perhaps from the perspective of a child who was evacuated during the
2nd World War or a fighter pilot. Perhaps the life of a Roman Centurion or perhaps from the perspective of a slave being
transported on the Amistad ship. There are no limits! As this will be then sent to the Historical Association, some research
may need to be undertaken to ensure historical accuracy but the key is to make it interesting and exciting using a variety
of adjectives or even an unusual narrative viewpoint (e.g. what did Winston Churchill’s dog make of the war?).
We have had an exciting, engaging term with Year 8
studying Macbeth, in which many students have
made significant learning gains demonstrating their
ability to closely analyse Shakespeare’s language.
In Year 7, alongside Humanities in which students
learned all about World War 2 and how it affected
children, we read a superb novel, The Machine
Gunners, in which some children decide to join in
the war effort themselves!
Following on from the Table Tennis tournament which took place in October 2009 and saw Evelyn School defeat
Grace School in the final of the borough competition, students took part in the regional competition which pitted
them against schools all over South London including other ARK academies.
Evelyn School triumphed, winning all but one of their matches and their success has featured recently in the South
London Press. Their victory enabled them to move onto the next stage of the competition, the regional finals
which saw them compete against schools across London including nationally ranked players.
On a lovely Sunday morning in January (24th) Ms Beckles took five students to the National English Schools’ Table
The students arrived at Stepney Green School at 9:30am. As they had won the Lambeth schools tournament they
were placed on the number 1 seed table. The Evelyn School faced Harefield School, St Edmund’s School and
Morpeth School in a number of thrilling matches.
In total Evelyn Grace Academy won 12 matches and played to a very high standard. As a school we saw players that
we aspired to be like and will train hard in preparation for next year’s championships. It was an extremely intense
and interesting competition through which we learnt a lot by taking part.
Students of Grace School recently competed in a swimming
gala against other Lambeth schools at the Brixton
Recreational Centre. The Year 7&8 girls came 3rd with
medals. The boys came fifth.
The successful members of the girls team were Keanna
Williams, Lorretta Greenwood, Carlotta Sousa‐Vieira,
Deborah Amire, Daria Baran, Melanie Vaca‐Toapanta,
Lillimae Billam, Aisha Modeste‐Simon, Hanah Ali.
Congratulations to all our students for taking part in these competitions and doing so well.
Permanent Building Progress