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Summer Term Newsletter

posted 17 Jul 2017, 08:27 by Helen Lander

Please see the attached newsletter to read up on what our students have been doing since Easter. 

P.E. Kit Letter

posted 11 Jul 2017, 07:42 by Helen Lander

Please read the attached letter about students' requirement to have a Greenwood Academy Hoodie in their PE kit, instead of a Fleece. 

Birmingham City University Year 9 STEM Trip

posted 4 Jul 2017, 01:56 by Helen Lander

Please read the attached write up on 22 of our Year 9 students visiting a STEM conference at Birmingham City University. 

School Uniform

posted 29 Jun 2017, 08:38 by Helen Lander   [ updated 20 Jul 2017, 02:11 ]

Please see the attached flyer for the latest School Uniform requirements 

Summer Camps

posted 27 Jun 2017, 01:35 by Helen Lander

Dear Parents, 

Please see attached information about Summer Camps that Ideas Foundation is running with Lidl in Central Birmingham this year.  Ideas Foundation will also have some bursaries available to help students to attend the camp, you just need to get in touch.

Year 10 Biology Big Quiz at Birmingham University

posted 27 Jun 2017, 01:32 by Helen Lander

Please read the attached about nine of our Year 10 students taking part in Birmingham University's Big Biology Quiz. 

Work Experience Summary

posted 22 Jun 2017, 03:19 by Helen Lander

Work Experience Review 2017

I am pleased to report that the Work Experience fortnight that took place for Year 10 this year (15 - 26 May 2017) was probably the most successful for some time.

It was particularly encouraging that having been unable to use, as in previous years, the Castle Bromwich Church for up to 15 students undertaking construction projects this year, the school and students were able to find alternative placements.

Every student had initial placements for 2 weeks and whilst some (inevitably) did not work out, the vast majority were very successful from both the employer and students perspectives.

The “dropouts/failure to complete” for a variety of reasons were the lowest ever recorded, and provisions were again put in place for this handful of students to attend school and work through life/work skills exercises.

The Academy made the positive decision a few years ago to not allow students to undertake “in school” work-experience. This is to encourage students to find their own placements and have a more realistic experience of employment.

A small selection of feedback notes/reports (typical of so many) have been summarised by Nick Cheese (school CEIAG Co-ordinator) showing evidence from local employers, visiting Greenwood staff, and most importantly the students themselves, of the tremendous positive impact resulting from the work experience offered to our Year 10’s.

It is already noticeable that post work experience several of our students are now attending school with a more positive and mature attitude toward work ethics such as attendance and timekeeping. Several students have already been offered vacation jobs or volunteering opportunities as a result.

Fewer and fewer schools are giving their students this opportunity partly because of the time and funding it requires, but we at Greenwood Academy continue to regard work experience as playing a pivotal role within our school’s CEIAG strategy, and we have already earmarked to repeat next year (14-25 May 2018).

In summary, Work Experience undoubtedly helps to prepare our students for life after leaving school, into further education/training and in preparation for the world of work into ultimate employment. It is certainly a pivotal plank in Greenwood Academy’s strategy going forward to continue to prevent them becoming “NEETS” and help our students become better prepared for life after secondary school, and to become positive, productive and outstanding citizens.

Review Paper prepared and submitted by:-

Garry Flatres

Enterprise/Work Experience Manager

End of Term - Start of Term Dates

posted 16 Jun 2017, 06:55 by Helen Lander

The attached letter details when pupils will finish in July and start in September. Please read, Many Thanks

Pupils to be drinking WATER ONLY

posted 16 Jun 2017, 04:46 by Helen Lander

Please read the attached letter as to the Academy's stance on why pupils are only allowed to drink water/squash in school. 

Academic Review Day

posted 15 Jun 2017, 01:23 by Helen Lander

We are having an Academic Review Day on Friday 7th July. Please read the attached letter to see more details and book your time slot with your child's form teacher. 

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