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August 23rd, 2018

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Continuing Improvement at All Saints Academy

All Saints Academy is celebrating its best ever GCSE results with greater numbers achieving strong passes in English and maths. Across all subjects the cohort has made consistently strong progress.

Two students achieved 11 GCSEs grades 9-5  (A**-C equivalents) one of those being Zoe Samuels (below) whose results included 4 grade 8s (4 A*s).

Eight students achieved 10 GCSEs grades 9-5 including those shown below: Jake Roblett, Hannah Perkins and Yassmina Popescu, joined by Liam Lindgren and Georgia Hawthorne who achieved 9 grade 9-5 GCSEs.

 

 

Principal, Liz Furber, commented, ‘The students have engaged fully this year with all the intervention strategies put in place and their success is therefore well-deserved.  Attainment (Attainment 8) has improved across the board even though the new style GCSEs are perceived as being much more robust.’

David Fraser Chair of the Governing Body, added, ‘The Governors would like to add their congratulations to all students and staff who have achieved such fantastic results. As we consolidate on last year’s results, and continue to make significant progress, Governors are once again indebted to the Principal and all her staff who have worked with focus and determination to support students through this vital period in their education journey.’

Andy O’Rourke, Assistant Principal – Key Stage 4, added, ‘I am thrilled that so many of our students have met or exceeded their respective targets. The levels of diligence and hard-work that we have seen from this cohort throughout the year, makes the overall result even more satisfying’.

 

 

August 23rd, 2018

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A level Results 2018

All Saints Academy continues to celebrate its improvement in ‘A’ Level and Vocational qualifications in the 2018 KS5 examinations, with the average point scores per entry continuing to rise. We are extremely pleased to share that fourteen students have received a university place for September.  Some of our students are now pursuing apprenticeships in a vocational setting instead, for example in the Fire Service and midwifery. Our hope is that the positive example set by these students will serve as an inspiration to our students in Key Stage 4 showing that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.

 

Kaitlin Horton-Samuel achieved 3 A* at A level which is an absolutely huge achievement and now plans to go on to study Psychology.  Special mentions also go to Taylor Pack (Distinction*, Distinction*, C), Aidan Callaghan (A, B, Merit), Roberto Tudor (A, Merit, D), Sapna Asodia (A, C, E) and  Alisha Dovey (B, D, D).  Declan Ellison, Tia Grey and Robbie Lark all achieved outstanding BTEC results and as a result Declan and Tia have also secured places at university.

 

 

Simon Miller, the new Assistant Principal for the Sixth Form, commented, ‘The results that have been achieved at KS5 are excellent and show that the Academy is moving in the right direction and achieving strong academic success.  This is an exciting time to be at the school and as the sixth form continues to grow and develop, we hope to have more students applying to the sixth form and raise aspirations for the whole school.

 

 

Liz Furber, Principal, commented, ‘This is a pivotal moment for the Academy Sixth Form as a huge improvement in teaching and learning over the last two years has led to improved academic success.  This year we have seen grades ranging from A* to E, with an average of a C grade achieved overall.  This means staying at the Academy for continued academic success has become an aspirational route.’

‘The students have worked harder than ever and have been striving for the most challenging of grades. Staff have inspired these students over the last two years and encouraged them to aspire highly and to be the best they can be. In particular Kaitlin, as our top performer, has played a huge role within the school through her commitment to student voice.  Aidan has also been a great role model to the younger students by his support of the Academy functions using his media skills.’

 

 

The Chair of Governors, David Fraser, added ‘We are very proud of all of our students and their achievements and wish them well as they embark on the next stage of their lives.  We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 intake in September as they embark on their education journey at All Saints Academy.’

 

August 21st, 2018

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All Saints Academy is celebrating a sustained improvement in ‘A’ Level and Vocational qualifications in the 2017 KS5 examinations, with the average point scores per entry continuing to rise. We are extremely pleased to share that twenty two students have received a university place for September and one student has already left to attend university in America. Many of the students who chose not to apply for university are now pursuing apprenticeships to continue their education in a vocational setting instead. We hope this inspires students currently in Key Stage 4 to work their hardest and continue in the Academy Sixth Form with the knowledge that they will be fully supported to achieve their future career and educational ambitions.

Special mentions go to Cameron Hawthorne, Rebekah James and Olga Pazvakambwa who achieved the equivalent of 5 ‘A’ Levels each; Media- C, Sport Extended Diploma – D*D*D*, Hospitality Sub Diploma  – A for Cameron; Health and Social care – D*D*, Sport Extended Diploma – D*D* D* for Rebekah; Applied Science Diploma – DD and Sport Extended Diploma – D*D*D* for Olga seen below.

Head Boy and Head Girl, Jason Lee and Shannon Stack, below, achieved highly in the Travel extended Diploma – D*D*D* and the Business Extended Diploma D*D*D* respectively. Shannon also gained an A* in her EPQ and is off to Southampton to study Business Management.

 

 

Liz Furber, Principal, commented, ‘The students have worked harder than ever and have been striving for the most challenging of grades. Staff have inspired these students over the last two years and encouraged them to aspire highly and to be the best they can be. In particular Jason and Shannon have taken on many extra duties in their roles as Head Boy and Head Girl and have been wonderful role models for the younger students. We are very proud of all of our students and their achievements and wish them well as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey.’

 

August 16th, 2017

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In response to the events in Manchester, it is possible that children will be feeling anxious about the news coverage and the discussions that may be taking place in the Academy and on social media. Here at All Saints Academy, we have taken the initial step of showing our respect in the wake of the tragedy and have focused our young people on a practical and positive activity through which they can show support. We have also given guidance to our staff, following the advice provided by the PSHCE Association, to help them address concerns and conversations that students may be having.

There is a Freephone helpline for those affected by the media coverage of the incident in Manchester on 08088 020 021 and the numbers for members of the public who are concerned about individuals who may have attended the concern is 0161 856 9400. To report anything suspicious please call 0800 789 321.

At all times, we will follow our normal safeguarding procedures to ensure the well-being of our students. If you receive a text or phone call asking you to verify the whereabouts of your son/daughter, please respond promptly.

 

Elaine Boyd
Vice Principal
(Behaviour and Safeguarding)

 

May 31st, 2017

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May 31st, 2017

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“The school no longer requires a category of concern. The school is now improving rapidly and continues its journey to being a good school.”

 

Dear Parents and Carers

I am absolutely delighted to inform you that the recent Ofsted inspection took All Saints Academy out of a category of concern. We are no longer “inadequate” and have been judged ”requires improvement”, but as you can see from the headline above, Ofsted feel that we are on a journey towards becoming a good school.

I would like to thank all the staff and students for the effort they have put in over the last fifteen months since I arrived at the Academy. With continued team-work we will aim to take the Academy on the next part of its journey to “good”!

 

Best wishes

Liz Furber

Principal

 

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  3. Full Report

 

May 31st, 2017

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On the 15th April amid a very heavy spring downpour, four A-level students and their teachers set off for a weekend of Geography fieldwork in Dorset. Our hearts sank as we travelled south and the rain continued, but as we arrived at the PGL centre at Osmington Bay, the sky finally cleared and the sun came out. Smiles on faces, we spent the afternoon team building, tackling the fear of the giant swing and the fast paced excitement of aeroball before chilling out in the activity zone that evening over a few games of table tennis and far too many sweets!

The next day we got down to the Geography fieldwork section of the weekend, visiting four different locations along the UNESCO Heritage Jurassic Coast. We tried our hand at beach profiling and land use mapping before tucking into a lunch of fish and chips in Lyme Regis. In the afternoon, we visited a range of different beaches to examine the management put in place to protect this stunning coastline. We were able to collect lots of information and data to apply in our unit 2 exam and have developed a strong understanding of why different parts of the coast are managed in different ways.

On our last day, we visited the famous Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, where we were able to see and discuss the formation of a range of coastal features. Although we had a tough walk over the cliffs, the views were amazing and we all caught a little sun along the way. Thanks to Miss Room and Mr Walbank for their hard work and giving up their weekend.

Louis Lockwood, Aiden Skipp, Bethany Whitehead and Dominika Zdanska

October 6th, 2016

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The School Games is a National School Sport Competition programme designed to motivate and promote physical activity to all young people in years 1 to 13 to get involved in a variety of ways regardless of their abilities.

Kade Gaskell is the ‘School Games Organiser’ based at All Saints and will support the coordination of the School Games available to young people within Dunstable and Houghton Regis. PE teachers in schools across Houghton Regis and Dunstable will have the opportunity to bring students to a range of School Games activities at a local level which then lead on to the county Winter and Summer School Games.

October 6th, 2016

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As usual, students were involved at the Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day Acts of Remembrance in both Dunstable and Houghton Regis through local uniformed organisations, as well as representing the Academy directly.

At Dunstable Priory on Remembrance Sunday Mr Grubb accompanied Jersey Villanueva and Saskia Davies who laid the wreath for All Saints.

A second wreath was laid at Houghton Regis on Armistice Day by Georgia Roberts and Saskia; the standard and guard of honour were provided by Army cadets Liam Bond, Owen Lindsay, Mark Wade and Jordan Miles, accompanied by Mr Waterworth and Fr Alasdair.

It is a moving time of year for many families and it’s encouraging to see how many local people from across the full spectrum of age ranges are involved with these ceremonies; the words and silence give us time to ponder the cost of past and present conflicts to ordinary people – ‘we will remember them’ – and the great value of even our imperfect peace.

British Legion local convenor and former Guardsman, Mick Hunt, warmly thanked those involved and said to us ‘the students are a credit to the Academy, their families and the community’.

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When you go home,
Tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow
We gave our today.

October 5th, 2016

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