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August 16th, 2017

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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

 

Here are the linked attachments:

  1. Newsletter
  2. Report RAG’d by Principal
  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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Official Opening

On Monday 16 September 2013 we were delighted to be joined by Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of The University of Bedfordshire, who officially opened the brand new external Sports facilities at All Saints Academy.

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We were joined by over 100 Year 5 children from Houghton Regis Primary Schools (Hawthorn Park, Houghton Regis Primary, Thomas Whitehead, Thornhill and Tithe Farm) who, led by All Saints’ student Sports Leaders, took part in a range of team-building activities and football and hockey tournaments.

Aaron Mays (Head Boy) and Rachael Elmes (Prefect) spoke briefly to welcome and introduce Bill Rammell who spoke about the partnership between the University and All Saints.

After the event Bill said “I was delighted to take part in the Official Opening and to meet so many of the students who will benefit from the new modern facilities. The relationship between All Saints and the University of Bedfordshire goes from strength to strength. We are proud to share in your success – on the sports field, in the classroom and in the recent tremendous exam results. The results at All Saints keep rising and rising – there should be no limit to our ambitions. Well done to everyone involved and I look forward to cheering all the sports victories to come!”

An enjoyable day was had by all.

June 5th, 2013

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Thursday 27 September was a momentous day in All Saints history so far when The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, officially opened the new Academy building.

During his visit the Archbishop spoke at length with many students in their classrooms, as well a discussion on topical issues with members of the Sixth Form and the Student leadership Group.

The Archbishop was high in praise for what we have achieved at All Saints since our opening in September 2009.

In his address to the students, the Archbishop urged them to be humble and to think of others before themselves. He made particular mention of ‘opening doors’ in order to help others.

The Archbishop gave very generously of his time and created a real buzz of excitement.

October 4th, 2011

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