Head boy Alex Dodd, Head girl Alarna Mace, Deputy Head girl Blessing Ona, Deputy Head boy Matt Fleming.
I am delighted to have the opportunity of introducing you to Stewards Academy.
At Stewards, pupil achievement is at the heart of all we do. We encourage all our students to do their best, to achieve the best examination results they can and to develop their personal and social skills to the full.
In June 2013 OFSTED Inspectors recognised Stewards as a good school with many examples of outstanding practise. They said that students achieve well and make good progress. Inspectors were very impressed by the quality of teaching and by the behaviour and safety of pupils which was graded outstanding.
Inspectors reported: "The attitude and behaviour of students are exemplary because of the great importance the Academy places on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Working with their teachers, they have created an exceptionally safe, caring and supportive community of which they are very proud to belong."
The Inspectors spoke to very many students in lessons, in meetings and around the school. They were extremely impressed. Stewards students are described as; "articulate, caring and well-adjusted young people who can offer much to British Society." All members of Stewards community can feel extremely proud to have received such a positive endorsement of our work.
Everyone has a vital part to play in developing our school. We listen to our students, respect their views and regularly celebrate their successes and achievements across the whole spectrum of school life.
We have created an atmosphere of trust and collaboration at the school - a place where everyone is respected and where the traditional values of mutual care, consideration and acceptance flourish. We are committed to students becoming good citizens who will contribute positively to society.
Stewards Academy has gained an excellent reputation within the local community. We have strong links with parents and with the business community. In recent years we have achieved numerous national awards in recognition of the high quality education we offer. Visitors invariably comment on the friendly, purposeful and welcoming atmosphere of Stewards Academy. The website will give you information about the work of the teaching departments and an idea of what we value in a school of which we are justly proud.
Rhonda Murthar B.A. M.A.(Ed).
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Photograph of Year 9 and 10 pupils with Ms Pilvi Savolainen, Ms Milla Honkanen, Mr Paavo Juutilainen, Mr Jouni Kuisma and Headteacher, Ms Murthar
Stewards Academy hosted a visit by teachers from Helsinki this week following a fact finding visit there organised by the Association of Secondary Headteachers in Essex (ASHE). The education system in Finland is recognised as achieving very good results as measured by international tests (the PISA tests) and the visits were designed to help teachers in both countries to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Finland has no Inspection system, no league tables of schools and no external examinations or tests until the age of 18. Teachers are universally trusted, very well trained (with their university degrees paid for by the state) and classes are generally between 15-24 in size. Finnish teachers were particularly impressed by the resources, facilities and the support staff structure we have – far more than they have in their own school system.
Stewards Academy pulled out all the stops to commemorate Remembrance Day, with the whole Stewards community coming together as one. About 1400 people stood in silence in the bright November sunshine to remember the sacrifices of so many in the past 100 years. About 50 pupils wore the uniforms of the Air, Sea and Army Cadets, as well as St John Ambulance Brigade, the Guides and the Scout movement. Representatives of the Armed forces, the Police and the Fire service attended, along with Reverend Barry Johnson. Parents, governors and specially invited guests also attended. But the guests of honour yet again this year, as in 2011, were the members of the Normandy Veterans Association. Their longstanding relationship with Stewards was strengthened this year when four pupils and three members of staff accompanied the veterans to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings.
Stewards Academy celebrated the 948th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on two occasions on the school field this week. Exciting re-enactments took place with two year seven tutor groups, 7DJ and 7MR, under the watchful eye of their History teacher Marie Erwood. The 'soldiers' prepared for the occasion by making their battle regalia and marching out to the substitute Senlac Hill and going through the actual tactics which were employed by Harold and William. The pupils had a fantastic time and the educational objective of understanding the battle was fully achieved.
Melissa Mountney in 7DJ said ' It was a really fun experience and I now know what it must have been like to be in such a battle.' Ben Lavery in 7MR said 'It was brilliant fun and I enjoyed every minute of it, and I learnt so much.'