Monday, 29 January 2018
Key Stage 4 Options Subjects 2018 - 2020
The selection of optional subjects is one of the crucial moments in any student’s secondary education. All students have already started to complete work of GCSE standard in all their subjects, but will opt to specialise and follow a two year GCSE programme, starting in Year 10. The experience of studying some of the GCSE content in Year 9 will allow staff to give specific guidance to ensure students have the aptitude for particular subjects and allow students to make a more informed choice.
We aim to ensure that the information and guidance provided will support your child through the options process and ensure that their informed choices lead to the maximisation of their potential.
It will be important that each student understands their own strengths and weaknesses so that theycan optimise their chances of success.
Equally, we recommend that each student select courses in which they have aptitude as well as personal interest.
The educational landscape has changed considerably, and this has affected the curriculum that students follow. In 2015, major GCSE and BTEC reforms were introduced; we have already taken all the necessary steps to ensure our students are well prepared for these changes. The introduction of the English Baccalaureate places a focus on certain key subjects which are seen to offer academic rigour and a firm foundation for students’ future success whichever route they follow.
What will the curriculum look like?
The Ramsey Academy is a fully inclusive school; our aim is to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that enables accessibility for all, with a variety of subjects to meet the needs and aspirations of our students. Ensuring the combination of courses our students study provides suitable progression routes into post-16 study and beyond, is of paramount importance to us at The Ramsey Academy.
Students will all study the following compulsory subjects
- English Language
- English Literature
- Science (Triple or Combined)
- Physical Education (non GCSE)
- Certificate in Financial Education
In addition to this, students will follow one of three learning pathways. We will ask students to select other subject choices which will become their “Options”. All subjects will be examined in the summer of 2020.
To support the students making their choices we will be providing the following:
- An Options Assembly for students to inform them about this important process.
- An Options Evening on Thursday 22 February 2018 to allow students and parents to talk to subject staff offering Key Stage 4 courses.
- This Options Booklet, which contains information on courses and subjects.
- Access to your child’s report with their current attainment within their Flightpaths.
- An opportunity to have a meeting with a member of the leadership team to discuss choices and aspirations.
- Access to an independent careers advisor.
Please read the information in this booklet, together with the Year 9 Report and teacher comments, when available. There will be another opportunity to ask further questions of subject staff at the Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 1st March 2018.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Long-established teacher training provider, Mid-Essex Initial Teacher Training, has been recognised as 'outstanding' in all categories by Ofsted.
Mid-Essex Initial Teacher Training (ITT) has been providing highly skilled teachers for local secondary schools for 20 years.
The Ramsey Academy, Halstead is one of 20 schools in the Mid-Essex ITT partnership which spans the county including Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Rochford and Thundersley.
Following a detailed two stage inspection process taking place in June and October, Mid-Essex ITT was awarded the coveted 'outstanding' status in all categories including leadership, quality of training and outcomes.
The inspectors supported Mid-Essex ITT’s judgement that most of its trainee teachers are outstanding in relation to what could reasonably expected from them at the end of their training. The inspection found the partnership is highly effective in training teachers to meet the needs of local schools.
The report also highlighted that pupils respond eagerly and work cooperatively in classes.
Other key findings of the Ofsted report are:
- Consistently high employment rates, because trainees from the partnership are keenly sought by local schools.
- Mid-Essex produces confident classroom practitioners who are ready, as one headteacher put it, ‘to enter the profession as naturally inquisitive and reflective teachers’.
- Trainees’ and newly qualified teachers' effective management of pupils’ behaviour.
- The strategic leadership provided by local headteachers, which ensures the programme meets the needs of local schools.
- The excellent pastoral support for trainees.
Programme Manager, Martin Higgon, said: “Given the teacher recruitment shortage the education sector is facing, Mid-Essex Initial Teacher Training is proud to continue to provide teachers who demonstrate skills that have been officially recognised as outstanding.
“Parents who send their youngsters to our partnership schools can be confident that our trainee and newly-qualified teachers are delivering the highest quality teaching and learning experience.”
Further information about Mid Essex Initial Teacher Training is available at: www.midessexteachertraining.com
Full details of the Ofsted report are available at: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/70086
Picture caption: The Mid-Essex ITT leadership team (Mr Ferguson, Mrs Lane, Mr Higgon, Mrs Mee & Ms Allchin) with this year’s cohort of trainee teachers.
Monday, 11 September 2017
We are currently working with Action for Family Carers, and are pleased to offer support session for our students.
If any student is interested please contact a member of the Young Carers Team on 01621 851640 or speak to Mrs Speechley, School Counsellor at Ramsey Academy.
Tuesday, 04 July 2017
Wednesday 5th July 5pm
Art and Technology Celebration Evening
Monday, 12 June 2017
Summer Reading Challenge 2017 are looking for volunteers aged 14 and over to help out in local libraries this summer.
Closing date now extended to Sunday 18 June.
Volunteering with Essex libraries is great to put on CV's as it shows key skills employers might be looking for – customer service skills, organisation, taking the initiative, attention to detail, working as part of a team to name but a few. And we are happy to be used as references as soon as volunteering is complete. In addition to this it a great way for young people to gain confidence and earn valuable life experience.
Volunteers have to be 14 years and over but other than that there are no other requirements or experience needed – all are welcome to apply!
Apply online at http://libraries.essex.gov.uk/volunteering-with-libraries/summer-reading-challenge/