Endeavour Charity Week 5 - 9 February

Monday, 05 February 2018 Endeavour Charity  Week 5 - 9 February

Endeavour House has chosen to support My Blue Heart. The organisation exists to encourage understanding and compassion towards everyone who has to live on without someone they love.
They aim to give bereaved people a way to show others they are grieving through wearing a heart shaped badge, in forget-me-not blue, with a red heart in its heart. The badge conveys the message ‘I carry your heart in mine' and always will.

To find out more visit - http://myblueheart.org.uk/

We have a variety of different we events happen all week, these include;
- Clothes and shoe collection with Bag2School (please refer to http://uk.baq2school.com/ for full details) - Collection Date       26.02.18
- Blue Heart Treasure Hunt
- Photo booth
- Cakes and Sweets Trolly
- Film Showing at Lunch
- Sponsored Walk - Wednesday 
- Staff Medieval Joust - Friday
- Non Uniform Day - Friday 9 February - £1 Donation

Child Sexual Exploitation Workshop Wednesday 11 October 6pm - 8pm.

Friday, 06 October 2017 Child Sexual Exploitation Workshop Wednesday 11 October 6pm - 8pm.

 Braintree District Community Safety Partnership will be holding four information and awareness sessions for parents and carers of children and young people of secondary school age and those with children in Year 6.

  • Drugs and Alcohol

  • Gangs and Knife Crime

  • Sexual Exploitation

  • Social Media and the Internet.

The third of these workshops on Child Sexual Exploitation will be held at The Ramsey Academy, Halstead on Wednesday 11 October 6 pm – 8pm.

Sexual Exploitation – these sessions will be run by the Children’s Society who are a National Charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.

The session aims to help parents and carers understand what Child Sexual Exploitation is and how to spot the signs, issues around sexting and internet safety, consent and services that can offer support.

Please note that this session is not suitable for children.

If you are interested in attending please email communityservices@braintree.gov.uk to book a place.

'The Smile of Arran Trust'

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 'The Smile of Arran Trust'

Congratulation to all students and staff for raising £2000 during Aspirations charity week and supporting 'The Smile of Arran Trust'.

GCSE Results Day 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 GCSE Results Day 2017

The Ramsey Academy will be open on Thursday 24th August 2017 for GCSE release of results to students. Students can arrive from 10.00am and make their way to the main hall to collect their results.

You may nominate a third party to collect your results on your behalf but you must write a short letter of authorisation to the Examinations Officer and hand it in to the Examinations Office, however, if you prefer under the Exams section of the school website there is a form which you can complete and return “Candidate Statement of Results collection for candidate” 

Please ask your nominee to bring photo ID with them on the collection day. No results will be released without a letter/ completed form and supporting ID.

No results will be given out by telephone.

Year 9 Options 2018

Monday, 29 January 2018 Year 9 Options 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians   

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 
  • Mathematics 
  • 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.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Greenslade

Assistant Headteacher

Teacher Training Provision at The Ramsey Academy, Halstead is “Outstanding”

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 Teacher Training Provision at The Ramsey Academy, Halstead is “Outstanding”

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.

Action for Family Carers

Monday, 11 September 2017 Action for Family Carers

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.

Essex Libraries Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Monday, 12 June 2017 Essex Libraries Summer Reading Challenge 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/

Youth Service

Monday, 29 January 2018 Youth Service

Mid Essex Young Commissioners are offernng Free First Aid for Young People.

Saturday 24 February 2018.

Spaces are limited

Please contact 

Sam Swindale - Youth and Community Commissioner

Tel No: 07809105099

Email: sam.swindale@essex.gov.uk

Diversity Charity Week 16 - 20 October

Friday, 13 October 2017 Diversity Charity Week 16 - 20 October

Diversity house have chosen to support The Breck Foundation again this year, which was set up to raise awareness of playing safe whilst on the internet. Breck Bednar was a 14 year old boy, from Caterham, Surry who loved technology and online gaming. He was groomed via the internet and murdered on 17 February 2014 by someone he met online. More information on the foundation along with supporting materials for adults and children can be found on their website www.breckfoundation.org

Last term, all students had a presentation from Lorin LaFave, Breck’s mother, and Year 7 students will have the opportunity to meet her during the charity week.

In the Times Educational Supplement there is an in-depth interview with Lorin which you may like to read at www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/tes-talks-tolorin-lafave

Diversity students will be organising a range of activities at break and lunchtime please see the activities poster here.

 

The Ramsey Academy are delighted to celebrate another year of excellent results.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 The Ramsey Academy are delighted to celebrate another year of excellent results.

2017 GCSE Results

Building on the success and continued improvement of recent years the quality of results have been maintained in a summer examination season which has seen students sitting the new Grade 9 – 1 GCSEs for the first time in Maths and English. Staff and students worked hard to prepare for examinations that no one had seen or previously taken.

The new examinations are more challenging and rigorous containing different content and examination style questions. As a result, a direct comparison with results from previous years is meaningless.

However, we are delighted to report that 60% of students achieved grades of 9 – 4 in both English and Maths and 64% of students achieved at least 5 A* - C passes. It was also pleasing to see an increase in the number of student achieving the highest grades.

A number of subjects received excellent results particularly Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Textiles, Dance, Physical Education, and Health & Social Care.

Particular mention should go to;

  • Chloe Phillips-Taylor who achieved grade 9 in both English and Maths, 3 A’s in Biology Chemistry and Physics plus 1x7, 1C.
  • Poppy Yeomans who achieved 1x9, 1x8, 1x7, 2A*, 3A’s & 1B.
  • Phoebe Bruce who achieved 2x8, 1A*, 5A’s, 1B and 1x6

Rob James, Headteacher, commented;

“We are delighted the hard work of the students has produced excellent results which will allow them to progress to the next stage of their education or employment. On behalf of the students, I would like to thank the staff and parents for their support.

The results show that as a school we provide an all-round education, with a range of opportunities for all students, whatever their ability level and interest. The continued improvements at the Ramsey Academy are contributing to our aim of becoming an outstanding school in the heart of the community and first choice for local families.

We wish all the students good luck and best wishes for the future.”

Gangs and Knife Crime Parents Workshop Wednesday 5 July 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 Gangs and Knife Crime Parents Workshop Wednesday 5 July 6pm - 8pm

Braintree District Community Safety Partnership will be holding four information and awareness sessions for parents and carers of children and young people of secondary school age and those with children in Year 6.

  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Gangs and Knife Crime
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Social media and the Internet

The Second of these workshops on Gangs and Knife Crime will be held at The Ramsey Academy, Halstead on Wednesday 5 July 6pm - 8pm.

Gangs and Knife Crime - these sessions will be run by Gavin Mckenna from Reach Every Generation who exist to shape a better future for tomorrow's generation, winning back those caught up in the gang culture.

The session is specifically designed to educate parents and carers on gangs and gang culture, understand the warning signs of potential gang involvement or association and how to act. It will cover the increasing role social media for gang recruitment and the behavioural patterns to watch out for. There will be frank and honest discussion about the root reasons behind why children and young people get involved in gangs.

Please note they are not suitable for children.

If you are interested in attending please email communityservices@braintree.gov.uk to book a place.

Social Media and Internet Safety Parents Workshop Wednesday 14 June 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 Social Media and Internet Safety Parents Workshop Wednesday 14 June 6pm - 8pm

Braintree District Community Safety Partnership will be holding four information and awareness sessions for parents and carers of children and young people of secondary school age and those with children in Year 6.

• Drugs and Alcohol
• Gangs and Knife Crime
• Sexual Exploitation
• Social media and the Internet

The first of these workshops on Social Media and the Internet will be held at The Ramsey Academy, Halstead on Wednesday 14 June 6 - 8 p.m. 

Social Media and lnternet Safety - these sessions will be run by the 2 Johns who are well known throughout Essex and specialise in the delivery of parents and carers events. 
These sessions aim to bring parents/carers totally up to date regarding the apps their 
children are using and how they could be directly targeted in that environment by 
paedophiles. Those attending will be provided with figures as to the number of children and young people that have been spoken to on-line within the previous week, figures which will undoubtedly shock anyone that attends.

Please note they are not suitable for children.

If you are interested in attending please email communityservices@braintree.gov.uk to book a place.

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