2014-15 was a very successful and promising year at the academy. We received a strong Ofsted report which commended the ‘rapid change’ we have generated at the academy and recognised the ‘high expectations, no excuses’ culture which has been the bedrock of our success. We also received a letter of commendation from the head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw wrote about how we had ‘galvanised secure improvement.’ This positive recognition has spurred us on and this year we are delighted to report record GCSE results in English, Maths & Science.
As a consequence of these improvements, our reputation for excellence is spreading across Warrington, we were over-subscribed in to Year 7 last year and we saw record numbers attending our Year 6 open evening last week. This is great news and suggests that more and more parents are seeing us as the first choice high school for their children. Our next Year 7 cohort will be the first year group to start their school lives in our brand new £11 million building. Excellent progress has been made on the steel frame over the summer and the builders are now ahead of schedule so should be finished by Whit 2016.
Alongside our ongoing successes in sport and the performing arts, our achievements in the field of Science, Technology, Maths & Engineering (STEM) continue to go from strength to strength. We have just been named as the first school in the country to get a Fablab in our new building, this is a cutting edge technological environment set up to cultivate experimentation in engineering and design for young people and the local community. Our first STEM student trip to Boston and New York to work with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will depart in September 2016 and promises to be a fantastic opportunity for our young people. Also, two of our students have been selected to fly to Brussels next week to train the MEPs with computer coding. All of these opportunities have led MerseySTEM to recently state:
Beamont Collegiate Academy has the North West’s best opportunities for pupils who want to follow a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths
Further developments at the academy for 2015-16 are:
- Devices for students scheme offered to all Years 7, 8 & 9 students
- A new career and aspiration curriculum launched across the academy
- Launch of new enrichment activities including our new drone club, Formula 1 in schools, kayaking, snowboarding, ukulele club and Shakespeare for schools
- Enhanced praise and reward system
So lots to shout about here at the academy and we will continue to keep you informed of all the latest development via our website and social media.