Friday, 8 July 2016

Goodbye to the Class of 2016


On Thursday 7th July, The Brittons Academy held its annual Prom for Year 11 at Orsett Hall. The majority of Year 11 attended, looking absolutely fantastic. Mr Burnett, who was their Head of Year, gave a brilliant speech. In this he reminded them that when they started in Year 7, he had asked them to write on a piece of paper wanted they wanted to do when they left school. We had astronauts, singers, footballers, teachers, all sorts. It was lovely to hear how aspirational they were when they started secondary school. Fingers crossed that their exam results will help set them on a path to realise those aspirations.

After a fantastic meal, students and staff danced the night away - a fitting celebration of their five years at The Brittons Academy.

Many thanks to Mrs Oakins and her team of staff who organised the prom this year.

Year 8 Science Trip to Colchester Zoo


On Wednesday 6th July, virtually the whole of Year 8 visited Colchester Zoo as part of the science curriculum. they took part in studies researching how animals adapt to their environment and also looked at the classification of different types of animals.

The behaviour was, once again exemplary and the students i spoke to told me they had a wonderful time.

Thank you to Mrs Herbert for organising the trip. Thank you also to the science team who supported the trip and made this opportunity possible for Year 8.

Year 7 Most Able Science Trip


On Thursday 8th July we had another successful Most Able trip – this time for Year 7. We were joined with Bower Park, Gaynes and Redden Court for students to take part in a science Crest day at Havering Sixth Form College.  

Students were mixed up with the different schools and had to use their science and engineering skills to design and build a vehicle to go the fastest, win a drag race and deposit tomatoes in a container after going over a bridge.

All students were exceptional; there was outstanding behaviour, excellent enthusiasm and fantastic participation within their teams. Students commented on how they loved the day and how it has made them eager to put further effort into their science lessons. Our students were an absolute credit to the school.  Many thanks to Miss Lavender for organising the trip and the staff who supported her.

 





Thursday, 30 June 2016

Welcome to Year 6 - The Next Generation at Brittons


On Wednesday 29th June, The Brittons Academy welcomed the children who will be joining us in September. They spent the day in lessons, getting a taste of life at the Academy. They also started to learn their way around the site and meet some of the current Brittons' students. Our new prefects were their guides for the day and did a fantastic job.

At the end of the day the children were joined by their parents. The theme of the day was PRIDE, the Academy's skills for lifelong learning. During the afternoon, some children gave a presentation to the parents about their learning around PRIDE:

Perseverance

Respect

Independence

Discover

Enthusiasm

Parents and new students then met with their Learning Family Tutors - someone who will be the first point of contact throughout their learning journey at The Brittons Academy.

Thank you to all the staff and prefects who helped on the day. A special thank you to Mrs Hissey and Mr Mugombe for organising the event so successfully.

We are looking forward to the next generation of students joining us in September.  

 

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Another successful most able trip to the City


On Tuesday 10th May, students from Year 10 visited the city to find out about careers in law and finance. We want to broaden the horizons of our students so that they aim high in terms of possible career options.


Thank you to Ms Lavender who led the trip - very well supported by Mrs Handley and Mr Leone.

Ms Lavender gave very positive feedback about the trip, "As always exceptional behaviour from all who attended. We firstly had a meeting with the law firm Latham and Watkins on how to get into law, what different types of law you could go into and what an average day was like for a lawyer, we then went on a tour of their offices. All students were very engaged and willing to participate in the discussions. The firm commented on their 'excellent behaviour and keen attitude'.
We then went to the Bank of England Museum where students learnt the history of the bank from its creation to modern day. Students had the opportunity to hold a real 2 stone gold block! Again whilst we were in the building they were model students. We ended the day by visiting the Mizuho Corporste banks. Students were given an insight into the world of banking through role play and discussions. Again excellent behaviour and attitude. All students were willing to get involved.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Brittons Best - it really was the best!


On Thursday 28th April 2016, The Brittons Academy held the Brittons Best annual awards ceremony.  This is where we recognise all the brilliant achievements of our students.  Over 160 prizes were awarded on the evening and the hall was packed with staff, governors, parents, carers, friends and family who came to celebrate the success of our learners.  We were privileged to have The Worshipful Mayor of Havering, Councillor Brian Eagling and the Mayoress, Bunny Eagling to present all the awards. 

The evening was punctuated with superb musical performances by students and concluded with excellent refreshments served and prepared by our hospitality team.  It really was Brittons at its best and so many people commented on that it was the best awards evening they had been to at the Academy. 

Awards were given to two students in each year group by each subject.  Students were either recognised for effort – trying hard at all times or progress – where they have shown rapid progress in their learning. 

There were also a number of special prizes.  House awards were given by each House – one in KS3 and another for KS4.  These recognise the students who have an excellent attitude to learning.  The winners were:
·         Shakespeare:                 Jake Newman & Ellie Tobin
·         Westwood:                    Edi Salihu & Ella Goodspeed
·         Moore:                            Mark Animashaun & Cristina-Elena Feraru
·         Mandela:                        Alfie Dives & Caitlin Gregory

Principals’ Awards are given to students who excel across a wide range of subjects.  The 2016 winners were:
·         Yr7: Charles Adams MA7; Apurva Bhattacharyya MO3; Joseph Coello MO5; Lennon Crandle SH2; Katie Nicholls MA13; Darryl Shillingford SH4;  Michael Opebiyi MO3
·         Yr8: Taylor Ellis-Smith SH5; Harley Phillips MA5; Clemence Yaya Sambya MA5;
·         Yr9: Blessing Ireo WE5; Jasmeet Jamu WE12; Amy Goodall SH8Yr10: Ciaran Ivie ; Veronika Masliak ; Samantha Rogers; Steven Gjegi; Benjamin Liddle
·         Yr10: Ciaran Ivie SH8; Samantha Rogers WE8; Steven Gjegji MO13; Veronika Masliak WE3; Benjamin Liddle MA13
·         Yr11: Bepul Shahab; Merrely Hondi

 Finally, there were special annual awards presented for students who have excelled at the highest level.  This year’s winners were:
  • Johnson Controls:                          Britney Hamersley Yr 10
  • Craftsperson Award:                      Foyez Jitu Yr 11
  • Jonathan Peak Award:                   Abdinajib Yusuf Yr 11 and Stacy Aluebhosele Yr 11
  • Mr Turner Smith Prize                   Thema Archer Yr 11
  • Ernest Hewitt Endeavour prize:   Bepul Shahab Yr 11
  • Science Discovery Award              Edi Salihu Yr 11
  • Communications Award                Alisania-Victoria Tanimomo Yr 11
  • Head Boy/Girl Award                     Jamie Lacy Yr 11 and Suzan Yetismis Yr 11

 Thank you to all the staff that made the evening possible:
·      Mrs Reader who coordinated all the prize winners, certificates and invite letters.  Without her help, the evening would not have been possible:
·         Mrs Brand who worked with me to plan the event.
·         Mrs Beach who printed the programme.
·         Mrs Allan, Mrs Jaques, Mrs Tyler, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Church and the hospitality team of students Frankie Brown, Chloe Donhou, Rebecca Wilson, Bailey Hearne, Megan Puncher and Jack Shore who have prepared all the refreshments.
·         Miss Barrell and Mr Burkett for the fabulous music.
·         The staff who have read the nominations - Directors of Learning, Directors of Study and Assistant Principals.
·         The site team for preparing the hall this evening.

 

·        Mrs Reader who coordinated all the prize winners, certificates and invite letters.  Without her help, the evening would not have been possible.

·        Mrs Brand who worked with me to plan the event.

·        Mrs Beach who printed the programme.

·        Mrs Allan, Mrs Jaques, Mrs Tyler, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Church and the hospitality team of students Frankie Brown, Chloe Donhou, Rebecca Wilson, Bailey Hearne, Megan Puncher and Jack Shore who have prepared all the refreshments.

·        Miss Barrell and Mr Burkett for the fabulous music.

·        The staff who have read the nominations - Directors of Learning, Directors of Study and Assistant Principals.

·        The site team for preparing the hall this evening.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Most Able Trip to Havering Sixth Form College


A number of students from Year 9 visited Havering Sixth College on Friday 24th March to find out about Further and Higher Education opportunities.

As expected, the students were very well behaved and were eager to talk to the different universities that were present. Students also received a talk from a representative from the University of Oxford which was very beneficial to the students in helping to develop their understanding of what to expect from university.

 

It was also emphasised to students the importance of starting to plan for the future careers now. From what grades they need at GCSE, what A levels to pick, what extracurricular activities to participate in and what portfolios to develop. Students walked away with a much clearer expectation/realisation.

 

Thank you to Miss Lavender for organising the trip and Mrs Handley who accompanied her.