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Sep 162016

September blog

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all our returning students and give our new Year 7 and 12 students who have joined us in September a huge welcome to our Academy.

We truly are Proud to be Wrenn after our exam results over the summer.  Individual student successes included Amy Walton and Marlena Ferst who achieved an incredible 12 A* and A grades in their subjects. Opemipo Hamilton also performed well achieving a fantastic 11 A* and A grades in her subjects.

Year 13 students continued to build upon their excellent grades from last year, achieving some of the best examination results the Academy has ever had, showing a significant increase in all measures, proving that Wrenn Academy really is supporting the future for all of our students. Outstanding achievements by students include Ishta Sharma who is Oxford University bound to study Medicine, and Claudia Haworth who is to study Arts and Science at UCL after both achieved 2 A* and 1 A grades. Rachel Tonks’ 2 A*s and 2 As enabled her to further her studies at Leeds. Finally Owen Brookes achieved 3 As and 1 A* and now has plans to read Physics at Warwick.

These are the standards that our current students have to aspire to and we want every student in every year group to achieve their Minimum Expected Grade (MEG) and beyond in every subject.  The Government have changed how they judge the success of students and schools and now look to see how much progress a child makes in 8 subjects, from their entry in Year 7 to their final GCSE grade in Year 11.  This is called the Progress 8 and we will make more information available in due course.

I would also like to give a warm welcome to our new staff who have joined our amazing existing team and I know they will be well supported by everyone connected with Wrenn.  In fact we are really excited for the year ahead and have high expectations for all our students.

We want to raise the bar and raise the aspirations of all and ask for your support at home, in making sure homework is completed on time and that your child has a quiet space for revision before every assessment point.  Our aim is to unlock the capability of every student and we will work tirelessly to ensure that every child reaches their full potential, with no limits to what they can achieve.

I have been impressed with how well our new Year 7 students have settled into life at Wrenn. Some were nervous about making the transition to high school, but Mrs Vessey and her Year 7 team were ever present to offer support and guidance, to ensure every child settled into their daily routines.

There has been a fantastic start to the new academic year and I was so proud to see how smart all our students looked in their uniform and I would like to thank all the parents in supporting us.

There is a new atmosphere around Wrenn Academy, new expectations and a real sense of purpose, where everyone together as a TEAM will do their best in a supportive and positive environment.  Our aim is for “every student to receive an outstanding education, where they have the opportunities to go beyond the expectation, to have the best chance in life”.  This is the year in which Wrenn students will shine!

S. Elliott


 September 16, 2016