Headteacher's Message
Weekly Message
   Added/Edited on the 16/07/2018     Previous Messages

With the newsletter due to be with you next week, this will be my final weekly reflection of the academic year and, as always, there is much to highlight and many students to praise. This has included the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award weekend, the Year 8 Geography trip to Hunstanton, the Swavesey Science Challenge, 8DAN’s reward trip to Kidzania, the Year 7/8 trip to see Kinky Boots, the Art exhibition, the Year 10 trip to the Wellcome Genome Centre and the Year 11 into 12 Transition Day. By all accounts each of these events and activities was successful in its own right despite a minibus breakdown for the Duke of Edinburgh team; my thanks to everyone for their resilience and patience!

The event which I would like to dwell on, however, is our inaugural Awards Evening which was held on Thursday. My thanks to all those students, staff and parents/carers who attended what proved to be a highly successful and heart-warming evening. Personally, I was thrilled to see so many students receiving public recognition for their positive attitude, good character and academic achievements and I was mindful of the challenges which had been overcome by many to arrive at this proud moment. I would like to take this opportunity to say ‘well done’ to all those who received recognition which included our new Head Boy & Girl and their respective Deputies.

We were delighted to receive a significant amount of positive feedback from those who attended, two examples of which I will leave you with as a perfect reminder of what we are, together, trying to achieve for all of your children.

“Dear Mr Paine,

I felt the need to send this email after last night's flawless awards evening. You and your amazing team of staff, should be proud of yourselves. The night was beyond words. Everything was so beautiful presented. The students are what makes Longsands Academy a cut above the rest. I'm so proud to have watched our son be part of this wonderful evening. I would also like to take this opportunity in thanking all the Key Stage 4 staff for their help and support over this academic year. When your child comes home and says, 'I'm so proud of myself in what I have achieved so far”. Those words speak volumes.”

“Dear Mr. Paine

We just wanted to say thank you for an amazing evening last night at the award ceremony which was so very enjoyable and so lovely to see such talent coming through from so many of the students. We could not believe our daughter was up for an award as she has had a tough time this year emotionally with friendships and has struggled with her maths and been very low about all aspects of school life. We have spent lots of time with her trying to build her confidence and for her to be recognised at the evening has made us so very proud and we know this is down to you, her teachers and the team at Longsands Academy. Longsands has some amazing achievers academically as was highlighted last night. The fact that you also showed that effort and attitude is so important, makes it possible for every single student in Longsands to be counted and not just the brightest.“

Your children have enjoyed a fantastic year with us and you have every right to feel very proud of them. I wish you a happy and enjoyable summer break.

Martin Paine