Head Teacher's Message
Weekly update
   Added/Edited on the 24/06/2017 21:37:54

We began the week by congratulating 37 of the girls who play football for the academy after they spent 24 hours over a very hot weekend taking part in a Bikeathon to raise money to support the teams next year.; many thanks to Mr Lampett and the staff who supported this event. The hot weather at the start of the week made conditions difficult for staff and students so I made the decision to allow shorts to be worn whilst the high temperatures prevailed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents/carers for their patience and support whilst this decision was made and congratulate the students for returning to full uniform on Thursday as requested.

We welcomed representatives from the local police into assemblies with Years 7-9 this week, providing details of the Police Cadets programme; 30 places are available and, if they have not already done so, students can collect an application form from Mrs Greaney.

Year 10 students were also presented with an opportunity to develop those important life skills and personal qualities by applying to become a prefect. An assembly was given on Wednesday by Miss Furlonger outlining the requirements of the position and the benefits it can bring; application forms can be collected from the key stage 4 team.

There have, once again, been a number of trips and visits during the past week including 'Women in Engineering' for 24 of our Year 8 & 12 students, a Year 12 trip to Bedford University for a UCAS convention and a great opportunity for Year 10 and 12 students to gain some valuable careers ideas and guidance via a visit to a careers event in Peterborough on Friday.

Looking ahead to this week, there is a busy programme of events including Year 12 Parents' Consultation meeting for those subjects which are now linear with assessments also going home on the Wednesday. Thursday sees our annual Sports Day and we are looking forward to witnessing the efforts of students in competing in a wide number of events and their vocal support of each other. Please ensure your children are prepared for the weather conditions and do come along to support if you are able.

Lastly, a message from our PE department following the very successful and well-attended awards ceremony on Thursday night where we celebrated the efforts and achievements of many of our students: "To celebrate our students' many achievements in sport both in and out of the Academy, the PE Department will be creating a Longsands Academy 'Wall of Fame'. To feature on this wall please send a short biography summarising your achievements, and an accompanying photo, to Mr Hood or Mrs Hills (shood@longsands.cambs.sch.uk or shills@longsands.cambs.sch.uk).

Martin Paine

Headteacher