Headteacher’s Blog #11 24/11/2017

  • Dates for your diary
Tuesday 19 December 12.30 pm Students finish for Christmas
Thursday 4 January 2018 First day of term – Week A
12 – 16 February Half Term
Thursday 29 March Teacher Training Day, no students in school
Friday 30 March Easter holidays begin
Monday 16 April Term begins
Monday 7 May May Day
28 May – 01 June Half Term
Wednesday 25 July Summer holidays begin


  • Following consultation between the Academy’s Student Leadership and Senior Leadership Teams, we will be taking part in Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15 December. Students should wear full uniform but can wear a Christmas jumper instead of the school jumper and pay £1 which will be donated to Save the Children.


  • Tuesday 19 December – the last day of term – students should be in full Academy uniform.


  • The top ten points earners in each Year group across the academic year will get a guaranteed ‘seat on the bus’ for the end of year rewards trip. The current top ten in each Year group:



Each time a student gets to 30 points in a term he/she will get a raffle ticket into the draw for the remaining seats on the ‘bus’.


  • Well done to all Year 11 students who have successfully navigated their way through the first two weeks of the mock exam period; just Art, Science and Geography to go!  There is a 10 “above and beyond” point bonus for any student who is present every day for the four weeks of mock exams – so far we have 169 students on 100% which is a fantastic achievement.


  • It is also great to see that over half of all Year 11 students are regularly attending “period 6” intervention sessions across a range of subjects.  For some these sessions are optional top ups to complement work done in lessons. For others, where lessons are shown on their timetables, these sessions are compulsory and attendance is expected to all sessions.


  • All four Houses came together this morning for the Spelling Bee final; Keelan Adams (Oceania) and Dominic Driver (Europe) were joint winners following a tie breaker.  Both students have undergone two weeks of competition and could not be separated in the spelling battle.  Many thanks to Mrs Pett who made an excellent quizmaster with some very tricky pronunciations.


  • PSHE lessons for this fortnight have been pretty diverse.  Last week, all Year 7 students attended a lesson on road safety entitled “Grim Reaper” with a Road Safety Officer for Norfolk County Council.  On Wednesday, all Year 9 students will watch a play entitled ‘Driven to Distraction’ that targets pedestrian behaviour and the consequences of getting it wrong.
    • In addition the PSHE lessons for the week will focus on World AIDS Day.  On Friday 1 December, people all over the world will wear a red ribbon with pride, without fear, shame or stigma. On World AIDS Day, the colour red represents solidarity, love, activism and remembrance.


On Friday, the Student Leaders will be hosting a cake sale raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust – the UK’s leading HIV organisation.  In addition to cakes, students can make a donation in return for a red ribbon to wear.  As a bonus, students will be allowed to wear ONE of the following items in addition to the regular Academy uniform:


Red scarf Red earrings
Red necklace or bracelet A pair of red Socks
Red shirt (button down shirts only) Red tights
A pair of red shoes


Students MUST still wear a full uniform and may only choose to wear ONE of the items in the list.


  • Downham Market Academy raised a total of £1,149.11 for Children in Need. Well done to Ella Bowden and Jess O’Sullivan for initiating the events within the Academy and to everybody who raised and/or donated funds; thank you very much.