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  • Sam's a winner!

    Congratulations to Sam Blair, a Year 9 student at Cordeaux Academy in Louth, who competed in the national Leon Paul Junior Series Foil Fencing competition in Wrexham, north Wales. He was in competition with 25 very talented competitors in the under 13s boys' class featuring some of the best young fencers in the country.

    Representing Louth Fencing Club, Sam, who took up fencing when he was 9, finished second to win the silver medal and qualify for the hall of fame as one of the top ten under 13s fencers in the country.

    We are extremely proud of you Sam and wish you even greater success in what must be a very exciting sporting future.

    Posted 14 Dec 2015, 03:00 by Caroline Dansey
  • Maltings Earns HMCI Praise
    'At Key Stage 3 the system of 'extended enterprise learning' options allows pupils to study a variety of additional courses, such as extended writing, finance and hair and beauty. Pupils can choose from a range of vocational courses at GCSE and in the sixth form. Parents and pupils are very positive about these opportunities. Pupils receive individualised information and guidance about possible careers so that they can choose the further education or training options that will match their abilities and interests. They benefit from regular talks given by local employers. Pupils (were) clear about the careers and professions that they were interested in, and understood the qualifications, skills and personal qualities they would need in order to access them.'

    The Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2014/15. 

    The full report can be viewed here (reference to Maltings Academy is located on page 46).

    Posted 3 Dec 2015, 07:53 by Caroline Dansey
  • Mat Stars in National TV Teacher Recruitment Campaign
    A government backed TV advertising campaign appealing for more people to consider teaching as a career shines the spotlight on Mat Galvin, an Assistant Head Teacher at Firth Park Academy in Sheffield.The Department for Education has launched a national advertising drive - 'Your Future: Their Future' and features some of the country's most inspiring and talented teachers.

    Mr Galvin, who is also Head of Science, can be viewed conducting a chemistry experiment in front of captivated Firth Park students and declares that good teachers "make inert bodies react!" He is passionate about working with students in challenging circumstances to give them the very best opportunities in life.

    "I'm really excited to be part of 'Your Future: Their Future'. I love my job." says Mat. "and it's great to able to share that passion with others. Teaching offers a real challenge but it's also so rewarding working with young people. Sharing my subject and watching students develop and                                                                                   reach their potential is really fulfilling."

    Congratulations Mr Galvin. You are a shining example to others!

    Posted 28 Oct 2015, 12:56 by Caroline Dansey
  • Our Joy Is Secondary Head of the Year
    The Principal of Ryde Academy, Joy Ballard, has won the ultimate symbol of excellence in education - The UK Teaching Award in the category 'Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School.'

    Joy received her Gold Plato Award at a glittering ceremony at The Royal Opera House which is to be broadcast on BBC2 on Sunday 25 October at 6:00pm - 'Britain's Classroom Heroes.'

    A spokesman for the Pearson Teaching Awards, said: "She is committed to helping every student realise their full potential. The success she has achieved is outstanding."

    Joy is probably best known for her previous role as Headteacher at Willows High School in Cardiff which features in Channel 4's 'Educating Cardiff' series. Under her leadership the school's examination results leapt from 14% of students with A*-C in English and Maths to 50% in just three years. 

    She says: “I was really surprised to receive this award and I am so very proud that the staff and students at my previous school nominated me. I have had such an amazing year and combined with receiving such a warm welcome from everybody at Ryde and moving to the Island, a place which I love, I feel extremely privileged and very excited about the future."

    Joy is the fourth AET national winner in the past five years. Richard Robb at Tendring Technology College was History Teacher of the Year in 2011; Clare Baldwin at Maltings Academy was Teaching Assistant of the Year in 2013; and Benedick Ashmore-Short at Hamford Primary Academy was Primary Headteacher of the Year in 2014. An outstanding record of achievement. Earlier in the year Joy won the 2015 Leading Wales Award in the Public Sector.
    Posted 21 Oct 2015, 12:55 by Caroline Dansey
  • Maltings Academy awarded the Sword of Honour
    The 2015 awards mark the 36th consecutive year the British Safety Council has awarded the Sword of Honour for health and safety management excellence. The winners had achieved the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s independent Five Star health and safety and/or environmental management audits in the period 1 August 2014 – 31 July 2015. They have also demonstrated to an independent adjudication panel that they have a proven track record and a culture of best practice for excellence in health and safety or environmental management that runs throughout the business. 

    Maltings had previously won the Sword of Honour in 2013 and 2014 and this latest success means that it has now won the worldwide award for a record third year in a row. A unique achievement for a place of learning.You can read the full article online here

    What a fantastic achievement - well done Maltings! 
    Posted 2 Dec 2015, 06:10 by Caroline Dansey
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