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  • Sixth Form university trips

    Published 12/02/19

    It has been a busy few weeks for our sixth form students at Nottingham Academy.

    A group of 32 students visited the University of Nottingham to experience a day in the life of a university student on Friday 8th February, 2019.

    They took part in a variety of activities and they were given a tour of the jubilee campus including the famous spiral library.


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  • Sixth Form Young Professionals Day

    Published 05/02/19

    A programme of inspiring talks by global companies was held for Sixth Form students to prepare them for the world of work and further education.

    The day was hosted by Young Professionals, a company which aims to bridge the gap between young people and potential employers, as well as educate students about apprenticeships.

    Young Professionals was set up by Dan Miller, when he was just 17-years-old.

    Dan, who is from Derby, said: “I went straight into the world of business instead of going to university.

    “I approached Rolls Royce and explained to them that I wanted to help young people get into work.

    “A week later, their HR department contacted me and they offered £4,500 towards my business.”

    Almost four years later the company has gone from strength to strength and is now worth £1.2million, with offices in Nottingham and London.

    Young Professionals works with 40 global brands including Boots, Starbucks, Nestle, Barclays, Lloyds and Ernst Young.

    The company has created an app which allows young people, who are looking for work experience, apprenticeships or graduate jobs, to connect with companies.

    Throughout the day, Sixth Form students listened to talks from Dan Miller who showed students how to use the platform.

    There were also talks from other companies including Ernst Young, Browne Jacobson, Geason, Experian, Roythornes Solicitors and BDO.

    Students learned about interview and CV techniques and routes into graduate schemes and apprenticeships.

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  • New members selected for Pupil Parliament​​​​​​​

    Published 01/02/19

    A group of pupils have been selected as the new Year 9 members for Pupil Parliament.

    The year group was asked to submit letters of application outlining their reasons for wanting to be on the Pupil Parliament.

    The current Year 11 Pupil Parliament shortlisted the candidates and interviewed them.

    Lead Principal Mr Rae met with the new members and presented a tie to them.

    Mr Rae and the new members then discussed what priorities they felt the Pupil Parliament should be focusing on.

    Suggestions included:

    • Continuing the work to reduce knife crime in the local community
    • Enhancing the Nottingham Academy rewards scheme to further ensure pupils who are consistently performing well are rewarded
    • Recycling
    • Pupil Assessments
    • Celebrating Nottingham Academy's diverse cohort
    • Developing teacher feedback
    • A covered Bike Shelter as many pupils now have electric bikes / scooter

    The new members will now shadow Year 11 Pupil Parliament members for the rest of term.

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  • Charities deliver key message about knife crime

    Published 30/01/19

    Charities Key4Life and Epic Partners visited Nottingham Academy as part of a programme to educate youngsters about the impact of knife crime and violence.

    The two charities delivered a presentation based around development, resilience and respect to year 9 and 10 pupils at the Nottingham Academy Greenwood campus and Ransom Road campus.

    Key4Life helps reduce youth reoffending through rehabilitation and Epic Partners, is a community-based charity, which delivers diversionary activities to enrich the lives of young people.

    Louis Donald, Associate Assistant Principal and Safeguarding Officer at Nottingham Academy, said: “The powerful presentation included personal testimonies, music and video.

    “A small group of privileged pupils were given the opportunity to complete smaller group workshops with the team of presenters.”

    The individual workshops explored how drill music drives youth culture, including gang associations and violence, the cause and effect of gang and knife crime and personal decision making.

    Next month, some pupils will go on a short residential trip to Paddington Farm in Somerset, as part of a continuation of this programme.

    The pupils will be introduced to an exciting range of experiences to support the development of team building, leadership responsibility and other essential life skills.

    There will also be a series of workshops relating to the risks of negative association, incorporated alongside traditional sports activities.

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  • Supporting Success Day

    Published 25/01/19

    It was an action packed day for year 11 pupils at Nottingham Academy yesterday.

    As part of our Supporting Success Day, pupils took part in workshops and listened to motivational talks to prepare them for the world of work.

    Throughout the day pupils explored different learning, revision and memory strategies.

    We had some great speakers including David Keeling, Harun Rabbani and Liz Radice.

    David Keeling, a stand-up Educationalist, spoke to pupils about the art of memory and finding different strategies to remember things. He showed the class magic tricks to explain different memory techniques he used.

    Harun Rabbani, a speaker from London, gave a talk based around emotional resilience and ways to achieve personal goals.

    An interactive workshop was held by Liz Radice, an outreach officer, from the University of Nottingham.

    Liz worked with pupils to find study strategies for learning and revision. Some pupils said they were visual learners whilst others said they were verbal learners.

    Each group of pupils was given a worksheet with company logos on and pupils had to explain what techniques they used to remember which logos belonged to which company.

    Liz said psychological research shows people remember smaller chucks of information at one time.

    There was also great teamwork between the pupils and staff from HMRC, who volunteered at the event. Pupils explored ways to improve their mind sets. Each group came up with some really positive suggestions.

    Our Sixth Form students also got involved with the day, by talking to year 11 pupils about sixth form options. They gave some great top tips on future prospects and how to handle interviews.

    Some year 11 pupils, who are considering college and apprenticeships, had the chance to research different courses. Some of these included languages, plumbing and engineering.

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  • Free bagels for all

    Published 22/01/19

    Pupils at The Nottingham Academy are being offered a free healthy breakfast each morning.

    Bagels are served to pupils before they start their school day in a bid to boost academic performance.

    The academy has joined the government's National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), which is being delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.

    The aim of the programme is to improve the pupils’ concentration because research shows at least half a million children in the UK arrive at school each day too hungry to learn.

    The breakfast aims to give pupils energy, protein, vitamins and minerals, and will be low in sugar, salt and fat.

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  • Free breakfast for all pupils!

    Published 09/01/19

    From Monday 14 January, all Academy pupils will be able to access a free breakfast bagel provided by The National School Breakfast Programme. 

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  • Principal Letter 21.12.18

    Published 21/12/18

    End of Term letter from Lead Principal Mr Rae 

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  • Consultation to demerge Nottingham Academy ends 21/12/18 5pm

    Published 21/12/18

    Thank you to everyone who has shared their views about the proposal to de-merge the Nottingham Academy. The consultation ends at 5pm today so if you wish to provide your views please

    We held two consultation meetings on 6 December and the views raised from the meetings and emails received will be collated and reported back to the Trust Board for them to review and form their decisions on whether to proceed with this proposed change. If the Trust Board decides to proceed with the proposal following this review, the decision will then be subject to final approval by the Secretary of State for Education.

    Updates will be posted on the Greenwood Academies Trust and the Nottingham Academy websites.

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  • De-merger Update 04.12.18

    Published 04/12/18

    An update on the proposal to de-merge Nottingham Academy

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  • Expedition of a Lifetime

    Published 29/11/18

    The Nottingham Academy Geography Department are excited to announce the Swaziland 2020 field trip. The experience will provide them with a wealth of new skills which they will find invaluable in school, at university and in the world of work.

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  • Academy Pupils Join Capital One for Children in Need Fundraising

    Published 16/11/18

    Nottingham Academy celebrate their continuing partnership with Capital One in charity music video, part of Capital One fundraising event for Children in Need

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