Month: November 2017

A Victorian Christmas Fayre and Carol Service

Come along to our Victorian Christmas Fayre and Carol Service on Friday 8 December, 6pm until 8.30pm. Carol services at 6.30pm and 7.30pm.  

Students make cascade of 500 poppies for Remembrance

Over 800 students and staff from Grace Academy created a thought-provoking cascade of 500 poppies as part of their Remembrance Day celebrations. The commemorative display, which included messages of appreciation from students, came after a week of lessons about the contributions of soldiers from other races and cultures during both World Wars. Students observed a…
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Significant investment in the learning environment

As we continue to improve in all areas, Grace Academy has invested heavily in improving the overall school environment, alongside developing sustained, high levels of teaching and learning in every lesson.  After making substantial improvements over the past three years, Principal Darren Gelder insists the Academy is not about to rest on its laurels, despite…
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Football trip of a lifetime to Holland

  Thirty-two students from Years 8 to 11 set off for the trip of a life time to Holland in October to up-skill themselves and their abilities in football. The footballing cohort got the chance to play an international club fixture against a Dutch school for the first time, as well as watching live professional…
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Team building at Ackers

Year 12 and 13 students have completed a team-building challenge at Ackers to help them work together more effectively. The adventurous group tackled a range of activities to test their abilities to communicate, work as a team and solve problems quickly and successfully under pressure. Head of Post 16 Kelly Williams said: “It was fantastic…
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Students set high standards in new Modern Foreign Languages subject

Students are setting the standards high in Modern Foreign Languages, a brand new subject introduced by Katie Seazell in September for students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Katie told us that taking Modern Foreign Languages is different and fun and said: “It’s all about giving students the opportunity to learn a new language and…
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Students better prepared to make healthy life choices

Year 12 students have been learning how to build healthy relationships in a series of workshops designed to help them explore their own values and attitudes to some of the big topics of life. Students discussed sensitive topics in a mature way – such as unplanned pregnancy and choices; the impact of pornography, HIV and…
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Shirestone create mythical creatures at Grace Academy

Mythical creatures were on the artistic agenda for year 5 students from Shirestone Academy who have been taking part in regular Art workshops at Grace Academy. Nicola Russell, Head of Art, said: “It is amazing to spend some time with students from our feeder schools who get the opportunity to find out what we do…
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New Head Students appointed after rigorous selection process

We have appointed new Head Students, after a rigorous selection process, to represent the Academy and their fellow students. Let’s hear what they have to say… Kyle Baker, Year 11 “I helped out so much in Year 10 that I thought if I applied to be a Head Student, I could continue to help.  I…
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Student Guild improves Sixth Form for future students

  After discussions with Darren Gelder, Principal, members of our new Post-16 Student Guild have been given the go-ahead to secure new lockers and equipment including a TV, radio and the use of Bluetooth to connect students’ iPads to monitors. The Year 12 and 13 students put in formal applications to be a part of…
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