Cambridge Debate Competition

On the 20th of January 2018, students from The Stockwood Park Academy attended the Cambridge schools debate competition, where they were able to debate in the Cambridge Union. The competition was a completely new experience, giving the students the opportunity to take part in a completely new style of debate with feedback from accomplished debaters. While there, they learnt the structure of Standard British parliamentary debate, acting as a government along with teams from other schools.

Overall, the competition was an amazing experience that was not only educational and helped develop their skills in debating, but was also undoubtedly fun and allowed them to explore the famous Cambridge Union and engage in thoughtful debate subjects with other passionate students.

Comic Relief

On Friday 24th March, the Chalk Hills Academy went Red for the day with students donning red headwear and noses in aid of Comic Relief.

We had the ‘Sweetie tube challenge’ where students exchanged chocolate eggs for small change in PL groups, one of our famous charity bake sales and a raffle to win a Kindle Fire!

Students had a brilliant day and we raised a fantastic £314.00 for this wonderful cause.

Emergency Food Bank Collection

With the awful news of the fire that had damaged the ASDA store in Stopsley came the equally awful news that The Luton Food bank were struggling for donations as this store was a major contributor.

As a distribution centre for the Food bank we knew that we had to help!

The Chalk Hills Academy organised a drop off point in our meeting room for students and parents to bring an item from the list of the most needed food and provided tea, coffee and cake to keep our wonderful donators fuelled and to say a small thank you for their generosity.

We had a fantastic response to this appeal and managed to send a car load of food to The Food bank which will go to help those in times of crisis around our town and our local area.

‘FINDING THE LESSONS’ – Free keynote event at Chalk Hills 13th January with Sir Tim Brighouse & David Cameron

The Chalk Hills Academy are holding a secondary ‘teach-meet’ on Thursday 12th January and they have a key-note address on Friday 13th January 2017, which is open to all schools and academies within the South-East.

This will be led by Sir Tim Brighouse and David Cameron.

You can register attendance via the link below:

Leadership Forum – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-the-lessons-with-sir-tim-brighouse-david-cameron-tickets-29329953681

GCSE Success for The Shared Learning Trust Academies

The Shared Learning Trust is delighted to announce a highly positive set of GCSE results achieved by students at its Stockwood Park and Chalk Hills Academies.Seventy percent of students at the Chalk Hills Academy, located on Leagrave High Street, gained an A* – C in Mathematics, and standards were either maintained or improved in every subject.

Acting Principal Samia Akram said: “I am exceptionally proud of our staff and students – they’ve all shown such dedication and commitment. We wish our students all the best for the future, and look forward to working with those who will be going on to attend our sixth form in the next academic year”.

There was a particular focus on English at the Stockwood Park Academy on Rotherham Avenue, which resulted in an impressive 20 percent improvement in A* – C grades in the subject.

Principal Cathy Barr said: “I am really pleased for our students, they worked so hard and regularly attended revision sessions after school, at weekends and during the holidays. Their grades are a brilliant platform on which to move on to post 16 education.”

As well as this fantastic set of English results, there were also excellent grades achieved in all the science subjects, psychology, sociology and religious studies at Stockwood Park. Creative subjects such as photography also achieved a high percentage of top grades.

The Stockwood Park and Chalk Hills Academies are part of the Shared Learning Trust, a family of schools in Bedfordshire. CEO of the Trust, Andrew Cooper, said: “I am thrilled for the students at both Stockwood Park and Chalk Hills – their hard work has really paid off. These results will stand them in such good stead as they move on to the next chapter of their education.”