Tuesday, 5 June 2018

#Brittons PRIDE

Over the last few weeks we have been conducting student voice interviews and feedback sessions to allow us to understand the areas in which we have improved and those in which improvement is still necessary.  We have been overwhelmed by the extraordinarily positive and thought-provoking responses we have received from students.

What has become abundantly clear is that our students are extremely proud of our school and have recognised the incredible journey that we have come on over the last few years.  It has also been gratifying to see the extent to which the hard work and effort put in by members of staff, both in daily lessons and intervention sessions, has been recognised by students and how grateful they are to be part of our school community.

I would like to take this opportunity to share a small selection of responses that we have received.  Students told us that they were proud to be a student at The Brittons Academy because:-

  • The staff are open to questions and don’t get impatient, even if someone doesn’t get something.  They’ll try again and again.
  • This school accepts everyone, and they don’t care about what ethnicity you are, they care about you.  I also like how diverse this school is and how everyone is different but we still all care about each other.
  • The school has made outstanding progress in the past couple of years.
  • It’s nice to be around teachers who make the lessons interesting and fun to learn.  It’s also nice to be around my peers who wish to study hard and succeed just like me.
  • I am new to the school and I have already made more progress in one year here than I did in all my years at my last school.  Everyone really cares about you as a person and wants you to succeed.
  • This is a school that is getting better daily, and I am proud because it has helped me achieve higher grades than I even anticipated.

In addition to these comments we have also received extremely positive feedback from a number of external visitors (including trained Ofsted inspectors) to the school over the past few months.  They have all commented on the numerous improvements we have made recently, particularly in the quality of teaching, how much progress we have made in a short space of time and have described our students as polite, respectful and cooperative.  They speak of the positive relationships between students and staff and the eagerness of students to learn and make progress in lessons.  They have also recognised the enormous efforts of staff to provide a wide range of clubs and enrichment activities for students as well as the increased opportunities that students have had to learn from visiting speakers and to go on an array of educational visits both locally and nationally.

We are understandably proud of this recognition, of how the hard work of students and staff is leading to rapid improvement and we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to provide us with feedback to help us improve even further.  The Ofsted Parent View survey is available at www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk and allows you to give your views on a range of different areas of the school.  After you have registered it will take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.  We will be using the information that you provide to evaluate all areas of the school and work to bring about even more positive changes over the next few months and years.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Head Boy and Head Girl Appointments

Following a competitive selection process, the following appointments were made:-

Head Boy - Alfie Dives
Head Girl - Taylor Ellis-Smith

Deputy Head Boy - Bradley Lowe
Deputy Head Girl - Alicia Cox

Congratulations to everyone!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Author, Tony Lee, visits The #Brittons Academy

Award winning author, Tony Lee, visited the Brittons Academy Library on Wednesday 16 May 2018 and spoke to all Year 7 and Year 8 students.


Tony is an accomplished storyteller and has written numerous graphic novels, comic books, screenplays and TV scripts.  His favourite topics include Doctor Who, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, wrestling and Heroes and Heroines.


Tony was very engaging and persuaded many students that reading is not boring – they just need to find books they enjoy.  He told funny and scary stories and the students were buzzing with excitement after his visit.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

New Principal at The #Brittons Academy

Following a rigorous recruitment and selection process, the Empower Learning Academy Trust has appointed Mr William Thompson to the position of Principal at The Brittons Academy from September 2018.  Mr Thompson has been the Headteacher at The Forest Academy in Hainault for 8 years and has overseen the school’s progression from 'Special Measures' in 2010 through to its current rating of ‘Good’ by Ofsted (2013 and 2017).


Mr Thompson is a very experienced Principal and is excited about taking on a new challenge.  He is passionate in his belief that The Brittons Academy has all the right ingredients to rapidly become a very successful school.


It took a special welcome to convince Mr Thompson that this was the right move for him.  Mr Thompson said "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Forest Academy, but everything I have witnessed at Brittons has convinced me that this is the right school for me; from my informal look round prior to applying, through the two interview days and my subsequent visits and communication since I was appointed, everything has cemented my decision.  I genuinely believe that Brittons is a school that has the potential to be great.  Everyone I have met has welcomed me warmly and shares my passion to make Brittons even better."


Mr David Forster, Chair of Governors, said in welcoming the new Principal "Governors believe we have secured a proven Principal who can make Brittons a very good school for all its students".


Parents are being invited to meet Mr Thompson on Thursday 14 June at 6.00 p.m.


Mr Thompson joins The Brittons Academy in September and is looking forward to working with staff, parents and students as the school continues on its improvement path.

Mr Thompson with some Year 10 students
(Haseeb Hussein; Jamie Rogers; Alicia Cox; Mr Thompson; Trystn Cohen;
Zoe Owate; Taylor Ellis-Smith)

Monday, 19 March 2018

Sapphire Oak Trees at #Brittons

To celebrate the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee, sapphire oak trees (donated by the Local Authority) have been planted at the school. 

Friday, 2 March 2018

#Brittons is closed on Friday 2 March 2018

School is closed today (2 March) due to the heating system breaking down. School will be open as usual on Monday 5 March.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

#Brittons open only to Year 11 on 1 March 2018

There has been more snow overnight. We will try to open school today for Year 11 students only 10:00am - 2:00pm today.  Further information at 9:00am (1 Mar 2018)