Category: News

Farewell Class of 2021

#TeamPurple Party – Making Memories

On Friday 25 June, we said goodbye to our current Year 11s – Class of 2021 – also known as #TeamPurple. Staff and students pulled together to make it a night to remember.

Whilst some dressed in shades of purple, others expressed their individuality and came as themselves. Year 11 did themselves proud!

They walked the red carpet in style, enjoyed chatting and eating with their friends, celebrated their achievements with a mini Celebrate Success awards ceremony, danced through the rain and sang the end of the night away, taking over the mike to sing the likes of We Will Rock You and the nostalgic History.

Watch the video below to see photos from the night, and then turn the clock back to view Mr Elland’s video including photos from transition in Year 6 right the way through to 2021 (red button below).

(Photos from the Farewell video can be found here: Y11 2021 Leavers’ Party Photo Album on Facebook)

Farewell Class of 2021. See you on Results Day!

“Through the Years” also includes special messages from teachers past and present. Quality is better when not played full screen.


Students in all years now have access to GCSEPod to help boost their learning and boost their grades.

The first assignments have been set in Teams to invite students to activate their accounts and to begin watching some of the 6000 Pods designed to deliver learning across the curriculum in short bursts.

Click the link below to find out more!

Inspirational Iris: Community Champion

Published: 8 January 2020

Community-minded Iris Wallace has landed a £250 Nottingham Building Society Innovative Young People of 2020 winner’s prize.

The Year 7’s inspirational volunteering since moving to the area just over a year ago with her family won the prize.

Iris works several hours a week at the Bulwell Forest Garden charity, undertaking tasks such as litter picking, making bird feeders and growing fruit and vegetables.

She also volunteers at Bestwood & Bulwell Food Bank, helping with jobs such as putting together vital food parcels.

She cooked more than 250 hot meals with her mums Kelly and Shelly over a two-week period recently which were handed out to families in need. 

The 11-year-old’s outstanding commitment to helping the vulnerable and in need led to a unanimous selection by The Nottingham’s judges in the 10-13 age category and she was awarded a £250 tech voucher.

A delighted Iris said: “I was surprised but very happy to hear I had become one of The Nottingham’s Innovative Young People of 2020.

“It is nice to be recognised in this way but the main reason I continue to do as much volunteering as I can in my spare time is to help people who most need it in the community where I live.”

Bulwell Forest Garden community gardener and Foodbank trustee Adele Brooksbank saw the The Nottingham’s award scheme – established to shine a light on examples of those aged 10-21 who have found inspiring ways of furthering their education or boosting career aspirations – and decided to nominate Iris.

An extract of Adele’s nomination read: “Iris has become a young ambassador for the garden. Without her input, the garden wouldn’t have come up with ways to further our project.

“I nominated her not just because Iris has helped us as a project, but because she has overcome her own shyness and has further strengthened her own ability to learn and continues to look for new ways of learning and gathering information.

“If all this wasn’t enough, she has begun to help out at our local food bank at which I’m a trustee.

“Iris is a remarkable young lady who deserves this recognition for all the work she has so far achieved and continues to achieve.”

Principal Mrs Strong said: “Congratulations to Iris on this wonderful community award.

“We’re incredibly proud of her achievements with the Bulwell Forest Garden and see her named a Nottingham Building Society Innovative Young People of 2020 winner.

“Iris is one of the many inspirational students at The Bulwell Academy and it’s terrific to hear about their community efforts.”

The Nottingham’s Head of People and Development, Anne Leivers, added: “We received many inspirational nominations which made some very difficult decisions for the judging panel, but we are satisfied that the winners are thoroughly deserving of their awards and we hope the prizes can play a role in helping them fulfil their ambitions.”

Innovative Young People of 2020 awards were also presented to winners in the 14-17 and 18-21 age categories – click here to read more.

Free School Meal Vouchers for Christmas Holidays

Covid-19 Christmas Food Fund

Tesco Shopping Vouchers have been posted to families in receipt of Free School Meals to help out during the Christmas holidays.  Parents will receive a voucher for £30  (2 x £15) for each qualifying child.  

Vouchers were posted first class on Wednesday 16 December to all families in receipt of Free School Meals on that date according to government data.

If you have not received your vouchers by Monday 21 December, please email before 12 noon. Please include the name of your child/ren and current address.

Stay safe –  The Bulwell Academy

Christmas Raffle

Bumper Christmas Raffle 2020

Although we are not able to get together this year for our Annual Christmas Fair, we will still be holding our Bumper Christmas Raffle with ticket sales on ParentPay. All money raised will go to the Bestwood & Bulwell Foodbank to support local families facing financial difficulties.

Click the link below to view our fabulous prizes and find out how to take part.

Face Coverings in School

Covid-19 Update: 13 October 2020

A Special Update from the Principal

Face coverings must be worn Anti-Slip Floor Sticker | Social Distancing  Floor Stickers | Safety Signs and Notice

Given that Nottinghamshire is now an area where local restrictions apply, we need to change the emphasis on wearing face coverings in school. Although I still cannot mandate this fully, I must now insist that where possible staff and students wear face coverings / visors on corridors and in communal areas.

Student Expectations

From Wednesday 14 October all students should attend school with a face covering / visor.

Face coverings should be worn correctly over the nose and mouth.

Please let us know if your child is exempt from wearing a face covering.

When do I need to wear a face covering / visor?

  • In the morning during the line-up process before entering the building.
  • Before leaving the classroom or dining room
  • After break times during the line up process before re-entering the building

Students may wear a face covering / visor in class if they wish, provided they are wearing it correctly over both the nose and mouth.

When do I NOT need to wear a face covering / visor?

  • When you arrive at school before the line-up process
  • Once you are seated in the classroom or dining room
  • When you are out the front of the school during break times
  • When you leave school once you are out the front or out the back (depending on your departure route)