Friday 25 February 2022

Year 11 Final Countdown

Half term ended and, for Year 11s, mock exams began. They are now in the thick of what is a final dress rehearsal before their exams start properly in a few, short weeks.

So far, they have been doing a really good job and their conduct has been amazing. Attendance at the various interventions put in place to support them has been strong. This needs to continue.

Year 11’s free trip to see Macbeth at The Leeds Playhouse is next Wednesday. I know they are excited to see arguably Shakespeare’s greatest work and we are delighted to offer the opportunity.

Making Choices in Year 9

On Thursday 3 March, it is an important night for Year 9 as it is their Curriculum Choices Evening, from 4.30pm until 6.30pm. Briefings will take place at 4.45pm and 5.30pm.

This event is designed to help parents and students make informed choices when selecting subjects to study in Years 10 and 11 at GCSE.

These are life-changing decisions, plugging into what they would like to do when they grow up. Teachers, senior leaders and the careers leader will be on hand to offer advice. Beforehand, to help our Year 9s, a booklet will be issued explaining their choices and the process. No booking is required, and you can find out more at Making Choices in Year 9 ⋆ Bulwell Academy.

Flags of Pride

We have raised 28 flags around the Academy this week, each one representing a home nation of one or more of our students, plus a rainbow flag to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community. They are a powerful demonstration of our diverse, multicultural community at The Bulwell Academy.

Children have been asking questions about the flags and have been proud to share their heritage.

The LGBTQ+ flag has gone down particularly well. I have seen children, sporting rainbow rucksacks, having their photograph taken underneath it.

That is really nice to see.

Grand Designs

Congratulations to Eva and Caitlin who have won the Year 10 competition to design the interior of two council homes being built by Nottingham City Homes. We are grateful to NCH for the fantastic opportunity given to our students and thanks to Mr Barlow for pulling it all together. Both girls were shaking with excitement when their win out of 60 students was announced in today’s assembly. We look forward to seeing their designs come to life when the students tour the Eastglade housing project later in the year.

Victory for Bulwell

We are also extremely proud of our girls’ Futsal team who won the Year 10/11 Nottingham Indoor Futsal Tournament on Monday. Coach Mr Baxter described them as brilliant, winning every game. Katie, Shani, Louise (all Year 11), Kyla (Year 7), Amy and Beth (both Year 9) were fantastic ambassadors. For aspiring to be their best and working hard in training through to the tournament, the girls each received a £10 Amazon voucher from the Academy, as well as their gold medals. Well done!

Recruitment news

Our recruitment continues to go well, with six posts advertised in teaching and leader roles to join our growing, talented team. I’ve mentioned before that we have attracted some of the country’s top practitioners to leadership roles and we know this will be the case with the latest vacancies too. The policies and procedures put in place make the Academy an attractive place to work.

The word is spreading elsewhere too. We hosted Nottingham City Council’s Director of Education John Dexter and Councillor Angela Kandola this week. It is the first time they have visited in more than a year and both were amazed at the remarkable transformation. They were hugely impressed by the disruption-free classroom environment and both spoke about their confidence in The Bulwell Academy and the opportunities it is giving young people.

The Bulwell Academy needs you!

Finally, we can offer interesting roles to parents, carers and friends who have the time to join our friendly team on a casual basis.

We are looking for invigilators who could help with the Year 11 exams between mid-May and June. The rate of pay is £10 per hour.

Experience of invigilating or working in education is preferred but full training will be given to the right applicants.

To find out more, please contact the Academy’s Exams Officer, Mr Adams:


Good luck to Year 11s with the rest of their mocks and, Year 9, we look forward to seeing you and your parents/carers next Thursday.

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