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 Summer Results round-up                                                                                                                August 2017


For the eleventh year in a row, Bexleyheath Academy's Sixth Form outcomes have seen record results secured once again this year. Vice Principal Mark Lewis was delighted with the results and said “Many congratulations to all Sixth Form students at Bexleyheath Academy. We have for the third year in succession seen an improvement in the grades of our Most Able students and a higher overall pass rate. (A*-A, 53%, A*-B, 65.8%, A*-C 83.9% inc. equivalencies)  It’s been an absolute delight to share student successes and their excitement at their future prospects as many look forward to University, Apprenticeships, Gap years and employment. My thanks to all students for their hard work and perseverance, to the sixth form team for their guidance and leadership of the provision and our wonderful teaching staff. To our parents, I would also like to offer thanks for engagement with the Academy and being there in the background to guide and nurture." Whilst a number of students did exceptionally well, notable successes include Dolanay Hussein with 4 D*s, Hamzo Mahamud with 3 D*s and Hillary Simpson with A*BB, progressing to the University of Warwick to study Law. In reflecting on her time at the Academy, Hillary said “The Academy has supported me on my academic journey and the guidance that they have given me since I arrived here to undertake my A-Levels has been brilliant. I now look forward to my next steps studying Law and will remember the Academy fondly for the opportunities I have been given.” We wish the aforementioned and indeed all our students the very best in their next steps becoming citizens of the world.

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ns are also to go to our Year 11 students for all of their hard work and effort leading up to this year's results.  We are incredibly proud of our students and of the progress they have made at the Academy.  Thank you to our dedicated staff and parents who have supported our students throughout their studies. Mr Mark Lewis (Vice Principal) said “I am so pleased with all of the hard work that the staff and students have put in to achieve these results and we look forward to continuing to work with families as students progress on to their sixth form destinations.”Our top female students were Ruby Moore, Grace Masters and Jaspreet Virdi with our top male students being Bobby Kane-Fearn, George Allen and Toby Smith. Ruby achieved four A* grades, two As, one 9, one 8, one 7 and a Distinction* whilst Grace achieved three A* grades, two As, two 9s, one 8, one Distinction* and one Merit.  We wish all of our students the very best as they embark on the next steps in their education and future.






 

Kent Teacher of The Year winner 2017                                                                                          25th May 2017

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/15311809.Meet_the_Bexley_teacher_who_has_been_crowned_the_best_in_Kent/?ref=twtrec

We are incredibly proud to present the newly crowned Kent Secondary Teacher of the Year as our very own, Mr Stuart Yeates. Stuart has been with us since 2002 and has always worked tirelessly for the students at Bexleyheath Academy. Not only is he an inspirational, diligent and outstanding Lead Practitioner; his infectious attitude and collaborative skills have contributed to him being one of the most respected and personable members of our staff to students, parents and staff alike. 


His contributions to and his organisation of myriad whole school productions continue to be immense; the amount of time he dedicates to these can only be classed as immeasurable: this is a highly deserved accolade indeed.


"Mr Yeates is the reason that I started playing music. During my time in the school he has helped me to develop my passion for music into becoming a performer myself, rather than a listener. Since then my confidence has grown, without his guidance, I would not be the person I am today. Without his support and the self-belief that he instills in the students I would not have performed in a band, or become Deputy Head Boy. Mr Yeates is an inspiration to all of us and always gives his all when it comes to the Academy. On behalf of everyone, I would like to say thank you to Mr Yeates; the music department wouldn't be the same without him." Jake Storey, Year 12 🎸

On Thursday 29th June, he is using this new found celebrity to open the new LIDL store.

Read more here at the NewsShopper's site.


  

Bexley Public Speaking Competition winners 2017                                                                      21st Feb 2017

It is with great pride and pleasure to announce that Ashar Magoba, Andrew Rowland and Megan Rowland from Year 12 have been crowned the winners of the prestigious Bexley Public Speaking Competition for 2017.


We would like to add that - in the 23 years this competition has been held - it is the first time a non-selective school in the Borough of Bexley has won... 

The cup is currently being engraved and will soon be on display in the Council Offices for all to see this fine achievement. 


Many congratulations to our wonderful students and special thanks to the staff and the parents for coming to support the students in this fantastic achievement. 


 Toby Jones, actor speaks to BA                                                                                                     24th Nov 2016

 
Furthermore on Thursday 24th November, we were also very pleased to be able to welcome Toby Jones, the distinguished stage, television, radio and film actor to the Academy. Most renowned for playing Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous (2006), Dr. Arnim Zola in the Captain America films and voicing the much-loved Dobby in the Harry Potter franchise, Toby spent the afternoon with us answering questions posed by a select group of students about his experiences in the industry. He was engaging and animated in answering everything from 'what inspired you to become an actor' and 'who is your greatest influence' to the more searching 'what's the most difficult role you have taken on.' Toby tackled everything thrown at him, with the poise and candour one would expect from a respected character actor. Drawing on his wide ranging career, he offered advice about all walks of life: career goals, interviews, fame and the need for privacy from the public gaze. He was also very happy to meet with students afterwards for the now expected cavalcade of selfies and posed pictures, but let's be honest - who wouldn't.










                                                                                                    









Chris Riddell and th3rd Bexley Primary Schools Poetry Competition Final                              23rd Nov 2016

No, this is not a Harry Potter spin-off but we have gone a bit magical over the last few days. Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate, author, illustrator, Observer cartoonist, was with us for the whole day on Wednesday. He gave illustrative demonstrations to each class whilst offering his insights into the worlds of animation and his influences. After a long yet fruitful day, he also kindly agreed to present the awards with The Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Bexley, Councillor Eileen Pallen as we once again hosted the 3rd Bexley Primary Schools Poetry Final. The competition was open to all year 5 and 6 students that attend the borough's primary schools (we received over 450 poems from the schools that participated) and the standard of submissions was extremely high indeed. But, there could be only one winner and this year's honour went to Grace Cutler from Normandy Primary School whose poem Child in Care was incredibly moving and mature. Chris sketched his interpretations of each poem as they were read out by the students and all were given their exclusive and personal sketch at the end as well as a limited edition book donated by Chris.



     

   



 

Civic Celebration of student achievement     21st Oct 2016 

 It was with great pleasure to report that two of our students attended a presentation last night for Student Achievement.  Mrs Tracey Boswell nominated two students from her year group of Year 10 for their different achievements and we are pleased to say that they were both awarded recognition for their efforts. Henry Fenton was praised for his role as Executive Student Council Representative, Police Cadet and for being an excellent role model in the Academy with Lucy Rowland being applauded for being a Sports Leader, an ambassador for the Academy CARES gold award and an excellent role model for academic achievement. Congratulations to you both.                        

     
Emily Guest(s) at London Fashion Week       19th Sept 2016
 Emily Guest from Year 13 was selected for the Fashion Futures Final, after undertaking ten weeks of practical workshops with Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) before presenting her finished toiles and portfolios to a panel of industry experts. Emily and the selected finalists, chosen from over 100 entrants, then spent five days with FAD mentors at The University of East London creating their garments for the London catwalkIt was the detail of the french knots decorating Emily’s garment that impressed the jury panel the most, but they also admired the fit of the trousers. The judges also loved Emily’s sketchbooks and the final illustrations.



 










Cambodia Expedition Trip 2017 Update  5th Oct 2016            The students have been working hard this month to get fundraising underway for their 28 day expedition to help the local communities in Cambodia. Andrew and Remi have launched and are running the Cambodian Café in the sixth form centre.  They have already raised £100 towards the cause - so far.Trudie and Laura have also been working hard organising the Year 7 Christmas Disco on 25th November 2016. Poppy and Holly have started the fortnightly teachers' bonus ball competition which will also raise funds for our cause.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         http://campsinternational.com/

                                                                                                                    
 
 Founders4Schools Special Award                          26th Sept 2016  Beckie Knight-Croft was presented with a special award by Founders4Schools and Lord Holmes of Richmond to recognise the enterprising work she has achieved in arranging Careers Fairs to inspire young people about the jobs of tomorrow. Beckie introduced F4S as to how she ran a Careers Networking Event for 300 Year 8 and Year 10 students using the format of ‘speed networking’ where small groups of students rotate to speak to 10 employers within the hour who answer student’s questions about careers. F4S would now like to encourage schools from across the country to take up this approach. Beckie pictured here with Guy Rigby, from Smith & Williamson and  Lord Holmes of Richmond.