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Redmoor Newsletter

Message from the Principal

As we return after the October break, it is a great opportunity to congratulate our students on an excellent start to the academic year. From our new Year 7 students, to those in Year 10 starting their GCSE courses and Year 11 with mock exams looming already, they have been universally praised by staff for their focus in lessons, their positive attitudes to learning and general good behaviour. Well done everyone and keep it up - we know that hard work and a fantastic attitude make a big difference to student achievement.

We have already had several opportunities for parents and carers to come into school and support the learning of students. Events have included: Yr 10 Welcome to GCSE, Yr 7 How we learn at Redmoor, Yr 7 & 10 settling in tutor meetings and a SEND coffee morning. There are more events to come and we urge all families to attend whenever possible to establish positive communication and relationships between home and school that will support students to succeed.

As always, if you would like to support Redmoor through your business by sponsoring one of our site development projects or offering careers advice or opportunities, then please get in touch as we would love to hear from you.

Please note: school is closed to students on Friday 22nd November for staff training.

GCSE Results 2019

Once again, our students made us extremely proud when they received their GCSE results in August and it was a lovely morning for students, staff and families to celebrate their achievements. As in 2018, Redmoor students have excelled at achieving top grades with over 40 Grade 9/A*s recorded and standards have risen across all subjects with the vast majority above national averages. Just under 30 students achieved grades 9-7, the highest grades possible, in 5 or more subjects. We were delighted with the achievements which are based on a great deal of hard work and commitment from students and their teachers and which consolidates the huge improvements made in the previous year. Redmoor continues to grow from strength to strength and is now performing consistently well against similar schools both locally and nationally.

Developing The Redmoor DNA

At the start of term we set out to collectively create the Redmoor DNA, a core of character traits that we expect all students to develop, refine and exhibit each and every day during their five years of study with us. We asked staff and students alike to consider the qualities our students need to possess in order to develop into well-rounded, knowledgeable and successful young adults. Students worked with their tutors to put together a list of seven core characteristics and a motto to empower students to achieve academically, personally and socially. The Student Voice team then whittled the suggestions down to the final ones you see below. Our Redmoor DNA was born.

The two winning mottos, both from Mr Hurley’s tutor group, are:

  • Positive attitude leads to excellence
  • Think hard, work hard, go far

We believe that developing the Redmoor DNA will provide our students with the strength of character needed to fulfill their academic potential whilst also helping them to become confident, responsible and empathetic young people. Students will be expected to nurture and display these traits in classrooms and by taking part in our rich calendar of house initiatives, competitions and enrichment opportunities. Whenever they do so, they will be rewarded with house points and their successes will be celebrated.

The Redmoor DNA is our blueprint of success for all.

Attendance Matters

Anything below 100% means valuable lessons are missed and students will need to catch up on their work. Over an academic year dropping to just 99% is equivalent to missing a whole day at school or 5 lessons. Dropping below 95% is equivalent to missing 2 weeks at school or 50 lessons compared to those students who have 100% attendance.

“If you’re not here, you’re not learning.” The minimum expectation for attendance at Redmoor Academy is 95% or above.

Restart a Heart Day

On the 9th October we invited all Year 9 students to participate in the national Restart a Heart Campaign. Over 160 students were trained in basic CPR skills in practical, hands on learning sessions. All students showed a high level of maturity and engaged completely with the training. This annual event involves every ambulance service in the UK, the Resuscitation Council, the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and local Fire Services. Last year, more than 200,000 children and young people across the country learnt (CPR) on Restart a Heart Day and with the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest dropping 10 per cent a minute if CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is not started, the more people who are trained, the more lives will be saved.

It is intended to run this training to Year 9 every year and for it to become an integral part of our PSHCE provision.

I feel more confident now I've had this training that I could deal with an emergency
It's actually really hard work! I think I could do it though, to save someone's life.
It was really interesting to find out how to do CPR, I didn't have any idea how to do it before!
Thank you to all of the staff that came in to help us, we have learnt a lot.
It's an important skill that I won't forget.

Year 7 Team Building

Last term, Year 7 visited Beaumanor Hall to take part in team building challenges and the high rope course as a part of their induction to Redmoor. Both visits went brilliantly, with all students taking part, building resilience and enjoying themselves (despite the weather being against them at one point)! Thank you to staff at Beaumanor Hall Activity Centre, our students and staff for making the visits such a success - Year 7 were a credit to the school - well done!

Duke of Edinburgh

After a very successful 2018-19, we are currently opening up applications for students to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award to Bronze and Silver level. We are awaiting verification of the award for the students who completed bronze last year and look forward to celebrating their achievement with an assembly in early December which parents will be invited to attend - watch this space!

We have held introductory assemblies for Years 9 & 10 to launch the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards and following these, Miss Cassidy will be available to answer any questions from interested students and hand out parent letters and enrolment forms.

To complete the Bronze Award, students need to complete 4 sections (Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition) over the course of the academic year, with the expedition section requiring students to navigate the countryside over the course of two days. Students will be trained for this, complete a practice expedition and then the assessed expedition.

Benefits of completing the Bronze DofE award include:

  • make a difference to other people's lives/the community
  • become fitter and healthier
  • make new friends
  • make memories that last a lifetime
  • gain skills employers value such as time management, communication and teamwork skills
"A really good experience and very educational. We learnt the countryside code, how to put up tents and other fun outdoor skills.'"

Sports Fixtures

Mrs Pickering: "It's been a steady start to the netball season for our teams. Years 7, 8, 9 and 11 won one game and lost another in the new competition format. Year 10 won both games and went through to play St Martins in the final stage but unfortunately lost, however we are super proud to be runners up from the Hinckley and Bosworth schools.

Mr Moore: "The boys battled well in tough, windy conditions away at Heath Lane holding Heath Lane to a 1-1 draw and beating Hinckley Academy 4-1 in a round robin tournament to progress to the next round. Man of the matches in their respective games were Adam and Harry , both making their first appearances in school football that afternoon."

Mr Shuttlewood "Watched on by our Principal, Mr Nicolle and an expectant crowd of family and friends, our first game against Heath Lane was a close encounter early on, with both teams looking likely to score but neither making the break through. Our superior possession and quality showed in the second half with three well worked goals. Beau put in a standout performance in the centre of midfield claiming the man of the match award. Our second match vs Hinckley Academy was more of a one sided affair with our boys playing confidently on the back of their win in the first match. The lads were clinical in their finishing, none more so than Jack who bagged four of the five goals claiming the match ball and the man of the match award. Aaron getting 3 goals on the night and the other being an own goal. All round a very impressive night and one we will hopefully build on in the next round. A final mention to the back three (of which a number of the lads played in) and our two goalkeepers for keeping two clean sheets providing the platform for the midfield and attack to wreak havoc up top! Great work lads, onward and upwards (hopefully)!"

A big congratulations to all of our students who have made the effort to attend training sessions during the first half term. There was a brilliant turn out every week and the standard was very high. It takes organisation, confidence, determination and resilience to commit to a club every week and it's a great way to make friends and improve fitness in a fun way!

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Cake of Achievement Winners

Each term, a student is chosen from each year group to win this very special prize. Students are carefully selected by their Head of Year for their continued hard work, effort, resilience, kindness and for demonstrating that they never give up. Congratulations to our three KS3 Cake of Achievement winners from last term!

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