Friday 1st December 2023
Please refer to our newsletter for all key Academy updates. This is sent to you on email and also can be accessed via the website.
Having submitted the results of the 1st round of Year 11 mock examinations to AET we are now in a position to release the marks to the students. Monday 4th December (Period 5) will see us host a ‘mock results event’ where students in Year 11 will receive a brief assembly from Mr Fox outlining the lessons learnt by both the students and the Academy after the first round of mocks, and how students can progress at pace in the run up to the next round of mock exams in January/February. They will then receive an envelope containing the grade achieved in all examinations sat in much the same format as they will next summer for the real examinations.
After school Power Hour intervention sessions have been taking place in core subjects since the start of term, and these sessions have now been expanded to include EBacc and open subjects. Students whose teachers have selected them to attend these additional interventions will have these on their Arbor timetable now.
The next opportunity to formally meet with teaching staff is the Year 11 Progress Evening which will take place in person at the Academy on January 11th 2024. Details on how to book your appointments will follow soon.
This week staff have been submitting nominations for our end of term awards assemblies, where we will be recognising individual students for their community contribution, commitment to enrichment, reading, academic progress, attendance and commitment to our Maltings Way values of Ambition, Pride, Resilience and Respect.
Awards assemblies will take place during the last week of term, and we look forward to sharing outcomes of these with you in the newsletter.
The Golden Ticket box is getting full!
The draw for our Golden Ticket prize winners will take place in the end of term celebration assemblies which will happen on the last day of term - remember students have to be ‘in it to win it!’
Assemblies this week
Assembly has been on the theme of slavery led by Mrs Brinkley as tomorrow December 2nd is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Students have dealt very well with these ideas and have approached Mrs Brinkley afterwards with interesting reflections and mature questions. They have been asked to look at the modern slavery statements of their favourite brands, especially at this time of year where lots of shopping is happening!
Friday 24th November 2023
We have had another successful week on recruitment and we look forward to updating you on this as we move forward.
We continue to work hard on embedding ‘The Maltings Way’ and thank you for your ongoing support with this. For more information regarding this, please see details of the upcoming parent workshop.
We have a number of events as we move towards Christmas and we look forward to seeing you at these. Last night the Key Stage 4 Music GCSE students put on a wonderful musical showcase, congratulations to all of them and to Mr Tovey for his organisation and direction.
We have continued this week with the registering of students for our new biometric restaurant payment system. An updated letter has been sent out to parents/carers giving a bit more detail about the way that data is handled and processed within the Academy.
Any parents who have not yet consented for their child to take part can still register via the Arbor app, and we will be running a number of catch up sessions for students who have missed their tutor group registration slot. The biometric cashless payment system will be running simultaneously with the student card payment system.
Golden Tickets and Awards Assemblies
As we head into the 4th week of Golden Tickets, it’s great to see the box in student reception filling up with completed tickets for the draw.
Next week staff will be submitting nominations for our end of term awards assemblies, where we will be recognising individual students for their community contribution, commitment to enrichment, reading, academic progress, attendance and commitment to our Maltings Way values of Ambition, Pride, Resilience and Respect.
Awards assemblies will take place during the last week of term, and we look forward to sharing outcomes of these with you in the newsletter.
Please continue to support us by ensuring that your child has the correct uniform for school. Hoodies and non-uniform jumpers should not be worn in the Academy.
Our new student handbook is now available on the website under the ‘Academy Life’ section, where you will be able to find all details relating to uniform and equipment.
Just a reminder to families and pupils that children need to be on-site by 08:25.
Please continue to support good punctuality to school by helping to ensure that children are on-site by this point.
Friday 17th November 2023
There’s been sporting success to celebrate this week with the Year 7 football team winning their cup game and progressing to the next round and the Year 9 football team being victorious against Burnt Mill Academy.
Year 11 have been very dedicated to their final week of in class stop the clock mock exams. Teachers are busy marking and moderating the papers and results will be shared in a special ‘mock’ exam results afternoon on the 4th of December.
Malt-Sings continues on Wednesday lunchtime, led by the Drama department with students and staff meeting in the auditorium to sing, this is open to everyone. There’s an increasing amount of evidence that singing releases endorphins, serotonin and dopamine – the ‘happy’ chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel good about yourself. Scientists believe that’s one of the reasons why people report being on a high during choir sessions and continuing to feel positive, uplifted and motivated afterwards. The music department is also running a student band, choir and a whole range of other opportunities to raise musical skills, release endorphins and enhance well being across the academy.
SLT had the pleasure of looking through all the entries for the House Name competition. The effort and creativity on show was phenomenal with a range of well researched presentations produced and even one entry hand painted onto a T’Shirt.
Please have a look at the third edition of the newsletter.
Friday 3rd November 2023
This week at Maltings has been very productive.
This week we welcome our new Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, Mrs Brinkley, our Head of Business, Mrs Akoto and our Pastoral Lead for Year 10 Mrs Coombs.
You will be aware that further to our initial Ofsted inspection visit on the 19th and 20th September, our Lead Inspector came in to gather some additional evidence on Tuesday 31st October, just for the day. We will share with you the report as it becomes available.
We are fully immersed in Year 11 mock exams, Food Technology assessments and continuing our important work of embedding the Maltings Way.
We held our first Parent/Carer Workshop yesterday evening and thank you to those parents that attended. We have already received some lovely emails regarding the sessions and we hope the ones to follow are just as useful. Please keep an eye on your emails for the next session at the end of November.
You should have received an email today regarding ‘Every Child, Every Day’. We are asking you to take part in a survey to help us understand your views of your child's school. This survey should be filled in using the online form if possible. As you will be aware, your child’s school is part of a national network of schools, Academies Enterprise Trust. All parents across the trust are being asked to complete this survey.
Across all our schools, attendance is a real priority. We believe that education matters for every child, and no child should go unnoticed. This is why we've launched our "Every Child, Every Day" campaign. Research shows that students who attend school regularly are more likely to do well in their exams, and being in school is an important part of your child’s social and emotional development. It also helps keep them safe.
But, we know that not all our children come to school everyday. Through this survey, we'd like to hear your thoughts and attitudes about attendance. We want to understand why your child wants to come to school, and what the barriers to attending might be.
Please look out for our second edition Newsletter which will be posted on the website today.
Year 11 Mock Examinations
This week has seen the 1st week of our Year 11 mock examinations. The vast majority of students in Year 11 should be praised for the way they have conducted themselves during both the examination lineups and the examinations themselves.
The process for lining up and entering the examination room will continue in the same manner for next week.
Power Hour interventions
Power Hour after school intervention sessions for Year 11 are continuing throughout the mock examination window.
Parents and carers of all students who have been selected to participate in the after school interventions in English, Maths and Science have been sent a reminder email prior to half term.
Starting Tuesday 7th November all students who attend a session will have a praise email sent home, and all students who miss a session will have a reminder email sent home.
Academic research highlights that regular weekly attendance at intervention sessions can help improve students attainment in GCSE subjects by a whole grade.
As an Academy we welcome the ongoing support from parents and carers in ensuring that students regularly attend the intervention sessions to which they have been invited.
Friday 13th October 2023
It has been a very busy half term at Maltings and we have been working hard on ensuring consistency in all we do through developing ‘The Maltings Way’.
Our students have been engaged in lots of different and exciting activities over the last few weeks and again, we look forward to sharing all those updates with you in the second edition of our newsletter on Friday 3rd November. Thank you to all the parents who have taken the time to share positive messages with us in this first half term. Please keep doing so as we share these with staff every Friday morning!
Year 11 Mock Examinations
When we return from the half term break we will be starting 2 weeks of mock examinations for Year 11. The timetable for this has already been shared with students.
The mock examination process is invaluable in helping students prepare for the summer exam season, not just in terms of examination technique, but also familiarity with the process of lining up and sitting in the hall to undertake papers under strict JQC examination conditions.
The raising achievement team will be reviewing the outcomes of these examinations to help us refine our offer of targeted intervention for key students within the year group.
Your teachers will have already been undertaking revision activities and directing students towards subject specific resources, so please make the most of the next 2 weeks when you aren’t in school to undertake some structured revision (see last weeks newsletter for some key hints and tips on effective revision).
Power Hour intervention sessions
Our Power Hour intervention sessions for English, Maths and Science have been taking place over this half term, with students gaining some excellent support with key concepts and examination techniques.
After half term the raising achievement team will be reviewing the list of students invited to these sessions to ensure we are targeting those who will benefit most from the additional time with their teachers.
A reminder that students who have been invited to attend Power Hour intervention sessions after school will have these visible on their Arbor profile and at each session a register is taken. We will be automatically emailing home if students miss one of these sessions so please support the Academy by encouraging your child to attend the sessions to which they have been invited.
CMXSC October Half Term Active Camp - Witham https://www.cmxsc.co.uk/witham-active-camp
Friday 6th October
Thank you to all the parents who attended the information evening on Tuesday this week. It was great to see so many parents and carers attend and to see so much support for the school.
I am pleased to let you all know that we are building a partnership with the Family Learning Team (who were also in attendance at the information evening). Their details can be found on our website in the area shared above and we hope that you are able to take advantage of this free support.
We are continuing to build our ‘Parent Support’ page on our website - please go to Academy Life > Parents > Parent support. More information will be added over the coming weeks and we hope you find this page helpful.
You will receive today the first edition of our new look Maltings newsletter and you can also find this on the website under ‘Latest News’.
Year 11 Progress Evening
It was a pleasure to welcome so many Year 11 parents/carers and students into Maltings Academy on Thursday night for our first face to face Progress Evening in many years.
The evening was a great success, and has opened a year of face to face meetings and opportunities for parents and carers to have detailed informative discussions with staff about how their children are progressing.
There were some lovely comments on the night from both parents and staff members about how nice it was to return to a traditional style of evening.
“I just wanted to say how great I thought the year 11 parents' evening was last night.
It was so nice being face to face again and actually getting to meet and speak in person to my son’s teachers.
I was a little concerned that the five minute slots may not work very well but it ran really smoothly and we didn’t feel rushed at all.
All the teachers I spoke to were brilliant both new and old (in terms of time at the school, not age!) and I genuinely got the feeling that each and every one of them cared about my son, his education and the school.
I was really impressed with all the new members of staff who really seem to have hit the ground running and it is amazing to think they have only been at the school a few weeks. I felt there was a really positive vibe in the school last night which was lovely to feel.
I really hope you keep parents evenings ‘face to face’ from now on as personally I really prefer it and in a way it made me feel more connected to the school and my son’s education.
You have some fantastic staff at the school and I would really appreciate it if you could pass on my thanks to all concerned.”
(Year 11 parent)
Year 11 GCSE History Trip to the Battlefields of Ypres (28th to 29th September)
Last week, a group of 41 Year 11 GCSE History students took part in the resurrected WW1 Battlefields Trip to Northern France and Belgium. It was a poignant experience for all concerned on a whistlestop tour of the key locations along the Western Front including Hill 60, The Essex Farm cemetery, Tyne Cot and the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. The group stayed overnight in Ypres and were able to attend the sombre and moving Last Post service at The Menin Gate to remember the lives of those individuals who gave their lives on the Battlefields in Flanders Fields
Friday 29 September 2023
As we end our third week of the autumn term, we would like to say thank you to all our parents and carers for your continued support. There has been a significant reduction this week regarding students who are late to school and lessons. We are creating a great school every day by paying attention to detail and through being consistent in our expectations.
We had our Year 7 ‘Meet the Tutor’ event last night which was well attended. Our feedback forms indicate that this was welcomed by parents overall and we look forward to seeing more parents over the course of this year.
As the weather starts to get colder, please remind your son/daughter that hoodies/non-uniform jumpers should not be worn to school.In the event of poor weather we recommend a warm/waterproof coat, this coat can be any colour.
Entering and exiting the building
As part of the student voice work we have been discussing congestion in the corridors and movement around the building. From Monday 2 October we will be making changes to how students enter and exit the building.
Students will now use the large double gates that are between the sports hall and the carpark leading into the playground.
Any students arriving late between 8.30am and 8.45am should also enter through these gates, where they will be recorded as late for school. Student’s arriving beyond this time should sign in at our main reception. Students should be on the school site for 8.25am ready to go to their Tutor at 8.30am.
All students were provided with a Maltings Academy planner at the start of the academic year which is part of their essential equipment. Student planners should be used to record homework, and can also be used for any home school communication. There is a space for parents/carers to sign planners at the end of the week, please do ask your son/daughter about any homework that has been set.
Replacement planners can be purchased via parent pay at a cost of £3.50.
Arbor - Parent App & Portal
For information and guidance on using Arbor please refer to our website Academy Life,Parents: https://www.maltingsacademy.org/academy-life/parents/parent-app-portal
You are able to update your contact details via the Parent App & Portal.
Homework & Revision
As you know we use Google Classroom as an online homework tool. All information and guides can be found on our website under Academy Life, Parents: https://www.maltingsacademy.org/academy-life/homework-revision
Your child sets their own password which only they can get reset via their Tutor or Head of Year.
Friday 22nd September 2023
As we started our second full week at Maltings, you will know that we received the call from Ofsted. They have spent two full days with us at Maltings this week and we enjoyed sharing with them our progress as a school. When we have the finalised report we will be sharing this with you.
You will also know that we had our Year 11 Parent Information Evening yesterday which was well attended by parents and students. It gave us the opportunity to map out the strategies and interventions that are in place across this academic year in order to support our students and prepare them for their exams in May 2024.
As per the reminder last week, Blazers are to be worn from now on. Please ensure your son/daughter has the correct tie on. No blue/red ties should be worn. Our tie is silver and red as per the guidance last year.
Being on time for school
It is vital that your son/daughter arrives at school on time. Students should be on site by 8.25am. Any students that arrive at 8.30am are classed as late. We understand that sometimes public transport can be an issue. We will contact you directly for any lateness and thank you in advance for your support with this.
Maltings is a mobile phone free zone for our students to support them in their learning, this includes the use of earpods or any similar devices. As per our policy, please ensure that you remind your son/daughter that their phones should be off and in their bag (not pocket). If a student is seen with their mobile phone out - it will be confiscated and parents will be contacted to collect the phone. Please can we ask that if you need to contact your child, you use the normal channels of contacting the school directly.
As mentioned in our communication to you last week, we continue working on filling the small number of staff vacancies we have. Reassuringly we continue to have a lot of interest in these posts already and interviews will be taking place across September and October. We will continue to update you throughout the term.
Friday 15th September 2023
It has been a great first week back at Maltings Academy and we are working hard to embed ‘The Maltings Way’ in all we do. We know we have work to do in order to improve at pace and we have already had some great feedback from students and staff since the start of term:
“Thank you for the assembly, I loved it, it was so clear”
“Thanks for helping me today”
“ The teachers have been kind and helpful”
“This has been the best two days ever!”
“ The school feels so different and so much better already. I didn’t know it could feel like this - it’s great”
“There is a real difference in the school - it’s calm and positive”
“This is my first year at Maltings and I am really enjoying teaching”
“ I really like the focus on routines and consistency in every classroom; it’s helping me in mine”
Open Event - Year 5 and 6
Last night Maltings was packed with excited parents and students. Over 700 families attended. Prospective students experienced a range of activities which the parents seemed to enjoy too. Our Student Leaders and helpers were on hand to signpost and answer any questions. It was a brilliant event and we look forward to working with our Year 5 and 6 community moving forward. We had 99.9% satisfaction on our feedback forms and here are some quotes from them:
“I loved science and drama. The flapjacks in the kitchen were amazing and the teachers are so kind and helpful” (Year 6)
“I enjoyed meeting everyone and can’t wait to come to Maltings next year!” (Year 6)
“ I was unsure about what to expect, but tonight has filled me with confidence about my daughter starting her next year!” (Year 6 Parent)
“Student leaders were lovely and so polite” (Year 6 Parent)
“ Good speech by the Executive Principal, honest with a clear plan. Great to see the classrooms in action. Lovely to speak to all the students” (Year 6 Parent)
As mentioned in our communication to you last week, we continue to work on filling the small number of staff vacancies we have, two of these, in art and business, were unforeseen at the end of term and over the summer break. We have plans in place to ensure there is consistency in these lessons and will have permanent staff in place as soon as we can. Reassuringly we have had and continue to have a lot of interest in these posts already. We will continue to update you throughout the term.
As part of our start to the new academic year we will be starting 3 weeks of NGRT Reading tests for all year groups, and baseline tests in English and Maths for years 7-9. These tests will start on Monday 18th September and run until Thursday 5th October.
Year 11 Power Hour
On Thursday 21st September we are going to be launching our Power Hour after school intervention strategy with Year 11 students and parents. As an Academy we have been working hard on ensuring that the timetable for this is as effective as possible to enable Year 11 students to have regular access to high quality after school intervention activities.
As regular attendance at intervention sessions will give students in Year 11 an additional 20+ hours of time with their teachers, which is proven by research to improve attainment by a grade at GCSE on average, we look forward to attendance being high (this will of course be supported by rewards for those with exceptional attendance!)
Year 7 Meet the Tutors
Our first opportunity for parents/carers of students in Year 7 to attend the school and meet their form tutor for an informal chat about how they are settling in is coming up on Thursday 28th September.
Please see the letter home (dated 15th September) for more details about how to register your attendance.
Blazers are to be worn from next Monday 18th September. Please ensure your son/daughter has the correct tie on. No blue/red ties should be worn. Our tie is silver and red as per the guidance last year.
Being on time for school
It is vital that your son/daughter arrives at school on time. Any students that arrive at 8.30am are classed as late. We understand that sometimes public transport can be an issue. We will contact you directly for any lateness and thank you in advance for your support with this.
Maltings is a mobile phone free zone for our students to support them in their learning. As per our policy, please ensure that you remind your son/daughter that their phones should be off and in their bag (not pocket). If a student is seen with their mobile phone out - it will be confiscated and parents will be contacted to collect the phone. Please can we ask that if you need to contact your child, you use the normal channels of contacting the school directly.