As we head to the end of a busy term, I would like to thank our staff, students and families for all their support.

We have a number of important opportunities to raise money through non-uniform and other events.  On Friday 13 December we will be supporting Christmas Jumper Day with proceeds going to Save the Children.  The exception to this will be Y10, whose donations will be used to support the chosen charity of Macy's parents which is the Children's Acute Transport Service.  On Wednesday 18th December, the whole school will be supporting this charity in memory of Macy.

I would like to also take this opportunity to congratulate our Executive Head, Penny Bignell, who has been appointed Principal of Thorpe St Andrew High School.  Penny will take up this post at Easter but will continue to work with us for 1 day a week between then and the Summer.  We wish Penny all the best for the future.

Have a very happy and peaceful Christmas break when it comes.


We would like to congratulate our outgoing Y13 and Y11 students on some really pleasing exam results. Our school is in a very good place, and getting better every day!  For us, outcomes are important because they can lead to more choice and allow our students to move to the destinations that they really want. However, our students are not just defined by numbers on a piece of paper.  It is just as important to us that we develop young people who are kind, confident, inquisitive, safe and good citizens who are inclusive and give something back to the community.

This year we have 2 main aims as a school which both connect to learning.

(1) To focus on the consistency of teaching and learning so that students are encouraged to become experts, in every subject, we want to encourage students to think about how they learn and to use academic language to demonstrate this.

(2) To focus on helping our students to develop the attitudes to learning and learning habits that will make them effective and resilient independent learners.

As always, please keep in touch and offer your feedback on how we are doing.  We are determined to be "the best version of Sprowston" we can possibly be!

Liz Wood - Head of School

I am delighted that this year we are bringing back Activities Days.  It is important to us that students get a wealth of experiences at school including a chance to take part in different activities with their peer group that they might not otherwise experience.  I would like to thank Miss Kersey who has been instrumental in designing and organising the programme for this year.  It has been a massive task but she has done it with her usual passion and determination!

We also look forward to our annual Sport Awards evening which recognises the massive part that Sport and PE play in the life of our academy.  Once again, many students have been invited to attend because of the highly valued contribution that they make to individual and team sports.

Whilst academic success is important, it is just as important that we create strong minded, independent students who have the character, resilience and determination to be successful in the real world.  We continue to look at all aspects of our curriculum and extra-curricular offer to make sure we are offering something for everyone and being the best version of Sprowston Community Academy that we can be.

Have a great half term.

Liz Wood

Welcome to the Summer Term.  This is an important term for many reasons.  A particular mention must go to all students sitting exams this term.  Please know that we are thinking of you and you have our total support- let us know if there is anything you need or anything at all that we can do to help in these last stages.

It is also a time of transition.  We are so looking forward to meeting the 280 students joining us in Y7 next year.  We are delighted to be full in this year group and can't wait to prove to you why you have made a great choice in coming to Sprowston Community Academy.  At the same time, we are preparing our Y9 students to become GCSE students and our Y11/Y13 students to take their next steps to adulthood.

We are really proud of our Academy and the all the people in it- our fantastic students, teaching staff and support staff.  It is a real team effort and we are looking forward to this final term of 2018/19.  We set ourselves the target of being the best version of Sprowston that we could possibly be and we are determined to end the year on a high.

Liz Wood

This has been a very positive term for us.  Earlier this half-term we had a 2 day external review and here are some of the things that were written about our Academy:

  • Students behaviour around the academy and in lessons is typically good and their conduct is often outstanding
  • Strong relationships exist between students and between students and adults throughout the academy.  As a result, students are comfortable with one another and in talking to staff
  • Students make a good contribution to the school and realise the importance of good behaviour in lessons to facilitate teaching and learning for all
  • There is a positive ethos for learning in classrooms
  • Teachers have Good subject knowledge
  • Teachers are providing effective after-school interventions across a wide range of subjects to improve students learning and raise achievement
  • Staff morale is high and they share a strong commitment for improvement
  • Bullying is rare and resolved effectively. There is a strong anti-discriminatory culture reflected in students’ appreciation and celebration of diversity and low incidents of racist or homophobic bullying

Being the best version of Sprowston that we can be.  

Liz Wood

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