Dermot McNiffe, Principal at All Saints’ Academy, chats to The Cheltonian about the successes of the 2014-2015 school year
I am proud to report that we have had a very successful academic year and I would like to reflect on some of the successes of All Saints’ Academy over 2014-2015.
The year commenced with us celebrating improved examinations results and reflecting on the success of our inspirational trip to Tanzania where our students and staff helped to build a new township school for the people of Kasulu. Bishop Sadock came to visit us from Tanzania to say thank you and to commemorate the links we now have with the young people and families of Kasulu.
This year students have excelled in many events such as the production of Hamlet, through the Shakespeare Schools Festival project: also the publication of our First Story anthology of poems, which will be presented at the Cheltenham Literature Festival this year.
Performing arts productions culminated with our summer productions of Blood Brothers and Joseph. The newly formed Academy Choir has received much praise for the performances they have provided in our local community. In recognition of their talent we were delighted that the Venerable Rachel Treweek, to become the Bishop of Gloucester, requested them to perform at her inauguration service at the Cathedral.
The academic year really focussed on an attitude of high expectations for all our students encouraging them to grasp the opportunity to succeed and excel in their learning. Our Year 11 and Year 13 students completed their summer examinations and both year groups need to be congratulated for the hard work and studiousness they have demonstrated over this academic year.
I would like to thank all the staff of All Saints’ Academy for their excellent work over the year and for ‘going the extra mile’ for all our students. The Academy is truly blessed with a team of committed staff for whom I am so proud to lead.
This year when All Saints’ Academy achieved a Good Ofsted report with outstanding and exceptional features, we celebrate that our Academy is recognised as a community with outstanding leadership, where students make good progress. We are proud of our extremely positive Christian ethos that
leads to exceptionally good behaviour and contributes to the outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of every child. I look forward to the new academic year, where all efforts will be made to ensure an exceptional education for all our young people.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our Open Evening on Monday 5th October 6.30 – 8.30pm. You will be able to see our fantastic facilities, meet our enthusiastic and professional staff and talk with our students. I look forward to meeting you.
All Saints' Academy, BlaisdonWay, Cheltenham, GL51 0WH. Tel: 01242 711200