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Staff win 3-2 v Y13 in a Charity Football Match

On Thursday 30th March, staff took the brave challenge of playing against Y13 in a charity football match. The match was a real spectacle with some great skill work shown by the students but impressively by the staff notably Mr Hindmarch! The staff went on to win 3 - 2 with a hat trick from Mr Lucas! Thank you to Mr N Davies for his referring skills! Staff Team Photo (Top Row L-R): Mr L Davies, Mr Dickinson, Mr Hindmarch, Mr Milner, Mr Hickling, Mr Swann and Mr Fenwick Staff Team Photo (Bottom Row L-R): Mr Lucas, Mr Hough, Mr Heartfield, Mr Addison and Callum (Y13).  

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Prefects get baking for the Soup Kitchen

On Thursday 30th March, the Academy's Prefects made 120 cakes which are going to the Soup Kitchen at Bridge Street Methodist Church.  The Soup Kitchen serves between 20 and 50 local people each Friday evening, some of whom are homeless. This project is part of our Prefects' work to support their local community and is one of a series of projects the Prefects have undertaken.

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Brunts Digital travel to the Moon on Global Day

Mr Hickling and Mrs Harper went out of Space and travelled the Moon with Year 6 pupils as part of the Academy's Global Day on Friday 24th March. Check out their Moon Landing with the help of some fantastic Year 9s!

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Year 6 travel the world at Brunts’ Global Day

The Brunts Academy hosted 240 Year 6 pupils from its feeder schools for the first ever Global Day, as part of the Academy’s transition programme. Global Day saw the pupils travel around the world with MFL visiting France and Germany, Humanities visiting places like Rome and London, and with Brunts Digital, the pupils go into Space and trek around the Moon! Attached photo = Mr Hickling with Sutton Road students using the green screen to record a video on the Moon!

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Mr Hickling’s Year 7s show Computer Science doesn’t have to be delivered inside!

Mr. Hickling's Year 7 took their Computer Science lesson outside and worked with BigTraks robots, programming them to create simple algorithms and learning how to debug them when things didn't quite go to plan. Some excellent demonstrations of the Brunts Academy's Future Me 'Collaborative Learner', 'Resilient Learner' and ' Problem Solver' skills.  

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Letter to Parents re Ofsted Inspection

Letter to Parents re Inspection

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A-Level Food Students host Afternoon Tea

A-Level Food Technology students hosted an Afternoon Tea for staff on Wednesday 8th March. The tea consisted of food made by the students on site and included sandwiches, miniature cakes, macaroons and cheese scones. The tea was limited to 50 places and these places were very quickly snapped up by staff. The students offered both a sit-in and delivery staff. A huge well done goes to Jenny May Coupe, Francesca Ward and Abbi Harwood (Year 13) and Chloe Marshall, Tempany Martin, Georgia Evans and Rachael Dubourg (Year 12). The event raised £125 and this was donated to the Princess Evie Trust.

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Brunts takes on The Apprentice!

Mr Swann's Y11 Business Studies have been showcasing their budding entrepreneurial skills over the past few weeks - in their own version of The Apprentice! The students, as part of their course, have had to set up a business in a team with a limited start up fund of £20. Business projects included homemade cupcakes, staff car wash, chocolate and sweet hampers raffle, pot noodles, throwing sponges at teachers, and hot drinks. The total monies raised was £212.54 of which £120.50 was profit and was kindly donated to the students' Year 11 Prom. Take a look at Brunts takes on The Apprentice in action:

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National Careers Week – 6th to 10th March

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E-Safety Week #3 – 27th to 31st March

What does your digital footprint say about you  

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Georgia Walker skates to success once again!

Congrats to Georgia Walker, Year 7, who competed in the Trophy d'Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland on the 9th and 10th February. This was Team Silhouettes's final competition of the 2016/2017 season and they won the Juvenile category.

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Year 13 ICT run focus groups with Year 8

ICT Year 13’s have run focus groups today with the Year 8’s gathering feedback for the Video Games that they will be making for coursework. Both years did us proud – especially as it’s the last day! The Year 13’s were natural teachers and the Year 8’s were really thoughtful and eloquent with their feedback!

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A Prestigious Accolade for The Evolve Trust

The Evolve Trust and its three academies, Brunts, Beech and Bramble have secured the national ‘Leading Aspect Award’ for Educational innovation. A team of people led by Michael Lucas – Head of Raising Achievement have made significant strides this year on enhancing the professional learning journeys for their staff, which has had a positive on our disadvantaged pupils both academically and pastorally.   Michael Lucas –Head of Raising Achievement said, “Supporting staff to work more effectively with parents and their children has improved attainment and achievement across the academies. It also highlights how the three academies are utilising the Pupil Premium (PP) funding to maximize the impact on our disadvantaged young people”   Opening doors to learning for all stakeholders sets out The Evolve Trusts’ approach for ‘Closing the Gap’ for pupils to achieve their potential and ultimately improve their life chances. It enables staff at all levels to access and contribute to a professional learning pathway.   Claire- Marie Cuthbert – CEO said “I…

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Readathon – 6th February to 3rd March

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Rock Night 2017 – Wednesday 8th March

Tickets are available now from student reception.

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E-Safety Week #2 – 6th to 10th February

Brunts Digital E-Safety Parent/ Carer Newsletter  

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Georgia Walker continues to skate to success!

Georgia Walker skates with Nottingham Synchronized Skating Academy (NSSA). Last weekend Georgia skated in the British Synchronized Skating Championships on Saturday and Sunday.  The competition was held at her club's home rink, the NIC in Nottingham. Teams from all over the UK travel to Nottingham for the national finals and it is the biggest competition of the season in terms of number of teams that enter. On Saturday 14th January, Georgia skated in Team Silhouettes, in the Juvenile category. They won with a score of 42.12, 18 points higher than the team in silver medal position. This is the highest score that has ever been awarded to a Juvie team in the UK. On Sunday 15th January, Georgia skated in Team Icetastic. They won with a winning score of 35.48, 7 points higher than the team in silver. The Nottingham teams dominate the sport in the UK, they have outstanding coaches that work so hard to develop complex routines that show case both creative and skating ability.…

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Year 7 Girls Futsal Success

Congratulations to our Year 7 Girls Futsal group who won all 3 of their games, conceding 0 goals, at Garibaldi College. The girls will now go onto represent Mansfield in the Area Finals in February!

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Brunts Digital launches project with BBC East Midlands Today

The Brunts Digital faculty at The Brunts Academy, lead academy of the Evolve Trust, has launched an exciting broadcasting project with BBC East Midlands Today.  The project will see Year 10 students undertake the task of researching, planning and producing a short feature for an upcoming broadcast of the BBC East Midlands Today TV programme. The feature is to be based on a recent or historical event or news story.  BBC East Midlands Today have produced a short feature to launch the project and give the students some useful top tips and motivation! There are some cameo appearances from Mr Milner and Mrs Harper. Take a look to see what the project entails…. Mr Milner, Assistant Headteacher, said of the project “Brunts Digital, and the Academy as a whole, are always looking for new ways to engage and support our students. This project is really exciting for both the faculty and the students, and we are honoured to have the support of BBC East Midlands…

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Teachers deliver “something different” lessons

On Friday 9th December 2016, teaching staff were challenged to "Do Something Different" in their classroom. The rationale behind this was to keep students on their toes in the lead up to the Christmas break! "Do Something Different" lessons included differentiated Pictionary in Technology, silent Business Studies lessons, students leading lessons, and winter weather forecasts in Brunts Digital. Take a look at how this worked in action:    

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Brunts’ Prefects raise £433.76 for Framework!

On Thursday 15th December 2016, 18 Prefects from Years 7 - 10 took part in the Framework Charity Bag Pack at Asda, Forest Town.  In response to the rough sleeping crisis, the “Off the Streets” campaign will provide a new team based in Mansfield to help rough sleepers across Nottinghamshire where there is currently no outreach work taking place.  The campaign aims to raise £230,000. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and interacted fantastically with the shoppers.  The students received excellent feedback from the customers and staff and were a real credit to our school. Harry Theaker, from Framework, said "The students raised an amazing….£433.76! This is a fantastic total for one day’s fundraising. So once again, many thanks for your efforts".

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Brunts host Christmas Spectacular 2016!

The Brunts Academy, lead academy of The Evolve Trust, along with 3 of its feeder primary schools held the annual Christmas Spectacular concert on Tuesday 13th December. Organised and hosted by the Brunts Academy, the annual Christmas Spectacular brings together the choirs of Brunts and its feeder primaries. The featured feeder schools were High Oakham Primary School, King Edward Primary School, and Sutton Road Primary School. Each primary school performed two acts which included Run, Run Rudolph and Little Donkey. Performances from Brunts came from its Swing and Concert Bands and Choir with acts including Adele’s Skyfall, Mission Impossible and Mistletoe and Wine. All the acts came together for the finale performance of Reindeer on the Roof. Carl Atkin, Headteacher, said of the performance “Yet again, the concert was phenomenal and I really enjoyed it. All the students were fantastic and were very brave to perform to a 400 strong audience! Many thanks to all staff involved for their hard work and effort in making…

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Budding entrepreneurs take part in Brunts Market!

On Tuesday 13th December, 27 students from Mr Swann’s Year 9 Business Group took part in Brunts’ Market! Brunts Market was launched to support Year 9 students who have just started taking GCSE Business Studies and apply in real life skills they were learning. The enterprise project was ran with Mr Swann’s group and saw students in teams be given £20 to set up their own mini business. The students spent 6 weeks developing their business and products which included hot drinks, home-made cupcakes and cookies, and because a dog isn’t just for Christmas, a dog accessory stall! These products were sold to the waiting audience for our Christmas Spectacular! The students did a phenomenal job and made a staggering £120 after trading for only 45 minutes!

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Students get trained up as Anti-Bullying Mentors

On Friday 2nd December, 18 students from Years 8 – 11 took part in their Anti-Bullying Mentor training ran by Sarah Taylor from Bullies Out. The training enabled all the students to gain the tools to begin their peer mentoring in the new year and all passed with flying colours! The Anti-Bullying Mentors programme has been launched as part of the Academy's wider Student Leadership Programme. The mentors will use their training to help and support victims of bullying from all year groups.

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Year 10 Creative Media Students take part in Digital Day!

Digital Agencies attempt to bridge the skills gap   Digital Day is a national initiative on Tuesday 15 November that saw digital professionals head back to school or college for the day, to inspire students and give them an insight into careers in the sector. The Digital sector is growing year by year and digital careers are creeping into every industry, this event was aimed at both inspiring students and enabling them to work on their potential skill sets. The digital skills gap costs the UK economy around £63bn a year in lost income and it has been recently stated that "Digital exclusion has no place in 21st Century Britain," the Commons Science and Technology Committee said. Agencies play a pivotal role in future proofing brands and their propositions, but the pressure to attract and retain quality digital talent is increasing for everyone. Several agencies across the region took part in the day including East-Midlands co-ordinating agency Remarkable.net, Dijitul, Hallam Internet, Fifteen Design and Impression…

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Student Success – Georgia Walker 7MSA

      A huge congratulations to Georgia Walker 7MSA who has been competing at the Winter Cup in Belgium with her team mates from Nottingham Synchronized Skating Academy (NSSA). The team skated a fantastic routine and won Gold in their first ISU international competition of the season.

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Student Success – Year 7 and 8 Rugby

Congratulations to the following students who attended the U13’s Girls Rugby Festival on Thursday 1st December at Mansfield Rugby Club. Connie Soar Kitty Teal Jess Bingley Daisy Overton Eleanor Robinson Brook Cooper Tania Smith Paris Wilson Tilly Short Ellie Lockhart Emily Bradley 56 students across 6 different school came together to compete in their first tournament. All students thoroughly enjoyed the competitive element of the tournament and learning new skill/rules for rugby. The coaches from Mansfield Rugby Club hope to see some students attending their local training session as a result of this.    

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Brunts raise £341.77 for Anti-Bullying Alliance

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Brunts raise £380.55 for Children in Need

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12 Y11 Students Gain EDCL Qualification

Well done to 12 Year 11 students who have successfully completed the ECDL ICT Level 2 qualification. The qualification is nationally recognised and equivalent to a GCSE grade C and above. The qualification not only develops useful skills but will also assist the students as they start to apply for 6th Form and other pathways. A huge thank has to go to the Brunts Digital and Exams teams for supporting these students to achieve this qualification. Congratulations go to: Joshua JACKSON Georgia MARSH Bethany REID James COPPIN Reanna GRAVES Imogen-Laura WOODWARD Chloe BOOTH Georgina CAMM Natasha DELAMARE Jordan PRICE Anthony SMITH Thomas LOATES

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Accelerated Learning – Year 11 take a spin around Brunts!

On Wednesday 9th November 2016, 12 Year 11 students had an opportunity  to experience being behind a wheel for the very first time. These students had a fantastic time and now have a head start when it comes to driving lessons. The students were selected based on a number of criteria including attitude to learning, attendance and progress in exam subjects. The next driving school sessions are booked in for December 14th where other Year 11 students will have an opportunity to participate.  

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Record turnout for Brunts 6th Form Open Evening

Pictured: Mr Davies, Head of 6th Form, delivering the Open Evening to a large audience.   The Brunts Academy, lead academy of The Evolve Trust, is celebrating after over 400 local young people and their parents/ carers attended their 6th Form Open Evening on Wednesday 9th November 2016. This was a record turnout for the Academy with the venue only equipped to accommodate that number of people.   The Open Evening was a great opportunity for existing and also young people from other local schools to meet the 6th Form team and A-Level specialist teachers. Mrs Dickinson, Director of Marketing and Enterprise at The Evolve Trust, briefed the audience on the outstanding careers and enterprise programmes 6th Form students at Brunts can access through the Academy’s extensive links with the local business and education community.   Brunts 6th Form is still celebrating after achieving record A-Level exams results in August 2016 with a 99.7% pass rate – the highest pass rate in Mansfield – and…

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Anti-Bullying Week – 14th to 18th November 2016

        In honour of Anti-Bullying week, there will be a "Wear Blue" non-uniform day on Friday 18 Nov. £1 donations with monies going to charity. Spot it, stop it! - http://www.bullying.co.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-videos

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The Brunts Academy Wins Big Lottery support!

The Brunts Academy has this week received £8582.90 from the Big Lottery Fund. This grant is going to be used to purchase equipment and clothing for students to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Led by staff and volunteers from the school, the project has over 80 students recruited to take part in Bronze and Silver awards beginning with a Taster Day in December. Mr Atkin, Headteacher, said “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Big Lottery Fund. This is excellent news which will enable a greater number of students to access this excellent opportunity.” The award is internationally recognised and gives students the opportunity to develop new skills, builds confidence and self-esteem, shows dedication and gives those who have completed it an edge over others.

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INSET DAY – FRIDAY 21st OCTOBER

The Academy is on INSET this Friday, 21st October, and will be closed to all students.

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E-Safety Week – W/C 17th October 2016

Brunts Digital's E-Safety Flyer for Parents/ Carers A-Z of E-Safety Protect yourself and your personal information online with top tips from UCAS http://ow.ly/Tf9X303VTjC Your guide to the social networks young people use - http://ow.ly/R9bO305fagz

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Developing The Future Talent Across The Evolve Trust

Michael Lucas, Head of Raising Achievement launched The Evolve Trust's’ innovative and cutting edge seven week NQT and RQT professional learning pathway on 12 September at the Evolve HQ. The focus of the first programme was Accelerating Learning in the classroom for pupils. 11 teachers joined Michael in the pedagogical approach to teaching and learning with planning and implementing classroom strategies to engage and enthuse all students at The Brunts, Beech and Bramble Academies being at the centre of the action research project. The sessions run fortnightly and the teachers will now be working in pairs to showcase their work which will be presented at the fortnightly programmes. A teaching and Learning bulletin will also be produced monthly to demonstrate the excellent practice our teachers are employing in the classrooms Our future talent teachers are: Katie Pashley (English) Charlotte Wardle (Health &Social Care) Amy Glover – Year 1 at Bramble Academy Steph Dickinson (Science) Jamie Hough (Maths) Sarah Turner (Science) George King (Modern Foreign Language)…

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Student Success – Luke Mason

A huge well done to Luke Mason, Year 10, who has been supporting John Eastwood Hospice with a range of fundraising opportunities to support the Charity. This week, Luke has received a thank you letter from the Hospice Manager for his contributions over the past months. Luke through his own activities, some of these have been held in school at Brunts, has raised £64.93 - a great achievement - and Luke isn't stopping there! The Hospice ran a Garden Party at the end of August which Luke supported and the day raised £5, 716.69! The Hospice have asked Luke to support an upcoming event in November - and Luke is very eager to do so! We wish Luke every success with his continued support of the Hospice and as an Academy, will support Luke to do so.   Pictured - Luke with his thank you letter

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Student first day back arrangements – Tuesday 6th September

All students must be on site for 8.40am. The start of the day will run slightly different with a welcome tutorial running 8.45am – 9.05am. Lessons will then run as timetabled from 9.05am. Year 7: Students to report to the Sports Hall. All Year 7 tutors to meet and greet students from here. Years 8 to 11: Students to report to their tutor in their tutor base as listed on the attached. Students will be issued their timetables and planners. Post 16: Students to report to the new Post 16 Common Room (the old Learning Zone upstairs in Dalton). Year 13 should arrive for 8.30am and Year 12 at 9am.   Photos for Years 7, 9, 11 and Post 16 will also be taken during Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th September as timetabled below: Year 9: Tuesday P2 and P3. Year 7: Tuesday P4 and P5. Year 11: Wednesday P1 and P2. Post 16: Tuesday P6 and Wednesday P3 onwards.

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GCSE exam results up on 2015 with even more students securing 5+ GCSE’s A*-C including English & maths

In picture: Mr Atkin with students   Students and staff at The Brunts Academy, Mansfield’s largest and oversubscribed secondary school, have worked incredibly hard to ensure that even more students achieved 5+ A*-C grades including English and maths. The percentage of students achieving this indicator this year has risen by a further 6%.   For this year’s cohort: 171 students achieved A*- C in English 192 students achieved A*- C in Maths 163 students achieved A*- C in English and Maths 249 students achieved 5 or more GCSE passes   Carl Atkin, Headteacher, commented “We are proud that once again we are above last year’s national averages and that we continue to effectively support our students in achieving their aspirations. This is testament to the hard work of staff and students, and we look forward to welcoming so many students back in September as part of our Sixth Form provision”.  

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A-Level Results 2016 – 99.7% Pass Rate

In picture from left to right:. David Hall, Oliver Featherstone, Carl Atkin (Headteacher), Cally Lambert, Phoebe Rowe and Oliver Bray Students and staff at The Brunts Academy have worked incredibly hard to ensure the best opportunities for achievement for all. In doing so, students have once again been highly successful in securing places to a wide range of Higher Education institutions to further their studies and achieve their long term ambitions. University destinations include; Oxford University to study Bio-Chemistry, The University of Warwick to study Engineering, The Royal Northern College of Music to study Popular Music, The University of Sheffield to study Medicine, The University of Liverpool to study English Literature and The University of Reading to study Agriculture. In addition, several students have secured Higher Apprenticeships and employment with organisations such as Laing O’Rourke and The RAF. Our students have performed exceptionally well with a 99.7% pass rate. Oliver Featherstone who achieved A*, A*, A*, A* in Maths, Physics, Chemistry & Biology and who…

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The Great Brunts Bake Off

The overall results of this week’s Bake Off - 1st – Libby Jones (Y7) with the lemon and white chocolate button cake 2nd – Fiona Cawley and Gabriela Chrusciel (Y9) – Kit Kat and Smarties cake 3rd - Sophia May Tennison (Y8) – Chocolate Orange Cake The prize for the tutor group raising the most money goes to 7-JLM. Thank you to everyone who baked and for all those who supported Hope for Children by buying cakes. Prizes will be available on Monday for the winner’s, runner’s up and 7-JLM

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Adam Bean (Technology Technician) wins Best in Schools award

Adam Bean, Technology Technician, won the Technology Award at the Chad's 2016 Best in Schools Awards Evening on 21st June 2016. The award was about how a staff member introduced technology into the learning environment to encourage cooperative learning and student collaboration. Adam was nominated by the Technology faculty because he isn't just a Technician - he's the go to person of the faculty and others in the Academy. Adam supports in lessons and has been instrumental in giving students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real life tasks - this has included supporting the site team with painting and decorating a new classroom as part of the students' course. Adam has a great work ethos and is adored by staff and students alike. Sarah Bland, Director of Learning for Technology, said "Adam absolutely deserved to win this. He goes above and beyond all the time and is extremely supportive with the students (and us staff!). He's so modest too but we'd…

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Awards 2016

Student Success celebrated at annual Awards Evening

Over 300 students were celebrated at The Brunts Academy’s annual Celebration of Achievement Evening at phenomenal ceremonies held on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st June 2016. The Academy, lead academy of The Evolve Trust, held their celebrations at Mansfield Palace Theatre where students received awards for academic, extra-curricular and pastoral achievements and efforts over the past year. 9 students were also presented with special awards which recognised them for Directors’ Integrity (sponsored by The Evolve Trust), Janice Addison (ex-CEO and Executive Principal) Award for Outstanding Effort and Progress and the Headteacher’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. The audience over the two evenings were treated to 14 different acts which showcased the extraordinary talents of the Music, Dance and Performing Arts faculties. Acts included spectacular solos of Les Miserables’ ‘I dreamed a dream’ and Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ and the award winning Swing and Concert bands. The awards evenings were generously sponsored and supported by the local business community including Dalmatian (organisation support), Crystal Knitwear (sponsor of…

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Year 7 win the Town Cup final!

Players arrived at the One Call stadium, Quarry dale stood in the way of them winning the town cup final. All players arrived 45 minutes before kick-off, to go through a thorough warm up and talk through the formation they would be playing. Brunts were going with a 3-4-1-2 formation, trying to exploit the space in the Quarry dale team. Parents and friends of the students gathered in the stands ready to cheer on the lads in their final game. Brunts got the game under way and settled into their rhythm, with some early chances coming to Will Heather who hit the post on several occasions. Goals from Charley Clarey, Jed Ducker x 2 and Ben smith, finished off a very convincing performance. The game finished 4-0 to Brunts, the lads deserved to win the game, with everyone putting in 100% effort. Speaking to a students after the game Will Heather said “I felt nervous before the game but as soon as I stepped on…

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Students get peer mentoring training!

42 Year 8 students, identified by our peers as potential student leaders, accepted the invitation to be part of a peer mentoring project relating to smoking prevention. We attended a two-day training session, led by youth workers, during which we were given a great deal of background information about smoking, whilst, at the same time, taking part in activities to build our leadership skills and self-confidence. We have follow-up sessions in school to check how we are able to share information with our peers.  What some of the students thought:  ‘I enjoyed it very much.’ ‘I feel that my leadership skills have improved dramatically.’ ‘The two days were very interactive.’ ‘Throughout the course we learned several facts.’ ‘The leaders helped us learn in an interesting and exciting way.’ ‘I really enjoyed the course.’ ‘I felt welcomed and was given an equal chance to contribute.' ‘Everybody was included in all the activities.’ ‘This was really fun.’ ‘We have learned a lot of important facts about smoking.’…

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Student Success – Chloe Allock

Chloe participated in the Nottinghamshire County Championships at the Harvey Haddon Stadium on Saturday 14th May.  Also jointly alongside this was the Derbyshire County Championships.  Her starting jump was 1.40mtrs with subsequent jumps of 1.45mtrs and 1.50mtrs, which saw most competitors leave the competition.  At the final was a Derbyshire athlete and Chloe both jumping at 1.53mtrs which both failed on first and second jump.  The final jump Chloe cleared easily, equalling her personal best, but the Derbyshire athlete failed on her third and final attempt.  Chloe then went on to raise the bar to 1.57mtrs which she cleared first attempt giving her a new personal best and becoming County Champion. Chloe Allcock has qualified for the English Schools Athletics competition which is a fantastic achievement. The event is to take place in Gateshead in July 2016. Well done Chloe and good luck :)

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The Brunts Academy Musicians rock into Spring Concert

Students from The Brunts Academy showcased their musical talents at their annual Spring Concert on Wednesday 4th May 2016 at St Peter’s Church, Mansfield. The Concert Band opened with a medley of Queen songs which set the stage for a “wonderful diversity of music” as described by the Rev. David Fudger. The Swing Band, Choir, a cappella group “Vox Humana” as well as soloists and duos all performed to a very high standard. The diverse programme concluded with a powerful John William’s medley to mark “Star Wars Day” with the iconic brass fanfare of the Star Wars theme ricocheting around the church much to the delight of the large audience. This has been a busy time for the Academy’s musicians who in April came First and Second in the Mansfield Music and Drama Festival. The Swing Band have been invited to perform at the Winner’s Concert on Sunday 8th May. David Cooke, Head of Creative and Performing Arts, said of the event “St Peter’s is…

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Brunts Academy Summer Art and Technology Exhibition

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Lucy skates to success!

Lucy Ward, Y7, won her skating competition on Friday 22nd April! She got a massive score of 30.62 overall, with a technical score of 14.37, meaning she has exceeded the (technical) qualifying mark of 12.5, so she will be competing at The British Championships in December! Lucy`s moved to Level 6, so will miss the next competition in May to give her and her coach time to add the new required elements and extra 30 seconds on to her routine. She will next compete at Deeside and Coventry, which are both in June. In the Easter holidays, Lucy competed at The Blackpool Ice Skating Festival - gaining 2nd place in her level 5 class. This was the first time skating a new routine so Lucy was very pleased to be placed 2nd out of 19 skaters! It was a nice skate but not perfect, however she still managed to exceeded the score needed to pass the next level, so after her April competition she will be…

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Y11 Easter Holiday Workshops

Please be aware that staff are coming in voluntarily during the Easter break to support Year 11 students Date Sessions Tuesday 29th March GCSE Art (10am - 3pm in the Art block) GCSE Business Studies  CA Clinic (10am - 1pm in Room 4) GCSE Graphics (10am - 2pm in Tx1) GCSE Health and Social Care (10 am until 3pm in Room 1) GCSE PE (10am - 3pm in the Learning Zone) Wednesday 30th March GCSE Business Studies  Exam Revision (10am-1pm in Room 10) GCSE Science (9am  - 1pm Lab 6) GCSE Health and Social Care (10 am until 3pm in Room 1) GCSE Product Design (Blue Group in DT1/ITD) Thursday 31st March GCSE Product Design (Red Group in DT1/ITD) GCSE Additional Science (Biology) in Lab 5 Weekend Monday 4th April GCSE Computing (10am - 3pm in Room 1) GCSE Geography (9am until 12.30pm) in M2 Tuesday 5th April GCSE Computing (10am - 3pm in Room 1) GCSE History (10am - 1pm in Rooms 17, 18,…

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DofE Training Weekend – March 2016

On 19th and 20th March 2016, 35 students took part in a DofE Training weekend at The Mill Adventure Base. 9 students participated as part of the Silver programme and 24 followed the Bronze programme. The weekend consisted of the students learning basic camp craft skills, first aid, navigation (grid references and bearings), how to put a tent, a navigational walk. The Silver students walked in the Peaks and the Bronze walked around the local woods. On the final day, the students planned out their routes for their practice and final expedition walks. For the photos of the weekend, please see our Facebook page. For more information on the DofE programme, please see www.dofe.org

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Y9 Rugby Success

Huge congratulation to the Year 9 Rugby team who on 18th March won their last group game in the County Cup beating Samworth 64-14! Great games from all the boys with standout performances from Ben Smith, Joshua Gentry and Oliver Smith.

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Brunts’ students run a mile for Sport Relief

On 18th March, students braved the cold and ran a mile in aid of Sport Relief. Students were fantastic and some decided to go the extra mile and dress up with students completing the mile in their PE lesson. The Academy raised £732.00. Please see our Facebook page for all the photos!

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Y12 Performance Studies

The YR12 Performance Studies students performed their examination pieces on Thursday 10th March to an audience of family and friends. The students had to create a thirty minute piece based on the Hall Homeless Project, they composed the music, devised the stories and choreographed the dances. Tony Lee, the chairman of the charity, spoke to the audience at the end of the performances and congratulated the students on successfully showing the audience the plight of young homeless people in Mansfield. The performances raised £130 for the charity. Thank you to all those who generously donated.

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Brunts Student Network Event – 3rd March 2016

Bridging the Gap Between Students And Employers The inaugural Brunts Student Networking event was hosted by The Director of Marketing & Enterprise, Berni Dickinson from The Evolve Trust and organised by their Intern (and Brunts Student) Cally Lambert. Sponsored by Mansfield 2020, the event welcomed 25 employers and professionals from the Mansfield and Ashfield areas, providing students aged 16-18 with the unique opportunity to showcase their skills in an authentic business networking environment. The group were welcomed by Mansfield 2020 Chair and Partner from Fidler and Pepper Solicitors Russell Jones and Brunts Academy’s Head of School Carl Atkin. As well as enjoying 4 minute networking sessions, Mansfield 103.2 broadcast their breakfast show from the event welcoming both employers and students to interviews, marketing themselves live on air. The event had excellent feedback. Heidi Duffy MBE Traffic Manager for Nottinghamshire Police, commented “the students were all amazing. A room full of ‘radiators’ not a ‘drain’ in sight…. The future is safe.’ The Director of Marketing &…

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Brett Wilkin, Y10, honoured at Courage Awards 2016

Brett Wilkin, Year 10, joined other young people from local schools, colleges and charities in being commended at the 25th Courage Awards organised by the Rotary Club of Mansfield on Tuesday 1st March. More than 180 guests including dignitaries, Rotarians from neighbouring rotary clubs, sponsors and proud family members filled a packed-out Eastwood Suite at Portland College. Brett was nominated by Mrs Bailey-Wiles, SENCO, because: Brett has undergone difficulties linked to his SEN of ASD and OCD but has coped exceptionally well throughout the difficult period. Brett had an accident where he fell, broke part of his front tooth section and had to have an operation to repair which was very frightening for him and massively shook his confidence. He needed significant support from the ASD team due to heightened anxiety but Brett is still smiling and looking forward to work experience with the site team this year. ] He has developed as a student and also a person since Year 7, he is kind and funny,…

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Year 8 Netball Success!

Massive congratulations to the year 8 Netball team who finished 3rd in the West Notts PE Netball tournament on 29th February 2016.   The girls were drawn in pool B against: Selston Samworth A Samworth B   Results= Brunts 0 - 0 Selston Brunts 7 - 0 Samworth B Brunts 2 - 1 Samworth A   Students finished joint top of pool B alongside Selston. Students competed in a very close penalty shoot out to progress through to the semi-finals as runners up of pool B. In the semi-final Brunts were drawn against winners of pool A; Ashfield School. It was an extremely close game with lots of fantastic netball. The final score was Brunts 0 - 3 Ashfield. Therefore, Brunts secured 3rd place overall. This is a fantastic achievement for the girls who were: Olivia Henry Isabella Rigley Paris Cooper Eloise Place Julia Chilczuk Katie Buchanna Naimh Harman (year 7)   Well done!

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Attn Y11: Discover your future at #ShineBright on 21st March

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Student Success – Caitlin Elliott

  Congratulations to Caitlin Elliott who took 3rd place overall for the cross country season 2015-2016 within the Notts Mini-League Sutton, Mansfield, Retford, Rushcliffe, Notts, Worksop under 13 girls).  

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NSPCC’s Number Day – 12th February

On Friday 12th February, a week after the national event, KS3 students supported the NSPCC’s Number Day and got involved in some extraordinarily fun-filled activities in their maths lessons in a bid to raise the profile of the NSPCC.  Amongst the many things, students were tasked with trying to identify teachers’ favourite numbers and their reasons for this.  In another activity, they had to use data collected from the maths faculty and analyse it in order to draw a picture of what the average maths teacher looks like.  Students and staff were fundraising all week guessing the number of jelly beans in the jar, guessing the weight of the cake, competing in a mathematical quiz and bake sales at break time. The winner of the cake competition was Ms Saunders and the winner of the jelly bean competition was Daisy Thomas in Y7.  We’ve raised nearly £140 and it was great to see so many students getting involved and supporting such an invaluable charity.  

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Brunts win coveted NCS award

The Brunts Academy in Mansfield, lead school of The Evolve Trust has been awarded ‘Champion School’ status by National Citizen Service (NCS) due to its commitment to the youth programme to date. The academy was selected from thousands of schools participating across the country by National Citizen Service, the UK’s flagship youth programme for 16 and 17 year olds, and is one of only 20 in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to receive this award. The academy has excelled at motivating students to take up extracurricular activities, specifically encouraging young people to attend the programme during their term breaks, leading to an increased interest in volunteering. On NCS teenagers meet other young people from different schools and stay in university style accommodation while they learn more about their community and how they can make a difference through social action projects. Following this, the young people spend 30 hours dedicated to executing their own social action project in the local community. To earn ‘Champion School’ status, a…

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Specialist Craft Front Cover Art Competition Update

A huge well done to the following pupils who has produced a design to be submitted to the Specialist Craft Front Cover Art competition. These pupils have submitted their entries in the hope of winning £200 to spend with Specialist Crafts as well as the prestigious opportunity to feature their artwork on the front cover of the Specialist Crafts Catalogue. These pupils attended after school sessions to craft their pieces and have worked incredibly hard. Well done and all the best of luck to Verity Taylor, Rebecca Hardwick, Georgia Newstead, Louise Barker and Charlotte Rope! Mrs Solly

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Nottinghamshire Your Future Careers Fair – 17th March 2016

Brunts are encouraging our students (aged 14-24) to attend a Your Future Careers Fair on Thursday 17 March 2016 at The Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham NG1 4BU. This is part of government funded national project to deliver 250 events through Chambers of Commerce, attracting over 70,000 young people across England. The Your Future Events are for young people aged 14-24 to inspire, enthuse and motivate them to think about possible careers, the employment options available to them and to make the most of their remaining time in education. Available at the Your Future Careers Fair will be careers information from local businesses, ‘Have a Go’ activities, ‘Get Involved Workshops’, information on Apprenticeships and much more! For more information, please see Mrs Barnard.

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Inside the Mind of a Soldier – Understanding WW1

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Student Success – February 2016

Caitlin Elliott - Saturday 30th January 2016 Caitlin Elliott competed in Loughborough on Saturday for the midlands cross country and came 27th out of over 50 competitors. Yesterday she also went to Grantham and represented Nottinghamshire in the sports hall regional finals and our under 13 girls team came 3rd out of 5 and Caitlin won the 6th lap out of Leicestershire, northamtonshire, Derbyshire and Loughborough. Lucy Ward - Ice skating practise and test Lucy is currently very busy practising her jump combinations - double salchow / double toe loop. The competition season begins in April, and Lucy will have 4 competitions to try and qualify for this years British Championships held in December.      

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Y13 hold sell out concert!

On 4th  February, Y13 students held a concert to raise money for their Year 13 prom featuring student acts from Bisou, The Oxford Rejects and Outlaw. The night started with a DJ set from Outlaw also known as Ellis Buckinger.  This was promptly followed by five-piece pop punk band The Oxford Rejects with Charlotte Martin on vocals, Oliver Featherstone and James Cooke on guitar, Nadia Butts on bass and Elliot Needham on drums. The concert was played out by a final set from Bisou, an indie rock band whose music ranged from Royal Blood to The Wombats. Lead vocalist was Phoebe Rowe, Madeleine Shepherd as the bassist and backing vocals, James Cooke on guitar and Toby Humphrey on drums. The concert gave the students an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of their peers and families, raising over £170 in the process.

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Brunts Academy’s Musicians Rock The Night!

On Thursday 21st January, bands from the Brunts Academy took to the stage at the Academy’s Community Arts Theatre. A full sound and lighting rig, complete with dry ice, ensured that the students and audience experienced a professional showcase of their talents.   Students from all years took part including drummers, guitarists, keyboard players, brass players and singers. Some of the older students, who played songs by the Keiser Chiefs, The Killers and Green Day amongst others, started their musical careers as beginners in year 7. Two Post 16 students will be leaving the academy in the summer to study music at some of the country’s top universities and conservatoires.   David Cooke, Head of Creative Performing Events, said of the event “The students were fantastic and should all be proud - true professionals - and a great evening! A huge thank you to everyone who was involved”.   Pictured: Oliver Featherstone, Charlotte Martin, James Cooke and Nadia Butt

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Brunts performs well regionally!

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Important reminder re mobile phones

Many thanks for your support with our rules re the use of mobile phones  - it is massively appreciated. Any student found using their mobile phone on the school site will have their device confiscated. Failure to comply with basic expectations will result in sanctions being applied including exclusion where appropriate.

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Teenz (11-18 year olds) African Drumming & Ubuntu

Date:     Saturday 6 February 2016 Time:     10:30am till 3pm Venue:  The Ear Foundation               (83 Sherwin Road, Lenton, Nottm, NG7 2FB) Come and join us for this fantastic opportunity to learn some African Drumming; a fun, sociable and musical workshop. We will be joined by BeatFeet, who will be running the workshop and providing everyone with their own drum. Please bring a packed lunch. If you would like to join us, please email me to confirm your attendance: rachel@earfoundation.org.uk   Teenz dates for the rest of 2016: 23 April: Multi Sports Day with Tennis 2 July 1 October 3 December

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Brunts’ Post 16 help The Hall Homeless Support Project

Post 16 Performance Studies students at The Brunts Academy presented a cheque for £229.55 to The Hall Homeless Support Project. The cheque was presented to Tony Lee from The Hall on Tuesday 19th January with the funds having been raised by the students’ The Snow Queen performances in November. Tony delivered a master class informing the students about The Hall and showing them a video highlighting the work The Hall undertakes. Following the master class, two students signed up as volunteers to work at The Hall on Monday mornings with a third already volunteering there. The students will now use the information they learnt from Tony to devise their Community performances. The Hall provides a safe environment for homeless young people to get support, advice and guidance. Carl Atkin, Head of School, said “The Hall provides fantastic support to young people in the area and as an academy, we have supported The Hall for a number of years to help them continue this work. A…

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Brunts host Christmas Spectacular 2015!

Brunts and its feeder primary schools held the annual Christmas Spectacular concert on Wednesday 16th December. Organised and hosted by the Brunts Academy, the annual Christmas Spectacular brings together the choirs of Brunts and its feeder primaries. The featured schools were The Brunts Academy and The Bramble Academy, both of the Evolve Trust and the latter performing in its first spectacular, High OakhamPrimary School, King Edward Primary School, Mansfield Primary Academy, and Sutton Road Primary School. Each school performed two acts which included Christmas Calypso, Twelve Or So Days Of Christmas, A Starry Night, Winter Wonderland, What Christmas Means To Maand Christmas Ukelele. All the acts came together for the finale performance of Deck the Rooftop. Carl Atkin, Head of School, said of the performance “The concert was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. All the students were excellent and very brave! Many thanks to all staff involved for their hard work and effort in making the concert a success”.

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Parental Consultation

The Evolve Trust are seeking views and comments (between the dates of 14 December 2015 – 15 January 2016) from parents and carers in connection with exploratory talks with Kirkby College to join the Evolve Trust. Further details can be found by clicking on the following link: - Click Here

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KS3 Trampolining

Key Stage Three students took part in a Mansfield School Games trampolining competition at Manor on Wednesday 12th December. George Close participated in the Level Three entry, Sophie March and Hannah Dunkley participated at Level Two and Lucy Keating, Lucy Hitchcock and Bailey Bowles participated at Level One. The team performed well at the competition and took Silver in the School Games competition. They were a credit to the Academy.

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The Snow Queen casts a spell on Brunts

It was a sell-out performance for this year’s school production at The Brunts Academy. Y10 and Y11 GCSE Performing Arts and Post 16 BTEC Level 3 Production Arts students completed a sell-out three night performance of a musical version of The Snow Queen. The production, which ran from Monday 30th November to Wednesday 2nd December, was part of the students’ examinations. The Snow Queen is an original fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen which centres on Gerda looking for her lost friend Kai, who has been kidnapped by The Snow Queen. The tale was adapted by Mrs Dubowski and featured songs from film favourites Frozen, Anastasia and South Pacific. Carl Atkin, Head of School, said of the performance “We have very talented students at the academy and The Snow Queen showcased the extent of these talents. The students were fantastic and should all be proud of their performance – true professionals and a great production! A huge thank you to Mrs Dubowski, Mr Morris,…

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Y7 do Countdown!

On Monday 23rd November, a Countdown competition was held for all Year 7s. The event was intense and you could see the concentration on the participant’s faces! When it came to the end, the winners were 7-JHH (Mr Hough’s tutor group) and in joint second place were 7-GFB (Miss Baker’s tutor group) and 7-JLC (Mrs Cammilaire’s tutor group). It was really fun and everyone enjoyed it so all in all it was, I think, and amazing and worthwhile event. By Oliver Rose 7 - GFB  

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Y7 Rugby Team win the District Cup – 23rd November 2015

A huge congratulations to the Year 7 Rugby team who won the district cup on 23rd November 2015 and will now be competing in the County Championships in March 2016! They scored 15 trys and conceded only 1, winning every game a fantastic fashion.   Great result and great sportsmanship! Well done to the team and good luck for the County Championships. 

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Y10 Girls PE get ‘Hula-Hooping’

The Year 10 Girls have been doing ‘hoop dance’ in core PE over the last two weeks. ‘Hoop Guy’ came in to teach the girls how to ‘hoop’ effectively. He got the girls ‘hooping’ using their waists and arms and incorporated elements of dance into the lessons. The sessions were fun and engaging with majority of the girls enjoying the additional provision that we had put on.

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Y7 & 8 Support Shoebox Appeal

The shoebox appeal is run by the Samaritan's Purse organisation. The idea is that each shoebox gift is transported to a child in a less advantaged country. Each box is filled with a range of small gifts that students bring in, for example toiletries, soft toys, art equipment. Year 7 and 8 students have been putting together shoeboxes in tutor time, with some students creating their own boxes. We have delivered over 80 shoe boxes to the charity this year, creating 80 additional smiles at Christmas across the world.  

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Y9 Netball – 18th November

Massive congratulations to the year 9 Netball squad who played in the Central Venue League (CVL) on 18th November.  Two victories under their belts - beating Samworth 4-2 and AllSaints 3-0. Brunts still sit at the top of the table and so far are unbeaten in the league this year. Well done :-)  League table below:  Mansfield School Netball CVL - Yr. 9                                         WIN =3 DRAW=1              LOSE = 0                                                                                                                               Played Won      Lost        Drawn   For         Against GD          Points                   Position Round 2               18/11/2015                                                                                                                                                         ALL SAINTS                         2              1              1              0              2              4              2              3                              2ND BRUNTS                               2              2              0              0              7              2              5              6                              1ST SAMWORTH                       2              0              2              0              3              6              -3            0                              3RD

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Yr 10 Pupils win Runner’s up in Keepmoat Hoarding Competition

The artwork was commissioned for the Brownlow Road Extra Care Scheme building works being done by  Keepmoat and Mansfield District Council. Keepmoat challenged students to produce art work/signs to be displayed on the hoardings around the building site. The art work needed to incorporate the new street names (Flanders Close, Foresters Close, Court, Liberty Close) and include imagery linked to these names.  Students came up with the initial designs and then worked alongside a local Graffiti Artist to learn the art of Graffiti, and to produce the art work/signs which were displayed on the hoardings around the building site. The designs were also then entered into a national competition. Brunts students secured the runner up position.  The following pupils were presented with a trophy and medals as well as a goodie back for coming runners up: Harry Butler Matthew Collins Thomas Dickinson Jacob Elmhirst Kai Healy Erin Jenkins Callum Johnson Thomas Lester Ethan Long Georgia Marsh Harry Parkes Kallum Pilgrim Aleisha Redfern Jack Richardson

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Football Success!

Year 7 vs West Bridgford Year 7 travelled away to West Bridgford in the third round of the County Cup looking to continue their unbeaten run. The Year 7 team are currently unbeaten this year and went into the game with high spirts. Brunt’s kicked off and went on the attack. The pitch was very boggy and was hard to pass the ball around. Brunt’s were battling against the wind and a slight slope in the pitch. Jed picked up the ball and played Peace through on goal who calmly finished. Second half and Brunt’s were battling hard to cling on for the win, some good tackles by Jak and good goalkeeping by Josh meant Brunt’s held on to win the game making it 5/5 wins. Brunt’s are now through to the Quarter Finals of the County Cup.   Year 8 Vs Meden A Year 8 team took on Meden in the County Cup first round. Brunt’s dominated possession throughout the game and punished Meden…

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Y9 Rugby Success!

The Y9 team travelled to Ashfield School last week for the second game in the group stages of the County Cup. The first half started well with Brunts attacking through great breaks by Josh Kenzie and Joshua Gentry then Ashfield came back into the game! With a half time score of 17-15 to Ashfield and some words of wisdom at half time, Brunts came back out flying scoring twice through Captain Oliver Smith who’s kicking was fantastic throughout the game. Try’s followed through Adam Saxton, Joshua Gentry and Toby Govan, and finally a 90m sprint for the line resulted in a try for Y 8 Daniel Clements. Final score 42 -17 and Man of the Match was Toby Govan! Great game with a fantastic result! A huge well done to the team. The next game is Tuesday 17th November against Tuxford at Brunts.

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Brunts Academy students attend the 2015 Careers & Apprenticeship Fair

4th November The annual Mansfield Careers & Apprenticeship Fair took place on Wednesday 4th November 2015 at the John Fretwell Centre.  240 KS4 students from Brunts took the opportunity of networking with a wide range of local employers, training providers, FE colleges and higher education institutions. This year’s event was organised by the Director of Marketing & Enterprise for the Evolve Trust with support from Mansfield 2020, The National Careers Service and Ryan Calvert-Cousins, a 6th former at Brunts, who is currently completing a Post 16 Career Internship for the Evolve Trust as an events co-ordinator.  The Careers & Apprenticeship Fair enables young people to find out more about their post 16 options from local providers, including their own academy and employers.  The emphasis is on impartiality and supporting young people to gain the knowledge they need to make an informed decision about what they will study after finishing in year 11. Luke Dickinson – Head of Year 11 said “We feel it is important…

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Y9 Parents’ Evening – 4th November

Please note our Year 9 Parents’ Evening re GCSE Options Process is to take place on 4th November.  Message from Mr Hindmarch, Deputy Head for Curriculum: During the evening there will also be an opportunity for parents to attend a presentation on the GCSE Options Process and also to ask any questions. The presentations will be in U2 and run at the following times:  4.30pm 5.30pm 6.30pm  Please feel free to drop in to any of these sessions.

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Y9 Netball – 21st October

Massive congratulations to the girls listed below who attended the West Notts Year 9 Netball competition on Wednesday 21st October:   Chloe Allcock Olivia Brewster Kira Finlay Georgia Graham Libby Plant Sophia Stewart Molly Stonier Amy Tivey   The girls stormed through the group stages beating Manor 6-0, Joseph Whitaker 3-1, Samworth 2-1 and drawing 1-1 against Quarrydale. Finishing top of their table and qualified for the semi-final against Ashfield. With a strong start the girls comfortably beat Ashfield 4-1 to progress through to the final.   The final was against Quarrydale. Brunts had the majority of the possession during the game and a number of shooting opportunities. However, at full time the score was 0-0 and the game was taken into extra time. In the closing seconds of extra time Quarrydale manage to break through the Brunts defence to score the goal which won them the match and tournament.   Massive congratulation to all of the girls for securing runners up in the competition giving…

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Democracy in Action

Years 7 – 11 have recently held their Head Boy/ Girl elections, giving all students first-hand experience of democracy in action!   Our Year Progress Leaders have spoken of their pride of not only the candidates but all students during the process.   Year 7 We had a fabulous assembly on September 23rd where all 8 prospective candidates presented their pitches to be year 7’s Head girl/boy. The assembly provided an excellent starting point for Year 7 students to get first-hand experience of democracy in action. The atmosphere was fabulous and all the candidates had prepared speeches with some even coming with PowerPoints to show. The year 7 cohort listened respectively and intently to the ideas and thoughts of the presenters who all displayed tremendous courage and confidence.   Head Boy and Head Girl for Year 7: Peace Olaoti & Ana Smith Deputy Head Boy and Head Girl = Josh Gundel & Erin Thrall   Year 9 They presented in assembly with their views and…

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Army visit The Brunts Academy

19th October Students were put through their paces with a meet and greet from the Army! The visit was kindly organised by Mr Hodgkinson and taught students about health and wellbeing, army careers and opportunities to support injured veterans.     Pictured: Mr Hodgkinson with the Army speakers.

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CHANGE OF INSET DAY ARRANGEMENTS

19th October 2015   Dear Parent/Carer RE: CHANGE OF INSET DAY ARRANGEMENTS  Towards the end of the last academic year we published to parents details of the holiday and INSET pattern for this academic year (2015/16).  This letter is to inform you of a change to our scheduled INSET arrangements.  It was our intention to hold an INSET day on Tuesday 5th January 2016, however, we are now cancelling this date and rescheduling this INSET day to Thursday 10th December 2015 to focus upon Assessment Without Levels.  This means that your child will return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2016 following the Christmas holiday. As you may be aware, the government has removed the use of national curriculum levels (these are currently reflected in your child’s report as a 5A or 3C etc.) and has delegated the responsibility to schools at a local level of developing a method by which to measure your child’s progress throughout their education.  The tracking of students’ progress is…

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Y9 and Y10 Netball Success

14th October – Y9 and Y10 Netball Success   Massive congratulations to both the year 9 and year 10 Netball squads yesterday who competed in the first rounds of Mansfield Netball Central Venue League. Year 9 were up against Manor, Samworth and All Saints schools and managed to win two of their three games (results below): Brunts 5 v Manor 0 Brunts 2 v All Saints 1 Brunts 2 v Samworth 3 Year 10 played two fixtures against All Saints and Meden. The first game against All Saints was extremely close with end to end Netball which resulted in a 9 all draw. The second game against Meden saw Brunts strive to victory with a 12-4 win. Massive congratulations to all the girls who represented Brunts Academy who were: Year 9 Olivia Brewster Hollie Caygill Kira Finlay Georgia Graham Sophia Stewart Mollie Stonier Amy Tivey Katie Buchanan (year 8) Year 10 Ava Burton Hollie Cannon Ellie Fowler Adele Parr Lauren Whysall Temitayo Adetomiwa Sophia Stewart…

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Student Success – Autumn 1 2015

Autumn 1 2015 Lucy Ward - Year 7 Lucy is a skater and is training every Monday and Thursday after school in Sheffield! Mrs Aveyard is proud to announce that Lucy has the potential to skate for Britain and certainly enter the British Championship. Good luck Lucy! Natalie Dawson – Year 9 Mrs Reed would like to showcase Natalie’s excellent piece of extended writing. Here is an excerpt of Natalie’s work….. The cathedral windows were staring down at her and she shuddered under their glare. Chillingly, the graveyard sat in a cloak of silence, tombstones leaning like rows of crooked teeth. Even the stones that stood tall and straight seemed to wither away from the looming glare of the massive stained glass window. Tendrils of wispy fog slipped through the cold air, carrying the scent of decaying corpses. A fresh one lay in its open grave, disfigured by the insects and putrefying in the dark. She lay her hand on the icy railing; midnight had…

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Laing O’Rourke deliver careers master class to Y13

28th September Laing O’Rourke delivers inspirational Careers Master Class to Year 13 Brunts Academy Students. Alan Clucas, Director at Laing O’Rourke shared the company’s vision and career opportunities for graduate and apprenticeship routes into the business with a group of year 13 students at The Brunts Academy.  The business is expanding and they are looking to recruit a number of employees over the next 5  years. Five of his recently recruited graduates accompanied Alan and took to the floor to talk about their individual career journey into the company. The Brunts students were very impressed with what they heard, especially the information on the training and development and terms & conditions. David Hall, a sixth form student said “The graduates really opened my eyes to the wide range of jobs available and it was interesting to hear this type of careers information from young people employed by the company.  I am hoping to secure a Post 16 Career Internship with Laing O’Rourke”

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Brunts Academy celebrates GCSE success

20th August - Brunts Academy celebrates GCSE success The Brunts Academy is delighted to celebrate the success of an increased number of its students this year following the release of this year’s GCSE results. Of this year’s cohort: · 156 students achieved A*- C in English · 190 students achieved A*- C in Maths · 148 students achieved A*- C in English and Maths · 241 students achieved 5 or more GCSE passes at A*- G Carl Atkin, Head of School commented “We are delighted with how hard our staff and students have worked so that students have been able to move onto their next stage of education, employment or training. We now look forward to welcoming an increased number of students into our Post 16 provision in September”.

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6th Form exam results continue to secure top university places and higher apprenticeships!

13th August - 6th Form exam results continue to secure top university places and higher apprenticeships! 6th Form exam results continue to secure top university places and higher apprenticeships! Our students have performed exceptionally well with a 98% pass rate. Neil Davies, Head of 6th form - “It’s very satisfying to see so many students achieving such positive results which in turn have allowed them to progress on to their chosen destinations in Higher Education, employment or training”. University destinations have included; Oxford University to study Theology and Religion, Bristol University to study Veterinary Medicine, The University of Nottingham to study Maths, Loughborough University to study Physics with Astrophysics, The University of Leeds to study Fashion Marketing, Central School of Speech and Drama to study Acting and The University of Birmingham to study Sports and Exercise Science. In addition, several students have secured Higher Apprenticeships and employment with organisations including, Fiddler and Pepper, The Beech Academy and the Inland Revenue.

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Brunts welcomes its new Y7 students after a great transition week!

10th July – Brunts welcomes its new Y7 students after a great transition week! What a busy week at Brunts welcoming our new Y7 students! Students took part in a wide range of curricular and creative activities including a Sports Day. On Wednesday 8th July, Mr Atkin, Mr Heartfield and the Y7 pastoral team welcomed parents/ carers and students for a ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening. Settling into a new school quickly and happily is an important building block for future success, and the purpose of the induction week was to support students familiarise themselves with the school site and routines, and begin to form new friendships ready for September.

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Made in Mansfield, The Brunts Academy, Winner of Best Radio Advert

Brunts’ Entrepreneurs WIN in 3 categories at Junior Enterprise 2015 Awards Evening!

8th July – Brunts’ Entrepreneurs WIN in 3 categories at Junior Enterprise 2015 Awards Evening! Mr Swann and Miss Dickinson are proud to announce Brunts’ Junior Enterprise 2015 team ‘Made in Mansfield’ won in 3 out of 7 categories at the Junior Enterprise 2015 Awards Evening! A huge congratulations to Matt Sullivan, Josh Ashall Smith, Anna Jevons, Kelly Nyland, Lauren Whysall, and Alice Adams for winning in the following categories: · Most profitable product · Most community related product · Best radio advert

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KS3 students take part in Junior Enterprise 2015 Market Day Competition

1st July – KS3 students take part in Junior Enterprise 2015 Market Day Competition 6 Key Stage 3 students braved the hottest day of the year and took their homemade candles to market, competing against 12 other teams from Mansfield and Ashfield! Our fantastic entrepreneurs were Matt Sullivan, Josh Ashall Smith, Anna Jevons, Kelly Nyland, Lauren Whysall, and Alice Adams. Huge thanks to Mr Swann and Miss Dickinson, and to local businessman Mr Fuller for supporting our budding entrepreneurs throughout the entire competition! Junior Enterprise is an annual competition organised by Mansfield Area Partnership which involves local youngsters creating a team where they set up a business, write a business plan, complete market research and create their own product. The aim of the competition is for participants to develop an understanding of how to set up a small business enterprise to sell a product, including the costs and responsibilities involved. All teams are to be celebrated at an awards evening at the John Fretwell Centre…

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Latest Ofsted Report 2017

On 22 March 2017, the Academy underwent its first short Ofsted inspection since the school was judged to be good in April 2013. We are proud to announce that the Ofsted Inspectors agreed with our own judgement that the Academy continues to be good and that the quality of teaching is at least good. Please click here to view the full report.

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Rock Night

On the 21st May, "Rock Night" took place at the Community Performance Centre at the Brunts Academy. Several bands made up of students in years 7 to year 12 performed songs that they had been rehearsing with Mr Oakton who runs the Academy's rock workshops in after school sessions each week. There was a full lighting rig and sound rig under the direction of BTEC Production Arts students ably led by Mr Green. The supportive audience made a lot of noise too in response to some sizzling performances by the bands. We hope that the accompanying photos give you a sense of the electrifying atmosphere and we hope to see you in the audience next year. Special thanks to Shaun Heslin in Year 14 for his support running the rock workshops. [gallery]

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