Principal's Message

As we approach the end of the summer term I would like to thank parents and carers for their support of the Academy.  

The Academy has had lots to celebrate; over 140 of our Year 7 students and 17 members of staff went to Kingswood Residential Centre where they took part in highwires, ziplining, problem solving activities, lasertag and aeroball.  

Our Y6 students recently spent two days in the Academy on their transition.  All the students thoroughly enjoyed their time here and everyone left really excited for September.  Our Year 8 students graduated; the whole experience was watched by our Y6 students, parents/carers and Primary Headteachers.  It was wonderful to see our students achieve this success. Year 11 students attended the annual Prom at Rogerthorpe Manor, this was a lovely evening and the students looked fantastic in their dresses and suits.  We wish them every success for the forthcoming exam results.

Three of our students from the Junior Leadership Team made it to the finals of the ‘Speak Out Challenge'.  The judges gave one place to each school, we were placed 3rd in the regional finals.  All our finalists did very well and they really did us proud! 

Students have been involved in fundraising events this term, organised by our Junior Leadership Team.  This included bake sales, cycling throughout the day, talent shows, and a variety of other events.  We have raised £1,682.40 so far with more monies still coming in.  The proceeds will be donated to Meningitis Now and Firefly. Well done to everyone involved!

Junior Leadership Team were also involved in Anti-bullying Training along with other secondary schools in Doncaster, Sheffield and Nottinghamshire.  They have big plans for September 2018!

Students’ success has been celebrated throughout all year groups; those achieving 100% attendance were rewarded with a free breakfasts.  Students who have improved as a result of hard work, interventions, ‘million word’ readers and most improved readers attended our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

On Wednesday 18th July we celebrated our Sports Personality of the Year Awards.  58 students were invited and attended the evening, along with family members to celebrate their achievements.  It was fantastic to see so many students, parents/carers and it is clear the students owe much of their success to the support they receive at home.

On Wednesday 18th July we hosted the first of three Academy Careers Days.  Representatives from local businesses, employers and the Armed Services came along to run workshops and activities and speak to students about potential career opportunities.  An amazing day, students were really engaged and got a lot from it!

All of these events would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the DVA staff, who support and encourage our students to ensure they achieve and gain as many experiences as possible and ultimately achieve their potential.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very safe and restful summer.  We look forward to seeing you again in September when we will be celebrating the success of our GCSE and A level students.  A reminder that the Academy re-opens to Year 7 students on Tuesday 4th September and all other year groups return on Wednesday 5th September.

R Brooke

Principal