One of the Top Performing Schools Nationally

2017 Examination Results

Today the Department for Education published the school performance tables for the 2017 national examination results. The new headline measure is the Progress 8 score which measures overall progress made in students’ best eight subject qualifications.

A more detailed explanation of how the score is put together can be found here.

A Progress 8 score of 0 would indicate that a student’s achievement in these eight subjects is in line with the national average. This year the Roseland Academy achieved a score of 0.85. This means that our students achieved on average close to one GCSE grade higher than the national average in all of their best eight subjects, which is an outstanding achievement.

To put this in context, The Roseland Academy currently ranks the 36th highest score in the country out of 6480 schools*, placing us in the top few percent of all schools for performance. Our students are achievements are giving them the best possible starting point and the widest choices possible for the next steps in their lives.

*2017 (provisional) Performance Tables Dense Rank

 

The first release of the 2017 DfE Performance Tables has shown The Roseland Academy breaking records again by improving on last year’s fantastic results. This year’s Progress 8 score places us as not only as one of the highest performing schools in the South West, but well within the top 100 nationally out of 6400 schools.

To see us on the Official DfE Performance Tables for Cornwall, click here.

 

See below for coverage of our 2016 Examination Results

 

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The Roseland Academy sitting at the top of all schools in Cornwall for 2016 Exam performance. source: The Telegraph

We are proud to be officially recognised as a high performing state school in Cornwall following our 2016 examination results. This has been widely reported on both national and local press coverage of

 

We are exceptionally proud to have received a personal letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, for our outstanding examination results.

 

Press reports from last year’s (2015) results:

We are proud to announce that in the most recent Times guide to “Top Secondary Schools Near You” The Roseland Academy is listed as overall second in Cornwall for GCSE results. The guide lists the top 10 schools for every local authority and uses the Average Points Score per pupil to determine the best schools. Of the many ways to measure student achievement, this is widely regarded as being one of the most broad and representative measures of School performance.

This prestigious accolade is testament to the ongoing hard work of our Year 11 students, their parents and the staff of The Roseland Academy.

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Y7 Lanhydrock Humanities Trip

Last week Mrs Handford ran a Humanities trip to introduce all of Year 7 to the subjects of Geography, History and RE.  The visit to Lanhydrock involved students visiting the house, grounds and church to develop their enquiry and questioning skills.  As they toured the house students has the opportunity to look at and hold artifacts. A couple of students asked to play the piano in the library (which led to a singalong with other students) – much enjoyed by the staff and other visitors.  There were very positive comments from the members of the public on the students behaviour and smart uniform.  The afternoon visit to Restormel Castle was to allow students to see a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle – they will undertake History work on the building of castles later in the term.  It also supports their work in Geography on describing the environment.  More than anything the trip was to allow students the chance to get to know each other a little more as they settle into their teaching groups.

Year 11 Curriculum Information Evening 6.00 – 8.00pm on Thursday 5 October 2017

Dear Parent(s) / Carer(s)

Year 11 Curriculum Information Evening

6.00 – 8.00pm on Thursday 5 October 2017

I am pleased to tell you that our Year 11 students have made an excellent start to the academic year.  Thank you for all that goes on behind the scenes throughout this important time in your child’s education.

We would like to invite you to our Year 11 Curriculum Evening between 6:00 and 8:00pm on Thursday 5 October.  As you are aware, your son/daughter is embarking on the new GCSE specifications for all of their subjects and we therefore feel it is crucial for you to attend this evening to help support your child over the course of their final year.

The first hour of the evening will concentrate on the three core subjects of English, Maths and Science.  During the second hour you will be able to visit option subjects relating to your child’s subject choices.

Staff will lead you through what your son/daughter is learning in key subject areas and provide you with a clear, specific understanding of the courses and offer practical guidance on how to support your son/daughter’s learning towards GCSE exams.  The evening will take the form of a series of short sessions explaining course content, the specifics of what is covered (including handout support materials for you to use with your son/daughter) and successful revision methods.

This is a really important evening and one which will provide you with more details and practical help that will enable your son/daughter to be successful.  We hope that you can join us.

Yours sincerely

Chris Challis

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Roseland Students attend Women in Engineering Day

A small team of girls in year 8, myself included, went to Truro at the Roseland representatives for Women in Engineering Day. There was a series of lectures, workshops and activities which all linked into engineering. There were many girls from different schools at the event and we were all put into separate groups with a variety of schools in each. There were two types of activities; lab activities and group activities.

When I was in the lab, I did welding with chocolate. What we had to do was build a platform (above 10cm) out of chocolate that could withstand a certain weight. We were split into separate groups of about five and we were given twenty-five milky bars per group and a bottle of hot water. We rubbed an edge of the chocolate on the hot bottle until it was just melted, put it with another bar and put it in the fridge to set. Let’s just say that not all of the structures were movable as most of them were ‘welded’ to the table. The aim of that activity was to create a structure that could withstand   a certain weight but by the end, the aim was to produce a structure that could be picked up without falling apart.

In the group workshops, we effectively went in a round robin, visiting each stool. Each stool had a different aspect of engineering on. For example, one stool had robots that are used in deep-sea exploration to collect things from the bottom of the sea. We went to the school pool and tried one out. It was both fun and nerve-racking to use such an amazing piece of technology and I definitely won’t forget it.

It was really inspiring to see what girls can do in engineering if we put our minds to it. I found the whole experience really enjoyable and inspiring and because of it, I am now considering a career in engineering.

Thank you Faith M for the article!

SEND – Webinar for Parents / Carers 1.30 pm on Friday, 30 June 2017

As part of the Inspection of Cornwall Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities from 3 July 2017 to 7 July 2017, Ofsted will host an online webinar to allow parents and carers to contribute.

The webinar will take place at 1.30 pm on Friday, 30 June 2017. It will be led by the lead inspector, Nigel Evans HMI, who will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively Cornwall Council is fulfilling the above responsibilities.

Please therefore find below a link to Cornwall Council’s web page which is promoting the webinar; there is a link on the page for parents / carers to register prior to the webinar taking place.  This is also linked from the Cornwall Council Home Page Carousel.

www.cornwall.gov.uk/education-and-learning/cornwall-send-area-inspection

Student success at the CreatEd Exhibition

Students from The Roseland Academy were able to celebrate their creative work at an exhibition organised by Falmouth University.

CreatEd is an annual exhibition showcase to celebrate outstanding coursework by GCSE and A level students throughout the South West of England studying creative subjects.  The exhibition provides an opportunity for schools to select and exhibit the best and final pieces from GCSE students in year 11.  Selected students were invited to attend a private viewing and awards ceremony at Falmouth University on Thursday 22nd June.

Students greatly enjoyed seeing their work displayed in a professional exhibition and benefited from the opportunity to see work from students in other school, to gain inspiration and to network.

The exhibits were judged by a range of industry experts and awards were given for exceptional work in a selection of categories including; fine art, fashion, graphic design, film and animation, journalism, gaming, photography, poetry, music, dance and drama.

In each category, a winner was selected from GCSE and A Level entries.  The Roseland Academy was able to celebrate success when Hania Barendt was announced the winner of GCSE Music and won a session at a recording studio, sponsored and presented by Island Records A&R who described her as an emerging talent in song writing who is one to watch in the future.

Three students also received Highly Commended for their work in Fine Art and Photography.  These were Emelia Long, David Carter and Richard Faull.

Well done to all students who had their work chosen for exhibition.

New Y7 Welcome day and Parents’ Evening Tuesday 27 July

New Year 7 Welcome Day and new Year 7 Parents’ Evening takes place on Tuesday for the students who
will be joining us in Year 7 in September.

Students should arrive at the main reception of The Roseland Academy by 8:30am, where they will be greeted by our staff.

Students will meet their new tutor group and Tutor for the first time as well as experiencing a full day of learning at The Roseland Academy.

At 6:30pm we warmly welcome all of our new Y7 Parents’ for Our Welcome Evening in the main hall. This will outline the remainder of the transition process. Y7 tutors will be in attendance to meet parents and answer any queries.

A timetable of the day is below:

We look forward to meeting all of our new intake!

 

Roseland Students Star in Duchy Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

Six dancers from The Roseland Academy gave fantastic performances in the Duchy’s Ballet’s recent production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ which took place at the Hall for Cornwall on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th March. Amy Robinson took a lead role as Princess Florine, Jasmine Allen played the White Cat, Imogen Sellors played the Snow Queen, Sam Allen played Hansel, and Emilie Green and Maddie Harvey were garlanders, amongst other roles. In this stunning production of a classic ballet, the younger generation were also thrilled to be dancing alongside two internationally acclaimed professional dancers from South Africa.

Year 10 student Jasmine Allen said,

“Being part of such a professional production was incredibly inspiring, and it has always been a dream of mine to play the part of the White Cat!”

Congratulations go to all our talented performers!

Truro & Roseland Learning Community Maths Event

Thank you to everyone who attended the TRLC meeting at The Roseland Academy last week. I hope the hands on practical approach to the session this time was beneficial. Thank you to Darren White, Imogen Cropp and Julie Mlynski for preparing the sessions and giving us all some great ideas to take back to our classrooms. Below are some
photographs of staff in action followed by a YR 7 class trying the cuisenaire rods with great success!

Thanks to Mrs Hudson, TTL for Mathematics for coordinating the event.