Albany Academy have supported computing students to think about their online safety. The world of social media and online games has long been seen as a place for young people to communicate easily with each other. In the lead up to the national internet safety day (February 7th), Albany students are being taught to think carefully about the choices they make online.
Albany Academy is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Albany Academy is one of the groups on the shortlist.
Albany Academy’s students have been full of festive cheer this Christmas with a wide range of events and activities taking place to celebrate the festive season. Students have been hosting a Christmas fayre, performing in a concert, donating food and drinks to those who need them the most at Christmas time and raising money for Save the Children by joining in the national Christmas jumper day.
To mark 98 years since the end of World War One and 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, Albany students took part in a whole school remembrance assembly, which included a minute silence. To mark the occasion Head Boy, James Wilson and Head Girl, Paige Mckenna-Crisp laid a wreath at the school’s garden of remembrance.
Albany Academy Science Faculty organised a night to remember at the Think Tank Birmingham Science museum for over 80 students and staff. Whilst there, they enjoyed an evening of experiments and activities culminating in a night camping in the museum among the exhibits as the museum was closed to the public.
Albany staff and students took part in the BBC annual fundraiser for its Children in Need charity on Friday 13th November. All staff and students donated money as part of a non-uniform day which raised £650.
As well as the non-uniform day Year 10 catering students baked special Children in Need cakes to sell on the day, this helped to raise a further £80. Albany raised over £800 in total which will go to help local and nationally funded projects to improve the lives of some of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people.
Mr Crowther, who organised the fundraising for Children in Need said, "Yet again the pupils and staff of Albany have raised a fantastic amount of money for Children in Need. This is a charity that supports over 2,000 projects in the UK that work with children that desperately need help, some not far away from Albany. Every penny we raised will be going to support these projects. A special thank you to Mrs Roberts and Mrs Parry and the students who made the mountain of Pudsey cakes that were all sold in record time."
Albany Academy in partnership with the Woodland trust have planted sixty new saplings within the schools grounds. The saplings which were applied for then donated to Albany by the Woodland trust were planted at various points across the schools site by tutor reps from each of the Academies five year groups.
The saplings included twenty, Wild Cherry, Silver Birch and Rowan trees and will enhance the school environment as well as its appearance. Mr Peacock, who organised the project said, “The tutor reps did a fantastic job planting the saplings. Hopefully this will help generate an awareness and interest in the school environment and the scientific importance of trees to the students and the wider community.”
Mr Mayland took over as Headteacher at Albany Academy in September 2015. Inspired to become a teacher by the example of his grandfather who was a Headteacher in Stoke on Trent for over 30 years, Mr Mayland began teaching in 1997.
“The only advice my grandfather gave me when I became a teacher was this – ‘if you tell the children you are going to do something, then you have to do it’. It’s advice I’ve followed throughout my career and has served me well.”
Many of Mr Mayland’s wider family have also gone into the teaching profession, working in and around the Potteries. Mr Mayland himself has spent most of his career working in Trafford and Stoke on Trent.
Having been a senior leader in three schools, including two of which are outstanding and amongst the top performing schools in the country, Mr Mayland knows all about high standards.
“I was attracted to apply for the position of Headteacher at Albany Academy, having been involved in leading schools to outstanding Ofsted judgements previously, it was clear to me that Albany is on the brink of such a judgment which would be suitable recognition for the excellent work undertaken by my predecessors and the excellent staff and governors.”
“The strengths of the school are many, but I was particularly attracted to work again in a small school, and one where strong discipline and the highest standards are evident, as are the highest ambitions for all our students.”
Having joined the school in September, Mr Mayland has spent time getting to know the staff and many of the students, and along with the senior staff has developed a clear strategic improvement plan.
“Our ambitions are clear. We expect the best of our students and want the best for them. While an outstanding judgment is wonderful recognition of the work a school is doing, we are not here to serve Ofsted, but we are here to serve the children of Chorley. I am also clear that however well you perform there is always room for improvement, and everything we do reflects our pride in what the school has already achieved and our ambitions for our future students.”
Mr Mayland has also been very impressed with the warm welcome he has received in Chorley, and recognises the efforts the community and council are making to improve the town.
“As a newcomer to the area, I can see so many positives. It’s a wonderful place to live and not just because of what is nearby, but what is here in our community. I’m delighted the council are making efforts to improve facilities for our young people and I have been so impressed with the clear sense of community pride in each of the villages and areas in and around Chorley.
It is also wonderful that the schools here are so good. Parents are so fortunate given the quality of schools and colleges available to them and their children. I believe Chorley is a real power house of education within the region.”
“Therefore our plans are focused on refining the excellent practice already here at Albany Academy and sharing that with other schools in and around the local area.”
Albany pupils have returned to school this term to state of the art of technology facilities and teaching rooms. Albany was able to fund the refurbishment of a large part of its technology department as well as other classrooms thanks to joint funding between the school and funding from the Education Funding Agency. This funding was a result of a successful funding application to the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
The refurbishment, which saw a large part of the ground floor of the school rewired and fitted with the high quality fixtures and fittings, was the second part of a major three year refurbishment project the school has undertaken which included refurbishment of classrooms and ICT facilities last year and will involve the refurbishment of science laboratories next year. The feedback from staff and pupils has been overwhelming positive and it is hoped it will inspire pupils to achieve the best possible results in the classroom.
Mrs Noble, Head of the Technology faculty at Albany Academy, said “We have a fabulous new environment to inspire the next generation of engineers, graphic designers and in particular chefs. Students love the modern look of the rooms! The catering rooms in particular will be a suitable showcase for all of the wonderful food that the students prepare.”