Frequently Asked Questions
We are sure you will have lots of questions about the new Archbishop Sentamu Academy. Here, we have provided answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.
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1. Why did the school change?
The Building Schools for the Future programme is an opportunity to bring new resources and new possibilities for our young people into the community, develop innovative partnerships and give students a better deal.
Academies are a key element of the drive to raise standards and aspirations and create opportunity in education in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country.
There are now 178 Academies in progress within most local authorities. The Government is committed to establishing 400 academies and regards the scaling up of the programme as a national imperative. There is growing evidence that academies are effective in driving up standards. For example, the proportion of students gaining five or more A*-C GCSE grades has almost doubled (from 22% in 2001 to 43.7% in 2007, compared with a national average increase of 11.2%) at the 36 academies where the predecessor school was underperforming. Key Stage 3 results of academies are showing significantly greater progress than the national average.
The National Audit Office concluded that academies are ‘on track to deliver good value for money’, that they are ‘popular with parents and staff’ and that they are improving educational attainment faster than the national average.
Archbishop Sentamu Academy is about both change AND continuity. We very strongly want to combine the best of the old with the new. So much was done in the ‘old’ school that was of great value – and those things will stay, particularly the ‘Archie family’ and the school’s ability to serve the community.
2. What changes did the students see in September?
A new reception area, brighter classrooms, upgraded facilities – and many more things that made the existing buildings a better physical environment.
The thing that is very obvious is the new IT system; students will soon notice that IT becomes very much part of their everyday learning. The Principal, Mr Chubb, is passionate about every student being competent and confident in using IT in their learning and all aspects of their lives. The new Apple computer platform is the beginning of that journey.
Other differences seemed small but had a HUGE impact. These are mostly to do with the delivery of learning and developments in the curriculum, including the introduction of Health Science.
There was a new behaviour code and strict requirements for politeness and courtesy, and, of course, our new uniform.
3. What did it mean for the community?
The school continued to be a focal point for the entire East Hull community. When we do move to the brand new site at Preston Road in 2011, we will be part of an exciting new learning village, where facilities for everyone to improve their knowledge and education will be world-class.
As Mr Chubb says, East Hull people deserve the best facilities and this is what we plan to deliver.