Head boy Charlie Dowers (centre left), Head girl Rexhina Kotarja (centre right), Deputy Head boy Jim Cooper (left), Deputy Head girl Bayley Summerfield ((right).
I am delighted to have the opportunity of introducing you to Stewards Academy.
At Stewards, pupil achievement is at the heart of all we do. We encourage all our students to do their best, to achieve the best examination results they can and to develop their personal and social skills to the full.
In June 2013 OFSTED Inspectors recognised Stewards as a good school with many examples of outstanding practise. They said that students achieve well and make good progress. Inspectors were very impressed by the quality of teaching and by the behaviour and safety of pupils which was graded outstanding.
Inspectors reported: "The attitude and behaviour of students are exemplary because of the great importance the Academy places on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Working with their teachers, they have created an exceptionally safe, caring and supportive community of which they are very proud to belong."
The Inspectors spoke to very many students in lessons, in meetings and around the school. They were extremely impressed. Stewards students are described as; "articulate, caring and well-adjusted young people who can offer much to British Society." All members of Stewards community can feel extremely proud to have received such a positive endorsement of our work.
Everyone has a vital part to play in developing our school. We listen to our students, respect their views and regularly celebrate their successes and achievements across the whole spectrum of school life.
We have created an atmosphere of trust and collaboration at the school - a place where everyone is respected and where the traditional values of mutual care, consideration and acceptance flourish. We are committed to students becoming good citizens who will contribute positively to society.
Stewards Academy has gained an excellent reputation within the local community. We have strong links with parents and with the business community. In recent years we have achieved numerous national awards in recognition of the high quality education we offer. Visitors invariably comment on the friendly, purposeful and welcoming atmosphere of Stewards Academy. The website will give you information about the work of the teaching departments and an idea of what we value in a school of which we are justly proud.
Rhonda Murthar B.A. M.A.(Ed).
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Stewards Academy played host yet again to the Normandy war veterans and their families for a special afternoon of Remembrance, organised by English teacher and former Head Girl of Stewards, Miss Brigenshaw. Moving poetry in English and French, some written by the pupils themselves, stunning art work, superbly choreographed modern dance sequences and a sing- a - long of First World War classics - all made up a very touching programme of events. The veterans have been coming to Stewards for many years and are regarded by one and all as part of the Stewards extended family. Pupils who belong to the scouts, guides, army and sea cadets, all proudly wore their uniforms to school for the day and joined in the service at the end of the day. The sale of poppies was such that the British Legion had to deliver more boxes of poppies for the charity monitors to sell. The veterans were given a delicious high tea and younger pupils queued up to have the privilege of meeting the war veterans who mean so much to the children.
Students from Stewards Academy paid their respects to the Royal Anglian Regiment, for the resilience, service and sacrifice shown by our brave heroes and to welcome our troops back home The Freedom March. The Royal Anglian Regiment is a battle group in the British Army who were given the right to march in the town since being given the freedom of Harlow in 2012. They formed up by Harlow Post Office and marched through the town centre amidst cheering crowds to finish with an inspection outside the council offices in the Water Gardens.
Waiting at the end of the parade the students cheered and waved their Union Flags as the soldiers smartly formed up for the inspection. The Mayor of Harlow reminded the audience of the Resilience of the troops who lost comrades during their recent tour of duty.
The 24 Stewards students are all members of a uniformed youth organisation in and around Harlow and represented not only Stewards Academy but the Scouts, Guides, Sea/Army/Air/Marine Cadets and Boys Brigade. They were all very happy to witness and celebrate the soldiers’ safe return from recent tours in Afghanistan and Mali. Along with teacher Mr Ofori (Ex Royal Logistics Corps) the students wore their respective uniforms or Stewards Academy Uniform with pride.
Between Monday 21st and Friday 25th September, we hosted the first exchange between Stewards Academy and Puistola School, our partner school from Helsinki, Finland. The partnership between our two schools was established during the last academic year following Ms Murthar’s visit to Finland with other Headteachers in the autumn of 2014. We were delighted to host 12 Finnish pupils and 3 teachers as part of this first educational and cultural exchange. The Finnish children were hosted by 12 Stewards children in Years 9 and 10. All the children involved took part in a wide range of activities both within Stewards Academy and during two trips to London and Cambridge.
Following their mid-day arrival at Stewards Academy on Monday, the Puistola School children were met by their 12 host in the Conference Room. They were then given a tour of Stewards Academy by their hosts during the afternoon. On Tuesday the Finnish children were given the opportunity to immerse themselves into the normal working routine of Stewards Academy as they shadowed their English hosts around the school, following their timetable and taking part in a wide variety of lessons and activities. The three teachers accompanying them also had the opportunity to observe lessons in a range of subjects including English, Mathematics and Science. The three Finnish teachers commented they were impressed by the variety of high quality teaching styles they observed in lessons and the quality of work being produced by Stewards Academy pupils.
On Wednesday, we had the opportunity to visit London and we enjoyed a very busy day. Firstly we had the chance to visit one of Europe’s leading academic institutions, Imperial College, London. We were given a tour of the main campus buildings by two students in their third year at Imperial. They told us about university life and the wide range of research which is undertaken at Imperial College in a wide range of Science and Engineering disciplines. Following our visit to Imperial College, we spent two hours looking at the fascinating displays and activities in the Science Museum which is located just a short walk away from Imperial College.