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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To Parents and Students of Stewards,
I recently came to visit Mrs Erwood. She asked me to write about what I have accomplished in the 10 years since graduating as an example of how many opportunities are out there.
Now to start with, I’d like to say I was no A* student, I managed C and B grades in my GCSE’s because I worked hard, not because I was the smartest.
After Stewards, I went on to College and then University. Shamefully I did not make it through University, after 6 months I had realised that tertiary education was not for me at that stage of my life.
But this did not stop me from trying to find the life I wanted to live. I made the choice to go travelling, with a Working Holiday Visa and return flights to New Zealand I set out to explore a new country and its culture.
Within one year I was hooked, I loved life in New Zealand and enjoyed traveling to new places.
I have now lived in New Zealand for 4 years and spent time in many different towns. I have worked as a Snowmaker on ski fields every winter as I realised how much I loved the snow and thoroughly enjoyed the work. My summers have been spent going new places and trying new things; I’ve had various jobs from working in a Furniture shop, to a Tour Guide / Coach Driver for a Jet Boat company.
I also spent 4-5 months travelling in Australia to see what it was like; I found it harder to find work but very rewarding.
This is my first trip back to the UK to see my family and spend Christmas at home. I have brought my partner with me and we are travelling around Europe as she is a Kiwi (New Zealander). We have travelled the length of the UK and been to Ireland. In the New Year we are heading off through France, Spain and Andorra to enjoy lots of skiing and sightseeing.
In a few months once we are done with our travels around Europe, we are heading back to New Zealand for another winter season. We may stay in one spot and work for a year or so but then we have plans to travel some more. I want to visit both Canada and Japan during their winter seasons and I will hopefully be able to work there as you can get work visas for these countries also.
I feel very privileged to have had so many great opportunities and still more adventures to look forward to. It comes down to the person I have become through the strength and confidence given to me by the wonderful teachers at Stewards whom I consider family. They didn’t just give me an education; they taught me how to be the best person I can be.
So if you are struggling or even if you are not, outside of Stewards there is a big wide world to explore, it’s not just the boundaries of Harlow you can reach, but the edges of the world if you only try.
From Past Student
Year 7 students at Stewards Academy learned the process of making profit and being enterprising during an energetic week of making and selling their wares to staff and pupils of the Academy.
Christmas decorations, raffles, cakes, biscuits and other goodies were sold. Games, tombolas and tasks such as guessing the weight of a cake and the number of sweets in a jar took place in the hall at lunchtimes.
All 8 tutor groups competed to see who would earn the most profit with the winning group choosing the charity for the profit to be donated. After an extremely competitive and successful week the grand total of £1,139.65 was raised and the winning tutor group chose to donate the money equally between St Clare’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK.
The sense of achievement throughout the year group was immense and everyone was very proud of themselves.
Stewards Academy was thrilled to accept the honour of being the only secondary school invited to present at the prestigious biennial Headteachers' Conference in London for Place2Be, a children's mental health charity.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is the Patron of this charity and her attendance at the Conference was eagerly anticipated by one and all.
Place2Be has been an integral part of the support network available to pupils at Stewards for several years. It has run under the guidance of School Project Manager Sara Loveday.
Deputy Headteacher Mrs Erwood, Inclusion Manager Keith Naunton and Sara Loveday attended the conference, accompanied by two pupils, Lucie and Harry, who had the privilege of addressing the delegates at the conference.
Lucie and Harry spoke with enormous confidence and sincerity about the importance of having such a service available to pupils in secondary schools. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge listened to their speeches attentively.