Head boy Alex Dodd, Head girl Alarna Mace, Deputy Head girl Blessing Ona, Deputy Head boy Matt Fleming.
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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One of the most pleasurable aspects of a career in teaching, as any teacher will tell you, is seeing a young person develop into an adult and fulfilling their potential. It was very encouraging, therefore, for Stewards Academy to receive a letter from the Right Honourable David Laws MP, the Minister of State for schools, congratulating the Academy on its examination results. Stewards Academy is now in the top 90 schools in England, showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grade GCSEs, including maths and English. Not only that, Mr Laws congratulated the Academy on the progress that disadvantaged pupils have made. He wrote “you are increasingly effective at providing pupils with a good start in life and preparing them well for their futures.” Deputy Headteacher Helen Ginger said “This is welcome recognition by government of the hard work that Stewards pupils and staff put into their studies”.
Stewards Academy played host to two spectacular concerts featuring City of London Sinfonia, one of the country’s leading professional orchestras, on 12 February 2015. The concerts were part of the ‘First Time Live - Youth' project led by Orchestras Live, in partnership with Arts Council England, Royal Opera House Bridge, Essex Music Education Hub and Essex County Council. An afternoon concert performed for over two-hundred pupils from seven Harlow primary schools was followed by an evening concert for the local community. Bothconcerts culminated in the performance of an original composition produced exclusively for these performances, involving one-hundred pupils from Stewards, Burnt Mill, St. Mark’s, Passmores and Mark Hall, who performed alongside City of London Sinfonia. The concerts were the result of workshops at Harlow’s five secondary schools and ten of its primary schools delivered by Orchestras Live, City of London Sinfonia and composer John K Miles as part of the ‘First Time Live – Youth’ project.
Photograph of Year 9 and 10 pupils with Ms Pilvi Savolainen, Ms Milla Honkanen, Mr Paavo Juutilainen, Mr Jouni Kuisma and Headteacher, Ms Murthar
Stewards Academy hosted a visit by teachers from Helsinki this week following a fact finding visit there organised by the Association of Secondary Headteachers in Essex (ASHE). The education system in Finland is recognised as achieving very good results as measured by international tests (the PISA tests) and the visits were designed to help teachers in both countries to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Finland has no Inspection system, no league tables of schools and no external examinations or tests until the age of 18. Teachers are universally trusted, very well trained (with their university degrees paid for by the state) and classes are generally between 15-24 in size. Finnish teachers were particularly impressed by the resources, facilities and the support staff structure we have – far more than they have in their own school system.