SCWA Latest News Updates | Friday, 12 January 2024

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Dear SCWA Community, 

This week at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, we have celebrated a series of events, each aligning with our core values of scholarship, fellowship, and leadership.

We have been delighted to share a new video highlighting the successes of our T-Level courses in Digital Design and Finance, reflecting our commitment to providing students with vital, industry-relevant skills for their future careers. Additionally, the SCWA Student Council meeting showcased our students’ leadership capabilities, where they presented innovative ideas aimed at enhancing our school community. Furthermore, the introduction of a mentoring program with The Stationers’ Company for our Year 12 students exemplifies leadership development, offering them invaluable insights and guidance from experienced professionals.

Looking ahead to next week, we have the Mock Examination Results Evening for Year 11 and Year 13. This event is crucial for preparing our students for the actual results day in August, giving them a sense of the atmosphere and the significance of that day. Additionally, our Year 12 students will have the opportunity to participate in an NHS Careers and Employability event. This is an excellent platform for them to explore various career paths within the health service, emphasising our focus on leadership and career readiness.

Each of these initiatives underscores our dedication to fostering an environment where scholarship, fellowship, and leadership are not just taught but lived daily, preparing our students for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Best wishes,

Joseph Sparks | Principal, Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy

SCWA Showcases T-Level Course Successes in New Video

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy is excited to share a short video highlighting the success of our T-Level courses in Digital Design and Finance. This video, released today, features firsthand accounts from students and staff about the positive impact and benefits of these courses.

T Level Digital Design and FInance showcase Video

Mr Roche, Assistant Principal at SCWA, shared his thoughts on the T-Level courses: “This video provides a fantastic window into how our Digital Design and Finance T-Level courses are shaping the futures of our students. In Digital Design, students gain industry-relevant skills and knowledge, preparing them for the dynamic and ever-evolving field of digital design. The Finance course, similarly, is instrumental in providing valuable insights into the financial sector. It equips our students with the essential skills they need for successful careers in finance. Both courses are pivotal in paving the way for our students’ future professional journeys.”

The release of this video demonstrates SCWA’s dedication to offering progressive, vocational education that meets industry standards and fulfils student career aspirations.

New Apprenticeship Advice Guide Available for SCWA Parents and Carers

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy is committed to providing comprehensive career guidance to its students, with weekly advice and tips shared during tutor time sessions and through a careers newsletter for Key Stage 4 and 5 students.

The latest edition of this newsletter includes a valuable resource for parents and carers – a guide designed to help them support their son or daughter with advice and information on applying for apprenticeships. This guide is a crucial tool for families navigating the apprenticeship application process. It offers insights into the various aspects of apprenticeships, making it easier for parents and carers to assist their children in making informed decisions about their future career paths.

Year 11 and 13 Mock Examination Results Evenings at SCWA

As mentioned last week, Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy is set to host our Mock Examination Results Evening for Year 11 and Year 13. These events, scheduled for Tuesday, 16 January 2024 and Thursday, 18 January 2024, are designed to mirror the actual GCSE Results Day experience in August. Students will have the opportunity to open their results envelopes and discover their achievements across all subjects. Further details about these important evenings can be found in the links provided below. These events aim to give students a realistic sense of the results day atmosphere and prepare them for the actual day in August. Parents and students are encouraged to attend and experience this key moment in the academic year.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening at SCWA

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy is set to host the Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Thursday, 25 January 2024, from 16:00 to 19:00. This face-to-face event provides a platform for parents and carers to discuss their child’s academic progress with teachers. The booking system for appointments went live at 12:00 today (Friday, 12 January 2024) and will remain live until 12:00 pm on Wednesday, 24 January 2024. Parents and carers are encouraged to book early to secure their preferred times. Appointments can be made by visiting the academy’s designated booking site. Detailed instructions and a guide for booking are available on the school’s website. For any assistance or further information about the Parents’ Evening, please contact Ms Kalote, Assistant Principal, via email at

Year 12 to Participate in NHS Careers and Employability Event

On Monday, 15 January 2024, Year 12 students at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy will have the opportunity to engage in a career and employability event focused on the National Health Service (NHS). The event, organised in collaboration with Pathway CTM, a careers guidance service, will feature professionals from the NHS. During the visit, NHS workers will share their knowledge, experiences, and insights into careers within the health service. Students will gain a deeper understanding of work opportunities in the NHS, including work experience and apprenticeship opportunities, with the option to apply if interested. This event represents a valuable chance for our students to explore the various career pathways available in the NHS and to gain a better understanding of what working in the health service entails.

Year 12 Students at SCWA Embark on Mentoring Opportunity with The Stationers’ Company

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy has introduced a mentoring opportunity for Year 12 students, pairing them with members of The Stationers’ Company for the duration of their time in Arden Sixth Form. The inaugural virtual meeting between 20 Year 12 students and 16 Stationers took place on the morning of Thursday, 11th January.

During this initial session, students engaged with successful professionals, discussing various career paths and their own future aspirations. The event was met with great success, with the Stationers commending the students for their professionalism. Notably, many meaningful connections were formed, laying the foundation for future mentoring sessions.

Ms Collier, Head of Arden, expressed her enthusiasm for the mentoring program: “This initiative with The Stationers’ Company offers our Year 12 students a unique and invaluable opportunity to gain insights and guidance from experienced professionals in various fields. It’s a chance for them to learn from those who have already achieved success and to receive ongoing support as they explore their own academic and career paths. We are immensely grateful to The Stationers’ Company for their ongoing support and commitment to our students’ futures. Their involvement is making a significant difference in our students’ lives, and we can’t thank them enough for this opportunity.”

Productive Discussions at SCWA Student Council Meeting

This week, the SCWA Student Council met to discuss a range of topics aimed at enhancing various aspects of the school community. The discussions delved into key areas such as rewards, enrichment programs, and strategies for overall school improvement.

The members of the Student Council were notably well-prepared for the meeting, demonstrating their commitment to effectively representing their peers. Mr Duran, Assistant Principal, commented on the recent Student Council meeting: “The latest Student Council meeting was a testament to the innovative thinking of our students. They came up with a range of creative ideas that they plan to present to the Senior Leadership Team. We’re looking forward to discussing these ideas further and exploring their potential integration into the academy. The level of engagement and initiative demonstrated by the Student Council members is truly commendable. It’s clear evidence of their active and constructive role in driving the continuous development of our school.”

GCSE Heritage Languages Opportunity at SCWA

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy is pleased to offer students the chance to undertake GCSEs in Heritage Languages in Years 10 and 11. Currently, the academy provides a diverse range of languages, including Punjabi, Chinese, Modern Hebrew, Urdu, Bengali, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Greek, Japanese, Portuguese, Persian, and Turkish.

It’s important to note that the GCSE examination comprises listening, reading, speaking, and writing components. To ensure the course is beneficial, students should be proficient in all four aspects of the language.

Parents who wish for their child, who fluently speaks any of the listed languages, to take the examination should complete the following Google Form by Friday, 19 January 2024. This presents a valuable opportunity for multilingual students to gain formal recognition of their language skills.

SCWA Extends Gratitude to Departing Colleague

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy expresses its gratitude and bids farewell to Vice Principal (Head of School) Mr Walker, who is embarking on a new opportunity. We extend our gratitude to Mr Walker for his commitment, hard work, and the significant contribution he has made to our academy.