SCWA Latest News Updates | Friday, 3rd May 2024

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Dear SCWA Community, 

This week, I’m pleased to share several exciting updates that align with our core values of scholarship, fellowship, and leadership.

Our Combined Cadet Force served as carpet guards at The Stationers’ Company Charter Dinner, looking exceptionally smart in their uniforms. In the sporting arena, our Dean School students had their first rowing session at the Olympic Park after rigorous preparation in the academy.

With our Year 11 and 13 students preparing for their examinations, our energy and attention will shift to support them through focused revision sessions and examination warm-ups. We are committed to ensuring they are fully prepared for success during this crucial time. Our support includes key knowledge and skills sessions, tips and reminders, and exam strategies. These efforts are designed to maximise their chances of achieving their best possible outcomes.

Looking ahead, there are many exciting events and initiatives on the horizon. Here’s to another productive week at SCWA!

Best wishes,
Joseph Sparks | Principal, Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy

SCWA Combined Cadet Force Serves as Carpet Guards at Charter Dinner

On Wednesday, 1 May 2023, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy took on the role of carpet guards at The Stationers’ Hall in London for the company’s annual Charter Dinner. This event commemorates the granting of the company’s Royal Charter by Queen Mary Tudor on 4 May 1557.

The cadets were accompanied by Principal Mr Sparks and Major Wilson. In reflecting on the event, Mr Sparks said, “It was great to see our seven cadets in their ceremonial uniform, supporting The Stationers’ Company at their annual Charter Dinner.” This event holds significant importance in The Stationers’ Company’s calendar, and the cadets received praise from the guests for their excellent contribution.

Students and Mr Sparks stood with an official

Bank Holiday Reminder: Monday, 6 May 2024

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy would like to remind parents and carers that Monday, 6 May 2024, is a Bank Holiday. The academy will be closed to both staff and students on this date.

Dean School’s Successful Rowing Trip at the Olympic Park

On Wednesday, 1 May 2024, Key Stage 4 students from Dean School experienced their first on-the-water rowing session, led by London Youth Rowing on the River Lea at the Olympic Park.  The students have been training hard in school, developing their technique and building stamina, which they put into practice on the water.

Ms. Bartlett, SENDCo of Dean School, commented, “The students have been using rowing machines regularly, covering distances of up to 5000m in a single session. Their hard work paid off, as they enjoyed their time on the river and are eager to return next week. Hamid, one of the students on the trip, expressed his excitement, stating, ‘It was so much fun, but we were all very tired at the end!'”

Students sat in a rowboat on the water with an instructor stood in front of them
Students sat in a rowboat

Reading Coffee Morning with Mr Hill and Ms Paquette

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy is inviting parents and carers to a Reading Coffee Morning hosted by Mr Hill and Ms Paquette on Wednesday, 8 May 2024, from 09:00-10:00. The event will provide valuable insights and practical tips on fostering a love for reading and strategies for enhancing reading skills outside of the classroom.

During the workshop, parents and carers will:

  • Understand the Importance of Reading at Home: Explore how reading contributes to overall academic development.
  • Learn Engagement Techniques: Discover effective methods to involve children in reading activities and make them enjoyable.
  • Access Resources and Tools: Gain knowledge about useful resources to support reading progress and improve comprehension skills.

Mr Hill, Assistant Principal, stated, “This workshop offers a great opportunity for parents and carers to enhance their children’s reading journey. We look forward to seeing you there.”

New Mailbox for SEND Team at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy

To enhance communication with our SEND Team, Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy has introduced a dedicated email address for all SEND enquiries. Parents and carers are encouraged to send their questions and concerns to sen@scwa.org.uk, where a member of the SEND Team will respond within two working days. For urgent enquiries, please contact your child’s small school directly.

Year 11 Revision Sessions & Exam Warm-Ups at SCWA

As our Year 11 cohort begins their written examinations next week, we’ll be sharing information regarding final revision sessions and pre-examination warm-ups to ensure that pupils are fully prepared and equipped for success. Next week:

Wednesday, 08 May 2024

  • GCSE RE pupils with Ms Khanom (DE002) after school
  • GCSE Drama pupils with Ms Walton (Drama Studio) after school

Thursday, 09 May 2024

  • GCSE RE pupils with Ms Khanom (DE002) before school from 07:45
  • GCSE Drama pupils will spend period 2 with Ms Walton (AR001)
  • All pupils will have Science during period 5 which will continue after school until 16:15

Friday, 10 May 2024

  • All pupils will have Science (Small School Lecture Theatres) before school from 07:45
  • GCSE Sociology pupils will spend period 3 with Ms Murphy (AR104)
  • All pupils will have English during period 4
  • All pupils will have English after school until 16:15

Reminder: Summer Examinations SCWA

For detailed information on all scheduled exams, including dates and times, please refer to the complete examination timetable for Summer 2024. Sixth Form (GCE) examinations are highlighted in blue, while Year 11 (GCSE/Vocational) subjects are displayed in white.

This timetable ensures that all students are aware of their examination schedules and can prepare accordingly. We wish all our students the best of luck in their upcoming examinations.

Summer Examinations Timetable 2024

Year 13 Revision Sessions & Exam Warm-Ups at SCWA

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy is committed to ensuring that our Year 13 students are well-prepared for their summer examinations. As a result, we are offering subject-specific “Warm Up” sessions before each exam. These sessions, led by the respective class teacher, will focus on the following:

  1. Key Knowledge and Skills: Covering essential topics for the exam paper.
  2. Tips and Reminders: Providing helpful advice and reminders before the exam.
  3. Exam Strategy: Reviewing the available marks and suggested timings for each question.

Session Schedule:

  • Morning (AM) Examinations: Warm-up sessions begin at 07:45 on the morning of the examination.
  • Afternoon (PM) Examinations: Warm-up sessions are held after school at 15:15 on the evening before the examination to avoid schedule conflicts.

Each session will last for one hour. The planned timetable for these sessions is available and can be accessed here. Additionally, we advise students to consider pausing or adjusting their part-time job roles during the exam season or ensure they can attend the necessary warm-up sessions before going to work. The next six weeks of focused revision are crucial to achieving the best possible outcomes in the summer exams.

Revision Corner: Tips for Effective Study Habits

As we approach the Year 11 and 13 public examinations, Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy will be posting a series of revision hints and tips to support our students in preparing effectively. Here are some strategies to help enhance study sessions:

Establish a routine: Encourage your child to establish a consistent study routine. Setting aside specific times for revision each day helps create a sense of structure and discipline. Consistency is key to effective revision and helps prevent procrastination.

Practice tests: Administer practice tests or past exam papers to assess your child’s understanding of the material. Practice tests simulate the exam environment and help identify areas of strength and weakness, allowing for targeted revision.

New Knowledge Booklets and Assessments at SCWA

Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy will be releasing new Knowledge Booklets on Google Classroom starting Monday, 6 May 2024. These booklets are tailored to each student’s year group, aiming to provide structure and clarity in their homework process. 

The academy has recently completed a series of knowledge acquisition assessments across all year groups. These assessments, consisting of multiple-choice questions, are designed to evaluate students’ understanding of the material in their knowledge acquisition booklets, which play a key role in the academy’s approach to homework. In recognition of academic achievements, the academy plans to celebrate student accomplishments in upcoming assemblies, where awards will be presented. Students who missed the assessments due to illness will be able to complete them at home, ensuring everyone has the chance to participate. This approach allows for comprehensive reporting on student performance.

Parents can expect to receive these assessment reports by Friday, 24 May 2024, through the MCAS system.