On Thursday 19th November film director Paul Sng visited The Holgate Academy for a Q+A session with the GCSE and A-Level Film Studies classes. Paul's recent film - Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain - is part band documentary and part social commentary on the comparatively undocumented areas of Britain, specifically focusing on how recent austerity measures and government policies have affected working class members of the community.
Pupils were prepared for the Q+A prior to Paul's arrival by watching the film in lesson time and taking part in some lessons around the main themes, from what the class system to means to how the film was CrowdFunded by fans of the local Nottingham band. The pupils asked their questions on a variety of issues and Paul signed some posters and t-shirt as souvenirs.
It was a unique opportunity for the school, and the director, as he had not been approached by an educational establishment before in this context. Pupils were able to gain insights into Paul's role in the film industry and his path as a film maker, whilst delving deeper into the social issues that the film addressed. Paul left very please with how the session went and promised he'd be back in touch if / when his future projects stop by in the local area to offer some work experience opportunities.
I am very proud to be Chair of the Holgate Academy Board having seen the significant improvements that the school has made now being recognised.
After a long wait, Ofsted finally visited the Academy in the Summer which included reviewing the role governors are playing in the management of Holgate. As governors, we have been working hard with the Senior Leadership Team to prepare for this visit and were very pleased, but not surprised, that the Academy was awarded 'Good' in all areas including Governance.
We are constantly monitoring the Academy's self evaluation of its performance against the Ofsted criteria, as well as looking at how the changes to Ofsted inspections will affect us and helping the academy prepare for the new Department for Education progress and attainment measures for students.
On Tuesday 10th November 2015 11 lucky students got the opportunity to visit Retford Oaks Academy for an Author Visit. The group set off with Mrs Jackson in the morning, excited to listen to Pete Johnson and possibly ask him some questions about his books. Pete has written over 50 children's books in his career and the students were all keen to hear him read from his latest book, 'My parents are driving me crazy'.
Once the students had arrived, they were given the opportunity to catch up with some of their friends from other schools, they were then escorted into the school Theatre to settle down for the talk.