This Friday, 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). HMD is the day each year when we remember the six million Jewish people systematically persecuted and murdered by the Nazis and those who collaborated with the Nazis during the Holocaust. HMD is when we remember Roma and Sinti people, disabled people, gay people, political opponents and many others who faced persecution and death at the hands of the Nazis. HMD is when we remember the millions of men, women and children, who have been murdered since in genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Genocide is when a group of people are targeted for destruction just because of who they are, such as their race or their religion. Genocide does not happen out of the blue, it is the result of prejudice and persecution which sees a group progressively treated differently to the rest of society. On HMD, we are reminded of what can happen when prejudice and persecution are left unchallenged, and of our responsibilities to stand against these processes when we see them in our own communities. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 is - How can life go on? This theme asks us all to think about how people who have experienced the horror of genocide can start to rebuild their lives. How communities and countries can heal after genocide and what role we in the UK have towards individuals, communities and nations who have survived genocide. HMD is not only about commemorating past genocides and honouring those who died, but about standing with those who survive. What prejudice and persecution do we need to challenge? What hope can we bring?
23rd January, 2017
Academy Assemby 23 January
14th December, 2016
A wonderful evening was spent listening to carols, readings and watching students dance to celebrate Christmas.
11th November, 2016
All staff and students joined together at 11.00 am on 11 day of 11 month to join the rest of the country to remember. TLA were honoured to be joined by veteran Michael McCarthy
10th November, 2016
Year 9 Campus Tour of Sussex University
Year 9 students were given a tour of Sussex University Campus by university students who are also ambassadors. TLA students were given a taster session on American Studies by one of the ambassadors which they found really interesting. Students were also given information about the financial side of being at university. A very informative day enjoyed by all!
10th November, 2016
TLA hosted a Business Breakfast for local companies which was very well supported. Guest speakers were from Chichester University, Northbrook College and TLA. Students spoke about foreign trips and their impact and also the recent success of the STEM team. We look forward to hosting another breakfast meeting.
2nd November, 2016
TLA Stem team win at National Level
Having won the England, Wales and Northern Ireland national final of the Bloodhound Microbit STEM rocket car challenge at the end of last year, today the team went up to Excel London to attend the Microsoft Future Decoded conference to take on the winning Scottish team along with two Microsoft graduate intern teams. I am pleased to report that once again our team performed amazingly both whilst competing and in attending the conference sharing their work and articulating their ideas brilliantly. It was an amazing event to be invited to showcasing their work to many senior executives of technology companies from around the world including the CEO of Microsoft who spent time speaking to them personally. To top it all the team once again came out victorious beating both the intern teams and the Scottish National winners team to take the International crown. Well done to our students!
13th October, 2016
Year 7 Streetwise Performance
Year 7 students watched a performance 'Streetwise' giving them the opportunity to explore risk, responsibility and consequences as a pedestrian. This enables them to make informed decisions, manage their personal safety and understand how their behaviour affects those around them.
30th September, 2016
Prospective parents/carers and students were welcomed to TLA with the Steel Band playing. After a welcoming speech by the Principal, Mr Thomas, visitors were able to look around in all parts of the Academy to see subject areas for themselves. It was a very busy evening with a terrific atmosphere.
26th September, 2016
European Language Day
Year 7 students joined together in the Main Hall to celebrate European Language Day by sampling a variety of activities. They were able to taste different foods, learn a dance, play basketball, take part in quizzes and lots more.
14th September, 2016
Into Year 11 Evening
Year 11 students and parents/carers attended an information evening. A booklet was given showing websites for revision and tips a copy of which can be found on our website under Letters Home. Sixth Form representatives were also present to advise on future paths.
25th August, 2016
GCSE Results 2016
The Littlehampton Academy is celebrating GCSE results that show strong improvements in the achievements of its students. This welcome news comes on top of the removal of special measures in April 2016.
This year, 49% of students entered gained five GCSEs at A*-C including English and Maths, up from 45% last year and are our best results for four years. 66% of students entered gained an A*-C in English (62% last year) and 68% in Maths, a huge improvement on last year’s 55%. The proportion of pupils achieving a C or above in both English and Maths was 54% - up from 44% last year.
The performance of disadvantaged students has improved significantly: last year 14% of disadvantaged students achieved a grade C or above in English and Maths; this year that number has doubled to 30% - a fantastic achievement.
Some particular success stories are:
- Abigail Race – achieved 6 grade A*s and 4 As which mean she achieved 100% A*-A grades.
- Chloe Capelin – achieved 6 A*s and 4 As also 100% A*-A.
- Calum Yardley – achieved 3 grade A*s, 5 grade As, and 1 B
- Matthew Hubbard – achieved 5 grade A*s, 4 As, and 1 B
- Kaiylan Haines – achieved 3 grades at A* and 6 at grade A
Principal, Morgan Thomas, said: “Four months ago, the academy came out of special measures and now our exam results are the best we’ve had for years. This is the result of a great deal of hard work by staff, students and parents and shows how much this community can achieve when we all pull together. It is fantastic to see so many of our students enjoying their hard-earned success and we are very proud of them.
The performance of disadvantaged students has rightly been highlighted as an area that the school needs to focus on and these results show that we are making very good progress here.
We will now be focusing on other steps that we can take to improve the academy even further. I will be inviting all parents to come into the school in the new academic year to hear more about our successes and how we plan to move the academy forward in 2016-17.”
18th August, 2016
A2/AS Results August 2016
At A2 (Year 13 final year of Sixth Form) the proportion of students achieving A*-B this year is 40%, an improvement of 4% from last year’s already strong results. The overall pass rate for students entered is 100%, an excellent result. This success was also repeated in the vocational BTEC courses, with sixteen students gaining the coveted ‘Distinction starred’ grade (D*).
Some particular success stories are:
- Rosie Reader who gained 4 A*s and one grade A at A Level; she will taking up a place to study Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College, London.
- Isabelle Munro who gained 3A*s and one A grade, including her Extended Project Qualification. Isabelle is off to read medicine at University College, London.
- Alicia Jolly, Lucy Hubbard, Jack Piper and Callum Tucker all achieved 2A*s and one A grade
At AS (Year 12, first year of Sixth Form), results are also improving at TLA: this year 34% of students achieved the top grades of A-B, a 5% improvement on last year.
Some success stories from Year 12 (AS results) are:
- Frank Nightingale who achieved 5 grade A.
- Will Lloyd who achieved three grade A.
- Emily Hughes achieved three grade A and a B.
- Lucy Hellen who achieved three grade A and a C.
“Our Sixth Form is already strong and these latest results show that we continue to improve. We are extremely proud of our students who have worked very hard this year and they are now being rewarded for their efforts. I would like to thank our staff and parents for the huge amount of hard work that has made this possible.” Morgan Thomas, Principal
“We are delighted with these excellent results which reflect the hard work and commitment that our students, ably supported by their teachers and parents, have put into their studies. We are so pleased that they are now able to go on to their chosen careers or university courses.” Kate Claydon, Assistant Principal, Director of Learning KS5
20th July, 2016
Academy Assembly July 2016
The whole Academy came together to celebrate the end of this academic year. Staff (nominated by students) and students received Life to the Full Awards (Respect, Aspire, Explore and Persevere). Students from the Rain Garden team and STEM team who raced at Santa Pod were given certificates. PE also gave out awards. Everyone was also entertained by the TLA choir, singers, dancers and the staff flash mob.
19th July, 2016
Summer Evening of Creative Arts
A full audience experienced a great evening of talent. Students performed dance and drama pieces; the choir performed; solo performances from students and staff; artwork was exhibited. A wonderful way to finish the Summer Term.
5th July, 2016
National Finalists - Santa Pod Raceway
TLA students beat thousands of others to win national Land Speed Record Rocket Car Challenge
Seven Year 8 and 9 students from TLA were amongst the many thousands of students across the country who took part in the Bloodhound model rocket car challenge. The goal was simple, using the foam block and wheels provided, design and make the fastest possible vehicle to race down a 20m track in order to gain a place in the National finals to be held at Santapod Raceway in July. To qualify the teams from TLA attended Goodwood Festival of Speed to race their rocket propelled vehicles down a 50m track in order to achieve a time fast enough to gain one of the top 30 places in the national final. We were delighted when two of the TLA vehicles successfully gained places in the final recording times of over 54mph in just 15 meters!
On finals day the teams were given one hour to build a new vehicle from scratch entirely unassisted by teachers using all their knowledge gained from building their initial vehicles. The race took the form of two runs down the drag strip at Santapod, the winners being the team that recorded the fastest combined time. At the end of the first round TLA teams successfully secured both first and second place out of a field of thirty vehicles an amazing achievement.
After watching an amazing launch of an unlimited class rocket car which achieved a speed of over 700mph all thirty teams were assembled for the prize giving. The winning team would be invited to Newquay for an unforgettable VIP day watching Bloodhound SSC land speed Record car test run before the car deploys to South Africa as well as £1,000 for their school.
What an amazing achievement, to gain first and second place in a national competition of this size.
Both teams put in a huge amount of time and effort researching, designing and developing their vehicles in order to get to this point. We are immensely proud of their creativity, perseverance and ultimately their achievement. Team work and good humoured determination has been outstanding well done to each and every member of the team. Developing creative confident problem solvers that can deliver at the highest level is exactly what we are about within STEM and at TLA. What’s our next challenge!
1st July, 2016
Year 11 Prom
Year 11 students celebrated the end of their time in the main Academy at Fontwell Racecourse. The evening was a great success with lots of dancing and catching up. Official photos will be available to download from the following website from Monday at the latest, please keep checking to see availability http://nfaphotography.zenfolio.com/
23rd June, 2016
Year 11 Moving On Celebration
Year 11 students celebrated their time in the Academy in Years 7-11 at this event. Certificates were awarded, year books and prom tickets collected. Our TLA choir started the evening and two dancers performed, well done! At the end of the presentation parents/carers, staff and students joined together for drinks and snacks in the Atrium. We look forward to seeing them back in our Sixth Form in September. More pictures on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thelittlehamptonacademyofficial/?ref=bookmarks
2nd June, 2016
Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze Award
Congratulations to the 16 Bronze participants who all successfully passed their Bronze Expedition Assessment recently.
20th May, 2016
Digital Art Workshop
A selection of our budding young digital artists and illustrators took part in a Digital Arts Workshop recently. The brief was set by the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Disaster co-ordinator, Martin Funnell. Students were asked to develop a range of characters, settings and scenarios for the Disaster teams “What if” campaign, aimed at raising awareness for both school age students and adults in the workplace and at home, of what to do in case of extreme conditions, floods or other major incidents. The designs produced by students will now be developed and used county wide, as well as potentially nationally as a part of the “What if” team awareness campaign.
We are very proud of the excellent work of our young artists!
18th May, 2016
Multi-Taster Day, Sussex University
Students took part in three workshops, History, Informatics and Maths during their visit. All three workshops were interactive and gave new insights to the subjects. Students had a really interesting day to prepare them for future visits.