Armed Forces Week (week beginning 22nd June 2020)
It is Armed Forces Week and today is Cadet day. Instead of the usual parades we take part in every year, today the TDET Combined Cadet Force and Staff will be proudly wearing their uniforms at home. Please look out for more photographs over the weekend. Well done Cadets!
Hold Still Campaign
TDA’s Photography department are running a version of the Hold Still project. This project was launched by the Duchess of Cambridge in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery. This is a photographic portrait competition that reflects the bravery, spirit, hopes and routines of people living through lockdown. People of all ages are invited to send images responding to 3 categories, with a chance to be featured in a virtual gallery.
TDA’s Photography team are inviting submissions from TDAJ, TDA pupils, families and teachers to submit work to be exhibited at TDA upon our return to school. Please send all exhibition entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, year group and the category by 18th June 2020.
Alumni Student visits the Photography Department
Today, the Photography Department welcomed back alumni student, Joe Welch. Joe secured an A* in A level Photography at TDA last summer. He presented his A Level Photography work to students & spoke about the BSc Film and Photography degree he is currently studying at university.
STEM Trip to Bletchley Park
The Year 8 students enjoyed their recent STEM trip to Bletchley park! They took park in a code breaking workshop where they got to touch the Engima machine and then had a guided tour of Bletchley park.
Year 8 Netball- TDA vs Peterborough School (5th March)
It was close game at the Peterborough School on 5th March but, unfortunately, Peterborough School won 16-8. The score line does not reflect how close the game actually was in the centre court, just clinical shooting from their GA/GS. Well done girls!
Netball Fixture Results - Feb 2020
On Thursday 27th February, the Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 netball teams travelled away to play Stamford Endowed School. The year 7, 8 and 10 teams were victorious and the Year 9 team drew 10-10. Well done to all the girls involved!
NSPCC Dress up for Digits Day - 14th February 2020
During the last week of term 3, students at TDA and TDAJ took part in events to raise money for the TDET chosen charity, which is the NSPCC. Students took part in a variety of number related activities including the Pi challenge in maths lessons, guess the number of jelly beans in the jar, is it Prime tombola stall run by 11M TMA and the Dress up for Digits non-uniform day. We are delighted to announce that these activities have raised £2383.24 across TDA and TDAJ!
All the money raised will make an enormous difference to children today and will help change the lives of children so thank you for your support.
Sixth form from TDA working with students from CALS college Nieuwegein and Lorentz Lyceum, Arnhem in the Netherlands
Luke Nightingale and Nicola Harrison on the final day at CALS College in Nieuwegein. They have been collaborating with their peers from Nieuwegein and Arnhem schools exploring how our SoTo partnership can develop a model of student leadership. They are discussing learner attributes to create a learner profile to complement the debate they are contributing towards this afternoon.
The Annual Memorial Service to Commemorate Thomas Deacon
The annual memorial service to commemorate Thomas Deacon was held today at Peterborough Cathedral. Canon Black led the service and was joined by Key members of Thomas Deacon Foundation, Thomas Deacon Education Trust (TDET) and Thomas Deacon Academy.
Cadets from the Trust Army, RAF and Mini Cadet sections were brought to attention to honour the laying of a wreath at the foot of the Thomas Deacon memorial.
The service continued with readings from Thomas Deacon Foundation, Principal Students Ahmet Kucuk and Zoe Newson, before the closing prayers.
Charity Christmas Hampers
For the second year running, Thomas Deacon Academy has come together as a whole school community to create a spectacular collection of Christmas Hampers that will be delivered to a range of local charities, supporting those in need at this important time of year. Starting with just a plain box, forms were asked to decorate and create something amazing for the eye while also filling them with all manor of products, from food to socks, all in the name of charity. The response, again, has been overwhelming and the four charities involved have shown a great appreciation for what the students have done. We are very proud of our community and we are proud to be working with Age Concern, The Foyer, New Haven Homeless Shelter and the Peterborough Soup Kitchen.
Vex Robotics Regional Tournament 2019
Children in Need Fundraising at TDA Juniors
We raised £324.50 wearing non-uniform and £205.70 on the cake sale. The final total was £530.20.
TDA Juniors Football
Well done to the Football Academy students who competed in the TDET Football competition held at school last Tuesday. The children competed against teams from Welbourne Primary Academy, The Beeches Primary School and Gladstone Primary Academy. A huge thank you to The Peterborough Posh for sending a number of representatives on the day. The children played with pride and resilience in tough weather conditions. They were fantastic representatives of our school with the 3/4 team finishing in 4th place and the 5/6 team in 3rd. Well done to all of the children involved.
Shoe Box Appeal - TDA Juniors
TDAJ have managed to donate 96 shoe boxes to The Samaritans Purse. They will be sent to children who are less fortunate than us.
Would all parents of students at the Thomas Deacon Academy please note that the way in which the school communicates with you has changed. With effect from the 1st of September, the school no longer uses SMS messaging. Instead it has switched to the use of email and the SIMS parent app. For this to be a success, it is essential that the school has details of your up-to-date email address. If you believe that you are not receiving communications from the school, please contact your relevant house administrator and provide them with your email address details.
The SIMS Parent app is an improvement upon the previous communication methods used by the school. For more information about the SIMS Parent app, please go to the Parent Portal.
Under 13s Hockey vs Kimbolton
Well done to the following girls representing TDA @ Kimbolton:
Back row L-R: Salma Ourty, Gracie-Lei Regan-Daniel, Nini Carrao Kemp Silva, Eunis Yu, Simona Mizisinova, Juweiria Alam. Middle row L-R: Natasha Tavares, Imogen-Leigh Thompson, Mia Mackenzie, Lecenia Costa Pereira, Ines Mlodziejewska, Thea Richmond. Front row L-R: Fran Namakula, Megan Ferris.
Peterborough Schools' Hockey Tournament
Well done to the following girls for representing TDA at the Peterborough Schools' Hockey Tournament. We had such a good turnout that we were able to enter two teams (TDA A and TDA B):
TDA A vs Jack Hunt: 1-0 (Ruqayyah) TDA B vs Jack Hunt: 0-1 TDA A vs Kings B: 2-0 (Ruqayyah, Juweria) TDA B vs Kings B: 0-0 TDA A vs Kings A: 0-0 TDA B vs Kings A: 0-2 TDA A vs TDA B: 1-0 (Ruqayyah) TDA B vs TDA A: 0-1
TDA A finished joint first and TDA B finished joint fourth.
Back row L-R: Nini Carrao Kemp Silva, Gracie-Lei Regan-Daniel, Evie Stokes, Mia Mackenzie, Salma Ourty, Thea Richmond. Front row L-R: Juwaria Alam, Ines Mlodziejewska, Natasha Tavares, Megan Ferris, Lecenia Costa Pereira, Ruqayyah Hussain.
Senior Hockey - 30th October 2019
Well done to the following pupils who beat Kings 2-0. Goals by Tommy Paul & Lauren Wyer.
Back row L-R: Lauren Wyer, Isabelle Cameron, Karla Sharratt, Imad Hussain, Tommy Paul, Dhruv Erda, Lukemann Ulhaq, Wajid Ali. Front row L-R: Ellie Ward, Dita Fridenberga, Iara Cacheu.
A new record has been achieved at Thomas Deacon Academy as students produce the best set of GCSE results in the history of the academy.
Nearly 60% of students achieved grade 9-4 in both English and Maths which is a significant 8% improvement on last year. More than a third of all students achieved a strong pass, level 9-5, in both English and Maths.
Principal of Thomas Deacon Academy, Rick Carroll, said: “We are absolutely thrilled by these results. They follow on from last week’s strong A level grades and underline TDA’s commitment to securing the best possible outcomes of knowledge, skills and character for each student.
“This year group, in particular, has made enormous progress since it entered the academy five years ago. The grades they have obtained today are a reflection of their own hard work and determination coupled with skilful and highly focused support from staff. We are also grateful for the way so many parents have given their sons and daughters constant encouragement to sustain their efforts through what is often a very stressful period.
“The students collecting their results today are rightly proud of their achievement. Following their GCSE success, we are looking forward to welcoming a high number of the year group back into the TDA sixth form.”
Julie Taylor, CEO of Thomas Deacon Education Trust, added: “I am delighted for Thomas Deacon Academy. To have secured their best results yet is a massive achievement and reflection of the high-quality teaching and learning that takes place at the academy. I am thrilled for all the students and staff on this fantastic accolade.”
Impressive individual performances include:
- Amber Moore - 8 grade 9s
- Luca Kist-Chancellier -7 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s
- Nadia Szymiec - 7 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s
- Raiqhah Hussain -6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s
- Zara Sharpe-Dai - 6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s
- Monika Grabowska - 5 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s
- Aleksandra Lis and Sami Maryam made the highest progress across the Academy
Thomas Deacon Academy celebrates best ever GCSE results
Students celebrate A Level Results at Thomas Deacon Academy
Thomas Deacon Academy are celebrating another great set of A-level results this year with students achieving a pass rate of 95% at A-level and 97% in vocational qualifications.
Almost a third of A-Level qualifications achieved were the top grades of A*-B with over 60% of grades at A*-C. Amongst the highest performing subjects were Further Maths, Geography and Photography; these are indicative of the wide range of opportunities available to sixth form students at the Academy.
Particularly pleasing were the results for the Extended Project, in which over 70% of the students gained A*- B passes, and Further Maths, in which 83% of the grades were A*- B.
Principal of Thomas Deacon Academy, Rick Carroll, said: “These results are a real testament to the hard work and partnership of parents, staff and students. A significant proportion of students have fulfilled or exceeded our expectations. These results continue to reflect the hard work put in by students and staff over the past two years.”
“Early indications show that nearly all students who want to go on to university will be able to access their preferred choice. For many students these results demonstrate excellent progress from their starting point on entering the school."
Julie Taylor, CEO of Thomas Deacon Education Trust, said: “On behalf of the whole Trust, I would like to congratulate all staff and students on another fantastic set of A-Level results. These results are a true refection of the dedication of all involved and I wish the students the best of luck in their future adventures.”
Impressive individual performances include:
Robbie Marseglia who achieved A* (Maths), A* (Further Maths), A* (Physics) and A (Computer Science). Robbie is going to study Computer Science at Warwick University.
Louie Millward who achieved A* (Maths), A* (Politics), A* (Economics) and A (Further Maths). Louie is going to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the London School of Economics.
Harkirat Kaur who achieved A* (Chemistry), A (Biology), A (Maths) and A (Further Maths). Harkirat is going to study Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry at Warwick University.
Mikolaj Dworzycki who achieved A (Maths), A (Further Maths) and A (Physics). Mikolaj is going to study Mechanical Engineering at Warwick University
Maria David who achieved A* (Art), A (English Literature) and B (History).
Eliana Kutschera who achieved A (Art), A (Biology), A (Creative Writing) and B (History). Eliana is going to study International Development at the University of East Anglia.
New Principal appointed to lead Thomas Deacon Academy
On Tuesday 23rd April, Rick Carroll took up the position of Principal at Thomas Deacon Academy (TDA).
Rick has a strong background in teaching and leading in schools across Coventry, Suffolk, Stevenage and St Neots, where he rose from the position of Deputy Headteacher to Executive Headteacher.
After several years leading multiple schools as an Executive Headteacher, Rick is excited to get back to what he describes as “the best job in the world.”
He said: “I am absolutely delighted to take up the position of Principal at Thomas Deacon Academy. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview process and from day one, I got a real sense of the level of support that I would receive from my colleagues at TDA and TDET. The values of the school and the Trust strongly align with my own which is really important. I knew it would be a great fit for me.
“I was lucky enough to meet a number of students as part of my interview and I was very impressed with how they represented the academy and its values. I can’t wait to begin life at TDA and start working with my colleagues to ensure we provide the best education possible for our students.”
Chief Executive Officer of TDET, Julie Taylor, said: “We are thrilled to have appointed Rick to lead Thomas Deacon Academy. We knew he would be a great addition to our team as he shares the same values as we do at all our schools across the Trust. He also brings with him enthusiasm for the role and valuable expertise that will benefit the academy and the Trust more widely.
“Rick has a very exciting vision for the academy and we are looking forward to seeing him take this forward. We are delighted to welcome him into our community and look forward to working with him closely over the coming months.”
Mr Walls, Principal, has made the decision to step down from his role at TDA
"It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve the Thomas Deacon Academy community over the last five years I will miss the fantastic students, colleagues, parents and governors but am also looking forward to pursuing exciting new leadership opportunities in my future career. I wish the Academy every ongoing success under the next phase of leadership. I am confident that TDA , the Thomas Deacon Education Trust and the Thomas Deacon Foundation will continue to go from strength to strength over the coming months and years".
Mrs Gaunt will take on the role of Acting Head of School under the executive leadership of Mr Hudson, Director of Secondary for TDET. The process to recruit a new principal for TDA will commence in the new year.
TDA joins SoTo heads and school leaders to forge educational partnerships with China
Last week, school leaders from Schools of Tomorrow (SoTo) visited China as part of the first SoTo international delegation. SoTo is a member-owned social enterprise that brings schools together through a shared commitment to the four quadrants of educational delivery; highest levels of achievement, highest levels of wellbeing, highly effective preparation for the future and highly effective family and community engagement.
The objective of the China Delegation was to form long-standing partnerships with primary and secondary schools in Qingdao, with a view to sharing best practice and providing meaningful two-way learning opportunities for students and staff.
During the visit, the delegation explored the city of Qingdao, which has a population of 10 million and a total of 1,897 educational settings. The city is made up of a several districts, with the most notable being the west coast and east coast areas, which were home to the schools identified as suitable partners for the UK based schools. Each school was partnered with a comparable Chinese school and, following the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, the respective school leaders spent an afternoon with their partner school leaders to discuss and share ideas about their vision, values and education system.
In addition to visiting the partner schools, the school leaders spent time exploring the newly established Yew Chung International School of Quindao and the China-Britain Innovation Industry Park to explore opportunities for the mutual Continual Professional Development of staff and the subsequent benefits to the children. As a result of the visit, Schools of Tomorrow are committed to exploring a new joint venture, China - Teacher Development Programme and will now enter into communications to develop the venture over the coming years.
Clive Corbett, SoTo Director said, ‘I came to Qingdao committed to developing links between children in England and China, something that I believe to be of particular importance during a time when the UK is seen by some as turning inwards. Establishing international connections between children and families is central to enhancing international understanding and mutually advantageous development, and essential to the future well-being of our countries’.
The visit proved to be extremely beneficial to all parties and TDA is honoured to be formally partnered with Bilingual Primary School and Huangdao Hongde Middle School, Qingdao, China.
GCSE results 2018
Over half of students (54%) achieved a Level 4-9 in both English and Maths, with 37 per cent achieving the higher Level 5-9.
Among the highest individual performances this year were Sharafaib Chowdury, who achieved six grade 9s, three grade 8s and one grade A, and Mohammed Raza, who achieved four grade 9s, three grade 8s, one A* and one A.
Zoe Newson achieved four grades 9s, five grade 8s and two grade 7s, and Ahmet Kucuk achieved five grade 9s, two grade 7s, two grade 6s and one grade B.
There were many students who made incredible progress in their GCSEs, including Karanjeet Khera, Mohammad Nabi, Sapna Bibi, Zoya Mehmood and Mohammed Raza.
Richard Valler, Acting Principal at Thomas Deacon Academy, said: “I would like to congratulate all of our students and families on this fantastic set of results. The achievements come from a great deal of hard work and dedication from both our students and staff so I am delighted to see that this has paid off and our students have been rewarded for their efforts. I wish everyone the best of luck in the future.”
The highest performing subjects included Construction, in which 86 per cent of students achieved a Pass or better, and Media Studies, where 81 per cent of students achieved a grade C or above. Other high performing subjects included Drama, Spanish, Photograph, English, Resistant Materials, Business and Health and Social Care.
A Level results 2018
Students at Thomas Deacon Academy are celebrating another great set of A-level results this year. Despite significant changes to specifications and examinations, the Academy achieved a pass rate of 95% at A-level and 97% in vocational qualifications.
In nine subjects over a quarter of candidates achieved grades A*-A, and in more than one-third of subjects over 50% of students achieved grades A*-B.
Richard Valler, Acting Principal, commented: “These strong results indicate the hard work of our students and is reflective of the ethos and culture in the Sixth Form at TDA. 84% of our students gained 3 or more A-levels, showing continued improvement in academic achievement, allowing high proportions of young people to continue along their chosen academic or vocational pathway. We are very proud of all of our students but special mention must go to Devesh Erda for his stunning performance achieving four A-levels at A* grade and Annie Cavanagh achieving three A* grades.”
Ben Treverton, Head of Sixth Form, said: “Given the numerous changes to vocational subject specifications we are exceptionally pleased to have attained a pass rate of 97% with a third of candidates achieving Distinction grades or better. We were particularly delighted for twins, Freya and Kerenza Whitehead, both of whom have been successful in obtaining places to study Criminal Justice at Leeds University.”
Impressive individual performances include:
Devesh Erda: A*, A*, A*, A* Further Maths, Maths, Physics, Chemistry – going to study computing at Imperial College, London
Annie Cavanagh: A*, A*, A*, A English Literature, English Language, Art and Politics – going to study at Sheffield University
Hannah Danks: A*, A, A PE, Maths, Geography – Geography at Newcastle
Hamza Zaman A, A, A, – Biology, Chemistry, Maths – Dentistry at Plymouth
Freya Whitehead A*, A, A – Psychology, Politics, RE – Criminal Justice at Leeds
RAF Cadets learn to fly
Six cadets from the RAF Section of the CCF attended a flying course where they learned the principles of flight, control surfaces and the types of movement of an aircraft before learning the various aircraft instruments that feature in a Viking glider.
After receiving a thorough training session the cadets moved to the simulator which accurately models a real glider. Here they were able to practice manoeuvring in the air and landing in the safety of the simulator. Each cadet had a minimum of four flights, two in a Viking glider and two in a Cessna 172 four seater, powered aircraft.
Four of the cadets had previously done an air experience flight and were awarded their Blue Wings which they will wear on their uniform to symbolise their achievement. The Blue Wings are the first stage of learning to fly which will lead the to solo flights at the age of 16.