Latest News and Information
Francis Combe Academy will be performing maintenance on the Telephone System on Friday 17th February 2012. Please note that systems will be up and down throughout most of the day. Appologies for any inconvenience caused.
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End of term news letter now available online!
New Parent Governor!
Francis Combe Academy welcomes its newest Parent Governor. Alex Anderson joins the Academy’s Governing Body after having been elected, and has been invited to attend their first meeting next week.
As part of our Art Specialism we are in the process of entering our learners into as many Art competitions as possible. A huge congratulations to all those that entered the 2011 Saatchi Gallery / Sunday Telegraph Art Prize for Schools, sponsored by Deutsche Bank.
Please find below the link to our homepage on the Saatchi Gallery.
Year 11 Parents evening and sixth form event:
Year 11 Parents' Evening and Sixth Form Information Event –Wednesday, 7th December (4.00-7.30pm)
Parents' Evening appointments start at 5.00pm, with the last appointment at 7.25pm.
The Sixth Form Information Event will run as 3 separate hour-long
sessions in the Science Plaza - please come along to the session that is most convenient for you and your parent/carer: 4.00-5.00pm,5.15-6.15pm or 6.30-7.30pm. Complimentary mince pies and other seasonal refreshments!
ALL STUDENTS WHO ATTEND PARENTS' EVENING WILL RECEIVE A FREE VOUCHER FOR A REVISION GUIDE IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR CHOICE. OFFER ONLY AVAILABLE ON PARENTS' EVENING!
Was your child photographed receiving an award at the Academy’s Presentation Evening this year? If you would like to be emailed a copy of the photograph(s), please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we will only reply to email addresses that match those on our records for each student.
Exam Time and Key Dates!!!
For up and coming exam information and key dates please click here
FCA On Facebook!
The Academy has officially joined Facebook and would love for you to be part of the conversation too. The page is already brimming with the latest news and updates from every corner of Academy life; from opening times and events to results, press coverage and even TV appearances.
Message From The Principal!
Francis Combe Academy is very happy to announce this year’s remarkable GCSE results.
49% of our Year 11 students achieved the gold standard of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths. This is an enormous increase on last year’s figure of 31%, which was the first set of results achieved since Francis Combe became an Academy.
This transformation of our learners’ achievement is due to the focus we have placed on ensuring that all our learners experience success through achievement, as they see their lives being transformed through learning. The dedicated hard work of our teachers, non-teaching staff and students, with the support of their families, has lifted our youngsters’ achievement in these key exams, opening so many doors for them as they move into the sixth form, further education, training or employment.
Francis Combe Academy is moving into a new era of achievement, and our learners are given every opportunity to make their dreams a reality.
The intention of the monitoring visit was to assess progress since the establishment of the Academy in September 2009. The headline judgement is that the academy has made satisfactory progress, and the inspectors have recognised that the Academy’s new leadership team have begun to make real improvements that are having an impact.
Inspectors commented that there are “rising standards across the year groups.”
They were very impressed with our students’ behaviour and attitudes towards learning, saying, “Behaviour was good in lessons. Students were co-operative and worked well together in pairs and in groups.”
Inspectors were also struck by how much behaviour has improved: “Changes to the management of behaviour by teachers introduced by the new Principal are having a positive impact on learning. Students are pleased with the system, which they see as fair. One student spoke for many when he noted, ‘Lesson time is not lost to bad behaviour anymore. We can get on and learn.’”
Inspectors also noted how happy students are with the support they are given: “The students speak well of the pastoral support available and expressed confidence that there was always someone they could speak to when worried.”
Finally, inspectors were encouraged by the Academy’s leadership: “The academy has established a strong senior management team. HMI expressed their confidence in the senior team and the academy’s capacity to improve.”
Please find here recently published:
BBC news school report gives 11-14 year olds around the UK a chance to make their own news at school and broadcast it via the internet. Check out our very own BBC news reports by clicking on a link below: