Click the titles below to read more about the partnerships, projects and accreditations Nottingham Academy Ransom Road Campus is involved in.
I was so excited to be part of First Story – a group of students who love to write. It is that. And so much more. First Story is like a portal into another world, where the quiet student who rarely speaks in class becomes this confident, outspoken creative, unafraid to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Where stunning lines of poetry and prose are created from bizarre word games. Where students feel safe to express themselves.
Established, published writers such as novelist Paula Rawsthorne and performance poet Mark Gwynne Jones, inspire us every week. Their unique styles are so refreshing after spending a day with the same teachers and their tips for great writing are invaluable. We also benefit from a shadow writer - a student from The University of Nottingham, who supports both the writer and the students. They provide an insight into university life that some of our students may not have, bringing a real sense of achievable aspiration.
In addition to this, we have visited Universities in Oxford and Hull for the Young Writers' Festival and we attend the Regional Writing Event at The University of Nottingham. During these visits, students participate in workshops, listen to readings by famous writers and even get up on stage to read their work to a huge room full of strangers. It is phenomenal.
At the end of each year, students host a launch night for their published anthology. This is an evening of pride and celebration. Family and friends join us for readings and refreshments and are often blown away by the quality of students’ writing and their confidence in performing their words.
In addition to the anthology, First Story offer a free summer residential in a beautiful location for an intensive week of creative writing workshops and tutorials with experienced tutors. The students who have attended so far have had the most amazing experiences and I have already selected next year's candidate who is extremely excited.
Overall, I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group; promoting creativity, literacy and confidence. I have seen students shine in the power of their own words and voices.
By Ms Nina Green - English Teacher
Alternative Provision and Think Forward
Alternative Provision is a specific support base for those students who struggle to maintain their place within the mainstream Academy setting, despite a range of interventions or due to a significant, serious one-off incident. This is predominantly a Key Sage 4 provision.
Nottingham Academy’s in-house provision provides an appropriate, accessible and relevant curriculum for this group of students. The key focus is to ensure students follow an individualised pathway, to achieve success.
The ethos of the provision is “be the best you can be”. This is recognised through all aspects of the curriculum, whether in the core subjects, vocational options or within the personal development and employability elements of the student’s timetable.
The purpose of our in-house AP curriculum is to achieve academic success, with an emphasis on attaining GCSE English and Maths; alongside a range of vocational subjects which can be studied at level 1 or level 2. These include OCR National Sports, OCR Health and Social Care, V-Cert Food and Cookery and a range of other options. This is supported by a comprehensive PSHE/tutorial programme which aids the personal development of students, including the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
This year, an exciting partnership with ‘Think Forward’ also adds a new dimension to the AP offer. This programme aims to improve our students with regard to their work ready capabilities and will offer a range of work related and employability activities. Every student will have a regular 1:1 tutorial with a dedicated coach to assist their academic, social and emotional progress.
GCSE Maths, GCSE English, GCSE Psychology, AQA PSHE, Employability Studies, Duke of Edinburgh Award, ELC Science, ELC History, 1:1 tutorial and Vocational Options:
- Music Technology
- Health and Social Care
During their time within us, students will always be encouraged to reflect on their actions and develop their ability to self-regulate, in order to improve their attainment, behaviour and attendance at Alternative Provision. This may mean a return to mainstream provision is an option if appropriate. We expect high levels of engagement, progress and achievement from our students. Students are supported through a range of opportunities, to build their self-confidence, self-esteem and leadership traits so that they leave with qualifications and skills that lead to positive post 16 destinations and ensure that the students are employable in the future. This approach requires individualised and intensive support, with a well-constructed behaviour support plan designed to provide positive behaviour, regular attendance and a sense of achievement.
City of Literature - University of Nottingham
In 2017 Nottingham Academy began working with the University of Nottingham on the City of Literature project.
Nottingham became the eighteenth UNESCO City of Literature in December 2015 joining the eleven existing UNESCO Cities of Literature – Edinburgh (UK), Melbourne (Australia), Iowa City (USA), Dublin (Ireland), Reykjavik (Iceland), Norwich (UK), Krakow (Poland), Dunedin (New Zealand), Prague (Czech Republic), Heidelberg (Germany) and Granada (Spain) – bringing the total amount of Cities of Literature in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to twenty.
Nottingham boasts a diverse literary community with wide-ranging literary organisations including DH Lawrence Heritage, Nottingham Writers’ Studio and Nottingham Playhouse and literary festival, Nottingham Festival of Words and Nottingham Academy have been happy to join this community by providing literary insights to our local community.
Students have been using interview skills to find out stories from people in their local area that they may not normally interact with. The students can then either adapt these stories or create a piece of creative writing to share with others.
The scheme has had many benefits, from students gaining confidence and developing writing skills, to having students learn more about their local area and build bridges between other people in their community that they may not have interacted with normally.
Nottingham Academy is proud to be a Drug Aware accredited school.
“Drug Aware is an aspirational standard for schools and their communities, supporting them to address drug and alcohol issues through early intervention. It leads the way in making a real difference. The standard, set out for schools to build on existing work, helps to develop a more effective, evidence-based approach. With the participation of parents and pupils, DrugAware schools will have better, more robust drug and alcohol education, policy and support for vulnerable young people.”