Wreake Valley Academy News – 50th celebrations, Ofsted report, Basket Ball Teams Success

Wreake’s 50th Celebrations
Wreake Valley Academy is now in its 50th year. The school opened its doors in September 1971 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Celebrations had to be postponed due to Covid however, the school have now set a date to commemorate the milestone.
Past staff and students, members of the local community and others that hold Wreake close to their hearts are welcome to come for afternoon tea on Thursday 16th June from 4pm.
There will be live music, memorabilia to look at, tours around the school and the opportunity to reminisce with people that you may have lost touch with throughout the years.
A spokesperson for Wreake Valley Academy said ‘We would really like to see as many old faces as possible, so if you know someone who has connections to Wreake please pass on our details and ask them to get in touch.’
To help us to plan we are asking that guests sign up by clicking on the link below and submitting their details https://forms.office.com/r/vvP18Zt1Yu or by emailing admin@wreake.bepschools.org

Wreake Valley Get ‘Good’ Ofsted Report
A team of Ofsted inspectors visited Wreake Valley Academy and Bradgate Sixth Form on the
9th and 10th February to carry out a full inspection. The report has graded the school as ‘good’ in all categories.
Headteacher, Tim Marston joined the school in March 2020 just as the country went into a national lockdown. He commented that ‘Staff and students were delighted by the report but weren’t going to make too much of a fuss about being graded as ‘good’. He explained that Wreake Valley was at the beginning of a journey and there was lots more work to do’. He commented that he was pleased that the report had recognised the hard work that the staff team and school community had undertaken to raise standards across the school. Mr Marston added that ‘the school’s focus was as strong as ever on being a good school every day and making sure that all of our students get great disruption free lessons and a whole host of additional opportunities’.
The inspection which was carried out over two days saw inspectors visiting lessons, scrutinising student’s books and talking to students and staff about their experiences. Parents were also given the opportunity to express their views through an online survey.
The report said…
‘ The school has improved considerably since its previous inspection. New leaders have raised staff’s expectations of what pupils can learn and achieve.’
‘Pupils understand the simple message that ‘every lesson counts, and everybody matters’.
‘New behaviour routines help pupils get to lessons on time and concentrate on their learning.
Low-level disruption in lessons is uncommon. Pupils say that most teachers deal with incidents of poor behaviour fairly and consistently. They appreciate help from staff to improve their conduct, when necessary. Pupils are generally polite and respectful. They get on well together and enjoy positive relationships with adults. Most pupils are confident that staff will resolve any issues of bullying swiftly. Pupils feel safe in school and know that there is always someone they can talk with if they want to share a concern.’
The full report can be found on the school’s website:

Wreake Valley at the Top of their Game
Wreake Valley Year 7 girls and boys basketball teams are flying high after they both reached the County finals.
After becoming area champions, the girls beat Rawlins, St Martin’s and Welland Park to take them through to the county cup finals. Leicester Riders Arena will host the final match for the girls on Tuesday 15th March when Wreake Valley will play Lutterworth High school.
Headteacher Tim Marston said ‘The Year 7 Basketball teams are newly formed teams, coached by one of our new members of teaching staff Aisha Siddiq. Both teams have gone from strength to strength with their skills and confidence both on and off the court. Aisha has given the students some fantastic opportunities in creating both a girls and boys Basketball team. The whole school is behind them and will be cheering them on for the finals!’.
The Year 7 boys Basketball team also became area champions and then went on to beat Lutterworth High School and Limehurst Academy to make it to the final. Their semi-final saw them losing after the first three quarters but the team pulled it back to win 16-13. The boys final was held at the Leicester Riders Arena on Tuesday 22nd March against St Pauls.