Who is Spark’s first Student of the Month?

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Now we are all well a truly settled in to the Autumn term, we have decided to celebrate our first Student of the Month.

Why pick a Student of the Month?

 

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All of our students work hard every week. As teachers, we are using Class Dojo to keep track of the fantastic work our students are doing in lessons. However, sometimes it’s nice to celebrate one student who has consistently performed and worked well in our lessons.

 

How did you choose?

 

It wasn’t easy! All of our teachers choose a student that they felt deserved to win Student of the Month and then we had to make a decision. Each teacher had a very good reason for the student they nominated, which made it hard to choose just one.

So… who is Student of the Month?

 

October’s Student of the Month is Neha Patni. Neha is a Year 9 student at the Belgrave site.

Neha was nominated by her English tutor, Rebecca, because of her unfailing positivity. She is always willing to put her mind to whatever task and whatever topic she is learning that week. Neha’s positive attitude is infectious and she is always able to lighten the mood of others in the class.

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Neha (left) giving a speech with the rest of her group.

Neha’s English class has been studying Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing for the past few weeks. It is a complicated and sometimes challenging play, but Neha has put 100% effort into understanding it each week. Neha is willing to participate and discuss in every lesson. This makes her a fantastic addition to every English lesson!

Furthermore, in recent lessons Neha has always been the first to volunteer to read and roleplay. In plays with tricky plots, roleplay is a brilliant way to help the whole class understand. Neha’s passion and enthusiasm has helped everyone around her to understand Much Ado.

Next month we’ll take another vote, but for now…

Fantastic work Neha! Keep it up.

The Spark: Spectacular New Spark HQ

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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Spark. Tuesday is News-day and this week’s article ‘Spectacular New Spark HQ’ is your anticipated update on the build at Spark Academy’s HQ in Melton Road…

Spectacular New Spark HQ

The new building at Spark Academy’s Headquarters in Melton Road is close to completion and owner Mital Thanki is excited to share.

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Outside of the newly extended building.
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These French doors will lead out into a calming garden space.

The building work at Spark Academy’s Belgrave site has progressed greatly since it was last reported on in Spark’s blog ‘Spark Ideas’. There have been several exciting developments in the last few weeks.

Completing the Outside

 

The building crew faced a large challenge in the weather. The bad weather at the end of July, as well as during August and September, meant the crew had to wait to put the roof on the new extension. The roof and windows went in at the beginning of October. The builders reported that they were very happy about no longing working outside as the days grow colder.

The new building will also be much bigger than before. A two-storey extension was added to the back of the building, which is a huge undertaking. This will allow Spark Academy’s teachers and students room to express themselves and experience their educational journey.

 

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The new upstairs room, complete with skylights.

An Inside Job

 

Once the roof and windows were fitted, work began on the inside of the building. One major job that has began recently is fitting the electrics inside the building. The large building has a lot of wiring and complex electrical work to be completed before it is ready to use.

As soon as the electrician completes the job, work can begin on decorating and furnishing the new building. This is the part of the job Mital is particularly looking forward to. The new building will reflect all of Spark’s key values. It will be spacious, inviting and calming. This will allow students to learn in a productive community environment.

 

When will it be ready?

 

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The view from the new upstairs room.

Mital is hoping that the building will be ready for the teaching and admin team to move in by December. This means that it is on track for Spark to begin offering lessons in the new building in the new year. Mital believes firmly that the new year and new term will signal the beginning of a new golden age for Spark.

The whole team is excited to see the new building soon.

Parent Perspectives: ‘In-depth and thorough learning’

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At Spark, it is important to us that we hear the views of our parents. Ultimately, our parents make it possible for us to keep providing the level of education and service we love. We always want to check in to see what you think. Every so often it’s nice to celebrate the lovely things you have to say! We have been chatting to the parents of one of our Year 9s, Dhruv Mamnani, to find out what they think about Dhruv’s time at Spark.

Dhruv has been with Spark for English and Maths for nearly three years now. Last year he was finding that Year 8 was a step up from Year 7 and wanted the extra support Spark can provide. In particular, his parents told us they wanted

to enhance his foundations in subjects like English and Maths

 

We find this is a theme when it comes to asking parents why they looked for tuition, especially at Key Stage 3. The

jump from primary to secondary education can be sometimes be hard to bridge, which is why we work hard to cover the foundation content across all year groups. This can help our students approach GCSEs with more confidence, which is exactly how Dhruv’s parents feel too; they told us they hoped Spark could help Dhruv

so that he feels more and more confident as he progresses through

 

The Teaching

 

Dhruv originally attended lessons at our Belgrave site, and swapped to Oadby later in the year. This means he’s in a

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unique position of having seen our well lessons work at both of our sites! It’s wonderful to hear high praise from his parents about all of his teachers, as they told us

the standard and level of teaching is always at its best and the attention given to students by the tutors is highly admirable

 

It’s fantastic to hear that everything we work so hard to achieve during our lessons is paying off!

 

The Content

 

We also wanted to see if Dhruv’s parents felt that the content of his lessons was as worthy of praise as the teaching he had received. Their response didn’t disappoint:

 

The in-depth and thorough learning programme is well focused on the syllabus and is equally balanced between classroom teaching and homework

 

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Dhruv (left) and fellow student Aman before giving a political speech in a recent English lesson

Our teachers, particularly our heads of department, have all spent a long time thinking carefully about our schemes of work. As we only have one lesson a week with our students, it’s paramount that we plan our lessons and arrange the content we teach carefully to make sure we are able to cover everything. That means it’s wonderful to hear that our parents recognise how much we have worked to make our lessons as useful and effective as we can!

Knowing that our balance of homework and classwork works well for Dhruv is also very useful for us. We are keenly aware that our students attend tuition as extra support and that sometimes their workload from school can be quite high. We strive to ensure we strike the perfect balance when it comes to homework, and it looks like we might have achieved it!

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As parents, would you recommend us?

 

Spark’s reputation and ability to serve ever growing numbers of students really depends on one thing: do our parents value the work we do enough to recommend us to other parents and students in need?

Certainly

 

was the response from Dhruv’s parents!

We appreciate the support and hope Dhruv continues to find his time with us useful and enjoyable. Thank you for the kind words!

To find out more about the work Dhruv has been doing lately, have a look at our recent Teacher Talk post.

Has our parent perspective encouraged you to try us out? Find out more here and book in for your free trial today!