At West town Primary Academy we believe that homework, in the way we set it, helps to develop children’s independent learning skills. We use learning journals to set weekly homework that effectively build on children’s understanding of the work they have covered that week in class. Challenges are open ended and accessible by all children.
We encourage parents to support their children with homework. In addition to their journals, all children are expected to read daily and learn their times tables and spellings. All children have learning logs which they record their reading in and also have a wide range of support information for maths and literacy to help children, and parents with their homework.
Class teachers make parents and children aware of the expectations and day to hand homework in at the start of the year and discuss this at parent meetings during the year. We would like to thank parents for their continued support in helping children to complete their homework as it does have a marked impact on the progress of their children.
Sawtry Village Academy (formerly Sawtry Community College) is a mixedsecondary school and sixth form located in the village of Sawtry, Cambridgeshire a short distance from Peterborough.
Sawtry Community College converted to academy status in April 2015 and was renamed Sawtry Village Academy. The school is now part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).
The current Principal is Sarah Wilson, who is assisted by Deputy Principal Simon Parsons and five Assistant Principals. Wilson was appointed following the resignation of the previous principal, James Stewart. Stewart left the school in Summer 2014 after a critical Ofsted report, and was subsequently arrested over allegations of fraud. In October 2017, Stewart was convicted of four counts of fraud and one of misconduct in a public office. Stewart used £85,000 of school funds to pay off personal debts, £6,000 of school funds to cover household bills, and aided and abetted vice-principal Alan Stevens to commit fraud. During the trial, the court heard that Stewart would routinely lock himself in his office—which he refurbished at school expense for thousands of pounds—where he had "a private phone line installed to place bets with bookmaker William Hill, and [would] watch horse racing on TV." His office also contained sex toys, condoms, lubricants and alcohol. Stewart was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment by Mr Justice Stuart Bridge at Huntingdon Law Courts.
The school made a decision to change to a Vertical Tutoring System in 2009, this system was originally split into 6 houses but for September 2015 these will be reduced to 4 main school houses and 1 sixth form house, to reflect the falling intake of the school. The school is committed to ensuring that every child achieves their academic potential whilst being supported to attain the best possible outcomes. To support the challenging curriculum, the school will implement the CMAT set of Academy Pledges which students are expected to complete during the course of their time at the academy, at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Pledges are an awards system which offers students a range of character building opportunities that enhance their learning and development. It is an expectation of every pupil to complete their Pledges during their time at the academy.
The Pledge system aims to encourage and support many important qualities in students, such as responsibility, expectation, intuition and citizenship, all of which are crucial for giving students employability and brighter futures.