Dear Parents/Carers


I am pleased to be able to take some time to write to you, for the first time in many weeks. It has been a hectic term with many highlights and an equal number of challenges.

It is comforting to note that confidence in The Parker is steadily returning, and that each successive report of our progress is telling a very positive picture.

We remain committed to providing the young people of Daventry with a first-class education and wish to thank those parents who provide us with support and encouragement along our journey.

Good News Travels

It is pleasing to report that our number of Twitter followers has reached the 470 mark, but this is still some way short of my ambitious target of 1000 by Christmas!  Contrary to popular belief, this call for followers was always directed at parents because it is just such an easy way to communicate short bursts of important information.  As some parents will have noticed already, news of the safe arrival of our Germany trip broke on Twitter, including  photographs, all within minutes of their safe arrival.

As the weather becomes more challenging, our Text, Website, Twitter and Facebook page will become more important if we are required to notify you of any site safety concerns or closures.  If you are not following us yet, I urge to you to do so.


If you live locally, you will have seen the excellent coverage we received in the press following the publication of our latest HMI Monitoring Visit.  These visits take place regularly, usually over a two-year period and report to parents about the extent to which the Academy are addressing any areas of under-performance.

Our visit coincided with the National Day of Remembrance and gave the Inspectors a chance to see at first-hand how respectful and mature our students are, through the wonderful way they observed a minute of absolute silence during morning break.

A copy of the letter and full report from HMI can be found on our website.

Uganda 2014


In November, 15 students from Northamptonshire schools visited Uganda for the Jinja International Youth Meeting. Our group comprised; The Parker, Sponne, Caroline Chisholm and The Ferrers.

The conference provides an opportunity for students to work in partnership with students from Ugandan schools to examine and address global issues such as conflict resolution and restorative justice.  The quality of the conference was incredibly high and many lasting friendships were established.


I was particularly delighted that the students and I were able to visit our partner school, Iganga High and be their guests for the day.  The Parker Student Senate are already discussing activities that can raise the profile our international link and much needed funds for a new Design Technology department at the school.

Staff Leavers

We have a number of staff members that are leaving at Christmas.  I would like to thank them all for the significant contribution they have made to William Parker School, and more recently The Parker Academy.



Debbie Bamiro

English Teacher

Amanda Harris

Cover Supervisor and German Tutor

Clair Gilbert

Science Teacher

Jane Goodall

Second in Faculty: Science

Cara Wilson

Second in Faculty: Maths

John Gercs

German Teacher

Particular thanks go to Mr Gercs who has been such an advocate of German language studies over many years and passionate coach of many our athletics stars.  We will endeavour to capture his spirit and enthusiasm next summer when we attempt to retain the E-ACT Games trophy for the third year in succession.

Quick Congratulations to:

 - Our newly appointed; Head Boy, Head Girl, their Deputies and the House Captains.

 - Our Year 7 Student Ambassadors on devising and presenting an excellent Super Learner Day to local Year 5 and 6 children.

 - Tom Osborn on coming 2nd in the Daventry Rotary Club Young Chef Competition.

 - All of our amazing ‘Word of the Week’ story winners.

 - Year 11 students on their excellent conduct during their trial exams.

 - Our Year 10 girls Rowing Team on winning the Sainsbury’s Level 2 School Games.

Story Challenge

Students have engaged in the ‘Story Challenge’, with William Cleaver and

Ben Monaghan-Jupp coming in second place to Tilly Burnell’s winning entry.   You can read the short stories on the Academy Website in the Literacy Folder under the Curriculum tab.

We are very much looking forward to the entries for this term being even better than those entered last term and hope to see more of our budding authors emerging in the future.

Lots of students have been taking advantage of the LRC during lunch-times to play word games and quiz games. Students from across the Academy have been competing to get the highest score in Scrabble or to get all the ‘cheeses’ in Trivial Pursuits.

Please follow @TheParkerLiteracy to see photos, and keep up to date with what we are doing to promote and develop your childrens’ literacy skills.

Also, Class 72 reading lessons are currently at the top of the Year 7 Leader Board for taking the most Accelerated Reader quizzes!

Christmas Hampers – 12th December


Mr Robert Davey and the residents of Braunston Village kindly donated food to make up Christmas hampers for our needy families.

Students from The Parker were very keen to participate in this process.  Hampers will be distributed by Mrs J Goodrich, our Parent Support Advisor, to families from Falconers Hill Infant School, Falconers Hill Junior Academy, DSLV, Guilsborough and The Parker.

Year 12 Cinema Trip


On Wednesday 26th November, 19 of our Year 12 Media Studies students visited Cineworld in Northampton with        Miss Bloomer to see the new instalment of the Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1.

The screening was part of the students’ study of text, representation and genre for their A level Media course, and provided an opportunity to experience a blockbuster film in its rightful environment. 

Year 12 student Charlie Williams said, “It was great to have the opportunity to go and see a brand new film together which was so useful to our studies.”

Harriet Smith commented, “Wow, what an experience; I was crying right from the start!”  

Look out for more trips and events in 2015!

Awards Evening – 16th December

Awards Evening provided us with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of past and present students. Particular congratulations go to Lauren Marshall who was presented the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Academy.

If you were unable to attend and would like to collect certificates, please contact the Academy on telephone number 01327 705816 as you will need to sign on collection.

Christmas Concert – 18th December

The Christmas concert takes place on Thursday of this week. Through the outstanding work of Mrs Sharkey there will be a non-stop cabaret of items both seasonal and traditional. The Concert will start at 7.00pm.

Tickets are available on the door and you are most warmly invited.

Year 11 Information Evening – 2nd December

Over 100 people attended the Year 11 Information Evening where exams assessment and revision guide information was shared.  Presentations were also given by the Vice Principal: Post-16, Director of English, Director of Maths, Director of Science and Head of Y11 Progress about particular aspects of exams and assessment in their subject area.  Many parents took time to let us know that they found the evening to be extremely informative and successful.

SIMS Gateway

The Gateway is a work in progress.  More information with regard to your child will be available in the New Year however, you may not have realised that further information can be found behind the: Additional Info command.  If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the Gateway, please contact Mr J Webb on extension 256.

Work Experience June 22nd – 3rd July 2015

Currently all Year 10 students are securing Work Experience placements for next year.   Work Experience provides students with the opportunity to spend time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or an area of work.

Work Experience can help you decide on your options after Year 11 and beyond.  Students will also get the chance to develop, and show evidence of vital skills; such as self-confidence, communication and independence.

All students need to have a secured placement as soon as possible to ensure all Health and Safety checks are completed.  Please contact Mrs C Webster in Main Reception for assistance in securing a placement or for any other queries.


The Academy is currently working on a new website and this should be available in the New Year.  If you do have any comments please contact the Academy by e-mail on for the attention of Mr J Webb.           

Student Opportunities

Name Activity Day(s) Times
Mr A Drake - SENCO Homework Club Monday-Thursday 3.30-4.30pm
  Homework Club Friday 3.30-4.00pm
Mr B Harrison - Humanities History Sessions Wednesday 3.30-4.30pm
Mrs L Sheen - MFL Extra sessions for Year 11 Monday 3.30-4.30pm
Ms E Reed - English Drop in Support Sessions for any students with Ms N Speck Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 3.30-4.30pm
Mrs J Sharkey - Post 16 Choir - Music Block Friday Lunchtime
  String Group Monday Lunchtime
Mrs D Pallett - LRC Trivial Pursuit Challenge Monday Lunchtime
  Board Games Tuesday Lunchtime
  Homework Club Wednesday Lunchtime
  Craft Activities Thursday Lunchtime
  Draughts and Dominoes Friday Lunchtime


Attendance - From 04.09.14 – 04.12.14

Please see below attendance figures for this term. If you would like to discuss any attendance issues, please contact Mrs J Goodrich, Parent Support Advisor.


Total Year 7            95.71%

Total Year 8            94.14%

Total Year 9            94.78%

Total Year 10          93.92%

Total Year 11          93.59%

Total Year 12          95.94%

Total Year 13          93.88%


Dates for your Diary


20th                 Year 11 Progress Evening

22nd                 Year 10 Vaccinations

29th                 Year 12 and 13 Progress Evening



5th                    Parent Forum – 6.00pm

11th                 Year 8 Progress Evening

12th                 Super Learner Day 2



5th                    Year 8 Options Evening

6th                    Issue Year 9/10 Interim Reports

16th                 Year 10 Progress Evening

17th                 Year 11 Photos

26th                 Years 11/12/13 Parents Evening

I would like to wish you a relaxing break,  a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.   

Thank you for your continued support.

The Academy will close on Friday 19th December at 3.20pm and will re-open as normal to students on Tuesday 6th January 2015.

Andrew R. Mackereth