May Newsletter

May 26th 2023

Dear families,

I open this newsletter with news of our recent Ofsted inspection. It was an ‘ungraded’ inspection meaning that the result of the previous 2016 inspection would not change unless concerns were found. The official report will emerge in the next three weeks, and I will of course send it out to you all. At this stage, I can say no more other than I am extremely pleased by the inspectors' findings and humbled by the overwhelmingly positive comments from those of you who were able to complete the survey. Thank you, sincerely. Staff are extremely proud to work with your children.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our team of prefects led by Evie Archer and Jayden Cox. They have been exceptional in carrying out their duties and in putting on a multitude of fundraising events. We now wish them the very best for the remaining two weeks of GCSE exams before looking forward to their end-of-year prom. We eagerly await Yr 10 Prefect applications after half term

The new My Child in School app is, I hope, working well for you. A reminder that this was launched following your feedback requesting more information about how your child (ren) is doing at school. The real-time updates are a powerful tool to help you monitor reports, behaviour and check attendance.

At the front of our school, the Cromer Town flag now flies alongside the flag of the union and we encourage our pupils to recognise it as it represents our locality. It is our vision that pupils are extremely proud of their town and that want the town to be equally as proud of them.

In news relating to staffing, Miss Gibson is now Mrs Khalil after getting married 2 weeks ago. We wish her and her husband Reis, every happiness.

I wish you all good health and an enjoyable half-term.

Kindest regards,

Darren Hollingsworth


Eco School- Green Flag Status- Distinction

Pupils at Cromer Academy have earned an international accreditation this academic year, an Eco-Schools Green Flag with Distinction, recognising their amazing work in making the school more environmentally friendly and raising eco-awareness in fellow pupils. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates that the school has gone above and beyond to improve our local community and protect our planet.

Below are a few extracts taken from the report.

“It’s great to read that you gave roles to different Committee members and that this has helped boost their self-esteem and sense of responsibility. We love this!

The real highlights for our team were plans for the Green Eco Ticket reward scheme to encourage more eco-action, the creation of quiet spaces around your school site and your ambitious biodiversity projects.

Your submission was innovative and inspirational – good luck! Thank you so much for submitting such a terrific application. We have loved reading about your journey and are incredibly impressed by all you have achieved this year. We have no hesitation in awarding you an Eco-Schools Green Flag with Distinction.”

Eco Schools Logo

King’s Coronation Community Art Competition

The Art Enrichment group have been taking part in yet another Art competition, this time set by Cromer Carnival. They were asked to design a badge to celebrate the king's coronation. They all did amazingly well with lots of Union Jack flags, pictures of crowns and King Charles himself.

The designs were sent off to Cromer Carnival staff to judge and they selected 3 winners -

Year 7 - Daisy Harrod

Year 8 - Neroli Selwyn

Year 9 - Paige Mathews

The winners were asked to join the celebrations at North Lodge Park on Monday 8th May where they printed their badges in front of the public

MFL Film Club

Last Friday saw us kick off the third film of Language Film Club. We have started watching the French comedy: Le Petit Nicolas. Based on the series of books by René Goscinny, it tells the story of a schoolboy who believes his life will turn upside down with the arrival of a baby brother. 

Students of Spanish and French are welcome - bring your lunch. Madame Small

Le petit nicolas

Commemorating HRH King Charles III's coronation

To commemorate The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, we planted a beautiful magnolia tree on our school grounds.

King Charles III has championed environmental issues for many years, so it was fitting that our eco committee members planted the tree to mark the occasion.


Duke of Edinburgh- Bronze Practise Expeditions

Our Bronze DofE pupils have spent weekends practising for their expedition taking place in July. They have been putting map reading, tent erecting and cooking skills into practise in groups, hiking through the beautiful North Norfolk countryside. Luckily, the weather was on their side, and they all managed to complete their practise expeditions. We wish them all good luck for July and our Year 10 pupils completing their Silver expedition next month!


Year 8 Trip to Sizewell

Year 8 Science pupils took a fascinating trip to Sizewell B on 16th March. We were treated to a presentation about how a Pressurised Water Reactor works and given all the necessary safety information. Then we all had to get into hard hats, protective goggles and hi-viz jackets, before going through airport-style security to allow us onto the site. This week, the plant is on a power outage while they refuel the reactor, but there was still plenty to see, the highlight being a tour around the turbine hall where the massive motors produce the power that generates the electricity. We couldn’t see the reactor itself, understandably, but we were shown the dome that houses it.

The pupils were shown a variety of different jobs that it is possible to do at a power plant, from the engineers that run the machinery to the armed police that patrol the site and the marine biologists who check that the plant is not being harmful to local marine life.

It was a very interesting day, thanks to the staff and guides at Sizewell, and one which the pupils learned a lot from.

Sizewell B

Financial Literacy Programme

Cromer Academy continued with its financial literacy programme on Wednesday, as George and Millie from HSBC visited Year 9 pupils to deliver a session titled 'Savvy Shoppers'.  Pupils were asked to consider how to measure and think about 'value' as well as learn how store, loyalty and debit cards worked.

HSBC Savvy Shoppers

Trust Basketball Competition

Cromer Academy pupils took part in the inaugural Trust 3X3 basketball tournament at the UEA. Our students were awesome! Our Year 9 Girls managed to come third, with lots of other strong teams in attendance.

Lily was chosen as one of four players out of almost 400 pupils with the best attitude, positivity and sportsmanship.  Well done, Lily!

A huge well done to all our pupils that took part.


House Points

Congratulations to Sadler House for leading the way with an impressive 22,382 house points awarded to date.

There is still the second half of the summer term for Blogg, Shipp or Davies to challenge them for the number one spot so keep going. It is still anyone’s to win!