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News 2017

Success in Music Instrumental Grades!

Friday 28.04.2017

kids holding up their distinction certificatesBefore Easter some students across years 9, 10, 11 and Post 16 were entered for instrumental music exams.

They have achieved fantastic results! The following students have worked very hard with their instrumental teachers and travelled to external exam centres to take their grades.

  • Elliscia Massop - grade 1 piano - merit
  • Jazmine Seaton - grade 1 jazz piano - merit
  • Sophie Young - grade 3 trumpet - merit
  • Joey L - grade 1 Keyboard - distinction
  • Laura Fullwood - grade 5 keyboard - distinction
  • Tyriq Baker - grade 6 piano - distinction

More students are due to be entered for instrumental/vocal/theory exams for the summer entry.

Well done!


YOUR child's Academy needs YOU still!!!

Friday 31.03.2017

the academy needs you posterHave you got what it takes to be part of our growing parent panel?

The next meeting is Thursday 6th April and parents need to meet in main reception at 5pm.

Do you have a passion for brainstorming and bringing ideas to life to better the Academy for pupil, staff and parent?

Why not apply to become part of a transformational parent group - multiple brains are better than none!

We would loved to hear from you, please apply!

Please write a paragraph outlining what qualities and skills you will bring to our Parent Panel. Please send your applications to Mrs Field at by Wednesday April 5th 2017.


Loxdale Week!

Thursday 30.03.2017

loxdale week posterLoxdale Week is taking place on Monday 3rd April - Friday 7th April 2017.

There are a variety of events taking place such as an Easter egg hunt, samosa and cake sales, sponsored silences, the egg drop ((where students can buy a crème egg and write a message to a friend, teacher etc and this will be attached to it, these will then be delivered to the relevant person the following day), sponge the Loxdale teacher and the famous Loxdale bake off.

We are raising money for our house charity, the NSPCC so please support as much as you can!


We are the champions of the Black Country!!!

Thursday 23.03.2017

Black Country championsYesterday the year 9 boys and the year 9 girls Athletics teams took part in the Black Country Games.

This is the final tier of the indoor championships in which 170+ schools from the whole of the black country are invited to attend in the early stages. After both teams stormed through the Sandwell stages over the previous months, they went into today looking to capitalise on that success.

Both teams took away gold medals and have become champions of the Black Country.

Congratulations from all of us to the team - we can hardly express how proud and impressed we are!

Thank you also to the members of Sixth form supporting at the event!

View the pictures from the Black Country Championship on Facebook Facebook icon


OAT Debating Competition

Thursday 23.03.2017

the schools debating teamOn Tuesday, 17 of our year 9's went down to Oxford Union for the OAT Debating Competition.

Unfortunately we didn't win the competition but we have lots of feedback and ideas for when we compete next year. The quality of the debates our students delivered were to a very high standard.

The students debated on issues such as "Should children have the right to vote?" and "Should celebrities receive stricter punishments?".

A big well done to all the students who took part.

View the pictures from Oxford trip on Facebook Facebook icon


BBC School Report

Thursday 16.03.2017

kids doing a variety of activitiesAcross the UK over 900 schools took part in the BBC School Report project with George Salter being one of them.

20 students from year 8 were part of the programme who put together a news report for our school. The group spent the day planning, recording and editing news stories.

The stories in the bulletin include Proposed changes in the School Day, A reflection on Les Miserables, GSA beating Phoenix in the Football and many more!

Watch the BBC School Report on our YouTube channel YouTube logo


Consultation to change the School day

Wednesday 15.03.2017

link to consultation document to change the school dayToday sees the start of a consultation process to make changes to the school day.

The changes, alongside the rationale for change, are set out in the document below. We have gone through the process of consulting staff at the Academy and would like to take on board the views of parents, guardians and stakeholders before putting in place any changes for September.

Please download the Consultation letter and form [pdf 320 KB] and return to the Academy reception by Monday 27 March 2017.


Sweeping success at the Sandwell Indoor Athletics!

Friday 03.03.2017

sandwell championsYesterday was the final Indoor Athletics event and it did not disappoint!

These lot were absolutely fantastic and have been for the last 6 months! You've made us all so proud.

We came back with 9 team trophies - to sweep up at the competition as we did is unheard of. Becoming not only Overall Sandwell School Champions out of 12 schools, but also becoming Overall Girls Champions, Overall Boys Champions, Year 9 Girls Sandwell Champions, Year 8 Girls Sandwell Runners Up, Year 7 Girls Runners-up, Year 7 Boys Sandwell Champions, Year 9 Boys Sandwell Champions, Year 8 Boys Sandwell third place shows that we are the best school in the whole of Sandwell - and that's all because of the hard work and determination from all our athletes.

On behalf of GSA, thank you all for doing us proud!

View the pictures from the Sandwell Athletics Championship on Facebook Facebook icon


Newman University trip

Thursday 02.03.2017

Newman UniversityA group of year 12 Child Development students went along to Newman University in Birmingham, for an Early Childhood Studies Taster Day.

They managed to experience what life would be like at university and were able to attend taster sessions and meet some of the lecturers on the course.

The visit also allowed students to tour the establishment and help prepare for their university choices in year 13.



Adventure holiday at Boreatton Park

Thursday 02.03.2017

kids doing a variety of activitiesThe first weekend of the half term five members of GSA staff took 45 year 7&8 pupils to PGL Boreatton Park in Shrewsbury.

When we arrived we were greeted with a campfire followed by a night of games, singing (well sort of singing) and toasting marshmallows.

Over the weekend the pupils got to experience a number of activities such as raft building (where the majority of pupils fell in the lake), zip wire, tunnel trails, giant swing, archery, aeroball, adventure courses and abseiling.

It was fantastic to see pupils face their fears and take on these tough challenges.

A great weekend was had by all and we shall look further to returning again in the future!

View the pictures from the PGL holiday adventure trip on Facebook Facebook icon


Crown Court trip

Wednesday 01.03.2017

Birmingham Crown CourtA group of year 12 Law students spent a day at the Law Courts in Birmingham.

They sat in court and observed real criminal trials and were able to experience how English Courts function.

The students went on a tour and took part in a Q&A session with the court Usher, where they were able to ask questions on how the Criminal Courts help in bringing justice to victims.

The visit allowed students to have an insight to the different roles involved in the Criminal Justice System and were able to see their lesson's on Criminal Courts come to life.


The new Newsletter is out!

Monday 27.02.2017

link to spring newsletterOur recent Newsletter sums up the activity of the past few months in a number of areas.

The newsletter features articles about our recent excellent results regarding the schools league tables, the BBC News Report our pupils took part in, our "Les Misérables" production, our sporting achievements over the last few weeks, trips and visits and lots more.

We hope the newsletter makes for interesting reading and really demonstrate the achievements, breadth and quality of activity going on across our Academy.

Download the Spring Newsletter 2017 [pdf, 1.1 MB]


Greetings from the London West End Cast!

Friday 17.02.2017

link to les miserables london cast greetings youtube videoA huge congratulations to the cast of Les Miserables!

A huge congratulations to the cast of Les Miserables! 60 students have been working hard in drama, music and dance rehearsals for the past 5 and a half months to prepare a fantastic performance which has deservedly been acknowledge by the West End cast of Les Mis in London!

They have had two sell-out nights with a standing ovation. The Performing Arts department couldn't be prouder!

Watch the message on our YouTube channel YouTube logo



Congratulations to Darrell!

Friday 03.02.2017

darrelOne of our students on "The Excellence within The Performing Arts Programme" Darrell has recently auditioned and made it through two rounds for a Fruit Shoot Advert.

He attended these auditions in London and The Performing Arts department as extremely proud of all he has achieved.

As an experienced dancer, Darrell is part of Marshon Cadets and has done several exciting projects in the past such as:

  • Performing at Be Inspired in Digbeth, Birmingham
  • B Side Hip Hop Festival at The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham
  • Chace 2 Dance, Blackpool
  • Lady Le Shurr, Birmingham Institute
  • Next Gen at Z Arts, Manchester
  • Black History Month, Birmingham Library

We look forward to hearing more news from Darrell. Keep it Up!


Year 8 Options Evening

Thursday 26.01.2017

year 8 options evening logoAt George Salter Academy, Key Stage 4 courses such as GCSEs start in Year 9. Therefore, every student in Year 8 will have to choose a number of "optional" subjects.

Every Year 8 student has received a booklet containing information about the courses they can choose from.

In addition, there will be an Options Evening for Year 8 students and their parents/carers on Wednesday 1st February, beginning at 6pm. There will be a presentation and opportunities to discuss options with subject representatives in person.

Download the Year 8 options evening information pack [pdf, 123 KB]


Year 9 girls handball victories!

Thursday 19.01.2017

Year 9 handball teamThe year 9 girls handball team versed Q3 Academy and Health Futures on Tuesday night.

Our year 9 team included : Arvani (GK), Grace (defence), Leah (defence), Elizabeth (mid-field), Sophie Haney (mid-field), Basma (shooter) and Jada (shooter).

They started with versing Q3 Academy, ending with a win of 7-3. The team kept their technique going through the match; goal keeper Arvani Gill throwing the ball down to mid-field, who would then pass to the shooters. 5 shots in, shooter, Jada Rennock performed a lucky, yet amazing goal. Jumping above Q3's defenders, she threw the ball into the back of the net. The goal keeper saved the ball from going in by hitting it up into the air, however, failing to catch the ball before it landed, it bounced into the goal.

The second match was against Health futures, ending with another win of 6-3. The match included three amazing 'hat-tricks' performed by Leah. Two shots were received in the top left corner, passed by Sophie, and thrown into the bottom left corner of the goal. The other shot was received from Basma, in the top middle and thrown into the top right of the goal.

Match report by Sophie (Year 9)


Les Miserables ticket sale!

Monday 16.01.2017

les miserables posterBuy your tickets now to see this epic musical on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February @6.30pm, led by 60+ of our students singing with a live orchestra and a professional set and months of rehearsals!

Les Miserables tickets will be on sale for staff and students within the production from Wednesday of this week.

They are priced at £6.00 adults and £4.00 for children/concessions. There is also an opportunity to purchase our very popular Gold Tickets for £12.00 which includes a delicious three course meal inspired by French cuisine and front row tickets. These are available for the Thursday performance only.

The tickets will be for sale outside PA#2 on our portable Box Office opposite the Green Room Theatre at break and lunch time Monday-Friday.

To ensure fairness, tickets can be only be secured with payment.


YOUR child's Academy needs YOU!!!

Friday 06.01.2017

the academy needs you posterHave you got what it takes to be part of our growing parent panel?

What is it that YOU as a parent to a pupil of our Academy, could contribute to overall effectiveness of our school?

Do you have a passion for brainstorming and bringing ideas to life to better the Academy for pupil, staff and parent?

Why not apply to become part of a transformational parent group - multiple brains are better than none!

We would loved to hear from you, please apply!

Please write a paragraph outlining what qualities and skills you will bring to our Parent Panel. Please send your applications to Mrs Good at by Friday January 20th 2017.


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