Dixons Kings Academy Appreciations!

Integrity, Diligence, Civility... 6 May 2016

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At Dixons Kings, we live by our core values. Integrity is always doing the right thing and keeping true to your moral principles. Diligence is the necessity of giving attention to detail in order to avoid error and overcome obstacles. Finally, Civility is about showing everyone consideration and respect. Our appreciations newsletter celebrates the members of our academy family who exhibit these values and climb the mountain to success. We also champion the family members who, during their climb, have shown themselves to be unique, ambitious and creative.
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The Climb... Events at DKA

National Tenner Challenge Awards Day!

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Team Festive Homes of DKA (Aisha Sharif, Ra'Is Aslam, Safina Ali, Aneeqah Hussain, Taybah Khan & Kajal Parekh) picked up their award at the Mishcon De Reya offices who hosted this years Tenner Challenge Awards ceremony.

Having beaten over 3,000 teams and 21,000 individual participants, Festive Homes collected the award in the 11-14 category for LEAP Potential Award sponsored by the highly acclaimed London law firm Mischon De Reya.

The students started early on the morning of the big day, travelling like true champions in first class to London and upon arrival spent time exploring Madam Tussaud's taking plenty of selfies with celebrities & world leaders! Following the awards ceremony, the students enjoyed an early dinner before a spot of well deserved retail therapy on Oxford Street.

Thank you to everyone who helped in the students' success and achievement as well as everyone who purchased one of the limited edition DKA cookbooks!

All money raised, which currently is just short of £800, is being donated by the students to Martin House Hospice.

DKA Wins Second Place at the Mosaic Enterprise National Finals!

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Having won the regional finals in March (click link below for more information), Team Hand Up competed against 6 other teams in the finals in London on Wednesday 4 May (all teams were extremely good and winners of their respective regional finals). Team Hand Up secured second place at the national finals of the mosaic enterprise challenge, winning £2000 for the School and tons of prizes for the students! so it was extremely fantastic to come 2nd! Nationally there were 1126 teams competing this year with over 5000 students involved.

Well Done Team Hand Up! You are all true winners!

Here is the media coverage from the Regional Finals

Leo Students Visit the Lord Mayor of Bradford!

The Leo's met with the Lord Mayor of Bradford on Tuesday 3 May. They updated her on their current projects including the Children's ward at the BRI and had a tour of City Hall!

Staff and students having a go at being Lord Mayor!

World Explorers with Mr. Winston Plowes

Word Explorers” was a 5 week project with performance poet Winston Plowes who specialises in “Found” poetry. Winston used a variety of techniques to get the students creating their own pieces of verse. Mr Winston showed us how poems can be created from the words found in newspapers, dictionaries, on fizzy sweets and in songs. Students were also able to use a selection of vintage typewriters to create work.

At break times, all students were invited to write their fantasy destinations and ideas on to Winston’s “Magic Canoe.” From this activity Winston has created a piece of found poetry which he performed at the celebration event on the 29th April in the Library (poem attached.)

This has been a major project and the library has been a great venue for all of the activities. We estimate that around 300 students took part and contributed in some way. At the celebration day we gathered feedback from all the pupils and we hope to invite Mr Winston back again next year to carry on developing the Word Explorers project.

DKA World Explorers

Learning about lungs in science! Diligence!

Word of the Week

Idiosyncrasy (abstract noun)

1.A behaviour or way of thinking that is characteristic of a person.

2. A peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify.


1.She had the peculiar idiosyncrasy repeating every word that was said to her.

2.While my father had many peculiar habits, his one idiosyncrasy was using a walking stick with a bright red handle.

Family Members of the week

Year 7

Ibraheem Afzal 7.3 – For coming top of the class in the Geography quiz.

Hibah Kouser 7.7 – For getting 90DUP in her recent history assessments - always puts in 100% effort and shows great diligence in lessons!

Year 9

Kajal, Ruqayyah, Hanna, Abdurrahim and Nathan for coming second in national finals of Mosaic enterprise challenge!

Year 10

Amana Khan – Diligence

Bashir Ahmed - Civility

Year 11

All of the year 11 following the English GCSE this week. Good luck for the rest of the exams


Staff who have been appreciated by students or their colleagues

Miss A Shah – For being super enthusiastic about the Science House Competition for Year 7 and spending her time organising the challenge! Looking forward to seeing 165 flood proof home designs!

Mrs Knighton – For always having a smile on her face and asking how I am!

Mrs Frost – For being an extremely supportive coach and providing very useful and valuable feedback.

Miss T Khan – For being a fabulous tutor always doing above and beyond and going the extra mile!

Mr A Hussain – For being extremely civil and attending a parent meeting to act as a translator.

Mrs J Toner – For always being helpful and completing all tasks especially last minute requests without any complaints!

Mrs Parmar- for being an amazing, kind and helpful colleague to work with. Thank you for all your efforts with the students to be successful in the Tenner Challenge.

Mr H. Khan- thank you for all your hard work with year 9 students in the Mosaic Challenge helping them reach the finals and come second- it is a fantastic achievement!

Mr Duggan- thank you for all your help and support leading up to the GCSE examinations.

Mr Ellis- thank you for being a very thoughtful and hard-working colleague to work with.

Miss Boutonnet - for assisting on the LEO’s visit to meet the lord mayor. Very helpful on the trip.

Mr H Khan - for working really hard with he Mosic students. Giving the students the opportunity to showcase their skills and coming 2nd in the nationals final.

Mrs Parmar - working hard with the tenner challenge students. Well done on being the winners.

Mrs Wharton and Miss Pandor – for helping in contacting parents in short notice

Mr Box for covering Year 11 line-up.

Miss Labella for supporting duty staff at lunchtimes.


RE - Miss Khan's Stars of the Week!

Year 7

Mohsin Imran- well done for your diligence in lessons and your effort in improving book presentation- keep it up!

Year 8

Hamza Latif- thank you for always being extremely helpful every lesson- you’re a model of civility for your peers.

Year 9

Thank you to Ruqayyah, Abdurrahim, Kajal, Aneeqah, Tayyabah and Hanna for coming after school on Thursday for an hour to catch up with missed work- your diligence is exemplary to others.

Year 10

Zainab Nauth- thank you for the diligence you show every lesson and for coming in your own time to make sure work is completed to the highest standard, well done!

Year 11

Thank you to Cambridge year 11 RE students I teach on Thursday for the kindness you showed in the lesson and the pleasant surprise you organised.

Well done to Abdullah Hayat and Rizwan Khan for the diligence you show working hard after school to ensure you achieve your best in every subject.

ICT Stars of the Week!

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MFL Stars of the Week

Saqif Ali Y7 – Enthusiasm and diligence shown in Morning Mastery sessions - Miss Hickey

Laraib Safdar Y10 – Excellent controlled assessment preparation - Miss Bowley

Khateeja Sadiq Y10 – Excellent controlled assessment preparation - Miss Evans

English Stars of the Week

Zaynah Sheikh

Safaan Raja Year 9 for trying hard in lesson

Science Star of the Week!

Lina Amaani - For completion of BTEC Science assignment to an outstanding level - Well Done - Miss Mahmood

Parents Information

2 Weeks to go for the Year 11 GCSE Exams!

As we get closer to the Year 11 GCSE exams, we have prepared a list of websites that can be useful for your child whilst preparing for their exams. Click on the button below to view this list. It is also accessible via the curriculum section on the Academy website.

Year 9 Parents Evening

Please note that the Year 9 Parents’ Evening date has changed and will now take place on Tuesday 24 May 2016. As informed in our letter of 22 April.

Parent Pay

Please ensure your child's parent pay account is sufficiently topped up. Thank you

Term Dates

2016 Term 5 Monday 11 April to Friday 27 May 2016

Holiday - Saturday 28 May to to Sunday 5 June

2016 Term 6 Monday 6 June to Friday 22 July 2016

Holiday - Saturday 23 July onwards

Family Dining

We are very proud that our year 7 students dine together every day. Family dining gives students a chance to demonstrate integrity, diligence and civility while eating together with their tutors. They serve each other; clean up together and get a chance to talk about their journey up the mountain of success!

Two Claps on Three!

To show our appreciation, we give our family members 'two claps on three'. Here are year 7 demonstrating it!