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09 January 2015

Principal’s Letter - Friday 9th January 2015

Dear Parents and Carers 

We trust you have had a relaxing and enjoyable break and would like to take this opportunity to welcome back students and staff.  

Parents and carers of students in Y9 have been invited to attend a meeting in the Main Hall 6:00pm-7:00 pm on Wednesday 14th January 2015 to find out more about the subjects studied in Y10 and Y11, as well as explaining how students will be guided into specific subjects. In the event you are unable to attend please Mr Middleton for further information.

Expectations

Our focus remains on raising attainment and progress; improving attendance; behaviour, and the quality of learning experiences for our students.  We continue to set high expectations for all our students and ensure that basic standards are reinforced. We expect all students to fully comply with punctuality, uniform, equipment and behaviour standards and be “ready to learn”.  Set out below are some “headlines” which you will find useful as you continue to support us: 

Punctuality

Students should arrive and be inside the Academy by 8:35amThis is to ensure that they can arrive on time for tutor time and to enable activities to begin promptly. The school gates will be closed on the first bell and any student arriving after this time without good reason will receive a detention on that evening. The number of students arriving late to school has fallen dramatically but a number of students still arrive late to tutor time.

Uniform

We expect the highest standards of Uniform.  The vast majority of students wear their uniform with pride, we expect all students to look smart in appearance at all times.  Shirts and ties should be worn with top buttons fastened with tie knots positioned with the collar.  Black shoes only are permitted.

Equipment

Students must have a black or blue pen, pencil and ruler.  It is an expectation that all students bring their PE kit on the appropriate days. 

Behaviour

We expect the highest standards of behaviour at all times.  Any student who prevents others from learning will receive the appropriate sanction.  

During the first week back students have been punctual to school and arrived looking incredibly smart in full school uniform.

Attendance to school has been good this week. We expect 100% attendance from all students but understand that sometimes this may not be possible therefore we have a minimum expectation of 97%.  Please spend some time discussing with your child what their current level of attendance is. We are happy to support students and families in any way we can to ensure that our expectations are met.  Should you wish to discuss your child’s attendance to school please contact the attendance office.

Y11 students will receive their externally moderated examination results on Thursday 15th January 2014.  These will give them an indicator of which areas they will need to focus upon when preparing for their next set of exams and what their current position is.   

Y11 will be sitting pre-public examinations week commencing 23rd February 2014 in readiness for the final examination in the summer.  This gives just 25 school days before they start. 

This term will be the last full term for our Y11 and Y13 students.  GCSE examinations are provisionally due to start on Monday 11th May leaving only 14 school weeks remaining.  It is imperative that students take every opportunity to prepare fully for these very important examinations.  Preparation should include regular attendance at session 6 every Monday, Thursday and Friday as well as holiday sessions during February half term and the Easter break.  Students should also start their own revision programme at home and ensure they cover all topics that make up the examination syllabus.  Students will be given guidance on how to plan their revision early into the new term.

100% attendance from now onwards is absolutely essential. 

Detentions

The Academy is no longer obliged to give parents 24 hours’ notice of a detention and parental permission to detain a child is not required.  Parents will not normally be informed of any detention that is of 30 minutes duration or less.  A text message will be sent to inform parents of their child being entered into Academy or SLT detentions.  Please ensure you contact Reception if you change your mobile number.

In giving detentions, the Academy will ensure that the impact of the detention on the student’s travel arrangements is reasonable.  The welfare of each student will be considered along with factors such as any caring responsibilities held by the student.

By law, the permitted times for detentions are:

  • Any school day when the student does not have permission to be absent

  • Weekends but not those at the beginning and end of half term holidays

  • Teacher training days

Yours sincerely                                                 Yours sincerely                                                  Yours sincerely

Russell Heritage                                               Lee Morritt                                                         Jeremy Richardson

Executive Principal                                         Associate Principal                                           Associate Principal

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