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18 December 2014

Principal’s Letter - Thursday 18th December 2014

Dear Parents and Carers,

Important Dates

Last day of term: Friday 19th December (students will be dismissed at 2pm – please note the early finish time)

INSET day: Monday 5th January 2015 (Academy closed to students)

First day of term (for students): 8:35am Tuesday 6th January 2015

Year 11 and 13 Students

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 30 school days before they start. 

Next 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 15 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. 

Sixth Form

The majority of our level 3 and A level students have now submitted their applications, many of whom have received offers or interviews at fantastic universities studying Midwifery, Nursing, Teaching, Law, Performing Arts, Sports and English related courses.  We are really proud of our students’ achievements especially as for many courses there is fierce competition.  Students who are applying for alternative progression pathways are underway with their applications and should receive confirmation of offers in the summer term.  Well done to all our students!

Expectations

We would like to thank all parents and carers for their continued support during the first term.  Our focus remains on raising attainment and progress; improving attendance; behaviour, and the quality of learning experiences for our students.  At the start of next term we will 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”.  I have set out below some “headlines” which you will find useful as you continue to support us: 

Punctuality

Students should arrive and be inside the Academy by 8:35am. This 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.  

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

Showcase

On Monday 15th December the Performing Arts Christmas Showcase was held. The evening consisted of works from students from year eight to year thirteen performing music, dance and drama. Some students were assessed on their work through-out the evening but for others it was their first time at performing onstage and in front of a large audience. The evening was a huge success with one of the largest audiences we have seen at a showcase. Well done to all students that performed on the evening and also to those students who supported backstage.

Star of the Week

Congratulations to last week’s “Stars of the Week”.  The following students were presented with certificates for displaying particularly high levels of commitment to their learning and showing exemplary attitude:

Drama

Brad Oxley

For consistently working hard and with enthusiasm throughout the term

Dance

Sophie Bishell

For an outstanding performance and use of expression during her assessment

D&T

Sophie Mills

Always being super organised for a practical lesson in Food Tech

D&T

Maddison Taylor

Always being super organised for a practical lesson in Food Tech

Maths

Jason Walker

Outstanding progress since this time last year

Maths

Emmanuel Oladipupo

Outstanding progress since this time last year

Inclusion

Jeenda Sammo

Always trying her best with all tasks

Inclusion

Christopher Robinson

Continued positive approach to his learning and supporting others

Geography

Ehthayoumoo Myint

A model student in the making: hard-working, respectful and never complains

Computing

Summer Hydes

For working well in  Computing

Business

Morgan Hardy

Always working well in Business

Finally we would like to confirm that our Main Reception will reopen on Monday 5th January to deal with any enquiries.  We hope that you have a very enjoyable Christmas and look forward to welcoming all students back to the Academy on Tuesday 6th January 2015

Yours sincerely                                             Yours sincerely                                                              Yours sincerely

Russell Heritage                                         Lee Morritt                                                         Jeremy Richardson

Executive Principal                                         Associate Principal                                         Associate Principal

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