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24 August 2015

Prinicpal’s Letter - August 2015

Dear Parents and Carers            

As we prepare to return to the Academy after what we hope has been an enjoyable summer, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some important information.  Please discuss this with your child in order that we may have a smooth and settled start in September:

New Academic Year

Sheffield Springs Academy will reopen to students on Wednesday 2nd September 2015.  The gates will open at 8am in readiness for an 8:35am start.

Uniform

Academy blazer                 Available from Pinders.

Academy tie                       Available from Pinders.  Y7 and Y8 to have clip on ties.

Trousers                              Must be black tailored school trousers. Not permitted ‐ tight trousers, leggings, trousers with large buckles.

Skirt                                      Must be plain black straight knee length. Not permitted – above knee length.

Shirt                                      Plain white buttoned shirt.

Shoes                                   Must be plain black and low heeled. Not permitted ‐ trainers, canvas shoes, boots, shoes with logos, open toe shoes.

Socks/Tights                       Plain black socks or plain black tights.

Earrings                               One pair of plain gold-type or silver-type earrings may be worn in the ears.  Not permitted - coloured or diamante style earrings. Please do not allow your child to have additional piercings as these are not allowed.

Hair                                       Not permitted - Extreme dying of hair, for example, red, multi-coloured etc,       patterns cut into the hair or any style that bring undue attention to the student (as determined by the school).

Nails                                      Not permitted - nail extensions and nail varnish.

Shirts must be worn tucked in with top buttons fastened. Blazers must be worn at all times except when permission has been given in the classroom for them to be removed.

Equipment

It is important that all students are ready for learning.  Please ensure your son/daughter has the basic necessary equipment:

  • Suitable Bag (large enough to hold an A4 file)

  • Pen – black or blue

  • Pencil

  • Ruler

  • Pencil Case

  • Calculator

  • PE kit (PE top with logo – available from Pinders, black PE shorts, navy socks, optional dark outdoor rugby shirt with logo/dark outdoor jumper, black tracksuit bottoms and trainers.)

Attendance

The target for every student is to aim to achieve 100%.  Our reason for this target and the relentless focus on this area of school life is due to the clear link between attendance to school and students making good progress with their learning.  Students will only learn and make progress if they come to school.  We would like to remind you that as of September any student whose attendance is below 90% will be classed as a “persistent absentee” by the Department for Education.

Behaviour for Learning

We would like to thank you for your continued support in ensuring that your son/daughter is aware of and cooperates with the Behaviour for Learning policy.  The policy is available on our website, we would be grateful if you could take some time to revisit this with your child. 

Planners

All students will be issued with a planner.  The planner will contain useful information and will also be where students will record their extended learning tasks.  We ask that you review your child’s planner every day.  The school planner is a compulsory piece of equipment for all students and will act as their “passport” in order to access privileges in school.  It will not be acceptable for students to leave their planner at home as they will lose various entitlements, for example, with no planner, students will be last in the queue at breaks and lunchtimes.  A charge will be incurred for lost planners. 

POINT OF CONTACT

Should you require any information, have any questions, comments or concerns please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance.  Details of which will be available on our website from September.

Yours sincerely                                                  Yours sincerely                                                   

Russell Heritage                                                Lee Morritt                                                        

Executive Principal                                          Associate Principal        

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