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Principal's Letter - Friday 10th January 2014

Lauren Morriss / Categories: News

Dear Parents and Carers

We would like to begin by wishing you all a very Happy New Year.  

Our new improved website is now live.  Copies of this letter, term dates, dates of events and important information can all be found at

We have seen a positive start to the new term and we thank you for your continued support regarding attendance, particularly within Y8.  Our attendance target for each student is 95%.  Please discuss with your son or daughter their current level of attendance and where appropriate congratulate them for their efforts.  

As a reminder we would like to reiterate our uniform policy; all students should arrive at the Academy wearing a blazer, shirt – buttoned up to the top, tie, black trousers or skirt (knee length) and black shoes.  Our students look incredibly smart when they comply with these expectations and we welcome your support.  An appropriate change of clothes is required for Dance and please also note that students will be requested to remove their shoes and socks for these lessons. 

In our ongoing quest to improve literacy, our Y7 students will have the exciting opportunity to meet Tommy Donbavand on 14th January 2014.  Tommy is a renowned children’s author who has written bestselling series such as ‘Scream Street’ and ‘Fangs Vampire Spy’.  Along with a selection of his books readily available from the Academy’s LRC, students will have the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed on the day of the visit.  The books will cost approximately £5.00. 

Parents of Y9 students have been invited to the Guided Pathways Evening on Tuesday 14th January 2014 at 6:00pm.

The purpose of the evening is to outline the Guided Pathways process that all Y9 students will be part of this term.  The process will seek to match students with those subjects where they are able to combine interest with success.

This term signals the start of a very significant time for our Y11 students.  They have started their final full term of schooling before the very important GCSE examinations in the summer.  There are only 14 school weeks left before these examinations start and it is imperative that every student attends every lesson and ensures they are producing their best work.  Each student will receive a Personal Learning Checklist for every subject they study telling them what they need to do to achieve their target grades including attending after school revision sessions.  Details of Curriculum Area after school revision sessions will be shared with your son or daughter and it goes without saying that all our Y11 students should be putting their academic studies as their number one priority from now onwards. Attendance at these sessions can have a dramatic impact on examination performance.  Students will also be given advice on how to produce a revision timetable and how to revise effectively.  Parents can support revision programmes by helping students organise their time, praise and reward students for time spent revising and help provide a suitable quiet area for revision to take place in.  We recommend students are doing 14 hours of revision per week at the moment but more hours as the examinations get closer.

I would like to draw the attention of Y11 parents’ to a very important upcoming event.  Thursday 23rd January is Y11 Parents Evening and will run from 4:00pm until 6:00pm.  I cannot stress how important it is that students and parents attend this event.  Subject staff will have vital information on how grades can be improved and what students need to do from now until the exams to help them achieve their target grades.

This term also signals the closure of the UCAS Progress process where Year 11 students apply for their Post 16 places or apprenticeships. The deadline for all applications is 31 January 2014. Our Careers Advisor Suzanne Walker will be in the academy on Wednesdays and Thursdays for any student needing help or support in this area.

 Y11 students will be collecting their GCSE trial exam results during a presentation on Wednesday 15th January at 2:00pm.  Students will receive their own personalised grade sheet showing:

  • Trial examination grades – sat week commencing 2nd December 2013
  • Current up to date grades - for courses without exams

  • Qualifications Already Achieved – any qualifications students have already achieved within GCSE or Functional Skills

We will be asking students to be aware of how they are progressing as they move into their last sixth months of Y11.

Upon receipt of the grade sheet, if parents/students have any questions, they will be asked to contact the relevant member of staff by emailing the generic email account below.  Emails will then be distributed to the correct person.




Mr L Morritt

Associate Principal


Mr S Cliffe

Head of Year 11

Mrs H Slater-Heap

Exam Manager

Mr N Burns

Curriculum Area Leader: Maths

Mr K Sheldrake

Curriculum Area Leader: English

Mr M Swann

Curriculum Area Leader: Science

Mrs A Surr

Curriculum Area Leader: Modern Foreign Languages

Miss S Conlon

Curriculum Area Leader: Health & Wellbeing

Mr C Dupey

Curriculum Area Leader: Humanities

Mr M Watson

Curriculum Area Leader: ICT & Business

Mrs H Humphries

Curriculum Area Leader: Performing Arts

Mr A Law

Curriculum Area Leader: Physical Education

Mrs M King

Curriculum Area Leader: Art, Design & Technology

You may be aware that we are currently undertaking works as part of adding to our already outstanding facilities by creating a BMX track and installing canopies within the internal court yard.  The construction work is well underway and we will provide further information once these areas have been completed. 

We are pleased to inform you that Caterlink have now taken over as service providers within our dining room.   Caterlink provide a variety of exciting meal/snack/drink choices which are not only healthy but reasonably priced.   

Congratulations to this week’s “Stars of the Week”, the following students will be presented with certificates for displaying particularly high levels of commitment to their learning and showing exemplary attitude:


Rhianna Fox


Outstanding achievement in exam and controlled assessment lessons.


Francesca Birtles


Outstanding achievement in exam and controlled assessment lessons.


Terri Wilson


Excellent work and effort.


Louis Day


Excellent work and commitment to finding the nth term of a sequence.


Blake Williams


Outstanding progress in the recent assessment.

Yours sincerely                                                  Yours sincerely                                              Yours sincerely

Russell Heritage                                                Lee Morritt                                                     Jeremy Richardson

Principal                                                             Associate Principal                                       Associate Principal


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