Principal's Letter - Friday 9th January 2015
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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
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
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:
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.
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.
Students must have a black or blue pen, pencil and
ruler. It is an expectation that all students bring their PE kit on the
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
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.
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:
Yours sincerely Yours sincerely Yours
Executive Principal Associate