End of Term Letter – 21 October 2016

Dear Parent/Carer,
As we come to the end of a very busy half term I wanted to thank you for your continued support of the academy, and to highlight some key dates and reminders for the coming weeks.

Half Term

Half term begins on Monday 24 October for one week. Students’ assessment grades are now available on ePortal for you to check your child’s progress. Please remember that the clocks go back one hour on Sunday 30 October, and all students return to school on Monday 31 October at 8.25am.

Consultation Week, Monday 31 October – Friday 4 November
The first week after half term is Consultation Week. This is your opportunity to meet your child’s Personal Adviser and to set targets, and it is extremely important that all parents attend. Appointments have been sent out in the post and students have stickers in their planners indicating the time and date of their appointment. During Consultation Week, there will be no Additional Studies and lessons finish at 3.40pm. Additional Studies will resume the following week.

Founders’ Day, Thursday 3 November
On Thursday 3 November, the academy will be holding its annual Founders’ Day celebration. This is a ceremony celebrating the achievement of our year 12 students’ GCSE results. School will be closed to all year groups except year 12 for periods 1 and 2, and all other students should arrive to school between 10.30 and 10.40am on that day.

Staying Safe
Statistically we know that the most dangerous time for students between the ages of 11-16 is between the hours of 3.30pm and 7.00pm on school nights. This is when young people are often unsupervised on the streets before parents/carers return home after work. It is therefore important that we insist on students travelling home quickly and quietly after school. We expect all students to be at home and out of school uniform 20 minutes after they have left school. This also applies during the half term break, particularly as this time of year can be especially challenging with fireworks being accessible. Please ensure your child is aware of the dangers and keeps away from fireworks.

Uniform and Expectations
A consistent expectation on professional dress and conduct is one of the ways in which we communicate the very high expectations we have of students at the academy. Students need to present themselves in a professional way as part of our expectation that they see themselves as high status learners with a professional approach to their studies. The uniform we have, for the most part is worn in an exemplary way. However, the following standards need reiterating:

  • Hairstyles and jewellery – extreme hairstyles are not allowed. This includes hair colouring, extreme quiffs and patterns or lines shaved in the hair. Long hair must be tied back with a black hair band. Shaving of lines in eyebrows is also strictly forbidden. As for jewellery, only small plain metal ear studs are allowed; no other body piercing is acceptable.
  • Shoes – these must be plain black and professional (no suede), acceptable styles can be found on our website.
  • Coats – only the red academy winter jacket must be worn, no other coats or jackets are permitted and will be confiscated.
  • Umbrellas – must be short, compact and plain black with no logo or pattern.
  • Hats – only the grey academy winter hat must be worn, no other hats are permitted and will be confiscated.
  • Gloves and scarves – must be plain black. Other variations (e.g. snoods, wraps) are not permitted and will be confiscated.

Your support on these issues ensures high expectations are reinforced at home as well as in school, allowing our rewards and sanctions to be applied consistently and without exception to provide an exceptional culture for learning. I would like to thank you in advance for your support in maintaining these high expectations and ensuring the best possible learning opportunities for your child. Wishing you a restful half term break.
Yours faithfully,
Mark Malcolm
Acting Principal


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