Our response to the recent terror attacks - June 2017
Our prime objective has been and continues to be to ensure students feel safe and have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. During the last two weeks we have held special assemblies to remind ourselves of our academy values where hearts and minds connect. We have revisited our British values of tolerance, diversity, liberty and the rule of law.
Students have also been offered safe spaces to discuss their concerns, worries and feelings with members of staff.
Our students have responded in the way we expected with maturity, kindness, compassion, spirit and strength. Undoubtedly where hearts and minds connect.
The final half term is well under way and our Year 11 students are tackling some very challenging exam papers with great resilience. Their attitude to learning and behaviour for learning has been impeccable and we are really hopeful that this is impacting positively on exam performance.
The exam season continues for the next two weeks including internal exams for Years 9 and 10.
The Academy will be closed for a disaggregated training day on Monday 26th June and will be open as normal on Tuesday 27th June.
Eid Mubarak to children and families celebrating Eid.
The summer term draws to a close on Friday 21st July.
Thank you for your continued support.
Please look out for our Connect Newsletter to see some of the exciting activities taking place in the Academy during the last half term.
Mick Kay - Secondary Headteacher Lesley Bowyer - Primary Headteacher
Ramadan Arrangements - May 2017
As we approach the holy month of Ramadan, we appreciate that many of our students are fasting. This year, Ramadan coincides with the exam season for our Year 11 students and our main priorities are: to ensure the welfare of our students, supporting them through their exams and maintaining the highest of standards. We have taken the decision, in discussions with stakeholders, to amend the academy day for the period of Ramadan.
For secondary students, from Monday 5th June until Eid, the academy day timings will be as follows:
Monday - 9.00am - 2.55pm
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - 9.00am - 2.35pm
Friday - 9.00am - 12.55pm
The primary phase will remain open as usual during this period. To maintain our high standards we expect 100% attendance from all students.
Students who are not fasting will be able to have lunch as normal and remain in the academy until the end of the normal day if families wish. A packed lunch will be available for those on free school meals. If you would like your child to remain in the academy, please contact us as soon as possible on firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to take this opportunity to make you aware that next year Ramadan will be before the exam period. I want to ensure that we can provide the best education and support for your children during this time. In order to do this, we will not be closing earlier or adjusting the academy day so that students and in particular Year 11 have the maximum time in lessons to support academic excellence.
Dinner money system
As of Monday 9th May, the main office will not be able to accept dinner money, or issue free dinner tickets under any circumstances.
All pupils must use the two top up machines in Wellington Street, which will accept coins and notes all day, every day. Coins are better, but if using notes, please ensure they are neat and unfolded. To avoid the queuing, it is best to top up before school starts or at the end of the day.
Could you please ensure your child has adequate funds in their account for lunch every day. If, on the rare occasion, your child forgets their dinner money, they will be able to have a lunch for one day only. They will not need to go to the office, as their account will be charged the cost of their lunch up to a maximum of minus £2.05. They must pay this money back by topping up their account as soon as possible.
This new system will ensure no pupil goes without lunch on the odd occasion they forget their dinner money, provided they top up before purchasing another lunch.
Pupils that receive free school meals will remain unaffected.
All infant pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been offered free school meals through the Universal Infant Free School Meals policy. We will also provide a snack each day through the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, along with a drink of milk for children in Reception. For pupils in Year 3 upwards, the cost of a meal is £2.05. Parents must pay for school meals via ParentPay.