Week beginning Monday 29 June 2015
Whilst it has been a really difficult week for the staff, parents and students of the sixth form here, we also have much to celebrate; the School to School visit last Monday saw four Cambridgeshire secondary headteachers pronounce the school “transformed.” The improvements in the learning environment; the behaviour of the students and the relentless focus on learning were all noted. This week we welcome our new Year 7 to the Academy; they are our future and we are determined to do all we can to make their time with us meaningful and productive. The Year 6 Parents and Carers will be coming to hear about the new start for their children, this Thursday evening in the Performing Arts Area at 6pm. I look forward to meeting you and telling you of some of the exciting opportunities we have prepared for September, one of which is the re-launch of the three Schools; Aspen, Maple and Willow. We intend to bring new life to this structure, arranging competitions across the Partnership, but also providing a “family” feel to the Schools as they will include all year groups and all staff as well.
On Friday we will also be saying farewell to our Year 11 with a Leavers’ Ceremony; the annual video of staff and students is apparently eagerly anticipated each year!
The assemblies this week feature the fire service coming in at the end of the week to talk to students about water safety in time for the hot weather forecast and the long summer holidays; it seems all too often that we hear of some local tragedy where a young person has been cooling off in a river, or lake and found themselves in difficulties; we hope that all our young people will listen carefully to the advice given to us on those two days.
It is hard when it is hot to consider uniform, but please could parents note a tightening up of the existing school uniform code; Mr Roughly and I will be speaking to students about this during the week. In September, we hope to see all students in full school uniform, with an Academy sweatshirt, polo shirt and appropriate trousers or a skirt for girls. I have been discussing this with Year 10 students recently and we are looking at local suppliers for suitable tailored trousers particularly. Tight leggings, or jeans are not only inappropriate for work wear, but they have also recently been found to be unhealthy! I will soon be in a position to help parents make the right choices for September and not be swayed by their children telling them, “Everyone wears jeans, or leggings.” The school polo shirt and sweatshirt are comfortable and smart; matched with sensible trousers, or a business-like skirt, students look ready to learn and part of the community of the academy. Having raised the bar on behaviour, attendance, punctuality and attitude, the staff are now concerned that students look presentable as well. Please may I ask you to help us with this? The uniform rules are not new; they have just lapsed over the past few months it would seem, with students misunderstanding some of the guidance. For example, students are told they may wear jackets outside; of course they can when it is cold, but no jacket is the alternative to the Ernulf sweatshirt. However, I don’t think sweatshirts, or jackets will be needed this week by the look of the weather forecast!
Have a good week,