Our Ref: SKL/MFA/WS
12th December 2016
As the end of our first term draws to a close, it serves as an
excellent opportunity to thank you for your ongoing commitment to
the Academy. I would also like to outline the end of term
arrangements and signal some key dates in preparation for the rest
of the year.
Before I do this however, I would like to take the opportunity
to share some excellent team and individual sporting successes.
In September we entered The Redhill Academy Trust Games: a
Sports Day where students from the six academies come together to
compete and foster a sense of unity. This was our first Games
and something we had to organise quickly; therefore we were very
proud of our 3rd place overall. As ever the
teaching team in the PE department used this event as a springboard
for up and coming competitions and through the term they went on to
achieve great success: Year 8 and 9 Girls became City
Champions in Netball and Year 8 Boys were equally successful as
City Champions in Football. Year 11 made it 'triple Gold'
when they became City Champions in Basketball
It's not often that individual students are singled out in end
of term letters, but I find myself compelled to, given the physical
journey and achievements of two students in Year 8. Lucie and Chloe
Jarvis, two popular students who are hugely committed to Ice
Skating, have recently experienced great success in their sport.
At the beginning of November the girls travelled to Wales for
the Wales & West Competition in Cardiff and won 2 Gold Medals
each in the team events. As they moved through the month they
travelled to London and both achieved Gold Medals with Team
Icetatic. Two days later they were whisked over to Belgium to
compete in their first International event and once again both
girls achieved Gold. I am sure you will agree this is a
phenomenal achievement and testimony to what is possible when you
put your mind to being successful. Well done to the girls and
Academy Sports Team.
Following the disappointing decision to postpone the
well-established key stage 3 History Trip to Belgium last term, it
was really pleasing to see this trip go off without any
difficulties in September and to hear about how invaluable students
found this aspect of their curriculum coming to life, as did Year
11 following their successful Geography Rivers Trip. Looking
forward to future trips and experiences, the Barcelona trip is set
to go in January with the Language Department and in May our well
established Spanish Exchange will begin and the annual Outward
Bound experience to Wales will set off.
It is good to report that the rebuild is well on track and the
current timeline indicates the new school will be completed on time
(they are actually two weeks in front currently). I will be
writing to you separately later in the academic year to outline
what is anticipated to be an early close to students for the Summer
and a slightly later start back next September - the detail of
which we will go over in the new year.
This has also been our first term with The Redhill Trust and
staff have benefited from a huge amount of support, and at times
challenge, all aimed to drive further and rapid improvements from
the solid foundation established over the last few years. A
key focus of our work going forward is about ensuring the
curriculum has the right breadth, challenge and variety and is
reflective of the fantastic new facilities for next September.
More on this in the New Year, but exciting times ahead as the
building and future curriculum takes shape.
This was also the term we welcomed the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of
Nottinghamshire to the Academy who came to present students with an
award on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. The Academy
receivedThe Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Promoting Voluntary Service
- for voluntary and charitable service in Nottinghamshire 2016.This
special award which we hold now for three years is "in recognition
of your Group's outstanding service to your local community and the
significant benefit this makes to the lives of others". An
acknowledgement we are extremely proud of as a real reflection of
the giving nature of our students.
A busy term and one that now draws to a close shortly. The
Academy will close to students on Tuesday 20th December
at lunchtime following our whole school achievement assembly and
students will return on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
Looking to January I would like to remind you of the importance
of students' good attendance and the impact days off have on
students' achievement.Good attendance is a minimum of 95%. I
would also like to thank you for your support in the change of
policy related to mobile phones and associated technology - the
positive impact is evident in the significant reduction in concerns
about inappropriate use i.e. cyber bullying and has helped us focus
more time on supporting learning and progress. Please also be
aware that from January we shall have a stronger stance on a number
of uniform, issues, specifically tight trousers, hooded tops /
tracksuit tops and caps/hats. These are not permitted and we
ask for your support in ensuring that these are not seen in school.
If these items are seen, they will be confiscated.
We hope you have a good break with family and friends and we
look forward to working with you all again from January. For
parents of Year 11 students, I'm afraid they need to balance rest
with revision. When they return there is approximately 17
weeks until the beginning of the summer examinations so time is
precious and we look forward to seeing you all at the Year 11
Parents Evening on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
The Redhill Trust will be writing to you separately this week to
outline the findings form the recent Ofsted inspection and how we
will be moving forward.
On behalf of our staff, Governors and The Redhill Academy Trust
it only leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.