Year: 2017

Weekly Newsletter – Information

Dear Parent/Carer

 

Important Information

 

Thank you for your support during the start of the academic year. Students are smart, arriving on time with basic equipment, and are ready to learn. Rewards are already being given to students for excellent attitudes to learning and we look forward to recognising more outstanding achievements throughout the year.

 

Activities

A new academic year often brings with it resolutions and a renewed enthusiasm to try something new, get a little fitter and meet more people. Overleaf you will find the THActive programme for the spring term. We encourage all students to join at least one club and hope that you will do the same. Involvement in extra-curricular activities brings enjoyment, new knowledge and friendship. When students in Year 11 begin to apply for post-16 places whether that be at College, as an apprentice or for a career, participation in extra-curricular activities is a great way to show the skills of team work and willingness to try new things. It also builds students confidence. All afterschool clubs run from 3:15pm – 4:15pm unless otherwise listed.

 

Internal Isolation

As you will be aware, Thistley Hough Academy will not tolerate poor behaviour or disruption to learning in any way. To push standards even higher, the Academy has reviewed its provision of Internal Isolation. In the unusual event that students do not comply with school rules and are referred to Internal Isolation, they will remain in the facility from 8:40am to 4:00pm, with designated breaks throughout the day. Parents will be informed of the referral, and it will be logged on the student’s record. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact Mr. Sanders, Assistant Principal, at the Academy.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely

Caty Reid

Acting Principal

Year 7 Team Building Residential

Dear Parent/Carer

  

Year 7 Team Building Residential

Week Commencing 9th October 2017

 

As you are aware the year 7 residential is quickly approaching and in order to complete our final checks we need to complete some important contact and medical information. The attached permission slip from Chasewater must be completed in order for your child to be able to attend the residential.

 

If you are yet to complete payment of your child’s trip via parent pay or to have made alternative arrangements with the academy we request that you do as soon as possible.

 

During the 3 day 2 night residential students will be taking part in a range of exciting activities designed to help them work with their new friends and teaching staff.  This exciting experience will include a range of activities such as climbing, BMX, archery, bush craft, orienteering and water sports. Additional information about Chasewater can be found at: https://www.entrustoutdoors.co.uk/chasewater.

 

We have also enclosed the suggested kit list provided to us by Chasewater. Students will be staying in a variation of Dormitory’s and Yurts, therefore we recommend that they bring warm bedding for the evening. We will be taking part in water-sports if possible therefore we recommend that students bring the recommend equipment for water based activities.

 

We will be holding a meeting for Parents/Carers on Tuesday 26th September from 5pm at Thistley Hough where a representative from Entrust and myself will be able to answer any questions/queries you may have.

 

We request that all medical and consent forms are returned to your child’s form tutor by Friday 29th September.

 

If you have any require and further information please do not hesitate to contact The Academy.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Christine Turvey

Head of Year

Temporary Changes to the Leadership Arrangements at Thistley Hough Academy

Dear Parents and Carers

Temporary Changes to the Leadership Arrangements at Thistley Hough Academy

I am writing to let you know of some temporary changes to the leadership arrangements at Thistley Hough Academy.  These have been put in place to cover the absence of the Principal of the Hart School in Rugeley, a sister school within the Creative Education Trust.

With immediate effect, Mrs Hartley, currently Principal at Thistley Hough Academy, will be taking up a temporary position as Executive Principal of both Thistley Hough Academy and The Hart School, whose Principal is currently recovering from surgery.  Mrs Hartley will retain oversight of Thistley Hough, whilst its day to day management and leadership will be the responsibility of the current Vice Principal, Mrs Reid who will be supported by Ms Schofield, Senior Assistant Principal.  Mrs Reid’s interim title will be Acting Principal and Ms Schofield will be the Acting Vice Principal.

Mrs Hartley will split her time between the two schools and will be working very closely with the Creative Education Trust and with leaders at both schools to ensure that they continue to develop and provide excellent education.

I am sure that you will wish to join me in wishing Mrs Hartley well and in supporting Mrs Reid and Ms Schofield, in whom the Trust and I have full confidence.

Yours sincerely

Gill Howland

Chair of Local Governing Body

Thistley Hough Academy

Thistley Hough Academy celebrates another great year of GCSE results

Staff, students and parents at Thistley Hough Academy in Penkhull are celebrating today after an increased number of GCSE students achieved top grades in the key subjects of English and Maths.

This is the first year English literature, English language and maths papers have been graded under the new numerical system as opposed to letters, with four to nine being equivalent to grades C to A*.

This year 52 per cent of Thistley Hough Academy students achieved a four or above in English and maths, which represents a seven per cent increase on last year.

The results have also revealed that 13 students will be awarded the Academy title of ‘Bamber Scholars’ (set up in honour of the founding headteacher Miss Bamber) this year due to them achieving a minimum of six A* or A grades.

Principal Holly Hartley, said: “These excellent results follow on from our class of 2016 whose results in English and maths were very strong, while in 2015 the percentage of our students making progress in these subjects increased so significantly that we became the most improved school in Stoke-on-Trent.

“These results are no exception and are a credit to the hard work of our students, the support their parents provide and the commitment our staff make to ensuring every student here achieves their full potential.

“We know how amazing all of our students are and we are very proud of their individual achievements, and I would like to wish them all every success in the future.”

Weekly Newsletter – Important dates and information

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Important dates and information

 

I would like to inform you that the summer term will end at 2:00pm on Friday 21st July 2017. Students will be dismissed directly following our whole academy assembly, where we will be celebrating the achievements and successes of our students over the past year.

 

The new academic year will commence for students on Wednesday 6th September 2018 as below:

  • New Year 7 students only  – 8:40am
  • Students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 – 10:00am

 

Term dates and INSET Days are listed below for your convenience, and the times of the day are outlined overleaf.

Autumn Term 2017 Students’ year
Academy opens to students Wednesday 6th September

Year 7 – 8:40am, Year 8, 9, 10 & 11 – 10:00am

Half Term Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October
Autumn term ends Tuesday 19th December
Spring Term 2018 Students’ year
Academy opens to students Thursday 4th January
Half Term Monday 19th February – Friday 23rd February
Spring Term ends Thursday 29th March
Summer Term 2018  Students’ year
Academy opens to students Monday 16th April
May Day Monday 7th May
Half Term Monday 28th May –  Friday 1st June
Summer Term ends Friday 20th July

 

INSET Days:

 

Monday 4th September 2017

 

Tuesday 5th September 2017

 

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

 

Thursday 12th April 2018

(Year 11  Students TBC)

 

Friday 13th April 2018

(Year 11 Students TBC)

Please note that on both Wednesday 19th July and Friday 21st July, ALL students must be off the Academy site by 2:00pm.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support for our academy over the past year, and to wish you all a pleasant and restful summer break.

 

Kind regards

 

Holly Hartley

Principal

 

Times of the Day

 

Monday to Friday – excluding Wednesday

Academy opens – 8:15am

 

Registration 8.45am – 9.00am
Period 1 9.00am – 10.00am
Period 2 10.00am – 11.00am
Morning Break 11.00am – 11.20am
Period 3 11.20am – 12.20pm
Period  4 12.20pm  – 1.20pm
Lunch Break 1.20pm – 2pm
Period 5

(Reading 2pm-2.15pm)

2pm – 3.15pm

 

Wednesday

Academy opens – 8:15am

Registration 8.45am – 9.00am
Period 1 9.00am – 10.00am
Period 2 10.00am – 11.00am
Morning Break 11.00am – 11.15am
Period 3 11.15am – 12.15pm
Lunch Break 12.15pm – 12:45pm
Period  4

(Reading 12.45pm-1pm)

12.45pm  – 2pm

Weekly Newsletter – Staying Safe online

 

Dear Parent/Carer

RE:Staying Safe Online

I would like to draw your attention to two social media apps that have recently come to my attention.

 

The first is ‘Live.Me’. Following a recent incident with a young secondary age pupil, this app has become of interest to Staffordshire police and the CSE unit (Child Sexual Exploitation). This application allows a live stream of the user that others can ‘follow’ and then view. This has been exploited by ‘followers’ encouraging users to perform inappropriate sexual acts whilst hundreds of people view it.

 

The second app is a little older but appears to be gathering momentum: Yellow. This is linked to Snapchat and is being described, by our young people, as ‘Teenage Tinder’. The app is free to download and only asks for a date of birth, which students can make up, a name and picture, the app then matches them with persons of the same age in a 60 miles radius of where their phone is plotting. They can swipe their phone to accept or decline if they like the look of them. The NSPCC has expressed concerns about this app as it allows strangers to send photos to children or vice versa.

 

In the current climate of social media saturation, please discuss these apps with your child to ensure, if at all, they are being used sensibly and appropriately.

 

Please visit the following website to help your child stay safe online   

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

 

As always, I appreciate your support in being vigilant and raising awareness with your child. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself at school.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Darren Sanders

Assistant Principal

Staff Training Wednesday 21st June 2017

Dear Parent / Carer

Staff Training Wednesday 21st June 2017

I am writing to inform you that due to staff training there will no extra-curricular provision on Wednesday 21st June 2017.  Therefore all students will be required to be off site at 2pm.

Should this cause any issues please contact the Academy directly so that alternative arrangements can be made for your child.  The usual Wednesday provision will continue from Wednesday 28th June.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mrs C Reid

Vice Principal

Weekly Newsletter – Term Dates and Attendance Information

Dear Parent/Carer

Term Dates and Attendance Information

I write to inform you of the Academy term dates for 2017-18, which are outlined below.

Autumn Term 2017 Students’ year
Academy opens to students Wednesday 6th September
Half Term Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October
Last day of Autumn Term Tuesday 19th December
Spring Term 2018
Academy opens to students Thursday 4th January
Half Term Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd February
Spring Term ends Thursday 29th March
Summer Term 2018
Academy opens to students Monday 16th April
May Day Monday 7th May
Half Term Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June
Summer Term ends Friday 20th July

 

INSET Days
Monday 4th September 2107
Tuesday 5th September 2107
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Thursday 12th April 2018 (Yr 11 TBC)
Friday 13th April 2018 (Yr 11 TBC)

Please can I take this opportunity to remind you that all holidays and medical appointments, wherever possible, should be taken during the school holidays.  Progress in education depends on good attendance at school.  It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time.

With best wishes

Holly Hartley

Principal

Student Safety in the Wider Community

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Student Safety in the Community

 

Following consultation with Staffordshire Police, please find attached to this letter an information leaflet for parents/carers about youth violence and street gangs.   Please do take the time to read this information.

 

Staffordshire Police are committed to tackling the issues of gang related crime. Clearly as a school we are committed to securing the safety and welfare of our students – both during and beyond the Academy day.  Some parents may be concerned about their child and we would urge them to contact the numbers on the information leaflet or the Academy to seek support.

 

I am sure that many parents/carers watched the BBC1 drama last week called ‘Three Girls’.  This programme told the upsetting tale of the exploitation of young girls.  Whilst we do not wish to frighten or alarm parents/carers we would urge everyone to take note and be aware of the risks facing young people today.  It is vital that we maintain close scrutiny of the whereabouts of all children and that we are vigilant about who they are in contact with. This includes social media.

 

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Kelly Whitfield, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, at the Academy.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a pleasant half term break. We look forward to seeing students back in school on Monday 5th June, at 8:40am.

 

With best wishes

 

Holly Hartley

Principal