Month: May 2017

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


Weekly Newsletter – Punctuality / Mobile Phones

Dear Parents/Carers

Punctuality / Mobile Phones


The Academy and the Governing Body of Thistley Hough Academy place great emphasis on students being punctual to school and to lessons.  Lack of punctuality affects the learning and behaviour of students who arrive late, and impacts on the learning of others also. Please support us in ensuring that your child arrives to school on time every day, in full uniform and with the correct equipment, ready to work hard.

The Academy expectation is that students are in their form rooms or assembly at 8.45am. Therefore, those students who enter the Academy after 8.45am are deemed late and as such duty staff will take their names and they will be placed in a break time detention on the day they are late.  Any student who is late on more than two occasions in a week, and/or fail to attend break time detention, will be automatically be placed into Senior Leadership Team (SLT) detention for one hour after school on a Friday.

Mobile Phones/iWatches/Electronic Devices

May I take this opportunity to remind parents and carers that students are not permitted to use mobile phones for any purpose whatsoever whilst in the Academy. This includes making calls, texting, using the internet, taking photos/videos, and checking the time. Mobile phones must be switched off (not on silent mode), and out of view of all fellow students and staff at all times, and preferably kept in the student’s locker or personal bag. This also applies to iWatches and any other electronic devices or web enabled sources of information.

Thank you for your continued support.


With best wishes


Holly Hartley


Weekly Newsletter – Website/Social Media, Uniform and Important Information

Dear Parents/Carers

Website/Social Media, Uniform and Important Information

Academy Website

As you may have noticed we launched our new academy website last week (, which contains lots of useful information for parents and carers including term dates, uniform information, THActive club timetables and ways to support your child’s learning etc.  Please have a look around our new website for all of this, and further interesting and important information.

Thistley Hough Social Media

Regular updates and Academy News articles are also published on our social media channels. These can be found at:

  • Facebook – Thistley Hough Academy
  • Twitter – @thistleyhough

Please follow us to stay up to date with all academy events.


Please could I take this opportunity to remind all parents/carers that students should attend the Academy in full school uniform at all times. Full academy uniform information can be found on our website at and is included on the reverse of this letter for your convenience.

Fidget Spinners 

We have seen an increase in the number of students bringing Fidget Spinners into the Academy. The Academy policy is that students are not allowed to have them in school unless they have been given permission by our SENCO, Mr Paul Hughes. Staff will confiscate spinners from any student who does not have specific permission to use one whilst in school.

With best wishes

Holly Hartley





Thistley Hough Academy Uniform:


  • Purple blazer with school badge.
  • Plain white shirt with stiff collar and a top button.
  • School tie – this must be clean and free of graffiti.
  • Grey school trousers (not leggings, tight fitted trousers or jeans).
  • Grey ‘A’ line school skirt – knee length (tight fitted skirts are not acceptable). Skirts must not be rolled up at the waist.
  • A plain grey or purple Dupatta may be worn (tassels and embroidery are not acceptable). Headscarves must be plain grey.
  • Plain black tights or black or white ankle socks.
  • Plain black leather/leather looking shoes (not platforms, boots, trainers or any sports/fashion branded footwear. Canvas shoes or pumps are not allowed). Ankle boots may be worn under trousers, but are not allowed with a skirt.