Month: June 2017

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


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


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