Month: November 2017

Newsletter – Information and Standards

Dear Parent/Carer

RE: Information and Standards

In order to ensure that we maintain our high standards at Thistley Hough Academy, we are introducing Standards Cards. This is a credit card sized card which will be carried by all students in their top blazer pocket. If a student’s uniform does not meet our high expectations

  • shirt untucked, blazer sleeves rolled up, they will be asked for their card, which the member of staff will If a student receives four signatures for infringements in a half term, they will be placed into an after school detention for 30 minutes on the same day. A text will be sent home to let parents/carers know that their son or daughter has received a detention.


We are also a no chewing gum school. Students who chew gum in school will be asked to dispose of it and also have their Standards Card signed.


Failure by students to carry their Standards Card will result in an automatic 30-minute detention. They will then be issued with a new card.


Please may I take this opportunity to remind you of the Thistley Hough uniform, which we expect to see students in, and the basic equipment we expect every student to have in school each day.


Basic Equipment

  • Black or blue ballpoint pen
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Reading book
  • Standards card

* Full PE kit must be brought to all PE lessons.

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
  • A plain grey or purple Dupatta may be worn (tassels and embroidery are not acceptable). Headscarves must be plain
  • Plain black tights or black or white ankle
  • 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 maybe worn under trousers, but are not allowed with a
  • Extreme hair styles, unnatural dyed hair colours and facial piercings are not


Dates for the diary


Date Event Further details
Thursday 7th December 2017 Year 11 Parents’ Evening Please note this is a change of date.
Tuesday 19th December 2017 Christmas Jumper day


Academy closes at 2pm for the Christmas holidays

Staff and students can wear their Christmas Jumper over their school uniform. In exchange, we are asking for a food donation to the local

Food Bank

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 Staff INSET Day Students do not need to attend
Thursday 4th January 2018 School reopens to students


Year 11 mock examinations begin.

All students MUST attend.
Wednesday 7th February 2018 Year 10 Parents’ evening
Friday 16th February 2018 Academy finishes at 3.15pm for the half term holiday
Monday 26th February 2018 All students return


May I also take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of Thistley Hough Academy.


Yours sincerely



Caty Reid

Acting Principal

Year 7 Team-building – Change of Venue

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 7 Team-building – Change of Venue

I have received information this week from Entrust that a decision has been made to alter the trip venue. The students will now be going to Standon Bowers. This is due in part to the time of the year and the accommodation for the students. I have attached a copy of what the students will be doing whilst they are at Standon Bowers, this includes their arrival times and departure times.

The students have been separated into two parties by form as per my previously letter.

The following forms will be going to Standon Bowers Monday – Wednesday






The following forms will be going to Standon Bowers Wednesday – Friday





All students on the day of their departure need to be in school normal time. Should you require an additional information about the alteration of venue or any other queries please do not hesitate to contact me on the main school number.


Yours sincerely

Mrs C Turvey

Head of Year 7

Weekly Newsletter – Data Assessments and Reports

Dear Parent/carer

Data, Assessments and Reports

As our children continue to develop here at Thistley Hough Academy, it is important that we keep you up to date with how your child is doing personally. The news is filled with information about “attainment” and “progress”, with stories of how schools and students alike are judged on these two measures. Einstein once said “Everything should be as simple as possible; but not simpler”; with this in mind we will take this opportunity to explain a little about how your child is assessed and monitored at Thistley Hough Academy.

Your child’s teachers will be assessing them throughout every lesson: this could be how willing they are to answer a difficult question, considering the words they use in an answer or their responses to a particular task. Regularly teachers will take workbooks and other portfolios of work in for marking where, using our STEP procedure, students have the opportunity to respond and develop because of their individual feedback. Of course, at key points students will complete more formal assessments or tests, and indeed later in the Academy students in years 10 and 11 will complete “mock exams”, leading to the real thing in the Summer of year 11.

There are four points during the year that we will deliberately collect assessment information from teachers about your child: November, January, March and June/July. We collect information on how well your child is doing in each subject (their attainment) and how well they are responding to the learning experience (their attitude to learning, or AtL). Both of these pieces of information are sent home in our school reports. These reports will contain key information relating to attendance, and information about key staff to contact. The main body will look a little like this:

Your child’s attainment is colour coded against their target for that point in the year, using a colour scale from “significantly below” to “significantly above”


An AtL of 1 is exceptional, but he majority of students should receive at least a 2 from each subject. 3s and 4s may indicate issues around classwork, homework, behaviour and other factors, so it is worth contacting the class teacher to discuss these if they appear. Further to this, we hold Parent’s consultation evenings across the calendar for different year groups, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your child in more detail with their teachers:

Year Group Parents Evening Date(s)
7 Wednesday 20th June 2018
8 Wednesday 9th May 2018
9* Wednesday 14th March 2018
10 Wednesday 7th February 2018
11 Wednesday 6th December 2017

Wednesday 28th February 2018

Please be aware that for year 9, Wednesday 14th March 2018 is also planned to be “Options Evening” to help students choose their GCSE and BTEC subjects going forward.


For year 11, there are some key dates to be aware of relating to formal, external examinations. These exams cannot be rearranged for any reason, and so it is essential that students involved are punctual in attending them; we ask for your support in ensuring that medical appointments and holidays are particularly avoided in the run up to these dates, and during the exam periods themselves:

BTEC Child Development – 10th January 2018

BTEC Travel and Tourism – 11th January 2018

Year 11 Mock Exams – throughout January 2018

First “real” summer exam – Monday 14th May 2018

 We will continue to keep you up-to-date with key dates and guidance on how to support your child throughout the year; but of course, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Who to contact for further information?

For information about: Who to contact
Your child’s overall school performance Their Head of Year and/or Form Tutor
Your child’s performance in a subject The subject teacher, in the first instance
Examinations Mrs. Sarah McGregor, Exams


Data and Assessment in general Mr. David Fenney, Assistant Principal, Director of Assessment and Data

Yours sincerely


Caty Reid

Acting Principal