Month: March 2018

Ski Trip Letter

Ski Trip to Risoul 2019


28th February 2018


Dear Parent,


I’m pleased to be able to tell you about an exciting trip the P.E. Department is planning for our students.


We will be staying in Risoul, France from 2nd – 9th February 2019.


Thistley Hough Academy has chosen to travel with Equity; they are market leaders in providing successful school ski tours to a choice of resorts across Europe and North America. They are completely financially protected by ABTA and ATOL, meaning in the event of any unlikely unexpected occurrence your money is protected. Equity are also accredited by ‘Learning outside the Classroom’ and the School Travel Forum; both organisations which support excellence in the planning and delivery of highly successful school ski trips.



The trip includes:


  • return coach transfer from school to Manchester airport
  • return flights from Manchester to Grenoble/Turin (TBC)
  • coach transfer from Grenoble/Turin airport to resort
  • 7 nights full board accommodation including breakfast, hot lunches and a 3 course evening meal
  • a 6 day lift pass which covers the whole local area of Risoul and Vars
  • fully comprehensive travel insurance including medical, redundancy cover, travel delay, personal liability, 24 hour emergency services, ski breakage and snow guarantee
  • ski equipment hire for 6 days (skis, boots and poles) including helmets
  • 4 hours of ski tuition per day with fully qualified staff
  • A bespoke ski trip hoody
  • as well as a variety of evening entertainments such as quiz night, DVD evening, games night, etc


The Academy is requesting a voluntary contribution of £846 to cover these costs.  Payment needs to be paid on Parent-Pay and the permission slip needs to be taken to Miss Brown Please be aware that if we do not receive sufficient contributions this visit may not be able to take place.



A non-refundable initial deposit of £300 is due by 30/04/2018. This deposit will be broken down as follows:


Amount Due Date
£200 30th March 2018
£100 30th April 2018



Trip refunds

  1. All initial deposits are non-refundable.
  2. If your child changes their mind about the trip or you withdraw your child from the trip for any reason (subject to point 3), any payment for the trip will still be payable unless the student can be substituted. This is due to the fact the academy will be charged in full for the reserved place.
  3. If your child is unable to attend the trip at the last moment for a legitimate reason supported by a medical certificate, i.e. illness or injury, then a refund of payments will be made where the requirements for a claim on the academy’s insurance has been met. The initial deposit still remains non-refundable.

This will then leave an amount of £646 to be paid before Wednesday 31st October 2018, the minimum monthly payment plan is outlined below:


Amount Due Date
£100 31st May 2018
£100 29th June 2018
£100 31st July 2018
£100 31st August 2018
£100 28th September 2018
£46 31st October 2018


However, the total balance or more than the stated payment amount per month may be paid at any point.


Please also note that a valid passport will be required for your child.


Further details will be provided and an opportunity for you to ask questions at a trip meeting for parents and students at a later date which will be confirmed in due time. However, if you have any questions regarding the trip please do not hesitate to contact me via email at, or telephone 01782 883500.


This is a fantastic opportunity for your son or daughter to engage with their classmates in an unfamiliar setting, discover new places and ideas and most importantly further develop their own skiing skills.



Please complete the attached form and return it to Miss Brown as soon as possible.


Yours sincerely


Miss J. Brown





Skiing trip to Risoul, France on 2nd – 9th February 2019.   


Name of Student ………………………………………………. Form………………………….


I acknowledge receipt of letter for the ski trip. I agree to pay the minimum of £300 deposit balance.


Signed (Parent/Carer)…………………………………………………… Date………………..

Weekly Newsletter – Easter Holiday 2018 / Important Dates

Dear Parents/Carers


RE: Easter Holiday 2018 / Important Dates


I am writing to inform you that the Academy will close for the Easter Holiday at 3:15pm on Thursday 29th March 2018. The Academy will reopen to the separate year groups below as follows:


Year 11 Students

The Academy will reopen to Year 11 students on Thursday 12th April. All Year 11 students are expected to be in school from 8:40am until 4:15pm on both Thursday 12th and Friday 13th April. These days are focused solely on Year 11 students and will assist with revision and preparation for their upcoming final examinations in the summer term, therefore full attendance is crucial. All students must be in full academy uniform and should have basic equipment. Further information will be distributed to all parents of Year 11 students next week.


Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 Students

The Academy will reopen to all Year 7, 8, 9, & 10 students on Monday 16th April at 8.40am as normal. All students must be in full academy uniform and should have basic equipment at all times. May I take this opportunity to encourage parents /carers to ensure that students attend every day and arrive on time. The law states that it is a legal responsibility of a parent/ carer to ensure that a child of compulsory school age receives full time education.


Important Dates

Please see below some upcoming events and important dates for your diary.

Thursday 29th March 2018 Academy closes at 3.15pm for Easter break
Thursday 12th & Friday 13th April 2018 Academy open for Year 11 students only
Monday 16th April 2018 Academy reopens for all students   (Week 1)
Monday 7th May 2018 May Day – Academy closed
Wednesday 9th May 2018 Year 8 Parent’s evening      4.45-7.45pm
Monday 14th May 2018 GCSE Examinations begin
Friday 25th May 2018 Academy closes at 3.15pm for half term break
Monday 4th June 2018 Academy reopens for all students    (Week 2)
Wednesday 20th June 2018 Year 7 Parent’s Evening       4.45-7.45pm
Thursday 12th July 2018 New Intake Transition Day and Evening
Friday 20th July 2018 Academy closes for the Summer Break

May I take this opportunity to wish you a pleasant and restful Easter break.


With best wishes

Holly Hartley


Weekly Newsletter- Attendance – Broken Weeks

Dear Parent/Carer


Attendance – Broken Weeks


At Thistley Hough Academy we are constantly striving to enable all our students to achieve their full potential.


Attendance is considered to be of such fundamental importance to a child’s education that when Ofsted inspect a school they look closely at levels of attendance and benchmark the school against national indicators.


Last year national average attendance for secondary age students was just below 95%. We aim to ensure that all students have 96% attendance as an absolute minimum, and actively encourage all students to aim for 100%.  Attendance of 96% allows for 7.5 day’s absence in any one year, a level of absence that would raise concern with most employers.


As sickness usually occurs in blocks over a continuous period we look closely at the number of weeks where a student is marked absent on one or more occasions. Students should not have more than one or two broken weeks in the course of the academic year.


It is possible for students with attendance above 95%, but who regularly miss a day here or there, to accrue sufficient absences by the end of summer, to finish with attendance well below the national average. For example, a student who takes 2 days off every half term would have 12 days absence by the end of the school year and attendance below 94%.


Broken weeks can lead to large amounts of learning being lost and ‘gaps’; but can also be an indication of other worries such as struggling in a subject, regularly not completing homework or even truancy.


If we become concerned about the number of broken weeks, even if attendance appears to be above average, we will write to you letting you know the number of broken weeks your child has accrued and offer the opportunity to discuss ways in which the Academy may be able to improve the pattern of attendance. Progress Leaders will be writing individually in the next couple of weeks. Notwithstanding, if having read this letter you have noticed a pattern, or have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy’s Attendance Officer straight away.


Yours sincerely

P Hughes

Mr P Hughes

Assistant Principal – Inclusion