Month: July 2018

Weekly Newsletter – House System

Dear Parent/Carer

RE: House System

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support that you have given the Academy this academic year: it has been a year that has seen many changes.


In preparation for a dynamic start in September, we have today informed students of significant changes to our pastoral system. This includes the appointment of non-teaching Heads of House, replacing teaching Heads of Year. Mr Budrys and Mr Garrett will now become Raising Standards Leads. As part of the new system, students have been reallocated houses, including form tutor changes.


This relaunch of the house system will enable greater competition within the Academy, whilst ensuring students are supported and home school links are clearer and more efficient. Form tutors will remain the first contact for parents, Heads of House can then be contacted as the primary escalation point.


Additionally, further changes have been made to the school day to accommodate the increasing number of students at lunch time. Please see below.

Morning Registration 8:45 – 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
Minton + Spode Registration 1:20pm – 1:40pm
Wedgwood + Doulton Lunch 1:20pm – 1:55pm
Wedgwood + Doulton Registration 1:55pm– 2:15pm
Minton + Spode Lunch 1:40pm – 2:15pm
Period 5 2:15pm – 3:15pm


Morning Registration 8:45 – 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
Minton + Spode Registration 12:15pm – 1:30pm
Wedgwood + Doulton Lunch 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Wedgwood + Doulton Registration 12:45pm – 1:00pm
Minton + Spode Lunch 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Period 5 1:00pm – 2:00pm


Whilst every effort has been made to support students, we recognise that these changes may be difficult for some. Should you have any concerns, the Heads of House will be happy to discuss these in September.


Finally, may I wish you all a pleasant and restful summer break.

Yours sincerely

H Hodges


Senior Assistant Principal

Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

Joint Response to Gangs and Youth Violence

You will be aware of the significant issues currently reported in the national press regarding gangs, violence and knife crime amongst young people. Whilst most issues reported concern stories in and around London and the larger cities it is true that our area is also affected.

We write to you jointly to share our concerns so that we may work together to better educate and safeguard our young people.

Over recent times our area has seen an increase in:

  • Gang related violence
  • Illegal drug activity (and the involvement of young people in the supply of drugs)

We do not wish to cause alarm in the community, after all the overwhelming majority of young people will never be affected by these issues. However, this is not the case for some. Some peoples’ lives will be devastated; either as a victim or by making a poor decision that will change their future irreversibly.

Together a range of partners from across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are working to tackle these critical issues.  Secondary schools from across the city have pledged to work together in a joint effort to support all young people.  A range of activities have been planned for delivery from September 2018. Please do discuss these with your son/daughter when they mention them to you.  Education is critical to help young people to make the right decisions.

In addition, Matthew Ellis, the Police and Crime Commissioner, is also working with all agencies to better tackle these issues across our area.

If you are concerned that your child, or a young person you know, is affected by any of these issues, please contact one of the following for support:

  • Contact your child’s school and ask to speak to the safeguarding lead
  • Telephone the police non-emergency number – 101
  • Telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111



No one school in Stoke-on-Trent is more or less affected by these problems.  It concerns us all.    We write to you jointly to highlight our concerns and to ensure that we all work together.  It is critical that the message is spread far and wide from within the home, to schools, to all agencies who work with young people.

Together, and with your support, we canmake a difference.



Andy Stanier

Chair – SASCAL








Matthew Ellis

Police & Crime Commissioner



Superintendent Ricky Fields

Head of Operations



Randolph Conteh

Cabinet Member for Housing, communities & Safer City


Jack Brereton MP

Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent South



Gareth Snell MP

Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central





Ruth Smeeth MP


Ruth Smeeth MP

Member of Parliament for


North and Kidsgrove

Weekly Newsletter – Staffs Fire and Rescue

Dear Parent/Carer

RE: Staffs Fire and Rescue DS

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to communicate to young people how to stay safe during the warm weather we are currently experiencing. Please talk to your children about the risks of setting grass fires and swimming in open water. The main points to cover are as follows:


  • Deliberately setting grass fires is a crime.  It could result in a prison sentence or a £5000 fine.
  • Grass fires are very dangerous as they can quickly spread and get out of control.
  • Deliberate grass fires can also put both firefighters and members of the public at needless risk of injury.
  • When enjoying the outdoors put rubbish in a nearby bin or take it home.
  • Open water can be dangerous. There may be unseen dangers including the risk of waterborne disease. Cold water shock can kill within one minute of being in the water. Only swim at lifeguarded pools

More safety information can be found on the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue website at also on Facebook ‘Staffordshires Fire and Rescue’ and Twitter ‘@Staffsfire’.


Please help to keep your children safe by sharing this information with them. It is really important that they enjoy the summer safely.


Yours sincerely


D Sanders


Mr D Sanders

Assistant Principal


Weekly Newsletter – Student Records – Medical Information

Dear Parent/Carer

Weekly letter – medical information June 18


We are currently in the process of reviewing the medical records that we hold for all students at the Academy.


If we presently hold information regarding any medical needs relating to your child, Mrs Huxley – Attendance Officer, will be in contact with you directly to ensure that the records we hold are up to date, and still relevant to your child’s requirements. However, should you need to inform the Academy of any recently diagnosed conditions that may have arisen for your child, please contact Mrs Huxley on the above number at your earliest convenience to ensure that we hold the necessary information for your child.


Please be assured that all student information is held confidentially and in accordance with GDPR regulations.


Yours sincerely



Holly Hartley