Month: February 2019

Letter from the Principal – Standards and Expectations

 

Dear Parent/Carer

Standards and Expectations

 

I write to welcome you all the new half term; I trust you have all had a restful break.

 

Here at Thistley Hough Academy, we have a set of standards that we expect all members of our community to abide by. These are set out in our school planner and I would like to take this opportunity reiterate these.

 

PRIDE

We expect all of our students to:

  • Wear the Thistley Hough Academy uniform smartly
  • Present all classwork and homework neatly
  • Take personal responsibility for their learning
  • Recognise and celebrate personal achievement and the achievement of others

 

RESPECT

All students must act appropriately in order to:

  • Ensure everyone can learn
  • Value other peoples’ views and beliefs
  • Treat people politely and with honesty
  • Look after the property of others, the Academy and the community

 

COMMITMENT

All students are required to:

  • Attend school daily, equipped to learn
  • Arrive on time to school and every lesson
  • Complete all classwork and homework to the best of their ability
  • Make a positive contribution to the Academy and the community

 

As you are aware we now track all of our students’ attitude to learning behaviours using the Class Charts system. In addition, all detentions are also now logged using this system which can provide you with notifications and details of any detentions your child may receive, all of which all you can access via ClassCharts.com. Any student who is unable to fulfil our expectations will be issued with the appropriate detention as detailed in the Detention Upscaling Process overleaf.

Attendance and punctuality to school are vital to student success at every level in education. There is a clear correlation between student attendance and progress. As such, as ever, attendance is a key priority at Thistley Hough Academy.

 

All students are expected to be in full academy uniform every day. Please remember that a plain grey jumper is now compulsory for all students in Years 7 – 9. Also the use of mobile phones or headphones is not permitted on the Academy site. Use of such items will lead to confiscation.

 

This term is particularly crucial for our Year 11 students as they head into the final weeks before the GCSE Examinations begin. As a school community as a whole, we will be supporting and guiding them to ensure every success for them in the future.

 

If you require any additional support with class charts, or would like to discuss any of the items in this letter further please indicate this on the reply slip over leaf, returning it to the main office at your earliest convenience. Should you require further discussions, the appropriate person will be in contact to resolve your query as quickly as possible.

 

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support; it is very much appreciated.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jayne Schofield

Principal

 

                                                        

 

Detention Upscaling Process

 

  • Class Teacher Detention
    • (Maximum 15 Minutes) in the class teachers classroom at an agreed time
  • Head of Department Detention
    • (Maximum 20 Minutes) in a designated time and room
  • Head Of House Detention
    • (Maximum 30 Minutes) in the Sports Hall after school
  • SLT Detention
    • (Maximum 1 Hour) in the Sports Hall after school

 

Punctuality to Lesson Detentions

 

Students will now have 3 minutes from the sounding of the bell to reach their next lesson. This is ample time to travel around the building, use the facilities if required and arrive for a prompt start to their next learning experience.

 

Any student who arrives after the 3 minutes will automatically receive a 10 minute detention at the end of the day. These will be cumulative for each lesson or form period that a child is late for and must be carried out that evening unless other arrangements have been made with the Academy. Failure to complete the required detention will trigger a notification to parents/carers stating that if the detention is not completed the following evening this will result in a Fixed Term Exclusion for refusal to follow instruction.

Basic Equipment:

Students need to be prepared for learning by attending the Academy with the correct basic equipment. This ensures that lessons can begin swiftly and without delay. As such, students are required to bring the following equipment:

  1. School Bag
  2. Black or blue ballpoint pen
  3. Pencil
  4. Ruler
  5. Rubber
  6. Pencil sharpener
  7. Reading book

 

Newsletter – Infromation and expectations

Dear Parent/Carer

Information and Expectations

I write to remind you that the Academy will close for the half term break at 3:15pm on Friday 15th February and will reopen on Monday 25th February. Students must be in school by 8.40am ready for a prompt start to lessons at 8.45am. Correct full academy uniform is essential and all students must have all necessary basic equipment. Full information regarding both uniform and basic equipment can be found overleaf, or on the Academy website at www.thistleyhoughacademy.org.uk.

Please note that the Academy will remain open to some Year 11 students during half term in order to assist with their revision for the start of their upcoming GCSE Examinations in May. Your child will be aware should they need to be in school for any of these revision sessions during the half term break.

To ensure a smooth start to the new half term, I wish to remind all parents, carers and students of the basic expectations at the Academy:

  • Punctuality to school is vital. All students are expected to arrive to school on time every day. The student entrance (Newcastle Lane entrance) is open from 8:15am. All students should be in school by 8:40am, and in classrooms by 8:45am.
  • All students should have departed the Academy site by 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00pm on Wednesdays and 4:00pm each Friday. Please note that students should only remain on site after the normal end time of 3:15pm, or 2pm on Wednesdays, if they are taking part in any afterschool clubs or activities.
  • All students are expected to be in full academy uniform every day. Full uniform expectations and further details can be seen overleaf. Please note that a plain grey jumper is now compulsory for all students in Years 7 – 9.
  • All students should arrive to school with the basic equipment to assist their learning. Please see the list of the basic equipment requirements overleaf.
  • The use of mobile phones or headphones is not permitted on the Academy site. Use of such items will lead to confiscation.

Attendance and punctuality to school are vital to student success at every level in education. There is a clear correlation between student attendance and progress. As such, as ever, attendance is a key priority at Thistley Hough Academy. This term is particularly crucial for our Year 11 students as they head into the final weeks before the GCSE Examinations begin. As a school community as a whole, we will be supporting and guiding them to ensure every success for them in the future.

 

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support; it is very much appreciated.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jayne Schofield

Acting Principal

 

 

Academy uniform

  • Purple blazer with school badge
  • Plain white shirt with stiff collar and a top button
  • Plain grey jumper (Years 7 – 9 compulsory, Years 10 – 11 optional)
  • 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.

 

 

In addition we would like to draw your attention to the following:

 

  • Students are required to attend school with a hairstyle appropriate to the uniform policy. Hair colour should look a natural colour, so there should be no noticeably dyed hair or extreme styles.
  • Facial piercings and tattoos are not allowed.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
  • Hooded tops and fashion jumpers are not permitted.
  • Blazers must be worn at all times unless permission is given in lesson by the class teacher.
  • Coats are not to be worn inside the main building.

 

 

 

 

Basic Equipment:

Students need to be prepared for learning by attending the Academy with the correct basic equipment. This ensures that lessons can begin swiftly and without delay. As such, students are required to bring the following equipment:

  1. School Bag
  2. Black or blue ballpoint pen
  3. Pencil
  4. Ruler
  5. Rubber
  6. Pencil sharpener
  7. Reading book

 

Ski Trip final Details Letter

Dear Parent/Carer

Final Ski Details letter

 

As we get nearer to the departure of our trip to France we would like to give you some final details and try to answer last minute questions you may have.

 

Flight Details

Outbound Flight Number: LS981 Inbound Flight Number: LS982
Outbound Flight Time: 13:00 – 16:15 Inbound Flight Time: 17:15 – 18:30

 

Hold Luggage:

At this point we would like to remind you of the details for all student’s luggage. The weight limit for each student’s case is 22kg. This is a very strict limit, therefore please make sure you have weighed your cases wherever possible. We will have scales on the day of departure and will check each student’s case before leaving the Academy to ensure that each student is within the weight limits. We will have Equity tags to go on all cases but please ensure that your child’s case is labelled or is obvious in some way who it belongs to, in order to make the baggage claim process more efficient. Please ensure that any medications are bagged up, labelled and put into the hold luggage, as long as they won’t be needed for the duration of the journey. Your child’s group leader will then collect these once we get to the hotel to be kept safe.

 

Hand Luggage:

Each student is allowed to take one piece of small hand luggage on the plane. This should be rucksack/handbag size and should only hold student essentials. Please can we remind you of the governments hand luggage restrictions that any liquid containers going on board the plane must hold no more than 100ml, containers must be in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm. Contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed, however, we do recommend that liquids go into the hold case to make going through airport security more efficient. Also, all electronic devices should be easily accessible in order to be removed and scanned at airport security.

 

Departure Details:

Thistley Hough staff will be at school from 8.30am on Saturday 2nd February, we advise that you arrive in plenty of time before our 9:30 departure. This will allow us to weigh all luggage, take all spending money (€150 limit) to put into their individual folders and any other items that need to be kept with your child’s group leader. If your child wishes to bring additional money to spend in the airport, we would like to suggest a maximum of £20 which will be your child’s responsibility. We must be ready to leave THA at 9.30am sharp so please ensure your child is organised.

 

 

Social Media:

In order for everyone to stay up to date with our departures, arrivals and adventures throughout our trip we will be posting regular updates on our dedicated Facebook page. This will be everything from status posts regarding our location whilst traveling to pictures and videos of our students skiing in the Alps. This will be the best way to stay connected to our visit and a quick and easy way to get messages to staff and students if required.

Our Facebook username is as follows:

Facebook: Tha Skiing (add as friend)

 

 

 

 

Hotel Access:

During our visit students will be skiing for 4 hours each day and this can often take its toll. In previous visits, we have had requests from students to rest during one of our skiing sessions and remain in the hotel. Usually this is only 1 or two students at a time, therefore we cannot take a member of Thistley Hough staff from the mountain in order to supervise such a small number. However, having spoken to our hotel, they have assured us that their trained staff will be onsite at all times and would supervise our students if required in the communal areas or games rooms. They will have also contact numbers for Thistley Hough staff in case of emergency. If you give permission for your child to be able to remain in the hotel supervised by Equity staff please could you sign and return the permission slip below to the PE department

 

Emergency Contact Number:

07921436235

In the case of an emergency here at home, if you need to get in contact with the trip at any point whilst we are in France the number above will be manned by a member of Thistley Hough staff 24 hours a day. Please only use this number in an emergency, all other contact can be made through the social media outlets as listed above. If you do not have any of the social media platforms to get in contact, in a non-emergency situation you can send a text message to the above number and we will respond at the next convenient time.

 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

  1. Brown

 

Miss Jill Brown

Head of Sport and Health