Month: July 2019

Hospital work experience opens Pippa’s eyes to NHS jobs

Thistley Hough Academy student Pippa Chinn had a unique chance to see life inside the doors of one of the UK’s biggest teaching hospitals after approaching the Academy careers team about her interest in becoming a doctor or nurse.

The Academy enjoys a great relationship with the University Hospital North Midlands who have supported student placements for a number of years. These are invaluable in helping young people understand the huge variety of roles and apprenticeship opportunities available within the NHS and builds their confidence and communication skills.

Pippa’s interest in helping people was sparked by BBC TV series Me Too character Dr Juno.

Pippa said: “I’d always wanted to be a nurse or a doctor and to help people and Dr Juno was sort of my idol and I wanted to be like that.

“My parents were pleased when I told them I had a placement at the hospital and the experience has been really good. thought I would be sat at a desk, but I’ve done basic life support where I got to work on a dummy and use a defibrillator as we had to imagine the patient was unconscious.

“I also did another course with the nursing assistants looking at things like vital signs and how you check those on a chart and asses how at risk a patient is.

“Now I’ve done work experience I definitely still want to go into the NHS, but now I think I need to look at different departments more before I figure out what part I want to work in because there are so many roles.”

Ian Carruthers, Head of Widening Participation at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, said it was just this kind of awareness raising of NHS careers among young people that work experience is designed to achieve.

He said: “While Pippa’s age meant she couldn’t have patient contact yet, she has been able to experience some of the training programmes that ourclinical staff  undertake”

“Work experience placements with Thistley Hough Academy are important because these young people are our future workforce, and while they often know we employ doctors and nurses, they don’t know about all the other careers we have available.

“When Pippa first came to us she wanted to be a nurse or maybe a doctor. If she wanted to become a nurse she could either apply to university after her level three exams or apply to us to become a nursing assistant apprentice then grow her career via the Trust’s internal qualification opportunities.”

Newsletter – Important dates and information

Dear Parents/Carers


Important dates and information


I would like to inform you that the summer term will end at 2:00pm on Friday 19th July. Students will be dismissed directly following our full academy assembly, where we will be celebrating the achievements and successes of our students over the past year.


Please note that on Friday 19th July, ALL students must be off the Academy site by 2:00pm.


The new academic year will commence for students on Wednesday 4th September 2019 as below:

  • New Year 7 students only  – 8:40am
  • Students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 – 10:00am


Term dates, INSET Days and the times of the day are outlined overleaf for your convenience, along with uniform, basic equipment and mobile phone information.


May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support for our academy over the past year, and to wish you all a pleasant and restful summer break.


Thank you for your continued support for Thistley Hough Academy.


With best wishes


Jayne Schofield




Times of the day

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday                                  


Period /Registration /Break Time
Period 1 8:45am – 9:45am
Period 2 9:45am – 10:45am
Registration 10:45am – 11:05am
Morning Break 11:05am – 11:20am
Period 3 11:20am – 12:20pm
Period 4 12:20pm – 1:20pm
Lunch Break 1:20pm – 2:00pm
Period 5 2:00pm – 3:15pm


Period /Registration /Break Time
Period 1 8:45am – 9:45am
Period 2 9:45am – 10:45am
Registration 10:45am – 11:00am
Morning Break 11:00am – 11:15am
Period 3 11:15am – 12:15pm
Lunch Break 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Period 4 12:45pm – 2:00pm



 Term Dates 2019 – 2020

Autumn Term 2019

Date Event
Monday 2nd September Staff Training Day – Academy closed to students
Tuesday 3rd September Staff Training Day – Academy closed to students
Wednesday 4th September Academy opens to all students
Monday 28th October –

Friday 1st November

Half -Term
Wednesday 11th December Staff Training Day – Academy closed to students
Friday 20th December Academy closes for Christmas Break



Spring Term 2020

Date Event
Monday 6th January School Progress Day  (TBC)
Tuesday 7th January Academy opens to all students
Monday 17th February –

Friday 21st February

Half -Term
Friday 3rd April Academy closes for Easter Break


Summer Term 2020

Date Event
Monday 20th April Academy opens to all students
Friday 8th May May Bank Holiday
Monday 25th May –

Friday 29th May

Half – Term
Wednesday 24th June Staff Training Day – Academy closed to students
Friday 17th July Academy closes to students for Summer Break
Monday 20th July Staff Training Day


INSET Days 2019 – 2020

  • Monday 2nd September 2019
  • Tuesday 3rd September 2019
  • Wednesday 11th December 2019
  • Wednesday 24th June 2020
  • Monday 20th July 2020



Students are required to wear full academy uniform at all times, including blazers and school jumpers.

Please note that this now includes a grey school jumper for all students.

  • Purple blazer with school badge.
  • A plain white shirt with stiff collar and a top button.
  • School tie.
  • Grey School Jumper
  • Grey school trousers (not leggings, tight fitted trousers or jeans)
  • Grey ‘A’ line school skirt – Knee length (tight fitted skirts are not acceptable)
  • A plain grey headscarf may be worn (tassels and embroidery are not acceptable)
  • Plain black tights or socks (socks must be below the knee)
  • Plain black leather/leather looking shoes (not platforms, boots, trainers or any sports/fashion branded footwear. Canvas shoes or pumps are not allowed)
  • Pupils are required to attend school with a hairstyle appropriate to the uniform policy. Hair colour should look natural 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.


  • A hairstyle appropriate to the uniform policy is expected e.g. no noticeably dyed hair or extreme styles.



  • Small ear studs may be worn, with a watch or a ring. No other facial piercings are allowed


 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:

  • School Bag
  • Black or blue ballpoint pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Reading book



 Mobile Phones

The use of mobile phones by students is strictly prohibited at the Academy and as such, students are not permitted to use mobile phones during the Academy day. Any mobile phones brought onto Academy premises are done so at the student’s own risk and the Academy will not accept responsibility or liability for loss of, or damage to mobile phones brought onto the site. Mobile phones should be switched off and out of sight at all times. Any student seen with, or seen using a mobile phone whilst on the Academy premises will have their phone confiscated until a parent/carer is, (by prior arrangement), able to collect it.


Any student who urgently requires the use of a phone during the Academy day, will be allowed to use the Academy phone, dependent upon the circumstances. Likewise, should you need to contact your child in an emergency, please use the Academy main contact number.