Author Archives: Ian Brailsford

School inspections – A guide for parents


School inspections – A guide for parents[1] School inspections – A guide for parents This document applies to all maintained schools including special schools and pupil referral units. It also covers academies, city technology colleges, city colleges for the technology of the arts and some non-maintained special schools in England.                       Age group: 0–19 Published: September 2016 Reference no: 160054       Contents Why does Ofsted inspect schools?  3 Who […]

Inspection of Thistley Hough Academy by Ofsted


21 March 2017 Dear parent or carer Inspection of Thistley Hough Academy by Ofsted We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 22 March 2017. The lead inspector will be Richard Sutton. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection. […]

Weekly Newsletter – Celebrating Literacy


Dear Parents/Carers Celebrating Literacy World Book Day Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day and for our school it was a great opportunity to celebrate books and literacy in a fun and engaging way. Teachers dressed up as a book character and spoke to students about the book the character was from. Many English classes also had their lessons in the library and took part in a range of activities including designing a new book token and writing for a […]

Weekly Newsletter – Academy Places /Important Information


Dear Parents/Carers Academy Places /Important Information Academy places for September 2017 As many of you will be aware secondary places for September 2017 were released this week. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our 197 new Year 7 students to Thistley Hough Academy in the new academic year. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that we currently have 10 places remaining for the September intake. If you have any friends or family still looking […]

Weekly Newsletter – Home Learning Questionnaire / Contacting the Academy


Dear Parents/Carers Home Learning Questionnaire / Contacting the Academy Home Learning Questionnaire We would like to gather your views on home learning, in particular homework and revision, to consider how we could make further improvements. A printable version of this short Parent Questionnaire is available by clicking the link. Please could you complete this and return to your child’s form tutor or the main academy office at your earliest convenience. Contacting the Academy Wednesday evening saw our Year 9 Parents/Options Evening […]

Weekly Newsletter – Half Term / Important Information


Dear Parents/Carers Half Term / Important Information I write to remind you that the half term holiday will commence on Monday 20th February 2017. Students must attend the Academy until 3:15pm on Friday 17th February 2017 and return on Monday 27th February at 8.40am ready for lessons to start at 8.45am, in correct school uniform with all necessary basic equipment. Full information regarding both uniform and basic equipment can be found on the Academy website at www.thistleyhoughacademy.org.uk/uniform/ Year 11 information […]

Message From The Chair of Governors


Dear Parents and Carers Message From The Chair of Governors Student Attendance You will be aware that it is very important for all students to attend lessons regularly if they are to make good progress and achieve good grades.  Members of the Governing Body regularly monitor patterns of attendance and are very pleased to see the excellent attendance records of many students.  We would like to thank the parents and carers of those students and ask for their ongoing support […]

Weekly Newsletter – Important Information


Dear Parent/Carer Important Information Student Safeguarding To ensure that as an Academy we continue to safeguard our students to the highest standard, students are to have left the Academy premises by 5.00pm each evening Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and by 4.30pm on a Wednesday and Friday. Students should only be on site after the end of the normal school day if they are attending an after school club or are involved in IT activities on the mezzanine. Year 11 students […]

Weekly Newsletter – Thistley Hough Bank


Dear Parent/Carer Thistley Hough Bank At Thistley Hough Academy, we believe that it is vital that all students gain a greater understanding of banking and finance. All students should leave the Academy having developed high levels of financial literacy, enabling them to access financial services with confidence in the future. From September 2016, students in Year 7-10 have been encouraged to open a savings account with a local building society – The Hanley Economic. Students are actively encouraged to save […]

Weekly Newsletter – Student Aspirations


Dear Parent/Carer Student Aspirations At Thistley Hough Academy we aim to inspire students to great heights through a range of different activities including inspirational speakers, university visits and celebrating excellence. All students are encouraged to aim high and achieve their potential on a daily basis. This week we are holding our first Bamber Scholars celebration evening. This is to be an annual event, where students who achieved Bamber Scholars status during their time at Thistley Hough Academy are invited to […]