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Transition Hub – Thistley Hough Academy

Welcome to the Year 6 Transition Hub, the one place you will find everything to prepare you and your child for their exciting transition to Thistley Hough Academy.

If you need to get into contact with the Transition Team, you can email us on tha-transition@thistleyhoughacademy.org.uk 

 

Year 10 Closure Update

Dear Parents/Carers

RE: Year 10 Closure Update June 1st 2020

As promised, I am able to update you today further to the Government’s announcement about partial reopening of secondary schools.

 

The Prime Minister has now confirmed that we are able to invite Year 10 students into school from the 15th June. On any day, only 25% of the year group are permitted to attend (along with keyworker children). On the days when your child is invited to come into school we will arrange a mix of academic and pastoral activities to support their progress, but the main thrust of our teaching will continue to be online as it is for students in other year groups. To encourage some feeling of normality, we request that all students be in academy uniform on the days when they are in school. Given the current warm weather, jumpers are not essential.

 

The Academy remains open for vulnerable children, and children of key workers.

 

We have been working hard for several weeks to make sure that the school premises are safe for children and staff to return. By the 8th June at the latest, I will be in touch with full details of the education plans and the health and safety measures in place for your child.

 

Staff will also continue to post work for all students on Microsoft Teams and we urge you to encourage your child to keep up the good work in accessing and completing this. Students will continue to be rewarded via Class Charts.

 

Can I take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have given your child to keep on top of their home learning – it is very much appreciated.  I hope that you have all enjoyed a proper break from schoolwork during the half term period.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jayne Schofield

Principal

VE Day Cupcake Competition

To pay homage to the VE Day Celebrations and to extend them a little further we ran The Great Thistley Hough Bake Off.

This was our first Stay At Home competition and we encouraged our students to decorate 12 fairy cakes to the VE Day theme (red, white and blue). They got extra points if they baked the cakes themselves too.

We had some great entries but the winner was Poppy’s wonderful individual bakes. Each cupcake was decorated differently and she baked the cakes herself too. So well done Poppy. She received a Principal’s Award and an Amazon voucher for her prize.

It was a close competition with some amazing cupcake designs entered. We hope everyone enjoyed taking part in our first competition, and do look out for more to come.

 

 

 

It may be Brexit for Britain – but not at Thistley Hough Academy!

While leaving Europe was given the green light in the national vote to ‘get Brexit done’ under Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, young debaters voted to remain in Europe following their own debate.

Students at Thistley Hough Academy listened to arguments for and against remaining or leaving the European Union, and as Stoke-on-Trent voters across all three constituencies turned the city blue student opinions took a different view…

The Academy debating club began in September and is the brainchild of English literacy lead Steve Moran, who hopes the club will develop students’ presentation, critical thinking and speaking skills – all key skills students need in their future careers.

He said: “While the club is still in its infancy it’s growing in popularity, and when it came to the Brexit debate the students ended up massively in favour of staying in the European Union.

“The kind of debate Brexit sparked was exactly the kind we want the club to tackle because we want to foster a healthy interest among our students in the world around them and for them to develop their knowledge of our society so they become responsible citizens able to make their own informed decisions.”

Other topics which members of the Academy debating club have wrangled with include capital punishment, and as the club develops it is hoped a team will enter national debating competitions in the future.

Debating within the UK has a long and illustrious history and is believed to date back to the early 18th Century. The Oxford Union Society is one of Britain’s oldest university unions and has played host to VIP speakers including Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and the Dalai Lama.

Any parents or pupils interested in finding out more about Thistley Hough Academy can call to book in and tour the Academy by calling 01782 883500.