Category: Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parent/Carer

 

Important Information and Date Changes

 

As you are all aware, a general election has been called for 12 December 2019, and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections are scheduled for 07 May 2020.

 

The local authority will be using Thistley Hough Academy as a polling station on both dates and we must comply with the above Elections, as agreed in the People Act 1993 – Schedule 1 – Part 3, Regulation 22.   Therefore, in order to facilitate this, the following changes will be made to the Academy calendar to minimise the loss of education to just one day:

 

Dates THA Students THA Staff
11 December 2019 Open Open
12 December 2019 Closed Closed
 7 May 2019 Closed INSET
 24 June 2020 Open Open

 

Due to the amendments above we will also be altering the 06 January 2020 ‘Progress Day’ to become an INSET day, meaning that the Academy will be closed to students on this date, but open to all staff.  Students will still receive their reports prior to the Christmas break and members of the leadership team will be available the week beginning 06 January 2020, should any parents which to make an appointment.

 

Year 10 Parents’ Evening

As the Academy will be closed on 12 December, an additional amendment will need to be made with regard to the Year 10 Parents’ Evening, which was initially scheduled for this date. We will be setting an alternative date for early in the New Year, and will send out further correspondence as soon as this has been agreed.

 

Please can I ask for your continued support with regard to ensuring your child’s attendance at school.

 

Best wishes

 

 

Jayne Schofield

Principal

Academy welcomes Commonwealth Games gold medallist Leon Baptiste

Photos/Interviews – Leon will be at Thistley Hough Academy in Penkhull from 9am, with a presentation of student awards at 2pm. Any media interested in interviewing Leon can contact Kerryanne Clancy on 01782 581213.

Our staff and students are set to be put through their paces on Thursday (October 3rd) when GB gold medallist Leon Baptiste drops in.

Leon Baptiste, who won gold medals in the 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, will lead a sponsored fitness circuit aimed at encouraging greater participation in sport while raising funds for athletes in need of financial support.

All of our the staff and students taking part are being encouraged to raise as much as they can on the day, as awards will be presented by Leon to those who raise the most cash in a special assembly where Leon will describe his own sporting journey.

Thistley Hough Academy Principal Jayne Schofield said: “Everyone is really excited to welcome Leon to our Academy and spend the day with him.

“He’s a really inspirational role model as during his sporting career he’s had to overcome injury and missed out on competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“His experiences and tips on how to succeed in every aspect of his career really embody everything we try and encourage in our students – teamwork, responsibility, communication and creativity – and hopefully he’ll inspire some future champions.”

Leon said: “I’ve felt the thrill of sprinting alongside the fastest men on earth winning an Olympic medal, and yet the energy and passion of youth still astounds me.

“My visits to empower children are thoroughly enjoyable and I thank all parties for the opportunity, including my long-term partner, Community Investment Company Sports For Champions UK.”

Leon is now an emerging coach in athletics, as well as a boxer and an ambassador for Sports for Champions UK through which the visit to Thistley Hough Academy was organised.

Any parents or pupils interested in finding out more about all the sporting opportunities Thistley Hough Academy has to offer can come to our open day on Wednesday October 16th which runs from 4pm-7pm. Book your place now at bit.ly/thistleyopenday

Come on in and meet us on October 16th!

Interested in joining us as a student here at Thistley Hough Academy?

On Wednesday October 16thbetween 4pm and 7pm we’re throwing open our doors to all prospective students and their parents to give you a great chance to come in and experience everything we have to offer.

Staff and students will be on hand throughout the evening to answer all your questions and take you on a tour of our fabulous facilities, whether you love sport, science, music, drama – or something else…

Thistley Hough Academy is graded ‘good with outstanding features’ and this year we enjoyed our highest GCSE results ever, and we aim to offer an exceptional education to all of our student within a caring and supportive environment.

We welcome you to come and join us! Simply click on this link to book your Open Day tour slot now – http://bit.ly/thistleyopenday

Any parents and students interested in finding out more about our Open Event can call 01782 883500 or email enquiries@thistleyhoughacademy.org.uk

Community Involvement Meeting

Dear Resident

 

Community Involvement Meeting

Thistley Hough Academy

Tuesday 24th September 2019 – 5:00pm

 

As we settle into the new academic year, I, along with Thistley Hough Academy Council, would like to invite you to our Community Involvement Meeting on Tuesday 24th September at 5:00pm.

 

On this evening, we would like to share with you our plans for the upcoming year and listen to any questions you would like to put to the Academy. This could be any range of topics, and we are open to your ideas and suggestions with regard to ensuring that Thistley Hough Academy and the local community can support each other as best we can.

 

If you would like to join us for this event, please complete the reply slip below and return to the Academy main office. Alternatively, please call the Academy on 01782 883500 to register your attendance for the evening.

 

We very much look forward to seeing on Tuesday 24th September.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jayne Schofield                                                          Dr Charles Pantin

Principal                                                                      Vice Chair Person

Thistley Hough Academy Council

 

 

 

Community Involvement Meeting

Thistley Hough Academy

Tuesday 24th September – 5:00pm

 

I/we would like to attend the above event at the Academy.

 

Name:                                                                                       Number of attendees:

 

Address:

 

Contact No:

New Catering Provider at Thistley Hough

Thistley Hough has a new catering provider which comes with a new App!

Thistley Hough Academy Aspens Paperless Letter

Welcome to the Aspens App!

Our Menu at your Fingertips

Want to know what’s on the menu at your child’s school?  Well, we have developed the Aspens App which will enable you to read it with just a couple of presses on your smartphone.

It’s simple enough – just search for the app at the App Store or Google Play, install, add the unique PIN relating to your particular school and you will be able to view the current menu.

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This will make it so much easier to help your child to choose their lunches.

But that’s not all…

  • Click directly to the school’s website to read more about the catering facilities and Aspens as a provider.
  • Ask any questions relating to a child’s particular needs and the food on offer.
  • Ask questions regarding school meal payments and the potential for free school meals.
  • Provide feedback about the meals so that we are able to maintain the high standards that we continually strive for.
  • Find out more about Aspens Services, upcoming promotions and fun days, our approach and commitment to healthy eating, quality and the environment.

Think about how many times your child has handed over a crumpled piece of paper, saying “Whoops, I was meant to give you this ages ago!

At Aspens we want to be able to communicate in the most effective way and make sure that the latest information about our school meals and current promotions reaches you when you need it.  We would like parents and pupils alike to have access to the details about our food at their fingertips at any time.

Aspens Website

Each school has a unique page on our website too with a direct link to a pdf of the menu to be viewed and printed if desired.  It also has the school’s unique reference for downloading the Aspens App.  Follow the link https://www.aspens-services.co.uk/schools/thistley-hough-academy/ to view out menu.

  

Our new paperless initiative helps us to:

  • Be greener – saving 714 tonnes of CO2 emissions being released into the atmosphere.
  • Cut down on paper – do our bit to tackle deforestation and protecting endangered wildlife.
  • Move forward with technology and have regular contact with our customer base.

We use food suppliers who are local to our Units to support local businesses and cut down on food miles, so it is a natural and fitting step for us in considering our carbon footprint and to cut down on printing flyers too.

We appreciate your co-operation in this change and look forward to sharing our menus in a timely manner, with no more crumpled up bits of paper being pulled out of schoolbags!

If there are parents that do not want to download our free app or visit our website, we can email a copy of our menu, if requested, by contacting the email address below:

apps@aspens-services.com

If you have any questions whatsoever on this, please do get in touch and we’ll do all that we can to help.

 

E: apps@aspens-services.com          

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

Principal

 

 

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

 Wednesday

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

 

Uniform

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.

Hairstyles:

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

 

Jewellery:

  • 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.

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

 

Weekly Newsletter – Christmas Holiday 2018 / Important Information

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Christmas Holiday 2018 / Important Information

 

I am writing to inform you that the Academy will close for the Christmas Holidays at 2:00pm on Friday 21st December 2018. The Academy will reopen to students on Tuesday 8th January at 8.40am as normal. I wish to remind parents/carers that all students must be in full Academy uniform and should have basic equipment at all times. Please see overleaf for a reminder of basic equipment and uniform expectations.

 

Reminders/Information

Inset Day                                 Wednesday 12th December

Year 10 Parents’ Evening        Thursday 13th December

Christmas Jumper Day            Friday 14th December.

(Donations for Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank requested)

 

Tins and packet food items donated for Christmas Jumper Day will be delivered to the Foodbank before Christmas to assist families in need during this time.

 

I wish to remind parents that students should leave the Academy premises by 4:30pm every day unless they are attending a supervised activity with a member of staff, or in cases of emergency. We currently have a number of students who are remaining on the premises beyond this time and are unable to supervise those who are not in scheduled activities or classes.

May I also take this opportunity to encourage parents/carers to ensure that students attend every day and arrive on time.  The law states that it is a legal responsibility of a parent/carer to ensure that a child of compulsory school age receives full time education.

 

A clear outline of the Academy’s Uniform Policy, Attendance Policy and further information can be found on our website at www.thistleyhoughacademy.org.uk.

 

With best wishes

 

 

 

Jayne Schofield

Acting Principal

 

 

Basic Equipment Academy Uniform
Black or blue ballpoint pen Purple blazer with school badge
Pencil Plain white shirt with stiff collar and a top button
Ruler School tie – this must be clean and free of graffiti
Rubber Grey school trousers (not leggings, tight fitted trousers or jeans)
Pencil sharpener Grey ‘A’ line school skirt – knee length (tight fitted skirts are not acceptable).  Skirts must not be rolled up at the waist.
Reading book A plain grey or purple Dupatta may be worn (tassels and embroidery are not acceptable).  Headscarves must be plain grey.
* Full PE kit must be brought to all PE lessons. 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.
  Extreme hair styles, unnatural dyed hair colours and facial piercings are not permitted.

 

Basic Equipment/Uniform

 

 

Diary Date Reminders

Date Event
Wednesday 12th December Inset Day (Academy closed to students)
Thursday 13th December Year 10 Parents’ Evening
Friday 21st December Academy closes for Christmas Break
Monday 7th January Inset Day (Academy closed to students)
Tuesday 8th January Academy opens to students
Thursday 7th February Year 11 Parents’ Evening
Friday 15th February Academy closes for Half–Term Break
Monday 25th February Academy opens to students