Weekly Newsletter – E Safety, Attendance and House Captains

Dear Parent/Carer

Weekly Newsletter – E Safety, Attendance and House Captains

Attendance Focus Week – w/c 16th January 2017

As part of the Academy’s work to improve attendance, we have designated next week as ‘Attendance Focus Week.’

During this week, various activities are taking place across the Academy to focus on individual student attendance. Some of the activities will focus on rewarding those with good attendance, whilst others will support students who need to improve their attendance and/or punctuality.

We are pleased to report that over the past three years, attendance at the Academy has improved and we are looking to further improve in this area. Whilst genuine illness is unavoidable, we are keen to encourage our students to resist the temptation to take a day off for less serious reasons. We would welcome your support in this matter, which will go a long way to helping us to achieve an excellent attendance level. The Education Welfare Service will, of course, continue to pursue those students whose attendance becomes a concern.

It is our aim to ensure that all of our students achieve their full potential and are therefore successful in their future. Excellent attendance and punctuality are key factors in ensuring their successes and as research shows, those who attend regularly and are punctual, are far more likely to attain higher grades than those who do not.

If you feel that there are any factors affecting your child’s attendance or punctuality that we as an academy can support you with, then I would encourage you to contact a member of the Pastoral Support Team on 01782 883500.



Thistley Hough Academy has joined the Digital Leaders Programme which is a new internet safety programme from UK charity, Childnet International. The programme aims to empower young people to champion digital citizenship and digital creativity in school and to educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.

Students who sign up to be digital leaders programme will join an exciting online community, where they will access training and support from Childnet’s expert team, record achievements, and collaborate and share information with schools across the UK. The programme will put our students at the heart of our academy approach to e-safety.

By harnessing the power of youth voice, Childnet’s new programme will help us to strengthen our e-safety provision. Students will attend assemblies and will be given the opportunity to apply to be Digital Leaders Programme. Please encourage your child to be part this exciting project.

We would also like you to be aware of a number of websites that can support and guide you and your child on e-safety.

We hope you have found this information useful. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in contacting Mr Sanders, Assistant Principal, at the Academy.

House Captains/Vice Captains

As you may be aware, Thistley Hough Academy is made up of four houses; Minton, Wedgwood, Doulton and Spode. Over the next few weeks students will have the opportunity to apply for the positions of House Captains and Vice Captains for 2017. Developing leadership skills in young people is vital for their future success. Please encourage your child to apply for a leadership position.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support for Thistley Hough Academy.

Yours sincerely

Holly Hartley