We hope that you and your family are having a restful break.
We have an exciting and consequential module ahead. Exam season continues for students in Years 11 and 13; we wish them all the best as they undertake one of the biggest milestones in their education so far. Preparations are well underway for our Cultural Capital Week, the Trust-wide Sports Day, along with welcoming our next cohort of Halley students to the Academy for Year 6 Induction Day. Further information about these events will be sent separately during the module.
As we look towards the start of Module 6, we would like to ensure students are fully prepared to return to their studies. We have high expectations of students’ organisation at the Academy so that they can fully enjoy the high-quality learning experiences we provide. We know that your role in this is integral and your support, once again, in preparing your child to return is much appreciated.
All students must arrive at the Academy by 8:25am each morning. Any time beyond 8:25am is late and will result in a Loss of Personal Time on the same day. We have been made aware of slight amendments to the arrival time of some buses locally. This results in a minority of students arriving at the gates beyond 8:25am. Please discuss the journey to the Academy with your child and ensure that they are catching a bus that arrives at a good time, in order that they are not late, which results in missing valuable learning time.
Our expectations of uniform standards remain high and students must be in full academy uniform on entry through the gates every day. As we welcome warmer temperatures, we are pleased to confirm that summer uniform will come into effect from Monday 5th June. This means that it is not compulsory for students to bring or wear their blazer to the Academy. Aside from this, our uniform remains the following: black school trousers or black school skirt, black school shoes, black socks, white school shirt and the small school tie, worn at an appropriate length. Students may wear an Academy jumper if they wish. When students are wearing a coat, this must be plain black. Coats should not be worn in the building. Hoodies, tracksuit tops or denim jackets are not allowed to be brought to the Academy site. Students are not allowed to wear trainers, and we would remind parents/carers of their responsibility to ensure their child is suitably dressed for school. Summer uniform will end at the start of Module 1 in September, where it will be compulsory for students to arrive to the Academy wearing their blazer.
Students should come prepared for learning each day with a school bag, equipment and a fully charged Chromebook. Student’s pencil cases should have pens, pencils, rubbers and rulers. They must also remember to pack their full PE Kit on PE days. Tracksuit bottoms must not be worn underneath school trousers, whether or not it is a timetabled day for PE.
We would like to remind you that acrylic or painted nails are not allowed and the only jewellery allowed to be worn is a watch and one set of small studs in the earlobe. Nose piercings are forbidden and have to be removed. Eyelash extensions are not allowed. Students should not bring metal-toothed afro combs or other prohibited items onto the Academy site. Chewing gum is also not allowed.
Mobile phones, headphones and other electronic devices must be switched off and be out of sight during the Academy day. If students do not adhere to this policy their phone or device will be confiscated. The Academy does not take responsibility for loss or damage to such devices.
We continue to be grateful for your support in working together to ensure that your child can achieve the very best that they deserve. Should you require any further information on the contents of this letter, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s small school.
We wish you and your family good health and look forward to sharing with you the achievements of our students over the final module of this academic year.