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March 2017

As we approach the end of term, it is positive once again to bring together all of the achievements and experiences of our students over what has been another exceptionally busy term. Once again the items in our Easter newsletter showcase the amazing achievements across the Academy and engagement of students in the exceptional variety of opportunities they are given by staff. I write this message shortly after the termly ‘Rewards Assembly’ that recognises the commitment and endeavour of so many of our students. All of the many students who received recognition should rightly feel proud.

There have been so many wonderful things happening in school, ranging from World Book Day, Sporting Success, Trips, our Lenten journey, and  fantastic work from our students.

After a period of consultation with students and a vote, from September 2017, it has been decided to change the Academy skirt to a burgundy and grey check style. Students will still be permitted to wear charcoal grey trousers if they wish to in September 2017. The skirt will be available to purchase from Uniform Direct towards the end of this academic year. To assist with the cost of the purchase of the new skirt and to make it comparable to the cost of trousers, a £5 voucher will be given to female students in current Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Please wait until the vouchers have been distributed before purchasing the new style skirt.

As you are aware, we are in a period of national change with regards to the curriculum and assessments across all year groups. Parents are encouraged to look at the updated Curriculum page of the website where a useful summary document can be found highlighting all of the changes. You have my assurance that all staff are ensuring that we are delivering all of the new curriculum to the highest level possible.

After Easter, we will see our Year 11, 12 and 13 students undertake their final preparations for their summer examinations.  It is vitally important that all students with upcoming examinations will dedicate a significant part of this holiday period to preparation for the examinations, so that the best possible outcomes are achieved.  I do also have to say a huge thank you to all the staff who are so dedicated to making sure that all of our students are given the best preparation and support possible to ensure every chance of success.

Please remember all of the students taking examinations this summer in your prayers.  We wish all of the students every success.

Thank you to all the parents who have attended the various parental events so far this year. Your support and engagement is greatly appreciated and vital for us to work together to support all of our students in the best way possible.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish staff, parents and all of our students a Holy Easter.

Mr D Keogh