Letter to Parents January 2019
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you had a good Christmas and I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. Students have returned well presented and ready to start the new term, thank you for your support with this.
At the Academy and College we are constantly reviewing our processes and procedures to improve what we do. One area of focus is our students’ attitude and approach to their own learning. We know that the most successful learning takes place where students and teachers work together. Many young people develop a fixed mindset, this often means that they give up when things get hard, or they do not feel they are clever enough. To challenge this we have launched a growth mindset approach. This system encourages students to believe in themselves, aim to be more resilient when things get difficult and take ownership of their own learning.
To support this new approach, and in response to student and staff feedback, we are making some changes to our behaviour and rewards system. These include:
- The use of a traffic light system to show engagement in learning
- Reward points to be given for specific behaviours, for example, resilience
- Departments will take a greater role in following up behaviour incidents. These will be monitored and tracked by the Head of Department
- Parents will be contacted directly by the subject department to be informed of sanctions.
We have spoken to all students during this first week in assemblies so that they know what is changing, this will be followed by a dry run week so that they can see how the systems will operate, with the start date for all of the changes being Monday 21st January. If you have any queries please contact your child’s Tutor or Head of Year in the first instance.
Please find below the key dates for this term, and what a busy term it is:
|Thursday 17th January||Year 7 Parents’ Evening|
|Tuesday 22nd January||Parents Information Evening — Year 11 Revision Planning|
|Tuesday 29th January||Year 13 Parents’ Evening|
|Monday 4th February||Year 12 Parents’ Evening|
|Wednesday 6th February||Year 9 Teenage booster and Meningitis Vaccinations|
|Wednesday 13th February||Careers Fair|
|Friday 15th — Sunday 23rd February||Ski Trip|
|Monday 18th—Friday 22nd February||Half Term Break|
|Wednesday 28th February||Year 11 Parents’ Evening|
|Wednesday 6th — Saturday 9th March||Annual WAT Production — Beauty and the Beast|
|Sunday 10th — Saturday 16th March||Year 7 French Trip|
|Monday 18th March||Parents Information Evening — Year 11 Apprenticeship Evening|
|Tuesday 26th March||Year 6 Early Parents’ Evening|
|Monday 1st — Friday 5th April||Year 10 Work Experience Week|
|Thursday 4th April||Year 8 Parents’ Evening|
|Wednesday 10th — Friday 12th April||Year 10 Geography Field Trip|
|Monday 15th — Friday 26th April||Easter Holiday|
Thank you in advance for the support with these new initiatives.