Released On 31st Jan 2022

Headteacher Letter Friday 28 January

28 January 2022

Dear Parent

Headteacher Letter

This week we see a reduction in Covid guidance with face coverings in classrooms no longer required. For the time being, students should carry a mask in their bags and continue to wear them on buses to and from school, including public transport. If students wish to wear a face covering whilst in school, they are welcome to. As Covid is still present within the local community, we strongly recommend that students continue to test twice per week using the lateral flow tests given out by their tutors.

Attendance

Hopefully you had a chance to read our recent letter on attendance communication. For me, January is a great time to talk about improved habits. I want to support our students in developing great habits such as coming into school and being punctual every day. We know that for some students improving their attendance is a challenge and it is one I would encourage them to take on with enthusiasm and resilience. Aiming for 100% attendance demonstrates an ambitious learner and someone who wants the very best for their future.

Extra-Curricular Activity

Please click here to view our current enrichment list for students to access in either school time or afterschool. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding enrichment, please contact Mr Mitchell via email on robert.mitchell@stanchester.co.uk.

This term we have been able to return to our trips and visits schedule with several events to see live theatre, with performances such as Blood Brothers and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. This week The Flying start team (who are working with Year 8 to build gliders) are going to be coming into school to start building gliders with the students over the next few weeks.  Several students in KS4 are also participating in a ‘National Physics Challenge’ and those looking to pick up GCSE in Spanish next year (or currently studying this) have been invited to attend the Summer Spanish Trip. More information on this trip can be provided by contacting Assistant Headteacher and MFL Curriculum Lead, Mrs Wellfair at Rachel.wellfair@stanchester.co.uk.

In addition, if you would like any further information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Stanchester and how to get involved in this please contact Mr Woollard Daniel.Woollard@stanchester.co.uk.

Finally, last week we welcomed West End professionals into the school to teach a three hour session on performance skills, focusing on a song from Wicked. The dedicated show team have been rehearsing for Aladdin this term and tickets are now back on sale for this rescheduled show on the 16, 17 and 18 February. Please come along and show your support.

Measuring Student Progress

We have just finished two weeks of assessments in Years 8 and 9 and I am so proud of our students – their attitudes to learning were exceptional. For the first time, these students sat their exams in ‘real’ conditions to mimic the experience they will have in KS4. We know that early exam practice in the spaces where they will sit their future GCSE exams helps to break down exam anxiety, get them into good habits and routines with equipment organisation and working to time frames.

This set of formal assessments have also enabled us to ensure that students with access arrangements such as extra time, reader pens or laptops were able to practise assessments using this equipment and become comfortable with this provision at an early stage. If you would like more information on access arrangements for exams, please contact Mrs Gosney at Kirsty.gosney@stanchester.co.uk.

Feedback is a Gift

As we move forward on the school’s journey from good to great, I will always seek your feedback. Please do take the time to share your thoughts, questions and suggestions with the staff team and me directly. You can contact me via office@stanchester-academy.co.uk. We always want to resolve any concerns parents or carers may have. If you feel that you want to raise a complaint with the school please do this by following the link to our complaints procedure. We respectfully ask parents and carers or people within the local community to avoid posting on social media and instead come and speak to us about your concerns.

Monday 7 February INSET

Finally, from me, a polite reminder that we are having a rescheduled INSET day on Monday 7 February, this was to make space for the Queens Jubilee day. This inset day will focus on the Prevent strategy, Team Teach training and First Aid. To ensure we are able to keep the students safeguarded and well on site.

If you have any questions about any of the information contained within this letter, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Academy.

Yours sincerely

Miss E Forward

Headteacher