CRA Newsletter - 13.11.20 AutumN Term 2 - November 13th 2020

Principal's Update

We highlighted three of our values particularly this week, Courage, Resilience and Respect; this was part of the focus on Remembrance Day.

We also acknowledged that whilst our main priority was focusing on the experiences of those that fought in the world wars and present day conflicts, we also recognised the courage it took for our Head Boy and Head Girl to speak in front of two year groups in person, (socially distanced) and the whole school virtually.

A number of the students who are cadets joined me, and the Head Boy and Girl as they laid a wreath at the memorial in Corby Glen. In our school service all showed a great respect for the sacrifice our service personnel make and we were honoured to hear Martin Simmons, one of our staff talk about his time in the RAF.

The Year 11 students have now finished their mock exams and are looking forward to receiving their results and information about which topics or areas of the curriculum they need to be revising. It is important that they create a timetable and plan for addressing the gaps identified in the mock process and close these gaps over the next month. There are intervention sessions that students can access and all staff are very receptive to students asking for individual support and guidance.

Assessments for KS3 are approaching so students should be looking through their knowledge organisers and revising for the forthcoming tests. Subject staff will be talking to them about what the assessments could potentially include although all subject content from September should be revised as any of it could appear in this round of summative assessment.

The weather is getting colder so please remember that the blue school jumper is on sale at Nationwide School Uniforms our uniform supplier.

Kind regards, Mrs Jones

CRA Values

We are very proud of our first student to be awarded the Principal’s Resilience Award Autumn Term 1

Morgan Morris - awarded for demonstrating one of the 7 C’s of Resilience – COPING

What do you feel you have done to deserve this award? - I have had some personal challenges thrown my way during my time at CRA but most recently, I had an operation on my foot recently and missed several days of school. Before the operation I spoke to all my teachers and asked for the work I would be missing and then on my return, I checked in with staff as to the quality of my work and what I needed to do to improve. I even got extra work to complete as well! I was experiencing some pain with my foot on return to school, but I still took part in everything and ensured I didn’t miss any more of school than necessary, as I know how important good attendance is.

My qualifications are important to me as I aspire to work in the Royal Navy as a Seaman Specialist; a manager who drives and navigates the ships. I have spent lots of time researching careers, seeking advice from our CRA careers advisor, and talking to my colleagues at Cadets and I know the course I need to complete to support my progress in the Navy.

What does the award mean to you? It feels great to be given this prestigious award and it shows that my efforts are recognised by CRA. I believe the 7 C’s of Resilience are important to everyone, not just during their time at CRA but in life in general. They are skills that will improve my future.

What would you say to someone who struggles to be resilient? I know its corny but, “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” If you don’t try, you will never improve and progress. I don’t find everything in life easy, in fact sometimes things are really tough, but you must keep trying until you reach your goals.

Curriculum Update

Thinking Ahead- My Future, My Choice

Attention Year 8 & Year 9!

  • What are your future plans & career possibilities?
  • What plans to do you have after you have completed your GCSEs?
  • Do you plan to go on to further/higher education? If so what courses might you study?
  • What career ideas do you have for the future at the moment?

In year 7, 8 and 9 you will be learning new skills and knowledge that will give you the confidence to help you plan your next steps. This process starts with your careers education in school which will encourage you to think about your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. You will also start to make some important decisions that could influence your future career path as you will be choosing your subjects to study for GCSE. This process will begin for all Year 9 students early next year.

Each week we will show you examples of the various careers linked to the subject you are studying. This week’s career idea is ‘Jobs related to Art & Design’.

Homework & Student Portal

In order to make sure our students achieve their potential and consolidate learning from the classroom we need to improve the rate of homework submission.

So that you cam continue to support your child with their homework, we kindly ask that you:

  • Check Student Portal on a regular basis with their child.
  • Engage with your child about their homework, take an interest and offer support, where possible.
  • Support your child by testing memory recall and supporting information retrieval.
  • Wherever possible ensure that they have a suitable and quiet place to complete the homework.
  • Raise concerns with their form tutor or subject teacher if you are worried about your child’s homework.
  • Speak to the academy if there is an issue with IT or Student Portal.
  • Request that your son/daughter be assigned to an ‘Academic Prep’ in the event that they need further support.

Homework is important at all stages in your child’s education and when used properly, it extends the challenge open to them and ensures that teaching time is used to maximise effect. It also makes a significant contribution to the development of independent learning.

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Career's Corner

Rotary Mock Interviews

Exciting News, year 11 Rotary mock interviews are fast approaching. The 30-minute interviews will take place during the week commencing 23rd November 2020, and students and parents / carers will be advised of the appointment day and time in advance, so that you may prepare for it. You can find some useful hints and tips in previous newsletters under the careers section.

We are in an extremely fortunate position of being able to run a virtual interview process for our year 11 students, as a vital part of their preparations for interviews – whether that be for post 16 facilities, a 6th form College or an apprenticeship.

In preparation they should be creating a CV using this template.

Options at 16+ Colleges, Sixth form and apprenticeships

If you are looking for options at the end of Year 11, then keep checking the websites of other colleges and sixth forms in the area, many of these are running virtual open days. This is a great chance for you to see if there is somewhere that is a good ‘fit’ for you. Ask about the entry requirements and the courses on offer, including A levels and BTECs, and make sure that you apply if you are interested - even if you see this as a back-up plan.

Some of the open evening events we are aware of so far are:

Grantham College on Thursday 19 November 2020

Walton Academy on Tuesday 24th November 2020

Stamford College on Wednesday 20th January 20211 from 07:30 – 19:30


An apprenticeship is based on a relationship between a learning provider (for example a college) and an employer. Apprenticeships have different levels (intermediate, advanced, higher and degree) and are suitable for school leavers at 16 or 18. There are currently apprenticeships in this region in mechanical engineering, graphic design, business, accounting, childcare and the armed forces. Many more are added each week and you should keep checking throughout the year as more will be advertised from spring onwards. Opportunities are listed at on the Gov.uk website but do not be afraid to contact employers directly if you are interested in working for them - check out their websites and follow them on social media.

Watch this space for future updates concerning careers or visit the CRA website Careers Support pages.

Attendance Update

Aqua11 and Caeli9 both had four days of 100% last week which is fantastic and this will be celebrated in our house assemblies this week. Both Tutor Groups showing CRA values of Resilience and Courage.

Why do I need to contact school each day of absence?

During school hours, we as a school have a responsibility for the safeguarding of your child. This duty continues even if your child is at home unwell. Contacting us daily is not just about letting us know your child will not be attending school, it is also an opportunity for us to stay in touch, make sure you are all safe and offer any support you may need. If you do not contact school on the day of absence, this will prompt school to try to contact you. If phone, MCAS, email or text contact is not successful, a home visit may be attempted. Please do keep us informed of your child’s whereabouts and wellbeing.

Why is school attendance so important?

Regular school attendance is an important part of giving children the best start in life; a child’s education is their key to unlock the world around them and is essential in them becoming happy and fulfilled adults. If a child misses school it is increasingly hard for them to catch up which is why it is so vital that, after almost six months away from school, they should attend as much as possible.


Please ensure you have checked and updated your parental consents on My Child at School. There have been some recent updates including the permission to allow us to teach your children remotely via Teams if we are forced to close a bubble of students due to Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Symptoms

If you are uncertain about what actions to take when it comes to Covid symptoms and whether you should send your child to school, please review the attached letter from Public Health England, and posters below.

Miss Butcher - Attendance Manager

House News


Rowvember is officially underway at Charles Read Academy and next week students will be representing their houses once again as they go head to head in House Rowing. The competition will take place throughout the duration of the week to maintain year group bubbles.

Year 7s kick off the competition on Monday lunchtime with the year 8s taking part Tuesday, Year 9 on Wednesday, Year 10 on Thursday and Year 11 on Friday. Students will take part in a number of individual and relay races on the big screen in the main hall. If the atmosphere is anywhere near as close to last year’s rowing competition we have an another exciting week lined up. You can keep up to date with action photos and scores from the rowing competition on our social media platforms.

Halloween House Results

Terra claimed the majority of points on offer from our Halloween House Competition. Over half term the CRA Community got into the Halloween spirit as they submitted their pumpkin carvings and Halloween costumes to the Games Master. The competition was judged in three categories; Student, Staff and Family entries with points allocated for the top 3 of each section. There were a number of fantastic entries and judging was extremely difficult (top 3 results as displayed in the pictures). Well done to year 9 student Jack (Terra) who won the student entries with his ‘Pumpkin Burger & Chips’.

Ms Burrell (Caeli) for coming out on top of the staff category with her carving of ‘Gizmo’.

The Morrisroe family (Caeli) for their array of high quality pumpkin carvings.

The winner of the best Halloween costume was Phoebe (Terra) in year 7 who dressed up as ‘Pennywise’ from IT.

Terra claimed a total of 100 house points, Caeli finished 2nd picking up 40 house points and Aqua were awarded 25 house points.

Lip Sync & Now Quiz Competitions - Rescheduled

Due to current COVID-19 Guidelines we have made the decision to reschedule the LIP SYNC and NOW Music Quiz house competitions to a later date in the academic year. We strive to ensure that all of our competitions are enjoyable and safe for all which is why we have made the decision to bring forward our Flags of the World Quiz as this can be participated in an environment which adheres to guidelines. Please see the updated list of competitions due to take place this term and keep an eye out for rescheduled competition dates.

I’m a Teacher Get Me Out of Here

Term 2 House Competitions

For regular updates and all the latest house news and action from competitions follow us on Twitter and/or Instagram @CRA_HouseChamp

Mr Webb - Games Master

Humanities Department Review - Term 1

The Humanities Department includes Geography, History, PSHCE and RE. We have been incredibly busy the last 8 weeks studying a wide range of exciting topics such as our Yr7’s have been exploring what it is to be a Geographer/ Historian and our Yr8/9 have been finding out all about Raging Rivers and investigating the life and times of Henry VIII. In RE our students have been questioning what it is to be a Christian and a Muslim in modern society.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the homework tasks that are set on Student Portal at least once a week and the importance of completing these.

All of our Yr10 and Yr11 students have been working hard. We have been developing our extended writing techniques using our Metacognition Think and Plan. The Humanities department are proud of the Yr11’s attendance and attitude to their mocks. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you all about the AQA Geography and History Revision guides that are available to purchase from Reception. We also have AQA Work Books which along with the Revision Guide cost £5.

Mrs Cooper - Head of Humanities

CRA Updates

Transport Safety Awareness

Last week the academy had a visit from LCC Transport Safety Awareness Officer, Delphine Norton, who delivered a whole school assembly to our students.

As most of our students travel by bus to the academy, this is vital reminder to the students about their safe behaviour from leaving home to arriving on site and back again, including talking to the students about the necessity to wear a mask throughout the journey. Keeping themselves safe and others is important to us all.

May we remind both students and parents about carrying and using a bus pass. The bus pass is to be shown to the driver when getting on the school bus. This is both morning and afternoon. Students are not allowed to use any other bus apart from the bus displayed and allocated to them on their bus pass. If your child has lost their bus pass, a replacement must be purchased. For the freely provided DRET buses, the replacement pass is £5 from the admin office. For LCC bus pass, contact Lincolnshire County Council, replacement bus pass. Tel: School Transport 01522 782020 where the payment can be made whilst on the phone. The replacement cost is £5.

Many thanks for working with us to keep all students safe.

Lego Club

Here at CRA we run many various lunchtime clubs, but one that has had a tremendous uptake is our Year 7 Lego Club.

Mrs Miller-Brown and Mrs Dexter run the club, 3 times a week and it is open to all Year 7 pupils. The club allows students to build friendships with their peers and staff, improve their social skills and develop their creative abilities.

This week the group had a fantastic surprise, Sainsbury’s had donated a huge number of Lego collection books and cards. Mrs Coleman kindly collected these and joined us at the club to present to the students.

Year 7 Lego Club

To say they were happy, is an understatement, we saw lots of very smiley faces and the room was buzzing with excitement.

Students all received a book and a pack of cards to begin their collection. Further packs can be earned by 100% attendance, positive behaviour, completing homework or by showing any of the six CRA values.

Mrs Dexter - HLTA & Transition Lead


Year 8 are doing really well in their Colour Theory unit exploring Abstract Art, Composition and Dynamic Form.

Some beautiful work looking at how hues and tones vibrate with each other.

Well done Kian, well done Erin, well done Rhys!

Mr Parker - Art Teacher

Table Talk

On Wednesday, the whole school took part in a Remembrance service. Due to Covid we could not all walk to the war memorial in Corby Glen for our service and to pay our respects, but we did so in school with some wonderful and thought-provoking readings, music and speeches from our Student Leadership Team and staff. It was an opportunity for us all to demonstrate our CRA core value of respect.

The quote attached is a very poignant one and we would love for you to discuss over the dining table the importance of this quote to you and your family as well as the community around you. The second image is some wonderful and thoughtful window art completed by Daisy in Year 10 to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

Word of the Week

Mech: machine (Greek word root)

Mechanistic determined by physical processes alone.

Mechanism a system of parts working together in a machine; a piece of machinery.

Mechanise introduce machines or automatic devices into (a process or place).

Week commencing 16th November

Times Tables

At the end of all lessons students stand behind their chairs in silence to prepare for themselves for the next lesson. From September, on a weekly rota, Years 7 and 8 will be reciting their timetables to help embed them in their long term memory.

Week commencing November 16th - 9 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing November 16th during period 5

Year 11 Focus

Year 11 Focus

The week after the exams is always a difficult week for students to stay focused. They have done the hard work and put the effort in and now are waiting for the results, to give them a clear picture of what to do to improve. The key thing for students to remember is that revision must start now. This is a good time for them to plan their time, make a revision timetable, making sure that they build in time to relax and destress into this time.

I recommend that all parents of year 11 and all year 11 students read this blog below which explains how to effectively create an electronic revision timetable that works. Remember, the key skill is breaking up the subjects into key areas that you can master and tick off your revision list.

How to make a revision timetable

When the students get their mock results, do remember that the average progress from their mock grade to the final result changes depending on the subject. In English the mocks were only on two topics and there is an entirely new topic to study, however, in maths the mocks were on all the work to be examined in the GCSE qualification, whether it has been studied in depth or not. Please speak to your child to make sure they listen to their teachers during feedback on the mock papers and then use the knowledge to guide them with what you need to do next.

Mr Young - Raising Standards Lead

Teen Support

How can I help my child with their self-esteem?

The below information is taken from this page on the Youngminds website.

Self-esteem is how a person feels about themselves. There are many pressures that can affect your child's self-esteem, for example: social media, bullying, exams, family problems and abuse.

Most children will have dips in self-esteem as they go through different stages or challenges in life. Starting a new school, moving to a new house, changes in the family and many other factors can affect a child’s confidence, but with support from parents and other adults they usually get through this.

Here are some things you can do that can really help:

  • Show your child lots of love and be positive about them as a person – tell them what makes them special to you.
  • Set an example of having a positive attitude when faced with challenges.
  • Let them know you value effort rather than perfection. Children can miss out on lots because they don't try, because they are too anxious about not ‘succeeding’.
  • Encourage them to try new challenges and celebrate them for it.
  • Help them set goals and make plans for things they’d like to accomplish. Keeping track builds good feelings about each milestone achieved.
  • Let them know they should not be afraid to voice their ideas and opinions. It’s ok when people disagree, we all see things differently.
  • Give praise for their successes, and don’t focus on areas where they have not done so well. Get into the habit of asking them about three good things that went well today.
  • Reassure them it's OK to make mistakes and that it's all part of life. Getting it wrong is not the end of the world and happens to everyone and it's how we learn.
  • Acknowledge their feelings and help them express their feelings in words. For example, encourage them to say, "I'm upset because..." or "I feel happy when..."
  • Challenge them when they criticise themselves, so that they start saying things like, "yes I can do this," instead of "I can't do this".
  • Allocate 20 minutes each day to chat, laugh, and do something together

If you are worried your child’s low self-esteem is affecting their day-to-day life, relationships, or ability to learn and develop, it is worth seeking professional help. You can talk to your GP, and you can go without them if they would rather not come along with you. It can be helpful to write down what makes you think your child has low self-esteem, and anything you think might be causing it.

The Sporting Post

Our first week of Rowvember is over! We’ve managed to row 43, 599 metres so far, this means for our Whole School Challenge we’re now on our way to Palace of Versailles from the Eiffel Tower. 46 students have rowed this week and we’re hoping for even more next week. Remember our goal is 120,000 metres by 30th November, so we need as many of you rowing as possible!

Next week is the House Rowing Championships, best of luck to all the students taking part and may the best House win!

For regular updates from the PE department, follow our Twitter and Instagram Pages (@sportatcra).

Dates for your diary

Please click on the parent calendar to see the full list of upcoming events and activities at CRA

Highlights in the coming weeks include:

  • Rowing Week - 16th November
  • Careers Week - 23rd November


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