CRA Newsletter 01.10.2021 Half Term 1 - october 1st 2021

Principal's Update

We have enjoyed opening the school to prospective students as part of our Open Academy mornings and welcomed over ninety sets of parents between the various open evenings and open mornings. We have two more possible dates for visiting CRA, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th October at 10.05am. Please do share those dates with any interested parents and suggest they contact the academy if they are interested in a visit.

Most students are now fully au fait with the new homework policy but please contact the academy if you or your child needs further clarification.

It is our last week collecting food for the Grantham Food bank and on Friday we are taking years7 and 8 to the church in Corby Glen. We will reflect on the importance of Harvest and the of supporting people in need. The church has kindly agreed to distribute the food we have collected to the food bank.

Many students are looking forward to playing football for their houses this coming week and watching the staff battle it out also. The pumpkin carving competition will soon be announced so you might want to research designs. This is definitely a competition that the whole family can get involved in.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Jones - Principal


The return to school has seen an exciting new menu at Charles Read provided by Caterlink, which you can view by clicking the link below.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the catering service at the Academy please dont hesitate to contact us so we can discuss with Caterlink.

Parent Pay

If you need a Parent Pay login so your child can add monies to the payment facility, please contact the office for a username, then follow the notes in the attachment below

Mr Linforth - Academy Operations Manager

Home Lateral Flow Testing

When you complete lateral flow tests at home on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, please report the results via these links to both the NHS and also CRA.

If you require further kits, students can collect these from reception.

Did you know that parents and support bubbles of school children, as well as anyone who has to leave home to go to work, can now get rapid Covid-19 tests twice a week. Order yours now here.

Further guidance from the Government and Department of Education in respect of home testing can be found below:

A copy of the risk assessment and privacy policy relating to Lateral Flow Testing can be found on the CRA website.

Mr Linforth - Academy Operations Manager


We are so pleased with how well our students, families and staff have engaged with our new homework policy. Parent/ carer feedback suggests that families are finding the one subject a day and the links on the website very helpful. We would just like to remind students that each subject is a new page in their Prep book and that KS4 students also have additional homework which can be found on Student Portal or their school email.

On Monday staff will be checking that the homework from Friday, Saturday and Sunday has been completed.

A short video on homework expectations can be found on the CRA website or by clicking below:

Please talk to your child about this new approach to homework and the consequences if they don’t complete it or don’t complete it to a satisfactory standard.

Mrs Cooper -Teaching & Learning Lead


An MCAS has been sent to all parents/ carers with updates to our PSHCE policy and a Parent/Carer Feedback Survey. We look forward to any comments you may have regarding our programme and policy. We have received useful feedback already regarding some of the acronyms in the policy which can be found below

  • PSHCE- Physical, Social, Health, Citizenship Education
  • SMSC- Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural
  • RE- Religious Education
  • RSE- Relationships and Sex Education

Mrs Cooper - Head of Humanities

Teen Support

What is Kooth?

Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online chat and emotional wellbeing service for young people aged 11 to 25.

Kooth is here for you when you need someone to talk to.

If you are going through a hard time and you are not sure who to speak to, login to Kooth. You will find friendly councillors who can help you talk through your problems and help you with anything that's on your mind. This could be about bullying, relationships, work life difficulties, money worries, problems at home, coping with stress, anxiety or grief from losing someone.

Who can use Kooth?

  • Young people 11-25 years old
  • What are the benefits of using Kooth?
  • It's free, safe and confidential
  • You can access this service anonymously
  • You can book virtual chat sessions with qualified counsellors and therapists.
  • Have one-2-one text based chat sessions for support and advice.
  • No referral needed or waiting list - you can access this service now and immediately receive support
  • You can write in a daily journal and track your goals to reflect your thoughts and feelings
  • Read and browse through self-help articles for advice on any topic
  • Get peer-to-peer support
  • Share your experiences via their live online forums.

When can I contact Kooth?

  • 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Noon until 10pm weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm on Saturday and Sundays - they also provide an out-of-hours service.
  • Please note there are reduced hours over holidays like Christmas, New Years and Bank holidays

To start using Kooth

Humanities Department: Geography GCSE

Tutor2u.net Geography have produced a series of live revision events for GCSE AQA Geography students. These will be broadcast at 6:30pm each Thursday from their website or YouTube Channel.

The second of these sessions is on Thursday 29th September covering ‘Tropical Storms: where they develop and why’. The sessions are recorded and can be watched at an alternative time.

Mrs Cooper - Head of Humanities

CRA Values

This week I received a call from a parent about 2 of our students.

I was thrilled to hear how they had gone over and above to support a year 7 student who was anxious about travelling on the school bus.. On the way to school they had called for the anxious student and escorted them to the bus ensuring they were seated happily on the school bus.

No one had asked them to do this. They had heard this student was worrying about coming to school and took upon themselves to do this kind act.

In turn this reassured the year 7 and the family their child was safe and happy.

These are the qualities we embed dally in our school day to ensure they leave as good well rounded king humans.

Well done – you know who you are.

Mrs Lewis - Pastoral Manager

Uniform expectations

It is vital that we ensure everyone is adhering to the Academy Uniform Policy - details of which can be found here.

Students without a medical note will go into IE for incorrect uniform.

Outdoor coats

Outdoor coats can be worn during breaks and before and after school, but should not be worn when walking inside the academy. May we also remind you that hoodies are not appropriate, and shouldn’t be worn as a replacement for an outdoor coat.

Face Masks

Masks are recommended to be worn on all school transport, during transitions between lessons and in communal indoor spaces. Please ensure you have a spare mask just in case it requires changing throughout the day. We appreciate that communication whilst wearing a mask can be tricky, so please see the poster below for tips on effective communication whilst wearing a mask.

Masks should be blue or black and plain and worn at all times whilst inside the school buildings.

Careers' Corner

Careers within Humanities

Currently in Humanities we are selecting one appropriate career to ‘spotlight’ per topic. This is written into schemes of learning.

Autumn Term 1

  • Yr7- foundations of geography- evolution of maps- cartographer
  • Yr8- rivers- flood management- hydrologist
  • Yr9- natural hazards- earthquakes- seismologist

Cartographers work either in the public sector or with commercial cartography companies. The largest public sector employers are:

  • Ordnance Survey
  • Land & Property Services Northern Ireland
  • Defence Geographic Centre (part of the Ministry of Defence)
  • Hydrographic Office.

Hydrologists are involved in the monitoring, management and protection of water and water resources in commercial, environmental and academic settings.

They ensure the effective flow of water through channels and pipes for the engineering and control of water provision. Their work contributes to the efficient planning, development and sustainable use of natural and domestic water resources, ensuring water is supplied in the most cost-effective manner.

Seismologists study shock waves created by earthquakes and volcanic activity. They also work in oil, gas and minerals exploration.

We of course use a range of career related skills in our lessons such as problem solving and team work and in topics such as rivers and coasts we explore finance. At GCSE we use a lot of math skills.

Please continue to talk to your children about careers and if further information on any career is required please speak to the careers team.

Please visit the Careers' page on the CRA website for this weeks update and details of previous publications.

Mrs Dexter - Careers' Support

Thinking Ahead – My Future, My Choice

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 Business '

Mr Otchere - Career's Lead


There has been a steady increase in the number of children missing school on account of illness. We need the support of all parents and carers to tackle this trend.

Is my child well enough?

High temperature. If your child looks or feels shivery or is unusually cold or hot, he or she may have a high temperature. There may be various reasons for this. A child with a high temperature should not be in school. However after feeling and looking better for 24 hours, a child should be able to return to school.

Cold and cough - A slight cold and a cough does not disable a child from attending school. However children with heavy colds or persistent coughs should stay at home. A child whose cough is disappearing and who is feeling better should return to school.

Rashes - A rash could be the first sign of one of childhood’s many illnesses, such as chicken pox or measles. The rash or spots may cover the entire body or appear in only one area. Do not send a child to school with an unexplained rash or skin eruption until you have contacted NHS 111 or your GP surgery for advice.

Minor aches and pains - A child with persistent toothache should see a dentist without delay and one with earache should see a doctor without delay. A child whose only complaint is a minor headache does not usually need to be kept at home.

Vomiting and diarrhoea - If you think your child has meningitis, get help from your doctor or a hospital at once. If vomiting occurs, your child should stay at home until he or she can keep food down. A child with diarrhoea should also be kept at home. If your child does not improve as you expect, contact NHS 111 or your GP surgery for advice. Please remember that early morning aches often pass, so don’t keep your child at home “just in case” when he or she could be learning in class.

For further advice, you could talk to a member of the school staff, your GP surgery or NHS 111.

Your contact details

Please make sure that the school has these up to date. It is important that school staff can contact you during the day if your child is not well enough to stay in school.

Some common rules about illness absences

Minor illness - If your child is unwell on a school day, always contact the school in the morning to let staff know on telephone number 01476 55033 ext 502, or via MCAS; this should be before 9.00am.

Longer-term absence - If your child is absent from school for three or more days, or is often absent for short spells, the school staff may ask you to present a doctor’s note to verify the reason for the absence.

A letter from a parent/carer/medical professional is needed when

  • a child has any condition requiring hospital or surgical care; • the child returns to school with a cast or stitches;
  • the child needs restricted PE lessons or playtime activities for more than three consecutive days

Mrs Coleman - Attendance Manager

Welcome to CRA

Right from starting school at Corby Glen Primary School I knew I wanted to work in education, and I first started teaching English in a large comprehensive in South London.

Mrs Thurlby

After a few years I realised I missed home and moved back to Grantham, where I taught at KGGS. I started a family after moving to Leicestershire and after a long break from working I began volunteering at my son’s school where I then became a Learning Support Assistant- and this is where I feel most useful. The opportunity to engage and support students is a never-ending learning curve and I have found the students here at CRA to be incredibly welcoming.

I am proud to be Caeli 9’s Form Tutor and hope to guide them through this year, supporting them in their challenges and celebrating their many successes. I’m very happy to be back in Corby Glen where I grew up and look forward to making many more happy memories with CRA.

Mrs Thurlby - Learning Support Assistant

House News

House Football

House Football kicks off on Monday (4th October) as year 11 and year 10 boys go head to head. Tuesday (5th October) the year 9 boys, year 8 boys and KS4 girls take each other on before year 7 boys and KS3 girls take to the field on Monday (11th October).

Teams are being selected by tutors and heads of house – If you have been selected you need to bring your PE kits to take part.

Staff will be taking part in this event on Wednesday 13th October, Make sure you show your support on the 3G pitch.

250 House Points are available for this competition.

Harvest Festival – House Collections

Only 1 week remaining to contribute to the House Harvest Festival collections, in support of the local foodbank.

To contribute to the Harvest Festival we are appealing for your donations of food items and household products. Please do not donate fresh food products. Items need to have a long shelf life, with the items outlined in the photo being requested by food banks across the country.

Last year the CRA community provided the equivalent of 126 meals for the local community, who were extremely grateful for our generous donations. We would like to top that this year if we can and try to encourage as many of our CRA community to play their part, supporting those in need.

If you feel this is something you can support with please send in your child with your donations. Your child must then notify their form tutor on their donation before placing items in the House box which will be situated on the stage in the main hall.

The deadline for donations is NOW Friday 8th October

Follow us on the House social media platforms, Twitter and Instagram, for all the latest news and results from each event including action shots from the competitions - @CRA_HouseChamp

Mr Webb - Games Master


We want to congratulate Teri Burrell, one of our science teachers who this week has passed her Masters in Expert teaching with a distinction.

Miss Burrell

Table Talk

As an academy, we place much emphasis on reading as an important way for our students to improve their literacy and support their learning, but also to broaden their horizons.

We would love you to discuss a book that has had an impact on you over the dinner table this week. It may have moved you, made you think, made you laugh or cry! Share that book and love of reading with your child, to support them in realising the importance of reading.

Word of the Week

(Greek word root)

Cracy: type of government, rule (Greek word root)

  • Democracy: system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
  • Theocracy: a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god.
  • Autocracy: a system of government by one person with absolute power.

This video explains the different types of government

Miss Brealey - Head of English Faculty


Please find below the Y10 and Y11 homework example pages so it is known what we are looking for in the roll-call inspection.

Y10: This H/W is a two-week long one that has complex illustrations. I will give you the templates. A double-page spread in your book on the artist Albrecht Durer. He is the WAGOLL below

Y11; I have given you each an individual artist to study. I want a double page spread detailing his/her work including a transcription as per our usual good practise. Here is a WAGOLL of the standard and quality I expect at GCSE;

Mr Parker - Art Teacher

Year 11 Focus

This week Y11 students have continued the selection process for the Head Boy and Girl. A short list of candidates were asked to interview for the position following the assembly presentations that were conducted last week.

Students were interviewed by Mrs Jones and Miss King and asked a variety of challenging questions based around leadership, supporting others and what they would like to achieve in the role. Every candidate preformed admirably in a situation which is new to them all demonstrated many of the CRA values with the answers they provided. I would like to congratulate all those that had the courage to apply for the roles and I look forward to seeing who is announced as Head Boy and Girl in assembly on Monday morning.

The first mock exams of the year will be taking place shortly after half term, pupils students should be starting to plan how they are going to structure their revision time. In the coming weeks myself and Miss Thorpe will be explaining the examination process through a series of assemblies.

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 4th October 9 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 4th October during period 5

The Sporting Post

Afterschool Clubs

We are delighted to announce afterschool sports clubs are starting on 15th September. We will be offering a rugby, hockey, rowing and table tennis in addition to our enrichment afternoons on Monday and Tuesday.

Mr Addlesee - Sports Enrichment Officer

Dates for your diary

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


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