CRA Newsletter - 26.03.2021 Half Term 4 - march 26th 2021

Principal's Update

The students have engaged well in their lessons this week and it has been lovely to hear them greeting staff as they have walked round the building with, ‘Good morning Miss’ or ‘Good afternoon Sir’. Being able to hold eye contact and greet others is so important and a social skill that our students have developed. After a visit to the Academy this week, the Deputy CEO of the Trust described the students’ behaviour as ‘impeccable’. As a staff we are very proud of them all.

Next week Year 11 students will be given further detailed information about how their GCSE and BTEC qualifications will be assessed. All the various pieces of information will create a portfolio of evidence. Parents of Year 11 students should make sure they have read the letter that was sent home on Friday so they are clear how we will be arriving at our teacher assessed grades, (TAGS). A copy of it is available on the website.

I am looking forward to our last House competition of the term which is speed stacking. This week students have had the opportunity to practice with the cups. I think this will have been a new skill for many of our students and staff and it will be interesting to see how quickly students have developed the skill and how they cope under pressure of a race against the timer.

Just a reminder that we break up on Wednesday 31st March and return for the summer term on April 19th.

I do hope you all have a wonderful Easter holiday when we get there.

Mrs Jones - Principal

Staffing Updates

Farewell to Mr Young

I am very sad that we will be saying, 'Goodbye' to Mr Young at the end of this term. He has been a great asset to the school and will be sorely missed. He has many talents which have benefited the academy, in addition to the excellent maths teaching our students have experienced.

Mr Young is moving to take up a promoted post of Assistant Head, closer to his home. His promotion is well deserved and we wish him all the success for the future.

Mr Young

Welcome Mr Branch-Evans

We welcome Mr Branch-Evans as our new Head of the Maths Department, and look forward to working with him after Easter.

Mr Branch-Evans

Mrs Jones - Principal

Term Dates 2021-22

Please visit the CRA website to review the updated term dates for the next academic year.

Home Lateral Flow Testing

We would like students to perform tests on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, reporting the results to both the NHS and also CRA. The Department of Education have also asked parents and staff to continue testing over the Easter holidays to ensure we track any cases and effectively keep the risk of an outbreak under control.

Did you know that parents and support bubbles of school children 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

Be Safe

E learning for parents - 'keep them safe' by parents against child sexual exploitation

Thousands of children in the UK are at risk of being forced or manipulated into sexual activity in a form of abuse called child sexual exploitation. This abuse can happen to any child, anywhere. Knowing what to look for is an important way parents and carers can help to protect their children. This free 20 minute resource provides an introduction to :

  • child sexual exploitation
  • signs and indicators of when a child might be being exploited
  • the impact child sexual exploitation can have on families
  • what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk of this abuse

It is a great resource made by parents for parents to gain knowledge

How to keep safe

In light of the Sarah Everard case our police engagement team have created the poster below with some simple personal safety messages for Students, please display were possible.

Miss King - Assistant Principal

Training opportunities across David Ross Education Trust schools

At Charles Read Academy we are pleased to be a lead school of the East Midlands Hub of the National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS) and the East Midlands & South Lincolnshire Hub of the National Modern Languages (NML) SCITT. We would like to share this with our school community, so that you and your wider network are aware of the teacher training opportunities in Mathematics, Physics or Modern Languages with our hub.

If you, or individuals within your wider network, are looking to change your career or have recently finished a university degree, this may be an amazing opportunity. Teaching offers the chance to inspire young people and enables you to give something back. As well as a chance to train within one of our academies, you will also have a chance to link up with other regional SCITT trainees. As part of your training, you will also be able to engage with networks within our dynamic and supportive professional subject communities.

Please review the attached letters and brochures for further details.

CRA Values

This week in House assemblies, students have been learning about our British Values and how they link to our CRA Values.

We particularly focused on Mutual Respect and how we can show this as individuals as well as have respect for our CRA community and our 3 Houses.

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.

Face Masks

Masks are required to be worn on all school transport, during lessons and 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.

Careers' Corner

Finding time to look through all of the possibilities out there.

We are approaching the Easter holiday and it would be brilliant if all of you in the school were able to take the time out to think about the kind of career that you may like to have once you have finished your formal schooling. We have put onto the website a huge range of information for you to look through and read at your leisure. Please take the time to have a look at the ranges of careers available, all of the choices that you have in front of you, and the ways in which you can achieve the career of your choice.

If you are in year 11 you will have made, or be making your post 16 applications, but you can still look these sites which provide you with information. If you are in year 10 you may find it useful in preparation for next year. You may wish to look at the virtual work experience sites- as some in year 11 may do. All of these pointers will help you with your interviews.

Those in year 9 are in the middle of option choices- so please take a look at some of these to help you with that process. Those lower down the school may think that it is too early, but now is the ideal time to have a look and see what you think – and you can then record all of the information on your unifrog website.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.

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

Click on BBC bitesize for some useful and practical information about post 16 choices.

Mrs Rees - Careers' Lead

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 Childcare’.

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Attendance Update

Update 26th March 2021

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils from 8th March. Parents are reminded that pupils of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason applies.

You can only allow your child to miss school if either:

  • they’re too ill to go in
  • you’ve got advance permission from the school

If you’re having trouble getting your child to go to school, the school and local council can help.

The school will discuss attendance problems with you and should agree a plan with you to improve your child’s attendance.

Local councils and schools can use various legal powers if your child is missing school without a good reason. They can give you:

  • a Parenting Order
  • an Education Supervision Order
  • a School Attendance Order
  • a fine (sometimes known as a ‘penalty notice’)

You can be given one or more of these but the council does not have to do this before prosecuting you.

Tutor Group 100% attendance

Caeli8 have had 100% attendance every day this week – 5 days of 100% - amazing Caeli8!!!

Caeli House had 2 days of full 100% attendance this week and Year 8 had 2 days of full 100% attendance this week.

Caeli9, Terra8 and 11/Sci had 4 days of 100% attendance.

We are so proud of this achievement and this will be celebrated in our house assemblies next week. These Tutor Groups showing CRA values of Resilience, Courage, Aspiration and Ambition.

We are so proud of this achievement and this will be celebrated in our house assemblies next week. These Tutor Groups showing CRA values of Resilience and Courage.

Back to school routines

It is important that your child is ready for school every morning. Please can you make sure your child has their full school uniform, CRA6 and is ready to learn. It is very important that your child is back into their normal school routine as soon as possible including getting a good night’s sleep ready for a busy day of learning at school.

Reporting an absence to school

Miss Butcher - Attendance Manager

House News

CRA Complete their Lockdown Virtual Tour of Europe

Team CRA have completed their Virtual Tour of Europe and returned back to CRA after visiting 13 destinations in 11 different countries. Starting their virtual tour back in January students and staff have so far covered a combine distance of 8,914km which is the equivalent of travelling from CRA to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Monaco, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon and back to CRA.

Over 110 students and staff played their part, submitting over 1000 entries. This is a fantastic achievement and great example of the amazing resilience and togetherness we have at CRA.

5 Days left of House Lockdown Cup

There are only 5 more days left to submit your House Lockdown Cup distances. On Wednesday 31st March all of the entries will be added together from January, February and March to determine the overall House winner, with 250 House points being awarded to the winners. 150 house points for 2nd place and 100 points for finishing in 3rd place.

This is the final weekend to get involved and your distance can really make a distance. To enter make sure you email your screenshots to housechampionship@charlesreadacademy.co.uk

Aqua crowned House Netball Champions

This week at Charles Read Academy students across all year groups have gone head to head in a week long House Netball Competition. The competition got underway on Monday with year 7s taking each other, where Caeli got off to a flying start with a draw and win over Aqua and Terra respectively. Aqua however fought back to dominate the year 8 and year 9 competitions, adding 12 points to their score.

The Year 10 competition on Thursday was a fascinating affair as each of the 3 houses came away with a victory each, sharing the points, meaning there was no change to the overall scores. The final day saw year 11s go head to head. Despite the wet weather the competition went ahead in the gym with some closely contested match ups.

It was a fantastic competition, with over 100 students across the academy representing their house in the first sporting competition since lockdown. Well done everyone.

Mr Webb - Games Master

Table Talk

This week is the final week of our Easter competition for Table Talk where we are asking you to send in a photo of you at the table, talking as a family (backs of heads is fine!) and a short summary of something you discussed relating to our quote about why values are important.

Please send your photos and text to housechampionship@charlesreadacademy.co.uk by 30th March to be in with a chance of winning our Easter treats!

SEN Department Update

Here at Charles Read Academy, we ensure that all students educational needs are met by utilising some of the strategies shown below. These are adapted to each individual student, encompassing their emerging needs, allowing them to access quality first teaching.

Mrs Dexter - HLTA

Science Department

As a school we are continuing in our efforts to ensure all students are engaging with Tassomai, as a department it plays a key role in supporting learning. Other departments have seen the benefit of this and have began using it themselves.

We are excited to see what impact using Tassomai will have on our learners, other schools such as The Stonehenge School in Wiltshire have seen spectacular impact on grades, and have been able to go a long way to closing the attainment gap. The deputy headteacher has this to say:

“We introduced Tassomai with a goal to improve our science results from the lowest 20% in the country to being at the national average - in fact we are now in the top 20% in the country!”

Please remember it is not too late to sign up for parental reports

Miss Robinson - Science Teacher

Year 7 Transition 2021

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have had an amazing number of applications for students wishing to join us in Year 7 in September, the largest number for a many of years!

At present we have had a total of 161 applications for the 55 places we offer. Due to this we have temporarily expanded our Published Admission Number(PAN) to 58.

We do have a waiting list, with a further 21 students wishing to join CRA.

This is wonderful news. The staffs’ hard work, dedication, and commitment has really paid off and is having a positive impact on our school and its community. Long may it continue!

We have a fantastic transition programme planned and one that will see students and their families, feel supported and confident in their decision to choose CRA for their secondary educational journey.

We are looking forward to providing a warm welcome.

Mrs Dexter - Transition Lead

Word of the Week

Lumin: light, shine, source - (Greek word root)

  • Illuminate light up.
  • Luminous giving off light; bright or shining.
  • Luminary a person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere.

A short video on the etymology of lumen:

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 29th March - 13 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 29th March during period 1

Year 11 Focus

What a year it has been for year 11. With lockdown last year in March, none of us thought it would affect these year 10s other than missing a few weeks of school. With home learning for the last two terms of year 10, and then remote learning for a term in year 11 the resilience that the year group have shown is a tribute to their characters.

I am also exceptionally proud of the ambition that students are showing, and I know how hard they are working in their studies, and as they do their knowledge checks and assessments it is great to see how hard they have worked and how much progress they have made.

It is in the home stretch now that students need to stay focused, and I am sad to say this is the last year 11 focus I am writing for the newsletter, as Mr Lovatt will take over the guidance and monitoring of year 11 for their final term at Charles Read Academy - which also means that year 11 will be able to escape my taste in classic rock as they come into assembly.

It is important for all students to realise that our focus now is to build our portfolios of evidence which will give us the information to predict our Teacher Assessed Grades. The exam board are producing guidance for this to help teacher and to allow for fairness between schools.

It is important for students to relax and recover, and to make the most of hopefully better weather and the chance to meet safely in small groups when it is allowed. But it is also important to focus on the material guided by your teachers which will allow us to create the portfolio correctly.

I know that the courage that the students have shown throughout this year to get where they are has been immense and I am confident that they will all do well, and be able to use this experience to give them the strength to overcome any obstacle in the future - for a year group who can overcome a global pandemic and still get great results can surely over come anything.

All the best for the future

Mr Young - Raising Standards Lead

Teen Support

The two-week holiday is fast approaching, and you may be worried about keeping your child entertained over the holidays.

The link provides some great suggestions on things your child can do over Easter that will support the 5 ways to wellbeing; be active, stay connected, give, keep learning and take notice.

We hope some of these suggestions will support you in helping your child keep positive and active, supporting their mental health.

The Sporting Post

DRET Cross Country Cup

The DRET Cross Country Cup commenced on Monday 22nd March. This year the cup has been adapted to follow Government Restrictions, meaning our students have been working hard at Charles Read to send in their distances.

Usually, cross country would be based off which student completes the race first, however this year each age group has a set time and needs to complete as many km's as possible whilst tracking themselves. We've had so many students take part throughout the week and their resilience shone through when they became fatigued but continued to push themselves.

Once scores from all DRET secondary schools have been sent in, DRET will look at students from across the trust who have ran the furthest in their set time. Results will be posted on social media so make sure to follow SportatCRA on Instagram and Twitter.

PE Kit Expectations

Whilst many students have purchased the new PE kit and they do look incredibly smart there are a number of students who are wearing their own clothes to PE lessons. This is not permitted within the school rules, much like not having your CRA 6 this results in a sanction, in this case a pastoral detention.

Pupils should have the following kit as compulsory items (as per the uniform policy on the website):

  • CRA PE Shorts
  • CRA PE Socks
  • CRA House PE top
  • CRA House Hoodie
  • Trainers/Astroturf trainers or moulded football boots
  • Shin pads/gum shield - as required

Pupils can also use the following additional items:

  • CRA PE Track pants
  • CRA PE Leggings
  • Plain black skins/leggings are allowed to be worn, but must be under navy shorts.
  • No logos/writing/labels

Pupils are NOT allowed to wear their own coats/tracksuit bottoms for PE lessons and must purchase the CRA branded hoodie if they wish to wear something over their House PE Top.

Pupils in receipt of free school meals are entitled to support with the purchasing of PE kit should finances be an issue, please contact the school regarding this. Please find the link below to the ordering portal.

I would ask that all pupils are in correct PE kit from this term onwards.

Mr Lovatt - Head of Performance Faculty

Dates for your diary

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

  • Monday 19th April - Term 5 starts
  • Thursday 22nd April - Rescheduled Year 8 Virtual Parents Evening


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