CRA Newsletter - 11.06.2021 Half Term 6 - June 11th 2021

Principal's Update

I hope you all had a good half-term. We are pleased that the summer weather has finally arrived so that the students can enjoy the sporting programme we have planned and the preparation for the Summer Cup.

This week we have the new year 7 cohort visiting on Friday, at the end of the school day, and we are looking forward to welcoming them all. The Year 11 students have been involved in an employability programme and it has been good to see them looking more relaxed now their formal assessment period has concluded.

The Heads of House met with the Tutors this Tuesday morning to discuss the exciting House competitions that we are holding this term. I am particularly looking forward to Sports Day and the lip sync battle. Students in music have been writing fanfares and each house will have a fanfare played as the students walk out to battle it out on the athletics field.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Jones - Principal

Term Dates 2021-22

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


For the first time since February 2020 we are now able to provide students with a seated service.

Caterlink , our catering provider, have been working in the Academy since September 2020, but are only now able to provide the extensive menu we contracted them for following the lifting of Covid restrictions.

Hopefully you can see from some of the images taken from Wednesday's menu, the primary concern for Caterlink is to ensure the food is fresh, healthy, and using good quality ingredients; which will give students the nutrients they need to stimulate their bodies and brains for learning.

Caterlink will continually vary and develop the menu to ensure all tastes are catered for; that various celebration days (Chinese New Year for example) are respected; and ensuring the latest seasonal ingredients are utilised.

Please click on the link below to have a look at the rolling 3 week menu 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.

Below is a Marketing bulletin from Caterlink for June 2021

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

Year 10 Mock Exams

In just over 11 months the current year 10 students will be taking their GCSE exams. The outcome of these exams will determine what they are able to do in the next stage of their education, training, or employment.

Please review the attached letter that gives all the information required ahead of half term to help support with revision, and plans for the exams themselves.

If you need any further advice or support regarding your Mock Exams please do not hesitate to speak to your teachers, your form tutors, or members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Home Lateral Flow Testing

We would like students to perform tests on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, reporting the results via these links to both the NHS and also CRA.

Its important to keep testing even as restrictions are lifted to help control the spread of any new variants.

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

CRA Values

In our House assemblies this week, we have focused on the CRA value or CONFIDENCE. Our students show confidence every day in their lessons, in their interactions with staff and their peers and in their actions towards others. Our Year 10s have had to show real courage and confidence this week during their first mock exam series. Confidence takes courage and we are proud of how our Year 10s have performed so far in this exam period, showing real resilience when they have found exams tough to carry on and try again.

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 required 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.

Wearing a mask at school is compulsory, unless your child has a medical lanyard. Masks should be blue or black and plain and worn at all times whilst inside the school buildings. If a child refuses to wear their mask they will be sent to the COVID isolation room and parents will be called to collect them. This is a non-negotiable and for everyone's safety.

Parent Governors

The role of Parent Governors in schools is vital in supporting the school leaders offer the best possible expereince to the students.

Their role is one of offering a high level of support and challenge to the Academy Leadership team, with the aim of developing the setting to offer the opportunities to students to achieve their best possible chances in life.

If you would be interested in becoming a school governor, please review the attached document that will give you a little more information, and contact the admin team to discuss the possibility further.

For all the information about CRA and DRET Governors, please visit the Governors page on the CRA website.

Mr Linforth - Academy Operations Manager

Careers' Corner

Year 11 Workshops

Although year 11 have finished their formal education at Charles Read Academy and are starting the next exciting part of their career journey, most of them have returned to us this week for a brilliant set of workshops which are running to help them with the wide range of activities involved when taking part in recruitment and selection procedures.

The workshops have been run by an ambassador from a Company called Workpays, and the ambassador has been with us to run these work shops. The students have been able to take part in a wide range of workshops to help them to boost their employability and to gain confidence when applying for their next educational places. At the start of the week they took a look at recognising their strengths, and boosting their employability. This was then followed by a session which outlined how to look for a job in the current market, and how to prepare themselves for on line recruitment. Finally on Friday they have looked at how to write a winning application form, and have then gone through a mock assessment centre activity to see where their strengths lie. All of these scenarios are taken from real life interview processes and we are truly grateful to workpays for the time taken to deliver these brilliant sessions to our students.

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

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 Photography '

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Attendance Update

Celebrating Tutor Group attendance 8th March to 10th June 2021

  • Caeli 8 - 97.74%
  • Terra 7 - 97.23%
  • Aqua 7 - 97.15%
  • Terra 8 - 96.76%
  • Aqua 8 - 96.74%

Caeli8 are leading the way with amazing attendance of 97.74%

Year 8 are leading the year group attendance with 97.09%.

100% Tutor Group attendance this week

Terra7 and Aqua10 have been in school every day this week and therefore have 100% attendance this week.

We are so proud of these achievements and this will be celebrated in our house assemblies next week. These Tutor Groups are showing all our CRA values, but especially RESILIENCE and AMBITION.

‘CRA HERO Challenge’ is our new school initiative, round two started on 7th June 2021. We are on week one of this two-week challenge where we are focusing on Here every day and ready to learn with CRA6.

Holidays during term time

Holidays during term time are not authorised. If you wish to seek approval for any request of absence for your child from school, then you must apply in writing to the Principal, at least four weeks in advance of the request for absence.

The Holiday Warning letter has been sent to all parents/carers via email, MCAS and is on our school website.

If you then choose to take your child out of school during term time and it is not deemed to be exceptional circumstances and/or has not been approved by the school, then this will be coded as an unauthorised absence and a Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued for the period of absence. Failure to pay the Fixed Penalty may result in further legal action being taken against you.

If you need any further information regarding this, please contact school.

School attendance

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils

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.

Reporting an absence to school

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.

Miss Butcher - Attendance Manager

House News

We are on the final straight and with just 3 more competitions to go, the race for the House Championship is on! Aqua have taken a narrow lead in to the final term from Terra in 2nd place and Caeli in 3rd place but only 80 points separate each of the teams with 1,750 house points up for grabs.

The final 3 competitions will see houses go head to head in Master Chef, Sports Day and the Lyp Sync Battle before the House Champions are announced in the last week of term. The winning house will receive a reward with more details of this to follow.

Details about the remaining competitions will be revealed soon with Heads of House and year group leaders selecting teams for the final events.

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

Table Talk

In whole school assembly this week, Mrs Jones said if she could ask anything of our students, it would be that they always try. Whether that is in their academic work, in sports, in friendships, in being a good person. We would love you to discuss over the dinner table, times when you have undertaken a challenge and what you learnt from trying, whether you succeeded or not.

CRA values - In our House assemblies this week, we have focused on the CRA value or CONFIDENCE. Our students show confidence every day in their lessons, in their interactions with staff and their peers and in their actions towards others. Our Year 10s have had to show real courage and confidence this week during their first mock exam series. Confidence takes courage and we are proud of how our Year 10s have performed so far in this exam period, showing real resilience when they have found exams tough to carry on and try again.


‘Get Into Geography’ produced by Internet Geography is a great resource for KS3- KS4 students and ideally placed for parents to be able to support their children at home.

Empathy Day

Mrs Dexter,Transition Lead, HLTA,ELSA Support

Word of the Week

Mort: death (Latin root word)

Immortal living forever; never dying or decaying

For some famous philosopher’s views on immortality and death, watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjQwedC1WzI

Morgue a room or building in which dead bodies are kept, for hygienic storage or for examination, until burial or cremation.

Mortal (of a living human being, often in contrast to a divine being) subject to death.

Did you know: in hunting a mort is, "a flourish sounded on a horn at the death of the quarry, c. 1500,’.

Miss Brealey - Head of English Faculty

Science Spot

The Science Faculty would like to share with you some practical and interesting slides to make you think - this week its all about The Chemistry of Coffee

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

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 14th June - 11 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 14th June during period 3

Year 11 Focus

Year 11 have made a fantastic start to their three-week post assessment weeks. They have enjoyed a variety of developmental activities and opportunities to reflect upon their time at CRA. Pupils have gained some excellent insight into the world of work and preparing for entering the employment market through guest speakers and a wide range of areas including, realising their own strengths, preparing for interviews and how to boost their employability. Pupils have also had opportunities to take up leadership roles with younger members of the school through the enrichment programme, take part in various sporting activities as well as honing their cooking skills through pizza making. We hope that this opportunity will not only be beneficial for the future but will also create some fond memories that they can take with them as they move on to the next stage of their education.

Mr Lovatt - Head of Performance Faculty

Year 11 Alternative Curriculum - June 2021

As you may be aware the DfE have instructed schools that pupils should remain in school until the 25th of June, all pupils at CRA will have finished the GCSE assessments by May half term, so as a result we have designed a three week curriculum to support and students as they move on to the next stage of their education and to leave a lasting legacy at CRA.

  • The first week is designed around employability skills and entering the job market, we have secured an outside speaker to deliver 6 sessions throughout the week, alongside this they will also be involved sports and life skills opportunities, pupils will be on site on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, on Tuesday and Thursday they will be working from home on set tasks.
  • The second week will be linked to the house system, pupils will spend Wednesday, Thursday and Friday rejuvenating and replanting our raised bed areas and polytunnel to leave behind something that can be used again by future CRA pupils. Pupils will work at home on Monday and Tuesday of that week planning and designing the raised beds in house colours.
  • The third week will be a work experience week, pupils will be encouraged to find work experience opportunities through family and friends, there may be some opportunity for school to provide placements either at CRA or at our local primary schools, all pupils will be invited back into school on Friday the 25th for their leavers assembly. The school day will finish for pupils at 12.30 on this day and collection will need to be organised at this time.

A full schedule will be provided shortly, we are also preparing for the Y11 prom, behaviour during this three week period will be taken into consideration when deciding if pupils are allowed to attend their prom.

Mr Lovatt - Head of Performance Faculty

Teen Support

Here is a link to a website that we find really supportive for students, staff and parents around the topic of bullying. Its particularly supportive in helping you as parents spot the signs of bullying with a great YouTube clip to watch that's really informative. We hope you find it useful.

The Sporting Post

Miss Dickson - 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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