CRA Newsletter - 28.05.2021 Half Term 5 - May 28th 2021

Principal's Update

We have been longing for some good weather so we can practice our athletics for the Summer Cup. It was slightly better this week but still not ideal for practicing javelin or discus. We are hoping to maximize the enrichment time after half-term to help us get ready to compete against the other 11 academies.

This week saw the introduction of a new house activity, ‘The Cube’. Students and staff seemed to be enjoying the theatre experience at lunchtime today and we are grateful to Mr Webb for his creative ideas and enjoyable competitions.

Year 11 are coming towards the end of their formal, compulsory schooling and we have planned a varied 3 week programme to support them. We will say goodbye to them at the Leavers Assembly on 25th June.

Please remind students about the importance of wearing their uniform well, with it clean, shirt tucked in, top button done up with the tie up to the neck and polished shoes. Whilst we encourage students not to make judgements based on first impressions many people do, and presenting yourself smartly is important not only in the world of work but for self-respect.

I hope the good weather holds and that you have a great weekend,

Mrs Jones - Principal

Term Dates 2021-22

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

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 over the half term break as people are now able to mix with less restrictions.

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

National Book Tokens

This year we have added nearly 600 books to the school library, with a couple of large orders of new books, some very generous donations, and a lot of charity shop and eBay buys. However, we could still do with more! I have a wish list of book requests that I would love to be able to fulfil, to keep our students reading.

Please will you nominate CRA for a chance to win these book tokens? The more nominations we have, the more of a chance there is of us winning - but as a small school in terms of pupil numbers, we need all your help on this initiative. Please click on the link below to nominate CRA.

Mrs Spilberg - TA & Librarian

CRA Values

Our Year 11s have really shone these past couple of weeks, demonstrating all our core values during their assessments. They now have some exciting weeks ahead either in school or in their privately arranged work experience placements and we look forward to hearing about their time and what they have learned.

Resilience is always a key theme during exam times, but also having ambition and aspiration, the courage to answer hard questions, the confidence in their response and the self-respect to do the best they can for themselves. We wish them every success moving forwards into their bright futures.

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.

Careers' Corner

A busy week at Charles Read Academy !

We had a very busy week in the Academy last week, with years 7 through to 9 learning about what makes a good apprentice, all about the different types of apprenticeship available to them and more importantly that some of the myths which surround apprenticeships which are simply not true- such as – you only make tea when you are there, or that you do not get a job at the end of them, or there are a limited choice available to them.

Hopefully this information helped them to understand that there are a wide variety of routes available to them and that it is never too early to make a start when thinking and planning your future career.

Year 10 were very fortunate to be part of a very informative session about interview skills, which was given to them by an outside speaker. The presenter spoke very eloquently and knowledgeably about how to prepare for an interview prior to the day with hints and tips discussing everything from making sure that you have checked out the route to your interview before the date of the interview, to hints and tips about how to dress (smartly) taking your ID along to the interview as well as the importance of eye contact and smiling.

They were then given examples of the types of questions they may face, as well as a technique to answer the questions- STAR – which refers to giving a Situation which is applicable to the question being asked, identifying the Task or part they took in it, giving details of the Action taken and the success in terms of the Result. They were also given example questions to practice this technique with. Finally they were reminded about the importance of them asking questions at the interview as well, to show that they have thought about the Company prior to their interview.

Year 9 and year 10 had a careers talk from a parent who came into talk to them about her role in a debt advice company based in Grantham, which helps people to manage their finances. The speaker also talked about the characteristics which were important in that role- including being able to manage people in a variety of situations and how to help them. She spoke to them about her role and how she had started working for the Company after A levels, although this was not the only route available to enter. A very interesting and informative talk.

I have included some comments from the students below:

The talk was very informative
Knowing another language is a big help
Your colleagues are like your family – you do not pick them but you have to work with them
The talk was informative and shone a light on reality


Please click on the link below to review the May 2021 edition of Parents’ and Carers’ Pack - Apprenticeship Information

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 Motor Vehicles'

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Attendance Update

Celebrating Tutor Group attendance 8th March to 27st May 2021

Caeli8 are leading the way with amazing attendance of 97.77%

Year 8 are leading the year group attendance with 97.22%.

Current House attendance standings

100% Tutor Group attendance this week

Aqua8 and Caeli9 have had 3 days of 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.

Are you a CRA HERO?

‘CRA HERO Challenge’ is our new school initiative which started on Monday 17th May 2021. We have completed round one of this two week challenge. We focused on attendance:

The selected students who took part in round one will get together in year group bubbles at lunch time on Friday for their free ice lollies.

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

‘The Cube’ – House Competition

This week at Charles Read Academy house teams took to the stage to take on our very own version of ITV’s hit gameshow, ‘The Cube’.

Six participants from each house attempted a series of games/challenges for the chance to earn House Points ranging from 10 house points to 250 house points. Game one was worth 10 points with points on offer increasing as teams successfully completed a challenge. Each house started the game with nine lives and three lifelines; Trial Run, Simplifier and Safety Net. Lifelines were only available to use once throughout the competition with the trial run offering the contestant a free attempt at a particular game without losing any life’s, the simplifier offered teams the chance to reduce the difficulty of a particular game and the safety net provided house teams with the opportunity to secure a number of house points in relation to the latest completed challenge.

The excited audience showed their support for each of the house teams as contestants entered the cube to a round of applause and cheering. You could feel the suspense as students took on the cube. Game one required a combination of speed and accuracy as contestants had 10 seconds to flick off a series of orange balls without knocking any white balls off; Priya, Robert and Murphy took on game one for their respective houses and completed the game with flying colours, earning 10 house points each.

Next up was Dominic, Felix and Ryan who took on Game 2; Reactions – a game which required contestants to tap 20 lights in 25 seconds as they appeared randomly around the cube. The slightly harder challenge saw Caeli drop one of their nine life’s but all players eventually managed to complete the game.

Game 3 required a great amount of composer, balance and special awareness as Joe, Ruby and Mrs Fuller took on a cube favourite; Barrier, which saw contestants blind folded before attempting to step over a barrier without knocking it off. The crowd fell silent as the tension grew around the hall, with 40 house points on offer contestants really felt the pressure as the cube claimed three life’s from Aqua.

Ruby and Mrs Fuller displayed nerves of steel as they judged the distance between the starting point and the barrier to precision, stepping over the obstacle in their first attempts. The next game, Multisphere was a two player game worth 80 house points and required house teams to collect 40 balls scattered round the cube before placing them in a container situated in the middle of the cube. The teamwork between each of the pairs who took on the game was there for all to see as House Teams breezed through the game without any life’s lost.

The final game of the day; Cylinder was easily the toughest one yet which required contestants to bounce a ball into the bin, situated on a table, in the middle of the cube. Contestants could stand anywhere in the cube for each attempt but this proved really challenging for Connor, Bailie S and Bailie B who between them lost 13 life’s, whipping Terra out of the game.

Aqua were forced to use their simplifier which turned out to be an excellent decision as Bailie S was able to complete the challenge. Caeli managed to progress through this game without the use of their simplifier as Connor completed the game in four lifes.

Due to time the final two games; Expulsion and Rolling will be completed at lunchtime today (Friday 28th May). With only a few lives remaining for Caeli and Aqua how far will they go? Will any of the house teams defeat the cube and walk away with 250 house points or will the gamble be too much of a risk?

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

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

All our students no matter what year group have mocks or end of year exams coming up. We would like you to take some time at the dinner table to discuss what good preparation looks like; whether for an exam, an important meeting, a sporting event and what the impact of being prepared means in relation to outcomes.

Word of the Week

Miss, mit: send, let go (Latin word root)

Transmit cause (something) to pass on from one person or place to another.

A short video explaining how the radio transmitter gave us the BBC:

Remit the task or area of activity officially assigned to an individual or organization.

Dismiss order or allow to leave; send away.

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 Tea

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 7th June - 13 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 7th June during period 2

Year 11 Focus

A big well-done to all year 11's who have now come to the end of their GCSE assessment window. They have all worked incredibly hard in difficult circumstances and I am sure that the effort they have put in will be reflected in their final grades.

Now is the time to start to think towards the future, and whilst most have already made decisions about destinations for next year the CRA is still here to support anyone who needs help with applications of decision making.

We are looking forward to welcoming pupils back after half term to take part in our three-week transition programme, as mentioned last week the focus will be on employability in week one, leaving a legacy in week 2 and work experience in week 3. The third week will end with the Year 11 leavers assembly which we are all looking forward to.

Plans are moving forward for the Year 11 Prom, more details will follow for this after May half-term. Enjoy the half term break and a well-deserved rest.

Mr Lovatt - Head of Performance Faculty

Post May Half Term - Year 11 Curriculum

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.

If pupils are able to secure a three week work placement then they can do this as an alternative to the three weeks, a letter has been sent via MCAS to parents to sign to confirm that this is taking place and will provide evidence to support attendance for the three weeks.

A copy of the consent and agreement for the work experience can be found below:

Mr Lovatt - Head of Performance Faculty

Teen Support

With the holiday coming up and the nicer weather hopefully on the way, we know that our young people will be out and about in the community more.

We talk to them regularly about being safe in school and coming to and from school, but we recommended you have talk to your child about ASB when the time comes that you let them venture out without you, in just the same way you would talk to them about staying safe.

Explain how their behaviour will affect others and how it can be perceived, encouraging them to be mindful and considerate.

Before they go out, ask them:

  • What they are planning to do?
  • Where they are going?
  • Who they are going with?
  • What time, and how they will be getting home?

Tell them:

  • To think about what they are doing
  • Not to cause distress or annoyance to others
  • Not to cause damage to property
  • Not to put themselves or others in danger

Access to Alcohol:

  • ASB and accidents are commonly linked to alcohol, children often take it from home without parents’ knowledge
  • Keep alcohol in a safe place
  • Keep a regular check on the alcohol you have to know if any goes missing.

Young people can also be the victims of crime and disorder:

  • Make sure they know how to stay safe
  • Make sure they know what to do if they are victim of crime
  • Make sure they can contact an adult at any time and who it is
  • Make sure they know how to use the police 101 and 999 services

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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