CRA Newsletter 08.10.2021 Half Term 1 - october 8th 2021

Principal's Update

Students from years 7 and 8 have visited our local Church, St John’s today to reflect on how fortunate we are to be part of a community that understands the importance of working together and supporting one another. All tutor groups have made a contribution to our collection for the Grantham Food bank and we are hoping to beat last year’s effort of providing over 126 meals.

I am looking forward to seeing some of the House football next week and I know many of our students are looking forward to seeing the staff match on Thursday. Next week we will share details of the House Halloween competitions.

We are fortunate to have pupils from Corby Glen primary school coming to judge and then participate in a Halloween biscuit decoration session with staff and students from Charles Read Academy.

It was with great pleasure that we announced the Student Leadership Team on Monday in whole school assembly. The following students are to be congratulated:

  • Sean O'Callaghan
  • Kiesha Coupland
  • Jake Kyberd
  • Daisy Taylor
  • Felix Earth
  • Olly Andrew
  • Adam Dennison
  • Ryan Walker

We have one week left before our two-week half term. Term dates for next year have not been set and agreed with the Trust yet so please do not automatically assume we will have a two week half-term next year. We will share the detail with you as soon as possible.

I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable 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

SEND corner

The SEND 2021 Information Report is available on the school website as a written copy, however you can now access a video version of this report. The information report gives an overview of SEND at Charles Read Academy and the video will include some of the most frequently asked questions by parents.

Additional support

The Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum may be useful as a source of additional support for parents and carers who would like to have more access to information, training and be part of the wider network across Lincolnshire.

LPCF are recognised and supported by the Department for Education (DfE) under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2015).

LPCF is specifically tasked with working alongside the Local Authority and Health to help ensure that the services they plan, commission, deliver and monitor meet the needs of children with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs.

Below is some additional information about LPCF that they have provided or please follow this link:

The Charity

The Charity is an independent members organisation overseen by a members elected group of Trustees who are mostly parents and carers of children with disabilities and/or Special Educational Needs.

The Volunteer Trustees and Volunteers are responsible for communicating and supporting parent carers and professionals, to participate with strategic decision makers and represent the views of our large membership of parents and carers.


Our membership consists of Trustees, Volunteers and Members, although we also liaise with professionals.

We continue to enjoy a membership of nearly 2000 parent carers and additionally have a contact list for professionals of almost 1,000, all of whom we try to keep fully informed of our work and opportunities.

Who do LPCF work with?

Our main remit is to collect, collate and represent the views of parent carers from a variety of sources and use the information and ensure these are fed back to service providers with a view to improve the quality, range and accessibility of services .

We work with Department for Education (DfE), Department of Health (DoH), Lincolnshire County Council (LCC), National Health Service (NHS), Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) and others.

Miss Canny - SENDCO


Teaching & Learning: Homework

An MCAS has been sent to all parents/ carers. Please take time to read this and share with our students. An example of Prep homework meeting our expected standards can be seen here:

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

CRA Values

We had a wonderful whole school celebration assembly on Monday in which we introduced our new student leadership team for 2021-22

We interviewed 8 out of the 16 students who applied to be head girl and head boy and it was fantastic to hear them speak about their ambition for their future and their aspirations for CRA. They all showed real courage and confidence.

We are proud to announce that this year our head boy is Sean O Callaghan and deputy is Jake Kyberd and our head girl is Kiesha Coupland and our deputy is Daisy Taylor. We are sure they will make a great team and lead the rest of our student body include our House Captains - Felix Earth for Aqua, OIlie Andrews and Adam Dennison for Caeli and Ryan Walker for Terra through a successful academic year.

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

Work Experience

Work experience is a valuable way for you to learn about the career industry you’re interested in, get some hands-on experience in a place of work, and for you to have experiences to help you fill out your future applications. For some industries - education, for example- it’s actually an expected part of your application.

All students in Year 10 and Year 11 will have the opportunity to partake in work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks. (More details to follow in subsequent weeks).

We understand that thinking of ideas for work experience can be a challenge, it can sometimes feel like there are very limited options. Rather than trying to find the ‘perfect’ opportunity, look for a placement that ticks as many boxes as possible. Students will be supported to look for and secure a placement.

Instead of focusing on one specific job role, consider the wider career industry. For example, it may not be possible to shadow an anaesthetist, but you could explore other roles in the healthcare industry like working in a dental practice, nursing home, or GP clinic.

Look for local businesses or people with whom you already have a connection - like the parent/carer of a fellow pupil, a family member, a friend, etc.

Please continue to talk to your children about work experience and careers, if further information is required, please speak to the careers team.

Online Career days

Please check your emails regarding information on how your child can access the online career days, which are being held over the next 6 months.

These sessions are a fantastic opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of a range of careers, supporting them in choosing their future career.

Once completed students will receive a personalised certificate which can be added to their applications to 6th Form, College, or an apprenticeship.

The sessions include, Business, Law, Performing Arts, Teaching plus many more.

Students will need to visit to enrol on any course.

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

Mr Otchere - 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 Catering '

Mr Otchere - Career's Lead


Well done to Year 11, who overall have had the highest attendance this week!

Mrs Coleman - Attendance Manager

Welcome to CRA

Hi, I am Miss Pattinson, Aqua 8’s form tutor and a new Intervention Practitioner here at CRA. I lead Y7 and 8 Maths interventions, support in Sport Enrichment and teach Y7 Mathematics and Y7 English.

Before working at CRA, I lived in Durham for 4 years. For 3 years I studied Primary Education at Durham University. Whist studying, I gained an English Subject Leader qualification and researched effective teaching for humanities subjects. During this time, I was lucky enough to teach lots of fantastic children (aged 5-11) from variety of backgrounds. For the past year I worked as a Year 5/6 teacher. Although I highly enjoyed living in Durham, I always knew I would return to Lincolnshire as it is where I grew up and is a place I will always call ‘home’.

I have a wide range of interests, from baking and painting to badminton and reading. I am also quite competitive when playing hockey and netball; I love the responsibility, rapport, teamwork, and confidence these sports build in individuals. Consequently, I am excited to get involved with any type of House competition and will be cheering all the students on when taking part.

I have had a brilliant introduction to CRA this term and I am looking forward supporting KS3 with their learning and celebrating any achievements or successes the students many have.

House News

Aqua Sit Top of House Football Leader board

It was a very strong start by Aqua in the House Football competition this week as they maintain a 100% record going into the Year 7 boys, KS3 Girls and Staff competitions next week. Aqua ran out overall winners of the year 11 boys, year 10 boys, year 9 boys, year 8 boys and KS4 girls competitions on Monday and Tuesday this week setting themselves up nicely for a clean sweep of all year groups across the school.

Caeli and Terra are determined to halt Aqua in their tracks and submit strong year 7 boys and KS3 girls teams ahead of the next round of matches on Monday 11th October. The competition will finish with the staff competition on Thursday 14th October where 250 house points will be distributed in relation to 1st, 2nd or 3rd place finishes.

Scores and action shots will be shared in the next newsletter and posted on our social media platforms (Instagram and Twitter).

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

CRA Community Support Local Foodbank

The CRA Community have pulled together this term to support the local foodbank through the house Harvest Festival competitions. Throughout the term staff and students have been generously donating food and/or household items to their house collections which will be donated to Grantham Food Bank this weekend to support those in need in our local community.

Supporting the local community is really important to us all at CRA and we are proud to be playing our part in trying to make a difference to those who need support in these extremely challenging times.

125 House Points will be distributed accordingly to the houses who finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in relation to house participation. We will be sharing how our contribution has supported the community next week.


The final house competition this term is Sudoku challenge. Every student across the school will next week be completing a 10 minute sudoku puzzle at the end of a Maths lesson.

The house with the most correct and completed puzzles will be awarded the lion share of the 125 house points on offer.

The final newsletter of the term will provide an update of the House totaliser – Who will be top of the leader board at the end of term?

Mr Webb - Games Master

Table Talk

After our wonderful leadership assembly on Monday, we would love you to have a discussion over the dinner table about leadership skills, in particular communication. In our Character assemblies next week, we will be looking at communication and why it is so important to communicate effectively.

Word of the Week

Cycl: circle, wheel(Greek word root)

  • Bicycle a vehicle consisting of two wheels held in a frame one behind the other, propelled by pedals and steered with handlebars attached to the front wheel.
  • Cyclic occurring in cycles; regularly repeated.
  • Unicycle a cycle with a single wheel, typically used by acrobats.

This video explains the history of the bicycle

(Greek word root)

Miss Brealey - Head of English Faculty

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 third of these sessions is on Thursday 7th October ‘Natural Hazards: Impacts and Responses’. Future sessions will be on:

  • River Landscapes: Long Profile- Thursday 14th October
  • Tropical Rainforests: Impacts of deforestation- Thursday 21st October

The sessions are recorded and can be watched at an alternative time.

Mrs Cooper- Head of Humanities

Year 11 Focus

Year 11 mocks are just around the corner, as we move towards them I would like to move the focus of these messages towards revision strategies, these can be shared and discussed with your children to help them find the most appropriate strategies to support their learning and retention of knowledge.

As you are aware by now the school has implemented a new Homework policy this year which is underpinned by the principles I will be outlining over the coming weeks, this is an excellent place to start when considering revisions strategies.

The first element that I would like to introduce is the idea of Retrieval Practice, the images below outline the principle behind it and a simple way of completing retrieval.

Teen Support

Why do young people self harm?

It may seem negative and self-destructive to hurt or injure your body, for some young people it is a way of coping. Self harming may seem like the only way of dealing with and releasing unbearable or distressing feelings. It may make your child feel better (even for a short time) and it may be one area in their life they feel able to control.

Young people who self harm often talk of feelings such as fear, guilt, anger, shame, helplessness and self-hatred. They may struggle to cope with their thoughts and feelings.

Self harm affects children and young people across society – including those who live in stable, happy homes and ‘appear to have everything’.

Some reasons for self harm include:

  • stress, anxiety, mental health issues
  • bullying
  • abuse
  • social pressures and expectations, including appearance and body image
  • identity and relationships
  • the death of a parent or someone close
  • parents separating or divorcing
  • being under pressure, for example, exams.

While there are many reasons why young people self harm, often they won’t know exactly why they do it or be able to put it into words. All they know is that it makes them feel better.

One of the biggest myths about self harming is that it is ‘attention seeking’. Most young people will go to great lengths to keep it hidden and secret. Young people who self-harm can feel a lot of shame.

This article was taken from the Children 1st Website and can be found in its entirety by clicking here.

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 11th October - 8 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 11th October during period 1

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.

An apology from our kit provider

We have received an apology letter from the PE kit provider Dreamsport in regard to the issues they have experienced with the production and distribution of kit this ear. Please see below.

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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