CRA Newsletter 15.10.2021 Half Term 1 - october 15th 2021

Principal's Update

Thank you for your support with our new homework policy. We now have over 200 students regularly completing quality prep homework. We will continue to support the students, modelling how to complete the homework in our tutor sessions.

When we return after half-term, we enter an assessment period. Years 7 to 10 will not have any homework for the week the 1st to the 5th November as they will be required to revise from their knowledge organiser, for their assessments. Year 11 start their mocks on the 8th November so we will not be setting them homework in the first week back but will be expecting them to build on the revision they will have completed over half-term. Please see the article on homework below.

On the 11th November we will be holding a remembrance service in school in the morning and walking down to the memorial in Corby Glen to lay a poppy wreath. Any students who belong to the cadets are encouraged to wear their uniform to school that day rather than their school uniform.

As you may be aware Ofsted has now resumed its inspection schedule and this means we are likely to receive a visit this year. When Ofsted does visit we are required to send a survey home. In the past this survey has had to be completed by 12pm. If you receive an MCAS or email request to complete a survey for Ofsted, we would appreciate it if you could give it your earliest attention.

I do hope you all have a wonderful two-week holiday and we see all the students back on the 1st November refreshed and ready for a successful term.

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

Its important that we all continue to test over the half term break, given people will be mixing more. Please continue to submit tests and also ensure your child does one before they return on Monday 1st November.

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


During the first week back (1st- 5th November) all Yr7-10 students will be revising for their KPI assessment. Tutors will not be checking their Prep Homework books but students should use their knowledge organisers and conduct their revision as they have practiced during Autumn Term 1 in Tutor time. This revision of the knowledge organisers will help students to reach their potential and support their independent learning. Autumn Term 2 homework will resume from the 7th November for all Yr7-10 students.

Yr11 students will also be revising for their mock exams during the half-term school holiday and the first two and half weeks back (1st- 17th November). Tutors will not be checking their Prep Homework books but students should be using their knowledge organisers and revision guides to conduct their revision as they have practiced in Tutor time. This revision of the knowledge organisers will help students to reach their potential and support their independent learning. Autumn Term 2 homework will resume on the 18th November for Yr11.

Thank you for your continued support with homework.

Frequency of homework

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

Humanities Department- Geography

Renewable Energy Solutions (RES) have an exciting opportunity for our students to design their own ‘A greener future’. For more information and entrees please follow https://www.res-group.com/agreenerfuture students can win a Kindle for themselves and a set of energy books for the school. The deadline is Thursday 28th October.

Yr11 students revising for their mocks may wish to access the following Tutor2U live session this week on River Landscapes: Long Profile- Thursday 14th October and during the school holidays

Tropical Rainforests: Impacts of deforestation - Thursday 21st October

Mrs Cooper - Head of Humanities

CRA Values

This week in whole school assembly we reflected on Black History Month this October and celebrated some people who have influenced life and the world through their actions and beliefs, including John Blanke; a royal trumpeter for King Henry VII and VIII.

He made history because he spoke out about the unfairness of his wage not matching that of other white trumpeters. King Henry VIII agreed and doubled his wages.

As well as black people from history, we also spoke about black people today who are still making history including, Dianne Abbot- the first black female member of Parliament- elected in 1987. It was an opportunity for us to reflect on the Courage and Confidence as well as Resilience and Ambition it takes to stand up for what you believe in, no matter how scary that may be, because it is the right thing to do.

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

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

Work Experience – Year 10 & 11

All Year 10 & 11 students will be receiving a letter regarding organising a day of work experience within an area that is of interest to them. The information below details how to start this process, the benefits and how this will support students’ future.

Work experience is a great way to learn more about the world of work and gain valuable skills and experience that will look great on your CV. By researching and arranging your own placement rather than leaving it to your school or college you’ll have a better chance of working in an industry or profession you’re actually interested in.

Don’t worry if you’re still not sure about the kind of career you want. Work experience is a great way of trying out a career to see if it’s for you.

Before you start to look into what specific careers it can helpful to think about what you like to do and where you feel your strengths lie. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are my favourite subjects at school or college?
  • What subjects am I good at and which ones do I find more difficult?
  • What do I enjoy doing outside school or college? Could I turn my hobby into a career?
  • What jobs have I heard about or seen other people doing? Could I see myself doing any of these jobs?

It can be helpful to speak to friends, family members and your teachers about their careers and how they got there. These conversations will help you start to get an idea of what different jobs are like and what qualifications and experiences you will need for particular careers.

You can also find lots of useful careers information and planning tools online.

Doing work experience gives you the chance to:

  • try out your career ideas
  • find out more about what’s involved in a job and see if it’s for you
  • learn new skills or build on those you already have
  • meet new people and grow your network of contacts
  • boost your confidence
  • show employers what you can do so they consider you when a job is available
  • identify any reasonable adjustments you need because of a disability or long-term health condition

If you or your child has any further questions regarding Careers, please contact the Careers department on Enquiries@charlesreadacademy.co.uk

Mrs Dexter - Careers Support

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 Construction'

Mr Otchere - Career's Lead


This week we have been celebrating some excellent attendance from some of our tutor groups. Aqua 11 have achieved 96.21% attendance this week followed closely by Aqua 7 at 97.7%. However it is Terra who are holding the lead for Term 1 attendance so a big well done to all the Terra students who have been present every day and maximising their learning and enrichment time. 27 Terra students have 100% attendance for Term 1 which is fantastic! Remember our school target is 96%. Please ensure you have conversations at home about attendance.

This week we have seen an increase in the number of students off ill due to colds. We know during the winter months students are more likely to have a cold or a sniffle but please encourage your child to come to school so they are not missing out. They can always complete a lateral flow test within school and we can manage medications to support your childs recovery.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on 01476 550333 ext 502 or kcoleman@charlesreadacademy.co.uk to discuss ways to support your child's attendance at CRA - Lets work together to make every day count!

Mrs Coleman - Attendance Manager

House News

It has been an exciting start to the 2021/22 CRA House Championship. Over 50% of the academy have already represented their house team in at least 1 of the 8 competitions that have taking place during Term 1.

House teams have gone head to head in Limbo, Football and Sudoku as well as taking part in Year 7 Task Master, Year 7 Orienteering and Harvest Festival.

House points have also been awarded for attendance, project work in enrichment, houseopoly challenges and various bonus points.

All points awarded this term have been added to the totaliser – Well done to everyone who has played their part.

Coming Soon....

We have so many more exciting competitions coming up with lots of opportunities to get involved and many more house points to play for. Keep an eye out for Term 2 competitions which will be released over the coming weeks on MCAS on our social media platforms (Twitter and Instagram) - @CRA_HouseChamp

Halloween Competitions

We are excited to share three ‘Halloween’ themed house competitions taking place over the half term holiday for students, staff and families to take part in. A perfect opportunity to get early points on the board for your house heading into term 2.

Pumpkin Carving (125 Points)

To enter you must bring in a carved pumpkin to school on Monday 1st November. House points will be awarded to the best carved pumpkin design. Hint – Try to incorporate your house colour to the design (This could be a house coloured pumpkin, use of paints or LED lights etc). Bonus Points will be awarded to the house with the most entries. Information attached.

Best Halloween Costume (60 Points)

Students/Staff to send a photo of their Halloween Costume to housechampionship@charlesreadacademy.co.uk for a chance to win 60 points for their house.

Halloween Quiz (60 Points)

Open to all students, staff and families - Attached there are a number of hidden horror/thriller film or tv shows within the image. How many can you identify? Send your answers to housechampionship@charlesreadacademy.co.uk before 1st November to enter.

Points for each competition will be distributed between 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Mr Webb - Games Master

Table Talk

Muhammad Ali is famous for being an American boxer, but also an activist for making lives better for others.

We would love you to take time over the holidays to consider his quote her and what you think he is referring to 'it's the pebble in your shoe'.

Year 11 Focus

During Year 11 assembly this week students were informed about exam procedures by Mrs Thorpe (Exams Officer) they are now fully aware of what happens in formal exam situations, this will be followed up in the first week back after half term with a whole year group assembly and also a secondary assembly for all pupils who have exam access arrangements.

This week we will continue to look at revision strategies in preparation for the mocks and beyond into preparing for the summer exam series. This week I would like to explore spaced practice.

Spaced practice needs to be carefully planned ahead of time to make sure that it has the greatest impact, creating a revision timetable would be an excellent way to make sure that spaced practice is planned and can be tracked over time.

Spaced practice works because it allows you to revisit information repeatedly over time, this helps to cement knowledge into the longe term memory which can then be retrieved when needed in the exam.

Mr Lovatt - Assistant Principal

Teen Support

Mental Health

Understanding mental health can be tricky but The Mix is here to make sure you don’t have to do it alone. Whether you’re worried about your mental health, or someone else’s, we have everything you need to know about mental health, from anxiety and depression to self care and counselling.

It can be really challenging caring for someone who has any mental health condition, especially when they’re a family member or someone you’re close to. As a young carer or a young adult carer, it can sometimes be difficult to know how best to help, and how to make time to look after your own mental health too.

If you’re in this situation, know that you’re not alone and we’re here to help.

How do you help someone who experiences mental health issues?

Talk things through - When someone you care for is struggling with their mental health, the best thing you can do is to encourage them to communicate what’s going on for them, as this will help you to understand how you can help. If they’re not comfortable talking face to face, then suggest they send you a letter or an email, or even talk to you on the phone – whatever works.

Let them set the pace - Remember, you’re not responsible for pushing the person you care for to seek help and it must be something they’re motivated to do on their own terms; but talking things through can really help.

Help them find something they enjoy doing - A change of scene and doing something that breaks an everyday routine can be helpful for someone who’s suffering from anxiety, and other mental health conditions too.

Maybe there’s something the person you care for would love to try, but they don’t want to do it alone. If you offer to go with them, it could help them feel more confident (plus you get to try something new too!).

Look for extra support - Know that you absolutely don’t have to do this alone. If you can, encourage the person you care for to seek help outside of your relationship; it will make you both feel more supported. This could be anyone from a friend or another family member, to a counsellor or doctor.

If you or someone you know is caring for someone with mental health issues, you can speak to The Mix for help and support. Our trained team of experts and volunteers are here to talk

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 1st November - 7 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 1st November during period 3

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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