CRA Newsletter - 17.09.2021 Half Term 1 - september 17th 2021

Principal's Update

This week saw the start of our new homework policy. A video explaining the new policy can be found on the website, under Parent Information, Homework. The majority of students have been managing well and we have seen some excellent homework books and some quality responses in class assessments. Year 11 have been sitting their ‘Touchstone assessments' and staff will use these to identify gaps in the students’ knowledge and skills. These issues will be addressed in lessons and students will have another opportunity to fine tune their exams skills in the November mock exam.

We had our first House competition, Limbo, this week which was great fun to watch. As part of our work in houses we are also collecting food, to create hampers in house colours, for our local food bank.

I was very proud of the students last week when I was walking the academy. There was a calm and purposeful atmosphere and I was very pleased to see how well our current year 7 cohort have settled in.

Two sets of visitors to the school this week have commented how well behaved, well dressed and polite our students are. Congratulations everyone for demonstrating the CRA values.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Jones - Principal


If you know parents who missed our open evening, or parents who attended but would like to see our school in action please inform them of our two academy open mornings on the 21st & 28th September at 10am-11am


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

Transport Survey

Every year we are required to complete a transport survey of all our students and how they get to the academy.

If you could complete the Google form below by the end of September that would be greatly appreciated.


YEAR 7-11

All students will complete a prep style homework activity each night, this will consist of self-quizzing using knowledge organisers (KO) (or a revision guide at KS4 please ensure you have purchased the full range of subjects for your child, available from Reception. Students in receipt of FSM will be given a set.)

Homework books will be checked by tutors each morning; any student who has incomplete homework or homework that is not of the correct standard will be given a homework detention for that lunch time.

Key Stage 4 - Additional Homework

Students in year 10 and 11 will also be given one additional piece of homework per subject, this is at the teachers/department’s discretion.

Full details of all additional homework tasks will be recorded on Student Portal. Please contact the Admin team if you are struggling with logging in to student portal. Students should always log in using the student log in and not the parent log in as some functionality will be lost with the latter.

Frequency of homework

On Monday staff will be checking that the homework from Friday, Saturday and Sunday has been completed.

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

Students develop Confidence through interacting positively with our academic and opportunity-enriched curriculum. They show Resilience in how they approach their studies to secure continual improvement and over time develop strong oracy and literacy skills enabling them to talk about their learning and communicate effectively.

They show Ambition aiming to be the best they can be and can articulate what they need to do to improve. They develop Courage taking risks and removing barriers to learning; nothing holds them back. Students show Respect for themselves, others and for the environment, always leading by example. They always aim high demonstrating an Aspiration to achieve the best jobs, college and university places in the pursuit of excellence.

This week, please discuss with your child the importance of having the courage and confidence to ask and answer questions in the classroom. We will not be cross if students get a wrong answer; we are here to help and support. Only by students engaging fully with the classroom experience will staff know exactly which gaps need to be filled. Teachers are often pleased to be faced with a wrong answer as they can use it as a teaching point for others and dispel misconceptions.

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 week's 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 Art & Design '

Mr Otchere - Career's Lead


Why is it important for children not to miss school?

All parents want the best for their children and for them to get on well in life. Having a good education is important to ensure that they have the best opportunities in their adult life. They only get one chance at school, and your child’s future may be affected by not attending school or alternative provision regularly. If children do not attend school regularly they may:

  • Struggle to keep up with school work. In a busy school day it is difficult for schools to find the extra time to help a child catch up.
  • Miss out on the social side of school life. Poor attendance can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships; a vital part of growing up.

What does the law say?

By law, all children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 18) must receive a suitable, full time education. As a parent, you are responsible for making sure this happens, either by registering your child at a school or by making other arrangements which provide a suitable full time education.

Once your child is registered at a school you are responsible for making sure he or she attends regularly. If your child fails to attend regularly – even if they miss school without you knowing – the Local Authority (LA) may take legal action against you. The LA is responsible for making sure that parents fulfil their responsibilities.

Parents are responsible for making sure that their registered children regularly attend school or any alternative provision arranged them. If you think you might need to take your child out of school, discuss the reasons with the school as soon as possible.

Reasons such as family bereavement or taking part in an agreed religious observance would be acceptable for short absences. Unacceptable reasons for missing school include family holidays, birthdays and shopping.

What happens if your child does not attend school regularly?

Your child’s school is responsible by law for reporting poor attendance to the LA. As a parent, you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school regularly, even if they are missing school without your knowledge. You run the risk of being issued with a penalty notice of being taken to court.

The LA may decide to prosecute a parent. If this happens: Parents can be fined up to £2,500 or imprisoned for failing to ensure that their child attends school regularly; Magistrates can also impose a Parenting Order, which means that the parent has to attend a counselling and guidance programme, usually a parenting class.

Mrs Coleman - Attendance Manager

House News

2021-22 House Championship – Competition List

We are extremely excited for another action packed House Championship at Charles Read Academy this year. We are delighted to be offering up to 40 house competitions across the year, offering a wide range of opportunities for all to get involved in. Competitions scheduled to take place this year can be seen in the image attached.

We are extremely excited for another action packed House Championship at Charles Read Academy this year. We are delighted to be offering up to 40 house competitions across the year, offering a wide range of opportunities for all to get involved in. Competitions scheduled to take place this year can be seen in the image attached.

2021-22 House Championship – Competition List

At Charles Read we are proud to provide an accessible and enjoyable House System which boasts a whole school participation of 91% who represented their house team in at least one competition last year. This year promises to be even bigger, with the introduction of a number of new house competitions.

The first competition to officially kick off this year’s House Championship is Limbo which will take place in the main hall with an audience, TODAY. Keep an eye out for results early next week

Harvest Festival – House Collections

We are really excited to be taking part in the Harvest Festival again this year, in aid of supporting the local Food Bank. This is also one of our community House Competitions worth 125 house points for the house who have the highest participation of student/staff contributions.

To contribute to the Harvest Festival we are appealing for your donations of food items and household products. Please do not donate fresh food products. Items need to have a long shelf life, with the items outlined in the photo being requested by food banks across the country.

Last year the CRA community provided the equivalent of 126 meals for the local community, who were extremely grateful for our generous donations. We would like to top that this year if we can and try to encourage as many of our CRA community to play their part, supporting those in need.

If you feel this is something you can support with please send in your child with your donations. Your child must then notify their form tutor on their donation before placing items in the House box which will be situated on the stage in the main hall.

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

This week Emma Raducanu has shown amazing resilience, courage and strength in her climb to be the top player in the female USA tennis open.


This show what aspiration and resilience, 2 of our CRA traits, can accomplish.

What are yours?

Word of the Week

Astro: star (Greek word root)

Astronomy: the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space and the physical universe as a whole.

Astrophysics: the branch of astronomy concerned with the physical nature of stars and other celestial bodies.

Astronaut: a person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft.

Miss Brealey - Head of English Faculty


Please find below the Y10 and Y11 homework example pages so it is known what we are looking for in the roll-call inspection.

Y11 top (Rietveldt) and Y10 below (Blossfeldt)

Mr Parker - Art Teacher

Year 11 Focus

Year 11 have been undertaking their Touchstone assessments this week, the behaviour and attitude towards these have been excellent throughout. The information from this will help teachers to assess any gaps in knowledge and plan to fill these over the coming weeks. Staff are delighted with the way that year 11 have settled back into school, there is a clear focus within the year group and they are committed to work as hard as possible to get the best outcomes they can.

Congratulations to Felix and Hughie who achieved the most overall house points last week with 28 each, Keep up the good work!

Teen Support

Body Image

The teenage years are a time when students can struggle with positive self-esteem. One area of this can be body image. If you have any concerns about your child’s attitude to their body image you may wish to discuss the points below with them or suggest they come and talk to one of our pastoral managers.

Body image is how we think and feel about ourselves physically, and how we believe others see us.

When we talk about body image, there are lots of ways we can think about our body and the way we look. You might find that there are times when you like your body, or parts of your body, and times when you struggle with how you look.

Body image is not just about our weight, it can also be things like:

  • comparing how you look with friends or people you follow on social media
  • struggling to love and accept your body
  • feeling as though your body shape is not represented in the media
  • hiding your body because you feel ashamed by it
  • struggling to find clothes for your body, particularly if you have a physical disability
  • feeling misunderstood about your body when people make assumptions about things like, why you might need a wheelchair
  • feeling like you are not attractive enough
  • birthmarks, surgery scars or acne affecting how you feel about how you look
  • feeling as though your body does not match your gender.

Below is a list of strategies to help start reframing how someone may feel about their body.

One list cannot automatically tell you how to turn negative body thoughts into positive body image, but it can introduce you to healthier ways of looking at yourself and your body. The more you practice these new thought patterns, the better you will feel about who you are and the body you naturally have.

  1. Appreciate all that your body can do. Every day your body carries you closer to your dreams. Celebrate all of the amazing things your body does for you—running, dancing, breathing, laughing, dreaming, etc.
  2. Keep a top-ten list of things you like about yourself—things that aren’t related to how much you weigh or what you look like. Read your list often. Add to it as you become aware of more things to like about yourself.
  3. Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin-deep. When you feel good about yourself and who you are, you carry yourself with a sense of confidence, self-acceptance, and openness that makes you beautiful. Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of your body.
  4. Look at yourself as a whole person. When you see yourself in a mirror or in your mind, choose not to focus on specific body parts. See yourself as you want others to see you — as a whole person.
  5. Surround yourself with positive people. It is easier to feel good about yourself and your body when you are around others who are supportive and who recognize the importance of liking yourself just as you naturally are.
  6. Shut down those voices in your head that tell you your body is not “right” or that you are a “bad” person. You can overpower those negative thoughts with positive ones. The next time you start to tear yourself down, build yourself back up with a few quick affirmations that work for you.
  7. Do something nice for yourself — something that lets your body know you appreciate it. Take a bubble bath, make time for a nap, or find a peaceful place outside to relax.
  8. Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others. Sometimes reaching out to other people can help you feel better about yourself and can make a positive change in our world.

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 20th September 8 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 20th September 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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