CRA Newsletter - 02.07.2021 Half Term 6 - July 2nd 2021

Principal's Update

I am so pleased that the weather has brightened up for the end of the week and hope this has enabled our students to get out and enjoy the fresh air whilst the staff are involved in their training sessions.

On Monday Mr Drumm led an assembly reminding us about Pride month. He explained how Pride is usually celebrated with big parades and marches, but this year the celebrations have had to be slightly different with social distancing restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic

He told us why Pride is celebrated in June, because it was the month when the Stonewall riots took place; important protests that took place in 1969 in the US, that changed gay rights for a lot of people in America and around the world.

He spoke about the importance of people coming together in love and friendship, to show how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and how in some places there's still work to be done. He reminded us about the importance of acceptance, equality, celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ people, education in LGBTQ+ history and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

We reflected on how damaging homophobia was and still can be. We reminded students that it is important to be proud of who you are no matter who you love.

We always stress the importance of kindness and working together as one community.

The students were very mature in the way they responded to the input and we are very proud of our caring, thoughtful and inclusive community.

I hope you have a good weekend,

Mrs Jones - Principal

Term Dates 2021-22

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


Pizza Taster Day

Next Tuesday during period 4 Caterlink will be sharing their new pizza menu with the students. Hopefully everyone will enjoy a taste of what's to come in September!

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.

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

As you may have read in the press this week, record numbers of school pupils are having to isolate due to the rapid spread of Coronavirus in school settings since lockdown has eased.

There is even talk of a return to mass testing in schools when we return in September, which will naturally have a knock on impact to every school and how we start the new academic year.

I cannot impress upon you the importance of keeping our community safe by continuing to perform lateral flow tests twice per week on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, reporting 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

CRA Values

Next week we will be focusing on using our CRA value of RESPECT and RESILIENCE. As we come towards the end of term, sometimes our students need reminding about the impact their behaviour has on others.

We always talk to our students about disruption free learning and making every second count of learning time.

Our students need to remain focused and use their RESILIENCE to concentrate on their education, not the behaviour of others, and to model what they believe is the right thing to do. Standing up for what is right is just as important as speaking out when something is wrong.

We want our students to be model global citizens who are informed and with a good moral compass - this starts with RESPECT.

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 experience 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

As we are approaching the final weeks of this term and this academic year I would urge all students to have a look at the section on the website which discusses the Local labour market information. This is a very useful document which is updated on the website annually and which goes into detail about the types on industry in the local area, and the types of jobs which those Companies typically recruit into.

Please take the time to look through the section and then have a look at your unifrog skills and interests to see how you may make the links

Remember we are taking part in the on line careers fair on July 14th – so you may then be able to ask questions of the employers who are there, following the unifrog update.

Finally, I asked last week if there were parents or carers who are available to discuss their career journey and provide insights into their route into the jobs they currently do.

If you are willing to spare some time to do this, then you do not need to come on to the site, but can do this via Teams instead.

Please do contact us directly at the school if this is something that you would be willing to do, we very much look forward to hearing from you.

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 Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy'

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Attendance Update

Tutor Group Attendance

Celebrating weekly Tutor Group attendance 28th June-30th June 2021

Terra7 are leading the way with amazing attendance of 100% this week – in school every day.

Year 7 are leading the year group attendance with this week with 96.43%

Caeli House had the highest attendance this week.

Tutor Group Attendance

  • Terra7 100%
  • Caeli9 98.04%
  • Aqua8 96.49%
  • Terra8 96.49%

100% Tutor Group attendance this week

Terra7 have had 100% attendance this week.

We are so proud of this achievement 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.

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


Sports Day is just over 1 week away and we are looking for you and your family to get involved in the fun by creating a house banner or flag at home.

The best banner will earn 50 house points for their house and the house with the most banners receiving bonus points. Every single point could be pivotal in the race for the house championship and securing your house teams place on the rewards afternoon in the last week of term.

Some ideas to include on your banner/flag could be the house logo, house motto, CRA values and more supported with colours of your house. During the opening ceremony each house will be taking part in a parade full of colour to showcase their flags and banners.

This is something everyone at home can get involved in. Complete banners/flags must be brought in to school on Sports Day – Tuesday 13th July.

We look forward to seeing your wonderful designs.

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 in whole school assembly, we focused on PRIDE and celebrating diversity in our school community as well as in the wider world. We talked about the British Value of Tolerance. We discussed the LGBTQ community and how anyone can celebrate PRIDE, whether they are part of the community or an ally.

We also talked about why we celebrate PRIDE and the history behind the event. We would love you to also have a discussion at home about why PRIDE is important, even if it isn't to you, and why learning about respect, tolerance and acceptance is so important for our young people to be successful and happy in society.

Word of the Week

Pre: before (Latin root word)

  • Previous existing or occurring before in time or order.
  • Predicate found or base something on, or the part of a sentence or clause containing a verb and stating something about the subject (e.g. "went home" in John went home )
  • Apprehend arrest (someone) for a crime, or understand or perceive.

Please click the link below to view a short video on the uses of a prefix

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 Asparagus

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Teen Support

The summer holidays are nearly upon us. To find out more and book onto some exciting summer holiday activities for your child please see the advert from LCC. If your child is eligible for benefit-related free school meals, contact HAF@lincolnshire.gov.uk to find out where the nearest holiday club is taking place in your area and get involved.

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 5th July - 8 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 5th July during period 1

The Sporting Post

Sports Day is only 11 days away!!

After a couple of years without one we are really looking forward to it this year, hoping it to be our biggest house competition so far. There will be loads of events you can get involved in so make sure to sign up for your house!

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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