CRA Newsletter 19.11.2021 Half Term 2 - November 19th 2021

Principal's Update

This week has been a reading week for us at CRA. Staff have been encouraging students to read aloud from text books, articles, booklets and novels. Normally staff will read to the students but this week we have been trying to develop the students' CRA courage in reading in front of their peers. We also saw the start of our Masked Reader House competition which many of the students have been enjoying.

We have seen an increase of COVID cases in the school as is the picture across the country, so we continue to encourage the students to wear masks in the corridors and social spaces.

A number of our students enjoyed participating in DRET sporting activities this week, with students taking part in a netball experience and a cross country championship. We are always keen to encourage students to take up these additional opportunities and to participate not only in the enrichment on a Monday and a Tuesday, but also in the after-school sporting clubs throughout the rest of the week.

We have sent out reminders via MCAS of how to access the homework sheet and encourage you to watch the video on the website of the expectations, if your son or daughter is still struggling with their homework. Once a week tutors support the students with prep, and this process is the same as the homework activity. It is one subject, one page, 30 minutes each day.

I hope you have a good weekend,

Mrs Jones - Principal

Parental Survey

We would really appreciate your feedback regarding your childs' experience of school so far this academic year, by completing the form in link below:


In out first half term we hope your children have enjoyed the range of new dishes on offer in the newly branded canteen. The menu remains in place for the next half term and then renewed after Christmas. A link to the menu can be found 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

Coffee Morning/Meet and Greet the SEN department

Thursday 25th November at 9am

For all parents of children with SEN needs. We would like to invite you to meet with us face-to-face, at the academy, to discuss the various interventions that we offer and introduce you to our team.

The challenges of COVID have not afforded us this opportunity recently and we are keen to welcome you to CRA.

We hope you will leave having an overview of the department, the interventions offered and the ways of working in the classroom

Miss Canny - SENDCo

Calling All Year 7 Parents

We are making a final call to the parents of year 7 students who would like to join us on the Nottingham University trip on December 2nd 2021.

We require your consent by completing the Google form in the link below

Unfortunately anyone we do not have consent completed for, prior to the event, will not be able to attend.

Teacher Training Opportunities

At Charles Read Academy, we are pleased to be the lead school of the East Midlands Hub of National Mathematics and Physics SCITT and the East Midlands and South Yorkshire Hub for National Modern Languages SCITT. (School-centre Initial Teacher Training)

We want to share this with our school community, so that you and your wider networks can be aware of the opportunities to train to teach as Mathematics, Physics or Modern Languages Teachers with our hub.

Please click on the link below for further details on how to register your interest.

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


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 - Whole School Teaching & Learning Lead

CRA Values

Principal’s Resilience Award - Term 1

We are so proud to announce our first Principal's Resilience Award for term 1 was awarded to Lexi in Year 7. Please read her interview.

Lexi Davey - Terra 7

For demonstrating one of the 7 C’s of Resilience – CONFIDENCE

What do you feel you have done to deserve this award?

I think I deserve this award because I went out of my comfort zone by doing something that I would not normally do and stayed away from home during the PGL trip during the summer. This needed me to show real confidence and courage to be brave enough to try something new.

What does the award mean to you?

I felt shocked when I was given the award and very proud of myself.

What would you say to someone who struggles to be resilient?

I would say to them ‘never give up’ because if you give up your dreams will never come true.

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

Walton Academy Post 16 Applications

We are pleased to invite you and your daughter/son to their Post 16 Open Evening on, Thursday 25th November 2021, 4.30pm – 6:30pm in our Post 16 centre.

Further details about the invite can be found in the attachments below.

Careers Fair – Thursday 2nd December

We are extremely excited to share with you, information about our annual Careers Fair, being held in school, on Thursday 2nd December.

The fair will run throughout the day, with opportunities for students to meet and discuss with employers, colleges, and apprenticeship providers on the range of options that are available to them.

Each exhibitor will have their own stand, which will contain videos, testimonials, job vacancies and apprenticeship opportunities.

Employers will be able to promote current vacancies, raise awareness of careers and training opportunities and talk directly to students and parents.

Parents and carers will be invited to attend from 3.15pm.

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

Mrs Dexter - Career's 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 Engineering"

Mr Otchere - Career's Lead


This week we have been celebrating some excellent attendance from some of our tutor groups. Caeli 10 have achieved the most number of students with 100% attendance this week and Caeli 9 achieved a fantastic 95% attendance overall.

Caeli are holding the lead for this weeks attendance so a big well done to all the Caeli students who have been present every day and maximising their learning and enrichment time. 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 child’s 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

Staff take part in CRA Masked Reader

Every day this week, as part of reading week in the academy staff have been disguising their identity before reading one of their favourite books. Students have been trying to identify the staff member and book being read in return for house points.

Videos have been sent home each evening for students to watch and listen to. So far students have seen four staff – Miss Hohendorf, Miss King, Mrs Thurlby and Mrs Jones have been unmasked with another 2 more staff videos to go.

Visit the house social media platforms on twitter and Instagram to watch the videos.

Im a Teacher Get Me Out of Here…

It is nearly here… 9 staff at Charles Read Academy will be representing their house teams to go head to head in a series of bush tucker trials.

On Monday 29th November staff will face 4 trials on the main stage. The event is open to all students to spectate as staff face their fears. Challenges include the infamous CRA Smoothie as well as eating some bush tucker.

Keep an eye out for the staff line up which will be revealed next week.

DRET Santa Run and House Christmas Party

Today all parents have been sent home information regarding the annual DRET Santa Run in aid of the Inspiration Fund. The Santa Run will take place on Thursday 16th December which is the same day as the House Christmas Party.

More information about how to get involved and menu choices etc will be shared with all students in assembly Monday, followed by a further letter to all parents early next week.

Over 230 students joined us for the house Christmas party last year and we promise this year will be even more exciting. Keep an eye out for the information.

Term 2 Competitions coming up…

Next week, on Thursday 25th November students will be going head to head in house Indoor Rowing. Following this event students will then represent their houses in the trust wide ‘Dodgeball December’ initiative to encourage more students to be active.

Both competitions are worth 250 house points each, the return of Im a Teacher Get Me Out of Here which will see 9 staff complete a series of bush tucker trials.

The term will then finish with the House Christmas party in the last week of term where tutor groups will display their tutor Christmas trees for judging before sitting down for Christmas lunch and a host of party games.

Community Litter Pick

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 the academy we have had a spotlight on positives and rewards in and out of the classroom. We have been talking to our staff about the importance of rewarding students for the everyday and helping them recognise all the positive behaviours they exhibit.

We often use the phrase at CRA 'be the best version of yourself'. We would love you to discuss as a family what the best version of each of you looks like, and why it is important to show that every day as much as possible.

Word of the Week

Mania: madness, insanity(Greek word root)

• Pyromania an obsessive desire to set fire to things.

• Kleptomania a recurrent urge to steal, typically without regard for need or profit.

Maniac a person exhibiting extremely wild or violent behaviour.

This video explains more about the medical condition mania

Miss Brealey - Head of English Faculty

Year 11 Focus

I wanted to start off this week's Year 11 section of the newsletter by congratulating students on their effort and behaviour in the first round of Mock Examinations. Students have conducted themselves superbly throughout and have shown a very mature attitude toward the process. Over the coming weeks teachers will be marking and grading the papers and results will be released to pupils on the 10 of December. These Mock results will give teachers a real insight into areas of strength and weakness and support in lesson delivery and intervention sessions moving forwards.

This week I would like to focus on the idea of interleaving as revision strategy, the information below explains what interleaving is and why it is effective. Should you want to read up more on this topic you can access an article through this link

Mr Lovatt - Assistant Principal

Teen Support

Please see the following link for some excellent resources in supporting your child to build resilience. We hope you may find some of the topics covered useful.

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 22nd November - 11 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 22nd November during period 1

The Sporting Post


Throughout November our students have been busy taking part in the ‘Rowvember’ initiative. This is something which all academies part of the David Ross Education Trust are taking part in. By the end of the month we hope that all of our students will have completed a row.

So far 140 students have rowed. To help encourage students to participate they taking part in the Row to Wembley Challenge. We are waiting to see which house will be the first to reach this stadium. This is 140,013 metres away from Charles Read Academy. So far Aqua are in the lead but this can all change!

Keep an eye on our social media pages (@sportatcra) for updates and year group leader boards.

DRET Rugby Talent Day

This term some of our Year 7 and 8 students attended the DRET Rugby Talent Day. This was held at Franklin’s Gardens, the home of Northampton Saints. On the visit our students were trained by coaches from the club.

They also had the opportunity to take part in a tour of the stadium which involved looking in the home changing rooms which are used by the first team. Whilst in there they met the kit man who was able to share some interesting stories. The final part of the day involved our students taking part in a Q&A session with a current player.

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

Admissions 2023-24 Consultation

Charles Read Academy is consulting on the Academy’s admission arrangements. These arrangements are for students who will be starting in September 2023.

The consultation is taking place for a period of six weeks, between Monday 1st November 2021 – Monday 13th December 2021.

Consultation will also be undertaken via Lincolnshire County Council’s (LCC) coordinated consultation process and will be on the LCC School Admissions Consultation website from the start of the consultation period.

Please see the consultation documents in the links below for further details.

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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