CRA Newsletter - 07.05.2021 Half Term 5 - May 7th 2021

Principal's Update

Next week sees the start of our formal assessment period for year 11. Our staff have been carrying out hour-long intervention sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays, and I know that the year 11 students have been working hard, revising for these important events. It is imperative that the students get some quality sleep this weekend in preparation for these GCSE assessments and we all wish them every success.

Unfortunately we had to close the field this week due to wet weather but we are hopeful we can open it up next week. I know many of the students are longing to get back onto the grass so that they can play football.

We hope that we have some good weather next week so that we can continue with our preparations for the DRET Summer Cup which is on the 7th July this year.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Jones - Principal

Term Dates 2021-22

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

Home Lateral Flow Testing

We would like students to perform tests 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


Here are 7 simple ways you can remember that will help you to be more respectful today:

  1. Listen and be present - If someone else is speaking, give them the courtesy of listening to and thinking about what they’ve said before responding, forming your own opinions, or dismissing theirs. You may not agree with what’s being said, and that’s absolutely OK (and sometimes important!) to express, but you should wait your turn, pay attention, and avoid jumping to conclusions. You never know, what someone says could surprise you!
  2. Be thoughtful of others’ feelings - Think about how you might feel angry, sad, or even embarrassed if someone rolled their eyes at one of your ideas or talked over you when you were trying to speak. It might feel even worse to hear that someone was calling you names or making fun of you. Since YOU doesn’t want to feel that way, YOU should do your best to ensure others aren’t made to feel that way either.
  3. Acknowledge others and say thank you - If you did half the work on a science project, but your partner took all the credit, how would you feel? Probably pretty upset. Similarly, if you made a gift for another person in school, and that friend never said thank you, you might feel confused or think the gift wasn’t very good. Letting others know that their efforts matter and thanking them for their time, work, and/or thoughtfulness doesn’t need to take more than a few seconds, but it makes a big difference.
  4. Address mistakes with kindness - EVERYONE makes mistakes! Think back to a time you messed up a little. Would you want to be called out and humiliated in front of your friends, or would you feel better if someone pulled you aside, gently told you about the mistake, and then helped you to improve next time? We’re all human and we’re all going to need a helping hand now and then. Helping others grow from their mistakes with dignity is just the decent thing to do.
  5. Make decisions based on what’s right, not who you like - Sometimes it might feel easier for you to go along with the crowd and either mimic the behaviour of your friends or choose their ideas over those of others out of a sense of loyalty or to gain favour with more popular students, but that’s not smart or fair. Think about weighing the pros and cons of the choices you make in your daily life, about thinking about what’s right, and what will lead to the best outcomes for all involved. Sometimes it takes guts to stand up and support less popular views, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. Not only do people’s feelings get hurt when we play favourites, but we can sometimes make poor decisions that have even bigger consequences.
  6. Respect physical boundaries - Everyone’s body is their own, and everyone has the right to decide the level and type of physical contact they’re comfortable with. For instance, some people love to be greeted with hugs, some people don’t, and that’s OK! Think about the importance of respecting people’s personal preferences and how YOU should insist on others respecting your boundaries as well.
  7. Live and let live - In this great big world of ours, there are a billion different ways to live life, and that’s what makes life interesting! As long as everyone is being respectful and no one is hurting anyone else, it’s important to take a step back and accept that there’s no one right way to exist on this planet.

And finally, think about the word integrity. Someone who has integrity is honest, is true to their word, does the best they can, and owns up to their shortcomings without making excuses, covering it up, or passing the blame onto someone else. Nobody’s perfect, but when you live your life with integrity, you’ll earn others’ respect and be able to feel good about who you are as a person—making others feel better in the process.

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.

Face Masks

Masks are required to be worn on all school transport, during lessons and 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.

Careers' Corner

Apprenticeship Opportunities

There are some exciting apprenticeship opportunities available for those who are considering their options for post 16.

If you have a look at the websites below you will be able to see what exactly is involved, and more importantly find out about jobs within the healthcare profession.

Those of you who are in year 9 and 10 may also want to have a look at the requirements, so that you can have a think about these in advance.

Please find below the Administration Apprenticeships vacancies currently open for Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

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 Music’.

Mr Drumm - Assistant Principal

Attendance Update

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


Happy is such a wonderful feeling and when we feel happy, we get on better with the people around us, smile more and have a positive attitude.

There are hormones that support us in being happy and we can increase it by doing certain things. We can help ourselves be happy, but we can also help our children to be happy too.

The image above shows ways that we can boost our 'happy hormones'.

So next time your children are in a bad mood, try out some of the suggestions, work together to get them into a more positive mindset and their mood should hopefully change.

Mrs Dexter & Mrs Miller-Brown - SEN Team

House News

Caeli take early lead in House Dodgeball

This week at Charles Read Academy saw the start of House Dodgeball as year 7, 8 & 9 teams went head to head. Starting with the year 7 competition, Caeli saw off the challenge of Aqua and Terra to secure the first 2 victories of the event, giving Caeli a comfortable lead heading into the year 8 competition.

The year 8 competition was dominated by Terra who managed to close the gap on Caeli in 1st place but their progress was short lived as the year 9 Caeli team were able to increase the gap once again following victory in their competition.

With the year 10 and 11 competitions till to play all 3 house teams have a chance of claiming overall victory and the lion share of 250 house points. Year 10s take each other on this afternoon before the year 11 teams bring the competition to a close on Monday.

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


Before Christmas we collated names for those who were interested in the academy purchasing scientific calculators at the reduced price of £8. There are still some students that haven't collected and paid for their order.

Can I ask you to send the payment before the end of term to the reception. We can then issue and ensure every student is fully equipped for their math's and science lessons with a device that will assist their learning opportunities.

Mr Drumm- Assistant Principal

Table Talk

We have been talking a lot in the Academy about how you respect other people but also how you respect yourself.

We would love this to form the basis of your conversation at home. You could discuss ways in which you show respect every day at home in your actions; by keeping your room clean, helping out at home as well as your words; showing your appreciation for everything your family do for you.

Word of the Week

Medi, midi: middle (Latin word root)

  • Median situated in the middle, especially of the body.
  • Meditate focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.
  • Medieval resembling or likened to the Middle Ages, especially in being cruel, uncivilized, or primitive.

Find out what it’s like to live in medieval Britain:

Library Update

There has been such a happy and purposeful atmosphere in the library this week. Year 7 and 8 students have been celebrating some great results in their Star Reading tests, with some students showing an improvement in their reading ages of nearly 3 years since the start of the school year - and most of the students improving their reading levels (many by quite a significant amount). The look on students’ faces, when they realise that they can finally read the books they want to read, has been a picture!

There have also been some great conversations about books this week. One reader in Year 9 has decided to challenge himself by reading a collection of Kafka short stories, and another asked for a second copy of ‘Catch 22’ for his friend to read because he is enjoying it so much and wants to be able to talk about it with him. Every day now students put their heads round the door to tell me how much they are enjoying their books, or to put in requests for more. Even the school’s self-confessed most reluctant reader has found something she wants to read!

I am very grateful to the students who have brought back their very overdue library books – there are only a few outstanding now! Please check your school bags and bookshelves to see if there are any books with orange stickers!

Mrs Spilberg - TA & Librarian

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 10th May - 7 times table

Accelerated Reader

Week commencing 10th May during period 4

Year 11 Focus

GCSE Update - Summer 2021

Please can you read the Joint Council for QualificationsCIC (JCQ) document Guidance for students, parents and guardians: GCSEs and AS/A Levels in England Summer 2021

We have shared this link with your son/daughter and talked them through the relevant information and how it impacts on their teacher assessed grades for their GCSE qualifications.

Teacher Assessed Grades

Year 11's have now completed their three-week preparation phase for the awarding of their Teacher assessed grades (TAG's). They will have already completed some assessments towards their awarding of the final grade during lessons.

Over the next three weeks pupils will be in their formal assessment phase, during this time they will continue to be assessed in order for each subject to award the most accurate final grade.

Where possible these will continue to take place during their normal lessons and their usual classrooms as we believe this will help pupils manage any stress or anxiety they may be feeling. Where this isn't possible, for example for the completion of final pieces in Art or where extra time is being used, we will endeavor to keep disruption to a minimum.

Pupils have been working incredibly hard since returning from the Easter break it is vital that this continues as we move into this busy period. Please encourage them to spend time in the evening preparing for upcoming assessments.

Mr Lovatt - Head of Performance Faculty

Teen Support

KOOTH and adult mental health

You may be aware that KOOTH operates discrete and confidential counselling for children and young people, but did you know that they also offer support to adults, called Qwell? Mental Health is one the largest challenges for Global Public Health. 1 in 4 adults experience mental health issues, this in turn can affect the mental health of our children. KOOTH believes access to immediate high quality mental health care is a right, not a privilege.

Qwell is commissioned by NHS, Local Authorities and Charities to improve the mental health of entire populations of specific cohorts. Adults accessing Qwell can do so without the waiting lists or thresholds often associated with traditional services. Adults can join online peer support communities, access self-help materials, or engage in drop-in or booked one-to-one online chat sessions with their experienced counsellors.

Qwell works in partnership with traditional community health, they offer a safe and confidential space to share experiences and gain support from their community and qualified professionals. When you join, Lincolnshire may not appear on the joining page, but if you join by choosing another location - this should take you through to their online members hub. Once you are a member you have access to some fantastic resources like the one attached that gives some top tips on talking to your child about their feelings. The link to join Qwell can be found by clicking the button below:

The Sporting Post

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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