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Headteacher's Blog 27 - Friday 20th April

“Dressing for Success”

I’d like to thank all of the students who have attended in perfect uniform this week. We have had a number of visitors to the Academy, ranging from our Academy Improvement Partner, our CEO Mr Warboys, as well visitors from ACCORD Sixth Form, Wakefield Hospice and our primary school partners and every single one of them has remarked on our students’ smart appearance! 

“Five a Day!”

You will also be aware that we have had a real drive on ensuring that our students are ready for learning. We have been checking that they have their “Five a Day” – a planner, pencil, ruler, rubber and two pens. This week to rapidly ensure that everyone is ready to learn, we have provided any missing equipment free of charge, however, as from Monday 23rd April our equipment shop will re-open at Student Support. 

All equipment (bar student planners) can be replaced or bought for 10p per item. 

ACCORD Sixth Form

I had the pleasure of attending Year 10 assembly on Tuesday where we learnt about the re-branding of Ossett Academy Sixth form, which will now be known as ACCORD Sixth Form. Students learnt about the new logo and discovered that it was designed in collaboration with Horbury Academy students and Ossett Academy students. 

This new name is a key sign of our growing partnership across the MAT and is something to be celebrated. 

Year 10 watched a promotional video about the sixth form, learning about the wide range of courses on offer and heard first hand from students who described the Sixth Form’s “warm and supportive atmosphere.” 

I am sure that the students left the assembly looking forward to their taster day at the sixth form which will take place in June. 

Year 10 Parents’ Evening

I’d like to thank all the parents and carers who attended last night’s Parents’ Evening. It was wonderful to speak to so many of you and I’d like to thank you for your understanding and patience in relation to the over-running of appointments. I am sure you appreciate how crucial discussions are with parents, carers and students in this run up to GCSE exams.

I’d also like to remind you that period seven for English begins again next Thursday and that revision in May half term will take place on Wednesday 30th May. All students are invited to attend. 

As always, thank you for your on-going support. 

“Why can’t we just eat crips?”

Mrs Higgins our Academy chef told me that she’d had a question from some Year 9 students, who asked, “Why can’t we eat large bags of crisps for lunch in the Academy?” Trying to explain why crisps had no nutritional value and that they were a treat, not a meal, didn’t Mrs Higgins explained to me, seem to do the trick so!

For one week only – why not try a nutritional alternative? 

Our Academy chef has sourced some lightly salted oven baked corn tortilla chips which will be available at lunch next week, with additional toppings for £1.90 

Available toppings are:

Tomato and basil

Tikka chicken

Chicken Kiev

Herby tomato

Sweet mixed peppers

Mexican chicken 

Alternatively students can load up for one of our Meal deal options: Tortilla chips, sauce topping, cheese, fruit or tray bake plus water or a juice cuplet for £2.10 

These corn tortilla chips are an alternative gluten free option to pasta as they are made with cornflour which is suitable for our students who are celiac. The meal deals choosing the fruit option is also dairy free. 

“Time to Shine!”

Do you have a prom dress that is hanging in the back of a wardrobe?

Are you worried about how you will be able to afford a prom dress? 

Luckily one woman has made it her mission to ensure that everyone “will go to the ball” by running a prom dress donation service. Details about this wonderful charity can be found by following this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/chrisandmandynixon/permalink/379402672578282/ 

“And we’re off!”

GCSEs have begun in earnest this week with some students sitting their Art GCSE, next week we see students take their Drama and PE practical exams as well as their speaking exams for languages. 

Please, do make sure that you have checked the GCSE timetable with your child. All students will have received their personal exam timetable and the full timetable can be seen via the link in the news section on our website. Remember, these are public exams, set by the Joint Qualification Council, the Academy cannot move the time or date of the exam. Holiday leave will not be granted to students in years 10 or 11 during this period and authorised leave will be subject to a fixed penalty notice. 

The Easter Bunny was certainly kept busy this Easter as so many of our Year 11 students took full advantage of the revision sessions held at the Academy. Well done to you for taking your exams so seriously, I am sure that the short term “pain” will pay off this summer.

Period Seven sessions have already started and this half term we see the introduction of weekend revision sessions for maths and English as well as our traditional half term revision support. Further details will be sent in a letter by Mr Brook, Deputy Head, next week. 

Can I thank you in advance for your support in encouraging our students to “fly high” and of course, I wish all of our students the very best of luck #BelikeCliff! 

And finally …

Spare a thought for our very own Miss Bell this weekend, who will be joining thousands of other runners attempting to complete the London Marathon. Miss Bell will not only have to navigate 26 miles, but she is also going to have to cope with what is set to be extremely hot weather. We are so proud that she is raising money for Russ International; a charity that works to improve lives of vulnerable people in India; this includes various India-based projects, for health, education, HIV and AIDS, as well as a children’s home for orphans. 

If anyone would like to donate to her page they can do via this link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=PollyBell1&pageUrl=1

Good luck Miss Bell – we shall be looking out for you on television from the comfort of our settees!