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[16/07/2021] Parental Update

Published July 2021

I hope you are all well and you and your children are looking forward to a restful summer with greater potential than the months of late. I know staff and students alike are certainly ready for a break and a period without an early alarm clock.

End of Summer Term Update – 2021

Published July 2021 Download

I apologise for the length of this letter but feel this an appropriate time of the year to share updates on a number of issues to ensure clear communication.

Year 10, 11, 12 & 13 Teacher Assessed Grade Update / Appeals

Published July 2021

I am writing this letter to inform you of the Academy’s completion of its internal quality assurance process, and the completion of our part working with the examination bodies in conducting their external quality assurance processes.

Year 12 Only: Sixth Form Update

Published June 2021 Download

We are getting close to the end of the summer term and I wanted to write to you to say how pleased we are with how the vast majority of Y12 students have coped over such a difficult and disrupted year. Everyone has had different experiences due to the pandemic and we really hope that the following academic year can resemble normality for us in the Sixth Form.

Year 8 HPV – Catchup Consent

Published June 2021 Download

The immunisation team are due to attend your child’s school in the upcoming weeks to vaccinate Year 8 pupils who may have missed their first HPV vaccine on 21/6/2021.

Collection of GCSE & A-Level Art & Design Work

Published June 2021 Download

All GCSE and ‘A’ level art students who completed their studies in July 2020 can now collect their work. All art work has now been released and can be collected from main reception up until Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Year 13 Examination Board Update

Published May 2021

In our last letter we thanked parents and their students for a positive return to the Academy. We received the final JCQ guidance on Friday 26th March and subsequently have received significant publications from examination boards during the weeks beginning the 12th and 19th April.

Year 11 Examination Board Update

Published May 2021

In our last letter we thanked parents and their students for a positive return to the Academy. We received the final JCQ guidance on Friday 26th March and subsequently have received significant publications from examination boards during the weeks beginning the 12th and 19th April.

[14/05/2021] Face coverings Update

Published May 2021

As you will be aware the government announced plans to continue the roadmap plans on Monday. Therefore with effect from Monday 17 May 2021 face coverings will no longer be required for students in classrooms or communal areas in all schools, and for staff in classrooms.

Year 10 Parent Review Evening 19th May – Online Appointment Booking

Published May 2021

I would like to invite you to attend our Year 10 Parent Review Evening on Wednesday 19th May. The school has introduced a new intuitive and easy to use online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments. We are confident this will be an improvement to the previous system and welcome any feedback.

[04/05/2021] Update from the Academy

Published May 2021 Download

Thank you for supporting the academy on our return, over the last few weeks. Students are punctual, dressed smartly in appropriate uniform, arriving well equipped and the majority are very focused and ready for learning. Students are appreciating being back in the academy with their peers and respecting the Covid requirements.

[09/04/2021] Facemask Update

Published April 2021 Download

I hope you have had a restful two weeks and are looking forward to our return on Monday 12th April. This communication is to clarify the expectation for all students and staff to continue to wear face masks in lessons and all communal spaces as we were at the academy prior to the Easter break.

Year 11 Grade Awards 2021

Published March 2021

It has been fantastic to welcome back all year 11 students to the Academy, over the past three weeks, all of our Year 11 students have returned with positive attitudes and good behaviour.

[26/03/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published March 2021

Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you, to you all, for your support over the challenging past few months. Parents, carers and students alike have all adapted and taken on board the changes that we have had to make and supported the academy so much during an incredibly tough time.

Year 13 CAGs (Centre Assessed Grades)

Published March 2021

We are 7 days into our return from national lockdown and have now completed the LF testing for all those who consented. Year 13 have returned in a positive frame of mind but we are aware that students and parents will be wondering about the processes they may need to go through in order for CAGs (Centre Assessed Grades) to be produced.

[19/03/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published March 2021 Download

Another wonderful week of having students back in the academy and learning in a calm and positive environment with minimum fuss about the increased Covid requirements and expectations. This week all students have received a virtual welcome back assembly from me and thanked for their positive return.

Year 11 Update

Published March 2021 Download

We are now 7 days into our return from National lockdown and have now completed the LF testing for all those who consented. Year 11 have returned in a positive frame of mind although we are aware of the many concerns students have regarding their completion of Year 11.

[15/03/2021] Lateral Flow Home testing kits

Published March 2021

As promised, today’s communication is in relation to the delivery, distribution and completion of lateral flow home testing. Students will receive their third supervised test this week and therefore the distribution of home testing kits will begin to be rolled out for each year group as tested. Please can I advise that all students bring a bag to the academy this week, if they do not already, as advised, to be able to transport their test kits and guidance home safely without it falling out of blazer or coat pocket.

[12/03/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published March 2021

Thank you for supporting us in such a smooth transition back to the academy over the last week. Students have arrived ready for study and completed lateral flow testing calmly and efficiently by carefully following instructions and listening to staff.

[08/03/2021] Advice to All Parents – Single Student Positive Case Year 9 Identified by Lateral Flow Test

Published March 2021 Download

We have a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in the academy this morning identified through a Lateral Flow Test. We have followed PHE and DfE National Guidance, which we must adhere to and is in line with the Academy Risk Assessment to identify a small number of students who have been in close contact with the confirmed case. These students will need to stay at home to self-isolate for 10 days until Thursday 18 March 2021 inclusive and return to the academy on Friday 19 March 2021.

[05/03/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published March 2021 Download

I hope you are all well and your children are as excited about returning to the academy as we are to have them back. I am very much looking forward to us re-establishing our academy relationships and community and moving forward.

Modern Foreign Languages – Year 9 Options

Published February 2021 Download

At the moment in Languages, we teach French and German up to Year 9. In the Year 9 Options, most students opt to either continue with the language that they have been studying for three years, or they choose to do Spanish in two years at KS4.

[25/02/2021] An open letter from Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to parents, carers and guardians

Published February 2021 Download

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has written an open letter to parents, carers and guardians following the news that all primary schools, secondary secondary schools, special and alternative provision schools, colleges and further education settings will be opening to all pupils from 8 March as part of the Government's plans to lift the restrictions imposed on society due to COVID-19.

[23/02/2021] School Reopening Update

Published February 2021 Download

I hope you are well and pleased to hear Boris Johnson’s announcement last night that all students will be returning to school from Monday 8 March. To enable us to plan for the safe return of students and to complete the testing processes necessary, we require your consent if you are prepared for your child(ren) to be tested.

[12/02/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published February 2021

I would like to say a big thank you to all of our students for their hard work and resilience with on-line learning over the last 6 weeks. The students attending the academy have remained positive, polite and engaged even during a very cold and snowy week when I’m sure they would have preferred to have been at home with ‘snow days’.

Year 9 Options Reminder

Published February 2021 Download

A link has been sent to all Year 9 students and Parent(s) / Carer(s) to allow submission of pathway choices online. The deadline for the pathways submission has been moved to the 26 February 2021 to allow all students enough time to complete their form.

[05/02/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published February 2021 Download

I hope you are all well, safe and that home learning continues to thrive. I thought I would start by sharing a positive and thank your child for their commitment to the work they are completing both remotely and in responding to challenges set. Thank you also for supporting both them and us to do the best that we can.

[29/01/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published January 2021

I hope you are all well and safe and that home learning continues to thrive. I thought I would start by sharing a positive and thank your child for their commitment to the work they are completing both remotely and in responding to challenges set.

Year 10 & 11 LiBF CeFE Set Date Examinations (Life)

Published January 2021 Download

Following our recent communications regarding cancellation of examinations in February/March 2021 for NCFE and BTEC, we would like to confirm that Set Date Examinations for CeFE Unit 3 (Life) has now been included in this list.

[22/01/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published January 2021

As always I hope that you are all well and that your children are managing with home learning. Overall, we are very impressed with the effort and the levels of engagement that we are seeing from our students. I hope you do not think that we are bombarding you with information. I just want to keep you updated as best as we can. Thank you for taking the time to read my weekly updates.

[18/01/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published January 2021

I hope you are all safe and well and are able to access our remote offer with success. The attendance and engagement from students continues to be strong and where issues have arisen are being addressed quickly by individual teachers, tutors, pastoral staff and the ICT team.

Year 10 & 11 NCFE Examination Information

Published January 2021 Download

Following on from the DfE announcements made on 12th January that scheduled assessments for vocational and technical qualifications will not take place in February or March this year, we are now able to confirm that this also now includes NCFE qualifications.

Year 11 BTEC Examination Information

Published January 2021 Download

The DfE has announced today that scheduled assessments for vocational and technical qualifications will not take place in February or March this year. This means that for Year 11 students scheduled to take an external assessment in February, for either Health & Social or Engineering, the examination will not take place.

[11/01/2021] Lateral Flow Testing Consent

Published January 2021

As I am sure you are aware, the DfE have tasked secondary schools with completing mass testing for asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 for all staff and students within the academy. For the vast majority of students, this will be when they return following lockdown and we will update you as to when we have further information on this return.

[08/01/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published January 2021 Download

I hope you are well and that the interesting and variable start to education this term is not causing too many frustrations. We have found students to be engaged, keen, ready and excited about learning both virtually and in the building. Can I apologise to those who were effected on Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning for the lack of connectivity and therefore hindrance of some ‘face to face’ teaching, however all lessons resources are now in Class Charts for you to access. Hopefully the server issues we had are now rectified.

[08/01/2021] Year 11 GCSE Exam Information

Published January 2021 Download

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and I wish a happy new year to you and your families. There are a couple of pieces of information that I would like to share with you all. Firstly, as we are unable to hand out trial exam results in person, we have now decided to send results home via your child's school e-mail account.

[05/01/2021] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published January 2021 Download

Following the further government update announced by the Prime Minister last night, the following are the amended arrangements as of Wednesday 6th January until 12th February (half term). Please note that this information is subject to change in line with government guidance and any updates will be communicated via the website as usual. I will endeavour to post a weekly update via the academy website as I have been doing since the first lockdown in March.

End of Term Update – December 2020

Published December 2020 Download

As the first term of this academic year comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our stakeholders for their dedication and resilience in the face of the significant challenges we have faced over the past 15 weeks.

Ofsted Parent View Survey

Published December 2020 Download

At Nunthorpe Academy, we are constantly striving to make improvements to improve the overall school experience for every one of our students. As parents and carers, we value and welcome your views, suggestions and input to support our future planning and development.

Engaged Minutes and Reading

Published December 2020 Download

As you will be aware, strong reading skills are crucial to success in all subjects. In Key Stage 3 English, we incorporate into the curriculum a one hour per week Literacy lesson that focuses on key vocabulary skills and reading. Within this, we operate a system called Accelerated Reader where we can track the average amount of engaged minutes per day that a student has accrued.

Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 11 December 2020

Published November 2020 Download

On Friday 11 December 2020, Nunthorpe Academy will be taking part in Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day. We're asking families to donate £1 or however much they can give, to help transform the futures of children in the UK and around the world. Save the Children make sure children are kept safe, healthy and learning, and change the future for good.

[23/11/2020] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published November 2020 Download

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the academy who is not currently self- isolating. The last couple of weeks have been challenging for all but the feedback from zoom lessons has been positively received and allows us to improve our practice as we move forward.

[08/11/2020] Partial Academy Closure from Monday 9 November 2020

Published November 2020

After discussions with Lee Brown, Executive Principal and Allan Mansfield, Chair of Trustees this morning, highlighting the lack of staff being available to attend Nunthorpe Academy tomorrow, we have had to make the decision to partly close the Academy to Year 7, 8 and 9 from Monday 9.11.20.

[02/11/2020] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published November 2020 Download

Welcome back to Autumn 2. I trust many of you have been able to enjoy your half term together although things may not have been the usual half term experience and many of us were unable to have the breaks we had previously planned.

[22/10/2020] Advice to All Parents – Potential Single case Year 8 identified

Published October 2020 Download

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the academy in Year 10 and potential for a positive Covid of their sibling in Year 8, therefore we are making the decision to ask this class to self-isolate whilst awaiting for the test result for this child. If this test is negative we will contact you at the first opportunity to invite your child back into the academy.

[19/10/2020] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published October 2020

I hope you all continue to be well and are encouraging your child to follow any additional lockdown rules applied to your particular postcode at the current time.

Silent Reading Information for Parents

Published October 2020 Download

Many of you have been asking how best to support your child's reading at school. Students have the opportunity to enjoy reading for 30 minutes during every school day. If this time is spent wisely, it will have a dramatic effect on their reading ability, which in turn will have a dramatic effect on their ability to learn, progress and succeed in all subjects.

[12/10/2020] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published October 2020

I hope you all continue to be well and are encouraging your child to follow any additional lockdown rules applied to your particular postcode at the current time.

Year 11 Parents Review Evening and Key Dates

Published October 2020 Download

I write to inform you that we have, in light of the current Covid Pandemic, no alternative but to cancel the Year 11 Parents Review Evening originally calendared for Wednesday 21st October.

[05/10/2020] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published October 2020

I hope you all continue to be well and are encouraging your child to follow any additional lockdown rules applied to your particular postcode at the current time. I appreciate that localised lockdowns may be causing additional stresses but it is essential that we all comply and follow guidance to be able to return to some normality in the future.

[28/09/2020] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published September 2020

Thank you for your ongoing support as we enter the second half of this half term. The students have settled in well to their studies and are appreciating the routine and structure that returning to education has provided.

[21/09/2020] Weekly Update from the Academy

Published September 2020 Download

Thank you for your continued support. Students are becoming increasingly independent in monitoring their own transfer windows and complying by washing hands and using hand sanitiser, wearing masks and respecting distance where required.

Year 7 Information from the Academy Nurse

Published September 2020 Download

Moving from Primary to Secondary school is a key transition point for your child and we would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the School Nursing Team and the help and support we can provide.

[14/09/2020] Weekly Update to Parents and Carers

Published September 2020

Thank you for your continued support in getting all pupils back into school safely over the past fortnight. All of us are committed to providing the best education possible for your child, while securing the health and safety of our whole school community.

[07/09/2020] Parental Update

Published September 2020 Download

We have had a thoroughly successful return to the academy this week with 97.6% attendance, which just demonstrates how eager students and their families were for them to return to education this week.

[Updated: 27/08/2020] Parental Information Update for September 2020 Return

Published August 2020

I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer and that your children are looking forward to returning to the academy next week. I thought it would be useful to re-share much of the information shared on 17th July to ensure everyone was aware of the phased return dates for each year group and expectations.

Physical Education COVID-19 Update

Published August 2020 Download

Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to welcome your son/daughter back into the Academy following what has been a very strange time; I hope they are well and eager to start the new academic year, following the summer break.

Sixth Form Virtual Induction Information

Published June 2020 Download

Unfortunately due to the health and safety restrictions in place regarding Covid 19 we are unable to proceed as planned with the two Sixth Form Induction Days scheduled for 29-30 June 2020.

#SofaToSuccess – whole academy PE challenge

Published March 2020

In light of the current circumstances that we find ourselves in, we wanted to write a brief letter to you all to bring home the importance of physical activity, exercise and mental health awareness during our time of school closures and social distancing.

Introduction of Acting Head of School

Published November 2019 Download

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you formally as the Acting Head of School and share with you some changes that have been introduced recently in relation to the Academy’s Behaviour Policy to ensure that all students get the ‘best deal’ out of their learning at Nunthorpe Academy.

New Academic Year Pastoral Changes

Published July 2018 Download

As part of our system changes which coincide with the start of the new academic year, I feel it is important to inform you of the pastoral re-structure we have implemented.

Changes to lunch time arrangements

Published June 2018 Download

As many of you are aware, due to the nature of our academy building, one of our greatest daily challenges is to ensure all of our children enjoy a satisfactory lunch time experience. As the number of students on our roll has grown over time, lunch times have become increasingly problematic.

Accelerated Reader Parents’ Guide

Published May 2016 Download

Your child will be participating in the Accelerated Reader™ (AR™) program. This guide is designed to answer your questions about AR. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Mrs Wilkinson (Librarian).