Newsletter Whole School July 2018

Ref: MJB/KC

20 July 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

As the academic year draws to a close, I would like to thank parents and carers for their support this year. It has been a challenging year with both Cordeaux Academy and Louth Academy experiencing many changes, both to the physical environment and in terms of adapting to new policies and procedures. The students have coped with this exceptionally well and I am sure this will continue as the two Academies merge in September to form a single Academy: Louth Academy.

Transition Days

Students who will be moving to a different site in September have all been able to experience a day in their new Academy. These days were highly successful and it was very reassuring to see the students from both Academies get on so well together. Thank you to parents for facilitating these days by helping students in travelling to their new sites.

Sports Day

A very successful Sports Day was held on 10 July 2018 at the King George stadium in Cleethorpes. This was a combined event with students from both Cordeaux and Louth Academy competing. The event is run as a proper athletics meet and my congratulations go to Perseus who came out as champions.

Year 11 Leavers' Day & Prom

It was an absolute pleasure to be with Year 11 students from both sites at their Proms and on their final day. The Year 11 students have all worked very hard and deserved these two events to mark the end of their time in secondary education. I wish them all well for the future. Year 11 GCSE results will be available from both Academies from 9am on Thursday 23 August 2018.

Bus Arrangements For September 2018

I am very pleased to report that following a review of provision and as a result of several bus contracts coming to an end, Lincolnshire County Council School Transport have been able to reorganise the timetables so that all students will be picked up by 3:30pm. The Academies have received bus passes for students and these will be distributed before the end of term. If you have any queries regarding school transport then please contact Lincolnshire County Council.

Term Dates

I have enclosed the term dates for 2018/19 and 2019/20. Please ensure holidays are taken during the Academy holiday periods as leave taken at other times will not be authorised.

Attendance

A high rate of attendance is essential in order for every student to achieve their full potential. We would like to remind parents that, to support this, the Government now classifies any student who has less than 90% attendance as a 'Persistent Absentee' and this information has to be reported to the Department of Education.

We monitor and check the attendance of all students at the Academy.  We insist that our attendance team make contact with every parent or carer in the case of absence. Please can I remind you to telephone the Academy every day that your son or daughter is absent. If an absence is for three days or more, medical evidence may be required in order to authorise the absence (i.e. a doctor's appointment card, Louth appointment card or prescription).

Punctuality is incredibly important, particularly in preparing our students for the world of work. Students are expected on-site by 8:50am, ready for registration at 8:55am. If students are persistently late they will be issued with detentions or further sanctions. We ask that parents/carers support the Academy in reinforcing the importance of punctuality.

Uniform

I would like to thank parents/carers for their support in ensuring that their sons and daughters are presented in full uniform, enhancing the reputation of the Academy and therefore the prospects of our students when they leave.  In order to maintain the high standards and discipline expected at Louth Academy, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the acceptable style of footwear and trousers we insist our students wear. This may be of assistance when purchasing uniform for the new academic year.

Please note that drainpipe and legging type fashion trousers are not acceptable. Canvas type shoes and plimsolls are also not acceptable at the Academy. To help parents when buying trousers or shoes we have put examples on the Academy website. If parents are unsure, they should contact the relevant Pastoral Manager. Coats should be plain, without logos, but reflective bands for safety reasons are encouraged. P.E. kit is an integral part of our uniform. Please look at our website for further details regarding compulsory P.E. kit. Students are permitted one small stud per ear. The following hairstyles are not allowed: Hairstyles which are extreme. No vivid or two-tone hair colours, no cuts shorter than a number 1 razor setting, no patterns cut into hair, no beaded braids or braids with cotton/material weaves, no extensions which do not match natural hair colour. For girls, a plain hair-slide, clip or 'bobble' is acceptable. Any hairstyles that have a change in hair length must be blended. Hairstyles must be graduated with no 'stepped' patterns or lines. Mohican hairstyles are not acceptable.

If a student attends the Academy in the incorrect uniform, or with an unsuitable hairstyle, he/she will be placed in the Inclusion Unit until the issue is corrected.

Cycle Safety

We have received reports from concerned members of the public regarding hazardous cycling manoeuvres being carried out by a small minority of students. Completing 'wheelies', swerving into the middle of roads in front of traffic and carrying other students on the front of bicycles is incredibly dangerous and presents a risk to the welfare of students and members of the public. Can I ask that parents/carers discuss this issue at home.

Additionally, we recommend that students wear a reflective vest/armband so that they can be seen when walking, or cycling to and from the Academy. Cyclists should also wear cycle helmets and have reflectors and lights for their own safety. Please ensure that the brakes on your child's bicycle are in working order and an appropriate lock is used to secure bicycles individually.

Mobile Telephones

In order to protect students from the misuse of mobile 'phones, and to ensure that lessons and examinations are not disrupted, mobile 'phones or other electronic devices are not to be used in the Academy. Any student caught using a mobile 'phone or device whilst in the Academy will initially have the item confiscated for five days on each occasion. If a parent collects the device during the five days of confiscation, the student will be issued a detention.

Once again I would like to thank you for your support in this transitionary year and I hope you all have a relaxing summer break. I look forward to welcoming the students back on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

Yours faithfully

Mr M J Brown
Executive Principal

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