Arrangements for the New School Year September 2019
We are 5 weeks into the summer holidays and I hope it has the perfect mix of fun and relaxation for all. It has certainly been busy in the Roslan household! While we have all been away, there has been a lot of work going on in school both on the building site, visible from Middlewich Road, and in other areas, so keep your eyes peeled for the changes.
GCSE Exam Results
The GCSE results were published on Thursday – the culmination of 5 years’ work. Well done to all our year 11. Some great successes with over half the students achieving at least 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (previously A*-C) and 20% of grades at 9-7 (previously A*-A). The proportion of learners achieving the top grades of 9-7 has doubled thanks to the hard work of staff and students who have put in the hours before and after school, as well as in the school holidays. Particular congratulations go to Charlotte Dent, Jake Hartley, Alex Hough, Louis Ingham, Hannah Mullineux, Tom Parsons and Amelia Tharme who achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade 9-7 and to Mia Tonkin, Jacob Woodier, Aaron Hinkley, Chloe Brady and Jack Ballard who made extraordinary progress across all subjects #resilience #scholarship #ambition Good luck in your new endeavours! Keep in touch!
Changes to the School Day from September
There will be a slight increase to the length of the academy day as of September. There will also be a later, longer lunch to allow all our learners to take part in extracurricular activities.
The changes to the school day ensure that all learners have time with form tutors at the beginning and end of each school day to support them in preparing for the school day and so that they touch base with their form teacher before home time and any issues during the day may be dealt with quickly.
The new school day is as follows:
8:45 – 9:05am Registration
9:05 – 10:05am Period 1
10:05 – 11:05am Period 2
11:05 – 11:20am Break
11:20 – 12:20 Period 3
12:20 – 1:20pm Period 4
1:20 – 2:10 pm Lunch Time
2:10 – 3:10pm Period 5
3:10 – 3:20pm Form Time
First Day of Term
We will be welcoming students back to the academy on Tuesday 3 September 2019 and the arrangements are as follows:
• Year 7 are expected to arrive at 8.45am
• Year 8 are expected to arrive at 10.45am
• Year 9 are expected to arrive at 10.45am
• Year 10 are expected to arrive at 9.45am
• Year 11 are expected to arrive at 10.45am
All students should enter via the Shipbrook Road entrance where they will be met by their Form Tutor. We ask that all children bring enough money to put on their account if they wish to use our new catering service for lunch.
Uniform expectations remain high and the requirements are listed below. There will be consequences for children who come to school without the expected uniform.
Shoes: Plain, black shoes that can be polished. No pumps, canvas shoes or trainers.
Tie: Academy tie
Shirt: Plain white shirt
Trousers: Plain black, not jeans or leggings
Skirt: Academy black skirt (knee length)
Blazer: Standard academy red trim blazer
Jumper: Plain black jumper (optional)
PE Kit: Academy PE shirt
Academy PE shorts/skort/tracksuit bottoms/leggings
Trainers and football boots
Academy PE sweat shirt
No jewellery of any sort is allowed and learners with obvious make up will be told to remove it.
Uniform may be purchased from:
Uniformity Clothing Ltd
22-26 Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7JE
Monday to Thursday – 8:30am – 4:45pm
Friday – 8:30am – 4:15pm
It is vital that your child attends the academy regularly. This is important to avoid missing valuable lesson time and falling behind. Employers place great emphasis on consistent attendance and good punctuality.
Children of school age who are registered at a school must by law, attend school regularly. It is vital that your child aims for 100% attendance. All absences should, of course, be kept to an absolute minimum. If your child is ill and unable to attend the academy, please contact us by telephone as soon as possible. When your child returns they MUST have a note from you explaining the cause of the absence. This should be handed to their Form Tutor.
Missing 9 school days over the course of the year would bring attendance down to 95%, with a loss of 45 lessons equivalent to 1.4 weeks of learning. We want your children with us so that we can support them to achieve their full potential.
Term Time Holidays
Amendments to the 2006 regulations from the Department for Education (that came into effect from September 2013) remove references to family holidays and extended leave. “Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there exceptional circumstances”. Please refer to the DfE “Amendments to School Attendance Regulations” for further details.
Learners marked as late will have to enter the academy by reception where they will be met by our Attendance Officer. Lateness will result in a same day detention. After 9am the academy operates a first call home procedure whereby Parents/Carers will receive a telephone call or text message requesting a reason for absence.
Although it may seem that 10 minutes is not much, 10 minutes late everyday translates to the loss of 6½ days of learning or 33 lessons
It is my aim to make the majority of school/home communication electronic to save resources and be more sustainable. In September we will be sending out data update forms so please would you ensure that your email address is on the school system so that you do not miss any key communications. I would also urge you to follow the school on social media, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to get the latest news @RudheathSenior and the weekly Headteacher’s Newsletter.
I can’t wait to seeing everyone back and ready to learn in September. There is so much for us to look forward to!