Year 7 Starters Letter

We’re looking forward to opening our doors in September and introducing your child to the various members of our ‘Grace family’ and the Grace Way’. You will receive more detailed information from us before September but wanted to share some updates with you now.

Pastoral Care

Your child’s Head of Year is Mr Bowser. Should you need to contact him regarding a specific query to do with your child, his email address is jackbowser@graceacademy.org.uk. Your child’s Head of Key Stage is Mrs Cooper, who is the Assistant Principal in charge of Key Stage Three (Years 7-9). Should you have any questions about the Academy or need to contact a member of the leadership team, her email address is alexandracooper@graceacademy.org.uk.

Ahead of September, your child will also be allocated a Form Tutor. All of the Year 7 tutors are looking forward to meeting both you and your child and introducing themselves to you. We have a “Meet the Tutor” evening on Tuesday 5th October where you, as Parents/Carers and your child are invited into the Academy. Further details will be shared nearer to the date.

In-school testing

Following the announcement (6th July) by the Department for Education, we will be re-introducing in-school mass testing when students return to school in September. The advice is that all secondary school students should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests (3 to 5 days apart) upon their return in the autumn term.

Please ensure you complete the electronic consent form that will be emailed to you. A response is required whether you consent to your child taking part in the testing or not. If you are having issues completing the form please contact the Academy Office.

First day arrangements

The first day for Year 7 Students will be Tuesday 7th September, even if they are not having a Lateral Flow test. Students should arrive through the main gate and then line up before entering the Academy.  Line ups will be promptly at the following times:

Year group Time Location Enter via
Year 7 8:20am Basketball court (Front of school) Side gate entrance

Students are to use the correct gate every morning as this corresponds to their line-up location. Form tutors will greet and accompany students into the building and into form period (or assembly) every morning. In instances of poor weather, we will bring students straight into the building.

Lockers

Students will be allocated a locker in the new term upon receipt of a £10.00 deposit payment. Payments can be made via our online payment system, Parent pay. Login details will be sent to you in due course.  Cash payments will not be accepted.

Uniform

From September, all students wearing skirts must wear a knee-length pleated skirt with black tights. Skirts that are non-pleated will not be permitted. In addition, black school jumpers will not be permitted inside the school building. Parents are also reminded that the only piercings permitted are a single pair of studs in the ear. All other piercings, if applicable, must be removed prior to arrival at the Academy. This includes clear inserts in piercing holes or covering piercings with a plaster, neither of which are permitted.

Extra-curricular activities and key dates

We are very pleased to inform you that extra-curricular clubs and activities will be on offer upon our return in September. Breakfast clubs, sports clubs, subject-specific clubs and academic support will all be available. Further details are to follow in September. We would also like to share some key dates in September with you:

  • School photos- Monday 20th September (All years)
  • Meet the tutor evening- Tuesday 5th October. (Year 7)

We are excited for the Academic year ahead and to welcome our students to our Academy, where they will be nurtured to develop and flourish and exhibit The Grace Way of Intentional Excellence, Limitless Potential, Mutual Respect, Genuine Integrity and Amazing Grace.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Mrs N Whiles
Principal