Headteachers Newsflash - Archive 2020 -2021

Friday 16th October 2020

Green Cross Code, face masks and school places

Today marks the end of Week 7 and we are heading towards the final week prior to our October half term.  In last weeks’ Newsflash I reminded parents about the continued battle we are all facing with coronavirus.  We can all do our little bit to help reduce transmission; Hands-Face-Space is the simple mantra that I hope you have seen on NHS adverts as well as via our own social media.

Sadly, on Thursday after school one of our pupils was involved in a road traffic collision at the junction of Cromwell Road and Langley Road South.  We are not to sure of the full details but as there is a crossing controlled by lights, we just want to reinforce the message to parents that children at secondary school should be aware of how to cross roads safely.  Quite often schools are contacted by the public to inform them that children from the school are not always being road safe.  Equally some drivers lack due care and attention.  With that being said, a young person has been hurt and a family will have to deal with the stress and anguish that these things cause.  Please talk to your child about being road safe: look, listen and check.

With regards to staying covid safe I must ask parents and carers to please ensure that your child has a reusable face covering.  We are currently handout a large number of disposable face masks, which after Half Term we will need to reduce due to the cost.  We sell reusable face masks for 50p on site so there is little excuse not to look after everyone.  Simple things such as face coverings is helping limit the transmission of the virus, alongside increased hand hygiene and social distancing measures used together to decrease the opportunity for spreading the virus within the school but also just as importantly throughout the community.  Here are some links for you to buy your own face masks if you do not wish to purchase ours, Boots the chemist, Superdrug and  Amazon if you are more DIY inclined this YouTube link will direct you to a long list of videos showing how to make your own mask.

From Monday 2nd November, unless there is a valid medical reason, having a face covering will be an expected part of uniform.

For parents who are reading this who have children in Year 6 by clicking on this link https://www.salford.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools-admissions/secondary/  will take you to the Salford Local Authority web page to make your school choice.  We would be honoured to welcome your child into our school

Attendance Matters – Every day counts

Being in school as much as possible is the very best place for children yet we all know that in the current climate this is proving to be very challenging.

We have of course taken a hit on attendance this week with pupils having to self-isolate but again we continue to remain above local and national levels of attendance for secondary schools which we are proud of.  I think this was mentioned in a previous NewsFlash but what is very odd is that comparing this point now to same point last academic year we are 1% better now.  Which might sound very little but in a school of 750 pupils adding a whole percent to attendance is impressive.

Around the subject areas

This week are in English with 9A who have made a great start on their persuasive letters, taking on the persona of George from Of Mice and Men to convince someone to sell their ranch!  We’re really impressed with how the pupils have constructed their letters and developed a strong argument in the “voice” of George.

Standards and expectations

I’d like to remind parents and carers that children should only wear PE kit on days that they have PE.  A small number of pupils have said “I thought I had PE today” and arrive in their PE kit, which could be a genuine mistake, but also could be pushing their luck ever so slightly.

PE kit should only be worn on PE days, every other day we expect children to wear their school uniform with pride: school tie, blazer, white shirt, black trousers or skirt and school shoes.

A link to our uniform page can be found here: http://www.albionacademy.org/academy-life/uniform/  and we have included below acceptable styles of shoes, highlighting in green those styles that are very popular.

Year 11 – From Mr Wild

Attendance for Period 6 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was well over 97% yet again, for the 5th week straight!  That level of commitment is breath taking, we are so proud of you Year 11  As said last week you have done an hours ‘homework’ or revision at school with us so ideally when you get home on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday adding another 40/45 minutes in another subject would help you even more and support those techniques you have in the 5 habits booklet.

GCSE examinations and November mocks

Year 11, there are only 19 school weeks left, just 115 days in school, until your first GCSE exam, where is the time going?  It is just flying by.  So as a reminder your November mocks are scheduled to begin on Monday 30th November.   Again, remember that we have provided you with a handy revision guide ‘5 Habits of an Effective Learner’ to help you to structure your revision time away from the building.

Virtual Open Days

All college open days this year will be delivered virtually. It is important that Year 11 students’ book onto these events in order to make an informed choice about their Post 16 options. During this week’s “Careers Flash”, all students received a letter which states the dates and times of the upcoming events.

This week’s virtual open days are listed below:

  • Pendleton
  • Eccles
  • Worsley
  • Bury
  • Xaverian College 

If you would like a copy of the prospectus, please can you email Mrs Baker (Julie.baker@albionacademy.co.uk)

You can also find regular college updates on Twitter by following @MrsBakerAlbion.

SMUG AWARD WINNERS

The awards this week go to…

11A – Kane Harrison

11L – Rimsha Ali

11B – Joshua Walsh

11I – Rehema Terezia

11O – Ali Abdrhim

Safeguarding

Two weeks ago we introduced to you the national online safety resource, a kind of one stop shop if you like for all the information and parent guides you might need for those things that maybe you feel you should know about, but maybe you’re a little too embarrassed to admit that really you have no idea of the difference between what a TikTok is or a YouTube.

To go straight to the webpage all you need to do is click on this link https://nationalonlinesafety.com/ and it will lead you to a world of answers.  However, it does come with a health warning; a lot of what our children are able to access is quite unsavoury.  Smart phones, social media has opened Pandora’s box to all things in the world and every person in the world who uses the vast array of social media, ‘fun’ apps and online games.

Unfortunately, not everyone who uses the internet or social media is a nice person and lots can be solely there to exploit children, even your child.  Having an awareness and knowledge about what your child is doing, who they are interacting with is incredibly important.  This week we have included a guide about online grooming.

Remember, you are the parent and you are in charge.  Once your child is online, using social media sites or apps they are open to the entire world, if left unchecked, it is an open door for weirdos, keyboard warriors and the entire nastiness of the web.

Next week – Monday 19th October to Friday 23th October

Next week is WEEK B

Important dates

The Academy will close for the Half Term Holiday on Friday 23rd October.  We re-open again on Monday 2nd November

INSET day Friday 27th November

Last day of Autumn term is Thursday 17th December 2020.  Pupils return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021

Social media

Remember you can follow us on Twitter @albionacademy or on YouTube ‘TheAlbionAcademySalford

Acceptable footwear – Girls and boys

Styles highlighted in green are particularly popular

Friday 9th October 2020

Covid, staying safe and technical issues

Today marks the end of Week 6 and we are heading towards the final two weeks prior to our October half term.  In last weeks’ Newsflash I reminded parents about the importance of face masks in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.  Indeed, who could have predicted just how significant that message seems to have been when looking back over this week. 

Like so many schools across Salford and Manchester we unfortunately have had a couple of covid cases.  Just to let you all know when we are notified of positive case, we along with Public Health England track close contacts, if they are pupils, we notify parents as soon as we can and then we notify our school community via the ‘warn and inform’ letter.  This is the same protocol that all schools use, I appreciate that for some parents it may be an anxious time, but I really want you all to know that we take the maintaining a safe environment with the utmost seriousness hence the regular information via this Newsflash and the regular social media updates.

So, with regards to staying safe I must ask parents and carers to please ensure that your child has a reusable face covering.  Simple things such as face coverings is helping limit the transmission of the virus, alongside increased hand hygiene and social distancing measures used together to decrease the opportunity for spreading the virus within the school but also just as importantly throughout the community.

Finally, if you logged into our Virtual Open Evening on Thursday night thank you.  Despite preparation and planning there was a technical sound issue via the TEAMS presentation.  However, the virtual tour and pupil interviews can still be found on our YouTube channel which you can find here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X8K7Ubm9OY .  We sincerely hope you enjoy the film and for those of you reading this with children in Year 6 making your secondary school choice for September 2021 we would be humbly proud to have you as part of The Albion family.

Clicking on this link https://www.salford.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools-admissions/secondary/  will take you to the Salford Local Authority web page to make your school choice.

Attendance Matters – Every day counts

Being in school as much as possible is the very best place for children yet we all know that in the current climate this is proving to be very challenging.

However, together we are continuing to flip the narrative.  What I mean by that is that nationally whole school attendance is still around the mid 80’s in terms of percentage, yet we are seeing reasonably high attendance when comparing ourselves to this national figure.  Our current year to date figure, that is from when we opened in September to today places us at 92.3% to compare this with same point last year the school had a year to date figure in 2019 of 91.2%.  Somewhat strangely we are a whole percent better despite all the issues that coronavirus is throwing our way.

Around the subject areas

!Hola, amigos!  Today we are visiting Year 9 who have been working on their translation and grammar skills.  Over the week pupils have been improving their Spanish language skills and, in the process, whilst also picking up the technical knowledge required when applying feminine and masculine words within the appropriate context.  We are incredibly proud of what our fantastic linguists have been doing all this wee that we felt we had to share how committed they had been in completing such challenging work.

Standards and expectations

Everyone that reads the weekly Newsflash will now be aware that at The Albion we have incredibly high expectations of our pupils.  Every child’s learning in the building should be disruption free, we expect children to be polite, honest and work hard.  After all the pay off at the end of 5 years hard work is the ability to decide what you want to do in the next stage of your life whether you choose college, employment or training that will ideally lead to a place at a top University or a fulfilling career.

However, to be successful it takes hard work, grit and determination.  We will not allow the very small number of pupils that wish to be disruptive to ruin the education of others.  I have this week, unfortunately, been forced to exclude some pupils for using inappropriate language or refusing to adhere to the guidelines around being in ‘bubbles’.

Finally, 0n the few occasions when pupils are kept behind due to poor choices the vast majority of parents back us, to those parents I want to say thank you.  You are making our school and educating our children better.  However yesterday evening one parent thought it appropriate to arrive at school and become rude, foul mouthed and aggressive.  This is not acceptable and last night that parent was banned from the site, if they return it will simply be a police matter.

Year 11 – From Mr Wild

We are really impressed with all of you, the level of commitment you are showing to your education is exemplary.  Attendance for Period 6 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was well over 97% yet again, for the 4th week straight!  Remember that you have done an hours ‘homework’ or revision at school with us so ideally when you get home on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday adding another 40/45 minutes in another subject would help you even more and support those techniques you have in the 5 habits booklet.

GCSE examinations and November mocks

Year 11, there are only 20 school weeks left, just 120 days in school, until your first GCSE exam, where is the time going?  It is just flying by.  So as a reminder your November mocks are scheduled to begin on Monday 30th November.   Again, remember that we have provided you with a handy revision guide ‘5 Habits of an Effective Learner’ to help you to structure your revision time away from the building.

Virtual Open Days

All college open days this year will be delivered virtually. It is important that Year 11 students’ book onto these events in order to make an informed choice about their Post 16 options. During this week’s “Careers Flash”, all students received a letter which states the dates and times of the upcoming events.

This week’s virtual open days are listed below:

Saturday 10th October – Loreto College and Xaverian College virtual Open Days.

Monday 12th OctoberManchester College Open Days.

SMUG AWARD WINNERS

The awards this week go to…

  • 11A – Madiha Khan
  • 11L – Daphne Bokota 
  • 11B – Lilner Neto
  • 11I – Daniel Migula
  • 11O -Davinder Singh

Safeguarding

Last week we introduced to you the national online safety resource, a kind of one stop shop if you like for all the information and parent guides you might need for those things that maybe you feel you should know about, but maybe you’re a little too embarrassed to admit that really you have no idea of the difference between what a Snap is or an Insta.

To go straight to the webpage all you need to do is click on this link https://nationalonlinesafety.com/ and it will lead you to a world of answers.  However, it does come with a health warning; a lot of what our children are able to access is quite unsavoury.  Smart phones, social media has opened Pandora’s box to all things in the world and every person in the world who uses the vast array of social media, ‘fun’ apps and online games.

For schools we seem to spend a disproportionate time dealing with issues via social media, online gaming and fall outs via WhatsApp.

This weekend take a look at your child’s phone, you bought it for them, you probably pay the monthly bill and data charges.  No doubt you pay the broadband that they use as well?  If all of that is the case its your phone and you have every right to know what your child is doing, who they are chatting with,

This week we have 10 tips for online content which covers; age ratings, privacy settings, viewing habits and more.  See the very end.

Remember, you are the parent and you are in charge.  Once your child is online, using social media sites or apps they are open to the entire world, if left unchecked, it is an open door for weirdos, keyboard warriors and the entire nastiness of the web.

Next week – Monday 12th October to Friday 16th October

Next week is WEEK A

Important dates

The Academy will close for the Half Term Holiday on Friday 23rd October.  We re-open again on Monday 2nd November

INSET day Friday 27th November (in last week’s Newsflash we wrongly published 28th November)

Last day of Autumn term is Thursday 17th December 2020.  Pupils return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021

Social media

Remember you can follow us on Twitter @albionacademy or on YouTube ‘TheAlbionAcademySalford

Maths Sparx Superstars

Friday 2nd October 2020

The Albion Family

Today marks the end of Week 5 and we have passed the half way point of this first half term.  In last weeks’ Newsflash I reminded parents about the healthy choices we want our young people to make especially with their choice of drinks.  I am pleased to say that on the whole there has been a significant reduction in the amount of energy drinks being brought into school, from my own personal monitoring in the morning it has been night and day difference. 

I do need to raise the issue of face coverings.  The vast majority of the children in the school wear one and fully support us in trying to reduce any form of virus transmission which we are really proud of.  However, a very small minority of pupils ‘forget’ their mask or lose it throughout the day which increases the risk slightly.  All we ask is that we work together to protect all of us in the school and all of our families.  We have a number of pupils and staff who have underlying health conditions so I believe the right and decent thing to do is to help protect them.  My pupils, your child, and my staff all have families at home some of whom also have health conditions.  We are also trying to protect those people too.

So what am I asking?  I think what I am asking is that we are doing all of this for other people, it is not just for us but all of our families.  We want to reduce the covid infection rate as fast as we can so we can get back to ‘normal’.  Little things, done well over time build up to great outcomes.

Attendance Matters – Every day counts

We think that nationally for all secondary schools whole school attendance is hovering around the 84% mark.  That was certainly the figure reported in a Schools Week article over the past week.  Clearly attendance rates between schools are going to significantly differ and any comparisons between schools or even over time are going to be less than reliable due to the situation with covid19.

At The Albion we will still insist on good punctuality and good attendance patterns, we have already challenged some parents about odd days off here or there such as a Friday or Monday pattern beginning to emerge in a very small fraction of individuals.

What we can see from our school figures is that even though there is a lot of local issues with pupils being sent home due to outbreaks we continue to have better than current national average and we are incredibly grateful for all of your support with this.  Year 9 does though seem to stand out for the wrong reasons compared to the other year groups…work do here perhaps?

Around the subject areas

If you follow the school on social media you might have seen examples of our pupils work.  The aim is to give you as parents and carers an insight into what your child is doing whilst they are in school.

This week we have yet another example from the geography department this time from our Year 7 pupils who have been creating model volcanos and in doing so gaining an in depth understanding of plate tectonics in their creation and formation.  Fun fact few people realise it but the large outcrop that dominates Edinburgh’s skyline is in fact a dormant volcano. First erupting 350 million years ago, ‘Arthur’s Seat’ now offers the best panoramic views of the Scottish capital by far…everyday is a school day.

Virtual Open Evening – Thursday 8th October 5.30pm

We have prepared a ‘virtual tour’ which seems to be what all Secondary Schools are doing now due to the difficulties of having large numbers of people on site all at once.  As well as a filmed tour for those of you who are thinking about your child’s secondary school and who would like to see what we are all about, hear from our current pupils talk about their school.  Get to see lessons in action and hear from staff as well.  There might also be a brief cameo appearance from myself.

We also have an open invite to parents and carers of Year 6 and Year 5 pupils on Thursday evening 5.30pm for a Town Hall style online meeting where I and senior staff will talk you through why we think The Albion Academy is a great school and where you can have an opportunity to ask questions.

I am also doing personal tours after school has finished.  Please note that face coverings must be worn at all times for these particular visits.

Standards

We continue to press ahead with making The Albion Academy the best school it possibly can be and we endeavour to see the best in everyone.  We expect all pupils to arrive on time, in uniform fully equipped and ready to learn, anything less than this and we would be doing our wonderful pupils and you, our supportive parents a disservice.

Unfortunately, at times we have to reinforce these expectations.  All pupils in our building are entitled to disruption free learning, every minute of your child’s lesson is important.  I think you would agree that if a teacher was being prevented from teaching your child, we have to take action and say that any behaviour that prevents learning is simply not acceptable.  What we are not though is draconian in our approach; we plan engaging, thought provoking and stimulating lessons.   We want pupils to discuss their learning, to question what is happening.  However, any behaviours which are simply disruptive, impolite or discourteous will not be tolerated.  We give children a warning and expect them to refocus, but after that we cannot continue to accept learning time being taken away from other children.  That is not fair.  If your child must be removed from lesson it is because they have not engaged or has prevented the teacher from doing their job.  If they are placed into isolation, they are expected to complete an after school detention, same day and a restorative conversation either that day or as soon as is possible.

I would again like to thank all those parents who back us and support us with this, even on those occasions where it has been your own child.  It has been a breath of fresh air coming here and seeing such wonderful support you give my staff to do their job: educate your child.

Headlines in maths sparx homework

7B leading the way with 85% completion – Miss Findley

Well done again to Miss Findley who is still top of the Sparx leaderboard both this week and cumulatively.

Well done this week to Mr Ferdinand who has the highest completion rate for both the optional and the target homework with 7A.

Year 11 – From Mr Wild

We are really impressed with all of you.  Attendance for Period 6 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was well over 97% yet again!  The extra sessions are all about helping you fill those gaps that may have occurred from 20th March through to 17th July, we know some of you worked diligently and equally some of you have been honest with us and admitted that you did very little.  So what we are not doing is feeling sorry for ourselves, what we are doing is cracking on and getting work done so that we are better tomorrow than we were today.

Student Leadership Team

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent the Year 11 student leadership team: Ghazal Yazdani, Josh Earlam, Teni Bello, Madiha Khan, Cody Moran, Mariam Sannoe, Plemas Nanau and Laila Al-Terawi.  The obligatory school socially distanced photo with our new Leadership Team, Mr Wild and Mr Roberts to follow in due course

 

November Mocks

Year 11, there are only 25 school weeks left, just 125 days in school, until your first GCSE exam.  So with that in mind November mocks are scheduled to begin on Monday 30th November. Please use the resource that has been handed to you during Fridays “Careers Flash” that details the 5 habits of an effective learner”.  This resource details a variety of useful revision/learning tips that will help to prepare you for your upcoming assessments.

SMUG AWARD WINNERS

  • 11A Teni Bello
  • 11L Carolina Borta
  • 11B Nzari Swan
  • 11I Sara Saberi-Nav
  • 11O Kieron Horton

Year 11 Rewards/Celebrations

In recognition of the hard work and effort that our year 11 students have put in since the start of term, the following students were picked from a generator in the following areas:

100% Attendance –

Mateusz Kosbial

Anna Fletcher

100%Attendance at P6 –

Daniel Helsby

Zainab Salman

#nothinglessthanyourbest – HOY Award

Angel Presley

Safeguarding

The NSPCC announced this morning that calls/emails to their Domestic Abuse helpline regarding children living with DA has risen significantly to 900 during the April to August period, during the previous 4 months, they had 600 contacts.

To put this into context for us in Salford – during January to June there were 1613 Operation Encompass Notifications.

Weekly There have been an average of 60 Notifications made per week. 

Monthly There have been an average of 269 Notifications each month. 

Children Over the period, the 1613 Notifications relate to 1435 children, the oldest children was 18 and the youngest was 2 weeks old.

Is your child on TikTok?  Are they doing all the new dances and watching other people do strange, amazing, funny, odd and random things?

Do you even know what TikTok is?  https://nationalonlinesafety.com/ has some amazing resources for lots of the modern day online and technological things that young people get into that maybe adults should pay more attention to.

TikTok is an app that is widely available on android and iPhone.  In truth it is everywhere, and it really took off during the lockdown period between March and August with both adults and children the world over.

The infographic at the end of this Newsflash will give you some more detail about some of the concerns about this app, the content of it and some of the dangerous people that have been found using it.

Again, really important with anything where your child is sharing information about themselves across the internet…who are they communicating with?  Is that 13 year child in Chicago really 13?  Are they really in America?  Why is my child even friends with a 13 year old child in America anyway?

As adults alarm bells should be ringing if our children are being secretive with their phones, begin behaving in a strange manner, talk about people you have no idea who they are.  Remember you should know as much about your child’s online habits as you do their home habits.  If you don’t, make that change today.  You are the adult and they are the child.

Next week – 5th October

Next week is WEEK B

Important dates

Virtual Open Evening Thursday 8th October 2020 5.30pm

The Academy will close for the Half Term Holiday on Friday 23rd October.  We reopen again on Monday 2nd November

INSET day Friday 28th November

Last day of Autumn term is Thursday 17th December 2020.  Pupils return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021

Social media

Remember you can follow us on Twitter @albionacademy or on YouTube ‘TheAlbionAcademySalford

Friday 25th September 2020

Staying safe, staying healthy

We are at the end of our 4th week now and have seen and felt the many positives of our Covid safe set up: bubbles, zones, separate breaks and lunch areas, year group toilets. Have all added that extra level of safety.

This week I have been into every Year 11 group to talk about the importance of face coverings, hand washing and generally looking after each other. Next week I plan to visit every other year group to continue the message that by looking after each other we can continue to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

We have seen locally and nationally the great imposition placed upon families when a school has to send home children, a full class or an entire year group. We have been so fortunate that we have yet to be affected unlike our friends and neighbours in other schools. No one that works with children in a school wants to see them at home any longer than is absolutely necessary and I genuinely think that as a big Albion family we are doing well to keep the virus away from the school.

Moving onto being healthy I need to bring to your attention your child’s choice of drinks. Fizzy sugary pop, highly caffeinated energy drinks are not needed in a Secondary school. I think most of us might be able to relate to those times where we may be away on holiday somewhere or out and about and we need to give our little elves a little pick me up. What do we go for? Coke, fizzy orange…generally something we know will give our kids that little bit of a pick me up. Imagine that x10, x20 or even x30. In a classroom and now you need to teach them about the causes of World War 1 or to explain the imagery in An Inspector Calls.

I have consulted with pupils and staff who have reliably told me that they know that energy drinks, sugary coke, orange etc is not allowed in the building. Water still, sparkling or flavoured is fine and all that we need. The World Health Organisation has done extensive research on the dangers of energy drinks, they are simply not allowed in the building. Follow this link to see some research via the NHS. Those parents whose children may have diabetes your protocols for bringing in your recovery fluids are unaffected we know who you are and where it is stored.

Attendance Matters – Every day counts

We are still in the grips of a pandemic so if you are a parent of a child whose year group is flagged in red, we need to view it through the lens of increased concerns over Covid, coughs, colds and the sniffles.


It is always a difficult call to make is your child ill. Are they ill with a cold or flu? Could it be Covid? I think we are getting the balance right, or I certainly hope you feel like we are. I definitely feel that you are really supportive of us and when you call us we listen and talk things through. When we call you the same courtesy is given and quite often we have got “he’s not ill, he stayed up too late, I caught him on his PS4” which I will be honest caused a smile in the office.


We want your child in school as much as possible. Thank you for supporting us by continuing to send your child to school and thank you for working with us when we have those moments when we are just being extra safe.

Week ending 25.09.2020

 

Year

Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

7

95.9

95.9

93

94.3

95

8

88.6

89.1

89

92.4

90.4

9

86.2

84.4

83.6

79.3

82.2

10

89.4

82.1

90.4

88.5

87

11

94

91.4

92.9

89

88.9

Whole school

90.9

88.8

89.8

88.8

88.9

 

Around the subject areas

If you follow the school on social media you might have seen examples of our pupils work. The aim is to give you as parents and carers an insight into what your child is doing whilst they are in school.

This week we have two examples the first is from the geography department. The children in Year 8 have been looking at human geography and specifically looking into population distribution. They then utilised skills learnt in maths to create graphs and plotted how there has been a significant increase over the past hundred or so years.






In English, Year 10 pupils have been working on their poetry comparison pieces ‘The Prelude’ and ‘Storm on the Island’. This involved analysing poetry text, planning the written work with the teacher and then completing a full comparison piece.

Standards

Many thanks to everyone support the academy with our standards around uniform, equipment and all the aspects in relation to being Covid safe.


Unfortunately, some pupils are choosing to be a little awkward about their masks “I think I’ve lost it” is the usual. The pupils were truly excellent only a week ago so this is a polite reminder that those that can wear masks, should wear masks as its about helping slow the spread of the virus so we all benefit.

Year 11 Period 6

Smashing it yet again!


Attendance on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was well over 97% of the pupils that attended school those days and we are so pleased that so many of you are finding the additional support beneficial. It is after all for you and to help you with anything that you might be struggling with, filling those gaps that might have occurred or just consolidating previous knowledge and supporting those interleaving practices that help with long term memory.

Reminder - Homework Timetable – September 2020

This is just another reminder that we have a homework / home learning timetable that your child should be following and should have work set for them to do away from the classroom.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Year 7

Science

Technology

Preforming Arts

English

MFL

Hums

Maths

Year 8

Science

Technology

Preforming Arts

English

MFL

Hums

Maths

Year 9

Science

Technology

Preforming Arts

English

MFL

Hums

Maths

Year 10

Science

Technology

Preforming Arts

English

MFL

Hums

Maths

Year 11

Science

Technology

Preforming Arts

English

MFL

Hums

Maths

 

Year 11 Summer examinations

Year 11, there are only 26 school weeks left, just 130 days in school, until your first GCSE exam. Where is the time going? Do not fear, worry or fret remember that we are here to help you every step of the way. You are not alone.


We cannot stress enough how important it is that you devote a bit of time each day to home study, refreshing what you have done in your lessons in past lessons helps keep those memory pathways fresh.


In the coming weeks Mr Roberts is going to provide you with a little personal revision guide that helps you understand how your brain works when it comes to ‘revising’ and preparing yourself for your mock examinations later in the term. You can get your own copy now by going to this website.

Safeguarding

It has been brought to our attention from some parents that a number of pupils are using apps such as Snap-Chat and in particular WhatsApp in a way that is not particularly nice. 

We cannot stress enough that you should know precisely what your child is doing with their phone. 

I imagine though that you pay the phone bill, you probably bought the phone for their birthday or Christmas, so actually it is your phone.

If you do not know what your child is sending via WhatsApp, Instagram, Snap then I strongly implore you to check what they are doing tonight or this weekend. If you see things that you are not happy with then as a responsible parent it is your duty to safeguard your child in the first instance and step in.

Next week – 28th September

Next week is WEEK A

Important dates

Virtual Open Evening Thursday 8th October 2020


The Academy will close for the Half Term Holiday on Friday 23rd October. We reopen again on Monday 2nd November


INSET day Friday 28th November


Last day of Autumn term is Thursday 17th December 2020. Pupils return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021

Social media

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The Albion Academy Headteacher Newsflash

Friday 18th September 2020

 

Being covid aware.

On the way into work this morning the news was all about the possible stricter restrictions that could be coming our way in the North West. There was also a story about the Test and Trace system not anticipating that there would be a rise in the need for test kits when children started to return to school.

To me it would be quite obvious that as we return to how things were, we would need to prepare as best we can because the virus has not disappeared, it is very much floating about the country and across the world. It is likely to be with us for some considerable time as well.

I would like to thank our parents and carers for working with us sending your child to school with a face covering, providing them with hand sanitizer gel as a back up, although we have loads of the stuff at the moment.

I want to prepare us all for something that might happen, so that it is not a shock and so that you can understand why Headteachers sometimes have to make difficult and unpopular decisions. My son’s school has had to send home two different year groups, his is not affected at the moment but I expect it will be at some point. Sarah, Liam’s mum, can work from home meaning I can continue to come to work if Liam had to not attend. However not all of our staff can do this and have to share the childcare, its this childcare issue which at the moment for lots of school is causing us a real dilemma and sometimes difficulty in putting an adult in front of children.

At some point it is likely to get to the stage where schools will have to have a group or groups at home remote learning whilst others attend because the actual number of staff able to physically be on site is limited. It is so frustrating. We are not at that point yet, but we could be if there was a sudden surge in cases that meant a lot of staff had to be at home.

These are the challenges that all schools are facing right now but we are doing our best for your children and for you.

Attendance Matters – Every day counts

Again, a strange week really considering that around us some other local schools are struggling. We are in the main getting reasonable numbers of children through the door each day but it will be a bit of a rollercoaster ride this year. It is clear that the combination of the covid situation as well as the seasonal bout of colds and flu that begin to appear towards the end of September will have a negative effect on attendance in each year group.

I’d like to thank all those parents and carers who are continuing to support us both in sending pupils to school but also those of you who have actively sought our advice when your child has the sniffles. It is very much about us working together using our common sense and looking after each other.

At some point the impact of covid will come to an end.

Week ending 18.09.2020

 

Year

Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

7

96.2

96.8

98.7

97.8

97.5

8

89.6

90.6

89.6

89.5

86.2

9

89.3

88.2

90.6

88.7

87.5

10

91.9

90.2

90.6

85.6

88.7

11

92.5

93.2

92

93.2

91.2

Whole school

91.9

91.9

92.4

91.1

90.4

 

Open Evening

This year we cannot operate an Open Evening in the same fashion as we would normally do, the Rule of 6 makes it a real challenge in that respect as we would want to showcase our building and curriculum areas.

So instead we are in the process of producing a short film to capture what we do including what some of our pupils want to say about their school.

We are due to go live with an Open Evening Town Hall on Thursday 8th October but I will confirm all the details nearer the time.

Year 11 Period 6

What amazing attendance, commitment and participation from a wonderful group of young people. Science was on Monday, Maths was on Tuesday and then we finished off with English on Wednesday I don’t think attendance dropped below 97% on any day totally blowing away what the Year 11’s last year achieved.

These sessions focus on lots of the skills needed to get those higher marks and higher grades, there is opportunity to revisit topic areas as well as develop mastery appreciation of concepts

We really are so proud of the great start your children are making.

 

Homework Timetable – September 2020

 

Subjects will set homework on the proposed dates and give student a reasonable time to complete homework. There are a number of subjects that are using online platforms to set homework such as Hegarty maths, Seneca or GCSE Pod.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Year 7

Science

Technology

Preforming Arts

English

MFL

Hums

Maths

Year 8

Science

Technology

Preforming Arts

English

MFL

Hums

Maths

Year 9

Science

Technology

Preforming Arts

English

MFL

Hums

Maths

Year 10

Science

Technology

Preforming Arts

English

MFL

Hums

Maths

Year 11

Science

Technology

Preforming Arts

English

MFL

Hums

Maths

 

Year 11 Summer examinations

Year 11, there are only 27 school weeks left, just 135 days in school, until your first GCSE exam. Remember the route to GCSE success is a marathon and not a sprint.

Your GCSE grades will depend on your hard work and commitment throughout the year and not last minute revision the week or night before an exam.

By now you should all have an idea what you may want to do when you leave The Albion at the end of this academic year. It is important, however, that you get as much information as you can about the different colleges you can apply to and the courses and qualifications on offer.

Try and get along to as many ‘Virtual’ Open Days or Events as you can over this term so that you are really well informed and can make the right choices for your future.

Safeguarding

If you are worried about a child or have concerns about something that does not seem right contacting the NSPCC can be the first step to helping resolve a difficult situation.

The website is https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ and they can be contacted on via email help@nspcc.org.uk or telephone 0808 800 5000

They also have some fantastic resources and information about the online world https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ where it deals with real life issues of sexting and sending nudes, simply talking to your child about the internet and apps as well as more challenging topics such as inappropriate or explicit content.

 

Next week – 21st September

Next week is WEEK B

Important dates

The Academy will close for the Half Term Holiday on Friday 23rd October. We reopen again on Monday 2nd November

INSET day Friday 28th November

Last day of Autumn term is Thursday 17th December 2020. Pupils return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021

 

Remember you can follow us on Twiiter @albionacademy

The Albion Academy Headteacher Newsflash

Friday 11th September 2020

 

Time is starting to fly already.

 

We now have all of our pupils back in the building, inductions have been completed on the new ways in which we have to operate, lessons are back in full swing and it has been wonderful to see children learning again after several months away.

Attendance Matters – Every day counts

Attendance this week considering that there has been a bit of a spike across Greater Manchester with suspected and confirmed cases of covid19 has been really impressive. It is so important that we maintain our strict rules on pupil bubbles, personal hygiene and monitoring for any symptom of the virus so that we can keep children learning in the building for as long as possible. Every day with your child is a blessing.

As you can see from the chart below, Year 7 have had an excellent week. Other year groups are struggling to attend as regularly at the moment.

Week ending 11.09.2020

 

Year

Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

7

97.2

98.1

99.4

98.8

98.1

8

94.2

93.7

94.9

94.1

92.8

9

 

 

98.6

92.2

91.4

10

 

91.4

88.4

93.7

92.8

11

94.3

90.5

93.2

93.8

87.9

Whole school

94.9

93.7

95.1

94.6

92.8

 

Standards and expectations

Last week I spoke about maintaining high standards, being consistent and needing parental support when tackling things that do not meet our expectation.Of course, children are going to make mistakes that is normal.But that being said, each Year group has had a very clear assembly from me about being polite.We cannot tolerate any form of behaviour that will disrupt the learning of others, that is not fair nor is walking away from adults as it may compromise our bubbles.

Unfortunately, a very tiny percentage of children have found out the hard way that when I or my staff ask something and it is completely ignored, or blatantly disregarded there are consequences that will happen, and these will not change even if there is a tantrum.

We understand that being out of school for a period of time and returning will be strange at first, but we are back now, and we have no time to lose. Simply put every minute in lesson is precious

 

Year 11 Period 6

From Monday 14th September your Year 11 child will receive their Period 6 session timetable. Last year we found that this additional learning time with a familiar adult allowed the pupils to reinforce their learning from across the week and gain new, deeper knowledge.

The more time we can have with your child the better. The sessions are specifically designed to help support all the pupils and give them opportunities for extended learning that they just would not get if they did not have the structured environment that we can provide.

The summer exam season will soon be upon us so now is the absolute right time to put everything in place that we can to make sure your child achieves their personal best.

 

Social Media

Unfortunately some schools both in the local area and across the country have had to send pupils home for 14 days due to confirmed cases of coronavirus in their bubbles. It was always going to happen and is highly likely to continue happening for some time.

As of writing this Newsflash we have yet to have a confirmed case but let’s be totally honest and realistic it is just a matter of time before we also have to deal with the impact that the virus is bringing to our community. When we do get the call, we feel that we are ready to deal with it via our Remote Learning Plan, your child this week has been through how to log onto our online learning platform and should we have to ask you to isolate your child at home we can swiftly move to blended learning.

Obviously we are shown messages that might fly about Facebook, if we had a confirmed case of covid then we would have to inform all those affected. Public Health England would contact me, I would discuss with them the details of the case identifying year group, classes that could be impacted and then they would inform me from a public health aspect what course of action to take.

I really do need all parents to know that we are very much guided and directed by experts. If there was an outbreak, we have to follow the guidance set out but as of this morning we have been fortunate enough to be able to keep all of our children learning in the building.

So lets all remember… Hands, face, space.

 

Safeguarding

The UK Safer Internet Centre has some great resources available for parents to understand what your child might be doing whilst they are online.

Apps like TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter all come with an inherent risk – Who is my child talking to?

Do you know all the people that send DM’s (direct messages) to your child? Do you know all the people your child is friends with? If you do not, why not? Maybe this weekend is an ideal time to look at the phone you probably bought and go through what they do with the phones data that you probably pay for.

This link will take you to UK Safer Internet Centre’s ‘Helping young people get back to school ready’ page https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/helping-young-people-get-back-school-ready-bbc-own-it . The Team at BBC Own it have created a range of content to help young people return to learning, this includes videos from celebrities as well as an app to provide on the go help and guidance to your child’s device. In this blog we take a closer look at some of the content on Own It, and the ways you can use the app with your children.

 

Next week – 14th September

Next week is WEEK A

 

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The Albion Academy Headteacher Newsflash

Friday 4th September 2020

 

Welcome back!

 

The start of the new year could not have been better given the national return under the new Covid rules. On Thursday we welcomed back into school Years 7 and 11. To add into the strange Covid situation if you are not already aware, we have made massive improvements with our GCSEs compared to any other year which we will share with you all at a later date. So, it is very much reasons to celebrate past successes whilst looking forward to making sure that our children are safe, ready to learn, respectful to everyone in the building and continue to make progress.

Attendance Matters – Every day counts

As we return to a more normal way of living and learning each week I will share with you how the year groups attend. Obviously this year attendance can and probably will fluctuate unexpectedly. However, that being said every single day counts and every single day is important. We want your child to attend as regularly as possible.

Week ending 04.09.2020

 

Year

Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

7

 

 

 

96.2

96.5

8

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

90.2

90.1

Whole school

 

 

 

93.5

93.6

 

Standards and expectations

There can be occasions when students and parents feel that we are inflexible on issues such as uniform, behaviour or our expectations and that our insistence on the highest of standards at all times can, in some circumstances, be unreasonable. For instance, a parent may feel that a student who normally wears perfect uniform has been treated unfairly if they are given a sanction on the first occasion that they are not wearing the correct footwear, especially if, in their view, the situation was unavoidable. Similarly, a student will be given a sanction and asked to remove jewellery or make-up if they are wearing it.

Consistency

Maintaining high standards can be very difficult and, working in a school, you soon realise that the key to success, and the absolute cornerstone of all good schools, is an absolute consistency in applying your rules and expectations. If one student is allowed to walk around in trainers today, then there will be two tomorrow and five the day after. The following week, someone will come without their blazer or tie. The same applies to make-up, jewellery, chewing gum, handing in homework, punctuality and all the other routines and expectations of school life. Routines, procedures and protocols that you work hard to establish can be very easily lost.

Parental support

Whilst I sometimes understand parental frustrations at what they see as relatively ‘minor’ issues or transgressions of the school rules, it is important to understand that, with 756 young people in the building, you cannot allow one of them to ignore or disregard the rules and expect the other 755 not to follow suit. Children do, naturally, push the boundaries, that is part of growing up, and if you allow the little things to slip then other things will follow. Most parents, if you ask them, would say that they want their children to go to a ‘strict’ and well-ordered school. Supporting the school on the small detail as well as the bigger issues is important in establishing and maintaining that disciplined and purposeful learning environment.

Keeping up to date

In order that messages of general news, notifications or changes to policy are communicated and shared, we try to ensure that via this Newsflash we maintain good channels of communication and information is passed on.  We also try to keep our website and Twitter feeds as up to date as is humanly possible.  With regards to uniform, we began communicating expectations as far back as July with updates about wording related to what is and is not acceptable footwear, this was via the letter at the end of the academic year.

Every year seems to raise the same September problem which is often about footwear brands that fall into a grey area of; “Are they a shoe or are they not a shoe?”.  In truth it is a minefield, but the advice given in my letter prior to the end of the year was to not purchase them, buy something that looks like the acceptable footwear description.  On the 17th July we posted several images of boys and girls’ footwear within our end of term letter to parents. We will continue to maintain high standards around our school uniform because we are really proud of how smart our pupils look.

A managed return

Thursday and Friday saw the managed return of Year 7 and Year 11 into the building and we are so happy to have your child back into our building.

On Monday we welcome back Year 8 who will have the orientation assembly and then begin their learning.

We ask that pupils have with them their equipment, full uniform, mask, tissues and a suitable hand sanitizer that works for your child’s skin type. Regarding mask and hand sanitizers it really is about social responsibility for us all; we all have families and some of our family members have recently come out of shielding. We appreciate that wearing a mask is not usual in the UK, but these are unusual times at the moment and the more we can do to look after each other, the quicker we can come out the other end of the Covid19 situation.

Tuesday Year 10 return and Wednesday Year 9 return meaning by Wednesday morning we will have all pupils back on-site learning.