Academy Principal’s blog

November 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

Term 2 is now in full swing, with students working hard in lessons and taking advantage of the excellent range of extra-curricular opportunities available to them. Full details can be found here – https://www.sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk/students/clubs

On Monday, the academy fell silent at 11am to mark Armistice Day. Students across the school watched a special live broadcast in tutor time, and a service of remembrance was held in the memorial garden: the respect demonstrated by students across the academy was exemplary. Pictures of the service can be found here – https://twitter.com/SharnbrookAca/status/1194558526766669824?s=20

The last two weeks has seen trips out for Geography fieldwork in Dorset, art galleries in London and RPE visits to St Paul’s Cathedral, amongst others. A bus load of excited students have also started a course of skiing & snowboarding lessons in Milton Keynes! I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank and acknowledge the hard work and commitment of Academy staff, who give so generously of their time and without whom these opportunities for our young people would just not be possible.

Please may I remind parents and carers that Y13 subject consultations are coming up on Thursday 28th November – please book appointments as soon as possible. It was fantastic to see so many parents in attendance for our Y11 academic tutorials yesterday. The relationship between home and school is absolutely invaluable, and it was a fantastic opportunity for students to set themselves targets and goals, with the support of both parents and tutors. Further to tutorials, there will be a short presentation for the parents of Y11 students on Monday 25th November from 6-7pm in the main hall, delivered by myself and Mrs Benson, Progress Leader for Y11. The session is designed to provide guidance, support and practical advice for parents to better support your children through their GCSEs. Please register your attendance via Eventbrite https://year11gcse2019.eventbrite.co.uk

May I remind parents that as part of our drive to raise standards even further and ensure that students are always prepared for excellence, we now have a required equipment list. Most students have adapted well to this change and are arriving to lessons ready to learn; however, there are still a few students who are ill prepared for learning. Any student without the following equipment, contained in a pencil case, will receive a consequence: 2 black pens, pencil, pencil sharpener, rubber, ruler and a scientific calculator (recommended: a Casio fx-85GTX). Students in Y7 and Y8 should also have a planner/homework diary and an ERIC book; although, we recommend that students in all years carry a reading book with them. Thank you for your continued support with this change.

As the weather turns colder, it is timely to remind both students and parents that blazers should be worn at all times. Plain black, V-neck jumpers are permitted to be worn under a blazer during the colder weather. Hoodies and sports tops are not permitted to be worn; they are not a substitute for a coat and if worn in school, will be confiscated until the end of the day. Equally, school shoes must be worn at all times; trainers are not acceptable. Boots are permitted; however, any boots should be of ankle height only, worn under trousers and not worn with a school skirt. Your support with uniform is, as always, appreciated.

Please remember that you can find real time updates of academy life by following our Twitter feed.

Information about the progress and attitude of your child can also be checked daily using our Go for Schools platform; details for logging on can be found here

At Sharnbrook, academic success goes hand in hand with enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities. With that in mind, tickets are now on sale for our Christmas drama production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and can be purchased through Eventbrite here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-christmas-carol-tickets-80223997135. Book early to avoid disappointment for what promises to be a fantastic show! Tickets are also on sale for our Winter Dance Showcase and again can be purchased through Eventbrite here - https://dancewintersa.eventbrite.co.uk

I look forward to updating you again later in the term with more stories of Sharnbrook success! Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Clare Raku
Academy Principal

October 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been an excellent start to the academic year, with most students having now settled well into their new classes and working very hard on their studies.

It was a pleasure to meet parents of Year 11 students at Thursday’s Sixth Form Open Evening, and there was such a positive ‘buzz’ about all of the fantastic opportunities that Sixth Form has to offer our students for the next stage of their education. We anticipate receiving a high volume of applications, and would encourage all Year 11 students to speak to their form tutor about next steps.

May I remind parents that as part of our drive to raise standards even further and ensure that students are always prepared for excellence, after half term, the ‘recommended equipment list’ will become a required equipment list. Any student without the following equipment, contained in a pencil case, will receive a consequence: 2 black pens, pencil, pencil sharpener, rubber, ruler and a scientific calculator (recommended: a Casio fx-85GTX). Students in Y7 and Y8 should also have a planner/homework diary and an ERIC book; although, we recommend that students in all years carry a reading book with them. Thank you in advance of your support with this change.

We are already looking forward to Term 2 – the calendar is full of opportunities for our students including visiting speakers, trips and productions! We welcome all students back to the academy on Tuesday 29th October.

Wishing you a restful half term.

Yours faithfully

Clare Raku