Letter from the Headteacher - Back With A Bang
Dear Parents and Carers
This week has been like a tale of two cities at The Ilfracombe Academy. As this letter shows, the vast majority of our students are embracing the opportunities the Academy has on offer – both academic and extra-curricular. We have been exceptionally impressed with those Year 11 students that attended the period 6 revision sessions this week. The staff have been really complimentary about their hard work and dedication. We would like to see every student take up the opportunity and this is a great start.
However, we are saddened that a small minority of our students are letting themselves down and not upholding our school values. We know that some students face more challenges than others and we pride ourselves, and are recognised for, the pastoral support we provide for our students, it is totally unacceptable for their more extreme behaviours to continue. These behaviours are being addressed and we will not allow the attitudes of the few to have a negative impact on the learning of the majority.
This year Mr Cronin (DHT Student & Family Support) will be leading a full review and consultation of the school’s behaviour for learning policies. We will be welcoming opinions from students, their parents/carers and staff in ensuring that behaviour for learning in our school remains excellent.
Below are a few points that I would like to make Parents/Carers aware of in readiness for our return on Monday 1st November.
Reminder The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - Extra Non-Pupil Day – 4th January 2022
Devon County Council have confirmed that as the extra bank holiday falls within schools’ May half term Holiday, schools must allocate another non-pupil day. The decision has been made to extend this year’s Christmas holiday by one day.
School Poetry Competition
The English department were delighted with the entries from last half term’s poetry competition. There are clearly some very talented and creative poets here at the Academy. Please see below for our winning entries. Congratulations to you all!
1st – Joseph S 7SLA
2nd – Sophie N 10GBA
3rd – Maya C 7SLA
Honourable mention: Joe A 7SLA
The school will be running remote remembrance assemblies the week beginning 8th November.
Children in Need
Mrs Hill and her student team have been working hard to prepare fundraising raising activities that will take place the week beginning 8th November. There will be a Non-Uniform Day on Friday 12th November which will be followed by Children in Need assemblies the week beginning 15th November.
Year 8 Remote Parents Evening – Monday 8th November
The Year 8 parents evening will be held remotely on Monday 8th November between 4.30 and 7.00pm
On Tuesday evening, the Year 8 students took part in their first netball match night of the year. The students gained experience playing in highly competitive matches and performed extremely well, showing our school values of respect, courage and resilience. They improved with each match and were a real credit to the school. Well done girls!
Amelie, ‘star player’ of our first match said, ‘the netball club has been an amazing opportunity and is always great fun. It has helped us to develop our netball knowledge ready for matches against other schools. Playing other teams showed us what to expect in the netball league and helped us learn new skills which we can now practise in our club sessions.’
It has been fantastic to see so many Year 8 girls attending netball club this year. The club is always fun and the effort and hard work, which all the students put in to training sessions, has been great to see! A big thank you must go to netball player and Sixth Form student, Lucy, who helps with training every week and is a great role model the younger students! The club is on Wednesday evenings after school - all are welcome.
Girls PE clubs are on:
Tuesdays – Girls Games
Wednesday - Netball
Thursday – Volleyball
Year 7 - Ilfracombe maintained their winning streak as they put in a battling performance to beat Pilton 3-1. Year Seven have now won all three of their school league matches so far this season, which in turn leaves them top of their league and through to the semi-final knockout round of North Devon School football.
Year 8 - beat Pilton 3 – 1 This was a great end to their season.
Year 9 – beat Pilton 2 – 1 Qualified for the semi-final.
Year 10 – beat Pilton - Qualified for the Semi-Final.
Year 11 – Qualified for the Final.
Reminder Year 11 Period 6 Mock Exam Support
Revision Sessions between 3.25 and 4.25pm next week are:
· Monday – History
· Tuesday – Chemistry
· Wednesday – Maths Non-Calculator
· Thursday – Physics
The period 6 bus routes will be as follows:
Bus Route and approximate drop off time
1 Bus Berrynarbor (4.40pm), Combe Martin (4.50pm) and Lynton (5.00 to 5.15pm)
2 Bus Mortehoe (4.50pm), Woolacombe (5.00pm)
3 Bus/Taxi - For students that live in smaller communities we look to get them home either in school transport, another bus or in a taxi (5.00pm)
If you have any questions about the Period 6 sessions, please direct them towards Mrs Tilley (Head of Year 11) via her email address below.
Measures that help to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19; please speak with your child to support these measures at school.
Ensure LFD tests are taken twice weekly; we advise Sunday and Wednesday evenings, please report results to school
Please also make sure that a phone call is made to the school reception (01271 863427) for any positive cases.
Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. Clean surfaces often, paying particular attention to surfaces touched often (e.g. light switches or electronic devices)
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissues into a rubbish bag immediately and wash your hands
Wear a face covering in indoor, out of classroom, communal spaces at school and on public transport
Keep indoor spaces as well ventilated as possible – let the fresh air in, even if for a short period a day
Link to Covid 19 guidance is available here - What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Public Health England has updated its parental guidance. Please see this link: COVID-19 vaccination programme for young people: guidance for parents - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The guidance offers with answers to some frequently asked questions and includes NHS leaflets which explain the vaccine, including how it works and what to expect after having the vaccine. Accessible versions and translations are also available.
I hope our students and their parents/carers have a lovely weekend and keep safe over the Guy Fawkes weekend.