As part of our ASPIRE program, we have invited Trust House Lincolnshire to deliver a workshop with SRPA Year 12 students on consent. Students will be together in the main hall from 9:00 to 11:00 on 13 July 2017.
The aims of this workshop are to:
Provide an understanding of issues surrounding consent
Understand the parameters of sexual abuse / violence
Help keep young people safe and aware of their own boundaries
Provide an understanding of the legalities surrounding consent and rape (including sexting)
Provide information on where to access support
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Mrs R Gilbert
Acting KS5 Leader
Head of Business, Economics & Travel
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy
Please find below the outline for the main trips and educational visits that are planned this year and the approximate parental voluntary contribution. As with all trips where there are costs, the final cost will depend upon a number of factors including the number of students attending. The * is to indicate which year group the trip will involve, it does not mean however that all the students in that year will be attending the trip or visit as it is subject and group dependent. The member of staff named is the contact should you wish to discuss the trip with them or to see if your child is eligible for the trip/visit.
Mr N Honey
At the end of our first full week back I would like to formally welcome all students and staff to the new 2016-2017 academic year. I hope you all had a very enjoyable summer and are ready for the year ahead.
I would particularly like to welcome the new Year 7s and Year 12s at the start of the next chapter of their learning journey and hope you will enjoy your time at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, and make the most of the opportunities offered to you. I would also like to welcome new students starting in other years. We also welcome new staff joining us this year who include:
Mr Burnell in Maths
Mrs Smith in Geography
Miss Hodgson in Geography
Mr Prime in Geography
Mr Hardesty new Head of Design and Technology
Mr Jelley in PE
Miss Wells in Maths
We wish all our students and staff every success in the year ahead.
We had huge success in our summer examinations and we are extremely proud of all students’ achievements. We had impressive English results with 93% achieving A*-C, 94% in single sciences, 79% A*-C in maths, 100% in RE with 60% of students achieving A*-A and many other subjects improved on their performance this year. Our performance at GCSE was matched by our performance at A level with a 99% pass rate and 45% achieving A*-B grades. Students who applied to Universities have all been successful and we wish them all the best alongside other students who are starting employment.
The Academy continues to strive for further improvement and this year we have four key priorities:
• To improve student outcomes
• To continue the improvement of leadership at all levels across the academy
• To continue to drive improvements in core communication skills across the school
• To sustain student safety/behaviour and improve attendance
Further detail on these priorities can be found on the parent portal.
Last year we raised £7,700 for our library refurbishment and over the summer the new location has been selected and the furnishing plan has been decided. We are aiming to complete our refurbishment in October half term. Thank you for your support in us achieving this goal and provide a space where we can encourage students to read.
We have started this year with a celebration and yesterday evening we held our Work Skills Awards Evening. It was a most enjoyable evening with employers, parents and students recognising the range of skills we develop in our students. Further details will be in our newsletter later this half term.
I am excited about the year ahead and look forward to reporting more on the Academy’s achievements in the future.
Mrs H Renard
Request for Absence in Term Time – Information for Parents
As you are aware school attendance is a big drive in the government’s agenda for schools. The latest changes in what is deemed as Persistent Absence (PA) has meant that now schools are required to take action for any student with less than 90% attendance, previously 85%. The Academy has set itself an attendance target of a minimum of 96% and would welcome your support in achieving this target.
If a student falls below 96% their attendance record will be reviewed. If they fall below 90% attendance then they will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer for further investigation and if necessary legal proceedings including a fine. The legal proceedings will be carried out by the local authority and the fine is paid to the local authority.
Under current government legislation, the academy is unable to allow absence in term for the purpose of a holiday under any circumstances. The regulations do allow the academy to continue to authorise absence in “exceptional circumstances”. These exceptional circumstances are very limited and are on an individual basis. The academy has the right to ask for supporting evidence to any claim of exceptional circumstances.
To further assist, some examples of the grounds to which an absence would normally be authorised include sickness/illness, emergency hospital scheduled appointments /treatment, (parents are requested to make to make routine appointments outside school hours), day/s for specific religious observance and when the academy is closed due to unforeseen circumstances.
The academy can only make judgements on whether to authorise or unauthorise absence based upon the information supplied to us. We would therefore request that as much information as possible is included on the leave of absence form. The form is available from the academy website (http://www.srpa.co.uk/for-parents/parental-information-and-news/) or from your child’s personal tutor and should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to absence.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss any future leave of absence request.
Mr N Honey
Deputy Head Teacher
The DfE has changed the Persistent Absence (PA) rate to a threshold of 10% from September 2015. This means any student under 90% is considered a Persistent Absentee and measures will be addressed accordingly.
The table below shows the impact of absence sessions by term for PA pupils. (A session is either morning or afternoon.)
Terms PA at 15% PA at 10%
Half term 1 10 or more sessions (5 days) 7 or more sessions (3½ days)
Half term 1 & 2 (Autumn term) 22 or more sessions (11 days) 14 or more sessions (7 days)
Half term 1-3 30 or more sessions (15 days) 20 or more sessions(10 days)
Half term 1-4 (Autumn and Spring term) 38 or more sessions(19 days) 25 or more sessions (12½ days)
Half term 1-5 46 or more sessions (23 days) 31 or more sessions (15½ days)
Half term 1-6 (full academic year) 56 or more sessions (28 days) 38 or more sessions (19 days)
From 1 September 2015, the Government has reduced the Persistent Absence Threshold from 15% to 10%. This will now class a student with attendance below 90% as a persistent absentee, compared with the previous figure of 85%, regardless of whether the academy has authorised or unauthorised the absence. This equates to 38 sessions or 19 days of absence across the year.
Schools, including academy’s, are no longer judged solely on their overall attendance figures but also on the number of students who fall into the persistent absence category.
Regular attendance is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable students to fulfil their potential. The attendance pattern for all students is monitored weekly with the academy seeking to work actively with parents to ensure that regular attendance is maintained. The Department for Education has published data on their website that clearly shows the link between attendance and attainment. This highlights the fact that there will be an impact on your child’s education and exam results if attendance is not consistently above 95% throughout their schooling.
Minor ailments, such as a headache or slight cold, are not acceptable reasons for failing to attend the academy. Repeated absences may require the academy to request that you obtain medical evidence from your doctor’s surgery or local pharmacy as recommended by the Government.
I would also like to remind you that the law does not give any entitlement to parents to remove their child from the academy during term-time for the purpose of a holiday. Head teachers may only grant leave of absence where an application has been made in advance and the Head teacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. Details on what constitutes exceptional circumstances will be sent out shortly.
We are confident that you will be keen to work with us to ensure that your child meets the new threshold requirements since it is clear that this will have a positive effect on their learning.
Thanking you in advance for your support.
Deputy Head teacher
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