Important Calendar Changes

We have made a couple of changes to our calendar and academic planner that parents/carers and students should be aware of.

Please note there have been a couple of changes to the calendar which means students will now return to the academy, following the Summer holiday, on Wednesday 6th September 2017 and following the Christmas holiday, they will return to the academy on Monday 8th January 2018.

Thank you for your continued support.


Please visit our Academic Planner for 2017/18 to see these changes.

Revision and Exam Information

Important information for Students and Parents/Carers of students who are taking their examinations.

Parent Letter – Exam Preparation (May 2017)

GCSE examinations can be a worrying prospect for students and they will be under a great deal of pressure with coursework deadlines and examination preparation. Parents/Carers may find it difficult to support their children through this time. This page includes information from subjects and possible strategies and information that may help you with this support.

Please ensure that you:

  • Ensure that your child attends school regularly and on time
  • Talk to your child about their learning, work they have to do and deadlines
  • Contact your child’s tutor if you have any questions or concerns
  • Attend Parents’ evening
  • Check the examination timetable and ensure they understands when their exams take place

Practical Support that you can offer:

  • Provide your child with a quiet place to study
  • Make sure they take regular breaks
  • Ensure that they eat healthy food and drink plenty of water
  • Test your child on the work they have been revising or encourage older siblings to test them
  • Ensure that they go to bed at a reasonable time and get enough sleep
  • Ensure that they revise thoroughly for both the mock and final examinations

Timetables

Summer Exam Timetable (2017)

Year 10 End of Year Exams Timetable

KS3 End of Year Exams Timetable

Year 11 Subject Info (Booklet)


Useful Links

Online Revision Planners:

Dealing with Exam Stress:

Parents’ Guide:

Year 11 Study Leave

Having reviewed the provision for Year 11 examinations, we have decided that students will begin their study leave on Monday 5th June 2017. This will allow them the opportunity to work independently in preparation for their examinations. For any subjects where the examination hasn’t taken place, our expectation is that students should still attend lessons.

Any student who wishes to revise in school will be welcome to do so, either in the lessons that they are timetabled to attend or in the Study Zone. We hope that this will allow all students to prepare for their examinations in the best possible way.

For morning examinations, students should be in school at 8.00am for revision. For afternoon examinations, they should be in school at 12.45pm for revision.

NHS Young People’s Open Day

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is holding its eighth Young People’s Open Day on Tuesday 27th June 2017 between 10am and 3pm.

The Open Day will take place at the Nowgen Centre, Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9WU (located on the Central Manchester University Hospitals site) and people are welcome to drop in any time between 10am and 3pm.

As well as stands covering NHS careers ranging from Nursing and Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Cancer Care, Medical Photography, Medical Engineering, IT and many more, there will also be brand new stands for 2017. These include Children & Young People’s Nursing Education, Radiology, Cardiac Physiology, Vascular and Urgent Care Medicine.

Popular interactive sessions this year include learning how to do CPR (basic resuscitation), accident prevention, using microscopes to identify cells, finding out more about diseases of the circulation, including veins and arteries and learning ways to beat the bugs that cause infections. You can also participate in the popular activities provided by their orthopaedic plastering team!

There will be plenty of information and advice about looking after mental and emotional health, dental and eye care and healthy eating, as well as finding out about how to become a volunteer in hospitals and/or join their Youth Forum.


For all of the details please download their flyer

Terrorist Attack in Manchester

The appalling attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday 22 May 2017 is currently being treated as a suspected terrorist incident. All our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones or have been injured or traumatised.

The police, hospitals, Council and emergency services are doing all they can to support them. As a City we will remain strong and it is more important than ever that our communities continue to support each other.

Our school leadership team will continue to ensure the safety of our children and security of our school buildings, and will remain vigilant at all times.

We appreciate these terrible events will be distressing for your children and the school community. We will remain open as usual and we appreciate your support in keeping the day as calm and normal as possible for the children. We have access to Educational Psychology Services should anybody require this.

There is an increased number of police, including armed patrols out in communities following yesterday’s incident. These are general patrols aimed at providing community reassurance and there is no need to be alarmed.

There is no intelligence relating to a threat to schools and GMP are not advising any schools to close.


Emergency Contact Details

Emergency numbers have been established for anyone who is concerned for loved ones who may not have returned home: 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.

Anyone with any information that could assist the police with their investigations should contact either Greater Manchester Police on 101, or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

Images or footage of the attack can be uploaded at: ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk


As we receive further information from the City Council or GMP, we will update parents/carers via our website.


Parent Letter – Manchester Arena (May 2017)

ParentPay

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From September 2017 payments will only be accepted online via the ParentPay website or by cash at a PayPoint at local retailers* therefore cash will no longer be accepted in school for these items.

Paying online gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your money reaches school safely.

*Many high street shops and local retailers now have a PayPoint facility on the premises where you can also add funds to your account.


ParentPay is an online payment service used by our school. It allows parents/carers to make safe and secure online payments for things like dinner money and school trips. Please follow the link above to access ParentPay and login to your account.


How to use ParentPay

Step 1 – Have your activation letter ready, once received
Step 2 – Login to www.parentpay.com
(a link to ParentPay can be always be found on this page under ‘Parents’ on the main menu)
Step 3 – Follow instructions to activate your account
Step 4 – Select ‘Pay for items’

You can find more useful guidance and answers to many questions on the Parent FAQs page of the ParentPay website.

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Foster Care Fortnight 2017

This year Foster Care Fortnight will be taking place from Monday 8th to Sunday 21st May 2017.

Foster Care Fortnight is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. It is also the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign.

9,070 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months and matching the national picture, Manchester City Council’s greatest need is for teenagers, siblings groups, children with a disability or additional unique needs.

There will be a whole host of activity throughout the two weeks with a mixture of local events in community hubs, outdoor media and social media activity, and events with partner agencies in the North West and their fostering Ambassadors.

Throughout the fortnight the Council’s website and Social Media accounts will be promoting various events, activities, and what the team is getting up to.

You can find out more about fostering and Foster Care Fortnight on The Fostering Network website.

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Students Pitch Budget Plans to Her Majesty’s Treasury

The Careers Department took six Year 11 students to London during the 2017 Easter holidays as part of an ongoing mentoring scheme with Civil Service employees.

The scheme aims to support the students in their future career choices and to achieve as well as they can in their GCSEs. The students had the chance to work in teams to look at the country’s budget and look at how they could save us £20 billion! They then had to present their ideas to a senior treasury official in a very formal environment next door to Phillip Hammond’s office (Chancellor of the Exchequer).

The lead mentor also organised a tour of the Houses of Parliament, a visit to their DEFRA offices in Central London and a visit to the Treasury. The students were an absolute credit to the school and learned a lot from the experience. Hafsa (Year 11) said of the event:

“The mentoring scheme has given us a good insight into the wide range of opportunities available in the Civil Service. The treasury visit allowed us to learn about managing budgets and present our case to the officials. It made me more confident to express my opinion and develop my presentation skills. The trip to London was the best trip I’ve been on with school!”

Travis and Milosz (Year 11) added:

“I loved meeting with the treasury officials and it gave me so much confidence in arguing my case about how to run the country’s budget! The trip was amazing and so much fun.”

Ashly, Shinghai and Dorcas (Year 11) concluded:

“Meeting the treasury and looking at the country’s budget made us see things differently about how the money is spent. Having very little time to think before presenting our case was a challenge but it made us feel confident when we found that we could do it! We loved the trip and the mentoring scheme has really supported us.”

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Our student mentees pictured in front of the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), outside the Palace of Westminster

Sports Council Celebration

A huge congratulations to all of the students who have been specially selected to form our new Sports Council.

The Sports Council will play an active role in supporting the PE Department by contributing to sporting events and encouraging a healthy lifestyle within the school, through their new ambassadorial role.

Mrs Charlesworth (Assistant Area Leader for PE) said:

“The PE Department are looking forward to seeing our new Sports Council implement their exciting ideas to help improve the school, well done!”

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Our student Sports Council pictured with the PE Department

Year 9 Options Booklets 2017

Take a look at our Options Booklets for 2017 to see what choices are available to current Year 9 students.

Download our Options Booklets, which are all about choosing the subjects that you will be studying going in to Key Stage 4.

Please note that our Options Booklets may be periodically updated, so please check this frequently around Options Evening.

You will be working towards examinations from which important decisions will be made about your future. This booklet will help you make the best possible start by choosing your examination courses carefully.

Options Booklet 2017 (W Band)

Options Booklet 2017 (Z,X,Y Band)


Forms

W Band, X Band, Y Band, Z Band