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Weekly newsletter- week ending Friday 1st March 2019.

Dear Parents

Thank you to the Year 9 parents and students who attended Parents Evening at which we also shared the Options offer for their children.  An electronic version of the information will be sent out shortly and the deadline for option choices is Friday 15th March 2019.  Continuing with Year 9 I can report a very successful and informative trip to the WWI Battlefield sites in Belgium.  Miss Swann led the visit with students laying a wreath and crosses of remembrance at the Tyne Cot Cemetery to honour the five men lost from Bottesford and Muston, visits to several memorial sites and the preserved trenches and museums in the area.  The trip culminated in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Bridge with all students displaying the utmost respect alongside the two hundred or so visitors who gather every day at 8.00pm to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 

I am also delighted to share with you some further individual successes as students from this academy have competed in the Lincolnshire County Championships Swimming events.  Callum Melville swam in 15 events achieving 14 Gold and 1 Silver medal, James Dobney swam in 14 events achieving 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals and Chloe Daybell achieved 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal.   In addition, all three have achieved East Midlands qualification times which will allow them to swim at the next level in some of their future events.   The dedication shown by these students is to be commended and I’m sure Mrs Mapletoft who is leading our Peacock Pride initiative in the academy will be keen to ensure these students are recognised as part of the rewards process. 

GCSE support sessions have started both at lunchtimes and after school.  There are just 40 teaching days left until the first written GCSE paper is timetabled so please encourage your child to take advantage of all the support that is on offer to ensure they are fully prepared for the summer examination series. 

On Thursday next week we celebrate World Book Day – this will coincide with Year 10 Parents Evening.

Finally, we have been made aware that there has been a recent unwelcome upsurge in interest around the “momo challenge”.  Some of our younger year groups have found this both frightening and confusing.  I do not want to perpetuate this by including links to the articles themselves but have included a link to the Kidscape and NSPCC website where you can find out information about how to support your child with their social media online safety.  Can I reassure parents that students are unable to access their social media via the academy ICT systems.

Yours faithfully

Mr L S Newton


“Opportunity and Achievement for All”



7th                           World Book Day

                                Year 10 Parents Evening

13th                         Vale Choir Event

14th                         Year 9 Big Bang Science Trip – NEC Birmingham

15th                         Friends of Belvoir – ZUMBATHON

21st                         Year 10 Geography Field Trip – Nottingham

28/29th                 GREASE !



2nd – 12th              Year 11 GCSE Art Practical Examinations (see Mr Jones for individual timetable)

3rd                           Year 11 GCSE Drama Practical Examination (see Mrs Appleby for individual timetable)

15th – 26th             EASTER HOLIDAY

29th                         Academy reopens to students



2nd                          Year 10 PSHE Drop Down Day

2-3rd                       Year 11 GCSE French Speaking Examinations

6th                           Bank Holiday Monday

8th                           Year 8 HPV Vaccinations (girls only)

9th                           Year 7 PSHE Drop Down Day

13th                         First written GCSE examination (continues to 20th June 2019) * provisional additional GCSE examination date is 26/6/19

27th – 31st             MAY HOLIDAY



3rd onwards        Continuation of the Year 11 GCSE written examinations

17th                         Year 10 Geography Trip – Yorkshire Coast

20th                         Year 11 Leavers Ball / Prom


25TH                      Year 4/ 5 Open Evening Event

25 – 27th               Year 10 French Mock Speaking Examinations



1-5th                       Year 8 Residential Trip to Sealyham, Wales

4th                           Year 6 to Year 7 Induction Day

12th                         Last Day of Term


Box Office

Grease !!! Tickets are selling “like lightening” (!) with Friday 29th March already SOLD OUT!!! 

Can I encourage you to purchase your tickets for the Thursday evening performance as quickly as possible!!

Adults £5.00, concessions £3.50 and a family ticket deal £15.00 (two adult and two concessions)……go onto the online payment system, AGORA

to book your tickets now!