December 2021


Dear Parent/Carer


As the end of term approaches I would like to thank you for all your support throughout this very busy term; as always, it is greatly appreciated. It has been amazing to meet with people again and host a variety of events, trips and activities for the students and parents/carers including, year 7 settling in evening, children in need dress down day and cycle for pudsey, consultation evenings, the year 11 evening of ingredients. In addition all students who met the rewards criteria were rewarded this term with a trip to the cinema as well as rewards assemblies. 

Please remember that we are here to work in partnership with you to ensure that your child achieves their potential.  We have an ‘open door’ policy and are keen to be available should you need a conversation about any matter concerning your child, so please keep in touch. You can find our key contacts on our website.  

As Christmas approaches each year group will be escorted to St Lawrence’s Church on Church Lane and the students will be dismissed directly from there.  If you would like to attend any of the Carol Services at St Lawrence’s Church with your child’s year group, you would be made very welcome. 

Thursday 9th  December Year 8 Christmas Service   1.45pm – 2.45pm
Monday 13th December  Year 10 Christmas Service 2.45pm – 3.45pm
Tuesday 14th December Year 9 Christmas Service   1.45pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 15th December –  Year 7 Christmas Service   1.45pm – 2.45pm
Thursday 16th December Year 11 Christmas Service  12.15pm – 1.15pm
Thursday 16th  December The academy closes for the Christmas Holidays at 1.15pm on Thursday 16th December and students will be dismissed at 1.15pm, lunch will be available for students at break time.

We share as much information as we can on our website, so please keep checking it.  There is a handy “translate” button at the bottom of each webpage if you need to translate information into a different language.  

Due to the Government advising all schools to undertake lateral flow tests for students upon their return in January, there will therefore be a staggered return as follows:

  • Year 10 and 11 at 8.30am on Wednesday 5th January 2022
  • Year 7, 8 and 9 at 8.30am on Thursday 6th January 2022

Please complete the consent form to give us your permission for your child to be tested.

From January, we will be looking to increase the number of clubs and activities on offer for students at the end of the academy day and I would urge you to encourage and support your child  to attend these sessions. They will be designed to support students’ learning, as well as to help them to develop their many talents, skills and interests.  The live timetable is available here on the website, and additional information is also available on our house website.

If a student arrives late to the academy (after registration at 8.30am) they will receive a 30 minute detention on the same day. 

As always, I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the following:

  • Holidays should not be taken during term time and permission will not be given unless there are exceptional circumstances, regardless of levels of attendance
  • The appearance of our students and their uniform is important in the academy. Many of our students are a credit to the academy in their appearance and how well they follow our uniform policy. Please ensure you note information in relation to school skirts and coats
Girls Boys
Black blazer embroidered with Academy logo on pocket, teal braiding on lapel and matching lining Black blazer embroidered with Academy logo on pocket, teal braiding on lapel and matching lining
White shirt with collar – tucked in at all times White shirt with collar – tucked in at all times
Clip on Academy tie in teal/black stripe Clip on Academy tie in teal/black stripe
Black knee length skirt (not stretch)

For Year 7 and Year 8 students – the skirt must have the academy logo 

Or full length school trousers (not denim/ leggings)

Black full length school trousers (not denim)
Black socks or plain tights (black or neutral) Black socks
Flat, black  shoes  NOT fabric or trainers Flat, black shoes NOT fabric or trainers
PE Kit for Girls and Boys
Black and teal round necked shirt with embroidered Academy logo (new for 2021/22)


Black & teal sports polo-shirt with embroidered Academy logo

Black shorts with embroidered Academy logo
Black sports socks
Appropriate footwear for use on astro turf surfaces- e.g. moulded football boots, astro turf trainers

  • Coats must be placed in the cloakroom at the start of the day or carried in school bag

Coats :  They are not permitted to be worn around the academy. Students may wear their coat when they are in the Atrium and on their way outside at break/lunch.  

Hoodies: hoodies are not academy uniform and should not be worn under or over blazers inside/outside the building, however students are permitted to wear their TSLA hoodie at break/lunch if a student has a split PE lesson


Dates for you diary for next term :

Community Cafe Events 3rd February 2022 & 11th May 2022

Year 9 Consultation Evening 9th February 2022

Half Term 14th February 2022 – 18th February 2022

Year 7 Consultation Evening 16th March 2022

Easter holidays 4th April 2022 – 20th April 2022


Anyone is welcome to attend our Community Cafe Events which are usually for one hour after school once every term.  The events are all about making connections between the academy and the local community and we encourage anyone to pop in and have a chat, have some refreshments and come and see what activities our students have to offer. You are very welcome to bring along relatives or friends with you or they can come on their own – it would be wonderful to see you there. If you are able to attend, please see our website for information prior to the event dates. 

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very happy family time at Christmas and look forward to the students returning on Wednesday 5th January 2022 and Thursday 6th January 2022 by 8.20am, ready to begin at 8.30am. Another new start for us all.  


Yours sincerely


Phill Dalowsky

Head of School