Principal Letter 21.12.18
End of Term letter from Lead Principal Mr Rae
I am writing to you as we approach the end of 2018. Thank you for your continued support as we work to further raise standards across the Academy. I am delighted with the progress we have made and I am confident that this will result in a significant improvement in outcomes in the summer examinations.
I am exceedingly proud of how we demonstrate Nottingham Academy Respect Values through our positive contribution to our local and wider community. This has been seen in the amazing charity work that has gone on over the past term. Pupils and staff have raised significant sums of money for national charities and provided donations to local food banks. Our pupils have now committed to donating to local food banks all year round. Closer to home we have supported two pupils for very different reasons. At Ransom Road Campus pupils and staff have been fundraising to support Bethany Frisby who is travelling to Finland to represent Great Britain in synchronised ice skating. Greenwood Campus has been inspired by Aleyna Genc in Year 9. Aleyna is bravely fighting a brain tumour and pupils and staff at the Academy have been raising money to support her and her family as they travel abroad, in the New Year, for treatment.
At the end of the summer term I wrote to all parents to express the Academy’s intention to change term dates. Following our consultation I can now confirm from September 2019 Nottingham Academy will align term dates with Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Council by taking a five week break in summer and two weeks in October. The new term date calendar is attached and is available under the term dates section of the Academy website.
The consultation on the de-merger of Nottingham Academy closes today. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the important process. Greenwood Academies Trust will provided feedback in the New Year
Our Pupil Parliament is now active at both Ransom Road Campus and Greenwood Campus. We actively encourage pupils to develop a manifesto, express their views and campaign on issues important to them. In the past term members of the parliament have been developing an action plan to improve recycling and address plastic waste at the Academy. I was delighted to see pupils take part in the Sneinton litter pick last month – the pupils tell me that this will become a regular activity in the New Year.
Further, following a review of catering provision at Academy the Pupil Parliament began a consultation regarding the introduction of halal chicken to our canteen menu. The consultation has now ended and I would like to thank all parents, pupils and staff who provided their views and contributed to the research.
We can now confirm that from February 2019 all chicken provided by Nottingham Academy will be halal. This will be stunned halal meat from a certified provider. All other meats provided in the canteen will be non halal. To increase menu choice for all our pupils, each day the menu will consist of a vegetarian option, a halal chicken option or an alternative meat option. Should you require any further detail on this please see the website www. Nottinghamacademy.org/halal.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff at Nottingham Academy for their hard work and commitment to ensuring our pupils achieve their full potential. They certainly deserve this break and I am sure you will want to join me in wishing them all an enjoyable festive season with plenty of time to relax with family and friends.
Finally, I hope you have a restful and safe holiday period and a happy new year when it comes. I look forward to welcoming our pupils back to the Academy at 8.30am on Monday 7 January 2019.
Mr G Rae