Announcements | 29th June 2020

Face to face meetings

Dear parents/carers and student, 

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all students on their dedication in completing the work packs and online work since the school closures were announced, and a big thank you to parents and carers for their continued support during very difficult times.

Following confirmation from the government that schools are able to invite students in other year groups to a face-to-face meeting before the end of this term, I am pleased to announce that Ipswich Academy will be offering this opportunity to all year 7, 8 and 9 students. Students will have the opportunity to book and speak with their base group tutor virtually over Google hangouts, or face to face in school, between the 6th and 10th July. Students attending school will be expected to abide by the social distancing measures currently in place at Ipswich Academy. Students opting for a virtual face to face meeting will be sent an invite to their school email account once they have signed up.  Please click here to book an appointment; you will need to submit student name, date of birth and base group. If you do not have access to the internet or need support with booking, please contact the school reception.

Although we are not able to extend our current in school provision for year 7, 8 and 9 students due to government guidance, we feel that a face to face meeting would be of benefit prior to the expected full-time return to school for all students in September. Students will have the opportunity to speak with their base group tutor around the work they are completing at home and wellbeing. Students will also be made aware of the summer tasks that we are preparing for them. 

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support throughout these last few months.  Hopefully I will see some of you over the coming weeks, but if I don’t, I look forward to seeing you in September.

Yours faithfully,

Abbie Thorrington
Principal 

Announcements, News | 26th June 2020

Transition into Year 7

Announcements, News | 22nd June 2020

A new chapter at Ipswich Academy

We are excited at the start of this week to welcome Abbie Thorrington into her new role as Principal. The Ipswich Star have published a feature about this which you can read by clicking the link below.

Click here to read the full article.

Announcements | 14th May 2020

Leavers’ Hoodies 2020

Following on from Mrs Winn’s assembly on Monday 11 May, I am writing to let you know that you can now purchase a hoodie for the 2020 leavers using our online ordering system.  The design of the hoodie was chosen by members of the year 11 prom committee and there is a large variety of colours for students to choose from – please see the order form.  On the front of the hoodie will be the embroidered school logo and on the back, all the students’ names within the “20”. Individual names can be added on the reverse also but it can only be the forename or surname – no nicknames.  

The cost of the hoodie is £20 plus an extra £4 if the individual name is required.  Please complete the online order form stating the required colour and size and whether or not the name is required on the reverse.  To access the online order form you will need to follow this link; https://tinyurl.com/IAHoodies2020. Details of how to pay for the hoodie are on the form. The completed form and payment must be submitted to the school by Friday 29 May so that we can have the hoodies ready before the end of the summer term.  Orders placed after this date will not be honoured.

If you have any queries, please contact the school via telephone or email and ask for Linda Winstone in the first instance.

Yours faithfully,

Mal Akhlak
Head of Progress

Announcements | 7th May 2020

Year 9 Options 2020

The options website is now live.

The link is available here.

Announcements | 20th April 2020

Letters to students

Please find attached letters to stduents from Helen Winn, please click on the year to see the letters:

Year 7 and 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Announcements, News | 20th April 2020

Parent Director role

Please click here for more details.

Announcements | 3rd April 2020

GCSE update

Dear year 11,

I promised you that I would let you know as soon as the Government announced how you would be awarded your GCSE grades this year.   Today Ofqual, which is the government office that regulates examinations, made the announcement that you have been waiting for.

Rather than put the message in my own words, I think that it is best for you to read this letter that Sally Collier, the Chief Regulator at Ofqual, has written to all students who are taking GCSE examinations this year.  Please read it carefully.

I know that some of you will find this news disappointing but under the circumstances I think that it is the fairest way to assess your performance.  You have worked so hard and as I’ve said to you many times before, you are brilliant students and your hard work will be recognised. Some of you will want to continue studying, so to support you with that, we have made sure that there is plenty of work in Google Classroom for you.

Just so you know, your teachers are missing you and want the very best for you.

I will be in touch if there is anything else that you need to know.  In the meantime, take care.

Yours faithfully,

H Winn

Helen Winn
Principal

Announcements | 20th March 2020

Letter to years 7 to 10 students

Dear students,

We are in a situation at the moment which is very strange for all of us.  I certainly haven’t experienced anything like this in my lifetime and you haven’t either.  I want to make sure that you are not worried about your learning and that you have something to do whilst you are not at school.

We have plans in place to make sure that you have work to complete for the coming weeks.  Every week we will post work to Google Classroom for English, mathematics and other subjects.  Google Classroom can be accessed from any device but if you don’t have anything that you can access your work on, we might be able to help you so please get in touch.  This work can also be collected from school in hard copy. We will keep you informed of any changes to this arrangement as time goes on. You might need to refer to your knowledge organisers to complete your work. 

We have posted  work to Google Classroom which you can do on your own.  You might find some pieces of work quite difficult but please don’t worry, just complete the work to the best of your ability.  Please make sure that you keep your work safe so that you can bring it into school when we start back again. Your teachers will ask you about your work on your return so that they can fill in any gaps that you might have.  They will be working hard behind the scenes planning work for you.

We have created help sheets so that you know how to access your work which can be found here for your own device, or here for a school device.  If you have problems with your passwords or accessing your work, you can contact us by email info@ipswichacademy.org.uk.  We will try our best to sort out any problems so please bear with us until we get things right for you.

I would recommend that you make yourselves a timetable of work for each day so that you have something of a routine.  Please also make sure that you do other activities like reading and exercise if you are able to and remember to help your parents and carers around the home.

Thank you for being such brilliant students. 

Yours faithfully,

H Winn

Helen Winn
Principal

Announcements | 20th March 2020

Important letter to year 11 students

Dear year 11 student,

You have been absolutely fantastic over the past few days (and over the last 5 years of course).  I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been to hear the news that your examinations have been cancelled after years of hard work and commitment.  I want you to know though, that your dedication to your studies has not been a waste of time. At the point of writing, we still do not know exactly how your work will be assessed but the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, did say that you will get the grades that you need.  

Aside from your examination results, you will draw on the knowledge and skills that you have gained during your time at school throughout the rest of your lives.  I firmly believe that no knowledge is wasted knowledge. You will use the things that you have learnt at times when you least expect it. Most importantly, you have grown up to be caring, responsible and resilient young adults.  You are an absolute pleasure to be around which the staff comment on frequently.

As soon as we know more about what is happening, we will let you know straight away and we will support you moving forward.  I know that you are disappointed that your prom might not go ahead as planned but we will try our very best to sort something out for you when things start to settle down. 

You should be so proud of yourselves.  Thank you for being such brilliant students.

Yours faithfully,

H Winn

Helen Winn
Principal

Last updated March 20, 2020