Uncategorised | 24th June 2020

Addressing the ‘digital divide’

The Ipswich Star has published a report on the ways in which we are bridging the ‘digital divide’.

You can read the full report here.

Uncategorised | 24th June 2020

INSET change of date

Dear parents/carers

The school dates published at the beginning of the year stated that we had one additional INSET day to schedule. Due to the school closure to most students we still have the day outstanding. Therefore the last day of this term will be Tuesday 21st July and we will be closed to students for our INSET day on Wednesday 22nd July.

School will start again on Thursday 3rd September and I will contact you closer to the time with any changes to the school day or your child’s return.

Yours faithfully

Abbie Thorrington
Principal 

Uncategorised | 10th June 2020

Year 10 reopening

Wednesday 10th June

Dear parents/carers,

Following confirmation from the government that schools are to reopen in a safe way for students in year 10, we would like to share with you the details around the arrangements we have put in place in order to reopen which have been approved by the Paradigm Trust Board (please click here for detailed arrangements).  

In line with government guidance, there will only be 25% of year 10 students in school at any one time.  This means that year 10 students will be invited into school for 1 day per week (Monday to Thursday).  Students who wish to attend school for an additional day (Friday) to work independently with some teacher support, will be invited to do so through a simple booking system. There will be limited spaces on Fridays as we will only be permitted to accommodate 25% of year 10 students at a time.

Early this month we contacted all families with students in year 10 to find out if parents/carers would be comfortable for their child to return to school.  As was discussed, we are happy to welcome students back to school but are aware that some parents/carers will not want their child to return at this moment in time.  There is no pressure for your child to return. 

We have booked a place for all year 10 students, regardless of whether you have said that you would like your child to return or not.  This is so that students can come back to school when parents/carers are comfortable for their child to do so.  By the end of this week, we will inform you of the class (pod) that your child has been allocated to and which day of the week that they will be in school.

The school day will be as follows:

Period 10900 – 1020
Break1020 – 1030
Period 21030 – 1150
Break1150 – 1200
Period 31200 – 1320
Lunch1320 – 1400
Period 41400 – 1520

It is really important that students socially distance on their way to and from school so that we work together to keep down the risk of infection.  In line with the most recent government announcement, when walking to school, students should not be in groups of more than six and should keep 2m apart from each other at all times.  

We have organised the building, inside and out, to ensure that social distancing is possible at all times.  

Students will be placed within a ‘pod’ for all of their lessons consisting of no more than 12 students. Four different teachers will teach each pod per day; we are trying to keep this consistent week on week. During breaktime, students will be allocated an area outside which is marked out for social distancing. At lunchtime, students will be allocated a seat in a specific canteen area where they will eat their lunch, whether hot lunch or packed lunch. Each canteen area will then be dismissed outside.  We will be running a cashless system to pay for school meals – please click here for instructions to set this up.

Each pod has been allocated a classroom.  Some furniture has been removed from these rooms to allow for desks to be separated. We encourage students to bring their own equipment, however each student will be issued with their own pencil case and resources if required. Sharing equipment amongst students will not be permitted. Classrooms, and the rest of the school, will be cleaned routinely throughout the day.

We are only allowing one visitor into reception at any one time, if there is someone already in reception please wait outside until they leave. If at all possible, please do not come into school.  If you need to speak to a member of staff either phone or email; we must limit the number of people on site at all times, therefore face to face meetings will not happen unless we deem them urgent.  

Everyone who enters the school will need to wash/sanitise their hands and repeat throughout the day; sanitiser stations have been placed at entry points to the building.  Within the school building we have implemented a one-way system.  To help the students to move around the school, 2m markings have been taped out in corridors with arrows indicating which direction they are to walk.  Toilets will be monitored to ensure that social distancing can take place and they do not become too crowded.

We are confident that all students will follow the new rules which have been put in place to keep everyone safe.  Our behaviour system has been adapted to reflect the changes within school.  We will go through the new procedures (click here to view) with students so that everyone is clear about our expectations.

We will be following the normal curriculum as far as possible, with the distance learning on Google Classroom mirroring the lessons delivered in school where appropriate; distance learning will continue for those students who are not returning although we ask that work is completed online.  If families are struggling with devices to access Google Classroom please contact the school.  

We are aware that these are very challenging times and therefore we are doing everything we can to ensure that your child’s return to school, whenever that may be, is safe and your child is supported.   We will speak to all of the students on their first day back to explain the changes and to help them to transition back into school.  As we move forward it may become necessary to make some changes to what we are doing and how we are doing them.  We ask that you are patient and work with us, as you always do, if we do make any changes.

On Thursday 11th June at 4:30pm we will host a short online presentation when we will outline in more detail how the school day will work. Joining details will be emailed to all year 10 students or students can click here.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support throughout these last few weeks.  We look forward to welcoming back year 10 next week.

Yours faithfully,

Helen Winn                   Abbie Thorrington
Principal                         Principal from 22nd June 2020

Uncategorised | 4th May 2020

Free Schools Application Form

Please click here to download the Free School Meals application form

Uncategorised | 4th December 2019

Year 8 subject consultation meeting

Appointments are available for you to meet with your child’s teachers on Wednesday 18th December 2019, 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

You are able to book five minute appointment slots for each subject teacher using our electronic booking system. The booking system is available here.

Appointments with each teacher will last for five minutes. Booking will be on a first come, first served basis and the booking system is now open. The number of appointments will, initially, be limited to five for each student to ensure that all parents/carers are able to participate. Nearer to the time, if additional appointments are available, we will release these into the booking system and notify you.

In order to login to the system, you will need the following information relating to your child as held in our database:

  • First name
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • Register class

You will also need to enter the details we have on record for you. If you have recently changed your title or surname, for example, and not informed us, we will be expecting you to login with the details we have on record. The email address you enter is only used to receive a confirmation of your appointment. If the system gives you an error when you login, it will not be the email address that is the problem.

If you do not have access to the Internet, or experience any problems with using the system, please contact the school and ask to speak with Linda Winstone.

Some subjects may not be available or may be fully booked on the evening, if you would like to discuss your child’s progress in subjects not available please contact the school and we will arrange for the member of staff to call you.

We would like to invite you on the evening to fill out an Ofsted Parent View questionnaire to give your views on the school, this will be available on the night in the Senior Year Study Zone and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Subject teachers will meet with you and your child on an individual basis to provide clear feedback on your child’s learning. You will also have an opportunity to review your child’s exercise books.

Students are required to attend, with their parent/carer.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Uncategorised | 27th November 2019

2019 GCSE Certificate Collection

Students who left Ipswich Academy in the summer of 2019 may collect their GCSE Exam Certificates on Monday 2nd December or Thursday 12th December from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. 

Students who are unable to collect their certificates may nominate someone to collect them on their behalf by providing a letter giving authorisation to collect. The nominated person must bring a form of identification.

Uncategorised | 26th November 2019

Vacancy: Principal at Ipswich Academy

For more information on this and other positions within Paradigm Trust, please head over to our careers webpage.

Uncategorised | 8th November 2019

Year 11 consultation evening

Appointments are available for you to meet with your child’s teachers on Thursday 28th November, 4:30 to 7:30pm. On arrival, you will be given your child’s Autumn mock results.

You are able to book five minute appointment slots for each subject teacher using our electronic booking system. This is accessed here.

Appointments with each teacher will last for five minutes. In order to login to the system, you will need the following information relating to your child, as held in our database:

  • First name
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • Register class

You will also need to enter the details we have on record for you. If you have recently changed your title or surname, for example, and not informed us, we will be expecting you to login with the details we have on record. The email address you enter is only used to receive a confirmation of your appointment. If the system gives you an error when you login, it will not be the email address that is the problem.

If you do not have access to the Internet, or experience any problems with using the system, please contact the school and ask to speak with Linda Winstone.

Subject teachers will meet with you and your child on an individual basis to provide clear feedback on your child ’s learning. You will also have an opportunity to review your child ’s exercise books. As appointments are limited, if you are unable to see all of your child ’s teachers then please contact the school via our email address to book a separate appointment at another time.

Your child is required to attend, with yourselves.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Uncategorised | 1st October 2019

Year 11 GCSE Progress Evening 6:00pm to 7:30pm Thursday 10th October 2019

Year 11 is now in full flow and the first mocks are fast approaching, taking place from Monday 14th October to Friday 1st November 2019. At Ipswich Academy we want to ensure students have the best possible opportunity to succeed and strongly believe talking face to face with you is the best way to provide this support.

To facilitate this, we are warmly inviting you and your son/daughter to the year 11 progress evening with hot supper from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on Thursday 10th October 2019.

The programme for the evening commences with a welcoming talk from the Principal and I providing you with an overview of what to expect during year 11. The core subject teams will also be presenting information on their subject areas including effective revision techniques, use of the year 11 study area and resources.

We very much look forward to seeing you on Thursday 10th October 2019.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Yours faithfully

Maled Akhlak
Head of Progress


Year 11 GCSE core subject information evening

5.55pm – arrival and greeting in main hall from:
Mrs Winn – Principal
Mr Akhlak – Head of Progress

6.10pm – supper in the blue area
6.45pm – carousel of presentations from English, mathematics and science

English – grey arena
mathematics – red arena
science – blue arena

6.45pm – presentation 1
7.00pm – presentation 2
7.15pm – presentation 3
Staff from each subject area will also be available in each arena for discussion about your son/daughter’s progress so far.

Uncategorised | 5th September 2019

Online Data Collection

We have started collecting student information online, full details can be found here.

Please use the link on the above page to submit an email address to us.

If you experience any problems with this service, please contact us on this link.

Last updated September 5, 2019