Our last teacher training day for the 2018-2019 academic year will be Monday 1st July 2019. The school will be closed on this date and students will be at school as normal on Tuesday 2nd July 2019.
We are pleased to announce that we have secured funding to take all year 7 students on an overnight residential visit to Essex Outdoor Centre Mersea.
Travelling by coach, we will leave school at 10.30am on Friday 19th July and return to school on Saturday 20th July at 3.30pm, traffic permitting. However, the return time will be confirmed nearer the date.
During their stay at the Essex Outdoor Centre Mersea students will take part in team building activities and adventure courses, which have been designed to build confidence, develop new skills and engage students in their learning.
Students will be provided with an evening meal on the Friday evening, as well as breakfast and lunch on the Saturday. Students will need to bring a packed lunch with them on the Friday. Students entitled to free school meals will be provided with a packed lunch. Further information will be sent to you closer to the time.
Please complete the attached parental consent form, found here, and return to Miss Ring in the SYSZ by Friday 7th June.
If you have any questions regarding the contents of this letter, please do not hesitate to contact Kyra Bartum at the school.
The next Parent Focus Group meeting is on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 9:30am, or 6pm.
Please find attached the agenda here.
Appointments are available for you to meet with your child’s teachers on Thursday 23rd May 2019, 4:30pm to 7:30pm.
You are able to book five minute appointment slots for each subject teacher using our electronic booking system. This is accessed from the below link:
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. In order to login to the system, you will need the following information relating to your child held in our database:
- First name
- 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.
Ipswich Academy is delighted to offer a Parent Learning Hub which will give parents and carers a chance to gain an insight into the delicate topics being covered in lessons around health and wellbeing, safety, relationships and sex education. Sessions will also be designed to help parents and carers gain confidence in approaching such topics comfortably with their children at home.
The Parent Learning Hub sessions will be informal, led by members of Ipswich Academy staff. We would also like to ask for your input on the development of these sessions.
Please access the link below to complete a short questionnaire; we would appreciate as many parents and carers as possible giving their input to this, it should only take around two minutes of your time.
If you have any further questions, please contact Amy Cook, Sara Gillespie or Dawn Cullum at the school.
Wider curriculum Lead
Our year 6 induction days will be held this year on the 16th and 17th July 2019. More details will be available nearer the time.
As you are aware, we cover a wide range of topics within our PSHE curriculum to ensure our students have a good understanding of health and wellbeing, the wider world and relationships. Students have openly said they find the sessions covered within the PSHE curriculum ‘hard hitting’ but valuable towards their future lives and decisions.
I am writing to inform you that in the summer term we will be covering the delicate topics of Female Genital Mutilation and Relationship and Sex Education with all students across years 7-10. Both topics will be appropriately pitched for each year group and the staff members leading the sessions fully trained to do so.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child being a part of these sessions, please do not hesitate to contact the school to discuss this.
Wider Curriculum Lead
Ipswich Academy’s very own Elmer AKA ‘ICE’ is very different to all the other elephants! He is now ready to pack his trunk and head out into the big wide world on his adventures around Ipswich!
For parents/carers whose child has enrolled on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award for 2019, please click the link here to fill out the parental consent form.