News | 23rd October 2020

End of Half Term

Announcements | 16th October 2020

Google Classroom information

Uncategorised | 14th October 2020

Communication from the Principal

Dear parents and carers, 

It has been brought to our attention that a student within the year nine bubble has recently returned from foreign travel and not followed the quarantine measures. Neither the student nor their family are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus and they are now all isolating. 

I have sought advice from Public Health England, who have advised us to continue with the full opening of the bubble and school. 

We have no indication that any student has symptoms within the year nine bubble, this communication is to make you aware and ask you to be vigilant. 

If circumstances change, I will of course communicate with you straight away. 

Yours faithfully 

Abbie Thorrington
Principal

Announcements | 7th October 2020

Year 11 information session

On Monday, we hosted a year 11 information session, unformtunatley there were a number of technical issues. To view the presentation, please click on this link to access the student hub, your child will need to log in with their school Google account to view the presentation.

If you have any further questions, please use the contact us button on our website.

News, Resources | 6th October 2020

Virtual Open Evening

Please click here to navigate to our Virtual Open Evening page.

News | 2nd October 2020

World Mental Health Day

Announcements | 30th September 2020

Year 11 information session

Dear parent / carer

We are now into our fourth week of students returning full-time back to school post school closure, for our year 11 students it has been an incredibly positive start. Due to the absence of year 11 ‘boot camp’ due to the current restrictions, we felt it important to officially launch our year 11 support package and make you aware of key information that you need to know. 

We will be holding a year 11 information session on Monday 5th October at 5.00pm virtually using google meet. The meeting will cover the following;

  • Intervention sessions
  • Mock exams
  • Effective revision strategies
  • Information from the core GCSE subjects (English, maths and science)
  • Post 16 options 
  • Well-being support 

We will send invites for the google meet to students’ Paradigm email addresses. We will also record the session to allow you catch up should you miss it. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school phone number and email address.

Yours faithfully,

Maled Akhlak
Head of Progress

Announcements | 23rd September 2020

Planning for Post 16

Dear parents and carers, 

Planning for Post 16:

The careers team at Ipswich Academy are here to support your child as they prepare for their next stage in education. This letter outlines all the relevant information that I believe you need to know at this time in order to support your child with their next steps.

In order to prepare students for this we will be hosting virtual assemblies explaining post-16 options from both the careers team and our post-16 partners.  In addition, students will also have the opportunity to have a personal guidance session to discuss their available options. Every Year 11 student has access to KUDOS, an online careers platform which they can use at home or school to research jobs profiles, labour market information, post 16 and post 18 support as well as creating a CV.

The government’s current policy is that all young people in England are required to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday (https://www.thesource.me.uk/learning/faqs-raising-theparticipation-age/). This means that our Year 11 students must decide about whether to continue studying either at a college, sixth form, training centre or to start employment combined with education on an apprenticeship or traineeship. Due to high demands for apprenticeships or traineeships, we recommend students also apply to college/sixth form as a backup option.

Please find attached to this letter a guide which provides detail about the options available to students, along with what they need to do at each stage to research, apply for and secure a college or apprenticeship place for next academic year. 

I have outlined below current dates where Post-16 providers have announced their open events. The providers will then begin to interview students for places in late November/early December.

  • Suffolk ONE – Saturday 10th October 9.30-12.30 – Applications open from 10th October 2020
  • Northgate –  Applications and new prospectus  are available from 1st October.  Each subject area is producing a short video that outlines the courses available and links to careers opportunities. Interviews will run from November 2020 – February 2021.   The deadline for applications will be Friday 29th January 2021.
  • Suffolk New College –  Virtual open event Thursday 15th October 6pm 
  • Kesgrave – Open event 29th September 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Applications are open now and will close Friday 29th of January 2021.
  • Copleston – check website for dates for virtual open events over the next couple of weeks. Applications are open now.
  • St Albans – Check website for open events dates and when applications are open.

I am expecting further information from our post-16 providers in the next couple of weeks. As soon as I receive any updates about open events, applications or virtual tours, I will forward this information on to you. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Yours sincerely, 

Victoria Addis
Careers Lead 

News | 17th September 2020

Flu Immunisation information

Announcements | 17th September 2020

Academy council nominations

Dear parents/carers,

Ipswich Academy currently has an Academy Council and I am looking to extend the number of people actively involved.

I am therefore writing to ask whether you would like to send in a nomination – for yourself or another parent/carer. The nomination form is attached to this letter. All you need to do is, fill in the form (here), including a short statement about yourself and a passport sized photograph (optional) and return it to a member of our reception team by 9am on Friday 2nd October 2017. Information about parents/carers who may not be eligible to be nominated is attached. 

Details of those who have been nominated will be sent to all parent/carers on Wednesday 7th October. An election will be held if there are more nominations than the current vacancy number and every parent/carer will be able to vote.  We will be sending you information about this later.

Academy Council members would be expected to serve for a period of two years. The Academy Council is responsible for facilitating communication between the parents/carers of pupils at the Academy and the Principal. Academy council meetings will be held once every term.  All parents/ carers are invited to these meetings.

Through the academy council and councillors, parents/carers may:

  • Ask questions of the Principal about the operation of the Academy and its performance
  • Raise issues of concern with the Principal about the operation of the Academy
  • Attend the annual Trust conference and/or the Academy’s INSET days
  • Provide papers to either the Education Committee or Operations & Finance Committee of the Board.

We do hope that you will think about becoming a member of the Academy Council. If you would like more information about what is involved, please feel free to make an appointment with myself at school.

Yours faithfully,

Abbie Thorrington
Principal 

Last updated September 18, 2020