Thursday, June 10, 2021

Academy Update : Friday 10th June

Thank you to all students, parents and staff for their efforts during the first week back following the much needed half-term break. I hope that, like me, you were able to enjoy the much improved weather and I hope that this continues as we move towards the end of the academic year.

The end of last term was one filled with much emotion for students in years 11 and 13 whose KBA journey reached its conclusion. Staff at the academy have been working very hard to ensure that our students receive the GCSE, Advanced Level and Vocational grades that they deserve and we will be sharing more information regarding the summer results days in due course.

We are especially proud of our Year 13 students who will be entering into the world of work or continuing their academic studies at institutes of higher education. To these students I say ‘good luck’ and hope that they know that they will always be part of the KBA family.

Many of our Year 11 students have, of course, said “au revoir” rather than “goodbye” as they will be returning in September to join our thriving Sixth Form. We have our Sixth Form Induction Day taking place from Monday 14th June to Wednesday 16th June and more details about this event are provided below.

Sixth Form Induction


The aim of our Sixth Form induction programme is to enable all students to have a taster lesson in each of their chosen subjects, and to be given tasks to complete during the summer to help prepare them for Sixth Form Studies. It will also provide a valuable opportunity for students to meet their peers who will also be joining the KBA Sixth Form in September 2021.

 

Those participating in this event are required to arrive at school at 9.00am on Monday 14th June where they will be registered before a prompt 9.15am start.

 

Students are required to bring the following equipment with them:

  • paper (an A4 note pad);
  • a pen (and a calculator if Maths has been chosen). 


The expected dress code for the induction days is smart/casual. 


A buffet lunch will be provided free of charge for all students on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th June with a free BBQ lunch before students leave for the day on Wednesday 16th June. Students may wish to bring their own drinks and snacks to be consumed at other times during the day. 


Please remember to ensure that your child completes a lateral flow test on Sunday 13th June and either report results in the usual way (for internal students) or bring a text or email showing the negative result (for external students).


The return of Period 7 for all Year 12 students


Tuesday 15th June sees the return of Period 7 for all Sixth Form students. Every Sixth Form student will be staying in school until 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until the end of term. 


For students that don’t have a timetabled lesson, our expectation is that they complete homework, revise and practise for exams or undertake additional learning. 


All students in Sixth Form are working on plans for next steps beyond Sixth Form too, so should be using Unifrog and UCAS to support that work. All usual areas that are available to our Sixth Formers (the canteen, the study rooms and empty ground floor classrooms) are available to use during Period 7.


University of Birmingham Summer School


We are delighted to celebrate that three of our Year 10 students have been accepted onto the University of Birmingham’s exclusive online summer school. We are so impressed with Will Homer, Lily Thornley and Natasha Parllaku for being pro active with their applications and being keen to find out more about studying at university.

 

These experiences amongst others still to come, will help Will, Lily and Natasha to put together a fantastic application for a university degree or degree apprenticeship, should they decide on those routes. 


Best In Everyone Award Winners


We are very proud to report that 3 of our students have been selected a winners of a United Learning Best In everyone Award.


They will be celebrated in the online Best In Everyone Awards ceremony on Friday 25th June but I wanted to share their brilliance with everyone this week.


Dewi Jones : Music Composition


Dewi is an incredibly gifted and hardworking music student, whose talent has blown Mrs Chapman away. He is a well-respected member of the music department, and his compositions are sophisticated and mature beyond his years. After music college, Dewi will undoubtedly have a bright and successful music career ahead of him – a name we must not forget! 


Esele Okondo : Leadership and Service


Esele stands out as being passionate, devoted, dedicated and enthusiastic about supporting the local community but also leading and encouraging others to make a difference. The extensive hours he has spent volunteering in two local care homes over the last two years and working for Kettering General Hospital throughout the pandemic on the wards as well as playing an important role in recruiting volunteers, makes Esele stands out as unique, impressive and a highly memorable student for his proactive and empathetic nature; a natural leader in society. 


Uday Singh : Pupil Of The Year


Uday has a natural flare and a great enthusiasm for Science and Mathematics that allows him to solve problems that most students would not even attempt. He values mistakes as learning opportunities and his catalogue of enrichment activities is impressive. He truly is a pleasure to teach and work with. 


Year 7 Intake : September 2021


We are very much looking forward to our new Year 7 intake beginning their KBA journey in September 2021. Lots of work is already going on behind the scenes in order to make your transition as smooth as possible.

If you are the parent of a student who will be joining Year 7 in September, whether that be from KBA’s Year 6 or another primary school, can I please encourage you to visit the dedicated page on our website where you will find answers to some frequently asked questions. This can be found here

If you have a question which is not answered below please use this link and we will answer as many of these questions as we can during our Virtual Transition Evening on Monday 5th July.

Year 7 to 10 Attendance Update


All parents of students in years 7 to10 will be receiving an attendance update for their child’s attendance up to Friday 28th May.

 

As an academy we set all students a target of 95% attendance. It is important for all students to meet this target.

 

When a student is absent from the academy the absence will be recorded as either authorised or unauthorised. An unauthorised absence will be recorded if there has been no contact made with the academy or if the reason for the absence is not deemed appropriate for the child to be absent from school.

 

If a child’s attendance is below 90% is it highly likely that the academy will request supporting documentation i.e. a doctor’s note, to support a period of absence. Where documentation has not been provided and attendance continues to remain below 90%, pastoral leads and the attendance management team will contact families to organise a Parent Contract Meeting, with the aim of outlining strategies for improving attendance as we move forwards.

 

Where a child’s attendance is below 90% and there are legitimate, evidenced reasons for their absence, support strategies will be in place with an aim of improving attendance as we move forwards.

 

Please remember that for all absences, contact must be made every morning to explain the absence. If you leave a voicemail please leave sufficient detail to explain the specific reasons for the absence.


EU Settlement Scheme 

With the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) application deadline (30th June) fast approaching, the Home Office has asked schools to send the information below reminding parents, families, young people and staff that if they are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, they and their family members may be eligible to apply to the Settlement Scheme. It is crucial that eligible parents apply to the Scheme themselves and check whether they need to do so on behalf of their children. Eligible children are required to have an application in their own right and no child of any age is covered by a parent’s application to the EUSS. There’s more information on this here on GOV.UK. 

To provide additional guidance, a very clear EUSS leaflet has been produced by the University of Liverpool, in partnership with the Home Office. It has been designed with children in mind and is intended to support both children and parents with information to help them apply to the EUSS. A set of accompanying FAQs are available too. A list of organisations providing additional EUSS guidance and information is available here.  

Applications to the EUSS are free and can be made online at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme, where you can also find out more information about how to apply.

Best wishes

Dino