End of Summer Term – Year 7 into Year 8

Dear parents and carers

I am writing to you at the end of our historic first year, with some important new information and some familiar reminders. I do hope you find this letter useful and our attached end of term newsletter informative and enjoyable.

First day of term for year 8
The first day of term for year 8 will be Wednesday, 5th September. Students should arrive by 8.30am for 8:40am registration. After an extended form time, their new timetables will begin at period 2, so students should bring all of their equipment and PE kit, ready for lessons.

Our after-school compulsory Tuesday and Thursday prep sessions, which take place from 3.45pm to 4.15pm, will begin on Tuesday, 11th September and run until the end of the year. Buses leave at 4.15pm on these days.

After-school enrichment clubs will begin on Monday, 17th September and your child will be given a timetable of all lunchtime and after-school clubs the week before.

Bus timetable and payment
I enclose a copy of our new bus timetables. You will notice that there are now three bus services and your child should be waiting at the specified bus stop five minutes before the time published on the timetable. All timings are approximate but buses do not leave those stops any earlier than the published times. We will occasionally have chaperones on buses during the year, but this will not be possible every day. Whilst on the bus, children must follow the instructions of the bus driver and remain seated and belted in at all times. Academy staff ensure that all students are on buses safely before they leave the Academy each evening.

We will write to you to request payment for the passes at the beginning of each term. The cost for 2018-19 is £10 per week for the return journey. Payments are made through our ParentMail system and you may make partial payments throughout the term. Students will be issued with a bus pass, but I can assure you that until that time no child wearing a Wixams Academy uniform will be denied entry to one of our buses.

We are a cashless academy and all payments for bus transport, dining and other costs, for example, trips, must be made via ParentMail. You should have your ParentMail account set up already, but please do contact the school office if you need any assistance with this.

Our main meal will cost £2.50 per day as of September. As already stated, we will write to you to request bus payment once the term has begun.

Musical instrument lessons
We work closely with the Bedfordshire Music Cooperative to provide children with a range of musical instrument lessons. If your child is currently studying an instrument or would like to try a new instrument, please email Mrs Pearson at: lpearson@wixamsacademy.co.uk She will liaise with you and the music cooperative to arrange lessons for your child.

Student mobile phone use

A reminder that we do allow our students to bring mobile phones to the Academy, but carefully restrict and monitor their use within the Academy. These rules are carefully explained to your child but, put simply, mobile phones may be used in the dining room only during break time and lunchtime, but may not be used anywhere else. Activities on mobile phones may not include the use of social media, filming or photographing other people, or making contact outside of the Academy during the school day.

Uniform and equipment
Our students look amazingly smart and are a credit to the Academy and I thank you for your support in keeping your child well presented. The unusually hot weather has understandably made wearing the full uniform more difficult at times, but we expect full Academy uniform, including PE kit, to be worn when children return on the 5th September.

Can I also ask you to check your child’s equipment supplies, so they come back fully prepared for the new term?

Home school communication
Communication is very important to us and we encourage you to make contact with any queries or concerns. We ask for communication to be made via email to your child’s tutor in the first instance. 

Principal – Mr Paul Spyropoulos

Assistant Principal – Mrs Lindsey Pearson

SENDCO – Ms Chris Jones

Director of Maths – Mrs Jacqui Hepburn

English Teacher/ 8F Form Tutor – Miss Melissa Perry

Humanities Teacher/ 8H Form Tutor – Mrs Kelly Miles

PE Teacher/ 8T Form Tutor – Mr Dean Dummett

Art, DT & PSHE Teacher/ 8J Form Tutor – Ms Angela Smith

We have a policy to address correspondence by the next working day. If your concern is urgent, you should telephone us on 01234 608950.

All that remains is for me to wish you and your family a happy summer. I very much look forward to welcoming your child back to the Academy in September and continuing with our positive and successful partnership, delivering the very best education possible for your child.

Yours sincerely

Paul Spyropoulos