Year 8 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 8 Progress Evening which will take place on

Monday 4th June 2018 between the hours of 4pm – 7pm at Joseph Swan Academy.  This event will be an appointment based event with staff from each department located on the Academy ‘Street’.

This progress evening is a real opportunity for you to speak to your son/daughter’s subject teachers.  It is important that you see key staff to discuss the progress your son/daughter is making in Year 8.

The Year 8 Team will be on hand for additional advice and support throughout the evening.

Please discuss the evening with your son/daughter and ask them to make appointments with the teachers you would like to see.  The appointments will be between 4pm – 7pm.  Please indicate if you need later appointments for your son/daughter.  Note appointments will be approximately 5-10 minutes in length.  You will have the opportunity to see your son/daughter’s books/folders during the evening.

Please do contact the Year Team if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 4th June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

May Bank Holiday

Dear Parent/Carer

Just a gentle reminder that the Academy will be closed on Monday 7th May 2018 to all
staff and students for May Bank Holiday.

Students who are taking examinations will have revision materials.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

23rd April – Sixth Form Options Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Choices for Sixth Form Evening here at Joseph Swan Academy. This will take place on Monday 23rd April 2018. On arrival parents/carers and students will be registered at Main Reception and given a Sixth Form Prospectus. The formal part of the evening will start in the Main Hall at 6pm with an introduction to the Sixth Form. Following this, there will be a ‘Subject Fair’ located in the Academy ‘Street’ where you will be able to discuss course options for Year 12 with subject specialists.

This is a real opportunity for you to find out the content of courses taught, the entry requirements for the courses and combinations of courses that work well together.
The Academy Leadership Team and Sixth Form Team will be on hand for additional advice and support and refreshments will be available from our Street Café throughout the evening.
The evening will come to a close at 7.45pm.

Please do contact the Sixth Form Team via Mr Divers, Director of Sixth Form on email phillipdivers@josephswan.org.uk or telephone 0191 4422000 extension 241 if you have any further questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 23rd April 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

19th March – Year 9 Options Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Key Stage 4 Options Evening for Year 9 students. This will take place on Monday 19th March 2018 between 6pm and 7.45pm. At this evening you will receive a copy of our new Options brochure which outlines the courses Joseph Swan Academy will offer in Key Stage 4, a personalised pathway subject sheet and the most up to date interim report for your son/daughter.

The format of the evening will be as follows:

  • There will be an introduction to the evening and how the personalised pathways will work in the Main Hall at 6pm. This will be repeated at 7pm
  • After this parents/carers are invited to visit the Options Roadshow which will take place on our ‘Street’. There will be a display from each JSA subject area which will be manned by all teaching staff who teach Year 9 and staff who have positions of responsibility within each department.

The Academy Leadership Team and Year 9 Team will be available throughout the evening for any questions you may have.

Options sheets are to be submitted to tutors by Tuesday 27th March 2018.

This is an important evening in your son/daughter’s educational journey. We do hope you can attend.

We look forward to seeing you.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

14th March – Careers Fair

Dear Parent/Carer

Joseph Swan Academy
Careers Fair
Wednesday 14th March 2018 from 5pm to 7pm

We would like to invite you and your son/daughter to the Joseph Swan Academy’s Careers Fair on Wednesday 14th March 2018. This will take place on our Academy ‘Street’ between 5pm and 7pm.

This event has been organised as part of our Academy Careers Programme and is intended to help our students find out more about the options available to them as they make decisions about their future. The evening should be of particular interest to students in Years 9 (who also have an options evening on 19th March 2018), and Years 11 and 13 students as they consider their options in the future. All students/parents/carers in all Year Groups are welcome to come to this event.

We have invited over thirty organisations and businesses to be represented at this event including companies such as Nissan, BT, Ernst & Young, The National Youth Film Academy, and Sage Academy of Performing Arts. There will also be representatives from Gateshead Health, the Armed Forces including the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Army. In addition our Academy Sixth Form will be available to discuss our Key Stage 5 pathways and curriculum. There will also be representatives from universities and training providers.

As you can imagine this is a very worthwhile event to attend to ensure both you and your son/daughter have as much information as possible about future pathways. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening in our Street Café.

As a further incentive all ‘family groups’ who attend this evening will be entered into a prize draw for £50 Sainsbury’s voucher.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 14th March between 5pm and 7pm.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Postponement of Year 11 Workshop Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

Due to the weather warning for later on today I have taken the decision to postpone the Year 11 Workshop evening tonight. This is for safety reasons for students, parents /carers and staff. I am sorry to have to do this and do apologise for the inconvenience caused. The evening has been rescheduled for Wednesday 7th March with the same timings being used. Thank you for the support, your sign up for this event, which we will ensure will run on Wednesday 7th March.

Many apologies again for any inconvenience caused.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

9th February – Heart to Heart Day

Dear Parent/Carer

On our annual Heart to Heart Day which is on Friday 9th February 2018 students are invited to take part in our ‘Row the Amazon River Challenge’.

The navigable route of the Amazon River is 3,343 km (2,077 miles). This was rowed in 2013 by Dr Mark de Rond and Anton Wright of Cambridge University over a period of 33 days. We are going to attempt to do this with our Academy community in just over one Academy day.

There are two ways your child can participate in this challenge:

1) Students make a minimum donation of at least 50p at break on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week to the finance team in the Academy Gym. This means they can come to the Academy on Friday 9th February in their PE kit and participate as part of their Year Team

2) A student can receive a sponsorship form from Mr Bland who will also be in the Academy Gym on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. If the student raises £15 or over in sponsorship with the monies paid in by Thursday 8th February they can participate and receive a ‘I helped row the Amazon River for Alzheimer’s Research’ t-shirt.

Monies raised during the Heart to Heart Day will go to Alzheimer’s Research which students and staff have chosen as their nominated charity this term, which I am sure you will agree is a very worthwhile cause.

We do hope all of our Parents/Carers support us in this challenge.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

5th February – Year 9 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 9 Progress Evening which will take place on

Monday 5th February 2018 between the hours of 4pm – 7pm at Joseph Swan Academy.  This event will be an appointment based event with staff from each department located on the Academy ‘Street’.

This progress evening is a real opportunity for you to speak to your son/daughter’s subject teachers.  It is important that you see key staff to discuss the progress your son/daughter is making in Year 9.

The Year 9 Team will be on hand for additional advice and support throughout the evening.

Please discuss the evening with your son/daughter and ask them to make appointments with the teachers you would like to see.  The appointments will be between 4pm – 7pm.  Please indicate if you need later appointments for your son/daughter.  Note appointments will be approximately 5-10 minutes in length.  You will have the opportunity to see your son/daughter’s books/folders during the evening.

Please do contact the Year Team if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 5th February 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

29th January – Year 11 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 11 Progress Evening which will take place on
Monday 29th January 2018 between the hours of 4pm – 7pm at Joseph Swan Academy. This event will be an appointment based event with staff from each department located on the Academy ‘Street’.

This Progress Evening is a real opportunity for you to speak to your son/daughter’s subject teachers. It is important that you see key staff to discuss the progress your son/daughter is making in Year 11.

The Year 11 Team will be on hand for additional advice and support throughout the evening.
Please discuss the evening with your son/daughter and ask them to make appointments with the teachers you would like to see. The appointments will be between 4pm – 7pm. Please indicate if you need later appointments for your son/daughter. Note appointments will be approximately 5-10 minutes in length. You will have the opportunity to see your son/daughter’s books/folders during the evening.

In addition, please note there will be a further workshop based Year 11 evening for parents/carers on Monday 26th February 2018 to follow up on specific areas parents/carers would like to focus on such as revision skills, exam techniques, resilience training, and English, Maths and Science workshops.

Please do contact the Year Team if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 29th January 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Amendment to the Behaviour for Learning Policy

Dear Parent/Carer

We have had a very invigorating start to this Spring Term with excellent attendance and a very positive attitude to learning demonstrated by the vast majority of students. The Year 11 students have very purposefully completed three days of trial examinations and specific students in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 have completed BTEC public examinations.

We introduced our new travelling to and from the Academy Procedures on Monday 8th January and have already had much positive feedback from members of the public in and around the Low Fell area and the local community.

From Monday 15th January we will be launching an amendment to our Behaviour for Learning Policy. This is to promote further a positive climate and environment for learning across the Academy.

At Joseph Swan Academy we are proud to say that the vast majority of students behave exceptionally well every single day. We are very proud of all these students. To encourage all students to behave in this very positive way we will be introducing an additional sanction to our Behaviour for Learning Policy.

This sanction is – if a student reaches a Step 4 ‘on call’ removal from a lesson situation due to inappropriate behaviour, disruption or defiance the student will receive a fixed term exclusion from the Academy which will be formally recorded.

After this exclusion parents and carers, with their son/daughter, will attend a meeting with myself and/or the Deputy Head Teacher to discuss the expectations of future conduct at the Academy. This sanction will also be given for students who are not in the right lessons, use inappropriate language or who have been found to be smoking on the Academy site. We realise this is a serious sanction but we want to ensure and encourage all of our students to focus each and every day on their learning and on achieving at the highest level.

This amendment to the policy will be reviewed on the week beginning Monday 5th February 2018. Parents/carers will be updated after this review has taken place.

Students were informed of this amendment at their Line up for Learning on Friday 12th January and will be reminded of this on Monday 15th January during extended registration.

We hope that you will be fully supportive of this venture to improve still further the positive attitudes to learning within the Academy.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher