9th July – Year 10 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 10 Progress Evening which will take place on
Monday 9th July 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 10.

The Year 10 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 9th July 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

 

Year 10 Appointment card

18th June – Year 7 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 7 Progress Evening which will take place on
Monday 18th 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 7.

The Year 7 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 18th June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Fantastic News for Joseph Swan Academy

Dear Parent / Carer

I am very pleased to announce that Joseph Swan Academy has been allocated a grant of £762,400 to replace the windows and the curtain walling in specific parts of the Academy. This will transform the Geography, History, Business and Art areas of the Academy. This will also renew the area around the Quad which we will then develop as an additional learning location.

We are very pleased to have been one of a small numbers of schools in the North East to be a recipient of a grant of this high amount of funding. This money was allocated after a very rigorous application submission process. The work will start as soon as we finish for the summer term with majority completed by September for the start of the new academic year.

I look forward to sending you artist impressions of the plans of our building with the proposed changes.

This is fantastic news for Joseph Swan Academy.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Half Term Holiday

Dear Parent/Carer

Just a reminder that the Academy will be closed for Half Term Holidays from
Monday 28th May 2018 until Friday 1st June 2018 to students.

Please note there are revision sessions running for Year 11 and Year 13 students. Parents, Carers and students will be informed of these on a separate letter.

We look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday 4th June 2018 in full Academy uniform and ready for learning.

As always, please do regularly check our website www.josephswan.org.uk. This contains many important updates about our Academy.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Year 11 Final Preparations for Examinations

Dear Parent/Carer

Your son/daughter has a number of very important examinations left to take this Academic Year.

To assist with their final preparations students may study at home with your signed permission from Friday 15th June at 12.15pm. Up until then it is compulsory for all students to continue attending all lessons of examination subjects they have not yet taken, booster lessons, top tips and the examinations themselves.

The final examination for Year 11 students at Joseph Swan Academy is on Friday 22nd June. Following the final student assembly that will take place at 11.15am on this date, students will then be expected to prepare for the next stage in their life journey. Students attending Sixth Form at Joseph Swan Academy will be provided with a research document to enable them to prepare additional background information for their Sixth Form studies. For students who will be starting apprenticeships or going straight into the work place, an understanding of Health and Safety is essential. We recommend that students use the time they have available to research Health and Safety in the workplace so they are fully prepared for this.

To support students between the 15th June and 20th July, students are very welcome to use the dedicated study base within the Sixth Form area for Year 11 students in preparation for their remaining exams, further studies or the workplace. If you feel that it is more beneficial for your son/daughter to complete this preparation at home this can only be authorised if you complete and return the consent form below. If the Academy does not receive this we expect students to attend the Academy each and every day up to 20th July 2018.

I would kindly ask that the consent form is returned to your son/daughter’s Tutor or to the Year Team by Friday 25th May 2018.

I would like to thank you for your continued support and I wish all our Year 11 students the very best of luck with their remaining examinations.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Letter and Consent From

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