Update on Key Dates, Time and Events

Dear Parent/Carer

Can I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a very healthy and Happy 2019.

Just a reminder that on Friday 21st December we hope the entire Academy will join us in our now traditional ‘Christmas Top (Jumper or T shirt) Day’. Students and staff are all encouraged to join in with this event. Students and staff will be able to wear ‘normal clothes’ for this day. A donation (suggested 50p) will be made for our charitable collection for Save the Children and Joseph Swan Academy charities.

As you will know we end our term this year on Friday 21st December at 12 noon. If the finishing time is a concern please do contact the Academy’s Administration Manager, Mrs A Atkinson via andreaatkinson@josephswan.org.uk or 0191 4422004. The scholars’ buses will not be running in the afternoon on this day but public buses will run with a variety of opportunities for the students from 12 noon.

As we come to the end of this the term can I, as always, thank you for all your support. This term has been a very busy one and included a positive Ofsted Inspection on the 30th November, please see ‘Positive news from Ofsted letter’ for additional information. We also had the news regarding our potential linkage with Emmanuel Schools Foundation (ESF) which looks very exciting. More information to follow on this. We have had record breaking attendances from Parents/Carers to our Academy Progress evenings and our Remembrance Concert. We have also had great support for our charitable collections for the Royal British Legion, the Gateshead Foodbank, the Food Co-operative and ‘Shelter’. During this Autumn Term we have also continued to focus on improving attainment and achievement for all our students.

As you can see from the following table next half term will be a busy time for all of us.

Spring Term Key Dates:

Monday 7th January 2019 to Friday 11th January 2019 Year 11 Trial Examinations
Tuesday 8th January to Thursday 10th January 2019
and Monday 14th January to Wednesday 16th January 2019
Year 12 & 13 Controlled Assessments (selected students)
Wednesday 9th January and Friday 1st February 2019 Year 11 BTEC Examinations (selected students)
Friday 11th January to Friday 25th January 2019 Year 12 & 13 BTEC Examinations (selected students)
Monday 14th January to Friday 18th January 2019 Year 12 & 13 Trial Examinations
Monday 21st January to Friday 25th January 2019 Year 10 Trial Examinations
Thursday 31st January 2019 from 4pm to 7pm
(separate invitation letter to follow)
Year 11 Progress Evening for Parents/Carers
Friday 25th January 2019 Holocaust Memorial SMSC Day
Thursday 7th February 2019 from 4pm to 7pm Year 9 Progress Evening for Parents/Carers
Monday 11th February 2019 Year 10 Tutor Evening
Friday 15th February 2019 Heart to Heart SMSC Day
Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February 2019 Half Term Holiday

We look forward to working closely with you in 2019. Please do have a wonderful Christmas and very best wishes for 2019.

We would like our students, your children, fully rested and ready for ‘energetic’ learning when they return. The Spring Term will begin at 8.30am on Monday 7th January 2019 when we look forward to welcoming our students back.

With very festive wishes

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Provisional term dates for the Academic Year 2019-2020:

Autumn Term Starts Monday 2nd September 2019
Autumn Half Term Monday 21st October 2019 – Friday 25th October 2019
Autumn Term Finishes Friday 20th December 2019
Spring Term Starts Monday 6th January 2020
Spring Half Term Monday 17th February 2020 – Friday 21st February 2020
Spring Term Finishes Friday 3rd April 2020
Summer Term Starts Monday 20th April 2020
Summer Half Term Monday 25th May 2020 – Friday 29th May 2020
Summer Term Finishes Friday 17th July 2020
Academy Training Days To be confirmed