CRA Newsletter 17.11.2023 Half Term 2 - Nov 2023

Senior Leadership Team Update

As our Year 11s finish their first series of mock exams, we look forward to seeing the progress made across the academy in the recent KPIs and exams. From the test papers, teachers can identify gaps in knowledge and misconceptions, to ensure they maximise the learning time effectively. Please do take the time to go through your child's KPI assessment sheet/mock results with them and discuss the results. We want to work with you to support making the most out of homework, revision and independent learning to secure the best possible outcomes for your child.


If you drop your child off/collect your child at the end of the day, this must be done at the rear of school. Parents should not enter the school bus park, but park along the road outside. Students can use the pedestrian entrance at the rear of school. Parents are not permitted to drop off/collect at the start or end of the day from the front. If you are collecting your child outside of normal drop off/pick up for an appointment, this should be from the front, where your child can sign out correctly.


All visitors to CRA must go to reception to sign in before going anywhere else on site. Visitors are not allowed to go straight to the bungalow without signing in first. This is to safeguard all our staff and students and ensure we have an accurate record of who we have on site.

Important dates to remember

  • 19th December 2023 - Christmas carols in church
  • 20th December 2023 - Christmas House Party, Santa Fun Run and last day of term


Please can we ask that if your child may require medication such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, calpol or anti-histamine, that you send it to school with them and ask them to hand it to the office for safekeeping and future use if the need arises. Unfortunately, we do not have a supply to give to students.

Year 11 Focus.

With the exception of the French exam on Monday morning, Year 11 students have now completed their November mock exams. Students conduct and attitudes towards the exam process has been exemplary, ensuring that all exam protocols are being followed and their organisation of where they need to be in comparison to a normal school day. Over the coming weeks teachers will be marking and grading the papers and results will be released to pupils on the 5th of December in a mock results day, mirroring the process of how it will look when they open their formal results in the Summer. These mock results will give teachers a real insight into strength and areas for further development to support in lesson delivery and intervention sessions moving forwards.

A reminder that for any students absent for an exam during the formal exams in the Summer, there is not an option for students to catch up on any missed exams in any way. If a student misses any exam in the Summer, this will result in a negative impact towards their final grade.

CRA Character

On Monday we had our Remembrance Service at school with the Reverend Buckman, one of our school governors speaking about the act of remembrance. At 11am the whole school walked in silence to the war memorial in Corby Glen and laid a poppy wreath on behalf of the CRA community, before 2 minutes of silent reflection. It was lovely to see our community come together to show respect for those who have fallen in conflict.

Why we do what we do?"

At CRA we use formative assessment in our lessons every day. Formative assessment enables us to monitor student learning and it provides ongoing feedback to us as teachers, letting us know which skills or areas of a topic we need to revisit to ensure our students have committed it to their long-term memory. It also enables us to feedback directly to the students in the moment to support their learning. Formative assessment occurs during the learning process whereas summative assessment provides a final evaluation of knowledge and skills and will often give a grade, a level or a percentage score. Students at CRA will soon be completing the KPI, a summative assessment and reports will be going home before the Christmas break.

Times Tables

At the end of all lessons students stand behind their chairs in silence to prepare for themselves for the next lesson. From September, on a weekly rota, Years 7 and 8 will be reciting their timetables to help embed them in their long term memory.

Week commencing 20th November 2023 - 11

Accelerated Reading

Week commencing 20th November 2023 - Period 1

Teen Support.

If you would like to attend this event, please click on this link to sign up.

Table Talk

The Top 10 Red Flags in Teenage Behaviour: What Parents Should Look For

Over the next 10 weeks we will be sharing 10 of the most common signs that a young adult is struggling with a mental health challenge.

1: Problems with Sleep and Fatigue

  • If a teen is demonstrating irregular sleep patterns, it might be a warning sign. Excessive sleeping, sleeping during the day, or not getting enough sleep can be red flags in teenage behaviour. Teens who struggle with sleep can be especially moody. They may seem “off.”

Here are a few common signs to watch for that might indicate that your teen is not getting enough sleep.

  • Having trouble waking up most mornings
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Falling asleep easily during the day
  • Trouble concentrating or poor academic performance
  • Sleeping very late on weekends
  • Hyperactivity and nervousness
  • Aggressive behaviour

Thinking Ahead – My Future, My Choice

Each week we will show you examples of the various careers linked to the subject you are studying. This week’s career idea is ‘Jobs related to design and technology'

Mr Rees - Careers' Support


Attendance – Term 2, Week 3

Year 11 have achieved 1st place with a top attendance score beating all the other year groups, well done Year 11, great effort.

The boys once again have smashed their attendance this week beating the girls to 1st place by a very respectful 2.1%.

Caeli have finished first with the highest overall attendance this week, beating Terra and Aqua, well-done Caeli by 5%! Special mention for Caeli 8, Caeli 9 and Terra 7 who have achieved 96%.

Well done to the 54 students who currently have 100% attendance, super effort. Well done to all the other students who have worked so hard on improving and maintaining there overall %.

Friday has seen our highest percentage of absence this week, missing just one day can have an impact on students learning experiences and outcomes.

If your child is absent from school, please ensure you contact school daily either by email/MCAS or by telephoning the attendance line 01476 550333 ext 502. It is vital we are notified everyday of any absence for safeguarding reasons, unless previously authorised. A reason for illness will always be requested, this is to observe attendance patterns and outbreaks of illness amongst students.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself kcoleman@charlesreadacademy.co.uk on 01476 550333 ext 515 or tsandison@charlesreadacademy.co.uk ext 502 to discuss ways to support your child's attendance.

CRA - Lets work together to make every day count!

Mrs Coleman - Attendance Manager

Holiday Warning Letter

House News

House Rowing

Rowvember 2023 is well underway with house teams going head-to-head to row the furthest distance over the course of the month. On Wednesday next week students and staff will take each other on in a series of individual sprint and team relay races for the chance of adding house points to their overall scores.

Each tutor group will enter four students for the competition supported by a team of four staff members.

The competition will take place in the main hall during lunchtime. Make sure you are speaking to your Heads of House, House Captains and Tutors if you would like to get involved.

Coming Soon…

I’m a Teacher Get Me Out of Here details to be released soon!

DRET Santa Run

It is that time of the year again when the Christmas period will soon by upon us. We are excited to share details of this years annual DRET Santa Run which will be taking place on Wednesday 20th December (Last day of term!).

Run, walk, skip or hop your way around your school grounds and raise money for the Inspiration Fund! Every Santa Runner will receive a medal! You can wear your Christmas jumper, favourite Christmas accessory or costume!

Raise £9 or more and get a Santa t-shirt and hat or Reindeer t-shirt and antlers to wear every year! £20 or more and receive a house Christmas Party ticket!

Sponsorship forms will be available from your tutor or PE office!

Term 2 House Competitions

The Sporting Post

Last week we started our DRET Rowvember challenge, where the academy has been tasked to row a total of 627km during November. This distance has been generated as we aim to travel between eight of the Universities from the Houseopoly boards: University of Manchester, University of Sheffield, University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and London Metropolitan University. Our current total stands at 175km.

Our students have been rowing during PE lessons, enrichment sessions, breaktimes and lunchtimes. However, our challenge includes the whole of the Charles Read community. Therefore, we are seeking the support of family members at home who may have access to a rowing machine either at home or at a gym to join in and help us reach our target.

To join in all you would need to do is send in a photo of any distances completed on a rowing machine which we will then add to the whole school total. Please send these to: afountain@charlesreadacademy.co.uk

Within school, we also have house points available for the house that completes the furthest combined distance throughout Rowvember. Any distances sent in will also be added to the score for your child’

Table Tennis

Lowri (Wales), along with Isaac and Abraham (England) all played in the Home Nations (British Championships) last weekend in Bangor, Wales.

Over the weekend they played against teams from the other home nations, including Scotland, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

Lowri won Gold in the u19 girls doubles and 2 silvers, one in the u19 team event and the other in the singles event.

Abraham was a triple gold medallist in the u15 event, winning the singles, doubles and team event.

Isaac won 2 gold medals in the u19 boys doubles and team event and a bronze medal in the singles

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Term Dates

Please see the latest term dates for 2022-23.

Academic Term Dates 2024-25

A list of diary events can also be found on the CRA Website by clicking here