CRA Newsletter 17.05.2024 Half Term 5 - May 2024

SLT Update

The Year 11s have coped excellently with their first full week of GCSE exams. Their attitude in the exams has been amazing but also the resilience their have shown before the exams in their revision sessions and the confidence and aspiration they have shown after the exams has been really admirable also. Well done Year 11 and keep it up - you are a third of the way through now! Elsewhere in the academy, our student leadership team have been amazing this week with being super ambassadors for CRA - meeting with prospective candidates and also Governors to discuss pertinent issues specific to CRA. We are very proud of you all and thank you.

Important dates to remember

  • 28th and 29th May 2024 - Half term sports camp for primary aged students.
  • 2nd July 2024 - Transition day
  • 10th July 2024 - Year 5 open evening
  • 12th July 2024 - Break up for summer holidays

Sports Camp

Please find below details of a sports camp we are offering to primary aged children for 2 days during May half term. If you have a child that would be interested in attending, please book through the QR code or contact Ms Fulcher on 01476 550333 or

Year 5 Open Evening

Year 11 Focus

With the GCSE exam season now underway, a reminder that all Year 11 students need to be in school everyday in full until their last exam. Students are not permitted to leave school after an exam is sat. Students are involved in lessons and revision sessions in between each of their exams until their very last one. Only appointments with evidence provided will be accepted for any Year 11 student to be leaving site early during the exam window. Thank you for your ongoing support with all revision and preparation taking place from home, please do continue to ensure this is taking place.

Please see the table below for next week's exams to support them in revision from home:

Why We Do What We Do

We expect all students to have the required equipment with them for every lesson . This is what we call the CRA 6 and consists of a pencil, purple pen, 2 black pens, a ruler and an eraser. Please see example below

Students will be checked during form time that they have these items and points awarded if they do. It is essential they have the CRA 6 every day to enable them to perform efficiently in their lessons.

Any part of the CRA 6 can be purchased at the school office.

CRA Character

Community is a huge focus for us at CRA - We refer to ourselves as 3 houses but 1 commUNITY and on Thursday with the rainy weather, it was wonderful to see lots of our students gather in the hall for Wii Sports and bowling. Whilst playing we had some of our Year 8 students djaying and it was a magic moment when YMCA was playing and staff and students were dancing along, really demonstrating our sense of community and fun!

Word of the week​​​.​​​

Miss, mit: send, let go (Latin root word)

  • Transmit cause (something) to pass on from one person or place to another.
  • Remit the task or area of activity officially assigned to an individual or organization.
  • Dismiss order or allow to leave; send away.

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 May 2024 - 8

Accelerated Reading

Week commencing 20th May 2024 - Period 3

Teen Support..

Mental Health Awareness Week

‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’ is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

Since 2001, the Mental Health Foundation has been leading Mental Health Awareness Week - bringing together the UK to focus on getting good mental health. Each May, millions of people from every part of society take part. They include people in schools and further education; private, public and charity sectors; families and individuals.

For further information please see the following link:Boost your mental health by moving more | Mental Health Foundation

Table Talk

The sending and receiving of indecent images is an issue that teenagers are facing across the country. It is commonly known as “Sexting”. Sexting is the sending or posting of naked or semi-naked images, videos, or live streams by young people under the age of 18. This could be via social media, gaming platforms, chat apps, or forums. It could also involve device sharing via services such as Apple’s AirDrop, which works offline. The term ‘nudes’ is used because it is most commonly understood by young people and more accurately describes all types of image sharing incidents. Children and teenagers may use terms such as ‘dick pics’ or ‘pics’. The reasons for taking and sharing naked and semi-naked images, videos, and live streams are not always sexual or criminal. These images can be created and shared consensually by young people who are in relationships as well as those who are not.

A young person in a consensual relationship may also be coerced into sharing an image with their partner. Incidents may also occur in the following locations:

  • ✓ children and young people find nudes and semi-nudes online and share them claiming to be from a peer
  • ✓ children and young people digitally manipulate an image of a young person into an existing nude online
  • ✓ images created or shared are used to abuse peers e.g. by selling images online or obtaining images to share more widely without consent to publicly shame.

In the UK the age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16. However, it is an offence to make, distribute, possess or show any indecent images of anyone aged under 18, even if the content was created with the consent of that young person. If you find out that your child has been sexting, you can contact the Internet Watch Foundation, who can search for explicit images or videos of your child and remove them. It would also be advisable to have an honest conversation with your child about the incident, to find out what led to it and how can it be avoided in the future.

Some of the reasons for sexting are:

  • ✓ peer pressure
  • ✓ feeling pressured to sext as a way of proving their sexuality
  • ✓ as a result of harassment, threats or blackmail
  • ✓ seeking someone’s approval
  • ✓ long distance/ online relationships, where there is a desire to have a sexual relationship
  • ✓ confidence in their looks, which they want to share with other people Tips for parents
  • ✓ Discuss with your child the consequences of sexting
  • ✓ Monitor your child’s online presence, especially social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter
  • ✓ Explain that the images can land in the wrong hands, and warn them against online predators
  • ✓ Encourage your child to open up about receiving or sending provocative images without your supervision
  • ✓ Remind your child that there are essential and personal information that they should never share online such as address, photos and video footage
  • ✓ Set clear rules about what they can and cannot do with their electronic devices

Please discuss this important topic with your child.

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 travel and tourism'

Mr Rees - Careers' Support


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 on 01476 550333 ext 515 or 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

Terra Crowned Wii Sports Champions

On Thursday this week house teams went head to head in this years house ‘gaming’ competition. The game selected this year was Wii Sports Bowling where students competed in a team format on the main stage. Students across each year group came together to form a team to represent their respective houses.

After some closely contested and exciting games it was Terra who came out on top, earning 125 house points. Caeli finished in a close 2nd place picking up 75 house points and Aqua were awarded 50 house points for their 3rd place finish.

House Summer Games Update

The House Summer Games is well underway with Caeli currently sitting top of the medal table. Following their victory in Goalball last week Caeli are starting to open up a healthy points lead, securing four gold medals along the way. This week house teams take to the field to compete in Rounders, with a huge 250 house points on offer.

Rounders got underway earlier this week with Aqua taking an early advantage following victory over Terra in the first round of matches. The remaining matches take place today, with results to follow in whole school assembly on Monday.

The Sporting Post.

Free Sports Sessions

Please find attached a link to sports sessions that are ran by Grantham Positive Futures for free around Grantham.

Please can all students be collected from the BACK of the school when being picked up from after school clubs and fixtures.

Sports Kit

Please can any borrowed sports kit be returned as soon as possible. We have trainers, hoodies, netball dresses and football kit (shirts, shorts and socks) that have not been returned. This means that students are unable to also borrow these items for fixtures and limits teams when wanting to wear a full, matching kit.

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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