CRA Newsletter 28.06.2024 Half Term 6 - June 2024

SLT Update

It has been another exciting week at CRA with trips and house competitions. Next Tuesday we welcome Year 6s on their Transition Day and we also have our CRA Sports Day on Monday. Sports Day is such a huge occasion at CRA for us to celebrate our 3 houses, 1 community and the individuals within it. Lets hope the rain holds off! Those tutor groups who have achieved Assistant Principal Award on their Houseopoly boards, will receive their free ice cream token for the ice cream van that will be present in the afternoon. On Monday, for Sports Day, all students can wear their PE kit if they are competing and if not, they can wear items of clothing in house colours. Any items of clothing worn which is not in house colour must be your normal uniform. eg. a student may wear a house colour top with their school skirt/trousers. It will be normal school uniform for the rest of the week.

Inspiration Awards 2024

We are over the moon to be announced at the DRET Inspiration Awards as Academy of the Year 2024! We have all worked so hard to make positive progress with our students in their academic studies and develop their wider enrichment experiences. All our staff go above and beyond to support and build relationships on a daily basis to help our students feel part of our amazing community. It was wonderful last night to have that recognised formally by the Trust and there were lots of cheers and jumping in the hall when it was announced by everyone! Well done Team CRA!

Important dates to remember

  • 2nd July 2024 - Transition day
  • 2nd July 2024 - Year 10 Geography trip
  • 10th July 2024 - Year 5 open evening
  • 12th July 2024 - Break up for summer holidays

Lost Property

We have a substantial amount of lost property in the bungalow. If your child has lost anything , please encourage them to come and ask. During the last week we will arrange a day where we will put it all in the hall and if it is not collected we will donate it to the fire station.

SEN Department

On Thursday we partnered with Don’t Lose Hope Café and charity in Bourne to host our final SEN coffee morning of this academic year. Thank you everyone at Don’t Lose Hope for their support and to Mrs Harvey and Miss Canny who ran the event. We look forward to seeing more of you in our events next year.

Don’t Lose Hope aims to enhance the well-being of all members of our community by providing access to therapeutic and emotional support. It is a charity that offers a professional counselling service for all members of the community from age 4 upwards. This is a free service for families/individuals receiving certain state benefits and affordable to all others. This service is delivered by a team of qualified and experienced counsellors, in private fully equipped counselling rooms. In addition to the café, we also run a community garden. We rely on fundraising to ensure we can maintain this service. We raise funds through our Café, and Gift Shop and also through donations. More about Don’t Lose Hope can be found on their website:

Don’t Lose Hope also offer opportunities for young people such as the Young Person Café (3:30-5pm every Thursday), Runaway Creatives Theatre Group (6pm-8pm every Monday), Don’t Lose Hope Young Peoples Cancer Support Day (Augst 12th and 22nd 2024) and The Empowerment Girls Academy. Included are flyers with more information for each of these events.

Year 5 Open Evening

Year 11 Focus

GCSE Results Day: Thursday 22nd August

The school will be open to Year 11 students from 10:00am until 11:00am to collect their examination results. Students should enter school by main reception and then proceed to the main hall, where results will be available to collect in a sealed envelope from members of SLT. We will be operating an appointment-based system, each appointment will be 5 minutes in length between 10:00-11:00am. Please use the link below to book an appointment time.

These results will be given to named students only. If your child is unable to come to collect their results in person, a family member can pick them up on their behalf but, they must have signed written permission from the student in order to receive the results. If it is not possible for anyone to come in and collect results, then these can be emailed directly to students' school email addresses by Miss Thorpe. If you have any further questions about GCSE Results Day, please contact Mr Cronin -


Yr10 students will be completing their Paper 3 Section B fieldwork experience on Tuesday 2nd July in Skegness. Students will dress in their own clothing appropriate for school fieldwork at the seaside. They must bring a packed lunch.

Students will leave the academy at approximately 9am and will return to the academy at approximately, 6pm. Reply slips acknowledging own transport home is required to the office asap.

Any questions or concerns regarding the trip please email Mrs Cooper

Mrs Cooper- Head of Humanities

CRA Character

On Tuesday, we had our third enrichment drop down day. Year 9 visited ARU and Year 10 had a career focused day with some special visitors from Walton Academy! It was wonderful to welcome back some ex-students who are being successful in their A Level studies at Walton and wanted to come and share their experiences of Sixth Form. Year 7 and 8 had a very busy 5 sessions doing their community day - this featured going out into the community to do a litter pick, working as a team on Army inspired tasks and brushing up on their First Aid knowledge online. All students demonstrated their CRA values throughout the day. Following that, we had our Lyp Sync Battle house competition and so much fun was had by everyone, which was just lovely to see and experience. Well done Team CRA!

Word of the week​​​.​​​.

Pre: before (Latin root word)

  • Previous existing or occurring before in time or order.​
  • Predicate found or base something on, or the part of a sentence or clause containing a verb and stating something about the subject (e.g. went home in John went home ).​
  • Apprehend arrest (someone) for a crime, or understand or perceive.​

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 1st July 2024 - 11

Accelerated Reading

Week commencing 1st July 2024 - Period 3

Teen Support..

10 Tips to help your wellbeing this Summer

With more freedom, some (hopefully) great weather, and a little more time on your hands, the summer holidays can be a great time to build your wellbeing.

With this in mind, researchers from the University of Cambridge and students at Northgate High School have come up with 10 top tips to really maximise your summer.

  • 1. Take Time Out
  • 2. Build a routine
  • 3. Get Active
  • 4. Prioritise sleep
  • 5. Stay connected
  • 6. Try a digital detox
  • 7. Share your thinking
  • 8. Break work down - don't put it off
  • 9. Be kind to yourself
  • 10. Talk to a professional

For more detailed information around these topics, follow this link:

10 tips to improve your wellbeing this summer (

Table Talk

Please take the opportunity to discuss mobile phone and tablet usage with your child and explain some of the consequences of excessive use.

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 business'

Mr Rees - Careers' Support


Attendance – Term 6, Week 4.

Year 7 have achieved 1st place for the third week running with a top attendance score of 95.4%, beating all the other year groups, well done Year 7, great effort. Year 9 are in 5th place as the lowest attending year group.

The girls have had a great week and finish this week in 1st place beating the boys by 2.7%.

Terra have finished first with the highest overall attendance this week, beating Caeli by 0.7%, well-done Terra! Special mention for Terra 7 who have achieved 98.3%, excellent effort.

Thursday has seen our highest percentage of absence this week, 25% of this is illness related. Missing just one day can have an impact on students learning experiences and outcomes.

Well done to the following students who have shown great resilience with their attendance

Jeffrey - Terra 7
Ella-Mae - Aqua 10

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

Lip Sync Battle 2024

House Lip Sync Battle took place this week with students and staff coming together to represent their respective house teams. Each house performed a song of their choice on the Main stage in front the school.

Each performance was absolutely fantastic with a great mix of student and staff involvement. The time and effort rehearsing for the event was evident in each of the performances and everyone who took part should be extremely proud.

SLT opened the show with a surprise performance of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen – a thrilling performance which really got the crowd going! House performances saw Aqua perform ‘respect’ by Aretha Franklin for Caeli took to the stage with their very own remix. The final performance saw Terra perform Roar by ‘Katy Perry’.

Sports Day 2024 – Monday 1st July

Sports Day takes place on Monday. All students are able to attend CRA in their full CRA PE Kit. Sports Day promises to be an action packed day with over 10 events taking place throughout the day, including tug of war in addition to the traditional track & field events. You can keep up to date with the overall sports day scores with our live ‘Sports Day’ scoreboard. This will automatically update every 5 minutes so you can see how each house is getting on – Simply scan the code using your camera and click the link.

Students must ensure they bring plenty of fluids and snacks throughout the day. Break time service is normal however the canteen at lunch will only be offering baguettes which have been pre ordered. If you haven’t pre ordered lunch you must bring a packed lunch for the day.

There will also be an ice cream van in attendance from 14:00. All students of tutor groups who have reach the AP reward on their houseopoly boards will receive a free ice cream voucher. Students are welcome to bring some spending money if they wish, we recommend £3.

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.

Sports Newsletter - Term 3 2024

DRET Sport Term 1 Newsletter 2023/2024

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

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

My name is Sam Ward, and I'm contacting you from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue (LFR). We're currently running a recruitment drive for on-call firefighters across Lincolnshire and are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team.

As part of our outreach efforts, we're reaching out to schools in the area to see if they'd be willing to include an information sheet in their upcoming newsletters distributed to parents.

The information sheet details the application process, the valuable role on-call firefighters play in our communities, and the benefits of joining LFR. We believe this would be a great opportunity to raise awareness of this rewarding position among parents who might be interested in making a difference.

I've attached the information sheet to this email for your reference. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or require any further information.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Sam Ward