CRA Newsletter 14.06.2024 Half Term 6 - June 2024

SLT Update

As we start to approach the end of the academic year, there are lots of exciting opportunities for our students to get involved in and enrich their experience at CRA. Students have been on tennis trips, athletics training events and student charter rewards trips this week. We have the DRET choral festival coming up and the CRA rewards trip for attendance and behaviour next week. Our year 11s had their last full cohort exam on Friday and their leavers assembly is on Wednesday - although a happy time of reflection, a period of change, as we say goodbye to a fantastic cohort of students. As we move into the final weeks of the House competitions, things are getting very close with big competitions such as Lyp Sync Battle and Sports Day still to come. So much to look forward to in our vibrant community at CRA!


Important dates to remember

  • 19th June 2024 - Year 11 Leavers Assembly
  • 2nd July 2024 - Transition day
  • 10th July 2024 - Year 5 open evening
  • 12th July 2024 - Break up for summer holidays

Year 5 Open Evening

Year 11 Focus

Below is a reminder of the end of GCSE exam arrangements for you to be aware of.

If your child studies GCSE Music, but does not study Food, they will finish their final GCSE exam on the afternoon of Monday 17th June. This exam will also finish at the end of the normal school day, therefore usual travel arrangements can be followed. If your child studies GCSE Food, they will be required to attend each day as usual until their final exam on the morning of Wednesday 19th June. In the build-up to the GCSE Food exam, students will be involved in revision sessions with their subject teacher.

All students are required to attend on Wednesday 19th June for their leavers’ assembly. They will need to arrive in the morning, as usual, in their full CRA school uniform. This will be followed by ‘I’m a student... get me out of here!’ - students can choose to participate or watch. For those taking part, students will need to bring their full CRA PE kit to change into for their outdoor activities. There will also be a food put on for Year 11 students to celebrate the end of their GCSE exams. If students wish to have their shirts signed by peers and staff, they should bring in a spare school shirt with them on this day for this purpose. Students will be available to be collected from 1:00pm.

Year 10 - KPI3 exams

Year 10 students will be taking part in a small series of GCSE mock exams as part of their KPI3 assessments. These exams will be held in the gym and follow formal GCSE exam protocols to give students an experience to how they will operate next year. Those exams taking place in the gym are listed below:

  • Monday 17th June (9:00am) – Biology
  • Tuesday 18th June (9:00am) – English Language
  • Tuesday 18th June (1:50pm) – Chemistry
  • Thursday 20th June (9:00am) – Maths paper 1
  • Friday 21st June (9:00am) – English Literature
  • Monday 24th June (9:00am) – Maths paper 2
  • Monday 24th June (1:50pm) – Physics

It is important that students are carrying out revision from home to ensure they are as prepared for their exams as possible. A revision strategies booklet and webinar has been shared in recent weeks via MCAS to support with how to achieve this from home. Students can be making use of their knowledge organiser packs to also support them with this preparation.


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

Why We Do What We Do

We are very conscious of students' social media habits and how students can easily be on their phones for 10 hours a day if there are no boundaries or checks in place. This is one of the reasons we brought in our See it! Hear it! Lose it! Rule. We know that bullying increases if students are on their phone and we do all we can at CRA to minimise this.

During the school holidays the temptation is to overuse tech and we can get into habits of hours of sitting on a smartphone, games console or laptop. Excessive screen usage can also lead to problems in social emotional development, including obesity, sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety. It can impair emotional comprehension, promote aggressive behaviour, and hinder social and emotional competence.

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

Table Talk

Kindness is not one of our values but it falls into the idea of respecting yourself and others. We often talk to the students about being kind and are proud that generally we have a very kind and supportive community. Being kind can present difficulties as being nice can bring some dilemmas. You may wish to talk to your child about the differences between nice and kind, in particular the difficulties being kind can present, as opposed to being nice. The following table is a useful prompt for this.

CRA Character

We start week 3 next week of our raising standards term. Uniform and equipment continue to be good across the academy and next week the focus is on behaviour in the classroom. We will be focusing in a series of 'do now' videos delivered on Tuesday and Thursday on entry and exit protocols, disruption free learning, consistency, and book presentation.

It was lovely to celebrate our 2 winners of The Executive Principal's Resilience Award for term 5 in assembly on Monday. So many students were nominated for showing one of the 7 C's of Resilience, but the 2 students chosen were Kian in Year 11 for Coping and Finley in Year 10 for Choice Not Chance - well done to both!

Word of the week​​​.​​​.

Omni: all (Latin root word)

  • Omnipresent widely or constantly encountered; widespread.
  • Omniscient knowing everything.
  • Omnivore an animal or person that eats a variety of food of both plant and animal origin.

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 17th June 2024 - 7

Accelerated Reading

Week commencing 17th June 2024 - Period 1

Teen Support..

Keeping Children Safe Online

Understanding online safety is tricky for all ages. We have advice to help you learn about staying safe online as a family.

We all have a part to play in keeping children safe online. Find out how with our online safety guides:

Keeping children safe online | NSPCC

In this website you will fine a range of resources to support children, parents, advice on inappropriate content, online abuse and reporting online concerns.

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 art and design'

Mr Rees - Careers' Support


Attendance – Term 6, Week 2.

Year 7 have achieved 1st place with a top attendance score beating all the other year groups, well done Year 7, great effort. Year 10 are in 5th place as the lowest attending year group.

The boys have had a great week and finish this week in 1st place beating the girls by 2.4%.

Terra have finished first with the highest overall attendance this week, beating Caeli by 0.1%, well-done Terra! Special mention for Caeli 7 who have achieved 97.1%, excellent effort.

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

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

Harry - Terra 10
Aaron - Caeli 7

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

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

House Summer Games – Term 6 Competitions

Term 6 House Summer Games competitions got underway this week with a EURO 2024 themed football competition. Boys and girls across year 7 to 10 represented their house teams in a number of head to head matches across the two day event. The first round of matches saw the year 7 & 8 boys take to the field with Aqua securing victory with two wins over Caeli and Terra. The following day saw the turn of the year 9 & 10 boys and year 7 to 10 girls and after a number of closely fought games it was Aqua who secured another victory in the boys category. The girls competition ended in a tie with each Terra and Aqua finishing on the same points and goals scored. Well done to everyone who took part!

Next week house teams will be competing in Volleyball and Kurling.

EURO 2024 House Competitions

EURO 2024 gets underway this evening with Scotland taking on tournament hosts Germany. As part of the excitement and build up to the tournament there is an opportunity to get involved in our very own EURO 2024 score prediction house competition. This is an easy competition to enter and all you have to do is predict as many correct scores as possible from the group stage matches, using the form in this link – This competition is open to all members of the family. Submissions must be made before kick-off tonight, with an 8.00pm deadline!

In addition to the score prediction competition we have also put together a Tutor Group sweepstake with each tutor group in year 7 to 10 drawn out two teams in the tournament. The tutor group who end the competition with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place nations will earn house points to be added to next year’s totaliser.

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