Parents and carers
Sir Bernard Lovell Academy takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care. The welfare and safety of the children in our care is of paramount importance to us and we foster a culture of vigilance among staff, students and parents/carers.
We always listen to children and take their concerns seriously.
Please feel free to contact Mr G Lyle (Designated Safeguarding Lead for Sir Bernard Lovell Academy) or the main switch board if you have any concerns in relation to students being at risk.
We have aimed to provide parents and carers with key information, advice and guidance and includes links to outside agencies and useful reference sites.
There is further guidance for parents and carers in our policy section or through the following sites:
Coping with lockdown
Health advice specific to Covid-19
Mental health support
If you require any further support, please get in touch with a member of the safeguarding team by emailing the school: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Radar newsletter
The On the Radar newsletters have all the latest news and events at SBL.
Letters and information for parents and carers
If you are intending to apply for a place at our school then you may be interested to read our admissions policies.
Transfer to secondary school
Responsibility for Year 7 admissions to Sir Bernard Lovell Academy is with South Gloucestershire Council. Applications for places should be made directly through your home local authority. For more information for parents/carers who live within South Gloucestershire please see secondary school admissions.
More information can be found on the South Gloucestershire Council's website. If you wish to submit an appeal the deadline for this is 1 April 2022 and should be sent directly to the Academy, C/O Principal’s PA, SBL Academy, North Street, Oldland Common, Bristol, BS30 8TS.
Requests for In-Year transfers are normally only considered approximately six weeks prior to a requested start date. If a place is being sought for a September admission into an existing year group we recommend that parents/carers complete the application in mid-June.
To apply for a place for please download the secondary in-year application form (Docx) and return directly to Sir Bernard Lovell Academy.
If you have any queries relating to admissions please email: email@example.com
In-year admission appeals: academic year 2021/2022
Appellants have 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to prepare and lodge their written appeal.
Appeals will be heard within 30 schools days of the appeal being lodged.
If you wish to submit an appeal, please send in writing directly to the Academy, C/o Principal’s PA, SBL Academy, North Street, Oldland Common, Bristol, BS30 8TS.
Active travel to SBL Academy
Printer friendly version of the map plus help and advice about your active travel journey to school (Pdf).
Our school promotes walking and cycling because…
It helps keep our students fitter and healthy and research shows being active can help students concentrate better and increase their levels of achievement.
By walking or cycling our school community can help reduce the number of vehicles on the road making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists and easier for local residents. It also reduces the pollution caused from exhaust fumes helping combat climate change and create cleaner air.
Why active travel is important
We have an Active Travel map (Pdf) which details 5 and 10 minute walking and cycling zones around the school. Use the map to help plan your journey.
I can’t Actively Travel to school because...
I live too far away – You might be surprised to learn that it only takes approx. 15 - 20 minutes to walk a mile. If you live several miles away you don’t have to walk the whole way, Park & Stride by getting dropped off 5-10 mins away from school and walking the rest, or Park & Pedal and cycle the rest of the way. Getting off a couple of stops early if you travel by public bus and walking the rest will also help you Actively Travel.
Bad weather - Don't let the weather put you off – it might seem obvious but keep an umbrella or a waterproof in your bag just in case, and a scarf and hat are a good idea when it is cold.
I am worried about my safety - If you're worried about walking alone then maybe arrange to meet a friend or walk in a group. If bullying on the school journey is an issue don't suffer in silence. Tell a member of staff at school. Everyone should feel safe to walk to school.
Too much to carry - Think about where you could possibly swap heavier folders for a USB or leave your PE kit in a locker. A decent backpack is great for carrying your things when walking or riding a bike, or you could even get yourself some panniers, or bike bags, to carry your school books on your bike.
Busy roads - might put you off, but there are lots of different roads, routes and footpaths you could use to get to school. OpenStreetMap or Google maps can help you plan a safer route and pick out some quieter roads and traffic-free cycle paths instead of the main roads.
I don’t know if my bike is safe to ride- Like any machine, a bicycle will work better and last longer if you care for it properly. Get in the habit of checking your bike regularly – simple checks and maintenance can help you enjoy a smooth ride to school and avoid repairs. The M check is a simple way to make sure your bike is safe to ride. Check out this 3 minute video explaining the Sustrans M Check.
Lack of confidence riding a bike - If you feel that you are not as confident a cyclist as you'd like to be, then check out Bikeability – a cycle training programme replacing cycling proficiency. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.
Top 10 tips to get you going on two wheels:
Suggested further information/website links
Plan your route
Cycle route planning, there are lots of great resources for planning your cycling journeys whether that’s advice on quiet roads for your school commute, or leisure rides that will be a fun weekend family activity. Here is a selection of some:
We offer an impressive range of extra-curricular activities which take place both at lunchtime and after school. These enrichment opportunities take students beyond the curriculum and cater for students with a variety of different interests and aspirations.
Our extra-curricular activities 2022 (Pdf) booklet details all of the clubs as well as when they happen. We hope that this will enable parents/carers and students to plan effectively. Students are asked to make sure they have informed parents/carers before attending a session.
Catering service at SBL
Our menus include British chicken, pork, turkey, fish from a sustainable source, free range eggs and locally produced fresh vegetables, all of which we have seen an increase in costs along with increases to labour costs for our staff.
Our meals meet the government food-based guidelines and we feel it is important to note that school meals provided by Zest Catering remain very competitive. As always remains committed to providing a quality service and healthy meal to your child at lunchtime and we will continue to work in close partnership with your school to ensure we achieve this.
The Zest Catering team would like to thank you for your continued support, if you require information regarding free school meals please do not hesitate to contact your school administrator. If you have any queries regarding the provision of school meals or allergens/dietary requirements, please feel free to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child if entitled to free school meals their cashless catering account will be topped up with £2.60 each day.
The menus currently available are included in the links below. Please note that there is a bi-weekly rotation of the menus 1, and 2. For ease, dates are provided at the top of each menu to assist you with meal planning for your child.
SBL operates a cashless catering system. The cashless system allows you to top up your child’s online account using Tucasi, which is also used for on-line payments for school trips.
Your individual access code to activate your Tucasi account will be provided when your child arrives into Year 7.
The cashless catering system recognises each individual student, holds individual cash balances, records cash spent and cash received, and records details of items purchased. Similar systems are widely used at schools across the local area.
Benefits of the cashless system include the following:
The academy sets a daily spend of up to £5.00 which would mean that no food above this limit can be purchased. Parents and carers can request that the daily spend is amended for their child and should contact the Kitchen Manager email: email@example.com if they wish to do so.
The system works in exactly the same way for all students, including those entitled to a free school meal (FSM). For FSM, the amount allocated is £2.60 per day, credited just before lunch time begins. At the end of each day the balance is re-set to £0 regardless of whether the amount has been spent. Parents in receipt of FSM can choose to supplement the funds available to their child’s account so that their daily spend is up to £5.
Parents/carers can log into their child’s online account at any time to check the current balance or to view details of purchases made.
The cashless system uses finger imaging technology. The system scans certain points of the finger and creates a mathematical representation. This is the information compared at each scan. There is no way that the system can be used to recover a finger print as it does not store a copy. For further information about Finger Imaging please see the FAQs by clicking here.
Students will need to be registered for the cashless system. Please check the consent boxes on your Data Collection Form.
If you do not wish for your child to have their finger image registered we can issue them with a card to use as an alternative identification method. There will be a deposit of £5 required for a card which will be refunded if the card is returned when your child leaves the Academy.
Applying for free school meals
Registering your child for free school meals means that your child can buy food at break and/or lunch free (subject to a maximum of £2.60 per day) and that SBL Academy will also receive extra money as a result.
The government is providing additional money to schools to help children from families who qualify for FSM. This funding is called the Pupil Premium.
If your child is registered to receive FSM:
Please register to make sure that your child doesn’t miss out.
Check if you qualify:
Please see the list below to see if you qualify. Registering is quick and easy - if you think you qualify, please see the South Gloucestershire Council's free school meal information
If you do want your child to have a free meal at lunch and/or break then this will save you around £400 a year and the school will also receive extra funds.
If your child is eligible for FSM but you don’t want him or her to have the meals that is fine but we would ask you to continue to apply anyway. This is so that the school still receives the Pupil Premium to which we are entitled through your child's eligibility.
Do you qualify?
You are entitled to apply to register for eligibility for FSM for your child(ren) if you are receiving one of the following benefits:
Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
If you do register for this service the school will not share this information with anyone else. This will not affect any other benefits that you claim.
Allergy, intolerance and special diets
Please note, this notice only relates to parents/carers of students with an allergy, intolerance or special dietary requirement.
Over the summer our catering team, Zest, have revised their allergens policy to cover new legislation coming into force shortly.
As part of the revised policy, we require every student with an allergen, intolerance, or special dietary requirement to complete a special diets form. This is to ensure we can provide food safely to those who have allergens or intolerance and comply with the new regulations.
Please only complete the online form below if your child has an allergy, intolerance or special dietary requirement.
Severe weather conditions
Severe weather conditions before departure for school (if for example, there is a heavy fall of snow during the night, the following arrangements will apply).
Severe or deteriorating weather conditions during the day (i.e. after students have arrived at school).
With our students’ safety in mind we shall keep a constant check on road condition reports and weather forecasts. If conditions worsen during the day or if bus operators advise on an early departure, it would normally be our policy:
It is absolutely essential that you give your child clear instructions now for use in this kind of emergency. Make sure they have up-to-date telephone numbers and that they know how to contact you or some other responsible person. Ensure, also, that your child can get into the house in your absence.
Year 6 students and In year admissions:
If your child is joining SBL Academy and eligible for Pupil Premium, we will support parents by providing a uniform voucher which can be redeemed in the uniform shop - Monkhouse Schoolwear Specialists. This can be done on a case by case basis and reflect your individual circumstances.
Please complete the request for uniform funding form (Docx) and return by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to reception. Once your request has been authorised the uniform voucher will be posted to you by our administration team.
Current SBL Academy students:
For current students who are eligible for the Pupil Premium, we may issue a uniform voucher for specific uniform items. These vouchers can be redeemed in the uniform shop - Monkhouse Schoolwear Specialists. This will be done on a case by case basis and a member of your House team will be in contact to discuss your individual circumstances.
School Nurse information
The School Health Nurse for SBL is Alli Fry, who runs a confidential drop-in clinic for young people in E9 every Wednesday lunch time (no appointment is needed).
These sessions can be useful for seeking advice and support around many issues including mental health, emotional wellbeing, healthy relationships, sexual health and healthy lifestyles.
Parents are able to contact the school nursing service for advice and information on 01454 862 202.
Our vision is for everyone to be given the opportunities to identify and build their aspirations during their years at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy. All students will be enabled to reach their aspirations as a direct result of the high quality learning that takes place across the curriculum and through the behaviours and attributes they develop from the wide range of experiences and from personalised and effective support. We acknowledge that by working together, (the school, home and the student), we can achieve so much more and therefore this agreement has been written to make clear our collective responsibilities to ensure that every student reaches his or her potential.
At Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, all parents, students, Governors and staff believe that the following behaviours and attributes will help us to achieve our vision. We value:
As a member of the SBL community, we will endeavour to demonstrate these values in everything we do.
Through cooperation, honesty and with effort, all SBL students will learn and develop the confidence, positivity and resilience that will enable them to set and achieve the highest aspirations for their futures.
The responsibilities of the academy
The academy will aim to:
The responsibilities of the parent/s or carer/s
I / we will:
The responsibilities of the students
Please note that the governing body will review this agreement from time to time and when revisiting this agreement, the governing body will consult the parents of all registered students at the academy.
Parents and carers can now pay for school trips and visits with a debit or credit card via the external secure Tucasi online payments website.
Cash and cheque payments will continue to be accepted, but we hope online payments will benefit those who prefer this method of payment.
If you have not yet activated Tucasi account for online payments including the new cashless catering system (canteen), you will need an access code in order to set up your child's account. If you have not received an access code please email email@example.com and one will be issued.
In order to cut down on the number of issues parents and carers are experiencing there are a number of self-help documents to view BEFORE logging in.
The items are in green on the “SCOPay” log-in page and include: Quick Reference Guide including :
Video guide – a short video tutorial showing the process from beginning to end from receiving the link code letter to paying for an item.
Frequently Asked Questions including :
Parents and carers can also re-set their passwords using the “I’ve forgotten my password” button also found on this page and change their email address using the “I can’t verify my email address” button.
These items are accessed BEFORE log-in so if you direct your parents here this will probably help them resolve their queries.
SCOPAY - further information
The internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children's use of technology can be a challenge, especially if you feel that your children may have better technical skills than you do. However, children and young people still need support and guidance when it comes to managing their lives online and using the internet positively and safely.
Please see our child protection and safeguarding policy and online safety policy for information about our current protocols and procedures or visit Childnet's hot topics for more detailed information on topics such as social networking, online grooming, gaming and downloading.
Key information about social media (Twitter, Facebook and other social media applications)
Twitter and Facebook provide opportunities for students to communicate with friends, family and with new friends/contacts. There are also other applications which are similar to Facebook or Twitter, such as Instagram, designed for those aged 13 plus where children can make immediate connection with contacts (friends, family, aquaintances) using computers, tablets and suitably equipped mobile telephones (e.g. smart phones and iPhones). These sites allow children to view videos, images and text and write messages and to upload their own images (photos) which can be seen by the public or by selected groups depending on the security settings your child (or you) has/have chosen.
Although there are many positive aspects to social media, there are important things for parents to be aware of:
Everything your child writes or uploads will be accessible and available to view depending on the security settings selected by your child. This could involve personal photographs/ images, comments etc.
If a Sir Bernard Lovell Academy student is found to have made an unpleasant remark/comment about another student then they will be sanctioned. If a student makes an inappropriate or unpleasant remark about the school or a member of staff then the student will be sanctioned for this gross lack of respect. Parents/carers will always be involved if we ever have to deal with these issues.
What can parents do to keep their children safe?
A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. Consider using these conversation starters for parents and carers to get the ball rolling:
Adults can approach your children online in order to make contact with them. Sometimes these adults will pretend to be children in order to build trust. When trust has been established your child may be asked to send a picture or to speak online using a camera or other device. In the worst cases adults can pose as children and arrange to meet in public without you being aware.
Adults and sometimes, other children, have been known to ask children to send indecent images (naked pictures) using Facebook, Twitter or email. To receive these images is a criminal offence for any individual and punishable in law.
We take measures to educate all students about these possibilities through our curriculum but, of course, supervising students outside of school requires parents/carers to make their own arrangements, and for children and young people to make the right choices.
One of the best way to stop this is for parents/carers to carefully monitor activities at home and to never allow children to use computers and electronic devices without appropriate supervision.
Parents/carers must also ensure that all devices have appropriate security settings to make sure that children do not see things that they should not and so that they can be well protected from predatory adults.
Information on sexting and online sexual exploitation
The Lucy Faithful Foundation is the only UK-wide charity focused solely on reducing the risk of children being sexually abused and exploited and as part of their work they offer support for parents whose children have been affected by these issues.
The guide, what's the problem? is aimed at supporting parents whose children have already got into trouble online – helping them to understand what has happened, why and how parents can talk to their children and get further support.
The guide explains to parents:
What can parents do if they have any concerns?
If you have a concern of any kind, please do not ‘wait and see’ or assume that someone else is dealing with it. Please contact the school immediately or see the sources of additional information below:
On the Radar newsletter, April 2022 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, March 2022 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, February 2022 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, January 2022 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, December 2021 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, November 2021 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, October 2021 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, July 2021 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, June 2021 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, May 2021 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, April 2021 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, March 2021 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, February 2021 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, January 2021 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, November 2020 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, September 2020 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, July 2020 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, May 2020 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, April 2020 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, March 2020 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, February 2020 (Pdf)
On the Radar newsletter, January 2020 (Pdf)
Each year we arrange open events for parents/carers and their children to see the school facilities, meet staff and students, and experience school life at SBL Academy. Due to Covid restrictions over the last couple of years we haven’t been able to hold these events in the style we would have liked. However, last year we held several events over the course of a week, both in the mornings and the evenings which proved to be really successful. This year we are yet to make a decision on how we hold our open events but please keep checking our website for further updates. In the meantime you can watch the following videos which will give you an insight into life at SBL.
We look forward to welcoming you on site in person in September or October this year. We are always happy to receive any questions you might have so please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Technology (IT)
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Creative and Media
Physical Education (PE)
Take a look at our school prospectus (Pdf)
Parent/carer evenings from September 2020
Schools across the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust use an application called School Cloud to manage parents’ and carers' evenings. This application allows users to book appointments online and conduct appointments remotely via video communication.
Each of the schools within the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust have their own School Cloud website.
Sixth form students attending classes in different schools will need to book appointments and attend video conferences using each of the schools’ websites.
Instructions and guidance
The system will work on a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops as well as desktop computers. To make video calls, parents and carers will need to use a device with a camera, microphone and one of the following compatible web browsers:
Android: Chrome or Firefox
Windows: Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge
Mac: Safari, Chrome or Firefox
Linux: Chrome or Firefox
Information about pupils in Futura Learning Partnership and alternative provision
Data Protection Act 1998: How we use pupil information
We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:
This information will include their contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, any exclusion information, where they go after they leave us and personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information. For pupils enrolling for post 14 qualifications, the Learning Records Service will give us the unique learner number (ULN) and may also give us details about your learning or qualifications.
Once our pupils reach the age of 13, the law requires us to pass on certain information to the local authority in which the school is located who have responsibilities in relation to the education or training of 13-19 year olds. We may also share certain personal data relating to children aged 16 and over with post-16 education and training providers in order to secure appropriate services for them. A parent/guardian can request that only their child’s name, address and date of birth be passed to the local authority by informing the school office / administrator. This right is transferred to the child once he/she reaches the age 16. For more information about services for young people, please visit the relevant local authority website.
We will not give information about our pupils to anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so. If you want to receive a copy of the information about your son/daughter that we hold, please contact the school office / administrator.
We are required, by law, to pass some information about our pupils to the Department for Education (DfE). This information will, in turn, then be made available for use by the local authority.
DfE may also share pupil level personal data that we supply to them, with third parties. This will only take place where legislation allows it to do so and it is in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Decisions on whether DfE releases this personal data to third parties are subject to a robust approval process and are based on a detailed assessment of who is requesting the data, the purpose for which it is required, the level and sensitivity of data requested and the arrangements in place to store and handle the data. To be granted access to pupil level data, requestors must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.
For more information on this sharing process see how to access Department for Education (DfE) data extracts
For information on which third party organisations (and for which project) pupil level data has been provided to, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-requests-received
If you need more information about how the DfE collect and use your information see:
School uniform plays a central role in creating a sense of unity, identity and belonging within our academy community. The smart style of our school uniform reflects the high standards we expect at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy. School uniform is compulsory for all students in years 7-11.
This guidance is intended to support parents in ensuring their child is dressed smartly, in keeping with the high expectations of the academy. If you have any queries regarding the uniform code, including where to buy or funding requests for uniform, please contact your child's Head of House. Uniform is checked by tutors every morning and tracked centrally - students who repeatedly fail to meet uniform expectations will be referred to the Isolation Room.
This table shows the compulsory items for all students - please scroll down to see specific guidance for each item:
Girls’ compulsory items:
Boys’ compulsory items:
Years 7 - 11
Optional – navy and blue school v-neck jumper
Optional – navy and blue school v-neck jumper
Navy blue with academy logo, this item should be purchased from Monkhouse.
Different colour for each House purchased from Monkhouse.
Long or short sleeved white button up shirt with a structured collar.
Smart formal grey trousers with pleated/ flat front. This item can be purchased from Monkhouse. Jeans or leggings are not permitted.
Pleated tartan skirt for Years 7-11
As an alternative to trousers, a knee length grey checked SBL kilt-style skirt can be worn. Only available from Monkhouse. Other year groups can choose to wear this skirt. If a student does not wear their skirt in the appropriate way, we will contact you to ensure that students wear their skirt to the correct length. Students who repeatedly fail to meet uniform expectations will be referred to the Isolation Room.
Plain black formal shoes
Black shoes should be plain black leather/faux leather with no markings of any other colour and must be of a formal style. Boots, trainers and skate style shoes are not acceptable.
Navy and blue school V-neck jumper, only available from Monkhouse. This jumper is designed to be worn under the blazer during the winter months but under no circumstances is it to be worn instead of the blazer.
Denim jackets, leather jackets and hoodies are not permitted. Coats should be weather appropriate and we would like parents and students to avoid logos and slogans.
For safety and security we advise that students do not bring jewellery to school. Students can wear discreet jewellery in school. If a student is wearing extreme or excessive jewellery, they will be asked to remove it. Students who repeatedly fail to meet uniform expectations will be referred to the Isolation Room.
All jewellery will have to be removed for PE and certain activities as instructed by an adult.
Facial piercings are not permitted at SBL Academy and students will be required to remove them whilst at school. Please ensure that if your child is having any new piercings done, they are done at the start of the summer holidays as they will be required to remove the piercing whilst in school. Students who repeatedly fail to meet uniform expectations and/or refuse to remove facial piercings will be referred to the Isolation Room.
The academy does not permit extremes of style or colour, for example extreme shaving or bright hair dyes. Hair colours should be natural in tone if hair is dyed or coloured. Students who repeatedly fail to meet uniform expectations will be referred to the Isolation Room.
Students can wear discreet make up in school. If a student is wearing excessive make up they will be asked to remove it. Students who repeatedly fail to meet uniform expectations will be referred to the Isolation Room.
The Principal’s decision on matters of uniform and standards is final.
SBL logo polo shirt
Unisex or women’s fit polo shirt.
SBL logo PE shorts or plain navy tracksuit bottoms
Tracksuit bottoms must be plain navy.
Girls’ sports leggings
Plain navy sports leggings only. These can be purchased from Monkhouse and a number of other sports outlets.
SBL skorts (girls)
These are being phased out and no longer available to purchase. If your child currently has a skort that is fit for purpose then it is fine for them to wear this until it needs replacing with one of the items above.
Navy football socks
Can be purchased from any sports shop.
SBL rugby top (boys)
SBL ¼ zip training top (girls)
A rugby top can be worn as a warm weather top all year round but is essential when rugby is on the curriculum.
Leisure shoes and daps are not permitted. Sports trainers should have good laces and grip. These can be purchased from any sports shop.
Uniform suppliers: Monkhouse Schoolwear Specialist
140 East Street,
Tel: 0117 966 1432
In cold weather all students are allowed to wear a plain navy blue or white base layer underneath their SBL polo shirt. Students are not permitted to wear any other type of hoody/jumper/coat.
Personal protective equipment
Football, Hockey and Rugby: Shin pads are compulsory and must be worn for football and Hockey. For Hockey and Rugby gum shields are optional but strongly recommended.
Jewellery, hair and nails: In accordance with BAALPE Health and Safety guidance, no student is permitted to wear jewellery when participating in PE and Sport. Jewellery should not be taped. Long hair must be tied back and nails should not be visible beyond fingertips.
Given the current situation with regards to COVID-19, it is essential that the Academy’s uniform policy reflects the need for increased safety, vigilance and hygiene.
TERM DATES 2021-22
Insets: Thursday 2 and Friday 3 September 2021
Start: Monday 6 September 2021
Finish: Friday 22 October 2021
Inset: Monday 1 November 2021
Start: Tuesday 2 November 2021
Finish: Friday 17 December 2021, students will be finishing at 1.25pm
Inset: Tuesday 4 January 2022
Start: Wednesday 5 January 2022
Finish: Thursday 17 February 2022
Inset: Friday 18 February 2022
Start: Monday 28 February 2022
Finish: Friday 8 April 2022
Start: Monday 25 April 2022
Finish: Friday 27 May 2022
Start: Monday 6 June 2022
Insets: Friday 17 June 2022 and Monday 11 July 2022
Finish: Thursday 21 July 2022, students will be finishing at 1.25pm
Term dates 2021/22 printable version (Pdf) updated: 18/1/22
TERM DATES 2022-23
Inset days: Thursday 1 and Friday 2 September 2022
Starts: Monday 5 September 2022
Ends: Friday 21 October 2022
Starts: Monday 31 October 2022
Ends: Friday 16 December 2022, students will be finishing at 1.25pm
Inset day: Tuesday 3 January 2023
Starts: Wednesday 4 January 2023
Ends: Thursday 9 February 2023
Inset day: Friday 10 February 2023
Starts: Monday 20 February 2023
Ends: Friday 31 March 2023
Starts: Monday 17 April 2023
Ends: Friday 26 May 2023
Starts: Monday 5 June 2023
Inset day: Friday 16 June 2023
Inset day: Monday 10 July 2023
Ends: Friday 21 July 2023
All students have an organiser, which includes a guide to the school’s daily routines and the code of conduct. The times of the school day are as follows:
Breaks and lunchtimes
No students are allowed off site at morning break or lunchtime.
All students are expected to bring a bag to school each day. This should be suitable to carry all the equipment required for your lessons and large enough to take an A4 ringbinder and books. You should always have writing equipment, (pen, pencil, eraser, ruler etc.) with you, and we recommend that students bring a mini-dictionary. For art lessons, students will need sketchbooks which may have to be purchased from school.