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Southern Entrance

We would like to remind parents and carers that the gate at the southern entrance will be locked at 08:23 each morning. Students arriving after this time should enter via the main entrance in Cricklefield Place.


The welfare and safety of our students is our priority. We do everything possible to ensure our students’ safety, both within the school community and outside of school, including working with relevant agencies to address any issues related to child protection. Students are informed of who they should go to should they have a concern about their own safety or the safety of others. At INA all staff have regular safeguarding training to ensure that they are able to meet their statutory responsibilities. We also have a number of staff who are designated to respond to any child protection concerns and to liaise with social services:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Jo Spencer Vice Principal Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Tam Broadway Primary Headteacher Designated Child Protection Officers: Office Manager Eleanor Seale Leanne Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal Gareth Marshall-Jones Primary Deputy Headteacher You can find the INA Safeguarding policy, Child Protection policy and other related policies and procedures on the Academy’s website.

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Dear Parents and Carers, It’s been a busy week and term feels in full flow now! On Wednesday we were excited to host the author Polly Yo Hen, whose book “Boy In The Tower” was read by all the Year 7s and many members of staff over the summer. Polly gave an assembly to the entire year group and then ran some creative writing workshops with a number of Year 7s during the course of the day. As I write, we are celebrating European Languages Day with special year team activities for Year 7, 8 and 9 students. In the primary school some of the Year 10s have been introducing the children to European Languages. Today a group of Year 10 students have been participating in a vocational workshop at Cricklefield. Many thanks go to Ms Clarke for organising this. She has also been very busy putting the finishing touches to the Enrichments and Interventions programme for the autumn term. All after school activities start on Monday 26th September. Please check the details of which evening(s) your son/daughter will be staying for enrichments. In the case of some students, attendance at after school Interventions is compulsory, not optional! A reminder to parents of Year 7students that now is the time to pay your £50 deposits for your child’s musical instrument please. You can pay on wisepay: your child has a letter with all the details. And finally, I should like to introduce you to a few more of the members of staff who have joined us this term:

Alan James: Head of Art, Design & Technology

I am excited to be working alongside such enthusiastic and committed staff at Isaac Newton Academy. In the short time I have spent at Isaac Newton I have been impressed by the school’s positive values and ethos which are at the heart of its inclusive nature and I look forward to working in an environment that supports students with their learning. Growing up a stone’s throw away from Seven Kings, I went to school in Chadwell Heath and studied Fine Art at University in London; however since then I have taught outside of the area so joining INA feels like coming home. 23 September 2016

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My previous teaching experience was largely based around the Southend area where in my last post I had been a head of department for 8 years. I led the teaching of Art, Design and Graphics to students from Year 7 to Year 13. I am truly passionate about Art, Design and Technology and I am excited to lead a team that has a wealth of experience in teaching Art, Design, Technology, Graphics, Textiles and Food Technology. I feel honoured and privileged to join an institute that offers an enriched education and that holds its student with such high expectations and is planning to offer the same high standards of education at Key Stage 5.

Blaine Smith: Humanities Teacher I am absolutely delighted to have accepted the role of Humanities teacher at Isaac Newton Academy. I received a very warm welcome from both staff and students when I visited in the last few weeks of July and immediately felt accepted into the wider school community. In this time, I was granted the chance to spend time with students and staff and fully discover what INA was all about. Despite this relatively short period, I was stunned by the students’ helpfulness and eagerness in helping me settle into the school. For much of my life I have lived in the neighbouring county of Essex. However, whilst undertaking my history degree at the University of Greenwich I managed to leave the county famed for its appearances in The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE). During this time I experienced living in several areas of South and East London, close to Greenwich, and experiencing what London-life had to offer. I have previously worked at another academy chain-Harris Academy, where I had the opportunity to work in both the primary and secondary school and experience how students journey through their education. I also have experience teaching in other institutions in Kent ranging from grammar schools to faith schools. This was a fantastic opportunity as I got to see how pupils are taught in a different county and to apply my experience in Kent schools in Essex. It has been a truly satisfying experience to have been accepted to work at such an excellent educational institution and I look forward working with the students, staff and parents of INA.

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Heather Arrowsmith, English Teacher I was born and brought up in St Albans, but when I was eighteen, I moved to Whitechapel in Tower Hamlets and I have loved living in east London ever since. I am happy to be working at Isaac Newton Academy – the place is full of energy and everyone has been so welcoming. Prior to this I was working for five years at a small school in Hornchurch, where I was the only English teacher, so I’m enjoying working as part of a larger team again. I qualified as a teacher in 1996, and have taught both English and Drama at a variety of schools. Prior to becoming a teacher, I trained as an actor and performed in theatre, both on the fringe and for touring companies in schools. One year, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, I performed a one woman show about Mary Shelley and the relationship between her life and ‘Frankenstein’. I also performed as an old time music hall singer called Deirdre Lackitt and have had two lines on ‘The Bill’! I am married with twin boys – two sixteen year olds, so I’m dealing with teenagers 24/7! They are starting sixth form college this September. I also have a cheeky cat called Alvin, who has fangs and looks like a feline vampire! I love going to the theatre, reading (just as well as I’m an English teacher!) and going on long walks, both historical and rural – I climbed Ben Nevis this summer which was a fantastic experience. I’m looking forward to what challenges I will face in the coming year both in and out of school.

Katie Smith, Maths teacher

I am so excited to be joining as a teacher in the Maths team at Isaac Newton Academy. I cannot wait to get to know all the staff and students here, and fully immerse myself in the INA spirit. I applied to INA as I was impressed by the positive atmosphere throughout the school and the hard work and commitment that every single student and staff member showcases daily. A bit about me: I grew up and went to school and sixth form in Nottingham, then completed my degree in Mathematics at Leeds University. After a brief stint working as a trainee actuary, I joined as a participant on the Teach First programme. I have spent the last two years teaching at a school in Leicester, and made the move down south a few weeks ago. Apart from my strong passion for maths, I also enjoy playing hockey, reading, baking and travelling.

With all best wishes, 23 September 2016

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IMPORTANT Annual School Census All schools are legally required to complete a regular census update with details of all students that attend the school. This information is used by the Department for Education for data analysis with which to determine long-term education strategies and for school funding.  Starting this year, they have asked for schools to provide additional information that has not previously been asked for as they are interested to see whether children born outside of the UK face any additional educational challenges, so that schools can be given additional support, if needed, to help such children overcome any challenges they might have.  The additional information relates to the student’s country of birth and their nationality.  Isaac Newton Academy would like to reassure parents and carers that this information will only be shared with the Department of Education and not with any other organisation, nor will it be used for any other purpose. In order to provide the necessary information, your child will have received a form from their tutor for you to fill in.  Please complete the form and ask your child to return it to their form tutor by Friday 23rd of September at the latest.  The country of birth should be written as it appears on your child’s birth certificate, and the nationality as it appears on your child’s passport.  Please ensure that you include your child’s name and form group. Please note that you are entitled to refuse to provide this information.  If you decide that you would prefer not to provide this information, we would still appreciate the return of this form with the word ‘refused’ written in the answer fields.  Please also be aware that neither Isaac Newton Academy nor the Department for Education needs to see your child’s birth certificate or passport

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Attendance Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and ability to achieve their full potential. At Isaac Newton Academy every student is set the target of 100% attendance. We know that attendance has a direct link to progress, and would urge you to really consider if a day off school is necessary. Well done to 7W, 8T, 9W, 10A and 11T for getting off to a great start at the top of their Year group league table. 7W 7C 7N 7I 7E 7A 7S

99.7 99 98.7 98.3 97.4 92.9 92.3

8T 8I 8N 8S 8C 8W 8E

98.9 98.4 98.4 97.5 96.7 94.9 94.7

9W 9N 9S 9I 9A 9C 9E 9T

99.2 98.7 97.8 97.1 96.7 96.6 93.7 89.4

10A 10E 10I 10S 10T 10N 10W

98.7 98.4 97.8 96.5 95.8 95 94.9

11T 11E 11N 11I 11S 11A 11C 11W

99.2 98.9 98.6 98.4 96.7 96.4 95.5 95.3

Ms Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal

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Sixth Form Open Evening Save the date

Tuesday 11th October 2016 6pm -8:30pm We will host our Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 11th October 2016 for Y11 students. You will have a chance to hear more about our vision, see our Sixth Form area and learn more about the subjects offered from the department areas. To register your attendance please email We look forward to welcoming you then!

Sugra Alibhai Vice Prinicpal

Shakespeare Schools Festival Cast Workshop This year INA will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Shaw Theatre as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. On Thursday 29th of September 26 students across years 8, 9 and 10 will be travelling to Camden to attend a cast workshop led by the facilitators of the programme. Other schools will be attending and it’s a great opportunity to get some feedback on the scenes we have rehearsed so far. We’re all very excited and can’t wait to see which Shakespeare plays other schools have been challenged with this year- wish us luck!

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Year 7

Settling in Evening Wednesday October 12th 2016 Our settling in evening for the parents/carers of year 7 students will take place on Wednesday the 12th October from 5.15-7pm. It is important that every year 7 student is represented by his/her parents/carers. The settling in evening is an opportunity to learn more about key policies, such as Behaviour for learning, Independent Learning and Pastoral Care, and how we measure and track attainment and progress at INA. We will also explain a little bit more about the BRIDGES lessons at INA. We will also offer advice on how you can most effectively support your child with Independent Learning and reading. The presentations will start at 6pm in the Key Stage 3 Hall; from 5.15-5.50pm we invite you to take the opportunity to meet other parents/carers, your child’s form tutor, Pastoral Leader and the members of the senior leadership team in the dining hall and to visit our school library. We look forward to seeing the parents of every Year 7 student at this key transition event.

Leanne Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal

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Patrick Ball Year 7 Pastoral Leader.

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Praise and Recognition

At INA, we aim to provide a stimulating, challenging and rewarding learning environment which supports learning, celebrates achievement and encourages everyone. Awarding merits, informal praise in class and the end of term awards assemblies are all part of this. Please speak to your child/children on a regular basis to see how many merits they have and how they are working towards the different awards on offer.


It is the start of another year, so we are restarting the Form Merit competition. Each merit you gain will increase your individual total and also your form’s overall total. So make sure you are keeping up the good work to gain them merits! Also if you are owed a merit go and collect it and make sure it gets recorded on your form’s spreadsheet! Year











65 61 57 55 41 40 38


68 65 57 41 37 31 26 0


40 37 35 33 21 18 16 0


29 19 15 15 11 7 0


19 17 14 13 8 5 3 0

Ahmed Al-Khafaji Award (Peer Commendation Award) Ahmed was well known for being kind, for helping others and for being extremely polite. He was also someone known for his hard work and absorption; the idea, therefore, is that the winner should be someone that encapsulated one of these qualities in that week. Year 7: Seayona Patel 7E Year 8: Riah Haaris 8N Year 9: Arjun Tathger Year 10: Aaliyah Adams-Hussein 11T Year 11: Gary Preston 11C

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Good Deed Feed Ms Branco: Samara Anwar from 7N The reason is her mum is a TA at our primary school , and some days mum has to work till late and Samara comes here and helps out with afterschool , she helps prepare the snacks for the children, encourages them to eat and also plays with them. She’s been really helpful and kind. Ms Henry: Keshan Beckett-Edwards 8S for always being polite and using his initiative to help tidy the lost property box when other students left it extremely untidy. Mr Wilson: Remeez Saleem – For showing leadership and high levels of enthusiasm for supporting new Year 7 students to the school. Remeez has volunteered to support new students around the school and help them to feel comfortable during break and lunchtimes. He is also planning to start a social club at lunchtimes for KS3 students. Mr Clift-Matthews: Nathaniel Headley (Year 11) Kindly offered to help one of our technicians with a large trolley of stuff today when he was already a bit late for lunch. Nice of him to give up some time to do that. Ms McEvoy: Zavier Khan – 7I Always cheerful around school. Enthusiastic in class. Always offering to help in class, staying back to help collect equipment and make the room ready for the next class. Ms Hon-Ng: Safa Ahmed 10I. She helped Daljit to do her work without being asked to, kept her involved in the group task.

Mr Ayerh

Year 10 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition

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Sociability & Laura Trott LAURA TROTT, Britain’s most successful female Olympian of all time, talked about the importance of working as part of a team when she spoke after winning her fourth gold medal at the Rio games: “It’s the people in the gym, the people who look at the power data, the nutritionists and especially my coach. I couldn’t have done it without them.” Laura also demonstrates sociability in the way she uses social media in a really positive way to support the #LikeAGirl movement which aims to improve girls’ confidence and participation in sport around the world. She explained “Sport really is one of the strongest confidence building activities and, as a female athlete competing in the Olympic Games, I want to encourage and inspire girls everywhere to keep playing #LikeAGirl and never quit.”


Top tips

• Sit with someone new at lunch and have a conversation. • Jointly plan a celebration or outing with a friend or a sibling. • Play Jenga or complete a jigsaw puzzle jointly with others.

Parents • Jointly plan a menu with your child and then shop for and cook the meal together. • Play board games as a family. • Plan a day out with your child, sharing the tasks of planning the route, organising lunch, agreeing activities. • Re-design and plant a corner of the garden together as a family.

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Collaboration Sociability

Being friendly to people and taking an interest in them, regardless of who they are and how well you know them.


Knowing how to learn with others, being able to work as part of a pair or team to achieve a goal. Being willing to share and communicating with others courteously. Respecting and recognising other viewpoints.


Being a good listener, being outgoing, being friendly, being interested in others. Being solution-focused.

Students who have shown great sociability & listening skills

ALISHA MAHMOOD in 8W is a fantastic collaborator and is extremely sociable and friendly towards other students.

DAVID PILICITA PALTAN in 9S collaborated really effectively with a new student and assisted him with translation.

AHSAN ELAHI and NIKA CHOWDHURY in 7W excelled in a paired activity in humanities which required being in character and participating in interviews. Through this excellent collaboration, they learnt a lot about the lives people who lived in Ilford in 1900.

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BRIDGES How we build learning power and develop character at Isaac Newton Academy

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton The secondary BRIDGES programme commenced this week. BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a student’s character and learning power and enable them to grow into well-rounded individuals and resilient learners. On a two weekly cycle throughout the year, Year 7 and 8 students are introduced to one or two new habits of mind or learning characteristics that will permeate throughout the curriculum. This will take place through a range of interactive activities. In addition, the students will experience BRIDGES learning objectives in each and every lesson throughout Isaac Newton Academy. Year 9 BRIDGES lessons will focus on strengthening certain BRIDGES learning characteristics through exploration of PHSE topics and themes. Each fortnight you will find top tips in the newsletter of ways of supporting your child to develop the BRIDGES habits of mind and learning characteristics within the home.

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Dear Parent/Carer I am writing to apologise for the recent issues with the charging of your child’s dinner money. Unfortunately, due to a number of factors, the day end process was not run correctly during the period 12th to 15th September. The issue was exacerbated by the fact that a number of students were absent due to Eid. We also need to ensure that free school meal entitlements are accounted for. We are therefore fully aware that some student accounts are currently incorrect. Please be assured that we are working to address these issues and are systematically working through all the accounts that may be affected in order to ensure the correct charges are applied. We hope to have this work completed in the next couple of days. If, in the meantime, you have any queries in relation to your child’s dinner money account, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. Once again, I apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and I thank you for your understanding.

Helen Chamberlain

Finance and Resources Director.

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Well done to the following students who are this week’s Mathematicians of the Moment This week’s Mathematicians of the Moment Rajveer Rai (7C)

Shifa Raje (7N)

Mahathir Kazi (9C)

Khushib Pathak (7I)

Cimraan Gaal (8N)

Riya Deol (8E)

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Dear Parent/Carer At Isaac Newton Academy our aim is to equip every student with the knowledge, learning power and character necessary for success at university and beyond. Effective sex and relationships education (SRE) makes a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by students in order to establish and maintain positive, healthy relationships. It enables young people to make responsible and well-informed decisions about their health and wellbeing. It is important that sex and relationships education is taught as part of PSHE education which develops essential skills and attributes, such as self-esteem, managing risk and resisting peer pressure which students can apply to a range of areas; and which addresses related factors such as alcohol and drugs, media literacy, and equality and prejudice. It is therefore recognised as best practice for SRE to be taught as part of a broader PSHE curriculum, to help pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and personal attributes they need to manage their lives and is endorsed by leading SRE bodies. At Isaac Newton Academy in Key Stage 3 SRE is taught through the Science curriculum and during PSHE lessons. At Key stage 4, SRE is taught through the PSHE programme. We ensure that the SRE programme is relevant to all students, is age and stage appropriate and that the issues covered are managed sensitively, with an awareness of students’ cultural and religious beliefs and perspectives. Below are the SRE topics for all year groups: Year 7 Puberty Changing feelings and self esteem Periods

Year 10 STIs (Sexually transmitted infections) Readiness for sex and contraception Child Sexual Exploitation

Year 8

Year 9 Sexuality Contraception Early sexualised behaviour STIs (Sexually transmitted infections) Sexual bullying and peer pressure Year 11 Consent/Rape Breast Cancer Testicular cancer

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Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from part or all of sex and relationships education provided outside of the Science curriculum. Parents wishing to withdraw their child should make an appointment to see their Pastoral Leader. If, following the meeting, they still wish to withdraw their child, they should put their request in writing, stating which part(s) of the programme they wish to withdraw their child from. A copy of the SRE Policy can be found on the Academy’s website. Kind Regards, Roxana Stylianou Pastoral leader for Year 9 i/c of PSHE

Barclays Capital Y11 Careers Day Thursday 29th September We are delighted to inform parents and carers of Y11 students that on Thursday 29th September we will be hosting approximately 35 professionals from Barclays Capital. They have generously given up their time to support our students with • Interview skills • Mock interviews • CV writing • Presenting yourself effectively. In preparation of this, all Y11 students are expected to produce a high quality CV from which they will receive feedback. They are to hand this in to form tutors on Friday 23rd September at the very latest. Y11 Students will also be permitted to wear business dress on Thursday 29th September to support the experience of taking part in a mock interview. Expectations around business dress include: • Shoes as footwear; trainers are not permitted. • Trousers should be smart; jeans and leggings are not appropriate. • A shirt and tie for male students. • Any skirts or dresses must be of an appropriate, modest length. I hope that the day is a useful and engaging experience for all of Y11! Sugra Alibhai Vice Prinicpal 23 September 2016

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This week we were thrilled to be visited once again by author Polly Ho-Yen! Parents of our new year 7s will know Polly as the author of The Boy in the Tower, which was presented as a gift to every one of our new cohort back in July, and which inspired so many beautiful summer projects. Polly was really astounded to see so many amazing projects inspired by her book and spent every free moment she had clicking away on her camera! After hosting a lively assembly featuring a giant slug (Don’t worry, it was made of rubber!) Polly led a lucky troupe of year 7s in a creative writing workshop in which she shared the secrets of her storytelling success. After that, the rest of the school had a chance to meet Polly in the library where she signed copies of her brand new book, Where Monsters Lie. On her twitter feed, Polly eagerly shared photos of our projects and described being ‘blown away’ by her day and. By all accounts, we felt the same way.

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The Kitemark is awarded to schools for their commitment to extra-curricular physical activity and sport. Because of INA’s huge range of teams, sports enrichment clubs, lunch and breakfast clubs we have managed to achieve the gold award, the top level. Further details about this will be in next week’s edition. Well done to all those who have taken part in sport and physical activity at INA and the P.E. department (particularly Mr Healey who was in charge of extra-curricular P.E. last year).

Next Week’s Fixtures:

Monday 26th September – Yr 9 Boys Football v Caterham (Away) Wednesday 28th September – Yr 11 Boys Football v Forest Academy (Away) Thursday 29th September – Yr 11 Boys Football v Valentines (Away), Yr 9 Girls Netball V Seven Kings (Away)

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Saturday 15 October Orchard Community Centre 10am – 1pm Tiptree Community Centre 2.30pm – 5.30pm

The Vision Sport and Health Team want to inspire people to get active and healthy, but need to hear from you to discover what would encourage you to move more! Come along to our FREE Active Together launch event, where you can try new activities, meet our team and chat to us about how we can help you to get more active. Free refreshments available and children welcome.

Contact Sam for more info 07932636112

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Key Dates

for the

Autumn Term 2016

Term Dates -Autumn Term Thursday 1st September - Friday 16th December Half Term: Monday 24th – Friday 28th October INSET Days: 1, 2, 5 September, 23 November, 9 December

Key Dates for Secondary – Autumn Term Thursday 29th September Friday 30th September Saturday 1st October Tuesday 4th October Wednesday 5th October

Thursday 6th October Friday 7th October Monday 10th October Harvest Festival Week Tuesday 11th October Wednesday 12th October Tuesday 18th October Wednesday 19th October Thursday 20th October Monday 24– Friday 28 October

Year 11 Barclays Careers Event Mita Desai Visit Start of Black History Month Open Evening 6-8pm School starts at 9.25am for secondary students, following Open Evening. Year 8 HPV vaccines New To GCSE Parents Workshop(Yr 10s) 6pm Tours for parents of Yr 6s 9am Tours for parents of Yr 6s 9am Tours for parents of Yr 6s 9am. Sixth Form Open Evening 6-8pm Sixth Form Applications open Settling In Evening for Parents of Yr 7s 6pm GCSE Music Recital BRIDGES Parent Workshop 6pm Music Recital HALF TERM

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