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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 Eleanor Seale Office Manager 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, Today we welcomed Mita Desai to Isaac Newton Academy. Mita is the Chair of the British Youth Council. She spoke to all the Year 10s and 11s in assembly about why she believes it is so important for young people to be involved in citizenship projects and that they overcome any fear of putting themselves forward to take on new challenges. She then led a workshop with all the secondary school councillors and another at the primary for all the primary school councillors. She is a really inspiring young woman and it was a honour to have her with us. We are grateful to Mr Ball for organising the visit. Yesterday the Year 11s were off timetable all day, taking part in a CEIAG (careers, information, advice and guidance) event run by 40 guests from Barclays Capital. They spent the day in workshops on self-confidence, CV writing and interview skills. Every student in Year 11 received a 1:1 mock interview and gained personalised feedback on a draft CV. The students really enjoyed the day and found the sessions invaluable. The Barclays team were really impressed by INA. They commented on our fantastic facilities, enrichment opportunities and the focus of our Year 11 students. One commented “Today has been an amazing opportunity for Barclays Capital and we are really excited about building our relationship with Isaac Newton Academy.� We would like to thank our Barclays colleagues for giving their time to support our students and look forward to welcoming them back in the future. In particular, I should like to thank Ms Alibhai for all the hard work and organisation that went into setting up the day.

With best wishes,

Rachel Macfarlane 30 September 2016

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Enriching & Engaging On Friday 23rd September ten Year 10 students attended the launch of the youth volunteering project ‘Volunteer It Yourself ’ at the Ilford Sports Hall. The day was deemed a success by both the organisers and students. Students received a tool box with DIY tools from Wickes.  They sanded and painted the sports hall, had training on health and safety and took part in TV, local newspaper and internet media interviews. INA students were praised for working collaboratively and independently throughout the day. Well done to all the students who took part. Link to Ilford Recorder reporting of the event. community_renovation_1_4712997.

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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

GCSE Parent Workshop: Success at GCSE and beyond! Wednesday 5th October – from 6pm to 7pm, including time for questions. All parents and students in Year 10 are invited to attend a GCSE parent workshop led by Mr Ayerh (Pastoral Leader Year 10) and Ms McEvoy (Assistant Principal).  Covering the three areas of ‘How KS4 is different to KS3’, ‘Supporting your child’ and ‘The whole journey’, this workshop will equip students and parents for success at GCSE and point towards the next steps for going beyond to sixth form and A level.  This workshop will also provide an opportunity for parents to get to know the members of the Year 10 team and to ask any questions they may have.    Parents of students in other year groups, looking ahead to GCSE, are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 5th October at 6pm.   Ms McEvoy & Mr Ayerh 30 September 2016

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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

Patrick Ball Year 7 Pastoral Leader.

Y10 students are thinking about Work Experience placements. They want to gain experience that will support them with their future careers. Can you support them by offering a placement at your place of work? We need placements in all work areas for 5 consecutive days from 3rd-7th July 2017. If you can support INA students please contact:  Anu Patel ( 6 Secondary Newsletter

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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 9I and 10I for achieving over 99%. The challenge is on for the first tutor group to meet the 100% target this term. Year 10 are the top year group for the week with 97.1%. 7E












































































Ms Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal

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En Lit 1 (1h 45) 180 students Animal Farm

AM Year

P1 8:35 for 8:40 start Finish 9:40

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Mu (1.5h)

PM Year

P5 1:45 for 1:50 start Finish 2:50

P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

Spanish Listening (higher) (40m) 57 students Sound desk/CD

French Listening (higher) (40m) 60 students Sound desk/CD

P4 12:50 start (varied finish time)

Ma 1 (1.5h) 180 students 4 extra time


Science C1 (1h) 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

Gg 1 (1h45) 128 students 4 extra time


Tue 6th Dec

P3 Science B1 11:05 for 11:10 start (1h) Finish 12:10 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50

Mon 5th Dec

Times unless stated

Eng Lit 2 (2h15) 180 students Poetry and Christmas Carol


French Listening (foundation) (30m) 4 students Sound desk/CD

Science P1 (1h) 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

Hi 1 (1h45) 69 students 4 extra time


Wed 7th Dec

Ma 2 (1.5h) 180 students 4 extra time


Spanish Listening (foundation) (30m) 8 students Sound desk/CD

Science B2 (1h) 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

RE 1 (2h) 42 students


Thu 8th dec

Drama Splendid theatre

Normal lessons


French Reading (higher) (50m) 60 Students

Science C2 (1h) 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

Tech (2h) 68 students 2 extra time


Fri 9th Dec

Year 11 Mock Exam Timetable December 2016

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En lang 2 (2h) 180 students Non-fiction

Science P2 (1h) 180 students 3 extra time 5 other access arrangements

Spanish Reading (higher) (50m) 57 students


PE (1.5h) 62 students 5 extra time

P1 8:35 for 8:40 start Finish 9:40

P3 11:05 for 11:10 start Finish 12:10

P4 12:50 start (varied finish time)

PM Year

P5 1:45 for 1:50 start Finish 2:50

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P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50



AM Year

Eng Lang 1 (1h45) 180 students 19th Century Fiction


French Reading (foundation) (35m) 4 students

Science B3 (1h) 97 students 1 other access arrangements

Ma 3 (1.5h) 180 students 4 extra time

Tue 13th Dec

Times unless stated Mon 12th Dec

Gg 2 (1h30) 128 students 4 extra time


Spanish Reading (foundation) (35m) 8 students

Science C3 (1h) 97 students 1 other access arrangements

RE 2 (2h) 42 students


Wed 14th Dec

Drama (1.5h) 46 students One (unmarked) copy of text per student provided by Drama 3 extra time


Normal lesson

Science P3 (1h) 97 students 1 other access arrangements

Hi 2 (1h10) 69 students 4 extra time


Thu 15th Dec

Year 11 Mock Exam Timetable December 2016

Art Exams - 1st & 2nd December in class rooms with AJ and AH


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.

Merits 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 merits! Also if you are owed a merit, go and collect it and make sure it gets recorded on your form’s spreadsheet! YEAR 7











133 103 100 97 95 84 81


108 93 80 66 66 53 51 0


81 70 67 63 57 54 33 30


55 53 44 33 29 29 41


29 28 19 17 14 14 5 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 who encapsulated one of these qualities in that week. Year 7: Humza Rafiq 7E Year 8: Laiba Isha Butt 8A Year 9: Sisay Shah Year 10: Amina Umerji 10E Year 11: Gary Preston 11C

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Good Deed Feed Mr Deval: Aasiya Jilani in 9I very graciously offered to sit next to a student to help him ease his issues with certain other members of his form. It was a really mature and selfless act of kindness. Ms Abott-Jones: Yousef Hamid-Majid 11T – he approached a Y7 student that was on his own looking a bit nervous about where he should be as he couldn’t find his class. I was so impressed with Yousef ’s manner and maturity.  He put the student at ease and offered to walk him to the lesson, and stuck up a conversation with the student about how he was finding INA which resulted in an instant smile from the Y7 – great to see! Ms Hon-Ng: Richard Turcan Y10 – always looks out for Jason his brother in 7S.  He makes sure he gets to appointments and lessons and is always respectful.  A lovely big brother. Also Mustafiz Ahmed – he holds open the door every morning from line up for the entire class, without being asked to. Mr Dukes: Jay Gohil Y11 stayed back after school and helped a younger student with their maths IL Ms Rayner: Shifa Raje in 7N kindly offered her time to help a very busy Ms Rayner by sorting some notices for afternoon registers! Ms Rudd: Nadia Miah in Year 8 offered to help Ms Arrowsmith when she saw her struggling with a huge pile of books. I know Ms Arrowsmith was very grateful. Well done, Nadia!

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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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

Year 8 girls HPV Vaccinations – Wednesday 5th October 2016

Parents of year 8 girls should be aware that their first HPV vaccination to protect against cervical cancer will take place at the school on Wednesday 5th October.  Only those girls that have returned their completed consent form and have opted to have the vaccination will be given it.  Please be aware that this vaccination is not available from your GP.  Please arrange for your daughter to wear a short sleeve shirt or to bring their PE polo shirt into school on that day so they can change into it before having their vaccination. Thank you Eleanor Seale Office Manager

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THIS WEEK IN P.E……………… AT INA INA YEAR 9 FOOTBALL TEAM START WITH A GREAT WIN! The Year 9 team started their season with a bang, winning 7-4 against Valentines school. The team battled and competed straight from the whistle, taking charge of the game and applying pressure to Valentines. However after 20 minutes, Valentines hit on the counter attack and stole the lead to make it 1 nil. The boys showed great perseverance in their search for their first goal of the season which eventually came at the end of the first half with Cian Clinton hitting the post and Lucas Overton slotting the rebound in the back of the net. The half time team talk was very positive and all students felt like the next goal would be theirs. The second half was a thrilling spectacle with goals flying in at both ends. Cian Clinton and Qasim Nawaz both scored a brace, Ikram Hussain added one and an own goal from their defender made it 7. With some debutants in the team, it was really good to see everyone gelling together quickly and getting 3 points on the board. Man of the match- Arslan Dar -had a great performance as centre back; he covered well and his speed and bravery in tackles saved us from conceded many more goals.

Next Week’s Fixtures:

Monday 3rd October - Yr 10 Football V Forest Academy (A) Monday 3rd October - Yr 9 Football v Seven Kings (H) Thursday 6th October – Yr 8 Netball v Valentines (H) Thursday 6th October - Yr 7 Football V Valentines (H) Thursday 6th October – Yr 10 Football V Chadwell – Cup (A)

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Club Handball Girls Can Table Tennis Tuesday Judo Wednesday Table Tennis GCSE Theory Intervention GCSE Badminton Football Club Thursday GCSE Table Tennis Yr 9 Stretch and Challenge Basketball Club Friday Badminton

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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 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

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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