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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, We hope that you all have a great week next week, recharging your batteries and preparing for the half term ahead. Some of our Year 11s will be in school on Monday for taster KS5 sessions. Others, I know, will be starting to plan their revision timetables ahead of the mock exams in December. But I hope that everyone will also have some down time and relaxation! This week we were treated to a fabulous Music Recital at the school, organised by Mr Fowler and the peripatetic music staff. Thanks very much to them and the performers for a great evening of entertainment. Also this week the Year 11 GCSE History students visited the Imperial War Museum. We are grateful to Ms Priestley and the Humanities team for organising the visit. Lastly, I should like to introduce you to our two new Science Technicians, Mr Darkins and Mr Oates. They each give a biography below:

Tim Oates, Science Technician

Recently I was very pleased to be accepted by Isaac Newton Academy (INA) for the position of Science Technician. For me the academy is an environment that presents new and exciting challenges. As with the students, I will have a lot to learn. I was born and have lived most of my life in London. I possess a first degree in History and masters in Microbiology both of which I achieved through evening courses at Birkbeck College, University of London.

In terms of career, I have experience of a variety of technician posts both in both routine and research based laboratories. I have worked in the fields of cancer and inflammatory diseases such as asthma. My main expertise lies in the field of histology, gained during my time at Imperial College London.

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Outside work I enjoy mostly rather sedentary pursuits such as listening to a diverse range of music and reading of both novels and factual history. I enjoy walking. INA clearly expects the highest educational standards from the students under its care. I intend to play my part in maintaining those standards.

Keith Darkins, Lead Science Technician Hello, I am Keith Darkins and I have just joined Isaac Newton Academy as the lead science technician. I have been a science technician for a few years but this is the first time as the lead so I am looking forward to the challenge. Most of my working life has been spent in the pharmaceutical industry as a process plant operator but in March of 2011 I was made redundant from Glaxo Smith Kline due to the site closing. After trying my hand at a few posts my wife pointed to a vacancy for a laboratory technician at a local school. At first I thought there was no way to transfer the skills I had to being a science technician. I applied and was successful. It soon became clear that not only could I transfer across the skills I had but by adapting them and learning what the role entailed I could actually combine my skills with those I learnt along the way to have a very fulling and enjoyable role. While I have been the acting lead science technician at Isaac Newton Academy I have noticed the academy is different to the previous schools I have worked in. Everyone here is friendly, courteous and helpful; it’s nice to have doors held open while transporting resources to classrooms. The feeling I get from the school is very a positive one and one of if we all work together, both students and staff, we will achieve the best we can for everyone. As for myself I am from Dagenham where I have lived all my life. My hobbies are archery, photography, fishing, playing badminton and supporting Chelsea football club. I sometimes take trips on steam engines just to relive an age when steam power was king. Although I own a car, my preferred form of transport is a motor bike which I enjoy riding in all weathers. I like trying new things and my most enjoyable event to date was when my family and I walked over the 02 dome last year for my birthday. With best wishes,

Rachel Macfarlane

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Year 10 You will be sitting your first

GCSE Mathematics Mock Exam Friday 18th November Period 1/2 1hour 30min paper Non Calculator This paper will provide us with your current GCSE working grade. It could include any content from the new GCSE specification (some of which you will not have covered yet). To prepare you should: • •

Review all learning from Units 1-3 Use MathsWatch to complete additional learning on target topics

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• Also known as the festival of light. • Celebrated by Sikh and Hindu followers. • Represents the idea of light conquering dark and good conquering evil. • Celebrations will include candles, fireworks and sweets. • Sunday 30th October

What can I do to share in this celebration?

• Light a candle – This can help many people to reflect, remain calm or concentrate. • Tidying up your room or making a fresh start. • Go out and watch a fireworks display. • Help to make a meal for the family to share. 6 Secondary Newsletter

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Monday 14th November is an Independent Learning day This day is the first Independent Learning day of the year when secondary students will complete their learning independently at home. Students in KS3 and KS4 will not attend the Academy on this day. The purpose of the day is for students to consolidate and extend their learning in their various subjects. This will help to develop students’ BRIDGES skills of self-discipline, independence, discovery, organisation and adaptability and other important learning dispositions. The discipline of working independently is also important to develop in preparation for sixth form learning and study at university. Teachers have given careful consideration to the tasks they are setting for the day which can be accessed remotely on Fronter. There will be opportunities to practise key skills, elaborate upon prior learning, explore concepts and knowledge in more depth and to do some pre-learning tasks. Stretch and challenge tasks will be also available. It would be helpful if parents can ensure that the learning set by teachers is completed to a high standard.

Ms Spencer

Vice Principal

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 ( 21 October 2016 Secondary Newsletter


Calling: Parents, carers and community members. Would you like to volunteer to lead an after school enrichment at Isaac Newton Academy?

Enrichment runs 4:15pm-5:15pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 3:15pm-4:15pm on Tuesday. For further information contact Ms Clarke Tel: 020 8911 6666

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SIXTH FORM Open Evening Thursday November 10th 2016 6pm-7pm Doors open at 5:45pm Y11 Students, Parents and Carers are warmly invited to our second Sixth Form Open Evening. This evening is a chance for our students and parents to meet the Heads of Departments and Lead Teachers in all subjects to find out more about our Sixth Form offer. Students and parents will have the chance to ask questions about the courses available and the units covered. The event will take place in our fantastic Sixth Form facilities on the third floor. There will also be an opportunity to hear Ms Macfarlane speak about the vision and ethos of the Sixth Form. We look forward to seeing you there! Ms Alibhai Vice Principal

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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.

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











264 260 258 251 239 228 217


186 174 172 172 156 142 125 87


201 155 126 125 117 101 136 83


186 154 112 102 93 87 82


65 64 48 40 39 17 14 5

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: Zainab Rashid 7W Year 8: Adam Rebhi 8A Year 9: Riann Haynes 9S Year 10: Simi Sohal 10W Year 11: Sukhy Sagoo 11I

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Good Deed Feed Mr Dewal: Simran Chahal in Year 10 is involved in a charity group. The group is called SEVA, which is designed to help people in the local communities. Simran and her family take part most Tuesdays in Ilford, preparing hot food and tea/coffee for homeless people in Ilford. This was what she took part in going to Westminster recently but I think it’s important to note that this is a continuous thing and that she gives up her time most weeks. Mr Ayerh: Samiya Ahmed 10W for voluntarily holding the door open for year 10 students each day before line up starts.

Mr Ayerh

Year 10 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition

Lost Property

As the term draws to a close there are a number of articles in Lost Property. Parents: please encourage your child to come and check the lost property box at Student Reception by Thursday 20th October. After this date all lost property left over will be disposed of. We currently have the following items in lost property: Whole PE Bags – with full PE kits Pencil Cases Blazers/Coats Books Shoes/Trainers And lots more……

Tahira Akram

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Well done to the following students who are this week’s Mathematicians of the Moment

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E-Safety Parent Information Session We would like to invite parents/carers to attend an

E-Safety Information Session

which is being held on Thursday 3rd November from 6.00pm-7.00pm at INA. We will be sharing information about: • Social networking (security and safety) • On-line messaging • Cyber bullying • Tips for keeping children safe on the internet • Text and MSN abbreviations

If you would like to come along, please register your interest at the main reception by Wednesday 2nd November. We look forward to seeing you on the evening. Leanne Abbott-Jones (Assistant Principal)

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On the 17th October 2016 me and the other members of the YTA (Youth Travel Ambassadors) team went to Camden Centre to take part in the Travel Plan Accreditation Ceremony. Our day was packed full of lots of different activities about travel and saving what we have left of the world. For example, cycling to blend up a smoothie and tube quizzes to inform is about public transport. At this event our main goal was to come up with a travel plan as a school for 2016-17. We went through a journey of planning called Bus Route. We took the issue, the causes and the effects of the issue and came up with solutions that will run in our school, such as Independent Travel Day. Here we also received our silver badge as we as a school, over two years, have changed over 3% of travel to walking or cycling. We have run over 30 activities to raise awareness of the best ways to travel. From this experience I have learned the importance of being young and having a unique perspective. Thank you Ms Chamberlain for running YTA and letting me and the others take part in amazing experiences!

Shama Daula 8I

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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)

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

P6 2:55 start Released 4:00


PM Year Ma 1 (1.5h) 180 students 4 extra time

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


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

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)


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

Hi 1 (1h45) 69 students 4 extra time


Wed 7th Dec

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

French Reading (higher) (50m) 60 Students

Spanish Listening (foundation) (30m) 8 students Sound desk/CD Ma 2 (1.5h) 180 students 4 extra time

Drama Splendid theatre

Normal lessons


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

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


Tech (2h) 68 students 2 extra time


Fri 9th Dec

RE 1 (2h) 42 students


Thu 8th dec

Year 11 Mock Exam Timetable December 2016

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PE (1.5h) 62 students 5 extra time

PM Year

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

P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

11 Gg 2 (1h30) 128 students 4 extra time

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

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


Normal lesson

Spanish Reading (foundation) (35m) 8 students

French Reading (foundation) (35m) 4 students

Spanish Reading (higher) (50m) 57 students

P4 12:50 start (varied finish time)

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

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

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

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

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

P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50


Thu 15th Dec Hi 2 (1h10) 69 students 4 extra time

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

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


Wed 14th Dec RE 2 (2h) 42 students



AM Year Ma 3 (1.5h) 180 students 4 extra time

Tue 13th Dec

Times unless stated Mon 12th Dec

Year 11 Mock Exam Timetable December 2016

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


THIS WEEK IN P.E……………… AT INA YEAR 9 2ND XI V SEVEN KINGS The Year 9 2nd team travelled to Seven Kings after beating them at the end of last year. Seven Kings started very strong and were matched in every department by INA. Seven Kings broke the deadlock and were leading at half time through a defensive error but the mood amongst the team was that we deserved more from the first half. INA went into the second half full of confidence and belief. With a mistake from the Seven Kings goalie, Jamie Joseph was able to pounce on the rebound to make it 1-1. Seven Kings goal keeper was making up for his previous mistake by keeping shots out from Rohan Jaswal and Ikram Hussain. Finally Ikram broke the offside trap after Rohan slipped a great pass through to volley home the ball to put INA 2-1 up. Unfortunately Seven Kings stole the ball from our midfield and made a last ditch attack in the dying minutes of the game which was converted to make it 2-2. Great effort from the team! The man of the match award goes to Jamie Joseph for his tenacious display and Manraj Rai for his brilliant skills and excellent defensive and attacking display.

YEAR 9 AND 10 HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS INA hosted the annual Redbridge Year 9 and 10 boys Handball Championships on Monday. The competition was fierce as teams from schools such as Cannon Palmer, Seven Kings, Chadwell and Oaks Park participated. Both the Year 9 and 10 teams battled really well. They missed out on a place in the semi-finals by fine margins. The Year 10 team were particularly unlucky as they drew against the eventual winners Cannon Palmer, and let a 2 goal lead slip against Chadwell. Top performance came from Ellis Currie-Ward.

This Week’s Results:

Thursday 13th October Year 10 Netball v Mayfield (H) – Lost 10-3 Monday 17th October Year 9 and 10 Redbridge Handball Championships – Finish 2nd in group stage Wednesday 19th October Year 9 2nd xi Football v Seven Kings – drew 2 - 2

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Next Week’s sporting fixtures:

Monday 31st October Year 7 Football v Cannon Palmer (H – Cup) Thursday 3rd November Year 7 and 8 Netball v Seven Kings (H) Thursday 3rd November – Year 7 Football v Forest Academy (H)


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

Teacher Outside Provider EH PB Outside Provider CD DB

Location Sports Hall Astro Activity Studio Sports Hall Activity Studio S02


Sports Hall Astro Activity Studio Sports Hall

GA Outside Provider

Sports Hall Sports Hall

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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 11W, the first tutor group this term to achieve 100% target for the week. Year 11 are the top year group for the week with 97.5%. 7E












































































Ms Abbott-Jones Assistant Principal

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Sixth Form

Taster Sessions

at Isaac Newton Academy

Monday 24th October 9am - 12pm Join us for up to three taster sessions in the following subjects: • Biology • Chemistry • English Language

• English Literature • French

• Mathematics • Physics

Please confirm your attendance by Tuesday 18th October.

To register your place please email For more information please visit

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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 Monday 24 – Friday 28 October Thursday 3rd November Thursday 10th November Monday 14th November Tuesday 15th November Thursday 17th November Monday 21st November Wednesday 23rd November Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd December Monday 5th – Thursday 15th December Tuesday 6th December Wednesday 7th December Thursday 8th December Friday 9th December

Tuesday 13th December Thursday 15th December Friday 16th December

HALF TERM ESafety Parent Workshop Sixth Form Open Evening 6-7pm Independent Learning Day - all secondary students studying at home Sixth Form Interviews start Literacy Parent Workshop Shakespeare Schools Festival INSET Day: no school for students Year 11 Art Mock Exam Year 11 Mock Exams Year 9 Options Evening PEA Summer School Meeting Yr 8 Christmas Lunch INSET Day: no school for Yrs7-10 Yr 11 Mock exams Splendid Theatre Production Community Party Winter Concert Awards Assemblies Term Ends at 1pm

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