Welcome from the Principal We would like to oﬀer you and your son/daughter a very warm welcome to The Winsford E‐ACT Academy. We look forward to a long, happy and successful associa on with you. We have developed a very full programme to assist the integra on of new students into the school. We are confident that you will wish to give us your fullest support. For your child to achieve the best it is essen al that there is the closest co‐opera on between School, Parents and Students. You, as Parents/Carers of new Students to the school, can from the start be of great assistance in your child's educa on. For our part, we want your children to be happy, safe, healthy and achieving. We want every student to succeed to the best of his/her ability, whilst benefi ng fully from the wide range of opportuni es here. We are very proud of our Academy and the achievements of our students. Our students are well behaved, friendly, kind and considerate. Parents are fully suppor ve of the Academy and express significantly high levels of sa sfac on in how we provide for their children. We very much look forward to mee ng you and thank you for selec ng The Winsford E‐ACT Academy for your son/daughter.
Academy Uniform Replacement uniform items can be purchased during the year by comple ng an order form available from the Academy or our website. (with the excep on of shirts, trousers, skirts, socks and shoes) Most sizes are held in stock at the Academy and are available for collec on within 24 hours. Payment, in full, should be made when placing your order. Payments can be made by cheque (payable to Winsford E‐ACT Academy) or cash. Alterna vely, uniform can be ordered from our on‐line uniform shop at www.winsfordacademy.org.uk and follow the uniform shop link. (If items are not in stock, orders will be placed to our supplier at the beginning of every month. For health and safety reasons, only one pair of ear studs, a watch and one plain ring is allowed. No facial piercings are permi ed at the Academy. Make‐up is allowed for KS4 Girls only. Only natural hair colouring is allowed.
White School Blouse (top bu on fastened, shirt tucked in)
School House Tie
White School Shirt (top bu on fastened, shirt tucked in)
Academy Blazer with Crest
Academy Style Skirt (knee length)
Black School Trousers
Black Shoes only (no markings). Black Socks.
Black Shoes only (no markings). Black Socks.
Uniform is a statement about the standards of this Academy. When worn well it creates a highly posiƟve percepƟon in the community, which can only help students in securing college places and employment. What are the benefits of school uniform? To foster a sense of belonging and pride to the Winsford Academy To develop a purposeful and focused ethos in the Academy To improve equality amongst students To create a posi ve image of our Academy and students within the community To ensure easy iden fica on, security and management of students on out‐of‐school excursions To make it easier for parents, students and staﬀ to know what we expect students to wear at the Academy.
Academy P.E. Kit PE kit is embroidered with the Academy Logo and is only available to purchase from the Academy Most sizes are held in stock at the Academy and are available for collec on within 24 hours. Payment, in full, should be made when placing your order. Payments can be made by cheque (payable to Winsford E‐ACT Academy) or cash. Alterna vely, uniform can be ordered from our on‐line uniform shop at www.winsfordacademy.org.uk and follow the uniform shop link. (If
Boys’ Games Shirts and Girls’ Microfleeces are also compulsory and available to purchase from the Academy.
items are not in stock, orders will be placed to our supplier at the beginning of every month.
Long hair needs to be ed back with a bobble
Other items that are required: Plain black tracksuit bo oms/leggings Clean training shoes.
House Polo Shirt
Boys will also require shin pads and studded football boots.
Reversible Games Shirt
Long hair needs to be ed back.
Black Academy Sports Shorts
Microfleece Black Academy Sports Skort
Black Academy Sports Socks (with school le ering)
Please note that pumps and “high‐tops” are not acceptable items of footwear for engaging in prac cal P.E. lessons.
Floor plans First Floor
Terms Dates and Timings of the School Day Due to the excep onal circumstances of moving into our new build in September 2013, the Academy will be induc ng staﬀ into the new building for five consecu ve days on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September 2013. This will use up all staﬀ training days in one go but not aﬀect the 190 days of educa on reserved for students. Students are not expected back to the Academy un l Monday 9th September 2013.
Term Dates 2013/2014
Timing of the School Day
8.00am – 8.50am
School Open (free toast and tea)
9th September 2013
8.50am – 9.20am
9.20am – 10.10am
10.10am – 11.00am
11.00am – 11.15am
11.15am – 12.05pm
12.05pm – 12.55pm
12.55pm – 1.35pm
1.35pm – 2.25pm
2.25pm ‐ 3.15pm
End of School Day
Autumn Half Term
18th October 2013
28th October 2013
19th December 2013
6th January 2014
Spring Half Term
14 February 2014
24 February 2014
4th April 2014
22nd April 2014
Summer Half Term
23 May 2014
2 June 2014
23rd July 2014
Behaviour Management System The Academy's basic classroom management for students is comprised under the following method: Diﬀuse ‐ Your teacher will a empt to resolve the problem by asking you to move seat or by having a quiet word with you. Warn ‐ You will be made aware of the consequences of the nega ve behaviour. If your behaviour does not improve you will receive the sanc on. Sanc on ‐ You may receive a break/lunch/a er school deten on. Your parents may be contacted. You may be removed from the lesson. Remove ‐ On‐call will be contacted and you will be removed. This will be logged on SIMS and behaviour points logged. Your parents will be contacted. The member of staﬀ may decide that you are not allowed back into the next lessons with them.
Vivos Vivo Miles is the new way to be rewarded. Teachers will award students with electronic points called Vivos and these can then by spent on an exci ng range of products, on the vivomiles.com website. Student can check how many vivo miles they have been awarded by logging on to their account through vivomiles.com website. They will be able to earn Vivos for all kinds of things, including:
A endance Full comple on of homework Being respec ul and polite Posi vely contribu ng to the class Being on track to meet your target level Par cipa ng in extra‐curricular or lunch me ac vi es
Role of Pastoral Team
Bri en (Blue) Head of House
Each student will be placed into one of four houses. Students are placed in coaching groups, all students in the same coaching group will be in the same house. House Teams, including Pastoral Managers, manage all aspects of day to day wellbeing including aƩendance, punctuality, safety and academic progress. The house teams also administer a variety of events and compeƟƟons which run during the course of the academic year. House’s are named aŌer four great English Composers .
Year 7 Bri en Coaches Rachael Kelly ‐ Miss Kelly is a new Bri en form tutor in September and teaches History. She is convinced that she was a Victorian in another life! Jane Blears ‐ Miss Blears previously had a Year 11 Bri en form group but is excited about having a new Year 7 group. She teaches ICT but was also the keyboard player in the School Rock and Roll Band ‘Tone Deaf’ back in the 90’s! Bri en House When The Winsford E‐ACT Academy was established in September 2010, four houses were created. The best of which is us, Bri en House. For over two years now we have been ‘Se ng the Standard’ in areas such as:
A endance Vivo’s House events House event par cipa on.
The Bri en House team led by Mr Richard Clarke and Mrs Chloe Graﬀ has led the field in engaging in the healthy compe on that drives the house system at the Academy. As a result of the pupil's hard work in the areas above, we have won all three trophies each year.
Mr R Clarke
Assistant of House Mrs C Graﬀ
Year 7 Coach Miss R Kelly
Year 7 Coach Miss J Blears
Role of Pastoral Team
Head of House A massive welcome to all the new students in Purcell House. Since the Academy started three years ago Purcell House has had a string of great successes, students have also had some individual successes. Our house colour is red and we are The Red Army! The house compe on’s consist of various spor ng ac vi es such as house football, netball, rounder’s, cricket, photography, cooking, science challenge, enterprise, spell‐a‐thon, maths challenge, rocket challenge to name just a few. There are a large number of house ac vi es where all the houses compete against each other and all the points go towards the end result of ‘Best House’ Students in Purcell always give their best eﬀorts and we have won many compe ons including sports day and mat sliding! Over the past three years Purcell has come a very close second place in the overall House compe are very proud of our silver medal status and we will always strive for the top spot.
We look forward to ge ng our new Year 7 recruits to strengthen our already strong team! Our House Mascot is Pandora the Panda who features frequently in our assemblies and special events. The Key stage 4 Purcell House prefects all work hard, have good a endance and are the pillars of our house. They undertake their du es regularly and help with events that happen in and out of school. They have banding on their blazers around their wrists to show they are a house prefect,. These prefects all work hard as a team and are ‘Proud to be Purcell!’ Our Mo o is ‘ Purcell and Proud.’ This is something we strongly stand for, and always carry with us as a house. We look forward to mee ng the new Year 7’s & Purcellians who to I’m sure will soon be ‐ “Purcell and Proud!”
Mrs C Bedson
Assistant of House Mr M Rogers
Year 7 Coach Mr R Lewis
Year 7 Coach Mr Henderson
Role of Pastoral Team
Sullivan (Yellow) Head of House
Sullivan House takes its name from one of our famous composers, Gilbert and Sullivan. Our colour is yellow. The house compe ons present all students with the opportunity to get involved with their peers in a wide variety of events. My advice to all our new students is ‘Get involved’. If you don’t give yourself a chance to experience these compe ons, you never know what hidden talents you have! All the Academy houses and staﬀ work hard to ensure success in: A endance Vivo’s House events House event par cipa on. Sullivan House look forward to seeing all our new students involved and working hard for our new year 7 coaches who are: “I am very happy to be a year 7 coach. My interests are singing and playing the Ukulele . I am in the Chester Ukulele Players. I am also very interested in other cultures, I speak advanced Spanish and used to live in Mexico. I love art and as well as teaching Art I also make my own Art work at home. I also like nature, gardening and History. I love teaching because it’s great fun! There is never a dull moment! It’s wonderful to see a proud student who has achieved something special and to think that you have played a part in that. Being part of a house team is also really great as you can help your form in all diﬀerent sorts of ways, such as being happy at school, behaving well and winning house compe ons”. Ms C Randall “My main subject is PE although I also teach ICT and sports sciences. I have a great interest in rugby union and am qualified as a semi‐professional rugby union coach. The highlight of my Rugby career has been to referee at Twickenham. I enjoy the fact that no one day in teaching is ever the same. I also enjoy seeing the hard work our students commit to pay oﬀ on results day. I am looking forward to being a year 7 coach”. Mr Andrew Rawson So, welcome to our new ‘Sullivan Stars’. When you join us in September our House, Academy Prefects and Sixth Formers will be on hand to support and help you se le into Academy life. Mrs Walsh and Mrs J Eastwood welcome you all.
Mrs T Walsh
Assistant of House Mrs J Eastwood
Year 7 Coach Ms C Randall
Year 7 Coach Mr A Rawson
Role of Pastoral Team
Elgar (Green) Head of House
A huge welcome to all the new students in Elgar House from Mr Freeman (Head of House) and Miss Ba erton (Assistant Head of House) Since the Academy started three years ago, Elgar House has had a string of great successes. Our house colour is green. In the past three years Elgar house has done very well in all the House compe ons and at the moment we are second in the Vivo compe on with over 110, 000 vivos, which is fantas c. We look forward to ge ng new Year 7 recruits for our house to strengthen our already strong team! Our House Mascot is Kermit the frog who features frequently in our assemblies and special events. Our mo o is “Be keen, stay green” Our Year 7 coaches are Mrs N Harris and Mr N Watkins
Mr M Freeman
Assistant of House Miss D Ba erton
Year 7 Coach Mr N Watkins
Year 7 Coach Mrs N Harris
Online Payments We are pleased to announce that we have launched ParentPay as a method of payment to school. This is a more convenient way to pay for school lunches, school trips, music tui on and much more online. ParentPay oﬀers you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ‐ safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available. Parents will have a secure online account, ac vated using a unique username and password (this is included within this pack); making a payment with your credit or debit card is straigh orward and ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments for you to view at a later date. We operate a cashless system for the catering service at the Academy. Biometric informa on is taken and stored on the academy system. This is how your child purchases items from the café/bistro and adds money to their account. For your convenience and to assist us in our administra on of the service, the preferred method of payment would be online, alterna vely you can make cheques payable to The Winsford E‐ACT Academy (place into the Post Box provided around the school) Please write name of student, coaching group and “school dinner” on the back of the cheque and place in an envelope. However, should you wish your child to bring ‘dinner money’ to school there are automa c cash revalua on terminals located within the school and pupils can use these machines before school, at break‐ me and at lunch me. No cash will be accepted at the food counters. Should you have any queries regarding this system please do not hesitate to ring Mrs J Fox, Administra on Manager on 01606 595907. More informa on regarding the online payment system can be found at www.parentpay.com.
School Based Oﬃcer I have been in a Police Oﬃcer for 19 years star ng my service in Runcorn where I walked the beat of “Old Town” Runcorn. I then became a response oﬃcer responding to emergency calls. A er comple ng my two year proba onary period I went into the community department and became Beat Manager for Mudishaw. Following on from this rewarding role I became part of a pro‐ac ve inves ga on team and then onto the Crime Car where I patrolled the arterial routes of Cheshire targe ng specific issues. I moved to Chester Police Sta on in 2003 where I worked within the Neighbourhood Policing Team eventually becoming the Beat Manager for Upton‐By‐Chester and Saughall. In April 2013 I took up this role at the Academy. My aims at the Academy are: Reduce crime and the fear of crime amongst young people and the wider community To provide a safe and secure school community which enhances the learning environment Ensure young people remain in educa on and achieve their full poten al. Engage with young people, challenge unacceptable behaviour and help them develop a respect for themselves and their communi es If you wish to speak to me please contact me at the school or via email: Tel No: 01606 592300 E:mail: Rhys.ma email@example.com
PC 3125 RHYS MATTHEWS School Based Oﬃcer
Catering Services The Academy provides an in‐house catering service which oﬀers a wide variety of healthy and good value meals before school, at break‐ me and at lunch me. We operate a biometric, cashless system. Each student has an individual account which enables payments to be received, recorded and credited to, and for the cost of meals to be deducted from. You can also view this informa on online at www.parentpay.com using your username and password. A variety of meals for breakfast, break and lunch are available from the café or bistro. There is a selec on of cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, toast and pastries available in the morning and salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, chicken wraps, Panini's and a choice of hot meals for lunch. Menus and price lists giving examples of the cost of meals and snacks available will be on display in the café and bistro and also on the Academy website. Those students who wish to bring their own packed lunch are also able to use the café and bistro. The price list below is an example of the items available:
Slice of toast
Dish of the Day
Set meals deals
Selec on of drinks
Students are not allowed oﬀ the premises at lunch me unless there are excep onal circumstances and this will need to be approved by the Principal.
A endance All children of compulsory school age (11‐18) should receive suitable educa on, either by regular a endance at school or through other arrangements. If a child is registered at school, parents have the primary legal responsibility for ensuring that their child aƩends regularly. Parents have a vital role in fostering good behaviour. They have a legal duty to ensure that their children receive their educa on by regular a endance at school. Parents should ensure that their children arrive at school on me, that they have suitable clothing and any books or equipment needed for their work at school. A endance and Punctuality
Please call the school on each day of absence before 8.55am on 01606 592300. Students are classed as late if they arrive more than 5 minutes late to registra on. This will trigger a text message to your mobile to let you know. They may also receive a deten on.
A endance is the key to good performance at school. Students with good a endance and punctuality achieve be er standards that those students with poor a endance and punctuality.
If your child arrives a er registra on has closed they will not receive a present mark.
If your son/daughter does need to miss a day or part of a day, please communicate the reason for this absence as soon as possible.
We will not authorise holidays which take place in term me. Any requests will only be authorised in excep onal circumstances. If you do choose to take your child out of school for an unauthorised holiday you may receive a fine of £60‐£120. Students who have a medical dental appointment will be given authorised absence of half a day and should always a end school before and a er the appointment wherever possible.
Students who arrive a er registra on me must sign in a student recep on; otherwise they may receive an absent mark, which will then trigger a phone call home.
What counts as good a endance?
We would expect all our students to aim for at least 95% a endance to put them at the average na onal a endance level or above
A student who has 90% a endance misses almost 4 weeks of school every year. That’s over 100 hours of learning missed
Please note that it is the responsibility of the Academy not the parent to decide whether absence is authorised and any unauthorised absence will appear on your son/daughter’s record.
What to expect With every report you will receive a colour coded le er which lets you know the category your child is in. Red, Amber or Green. If your child regularly has odd days oﬀ for illness you will be expected to provide medical evidence to enable us to authorise the absences. If this is the case you will receive a le er advising you of this. If your child’s a endance falls below 95% they will be monitored by the House team and if it is felt necessary you may be invited into school for a mee ng to discuss this. A student who’s a endance falls below 85% becomes a PA (persistently absent) student and much more interven on is needed by the A endance Improvement Oﬃcer. This should never happen unless the student has a serious illness, in which case medical evidence would always be available. If these interven ons do not improve a endance then further ac on can be taken resul ng in a possible court case. Every student who has 10 unauthorised absences in any term will receive a fixed penalty no ce from Cheshire West and Chester.
If your son/daughter is absent from school for any reason you need to contact us and explain why this absence is necessary. Parents are asked, where possible, to make medical and dental appointments outside of school hours. If an appointment in school me is unavoidable, please provide your son/daughter with a note. They need to take this note to student recep on to sign out of school.
Mobile Educa on
If September 2013 doesn’t raise levels of excitement about educa on in Winsford with the opening of the new academy build, all students in Year 7 will be provided with their very own mobile technology device which will be a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Designed to transform learning experiences, all students will be able to access so ware applica ons, communica on tools and organisa onal aides in order to make learning opportuni es increasingly collabora ve, exci ng and independent. In order for your child to access 24‐7 learning the devices can be taken home, we will require you to sign an agreement which details our policies and procedures for the use of the device. As part of this agreement we ask that parents make a financial contribute to the insurance policy. More informa on regarding this will follow shortly. No devices will be allowed “oﬀ site” un l these agreement has been signed and monies have been paid to the academy. Mobile devices will be issued at Year 7 Se ling in Evening. More informa on will follow in September 2013. A copy of the school policies and procedures is available on our website www.winsfordacademy.org.uk
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Contact Informa on: The Winsford E‐ACT Academy Grange Lane Winsford Cheshire CW7 2BT Tel: 01606 592300 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org