Welcome to our Newsletter with highlights from the Spring Term
Dear Parents / Carers,
I am pleased to introduce to you this term’s newsletter. 

Given the complexity of the national crisis in which we find ourselves, it is great to be able to reflect on some of the great work that our high school students had been engaged in up until our enforced school closure. 

You will see the diversity of activities in which students have taken part to support their academic, physical, mental and emotional well-being including that of others.

We are proud of the progress that our students made this year, particularly our examination groups. We understand the worry and uncertainty that can accompany our students during the time after their mocks and leading up to their exams in a normal year. This cohort are coping with an even more difficult time. This is why it is important that they maintain, where possible, a routine and that they are completing tasks set by their teachers so that the predicted grade that they will eventually be awarded will be based on the evidence of the work they have produced in conjunction with their mock grade and any other evidence their subject teacher has of their proven ability. 

For non-examination year groups, we hope to communicate, when schools reopen, the progress that students have made and their next steps. 

We consider ourselves, students and staff at Alec Reed Academy to be a family. It does feel strange to not see our academy family regularly just as it does as we are unable to see our own personal families. Nevertheless, we know that we will have a renewed appreciation of each other and will all have a little smile when we all meet again.

In the meantime, I implore you to follow the government advice and please do stay at home and avoid any unnecessary activities that could put you, your family or the community at risk. I would like us all to return to the academy safe and sound. It takes all of us to make this happen, to support our NHS and to ultimately save lives.

Wishing you and all those you love good health

Warm regards and best wishes 

Mrs A. Moise-Dixon
Principal and CEO 

Mental Health Ambassadors 
On Tuesday 3rd March The Academy Counsellor Julie Bockling and 9 of our Mental Health Ambassadors took a trip to meet some of the most influential professionals within the borough to talk about the Mental Wellbeing of young people who live in Northolt.   

They were invited to take part in a consultation to support a £300k bid to improve mental health and welling being for young people in Northolt.  

The students were split into pairs and each pair sat at a table with a number of professionals from the local authority, housing, social care, regeneration, youth services etc and each student played an integral part in the 2 hour workshop where they had to suggest and discuss various factors that influence their mental health both positively and negatively.   
University Visits
We had two aspirational University trips this term visiting London School of Economics (L.S.E) as well as Cambridge University with a focus around widening A.R.A participation in higher education.

On Friday 17th January our Year 10 students experienced an impressive taster in the social sciences at L.S.E, debating sociological issues such as crime and inequality, as well as considering the necessary qualifications required to attend L.S.E.

On Wednesday 22nd January our Year 10 and Year 12 students enjoyed a stimulating visit to the prestigious Jesus College at Cambridge University. The students thoroughly enjoyed a campus tour and taster academic seminars. They also received invaluable advice on personal statements and higher education choices from current undergraduates, post graduates and Doctors at Jesus College.
 
Thank you to our students for representing our school so well with fantastic engagement and respect shown on both visits.
The Bright Ideas Challenge
Pupils from Alec Reed Academy had the opportunity to work with specialists from Teach First and Shell’s communication team taking part in ‘The Bright Ideas Challenge 2019-2020’.

Working in three different teams, they focused on how the world would be different in the next 30 years and how we could contribute to reduce waste, create more energy and make the world a more efficient place for all of us.

Team 1 focused on the idea of reducing pollution in an Asian city by collecting plastic bottles and using these for irrigation and collecting water on vegetable patch allotments designed on roof tops of buildings.

Team 2 focused on the idea of developing solar powered vehicles for travelling in the city.

And finally team 3 explored the concept of using the kinetic energy of people walking on streets to transfer it to a generator of electricity in the city.

Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed this trip and had a lot of fun in developing their own ideas for the challenge.

There were 600 schools who took part, each submitting their proposal; a winner will be announced on the 24th April 2020!

Good luck ARA!
Forest School
Before the school closure, a group of pupils in the Primary School and the High School, were able to experience four glorious weeks of our new Forest School project out on the Academy Fields.
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
So far our students have engaged in a whole range of activities including fire building and cooking, whittling, felting, den building, making cordage and using a range of tools. The sessions have been run by the local Forest School provider, Forever Green Forest School, and supported by Mrs Porter, Mrs Puddle, Mrs Gutherie and Mrs Hibbins.
The pupils have engaged so well in these sessions and we have started to see them blossom in terms of their confidence, independence and creativity. Mr Abu, one of our governors, visited one of the sessions and was blown over by this unique approach to learning. Well done to all of the students involved, we can't wait to resume our sessions and expand the project further when we return to the Academy.
Year 7 Football Squad
ARA Sporting Fixtures
Alec Reed competed in several Ealing borough sporting fixtures this term. It was a pleasure to observe so many positive team performances and encouraging results.

Year 7 Football team
Dormers Wells - Won 3-2
Ada Lovelace - Lost 2-1
Villiers - Won 6-0
Featherstone - Won 6-1

Year 10 Football team
Dormers Wells - Won 6-1
Northolt - Won 9-1
Featherstone - Lost 4-0
Ark Acton - Won 3-0

Year 7,8 and 9 Basketball team
Greenford - Lost 19-18
Dormers Wells - Won 23-21
Drayton Manor - Lost 38-19
All Girls Can Event
On Wednesday 4th March 2020 ten year 10 girls attended All Girls Can Event which took place at Uxbridge College.
The day was very engaging and interesting for everyone.
In the morning they attended Volleyball, Tennis and Fitness activities. In the afternoon they were fully involved in Boxing and Football, as well as in an educational activity that looked into prehabilitation.
At the end of the day they all walked away with more sporting knowledge and experience that would inspire them to have a lasting engagement with sports.
‘This Girl Can’ is here to inspire young girls and women to move and prove that judgment is a barrier that can be overcome! Our girls enjoyed every moment of it and it was a great day out!
London Youth Games
A massive well done to our Senior Basketball team who managed to complete a number of successful fixtures this academic year.
After winning a number of matches in the Borough League our team secured a place at the London Youth Games as the best Ealing team.
They completed 2 rounds of the London Youth Games by successfully outwitting Hayden High School and Harrow High School which placed them in the group of the top 8 Basketball teams in London!
Girls Handball
Every Wednesday from 3-4PM there is an opportunity to take part in a successful Handball Club which has become very popular among our year 10 girls.
In February our handball team attended the Handball Tournament and won against Brentford High School (against Mr Reynolds our ex –PE teacher!). That was even more rewarding.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances we were unable to play the finals against Drayton Manor High School but still, we secured the second place in Ealing Borough Handball League. Great achievement!

Congratulations to following girls, Martyna, Kyra, Diloshana, Jamanna, Sindi, Ose, Tatjana, Hannia and  Shilpa 
World Book Day 2020
On Friday 6th March staff and students took the opportunity to celebrate World Book Day 2020 by dressing up as their favourite literary characters, everyone put in their best efforts and looked fabulous!
The Academy held various competitions including a staff and students best dressed! Our winners were:
Staff Winner: Rachel Lewis
KS3 Winner: Alma (Year 7 Gamma) as the Mad Hatter
KS4 Winner: Anastazja (Year 0 Gamma) as Mary Poppins
Head over to the World Book Day website to view their book ideas hub, free resources and brilliant stay-at-home ideas! Click the link below:
Food Bank Donation 
In the Autumn term, year 7 worked hard to help families over the festive period by donating food and other essential items to Ealing food bank. I am very proud of the response from year 7 pupils and the generous donations are testament to the kindness without on school community.  
Trip to The Museum of London 
On Monday 3rd February, a group of 70 year 7 students were given the opportunity to take a trip to the Museum of London where they were able to learn and explore Medieval London.

Students were split into 3 groups and were each given 3 different workshops to take part in. Up first was an interactive performance where students were able to get involved by playing the roles of many different people in this time period. Next, students were given a task to explore the museum and complete a worksheet based on Medieval London. Lastly, students were given the rare opportunity to handle ancient medieval artefacts, learning what they were and how they were used.

Students thoroughly enjoyed their day and loved having a chance explore the different ways in which they could learn!  
Careers Assemblies
On Thursday 12th March, years 9-13 were delivered an assembly hosted by Apprenticeship support and Knowledge for schools and colleges to impart more information on Apprenticeships to students and how they can benefit from it if they choose it as their career path. ASK  support has been delivering assemblies in collaboration with the Department for Education.  
On Tuesday 4th February we welcomed Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult, to The Academy as part of our Enrichment Activities program. He delivered a motivational speech to the whole of the Year 9 group explaining his career and life journey to date. The year 9s thoroughly enjoyed the talk and left them all feeling very inspired.
TalkSPORT presenter Hugh Woozencroft paid a visit to Alec Reed Academy on Tuesday 14th January, providing an engaging workshop for 40 of our students from year 9, 10, 11 and 12 regarding qualifications and skills required to work in the creative industries.

Our students thoroughly enjoyed learning about the many different options within the industry and were left feeling very inspired and motivated.  
Year 7 were set a lovely homework task by Ms Sharma to create a model of a flower
Post - 16: Cambridge University Research Project
Ms Gabriel and a group of Y12 students have been involved in a research project with Cambridge University.

The research study is exploring how black histories are taught as part of the UK history curriculum. The aim is to gain an understanding of how a broad spectrum of people including pupils, teachers, historians experience and learn about British black people as part of UK history education.  

Students had the opportunity to visit the Cambridge Centre for African Studies and were involved in an interactive workshop learning about different Black British historical figures. They have been involved in various sessions, interviews and focus groups which resulted in the students preparing and delivering a History lesson to a Y9 class which the students thoroughly enjoyed. The lesson was well planned, interactive and informative and the Y9 class definitely learnt about a range of historical figures they didn’t previously know about.  The Y12 students were a real credit to the academy and they could very well be our teachers & historians of the future, watch this space!
Post - 16: Mathsfest
The Mathsfest conference is incredibly highly regarded due to the calibre of mathematician attending the conference.
The conference featured some of the best maths speakers in the world talking about their favourite bits of maths, and celebrated maths as an exciting, useful and rewarding subject. 
Speakers included director of BAFTA award-winning documentary ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’, Simon Singh and best-selling author Rob Eastawa. Students had the chance to chat to speakers and also had the opportunity to get their books signed!
 
This conference is deliberately designed to reinforce normal school lessons. The goal was to have our students motivated to study for their maths courses at school.
ARA Alumni News
Shannon Nolan on the right, starred in "Me for the World", which was performed at the Young Vic Theatre, the play was based around Romany/Traveller experiences in the UK. 
The performance was set around a meal table and the performers served the members of audience food as if they were invited to a big family meal.

Shannon studied a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and Diploma in Performing Arts in the 6th form. 
Ex ARA pupil Vaneeka Dadhria stars in West End Production ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’.

Vaneeka attended Alec Reed Academy in 2014 completing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and Diploma in  Performing Arts. She then went on to study further and attended St Mary’s University to study a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts. Graduating from University in 2019, Vaneeka landed her first professional acting job, starring in West End production ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ alongside James McAvoy.
Spring Term - April 2020
Student Resources Online 
Additional work has been uploaded onto the school website for your child to access. If you go onto the home page of the website and hover over Secondary and then click on Student Resources you will see various drop down menus separated into different subject categories.  
Click here to check it out
COVID-19 and Home Learning
Following the announcement of school closure from Monday 23rd March, we wanted to summarise some key points that will enable the students to work effectively from home.

In planning for the closure of the school, both staff and students were given comprehensive guidance on how work will be set and accessed.

Setting of work - High School
Teachers will set work for each timetabled lesson through www.classcharts.com Work will be set by subjects either daily or set out for a particular week. Where possible, students should try to follow their timetable throughout each day, to ensure that they are giving the appropriate amount of time to each subject. Students and parents/carers should already have their own ClassCharts logins. If you do not have a login please contact info@alecreedacademy.co.uk

Completing work - High School
Students should complete the work in their books, on paper, digitally or in any other form that their teacher has set. All work completed should be saved and stored, as it will be collected when we return to the Academy. We ask that parents/carers check in with their children's work by spot checking or sampling some of the work that they have completed.

Communication with the Academy
If you have a query or question, please contact info@alecreedacademy.co.uk If you have a safeguarding concern related to an ARA student please also contact info@alecreedacademy or contact the Primary School Reception. Although reception will be staffed during the Academy day, if you have an urgent enquiry and you cannot reach reception, please called 079387744.
Other communication platforms including the school website, Facebook, Instagram and the Twitter feed, will be updated as the response to Covid-19 develops.
ARA To Provide Free School Meal E-Vouchers 
Whilst the Academy is closed to all children with the exception of vulnerable children and the children of keyworkers, we will be following government advice to provide free school meals to our eligible children. We are contacting all our parent / carers of eligible children to let them know we will be sending them a Tesco e-voucher. If you believe you are eligible for free school meals and have not received an email please contact the Academy at Finance@alecreedacademy.co.uk
FREE SCHOOL MEAL SCAM – DO NOT GIVE YOUR BANK DETAILS

There are scams asking parents for their bank details in order to receive free school meals. Please do not give your bank details. ARA will not be asking you for your bank details. This is a scam.
Some parents are experiencing problems opening the link and get an error message. This type of error is often due to the URL link not been pasted or typed into the browser in full. If any part of this is missing an error message will be shown.
If the link does not work for you, please copy it carefully and paste it to your browser.
 
You do not need to print the voucher, it can be presented to the cashier or scanned at the self-service checkout via your mobile phone in order to redeem in store.

School News App


To keep up with the latest news happening in and around the school, you can download our FREE school new app.
How does the app work?

Firstly, you will need to download the app from either the iTunes App Store, Google Play or Windows Store.

Once you have located and downloaded the free app, launch the app and you will then be able to either click on the ‘Find my school’ button which uses the phones GPS to locate all the schools in the surrounding 20 miles, or you can type in the schools postcode and click on ‘Get my school’ button.

Your school's postcode is: UB5 5LQ

You will then see a list of schools that use the app. Click on Alec Reed Academy

You will then be able to click on the ‘News’ button to view all of the latest news items that have been added to the school website.
Consent Forms
The Academy occasionally takes photographs of students for publication on the Academy’s website, in newsletters, on social media and for display in the Academy, in order to celebrate the life of the Academy, pupil work and achievements. 
Parent/Carer's have previously been sent an online form to complete regarding photographic consent. If you have not done already, please complete the form by clicking the link below.
Teaching Staff Vacancies
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Facility Lettings
The Academy offers a variety of modern fully equipped facilities for hire for events, conferences, meetings, training and performances.
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