Have a look at some highlights from last term
Have a look at some highlights from last term
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Have a lovely half term!
Key Dates
Geography Field Trip
Tuesday 27 February
Year 9 Parent's Evening
Thursday 8 March
Musicals Night 
Wednesday 28 March
Year 9 History Trip
Monday 23 April
Year 7 Parent's Evening
Thursday 26 April
Year 10 Parent's Evening
Thursday 17 May
The national target for attendance is 96% and we are keen to support you if improvement is required regarding your child’s attendance. This is one of the most important aspects of student success at school. Frequent or prolonged periods of absence can be very damaging to their academic progress.

We appreciate that some absences are unavoidable due to serious ill health and any medical condition your child may have should be documented.  Otherwise, if a student’s attendance is below the required level, absences claimed as illness will not be authorised if there is no supporting medical evidence. Supporting medical evidence can include a copy of your child’s medical appointment card or letter, copy of their medication container label or copy of prescription.

You are encouraged to work with us by sending your child to school regularly and punctually. The Academy Welfare Officer will make a decision to send your child home if it is felt he/she is not well enough to remain and participate in lessons. Please be assured we have the best interest of your child at heart.

96% = 10 days absence from the Academy 
90% = 19 days absence from the Academy
WORRYING! Less chance of success. Harder to make progress 
80% = 38 days absence for the Academy 
70% = 47 days from the Academy
Serious concern! Not fair on your child. Possible Fixed Penalty Notice issued to parent or legal proceedings instigated
On Wednesday 24th, two teams of ARA’s most persuasive debaters voyaged to Villier’s High School to compete within Round 1 of the Urban Debate League. Our Year 9 team, consisting of Daria-Maria, Kabeer, Enya, Daisy, Sarah and Dennis, remained focused, influential and challenged their opponents leading to their wins in both debates.

Our Year 7 novice team, consisting of Andres, Zain, Sarah, Rayyan, Paidamayo and Nadira, were victorious in their debate against a team of older and more experienced pupils. Their enthusiasm and fantastic points of information, left their opposers unable to reciprocate the Year 7’s challenge.

Thanks to all of the ARA students who came to support both teams, particularly Drequan and Ladan who completed time keeping responsibilities for the judges.

We are extremely proud of ARA’s success in the first round of Debate Mate and wish them the best in the second round of the competition at the end of February.
As an extra end of term treat, Year 13 Performing Arts students toured a Story Telling show to local four primary schools. The six students told stories from ancient Greece, Africa and Europe – a mixture of humour, danger and cautionary tales engaged the young audiences. As a result of this outreach work, over 300 local pupils have been invited to take part in an inter-primary story telling competition, hosted by the High School. Look out for further information soon.
On Tuesday 30th January the MABLE group had a talk from Geordie Greig, editor of the Mail on Sunday. Mr Greig explained his career in journalism, the 100 letters he had to write to get his first job, the hostage situations he was involved in and dancing with celebrities in Paris.  He provided challenging advice, to read lots, work hard and to think about the phrase ‘dull not to…’.  There were many questions for him ranging from his inspiration to summing up his life in one word, and from how to write an unbiased article to a recommended book.

Many thanks to Speakers4Schools for arranging the event, Mr Greig for giving up his time and to the pupils for their fantastic attention and questions. Now to write those Thank You letters…
Alec Reed Academy's final Junior Basketball match against William Perkins was completed on Tuesday 30th January. The team gave a stunning performance which saw us win 49:14.

Star of the match was Aqib with 15 points scored, followed by Liam with 12  points. Overall there was a display of great team work, determination and fantastic support from our Sixth Form students: 

Afrasyab (role of the coach)

Russell  (refeere)

Jaheim (scoring board)

Dovidas (referee)

Daniel (referee)
Year 7 enjoyed an exciting STEM roadshow by RAF. The use of drones, virtual reality and jet engines enticed students’ attention. The sound of a working jet engine reached 110 decibels. They gave a very informative presentation on the physics behind flying the jet engine. Students were also advised about the different careers available within the RAF. 
On 24th January, two teams of ARA’s most persuasive debaters voyaged to Villier’s High School to compete within Round 1 of the Urban Debate League. Our Year 9 team, consisting of Daria-Maria, Kabeer, Enya, Daisy, Sarah and Dennis, remained focused, influential and challenged their opponents leading to their wins in both debates.

Our Year 7 novice team, consisting of Andres, Zain, Sarah, Rayyan, Paidamayo and Nadira, were victorious in their debate against a team of older and more experienced pupils. Their enthusiasm and fantastic points of information, left their opposers unable to reciprocate the Year 7’s challenge.

I would like to thank all of the ARA students who came to support both teams, particularly Drequan and Ladan who completed time keeping responsibilities for the judges.

We should all be extremely proud of ARA’s success in the first round of Debate Mate and wish them the best in the second round of the competition at the end of February.
Are you interested in working in education, or already working in an education setting in a support role? Would like to learn more about education and improve your prospects for career progression?

Alec Reed Academy, in collaboration with The Learning Institute and the University of Worcester is recruiting for the fourth cohort of students to start a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning in September 2018. The first cohort achieved their Foundation Degree and graduated last November, and most have now embarked on the one year BA in Professional Practice, with some already enrolled on a salaried PGCE course next year.

The course is classed as a full time university course, so students are eligible for Student Finance loans, but study is limited to one day a week from 1.30pm-7.00pm, to allow students to also work or volunteer in an education setting. Subjects covered in 8 Modules per year include; Study Skills, Reflective Practice, Child Development, Safeguarding, Motivation and Behaviour, Curriculum, Extended Research (Double). Assessment is solely through assignments, there are no examinations.

There are no entry requirements for students over 21, but students must have a placement in a relevant education or childcare setting, either employed or as a volunteer. If you would like to find out more there is an information session on Tuesday 20 February, 4.30-6pm, at Alec Reed Academy.
Please email Trevor Davies (trevor.davies@alecreedacademy.co.uk) for further information or to book a place at the session.

Issue 20: February 2018
Uniform 
It is important that all pupils wear the correct uniform and wear it well. There is a new uniform for Secondary pupils.
The shop is open during term time on Wednesdays from 
9am-12:00pm and reopens at 1:15pm-3:45pm
Breakfast Time!
Our free toast for students in before 8.15am is proving very popular!

There are also breakfast meal deals!
Investor in Career Award
Alec Reed Academy is fully committed to preparing all of our pupils for life after school and to that end we are applying for the Investor in Careers Award. All pupils have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of high quality Work Related Learning activities as they progress through the Academy as we work closely with a wide range of external partners including REED and the Connexions service. There will be regular updates of activities that have taken place and are planned for the future.
Reminder
The road between James Court and Buckingham Court is not part of the public highway. This is a private road/drive and is not to be used to park while waiting to collect your students.
School Clubs
We have a range of exciting clubs on offer to students during lunchtimes and after school including Cricket, Climbing Wall and Music Tech.
Click here for more details.
Lettings
We have excellent facilities for hire at reasonable prices including a modern theatre, classrooms, hall and
meeting areas. For more information contact Daniel Daneshi by emailing: 
Sports
We have many 
facilities for hire 
including sand based 
all-weather pitch, dance studio, sports hall, hard
court area and fully 
equipped gymnasium 
hall. To hire, email:
 
Library Book Amnesty
Please can all pupils who
still have text books belonging to the Academy at home ensure that you return them so that they can be issued to new students. 
Thank you.
Vacancies
We currently have the following vacancies
Teaching Vacancies:
Head of Primary Phase
Closing date: 26th Feb 2018
Associate Vacancies:
Exams Invigilator
Closing date: 5th March 2018


Please visit the vacancies section of our website for more info
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