Welcome to our Newsletter with highlights from the end of Autumn Term
Dear Parents and Carers,

The impact of the Coronavirus means that this term has been significantly different to all those that have gone before. Trying to keep infection rates down, on a school site of over 2000 people, has been a logistical challenge which we have managed well.  What has impressed me most during this period is the resilience of staff, pupils and parents.  Everyone has become accustomed to the staggered starts and finish times as well as the changes to how lessons operate and breaktimes are organised. I am also impressed with how our attendance rate has remained consistent despite the fears that we have regarding the virus. For most of the autumn term we remained free of Covid-19 and it is only in recent weeks that we have experienced a small number of positive cases and this has led to some pupils having to self-isolate.   

The pupils have approached their studies with enthusiasm and have displayed a genuine desire to catch up on lost learning.  For those with assessments and examinations next summer the next six months are of great significance. At the start of December Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary confirmed that next year’s GCSE and A-level exams will go ahead but they will be graded generously to compensate for disruption to schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also suggested that pupils will be told of certain topics that will be included in exams in advance, and that students would be able to refer to “aids” while taking exams. Hopefully, further details will be released in the Spring Term as and when they do, we will keep you informed.

I recognise that education is not only measured in academic success and it is disappointing that many of the special events that take place through the Autumn have had to be cancelled.  It is important that we make sure that our children have events to look forward to as they need to have positivity within their lives.  The well-being of school community is very important to us and in support of this I provide you with the names of some websites and organisations where help and support can be accessed.

MindEd – a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health.

Rise Above is a website co-created and produced by young people,

Every Mind Matters includes an online tool and email journey which aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and well being

We will continue to do all we can to keep your child safe whilst they are in the academy but we do need your support to make this happen.  With this in mind it is important that you contact the academy as soon as your child, or a member of your family tests positive for Covid-19.  The earlier we find out the quicker we can introduce appropriate measures to protect the rest of the school community.  It is also extremely important that you update the Academy with any changes in contact details.  If you have not been receiving weekly texts and emails over the last few months then your contact details are incorrect.  This could mean that you do not receive important information regarding any potential risk to your child and your wider family.

Kind Regards,

Phil Cosby

Acting Principal & CEO

Alec Reed Academy


Human Rights Day
On Thursday 10th December (Human Rights Day), year 10 and year 13 history students joined an interactive student summit to safely explore issues related to extremism (including the events of 9/11). The summit featured a host of expert speakers – from a relative of a victim of the attacks, to leading educators on countering extremism, including Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism and Sir Simon Schama, Historian and Since 9/11 Patron.

As no child in school today was born when the 9/11 attacks took place, SINCE 9/11 aims to reinvigorate education around the atrocities of terror attacks since 2001.
Forest School
  This terms Forest School has come to an end! Everyone involved has come such a long way and learned a lot through their journey.

The students developed many skills throughout this term and have left feeling like they have achieved their goals.

  Some of the students worked in groups to create some land art to represent their Forest School experience. Students created words and symbols including ‘love’ and ‘friends’.

  In Year 7/8 many students enjoyed returning to their various projects including mallet making and rudolf making. They also made a twisted cordage bracelet using coloured wool.

Forest School Reflections Autumn Term 2020 

Jamal - braver and confident around nature. 

  Micah - appreciates bring outside more. 

  Albie - made friends. 

  Prezemyk - proud to have made friends and lots of other things. 

  Sanaya - more confident. 

  Joe - learnt how to make a fire and showed focus. 

  Sambridhi - more creative. 

  Annabel - safer and more confident around nature. 

  Shovone - good team player! 

  Kristian - made new friends. 

  Connor - made friends and had lots of fun. 

  Aiden - proud to have made Christmas gifts for parents and had lots of fun. 
CREST Silver Award
A huge congratulations to Sahiba in year 11.

Sahiba was one of two year 10 (now in year 11) students from ARA to recently receive a CREST Silver Awards for her first ever research project.

The respected award, supported by the British Science Association, requires students to develop their own project idea and gain in-depth experience of the scientific method or engineering design process. To have a read of the article which featured on The Institute for Research in Schools website. Click HERE 
Odd Socks Day
On Monday 16th November ARA staff and students took part in Anti-Bullying Week by celebrating Odd Socks Day. This year’s theme was to celebrate individuality and to be united against bullying! It was lovely to see a dazzling array of odd socks being worn by staff and students! 
The Intermediate Math Challenge
The Intermediate Mathematical Challenge is a multiple-choice competition organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and aimed at students across the UK.
It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.
The problems on the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. In the last century, old and new applications of mathematical ideas have transformed the way we live.
All these developments depend on mathematical thinking – a mode of thought whose essential style is far more permanent than the wave of technological change which it has made possible. The problems on the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge reflect this style, which pervades all mathematics, by encouraging students to think clearly about challenging problems.
To recognise the highest performers in the competition, the top-scoring 40% of participants are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in the ratio 3:2:1. 
Certificates achieved from last academic years Intermediate Mathematical Challenge:
Bronze Award Winners:
 Akeem - year 10
Chanelle - year 10
Charlize - year 10
Daniel - year 10
Dashmin - year 10
Dipankar - year 11
Dzastina - year 10
Emelie - year 11
Idil - year 11
Kar Boczar - year 10
Kayan - year 10
Krishita - year 10
Kyle - year 10
Mason - year 11
Nadia - year10     
Rayyan - year 10
Santhush - year 10  
Supriya - year 10
Zaed - year 10
Zarah - year 10

Silver Award Winners: 
Aaqib - year 11
Allen - year 11
Bhawanve - year 11
Chris - year 11
Diloshan - year 11
Martyna - year 11
Daniel - year 10         
Shilpa - year 11
Yuvraj - year 11

Gold Award Winners: 
Shahrukh - year 11 
Jack Petchey Speakout Challenge
After an intense 5 hour workshop on Monday 16 November 2020, six (6) students were selected from a group of 18 students to participate in the second round of elimination for the privilege of representing ARA in the regional finals of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.

After the workshop, 16 students submitted feedback. 

8 of them (50%) said they started the workshop with little or no confidence in speaking in front of their peers

7 of these least confident students (88%) increased their confidence by the end of the day

15 of the students attending the workshop experienced a 65% increase in their confidence level

14 students (88%) learned more about their classmate's feelings', viewpoints, and values

13 (81%) of the students increased their ability to work under pressure

14 students (88%) have learnt skills they can use in their next stage of education, training, and work

11 (69%) of the students increased their ability to communicate publicly

The Jack Petchey Foundation was created to inspire and motivate young people. Speaking in public is a skill they can use anywhere whether they are at an interview or in front of an assembly. To be able speak in front of other people takes a lot of confidence and shows, that "if you think you can, you can!”

I am extremely proud of them.

Please join me in acknowledging the selected students:

Zarah - 10 Zeta

Paidamoyo - 10 Delta

Bobby - 10 Beta

Hemangi - 10 Epsilon

Amaan - 10 Alpha

Yusif - 10 Alpha

Awards and Praise
During this time of year families are having all sorts of struggles and difficulties generally but this year has been a difficult year beyond all others. With people having lost jobs, on furlough or having difficulties anyway many of our students are living in households where this is a reality and now more than ever the food bank need our help. 

They are experiencing unprecedented numbers of families needing their support to feed their families.

Our year 7 & Post-16 team have arranged food collection boxes which will be passed onto the food bank.
A massive thank you to everyone who made donations!
Awards and Praise
Years 7-13 in the Secondary Phase have been celebrating our end of term achievement over the past two weeks. Hundreds of awards badges and certificates have been given out to our students that are testament to their hard work, positive attitude and achievement inside and outside of the classroom. There has been a slight delay from our badge supplier, so if your child has not received their badge already, they will be given it after the Christmas holiday. 
Year 7 Ethos Award Winners:
Respect: Jasneet (7 Gamma)
Honesty: Ayesha (7 Zeta)
Kindness: Andreea (7 Gamma)
Year 7 Bronze Conduct Winners:
Barnaby​ 
Darius​ 
Kayla​ 
Alireza​ 
Amy​ 
Manvir​ 
Safa​
Thelma ​
Maja​ 
Ilakkiya​ 
Riley​ 
Robin​ 
Sia​ 
Ahmed​ 
Lily​
Elise​ 
Sarika​
Jayden​
Alexandru​
Irina​ 
Ismael​ 
Annestasia
Jasneet​ 
Sara​
Albie​ 
Andreea​ 
Salem 
Maciej 

Year 8 Ethos Award Winners:
Respect: Connaire
Honesty: Ryan Tait 
Kindness: Aiden Dolphin

Year 8 Bronze Conduct Winners:
Alma
Akinola 
Sanjar 
Amelie
Melissa 
Manveer 
Oliwia 
Nikha 
Raisa 
Zara 
Dharma 
Uros 
Zuheib 
Ilyas 
Danche 
Rim 
Ezedee 
Anushka 
Dawidh 
Thomas 

Year 9 Ethos Awards:
Respect: Dana
Honesty: Julia
Kindness: Pavishan

Year 9 Bronze Conduct Winners: 
Antoni
Halima
Lily
Ria
Sydney-Lynne
Laci
Taha
Amina
Mehraj
Kayla
Kenian
Zanib
Sadaf
Georgie
Suhayb
Giroosh
Ganpreet
Chevonna
Julia
Riley
Inam
Hadassah
Mariana
Dana
Shivin
Tanisha (9 Epsilon)
Milan
Jamani
Aran
Jack
Krisha
Mateus
Ntaniel
Christina
Chovor
Pavishan
Fatima
James
Eldi
Natan
Suhaib
Leah
Tarick
Aisha
Yash
Tanisha (9 Zeta)
Natalia

Year 10 Ethos Awards

Respect: Sophie
Honesty: Kuval
Kindness: Gabriel & Lucky

Year 10 Bronze Conduct Awards:
Singh​
Mohamed​
Naser​
Hemangi​
Daniel​
Zarah​
Kayan​
Sophie​
Nadia​
Sofia​
Yasin​
Krishita​
Dhruv​
Zain​
Shiv Ram​
Adisa​

Year 10 Silver Conduct Awards:
Murtada​
Samay​

Year 11 Ethos Awards:

Respect:
Zak
Storm
Lyon
Amari
Amr
Ibrahim
Davante
Mason
Tegan

Kindness: Hamza

Year 11 Bronze Conduct Awards:

Asmaa
Liam
Oscar
Naweed
Patrick
Martyna
Attendance
End of Autumn Term - December 2020
Home Learning - Also Known as Blended Learning  
The way we are learning is evolving.  Both staff and students have been coming to grips with blended or hybrid learning. Simply put, ‘blended learning’ means that learning can take place in a typical physical classroom, online or a combination of both.

Blended learning is our chief strategy for engaging our students with their schoolwork when they have to self-isolate or in the case of a lockdown. Therefore, it is important that all students and parents understand how blended learning works at ARA. 

Microsoft Office 365 is the platform we will use for our new learning strategy.  Every ARA student now has access to applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint across five devices (including their mobile phones). Perhaps our most important application is Microsoft Teams, which enables students to receive and return work virtually. 

Students and parents can find the following useful information by heading over to our webiste:

A set of instructional videos that explains how key features of Office 365 work

The most up-to-date version of our Blended Learning Strategy

Our ICT Acceptable Use Policy
Click HERE to visit our Blended Learning section on our website.

School News App


To keep up with the lastest 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 webiste.

Uniform Shop

The Academy is operating social distancing and has closed the physical shop until further notice. Parents are asked to use the Academy’s online shop, and information about how to use the online shop is below.
Items can be purchased online through our web site. To see the online shop click here to view and order the uniform. Detailed measurements for items of uniform are shown below to help you assess which size will fit your child. If you need further information or assistance, please email Uniformshop@alecreedacademy.co.uk

Payment should be made by credit or debit card, you do not need a Parent Pay account.

Once orders have been placed online, you will be notified by email when your order is ready. This normally takes 2 to 4 days.

During term time, the order will be given to your child to take home. If any items ordered are out of stock, we will contact you by email to let you know the date we expect to fulfil the order. For pupils starting mid-year, you will be given a time to collect your items. To collect items, you should come to the Main Reception.
Teaching Staff Vacancies
There are currently no vacancies available under this category
Associate Staff Vacancies 
Facility Lettings
Please note that our outside pitch area is now re-open for lettings and booking. 
For further information, please contact the Community Sports Centre on 0208 842 7930 or email cscm@alecreedacademy.co.uk
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