17 December 2019
Can I firstly, thank you for all your support this term; it has been a great and excellent term in terms of the personal development of all students coupled with their hard work, which is ensuring their academic progress.
Over the past few weeks, we have been writing to you to outline some of our key school priorities. These are priorities we feel are essential in enabling students become the best version of themselves and achieve their full potential.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance we place on ‘character’ at CFS, which incorporates many of our school priorities. It is our desire that students eventually leave school with not just the best set of GCSE results but also having developed their all-round character. Research and experience tells us that the development of character and educational attainment are not mutually exclusive; rather developed ‘character’ is the foundation for improved progress & attainment and enhanced employability (Professor James Arthur, Jubilee Centre for Character and Values).
Before our character launch back in July 2018, we asked students and staff what they think are the most important characteristics to be developed and displayed. Eventually, as a school community, we decided that the following seven areas are essential for success:
Resilience, Independence, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, Leadership, Risk Taking
It is our desire to be able to provide opportunities whereby students can actively develop their character. We do this by asking students to reflect on the seven key areas and record times they have shown character in their pledge passports during tutor time. We also award achievement points which are linked to the 7 key areas so that students can receive acknowledgment, for example, when they have shown good leadership during lessons or through out of lesson experiences. We also constantly refer to character in school assemblies and celebrate achievements in half-termly assemblies. Reflecting back on this term, there have been a host of experiences and opportunities whereby students have developed CFS character and last week we were able to celebrate some of these together during assemblies.
We would very much encourage you to talk through our character values with your son/daughter at home in order to reinforce their importance.
May I also take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of your child’s attendance at school. As I am sure you aware, there is a great deal of research around the positive link between good school attendance and good academic and personal development. At this time of year, it is important students develop a great deal of resilience in order to ensure they are present.
We would ask that any medical appointments are made outside of school time and if this is not possible, that they attend school as much as possible before and/or after the appointment. If a student is saying they feel unwell, we ask that you send them in, as this may be something that can be managed and improves as the day goes on. Also, can I remind you of school holidays in 2020; we do not authorise family holidays outside of these times and encourage you to plan and book holidays around the school calendar so that students do not miss out on their learning:
Christmas holidays: Monday 23rd Dec to Friday 3rd Jan. School resumes Monday 6th Jan 2020.
February Half term: Monday 17th Feb to Friday 21st Feb. School resumes Monday 24th February 2020
Easter holidays: Monday 6th Apr to Friday 17th Apr. School resumes Monday 20th April 2020.
May Half term: Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May. School resumes Monday 1st June 2020.
Summer holidays: Monday 27th July to Tuesday 1st Sept.
First day of next academic year: Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Good attendance is celebrated through house points, certificates, termly prizes and the annual theme park trip in July. We will also be reintroducing the 100% weekly voucher draw in January. We would appreciate your support in ensuring that your son or daughter is on time and present at school each day in order for them to be able to secure the best outcomes.
May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful break. We look forward to making 2020 the very best year for CFS Academy and all our students.
Mr J Gale