24 July 2017
At the end of another superb academic year, I would like to thank all our parents/carers for their continuing support. As has been so clearly reflected in the recent House Celebration Assemblies, I would like to reinforce how proud I am of our excellent students and congratulate all of them on their involvement in House activities throughout the year - particularly their tremendous participation in this year's Sports Day which was won by Lyra House! Congratulations also to Indus House who were the overall winners of inter-house competitions - a fantastic achievement!
Our Sports Award Evening celebrated another year of sporting excellence and achievement. As an Academy we are fortunate to have many students who excel in individual and team pursuits, as well as demonstrating great sportsmanship.
The importance of music and performance was celebrated in the recent summer concert where wonderful recitals and renditions showcased the confidence and talent of our students. I would like to commend the many students who took part and made this such an enjoyable evening.
Enclosed are copies of the Academy Term Dates for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. Please note that the autumn term starts on Monday 4 September 2017, the spring term on Wednesday 3 January 2018 and the summer term on Tuesday 17 April 2018. The current term ends on Tuesday 25 July 2017. These dates can be found on the Academy website.
Please note that all calls at the Academy continue to be recorded for quality assurance and training purposes.
We have received reports from concerned members of the public regarding hazardous cycling manoeuvres being carried out by a small minority of students. Completing 'wheelies', swerving into the middle of roads in front of traffic and carrying other students on the front of bicycles is incredibly dangerous and presents a risk to the welfare of students and members of the public. Can I ask that parents/carers discuss this issue at home please.
Additionally, we recommend that students wear a reflective vest/armband so that they can be seen when walking or cycling to and from the Academy. Cyclists should also wear cycle helmets and have reflectors and lights for their own safety. Please ensure that the brakes on your child's bicycle are in working order and an appropriate lock is used to secure bicycles individually.
In order to protect students from the misuse of telephones, and to ensure that lessons and examinations are not disrupted, mobile telephones are not allowed in the Academy. Any student bringing a mobile telephone into the Academy will initially have the telephone confiscated for five days on each occasion. If a parent collects a mobile telephone during the five days of confiscation, the student will be issued a detention.
I have been asked by North East Lincolnshire Council to draw attention to a recent article on measles. Please see the following hyperlink for more information:
Due to the summer holidays approaching, representatives from Humberside Police have asked for parents/carers to highlight with their children the dangers of playing in derelict buildings. CCTV now monitors a number of derelict properties - for instance Freeman House in Grimsby - and it is an offence for children to be caught entering buildings such as this. The following news article outlines concerns:
I would like to thank parents/carers for their support in ensuring that their sons and daughters are presented in full uniform, enhancing the reputation of the Academy and therefore the prospects of our students when they leave. In order to maintain the high standards and discipline expected at Tollbar Academy, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the acceptable style of footwear and trousers we insist our students wear. This may be of assistance when purchasing uniform for the new academic year.
Please note that drainpipe and legging type fashion trousers are not acceptable. Canvas type shoes and plimsolls are also not acceptable at the Academy. To help parents when buying trousers or shoes we have put examples on the Academy website. If parents are unsure, they should contact the relevant Head of House. Black coats should be worn. Students are permitted one small stud per ear. The following hairstyles are not allowed: Hairstyles which are extreme. NO vivid or two-tone hair colours, NO cuts shorter than a number 1 razor setting, NO patterns cut into hair, NO beaded braids or braids with cotton/material weaves, NO extensions which do not match natural hair colour. For girls, a normal plain hair-slide, clip or 'bobble' is acceptable, but the multitude of hair ornaments favoured by some girls is not. Any hairstyles that have a change in hair length must be blended. Hairstyles must be graduated with no 'stepped' patterns or lines. Mohican hairstyles are not acceptable.
If a student attends the Academy in the incorrect uniform, or an unsuitable hairstyle, he/she will be placed in the Social Inclusion Unit until the issue is corrected.
A high rate of attendance is essential in order for every student to achieve their full potential. We would like to remind parents that, to support this, the Government now classifies any student who has less than 90% attendance as a 'Persistent Absentee' and this information has to be reported to the DfE.
We monitor and check the attendance of all students at the Academy. We insist that our attendance team make contact with every parent or carer in the case of absence. Please can I remind you to telephone the Academy every day that your son or daughter is absent. If an absence is for three days or more, medical evidence may be required in order to authorise the absence (i.e. a doctor's appointment card, Tollbar appointment card or prescription).
Punctuality is incredibly important, particularly in preparing our students for the world of work. Students are expected on-site by 8:50am, ready for registration at 8:55am. If students are persistently late they will be issued with detentions or further sanctions. We ask that parents/carers support the Academy in reinforcing the importance of punctuality.
Tollbar Academy Open Evening:
This annual event will be held on Thursday 28 September 2017 and is for parents and children interested in choosing Tollbar Academy for September 2018 or in the near future. In addition to guided tours of the Academy, there will be formal presentations during the course of the evening.
Changes to GCSE grading:
The DfE are continuing to roll out alterations to GCSE grades. As parents/carers will be aware from previous correspondence, the change from grades A*-G to a numerical system of 9-1 will be introduced in GCSE English Language, English Literature and Mathematics in summer 2017. The vast majority of remaining subjects will move to the numerical system ready for results in summer 2018.
Stretch and Challenge:
At the Academy we have high expectations of our students and strive to provide an environment in which all students are enabled to think deeply and engage with challenging concepts. On the Academy website there are 'Stretch and Challenge' pages which are intended to help your son or daughter develop independence and take further responsibility for learning outside of the Academy. Under the 'Stretch and Challenge' title and linked to each Curriculum Area icon, you will find a range of activities that students and families can engage with at home and in the wider community to extend learning. Please take a look and encourage your son or daughter to get involved and challenge themselves!
This year, three Tollbar Academy members of staff are retiring and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them and wish them all the best for the future - Mr. Simon Feaver, Teacher of Mathematics; Mr. Ian Taylor, Teacher of Science; Mrs. Brenda Cottingham, Health Assistant.
I would like to wish all students and parents/carers a relaxing, enjoyable summer and look forward to working with you again next year.
Mr S E Moon