24 July 2018
Once again we come to the end of another successful academic year at Tollbar Academy. Parents and carers will be aware that this is my last year at Tollbar and I will be retiring at the end of August. I would like to thank you for your support during my time at Tollbar and I wish all our students and their parents and carers continuing success.
I am extremely proud of all the academic achievements of our students at Tollbar and also of their involvement in House activities throughout the year, which we celebrate at the House Celebration Assemblies. Congratulations also to Indus House who were overall House winners for the second year running.
We are very fortunate to have a large number of students who excel in individual sports and sports team pursuits. Their individual sporting excellence and achievements were celebrated at our annual Sports Awards Evening where parents and carers helped us to celebrate this success.
We also have many students who are gifted at music and performing arts and this was very evident at the Summer Music Concert where we experienced some outstanding performances.
The students at Tollbar work extremely hard. Whatever their individual skills and aspirations they all contribute to the success of the Academy at many levels and are a credit to themselves, their parents and carers and to the Academy. I wish them all a restful and enjoyable break over the summer holidays.
The Academy closes for the summer break at the end of the day on Tuesday 24 July 2018. Enclosed are copies of the Academy Term Dates for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Please note that the autumn term starts on Tuesday 4 September 2018, the spring term on Monday 7 January 2019 and the summer term on Tuesday 23 April 2019. 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 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.
I would like to wish all students and parents/carers a relaxing, enjoyable summer.
Mr S E Moon