I would like to extend a warm welcome to all parents/carers as the new Principal of Tollbar Academy. I look forward to building on the work of Mr Moon and the outstanding staff. As we draw to the end of this first half term I hope that all students have settled back into Academy life, including those in Year 7.
Parents/carers will be aware from recently published tables, that in the summer examinations Tollbar Year 11 students made progress which was well above national expectations.
Under the current system for 2018, Maths, English and the majority of other subjects have been marked from grades 1-9, with a standard pass being a Grade 4 and a strong pass being a Grade 5. Technology and ICT are still marked as grades A*-C until summer 2019.
The Academy celebrated outstanding GCSE results with 86% of students achieving grades 9-4 in English and 79% achieving Grades 9-4 in Maths. In total, 47 children achieved at least one top Grade 9 and there were 133 Grade 9s achieved across all subjects.
There were 325 students in the year group, and 74% of those achieved Grades 9-4 in both English and Maths, with 53% achieving Grades 9-5.
The provisional date from the DfE states that the Progress 8 score for GCSE results for 2018 is 0.33 which is above average placing Tollbar Academy in the top 17% of schools nationally. The Attainment 8 score is 51.7 points compared to the England average of 44.3 points.
We are proud that 56% of Year 11 students entered the EBacc group of qualification and the average point score was 4.68 points compared to the England average of 3.83 points.
At A Level, students celebrated some exceptional results, with a 97% pass rate across all A Level subjects. Several subject areas achieved a 100% A*-C pass rate, including Geography, History, Economics, Media and Art and Design. In History, 60% of students achieved A*- B grades, with 14% securing A* grades. Further success was achieved in English Literature, with 63% of students gaining A*- B grades and in Maths, where 85% gained A*-C grades. The high- status A* grade was also awarded to students in an impressive eight subject areas, including Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Religious Studies. Destination data for the Sixth Form College shows that all students that wanted to progress to university, secured a place and 30% achieved a place at one of the prestigious Russel Group universities. Some students opted to pursue a different route and their A Level results enabled them to secure places on high quality apprenticeship schemes. This year, students gained places with a number of reputable national and local companies, including Forrester Boyd, Sylvester Keal, Cristal and Morrisons.
I am extremely proud of the achievements of all the students and they are a credit to themselves, the Academy and their parents/carers.
Minority Languages – GCSE
At the Academy we regularly enter students for languages spoken at home. For example, Arabic, Urdu and Polish. If your son/daughter speaks and writes another language and you would like them to be entered for a GCSE, please contact the Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs K Hall, at the Academy.
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.
I need to draw your attention to the fact that parents/carers have a duty in law to ensure their child attends regularly, unless they are able to do so by reason of ill-health or other legally acceptable reason. Please be reminded of the following:
May we take this opportunity to thank parents/carers for their understanding and co-operation with regard to high standards of uniform. For further guidance and clarification please see the Academy website for suggested footwear, trousers and the Academy Uniform Policy. Please can we also remind you that female students are not permitted to wear make-up, with the exception of discreet make-up in Year 11. Please note that skinny tight trousers or trousers made of stretch material are not part of the Uniform Policy.
Visiting Tollbar Academy
For safety purposes, all visitors to the Academy are asked to report to the Reception which is located at the front of the Academy. Therefore, could we ask that all parents/carers entering the Academy site, whether it be for a meeting, delivering items or collecting anything, please report to Reception. Reception hours are Monday to Thursday 8:15am to 4:30pm and Friday 8:15am to 4:00pm.
As we go through the darker months we recommend that students wear a reflective vest or 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, a bell and lights for their own safety. Please ensure that the brakes on your child's cycle are in full working order, students must also lock their bike when it is stored in the bike sheds.
We have had some complaints that a minority of students are cycling in a manner that endangers themselves or other road users. Please will parents/carers discuss and reinforce with their child the importance of cycling in an appropriate manner. Please can we also remind parents/carers not to do U-turns in the entrance or exit of the Academy.
I also would like to raise awareness of the growing concerns about keeping young people safe online. This is an area that we all need to be mindful of, especially during the holiday, as some children may be using the internet more often in their spare time. Further advice and guidance on E-Safety and keeping safe online can be found on www.thinkuknow.co.uk and www.net-aware.org.uk in addition to lots of other valuable information for parents/carers.
First Aid Room
Please note that the First Aid Room at the Academy is for emergency support only for issues arising during the Academy day. If children are genuinely ill in the morning, parents/carers should take them to their doctor who is appropriately qualified to deal with any issues students may have.
Mobile Phones/MP3 Players/iPods/Smart Watches/Fitness Trackers
The Academy has a policy of not allowing students to bring mobile phones or MP3 players/iPods/smart watches/fitness trackers onto the site. These devices are not permitted in order for us to ensure the welfare of every student and limit the disruption to their education. Any student who is suspected of having one of these devices will be searched by the Academy and the device will be confiscated for five school days. Students who continue to bring their mobile phone into the Academy will be subject to the Academy's Behaviour Policy. Please note that students found with such a device during a controlled assessment or examination have to be reported to the Examination Board concerned and risk gaining zero marks for their work, disqualification from the subject concerned or even disqualification from all GCSE subjects. These rules apply whether the student is using the device or not. Please discuss this with your child and ensure that he / she does not bring electronic equipment to the Academy.
Tollbar Academy Year Pattern 2018-2019 and 2019-2020
We have enclosed the Tollbar Academy Year Pattern for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 and which can also be viewed on our website www.tollbaracademy.co.uk under Term Dates. Please do not use term dates which are published on websites which are not affiliated with Tollbar as these have been found to be incorrect.
For your information, we enclose the Events Calendar for 2018-2019. This calendar is also posted on the Academy website.
Information from North East Lincolnshire Council
NELC have requested we include some information for parents.
Please sign your son/daughter's planner on page 30, the Academy/Home Communications page, to indicate that you have received this letter.
Mrs C L Yates