January Update

Dear Parent/Carer,

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy belated New Year and thank you for your support in ensuring our young people have returned positive and ready to learn. It has been a real pleasure to look on as your child thrives within this Academy.

Uniform Standards

I would also like to thank you for your support in ensuring that all our young people attend the Academy on time, every day in full uniform. As you are aware, our code consists of:

  • Formal plain black shoes
  • White shirt/blouse tucked in and top button fastened
  • Wingfield Jumper/Cardigan with logo
  • Academy tie
  • Plain black tailored trousers or knee length skirt worn with black tights
  • Black socks/tights
  • Bag that is large enough to take an A4 folder/book

Multi Academy Trust Status

Several months ago we outlined proposals for Wingfield Academy and Winterhill School to form a Multi Academy Trust. Following a period of informal collaboration Governors and Trustees of both schools have agreed to continue to work together informally rather than pursue a formal partnership approved by the Department for Education. This decision will not impact on the future of either school and each school will continue to operate as individual organisations but will work together on identified aspects of teaching and learning to share best practice in order to support all young people achieve their very best.

Independent Learning Task (ILT)

For this academic year we have made several changes to our Extended Learning Policy, notably the change of name from ELT (extended learning task) to ILT (independent learning task). Our aim is to provide clear opportunities for students to develop independent skills to ensure students become responsible and resilient learners.

As a parent/carer you can expect your son/daughter to receive Independent
Learning Tasks on a week by week basis. Full details can be found here.

Adverse Weather

May I take this opportunity to remind you that in the event of school closure or
delayed opening due to adverse weather conditions we will notify parents/carers by the following means:

  • Via text message
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Wingfield Academy App
  • Local radio station

I will endeavour to keep the Academy open every day unless there is a risk to the health and safety of young people.

Dates for your diary

  • Y8 Parents Evening – Thursday 7th February
  • Last day of half term – Friday 15th February
  • First day back – Monday 25th February
  • Y9 Parents Evening – Thursday 14th March
  • Y7 Parents evening – Thursday 21st March

Yours sincerely,

Phil Davis
Headteacher

Year 8 Parents Evening

Thursday 7th February 2019 from 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Note: A PDF copy of the letter sent home can be found here

Dear Parent/carer,

Y8 Parents Evening will take place on Thursday 7th February 2019 from 4:30pm –7:00pm.

Given how crucial your support is we ask that you attend and invite students to
accompany you so that class teachers can fully share how your child is progressing. On the evening you will also be provided with your child’s latest progress update which you can refer to during any conversations with staff.

In addition, you will be given an opportunity to select an appointment, with a member of the Senior Leadership Team, in the next few weeks to discuss your child’s subject choices in Year 9.

If you are unable to attend and you wish to gain any further clarification please
contact your child’s Year Team Leader and/or subject team leaders who will be
happy to help.

Finally we believe that the partnership approach that exists between home and
school remains the key to our team’s success and will ensure the best outcomes for your child.

To confirm your attendance please can you complete the reply slip and return to your child’s Form Tutor by Friday 25th January 2019.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Phil Davis
Headteacher

Arrangements for the End of Term

As we come to the end of another term, I would like to thank you for your continued support. I would also like to take this opportunity of reminding you that the Academy will close for the Christmas break on Thursday 20th December 2018. Students will be dismissed from the Academy at the normal time of 2:45pm. There will be no early closure.

In an attempt to enter into the Christmas spirit and raise funds, we will be holding a ‘Christmas jumper’ and/or ‘Christmas hat’ day on the last day of term. Students will be required to pay £1.00 to allow them to wear a Christmas jumper or hat instead of their usual Academy uniform jumper.

Please note, all other uniform standards will remain in full. The only item of clothing that may be replaced is your child’s Academy jumper. The Academy will not allow fashion jumpers displaying motifs and/or baseball caps.

Students are expected back into the Academy on Monday 7th January 2018 at 8:30am. The Breakfast Club will be running from 8am.

I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely

Phil Davis
Headteacher

Wingfield Academy Bus Service

A copy of the letter sent home to parents can be found here

I am writing to you regarding a new service we would like to offer all students. We have had a school bus for the past year; this bus transports students from out of area to and from the Academy daily. In September we had the opportunity to hire a larger bus from Marsland Travel.

Therefore I would like to offer your child the opportunity to use the school bus, however there will be a charge for this. The cost per journey will be 80p this can be paid directly to the bus driver or alternatively you can pay for the full week/month via ParentPay (a pass will be issued at break time on a Monday if you pay via ParentPay).

The bus route and approximate timings for you to review can be found here. Afternoon drop of times will commence from approx. 2.55pm, and drop students off in reverse order.

Marsland Travel is a well-known reputable company with a vast amount of transportation knowledge. All the drivers have had the relevant DBS checks carried out. And MarslandTravel has provided the academy with the relevant assurances that their buses are safe to carry passengers and are road worthy.
A member of the Academy staff will meet and greet the students upon arrival at the Academy, and a member of staff will meet the students at the end of each day to ensure they are escorted to the bus.

If you require any further information regarding this service or have any queries relating to how to use ParentPay, please speak to a member of our finance team who will be happy to help.

Yours sincerely

Mr B Picton
Assistant Headteacher

Year 7 Football Team Into ESFA Cup Fourth Round

Wingfield’s Year 7 team progressed to the fourth round of the English Schools Cup with a sensational 9-6 victory at Wickersley on Wednesday evening.

With the scores tied at 6-6 following Irfan Bogle’s last second free kick to take the game into extra time, a calm and measured final 14 minutes saw the boys score three goals to get past the third stage of the nationwide competition.

In one of the most enthralling matches the Academy has ever witnessed, Wingfield took the lead four times at 2-0, 3-2, 4-3, and 5-4 before trailing 6-5 late on.

But with the last kick of the game, Irfan Bogle’s free kick gave the boys the least they deserved with a period of extra time, before three goals saw Wingfield eventually sail through the third round of the competition.

Adrian Nguea scored four goals, Jack Dudhill and Irfan two apiece, with Maddox Brooks also on the scoresheet.

The fourth round draw will be made on Monday 19th November.

GCSE Presentation Evening – Thursday 29th November 2018

Wingfield Academy will be hosting this years GCSE Presentation Evening on Thursday 29th November at 6.00pm. This is an opportunity to celebrate achievements and present GCSE certificates. Certain students will also be presented with ‘Special Achievement Awards’.

2018 Leavers are invited to attend with up to two guests to attend. There will be a formal presentation with speeches, therefore we ask attendees to wear smart or formal wear; please do not wear tracksuit bottoms, baseball caps, etc. After the presentation there will be a buffet in the Griffin Dining Hall. The event should end around 8.30pm.

In order for the necessary seating and catering arrangements to be made, I would be grateful if you could RSVP your attendance by contacting Reception on 01709 513002 before Monday 26th November. Alternatively, you can get in touch via the Contact Us page. Please include your name and the number of guests joining you. If we do not hear from you by this date, we will assume that you are unable to attend.