I write to you at the end of a busy, but very rewarding first term at Workington Academy. I am delighted with how things are progressing and am already looking forward to the new year. However, we have had our challenges; not least the recent conditions in Cumbria. I am aware that many of you will have been affected by the floods that have had such a devastating effect on the area. If this is the case I truly hope you are receiving all the help and support you need at this time. Our thoughts are with you and I know the students and staff at the academy are involved in fundraising to help to support the families in Cumbria who have been affected.
We are delighted that so many of your children have involved themselves in both the academy and community activities; such as sporting events, musical performances and charity events, to mention but a few. We now offer a large variety of extra-curricular activities. More than half of our students have attended different clubs since September and our aim is to provide an activity for each one of your children to enjoy. Could I ask you to please encourage your child to get involved. A ‘can do’ attitude is so important and will stand them in good stead for the future.
Work on our new building continues and it will be exciting for us all to see it take shape in 2016. The work is currently on schedule to be ready for January 2017. We will, of course, keep you fully informed of progress throughout the year.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for ensuring your child comes to school correctly dressed. We are very proud of how smart the students look in their uniform. To ensure we maintain the high standard that we have set, we will be monitoring all aspects of the uniform in the new term, with a particular focus on appropriate shoes and trousers. Shoes should be of a material suitable for polish and trousers should not be of the ‘skinny’ variety. If you have any questions about this, your child’s year office will be happy to clarify this for you.
I cannot stress enough how important it is that children have good attendance in order for them to achieve their potential. We follow up on all absences and positively discourage holidays during term time. Research has shown that attendance has a direct impact on how well children do at school and so can directly affect your child’s career choices in the future.
Can I also ask for your continued support in the use of mobile phones. We do not allow students to have their phones turned on at school unless they have permission from a teacher to do so; for example, using the calculator function in a maths class. Phones must be stored in bags. We know that phones are a distraction for young people and can negatively impact on learning. If you need to communicate with your child during the day please contact our main office and staff will be happy to help you.
The academy will close for the Christmas break on Friday 18 December at 12:15pm. Students entitled to a free school meal may obtain food from the canteen at morning break. We have notified the relevant companies who send buses to the school. Your child should return to school after the holidays on Tuesday 5 January at the normal time.
Lastly, I would like to invite you to our Carol Concert at 7:00pm on Tuesday 15 December which is being held at St John’s Church Workington.
I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and I wish you all a prosperous New Year.