Letter from Mrs Aitcheson – July 2022

Dear Parents/Carers,

As this academic year draws to a close, we have so much to celebrate! Our students this year really have been the ‘best they can be’ in every way possible.  As we have returned to a more normal world and have once again been able to run activities and events, our students have made the most of all that has been on offer.

Our core values or Respect, Resilience and Success sit at the heart of all that we do, and our students have shown this in many ways throughout the year. Alongside the extremely hard work in the classroom, and for some students, preparing for external exams for the first time in three years, our most recent Academy Magazine highlights just a few of these. The contributions students have made to both the school and local community through charity and fund-raising events alongside marking key events through the year such as Remembrance Day, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and support for Ukrainian refugees. If you’ve not yet had the chance to view the latest magazine, then please click here https://bit.ly/3bvR8AQ

We are saying farewell to the staff below at the end of this academic year. We would like to say a huge thank you for the commitment and hard work from all  these staff during their time with us and to wish them every success on the next stage of their lives.

  • Mrs Crowdell (SEN)
  • Mrs Newcombe (English)
  • Mrs Myles (PE and Dance)
  • Mrs Patterson (Art and Design)
  • Mr Fox (History)
  • Mr Bokhiria (Maths)
  • Mr Barton (Humanities Tutor)
  • Mrs Lang (Well Being Tutor)

Please find below some important information about the coming months as we prepare for the start of the next academic year.

End of term arrangements

The Summer term will finish for students at 12.15 on Friday 8th July. School buses have been arranged.

Start of term arrangements

Tuesday 30th August  - Years 7,11 and 13 to return to school

Wednesday 31st August  - Return to school for all other year groups (except Year 12)

Thursday 1st September  - All year groups (including Year 12)

School day

From the start of next year, we will be reverting back to our pre-COVID finish time which is 3pm.

The start of the school day remains unchanged but we will revert to finishing at 3pm. Students will benefit from an additional 10 minutes a day with their tutor so will now have a 25minute session with tutors first thing every morning.

Times of the school day from August 2022 for Years 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13

Tutor time 08.45-09.10
Lesson 1 09.10-10.10
Break 10.10-10.30
Lesson 2 10.30-11.30
Lesson 3 11.30-12.30
Lunch 12.30-13.00
Lesson 4 13.00-14.00
Lesson 5 14.00-15.00
Extra Curricular  15.00 onwards

Times of the school day from August 2022 for Years 7 and 10

Tutor time 08.45-09.10
Lesson 1 09.10-10.10
Lesson 2 10.10-11.10
Break 11.10-11.30
Lesson 3 11.30-12.30
Lesson 4 12.30-13.30
Lunch 13.30-14.00
Lesson 5 14.00-15.00
Extra Curricular  15.00 onwards

End of My Ed App

We are upgrading our parent app. This means that the current MyEd app will stop working at the end of term on Saturday 9th July. In the autumn we will be launching the new parent app. Watch out for details.

Lesson expectations for the start of next year

Respect –We will be working with students to make sure there is consistency in relation to presentation and pride shown in their work to support their learning and teacher feedback.

Resilience –next year we will be providing additional opportunities for subject-specific reading, extended writing, learning new vocabulary and oracy activities. Students will be supported to develop resilience and to show they are ‘the best that they can be’.

Success – your child will be supported to become the very best reader. Through a weekly tutor time activity with their form tutor, lesson opportunities and reading intervention sessions, your child will continue to be stretched and challenged to focus on reading as a key skill.

Information regarding uniform expectations has already been sent out but can also be found here (insert uniform letter).

Save the Date:-

  • A Level Results Day  - Thursday 18th August 2022
  • GCSE Results Day  - Thursday 25th August 2022
  • Year 7 Welcome meeting  - Wednesday 7th September 2022
  • Power to Perform Evening – Years 10,11,12 &13 – Wednesday 28th September 2022
  • Open Evening – Thursday 8th September 2022
  • Sixth Form Open Evening  - Thursday 3rd November 2022
  • Further communication regarding events next term will be sent out nearer the time.

OFSTED visit

A huge thank you for your support during our recent OFSTED inspection. The responses and comments from the parent survey were overwhelmingly positive and really helped to support us in being able to share our journey of improvement. The full report will not be published until after the summer break when we look forward to sharing it with you.

Finally, on behalf of all the staff at Countesthorpe Academy, I would like to say a huge thank you for your continued support and help this year.

I hope you all have a well earned and restful summer break and we look forward to another exciting year next year,

Mrs C. Aitcheson


This page was last updated: 7th July 2022