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WEEK 38 - Friday 16 July 2021

It is at this time of the school year that I take time to reflect on the performance of my year group in both behaviour and attendance. Having had such a difficult year in terms of COVID 19 I am extremely proud of how the vast majority of year 8 students have coped. Behaviour of year 8 students around the school has been excellent. Students have shown great maturity and resilience, and have also made excellent progress in their subjects despite the hurdles we have all faced. 

Attendance has been something that, as I reflect, I believe we as a year group can and have to  improve upon for next year. There have been many circumstances for students missing school this year that would pre-covid never have impacted the way they have. However, we must approach the new school year in September with a determination to improve our attendance to ensure that our students, your children, have the best possible chance of achieving extraordinary outcomes in their learning.

Having a 100% attendance to all lessons will guarantee that they will make significant strides at achieving their goals and true potential. It is at this point that I ask you as parents for your continued support in this quest. Below I have listed some ways in which you can help us to ensure your child reaches their full potential:

  1. Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead
  2. Ensure that the school uniform policy is applied. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact the school for clarification  
  3. Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late
  4. Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible
  5. Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness – this should be followed up with a written note when your child returns to school
  6. Take truancy seriously – if your child is not attending school as you expect they may be putting themselves at risk – Who are they with? What are they doing?  
  7. Take family holidays outside term time
  8. Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work (including homework).  Attend parent evenings and school events
  9. Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school
  10. Support school staff in their efforts to control difficult or challenging behaviour
  11. Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school – staff are there to help and will be supportive. 

As we approach the final week of this school year I want to thank all the parents for your continued support, and to wish you all a happy summer holiday with your family and friends. 

If you have any concerns or questions regarding the new uniform policy please contact me at hoyyear8@hessleacademy.com 

Mr Leckenby

Head of Year 8

Mrs Newman

Assistant Head of Year 8