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September Starters, In Year Transfers & Future Admissions

September Starters, In Year Transfers & Future Admissions

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Welcome from The Portsmouth Academy

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Useful Info

We use the MyEd parent app to communicate with parents. This can be downloaded from the Android store and Apple store.

You can find out more at this page https://www.myedschoolapp.com/

Note: this is only available to parents marked as first contact, based on your phone number.  It will not work if the details we have on our system are not up-to-date. If you need to update your details please contact the school at office@theportsmouthacademy.org.uk

Note: some of the functionality, such as student timetable will only appear on the 2nd day after your child has formally started at TPA.

At The Portsmouth Academy we encourage parents to support us in their child’s education by contacting us with any queries or issues.  For urgent issues please contact the school via phone on 0333 360 2200.  For general enquiries, email is probably best.  Please use info@theportsmouthacademy.org.uk if you do not know which member of staff to contact.  Please be aware that most staff will be busy teaching during the school day, and may not be able to read or respond to your email immediately.

Senior Leadership Team

  • Principal – (via PA) Mrs Grey
  • Senior Vice Principal: Curriculum, Assessment & Staffing – Mr Dolphin
  • Vice Principal: Behaviour & Special Educational Needs – Mrs Holden
  • Vice Principal: Making Excellence a Habit – Mr Hatherly
  • Assistant Principal: Thinking, Learning & CPD  – Mr Burns
  • Assistant Principal:  Cultural Capital and Creative Curriculum – Mrs Russell
  • Operations Manager – Mr Stevens
  • PA to SLT – Mrs Wood

Safeguarding Leads

SENCo

Year Groups

Head of Year

  • Head of year 7 – Mr Davies
  • Deputy head of year 7 –

Tutors

Head of Year

Tutors

Head of Year

Tutors

Head of Year

Tutors

Head of Year

Tutors

 

Curriculum Teams

Latest news and press releases from The Portsmouth Academy.

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Some useful resources whilst you are studying at home:   CHILDLINE: Childine is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you…

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Please see our Coronavirus page for up-to-date info during this period.

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Please read today’s letters from Mrs Grey Principal. Year 10 Parents Year 7, 8, 9, 11 Parents

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Urgent message for Year 10 parents. Mrs Grey    

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Should we be required to move to remote learning at some stage over the coming weeks, it is important that you and your child refresh your knowledge of our e-learning policy.…

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Please read this important letter from Mrs Grey, Principal regarding The Portsmouth Academy’s plans following the Government’s announcement yesterday.  Please click here.

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Please take a moment to read this important letter from Mr Dolphin, Vice Principal of Curriculum and Assessment regarding changes to the Year 8 options process at The Portsmouth Academy.  Please…

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Appointments for the second and final Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 11 March are now available for booking on line.  Please click here to visit the Parents’ Evening page.

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Appointments for Year 8 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th March are available for booking on line.  Please click here to visit the Parents’ Evening page.

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Dear Parents, Please be reassured that The Portsmouth Academy and the Trust are working with the local NHS Trusts and Department of Education and will follow the guidance we are given.…

Please see letters that have been sent home below.

 

Parental Information Update Form for the 2020/2021 Academic Year

2019/20  Parents Evenings:

Y7 Meet the tutors evening Wed 16th October   Main Hall 4:30-6:30
Y7 Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th April 2019 [Tutors] 3:45-6:45
Y8 Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th March 2020 [Tutors] 4:00-6:00
Y9 Wednesday 22nd January 2020 [Teachers] 3:45-6:45
Y10 Wednesday 5th February 2020 [Teachers] 3:45-6:45
Y11 (1) Wednesday 20th November 2019 [Teachers] 3:45-6:45
Y11 (2) Wednesday 11th March 2020 [Teachers] 3:45-6:45

We use an online booking system called PEBS to book slots for each evening.  The slots are available to book from 10 days beforehand.  You will get a letter regarding this.

If you need the support of an interpreter or signer in order to attend the consultation evening and meet the teachers, please contact the school and speak to Lucy Burton to arrange this.

By attending parents’ evenings you are making a real difference to your child’s progress. The school values your views and you can pick up practical suggestions about how you can help at home too.

If you cannot make this evening please contact the Student Services Manager, Claire Rhodes so we can make alternative arrangements to discuss your child’s achievement.

 

Year 11 Parents Evening is now open for booking. Year 8 booking closes at 9:00am on 5th March.

Login to Parents’ Evening Booking System

If you have an issue logging in – please try using other titles e.g. “Ms”, “Miss”, “Mrs”, as we may have a different one on our system.  This may be the case with your child’s name if hyphenated, or try using your child’s formal name we would have on record.

If your child has 2 subjects with a teacher, both will be covered in the same appointment.

PEBS Instructions (and videos)

To register you will require:

  • Enter your title (e.g. Miss, Ms, Mrs, Mr)
  • Your Surname
  • Your child’s First Name & Surname (as recorded on the school’s official system)
  • Your child’s date of birth

Also, if you wish to get booking confirmations, please enter an email address. This will give you a screen with a parents’ evening to choose.  Usually there will only be your one showing.

NEW 2015: A new ‘Automated Booking’ wizard has been added to the software. This is a new way of booking and will allow you to enter your availability and choose which teachers you want to see before returning with the most efficient way to see all these teachers. You can use the tabs at the top of the page to book for all your children at once too. This will make the booking process even quicker for parents with multiple children, lots of teachers to book or those who are late to book.

A new screen will open giving you a list of your child’s teachers & subjects.  Wait a couple of seconds for these to fully appear.To book a slot select a teacher (their name should change to blue).  You will then see the available slots for you to meet with that teacher.  Slots that you already have booked will show in yellow.  Slots that the teacher is unavailable will show in pink.  Click on a time slot to book it.

When you book a teacher, a pop-up box will pop-up box will appear, allowing you to raise any issues beforehand, to allow teachers to have the current information at hand on the evening.

Enter any details, or leave blank, and select Make Booking.  The time slot will turn green and show your child’s details.  Simply select the next of your child’s teachers and repeat until completed.

When you have finished, if you scroll back up the screen, you can either email the list to yourself, or print the list.

We use an e-payment method to pay for dinner money. This can be done online at a secure website called ParentPay or in cash at local stores where you see the PayPoint logo.

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Already have a ParentPay account?
If you already have a ParentPay account, either with our school or with another ParentPay School, you can simply login to that account and add your other children via the “Add a child” tab on the home page. You will need an activation username and password to do this.

New to ParentPay?

You will have a secure online account, activated using a unique activation username and password; you will be prompted to change these and keep them safe and secure as your Username and Password for future logins.
If you have two or more children at a ParentPay school, you only need to activate one account to create your ‘main account’ and then add your other children via the “Add a child” tab on your home page.

If you have not received an activation username and password, please contact the school on 0333 360 2200 or office@theportsmouthacademy.org.uk

ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments to view at a later date. Once you have activated your account you can make online payments straight away.

If you need further information, please see the ParentPay support page .

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you need further support.

Online safety is a major concern for many parents, especially as our children sometimes seem to be more knowledgeable about computers, phones and other gadgets than we are.

Pupils are taught about online safety at The Portsmouth Academy in Personal Development (PD) lessons and encouraged to be careful online, and taught ways to keep safe.  Our internet is restricted, and pupils cannot access inappropriate sites from our PCs.

Here are some  links and documents  to help parents.  If you wish to discuss any concerns personally with the school, please contact the school via info@theportsmouthacademy.org.uk

Downloads

Websites

Fake News and Misinformation

GUIDING POLICIES

The Portsmouth Academy aims to:

  • Ensure we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
  • Raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
  • Have in place procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse, working alongside outside agencies to protect our students.
  • Support students who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
  • Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
  • Be vigilant for signs of abuse.
  • Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school.

PRACTICE AND GUIDANCE

The Policy at TPA is based on the principle of fully recognising the academy’s responsibilities for child protection. We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, academy staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The academy will therefore:

  • Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
  • Ensure children know that there are adults in the academy whom they can approach if they are worried.
  • Include opportunities in the PD curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.

We will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the DCSF and DFE:

  • Ensure we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
  • Ensure we have a nominated governor responsible for child protection.
  • Ensure every member of staff (including temporary and supply staff and volunteers)and governing body knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for child protection and their role.
  • Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated senior person responsible for child protection.
  • Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the academy and staff for child protection by setting out its obligations in the academy prospectus.
  • Notify social services if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days of a student who is on the child protection register.
  • Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences.
  • Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately.
  • Ensure all records are kept securely, separate from the main student file, and in locked locations.
  • Develop and then follow procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer.
  • Ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Principal: Mrs Rachel Grey
Pastoral Lead (DSL):

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Clare Rhodes

If you have any cause for concern for any student at our school, please contact Clare Rhodes on (033) 3360 2200 or by email at: safeguarding@theportsmouthacademy.org.uk

If you have a safeguarding concern out of school term time hours, please contact Mrs Rachel Grey (Principal) via email r.grey@tsatrust.org.uk or Lee Lucas (TSAT Lead for Safeguarding) via l.lucas@tsatrust.org.uk

Portsmouth Social Care: 02392 839111
Childrens Social Care Out of hours: 0300 555 1373
Childline: 0800 1111

Policies

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We have a 2 week timetable, week A and week B.  If the week before a holiday is week A, we will return on week B (and vice versa).

Date

Event

Details

Wed 4 Sep Inset Day 1 School closed to pupils
Thu 5 Sep School starts Autumn Term begins 8:40
Wed 9 Oct Open Evening 6:30 – 8:30
Mon 28 Oct – Fri 1 Nov Autumn Half Term
Mon 4 Nov Inset Day 2 School closed to pupils
Wed 13 Nov Awards Evening 5:30 – 6:30
Wed 27 Nov Year 11 Parents’ Evening (1) 3:45 – 6:45
Fri 20 Dec School ends Autumn term ends 12:30
Mon 23 Dec – Fri 3 Jan Christmas Holidays
Mon 6 Jan School starts Spring Term begins 8:40
Wed 22 Jan Year 9 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Wed 5 Feb Year 10 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Mon 17 Feb – Fri 21 Feb Spring Half Term
Tue 4 Mar Year 8 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Wed 5 Mar Year 8 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Wed 18 Mar Year 11 Parents’ Evening (2) 3:45 – 6:45
Fri 3 Apr School ends Spring Term ends 3:00
Mon 6 Apr – Fri 17 Apr Easter Holidays
Mon 20 Apr School starts Summer Term begins 8:40
Tue 29 Apr Year 7 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Wed 30 Apr Year 7 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Fri 8 May VE Day Bank Holiday Note: Friday Bank Holiday
Mon 25 May – Fri 31 May Half Term
Tue 16 Jun New Y7 Parents (2020) Event 5:30 – 6:30
Wed 17 Jun New Y7 Parents (2020) Event 5:30 – 6:30
Fri 17 Jul School ends Summer Term ends 12:30
Mon 20 Jul Inset Day 3 School closed for pupils
Tue 21 Jul Inset Day 4 School closed for pupils
Wed 22 Jul Inset Day 5 School closed for pupils

Date

Event

Details

Thu 3 Sep Inset Day 1 School closed to pupils
Fri 4 Sep Inset Day 2 School closed to pupils
Mon 7 Sep School starts Autumn Term begins 8:40
Mon 7 Sep Week 1 (A)
Mon 14 Sep Week 2 (B)
Mon 21 Sep Week 3 (A)
Mon 28 Sep Week 4 (B)
Mon 5 Oct Week 5 (A)
Tue 6 Oct Open Evening
Mon 12 Oct Week 6 (B)
Mon 19 Oct Week 7 (A)
Mon 26 Oct – Fri 30 Oct Autumn Half Term
Mon 2 Nov Inset Day 3 School closed to pupils
Mon 2 Nov Week 8 (B)
Mon 9 Nov Week 9 (A)
Mon 16 Nov Week 10 (B)
Mon 23 Nov Week 11 (A)
Mon 30 Nov Week 12 (B)
Mon 7 Dec Week 13 (A)
Mon 14 Dec Week 14 (B)
Fri 18 Dec School ends Autumn term ends 12:30
Mon 21 Dec – Fri 1 Jan Christmas Holidays
Mon 4 Jan Week 15 (A)
Mon 4 Jan Inset Day 4 School closed to pupils
Tue 5 Jan School starts Spring Term begins 8:40
Mon 11 Jan Week 16 (B)
Mon 18 Jan Week 17 (A)
Mon 25 Jan Week 18 (B)
Mon 1 Feb Week 19 (A)
Mon 8 Feb Week 20 (B)
Mon 15 Feb – Fri 19 Feb Spring Half Term
Mon 22 Feb Week 21 (A)
Mon 22 Feb Inset Day 5 School closed to pupils
Mon 1 Mar Week 22 (B)
Mon 8 Mar Week 23 (A)
Mon 15 Mar Week 24 (B)
Mon 22 Mar Week 25 (A)
Mon 29 Mar Week 26 (B)
Thu 1 Apr School ends Spring Term ends 3:00
Fri 2 Apr – Fri 16 Apr Easter Holidays
Mon 19 Apr School starts Summer Term begins 8:40
Mon 19 Apr Week 27 (A)
Mon 26 Apr Week 28 (B)
Mon 3 May Bank Holiday
Mon 3 May Week 29 (A)
Mon 10 May Week 30 (B)
Mon 17 May Week 31 (A)
Mon 24 May Week 32 (B)
Mon 31 May – Fri 4 Jun Half Term
Mon 7 Jun Week 33 (A)
Mon 14 Jun Week 34 (B)
Mon 21 Jun Week 35 (A)
Mon 28 Jun Week 36 (B)
Mon 5 Jul Week 37 (A)
Mon 12 Jul Week 38 (B)
Mon 19 Jul Week 39 (A)
Fri 23 Jul School ends Summer Term ends 12:30
Pre learning day Breakfast Club
8.40 Line ups
8.45-9.00 Tutor time/Assembly
9.00-10.00 Period One
10.00-11.00 Period Two
11.00-11.20 Break
11.20-12.20 Period Three
12.20-1.20 Period Four
1.20-2.00 Lunch
1.55 Warning bell
2.00-3.00 Period Five
3:00 onwards Enrichment

For more info about free school meals please click on the link below:

For your child to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) you will need be in receipt of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If you are in receipt of one of the benefits above, you will need to apply to Portsmouth City Council (PCC).

You can do this by apply online at https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/schools/school-meals

Alternatively, you can download and complete the form – https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/documents-external/sch-schlmealsappfrm2015-16.pdf

Once PCC have assessed your child’s eligibility, they will send you a letter with the outcome and will include your child’s status on the weekly list that is sent to the school.


Please see introductory letter from Chartwells:

Menus are rotated on three weekly basis, see menus below:

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Menu Weeks 2020 / 2021

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
7th Sep 14th Sep
21st Sep 28th Sep 5th Oct
12th Oct 19th Oct 2nd Nov
9th Nov 16th Nov 23rd Nov
30th Nov 7th Dec 14th Dec
4th Jan 11th Jan 18th Jan
25th Jan 1st Feb 8th Feb
22nd Feb 1st Mar 8th Mar
15th Mar 22nd Mar 29th Mar
19th Apr 26th Apr 3rd May
10th May 17th May 24th May
7th Jun 14th Jun 21st Jun
28th Jun 5th Jun 12th Jul
19th Jul

 

Please see our local offer document below to find out about our full range of support provided.

Uniform is an important part of our Academy identity and must be worn with pride at all times. If your child does not wear the correct uniform you will be contacted. On the first occasion, where possible, your child will be loaned the correct attire for that day only. If there is a second occasion, you will be contacted and your child will be sent home to change. They should then be brought back into school.

The shop is moving to Penhale School on Penhale Road.

As we start to have a mixed intake, the uniform will be different for different year groups.  Please check appropriate guidance.

 

Equipment List

Students should have the following items every day.  Failure to do so may lead to negative habit points.

  • Black or blue pens (at least 2)
  • Pencil (at least 2)
  • Ruler
  • Red Pen
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Reading Book

You can also find information on admissions by visiting www.portsmouth.gov.uk/school admissions.

Prospectus

Please see our Prospectus for more information.

Admissions

To select our school using the online admissions form;

  • Ignore the postcode drop down on the left
  • Select ‘Portsmouth’ in the centre
  • Type in ‘The Portsmouth Academy’ in the box on the right (or select it using the filter)

The Portsmouth Academy follows Portsmouth City Council’s admissions policies and procedures.
Parents wishing to apply for a place should first call the City HelpDesk on 023 9268 8008 and ask for the school admissions team. Alternatively you can email admissions@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or write to Admissions Team, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2EA.

Copies of the admissions policies, information for parents, application forms and other information can be found at the Portsmouth Council website and in the Portsmouth Council Admissions Booklet (opens in new window).

Our admissions policies can be found here:

If you have received an offer of place from the city council, please contact the school as soon as possible to arrange a tour of the school and a meeting with the Principal or other member of the leadership team to arrange a start date.

Useful Info

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Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good
Outcomes for pupils Good

“The school’s culture is now very aspirational –
pupils develop the resilience needed to rise to the challenge.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Teachers have high expectations
and are skilled at improving pupils’ knowledge and understanding.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“The school has a strong culture of safeguarding.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Teaching is effective and meets students needs well.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Pupils’ conduct, in lessons and around the school,
at break and lunchtimes, is excellent.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“The teaching of English and literacy across the school is very effective.
Pupils enjoy reading for pleasure and write fluently.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Progress is now significantly above national averages
in a range of subjects, including both English and mathematics.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Pupils respect the rights of others and celebrate differences.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Pupils are happy at school and proud to be members of its community.
They respect the well-kept splendid environment for learning
and are rarely late for lessons.”

Ofsted, April 2017

 

Please see our local offer document below to find out about our full range of support provided.

We are very proud of our school, which offers a wonderful education; full of opportunities for young people to ‘Aspire and Achieve.’

We are unique in Portsmouth at specialising in teaching ‘thinking tools’, which help our students to develop their full potential. There are 10,0000 thinking schools worldwide who share a common aim; that both students and staff will think reflectively, critically and creatively in order to create an outstanding educational experience for every child. See http://www.thinkingmatters.com/ for more information on thinking schools worldwide.

Our experience, and national and international research, tells us that young people in thinking schools:

• Achieve a higher self-esteem and greater confidence
• Feel more positive and learn well together as a community
• Maintain their motivation and curiosity to learn
• Improve their academic performance
• Become independent learners who can ‘think for themselves’ and cope with an increasingly complex world

Ofsted have also reported on the links between being an outstanding school and a thinking school which you can read about here.

We all feel happiest when we are surrounded by people who believe in us and encourage us to pursue our goals. In our school, we value the relationships between staff and students which enable every child to ‘Aspire and Achieve’, and so experience the joy that comes with personal success.

We have some spaces left in some year groups for this year.  If you are applying for a place mid-academic year, please contact Mrs Meale via k.meale@tsatrust.org.uk or 0333 360 2200

Useful Info

We use the MyEd parent app to communicate with parents. This can be downloaded from the Android store and Apple store.

You can find out more at this page https://www.myedschoolapp.com/

Note: this is only available to parents marked as first contact, based on your phone number.  It will not work if the details we have on our system are not up-to-date. If you need to update your details please contact the school at office@theportsmouthacademy.org.uk

Note: some of the functionality, such as student timetable will only appear on the 2nd day after your child has formally started at TPA.

At The Portsmouth Academy we encourage parents to support us in their child’s education by contacting us with any queries or issues.  For urgent issues please contact the school via phone on 0333 360 2200.  For general enquiries, email is probably best.  Please use info@theportsmouthacademy.org.uk if you do not know which member of staff to contact.  Please be aware that most staff will be busy teaching during the school day, and may not be able to read or respond to your email immediately.

Senior Leadership Team

  • Principal – (via PA) Mrs Grey
  • Senior Vice Principal: Curriculum, Assessment & Staffing – Mr Dolphin
  • Vice Principal: Behaviour & Special Educational Needs – Mrs Holden
  • Vice Principal: Making Excellence a Habit – Mr Hatherly
  • Assistant Principal: Thinking, Learning & CPD  – Mr Burns
  • Assistant Principal:  Cultural Capital and Creative Curriculum – Mrs Russell
  • Operations Manager – Mr Stevens
  • PA to SLT – Mrs Wood

Safeguarding Leads

SENCo

Year Groups

Head of Year

  • Head of year 7 – Mr Davies
  • Deputy head of year 7 –

Tutors

Head of Year

Tutors

Head of Year

Tutors

Head of Year

Tutors

Head of Year

Tutors

 

Curriculum Teams

Latest news and press releases from The Portsmouth Academy.

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Please see this letter from our Director of Education for Portsmouth TSAT schools, for news on our exciting new strategies at TPA.

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Happy summer holidays from all of us at TPA! Thursday 3rd of September is an INSET day.  Year 11 students will return for a Fresher’s day on Friday 4th of September…

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Mrs Grey, Principal, has written a letter to parents about September 2020.  Please read this letter here.

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Mrs Russell, Miss Masters and all the House Champions celebrate a year of amazing house events in this end of year assembly.

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Mrs Grey, Principal, has written to parents about Black Lives Matter. Please read this letter here.

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In his whole school assembly, Mr Burns explores the history of protest and explains how people gained the right to democratic protest.

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Mrs Grey has written to parents regarding the September re-opening of schools. Please click here to read the letter.

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Click on the link to watch Mrs Holden’s assembly on our Facebook page.  

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The Portsmouth Academy is very excited to launch our Year 6 transition web page! Year 6 students, starting at TPA in September 2020, will find a welcome message from Mrs Grey,…

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In his whole school assembly about inclusivity, Mr Dolphin is joined by Miss Martin, Inclusivity and Equity Lead, to discuss social movements, discrimination and what it means to be an ‘ally.’…

Please see letters that have been sent home below.

 

Parental Information Update Form for the 2020/2021 Academic Year

2019/20  Parents Evenings:

Y7 Meet the tutors evening Wed 16th October   Main Hall 4:30-6:30
Y7 Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th April 2019 [Tutors] 3:45-6:45
Y8 Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th March 2020 [Tutors] 4:00-6:00
Y9 Wednesday 22nd January 2020 [Teachers] 3:45-6:45
Y10 Wednesday 5th February 2020 [Teachers] 3:45-6:45
Y11 (1) Wednesday 20th November 2019 [Teachers] 3:45-6:45
Y11 (2) Wednesday 11th March 2020 [Teachers] 3:45-6:45

We use an online booking system called PEBS to book slots for each evening.  The slots are available to book from 10 days beforehand.  You will get a letter regarding this.

If you need the support of an interpreter or signer in order to attend the consultation evening and meet the teachers, please contact the school and speak to Lucy Burton to arrange this.

By attending parents’ evenings you are making a real difference to your child’s progress. The school values your views and you can pick up practical suggestions about how you can help at home too.

If you cannot make this evening please contact the Student Services Manager, Claire Rhodes so we can make alternative arrangements to discuss your child’s achievement.

 

Year 11 Parents Evening is now open for booking. Year 8 booking closes at 9:00am on 5th March.

Login to Parents’ Evening Booking System

If you have an issue logging in – please try using other titles e.g. “Ms”, “Miss”, “Mrs”, as we may have a different one on our system.  This may be the case with your child’s name if hyphenated, or try using your child’s formal name we would have on record.

If your child has 2 subjects with a teacher, both will be covered in the same appointment.

PEBS Instructions (and videos)

To register you will require:

  • Enter your title (e.g. Miss, Ms, Mrs, Mr)
  • Your Surname
  • Your child’s First Name & Surname (as recorded on the school’s official system)
  • Your child’s date of birth

Also, if you wish to get booking confirmations, please enter an email address. This will give you a screen with a parents’ evening to choose.  Usually there will only be your one showing.

NEW 2015: A new ‘Automated Booking’ wizard has been added to the software. This is a new way of booking and will allow you to enter your availability and choose which teachers you want to see before returning with the most efficient way to see all these teachers. You can use the tabs at the top of the page to book for all your children at once too. This will make the booking process even quicker for parents with multiple children, lots of teachers to book or those who are late to book.

A new screen will open giving you a list of your child’s teachers & subjects.  Wait a couple of seconds for these to fully appear.To book a slot select a teacher (their name should change to blue).  You will then see the available slots for you to meet with that teacher.  Slots that you already have booked will show in yellow.  Slots that the teacher is unavailable will show in pink.  Click on a time slot to book it.

When you book a teacher, a pop-up box will pop-up box will appear, allowing you to raise any issues beforehand, to allow teachers to have the current information at hand on the evening.

Enter any details, or leave blank, and select Make Booking.  The time slot will turn green and show your child’s details.  Simply select the next of your child’s teachers and repeat until completed.

When you have finished, if you scroll back up the screen, you can either email the list to yourself, or print the list.

We use an e-payment method to pay for dinner money. This can be done online at a secure website called ParentPay or in cash at local stores where you see the PayPoint logo.

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Already have a ParentPay account?
If you already have a ParentPay account, either with our school or with another ParentPay School, you can simply login to that account and add your other children via the “Add a child” tab on the home page. You will need an activation username and password to do this.

New to ParentPay?

You will have a secure online account, activated using a unique activation username and password; you will be prompted to change these and keep them safe and secure as your Username and Password for future logins.
If you have two or more children at a ParentPay school, you only need to activate one account to create your ‘main account’ and then add your other children via the “Add a child” tab on your home page.

If you have not received an activation username and password, please contact the school on 0333 360 2200 or office@theportsmouthacademy.org.uk

ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments to view at a later date. Once you have activated your account you can make online payments straight away.

If you need further information, please see the ParentPay support page .

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you need further support.

Online safety is a major concern for many parents, especially as our children sometimes seem to be more knowledgeable about computers, phones and other gadgets than we are.

Pupils are taught about online safety at The Portsmouth Academy in Personal Development (PD) lessons and encouraged to be careful online, and taught ways to keep safe.  Our internet is restricted, and pupils cannot access inappropriate sites from our PCs.

Here are some  links and documents  to help parents.  If you wish to discuss any concerns personally with the school, please contact the school via info@theportsmouthacademy.org.uk

Downloads

Websites

Fake News and Misinformation

GUIDING POLICIES

The Portsmouth Academy aims to:

  • Ensure we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
  • Raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
  • Have in place procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse, working alongside outside agencies to protect our students.
  • Support students who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
  • Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
  • Be vigilant for signs of abuse.
  • Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school.

PRACTICE AND GUIDANCE

The Policy at TPA is based on the principle of fully recognising the academy’s responsibilities for child protection. We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, academy staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The academy will therefore:

  • Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
  • Ensure children know that there are adults in the academy whom they can approach if they are worried.
  • Include opportunities in the PD curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.

We will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the DCSF and DFE:

  • Ensure we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
  • Ensure we have a nominated governor responsible for child protection.
  • Ensure every member of staff (including temporary and supply staff and volunteers)and governing body knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for child protection and their role.
  • Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated senior person responsible for child protection.
  • Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the academy and staff for child protection by setting out its obligations in the academy prospectus.
  • Notify social services if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days of a student who is on the child protection register.
  • Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences.
  • Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately.
  • Ensure all records are kept securely, separate from the main student file, and in locked locations.
  • Develop and then follow procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer.
  • Ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Principal: Mrs Rachel Grey
Pastoral Lead (DSL):

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Clare Rhodes

If you have any cause for concern for any student at our school, please contact Clare Rhodes on (033) 3360 2200 or by email at: safeguarding@theportsmouthacademy.org.uk

If you have a safeguarding concern out of school term time hours, please contact Mrs Rachel Grey (Principal) via email r.grey@tsatrust.org.uk or Lee Lucas (TSAT Lead for Safeguarding) via l.lucas@tsatrust.org.uk

Portsmouth Social Care: 02392 839111
Childrens Social Care Out of hours: 0300 555 1373
Childline: 0800 1111

Policies

We have a 2 week timetable, week A and week B.  If the week before a holiday is week A, we will return on week B (and vice versa).

Date

Event

Details

Wed 4 Sep Inset Day 1 School closed to pupils
Thu 5 Sep School starts Autumn Term begins 8:40
Wed 9 Oct Open Evening 6:30 – 8:30
Mon 28 Oct – Fri 1 Nov Autumn Half Term
Mon 4 Nov Inset Day 2 School closed to pupils
Wed 13 Nov Awards Evening 5:30 – 6:30
Wed 27 Nov Year 11 Parents’ Evening (1) 3:45 – 6:45
Fri 20 Dec School ends Autumn term ends 12:30
Mon 23 Dec – Fri 3 Jan Christmas Holidays
Mon 6 Jan School starts Spring Term begins 8:40
Wed 22 Jan Year 9 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Wed 5 Feb Year 10 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Mon 17 Feb – Fri 21 Feb Spring Half Term
Tue 4 Mar Year 8 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Wed 5 Mar Year 8 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Wed 18 Mar Year 11 Parents’ Evening (2) 3:45 – 6:45
Fri 3 Apr School ends Spring Term ends 3:00
Mon 6 Apr – Fri 17 Apr Easter Holidays
Mon 20 Apr School starts Summer Term begins 8:40
Tue 29 Apr Year 7 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Wed 30 Apr Year 7 Parents’ Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Fri 8 May VE Day Bank Holiday Note: Friday Bank Holiday
Mon 25 May – Fri 31 May Half Term
Tue 16 Jun New Y7 Parents (2020) Event 5:30 – 6:30
Wed 17 Jun New Y7 Parents (2020) Event 5:30 – 6:30
Fri 17 Jul School ends Summer Term ends 12:30
Mon 20 Jul Inset Day 3 School closed for pupils
Tue 21 Jul Inset Day 4 School closed for pupils
Wed 22 Jul Inset Day 5 School closed for pupils

Date

Event

Details

Thu 3 Sep Inset Day 1 School closed to pupils
Fri 4 Sep Inset Day 2 School closed to pupils
Mon 7 Sep School starts Autumn Term begins 8:40
Mon 7 Sep Week 1 (A)
Mon 14 Sep Week 2 (B)
Mon 21 Sep Week 3 (A)
Mon 28 Sep Week 4 (B)
Mon 5 Oct Week 5 (A)
Tue 6 Oct Open Evening
Mon 12 Oct Week 6 (B)
Mon 19 Oct Week 7 (A)
Mon 26 Oct – Fri 30 Oct Autumn Half Term
Mon 2 Nov Inset Day 3 School closed to pupils
Mon 2 Nov Week 8 (B)
Mon 9 Nov Week 9 (A)
Mon 16 Nov Week 10 (B)
Mon 23 Nov Week 11 (A)
Mon 30 Nov Week 12 (B)
Mon 7 Dec Week 13 (A)
Mon 14 Dec Week 14 (B)
Fri 18 Dec School ends Autumn term ends 12:30
Mon 21 Dec – Fri 1 Jan Christmas Holidays
Mon 4 Jan Week 15 (A)
Mon 4 Jan Inset Day 4 School closed to pupils
Tue 5 Jan School starts Spring Term begins 8:40
Mon 11 Jan Week 16 (B)
Mon 18 Jan Week 17 (A)
Mon 25 Jan Week 18 (B)
Mon 1 Feb Week 19 (A)
Mon 8 Feb Week 20 (B)
Mon 15 Feb – Fri 19 Feb Spring Half Term
Mon 22 Feb Week 21 (A)
Mon 22 Feb Inset Day 5 School closed to pupils
Mon 1 Mar Week 22 (B)
Mon 8 Mar Week 23 (A)
Mon 15 Mar Week 24 (B)
Mon 22 Mar Week 25 (A)
Mon 29 Mar Week 26 (B)
Thu 1 Apr School ends Spring Term ends 3:00
Fri 2 Apr – Fri 16 Apr Easter Holidays
Mon 19 Apr School starts Summer Term begins 8:40
Mon 19 Apr Week 27 (A)
Mon 26 Apr Week 28 (B)
Mon 3 May Bank Holiday
Mon 3 May Week 29 (A)
Mon 10 May Week 30 (B)
Mon 17 May Week 31 (A)
Mon 24 May Week 32 (B)
Mon 31 May – Fri 4 Jun Half Term
Mon 7 Jun Week 33 (A)
Mon 14 Jun Week 34 (B)
Mon 21 Jun Week 35 (A)
Mon 28 Jun Week 36 (B)
Mon 5 Jul Week 37 (A)
Mon 12 Jul Week 38 (B)
Mon 19 Jul Week 39 (A)
Fri 23 Jul School ends Summer Term ends 12:30
Pre learning day Breakfast Club
8.40 Line ups
8.45-9.00 Tutor time/Assembly
9.00-10.00 Period One
10.00-11.00 Period Two
11.00-11.20 Break
11.20-12.20 Period Three
12.20-1.20 Period Four
1.20-2.00 Lunch
1.55 Warning bell
2.00-3.00 Period Five
3:00 onwards Enrichment

For more info about free school meals please click on the link below:

For your child to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) you will need be in receipt of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If you are in receipt of one of the benefits above, you will need to apply to Portsmouth City Council (PCC).

You can do this by apply online at https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/schools/school-meals

Alternatively, you can download and complete the form – https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/documents-external/sch-schlmealsappfrm2015-16.pdf

Once PCC have assessed your child’s eligibility, they will send you a letter with the outcome and will include your child’s status on the weekly list that is sent to the school.


Please see introductory letter from Chartwells:

Menus are rotated on three weekly basis, see menus below:

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Menu Weeks 2020 / 2021

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Please see our local offer document below to find out about our full range of support provided.

Uniform is an important part of our Academy identity and must be worn with pride at all times. If your child does not wear the correct uniform you will be contacted. On the first occasion, where possible, your child will be loaned the correct attire for that day only. If there is a second occasion, you will be contacted and your child will be sent home to change. They should then be brought back into school.

The shop is moving to Penhale School on Penhale Road.

As we start to have a mixed intake, the uniform will be different for different year groups.  Please check appropriate guidance.

 

Equipment List

Students should have the following items every day.  Failure to do so may lead to negative habit points.

  • Black or blue pens (at least 2)
  • Pencil (at least 2)
  • Ruler
  • Red Pen
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Reading Book