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September Starters 2021

September Starters 2021

This area will be used for information for the students starting at The Portsmouth Academy in September 2021.

To help us set things up, and communicate with you ready for September please can you fill in this form.  Please do not fill in until you have a confirmed place at The Portsmouth Academy.

Note: the useful info section below is for current 20/21 year, and some areas may change for September.

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.

You can also access our payment system, PlusPay, via MyEd.

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 & Operations – Mr Dolphin
  • Vice Principal: Making Excellence a Habit – Mr Hatherley
  • Assistant Principal: Special Educational Needs – Mrs Holden
  • Assistant Principal: Thinking, Learning & CPD  – Mr Burns
  • Assistant Principal:  Cultural Capital and Creative Curriculum – Mrs Russell
  • Assistant Principal:  KS4 – Mr Andrews
  • Assistant Principal: KS3 – Miss French
  • Operations Manager – Mr Stevens
  • PA to SLT – Mrs Wood

Safeguarding Leads

SENCo

Year Groups

Head of Year

Tutors

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Curriculum Teams

Latest news and press releases from The Portsmouth Academy.

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How to succeed in Year 11 Click the link below for information on how the school is supporting students and how parents can support from home. How to…

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Please read the letter from Mrs Grey, Principal regarding Tik Tok.

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The Portsmouth Academy, has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for its new building extension, making it one of the most sustainable new buildings in Portsmouth. BREEAM is the world’s leading…

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Friday 22nd October is an INSET day and the school is closed to students.  The week beginning 25th October is half term. All students return to school on Monday 1st November (Week…

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Please read this letter regarding uniform from Mr Hatherley, Vice Principal.    

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Shadow Schools Minister, Peter Kyle, and MP for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, visited The Portsmouth Academy last week to witness its new one:one device strategy in action and discuss the Portsmouth…

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Please read this letter about Open Evening and Parents Evenings at The Portsmouth Academy.

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Please read this important letter regarding the COVID-19 vaccination for students.

Please also see our Parent Bulletins for more information.

Please see letters for school year 20/21

Please see letters for school year 19/20

Parents’ Evenings 2021/22

09/03/22 – Year 11
06/04/22 – Year 10
04/05/22 – Year 9
15/06/22 – Year 7
29/06/22 – Year 8
All are from 3:45 – 6:45pm

Note evenings will be run based on current Covid19 guidance.

 

– this will not work until 2 weeks before parents evening.
To login you will need to enter:
• Your title (Miss/Ms/Mrs/Mr) and surname
• Your child’s first name, surname and date of birth.
• The login details you enter must match those we have on record for you. The first name and
surname must match those that your child is known on the school register (e.g. Katherine
Smith/Katie Smith).
• We may have a different title on record for you (e.g. Ms not Miss) so please try alternatives if you cannot login.

If you have any issues booking appointments please contact l.burton@tsatrust.org.uk or 0333 360 2200.

You will get a 4 minute slot with each teacher, with a minimum 1 minute gap between bookings. For years 7, 8 and 9 there may be a limit to the number of teachers you can see to ensure that all parents can make appointments.

On the day of your appointments, you need to re-login at the website address above. 10 minutes before
your appointments are due to begin, you will be able to join the video meeting room, where you can
wait for your appointment(s).

You can use smart phone, tablet or computer for video parents evenings.

Video system requirements:
Apple iPhone/iPad (must be iOS 11+): Safari
Android: 
Chrome or Firefox
Windows: 
Chrome, Firefox or Edge (Chromium)
Mac: 
Safari, Chrome or Firefox
Linux: 
Chrome or Firefox

For more information on how the system works, please see this guide or the videos below.

How do I use the video system

How do I login to the Parents’ Evening Booking System?
How do I make an appointment?
How do I cancel or rearrange appointments?
How do I make an appointment for my other child?

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

Thu 2 Sep Inset Day 1 School closed to pupils
Fri 3 Sep Inset Day 2 School closed to pupils
Mon 6 Sep School Starts – Year 7 Only Week 1 (A) Autumn Term begins 8:40
Mon 7 Sep School Starts – Years 8, 9, 10 & 11
Mon 13 Sep Week 2 (B)
Mon 20 Sep Week 3 (A)
Mon 27 Sep Week 4 (B)
Mon 4 Oct Week 5 (A)
Mon 11 Oct Week 6 (B)
Mon 18 Oct Week 7 (A)
Fri 22 Oct INSET Day 3
Mon 25 Oct – Fri 29 Oct Autumn Half Term School closed to pupils
Mon 1 Nov School Starts Week 8 (B)
Mon 8 Nov Week 9 (A)
Mon 15 Nov Week 10 (B)
Mon 22 Nov Week 11 (A)
Mon 29 Nov Week 12 (B)
Mon 6 Dec Week 13 (A)
Mon 13 Dec Week 14 (B)
Fri 17 Dec School ends Autumn term ends 12:30
Mon 21 Dec – Fri 31 Dec Christmas Holidays
Mon 3 Jan Bank Holiday
Tue 4 Jan  INSET Day 4 School closed to pupils
Wed 5 Jan School starts Week 15 (A) Spring Term begins 8:40
Mon 10 Jan Week 16 (B)
Mon 17 Jan Week 17 (A)
Mon 24 Jan Week 18 (B)
Mon 31 Jan Week 19 (A)
Mon 7 Feb Week 20 (B)
Mon 14 Feb Week 21 (A)
Mon 21 Feb – Fri 25 Feb Spring Half Term School closed to pupils
Mon 28 Feb INSET Day 5 School closed to pupils
Tue 1 Mar School starts Week 22 (B)
Mon 7 Mar Week 23 (A)
Wed 9 Mar Year 11 Parent Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Mon 14 Mar Week 24 (B)
Mon 21 Mar Week 25 (A)
Mon 28 Mar Week 26 (B)
Mon 4 Apr Week 27 (A)
Wed 6 Apr Year 10 Parent Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Thu 8 Apr School ends Spring Term ends 3:00
Fri 11Apr – Fri 22 Apr
Mon 25 Apr School starts Week 28 (B) Summer Term begins 8:40
Mon 2 May Bank Holiday
Tue 3 May Bank Holiday
Wed 4 May Week 29 (A)

Year 9 Parent Evening 3:45 – 6:45

Mon 9 May Week 30 (B)
Mon 16 May Week 31 (A)
Mon 23 May Week 32 (B)
Mon 30 May – Fri 3 Jun Half Term School closed to pupils
Mon 6 Jun Week 33 (A)
Mon 13 Jun Week 34 (B)
Wed 15 Jun Year 7 Parent Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Mon 20 Jun Week 35 (A)
Mon 27 Jun Week 36 (B)
Wed 29 Jun Year 8 Parent Evening 3:45 – 6:45
Mon 4 Jul Week 37 (A)
Mon 11 Jul Week 38 (B)
Mon 18 Jul Week 39 (A)
Fri 22 Jul School ends Summer Term ends 12:30

Learning day for 2021/22

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School Lunches

This information is correct for school year 2020/21, there may be changes in timings and operation for the 2021/22 school year.

We will not be using any cash payment, including the reval machine we previously used by the main hall,  All payments will need to be made by Iris PlusPay via the MyEd app.   For the initial period while parents are setting up PlusPay, food and drinks can still be purchased, and the payment will taken when money is loaded into PlusPay.

There will be a reduced menu (see link below), which will be as a “grab and go”.  For break times students will be brought down in their year group bubbles to the dining hall to get any food or drinks and then will be in the Quad area.

At lunch times, students will be brought down in year group bubbles to dining hall and quad area for first 20 minutes.  The second 20 minutes of lunch will be on the hard standing area behind the sports hall.

If there is bad weather students will be in the sports hall and main hall, in year group bubbles.

Times of breaks and lunch

Year Group Morning Break Lunch Break
7 9.40 – 10.00 11.40-12.20
8 10.20 – 10.40 12.20-13.00
9 10.00-10.20 12.00-12.40
10 & 11 10.40-11.00 12.40-13.20

Pupils will sanitise hands before entering the dining hall, and using the thumb print scanner to get food.  These will be cleaned between each bubble year group.  Thumb prints for year 7 students will be collected on the first day,  PIN codes are available as an alternative if requested.

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

Free School Meals pupils get a daily allowance of £2.25 per day.  If they spend more than this (e.g. have an extra snack at breaktime) any spend over that value will be charged to their PlusPay account, and will need to be paid for.  If you wish for them to be able to spend over £2.25, you will need to add credit to your PlusPay account.

The daily allowance is not carried over, and their balance is topped up to £2.25 every day.

For more details on PlusPay click here.

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:
Menus

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 Uniform Shop at Penhale School is now closed. Uniform can only be purchased online at: https://simmonds-ltd.com/the-portsmouth-academy/ 

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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