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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

Head of Year

Tutors

Head of Year

Tutors

  • 9CHE – Miss E Cheek
  • 9DOW – Mr Dower
  • 9HOR – Mr Horton
  • 9MAS – Miss Masters
  • 9RCH – Mr Richards
  • 9SND – Ms Sanderson
  • 9SMC – Mr C. Smith
  • 9TRA  – Mrs Traut
  • Head of Year

    Tutors

    Head of Year

    Tutors

     

    Curriculum Teams

    Latest news and press releases from The Portsmouth Academy.

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    May Half Term – Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June Monday 7th June is an INSET Day.  Students return to school on Tuesday 8th June on a Week A Timetable.

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    Anxiety is not just feeling shy, it’s bigger and more complex than that, and it’s also a totally normal feeling of fear or panic. When humans face stressful situations it can trigger our ‘gut feeling’, the…

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    Self-harming is difficult to talk about but very common, it’s when you hurt yourself on purpose. Usually it’s because something else feels wrong, it seems like the only way to let those feelings out. Self-harming…

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    Depression isn’t just for adults, and it isn’t just being ‘a bit sad’. We all feel a bit down sometimes, but if these emotions and ‘feeling low’ last a long time or affect your child’s daily…

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    We support Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) and while prioritising mental health is more than just a week; it really is all year round and for the rest of your life,…

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    Please read this letter from Mrs Grey, Principal. 

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    Thursday 1st April – Last day of term Friday 2nd April – Good Friday Monday 5th April – Friday 16th April – School holidays Monday 19th April – Start of Summer…

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    Please read this important letter from Mrs Grey, Principal.  

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    Please read the important letter and information below regarding an update to the saliva testing programme at The Portsmouth Academy.

    Please also see our Parent Bulletins for more information.

    Please see letters for school year 19/20

    Parents’ Evenings 2020/21

    Year 7: Wed 23rd June 3:45 – 6:45
    Year 8: Wed 28th April 3:45 – 6:45
    Year 9: Wed 10th March 3:45 – 6:45
    Year 10: Wed 19th May 3:45- 6:45
    Year 11: Wed 31 March 3:45 – 6:45

    Parents evenings are being held online using the same system we have previously used.

    – 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 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 Postponed new date TBC
    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 Inset Day 5 School closed to pupils
    Tue 8 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

    Learning day for 2020/21.  This may change for 2021/22 dependent on CoronaVirus situation.

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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/ 

    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