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Join CCA in our support of Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. For one week each May, Mental Health Foundation campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, and in light of recent events, the theme is Kindness.From the 18th May we are asking you all to think about what random act of kindness you could perform every day. One thing that has been seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in these uncertain times. Amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve emotional wellbeing.Kindness could transform our schools, places of work, communities and families. Let’s shape a society that tips the balance in favour of good mental health, for all of us, but especially for those who are most vulnerable.
For General Support and Information
www.youngminds.org.uk - Champions young people's mental health and well being
http://www.teentalkharwich.co.uk/- Offer free and confidential information and support service for young people.
https://www.kooth.com/- Free safe and anonymous online support for young people.
https://www.time-to-change.org.uk - Tackles the stigma of mental health.
https://www.rethink.org/ - Challenges attitudes towards mental health.
https://www.samaritans.org/ - Is a confidential service offering a wide range of support.
Remember it's ok to not be ok sometimes.
Change what you can do something about and let go of what you can’t.
By holding onto it, you are just hurting yourself.
New Headteacher appointment.
I am delighted to have been appointed as Principal of Clacton Coastal Academy and am very much looking forward to taking up post on 1 July 2020.
I very much believe that CCA has the potential to be an excellent School and I am excited by the challenge that lays ahead. For me it is about inspiring each and every student to discover their remarkable. I am looking forward to working with staff, students and the local community to ensure that CCA continues on its journey of improvement.
My aim as Principal is for CCA to deliver excellent educational outcomes for all students from Year 7 to Year 13, and for it very quickly to become the School of choice for parents/carers.
In my current role I am Chief Operating Officer for the Seckford Education Trust, a successful Trust of 5 Schools in Suffolk. Previous to that I have been a successful Headteacher and then an Executive Headteacher for two years across two Secondary Schools.
I am delighted that Clacton Coastal Academy will be my third Headship and I look forward to meeting you in July 2020.
3 April 2020
I must admit that this is not the end of term letter that I had envisaged writing when I took on the position as Interim Headteacher. It has been a very strange couple of weeks and I know many of you, and your children, will be feeling a little overwhelmed as this situation continues to develop; we find ourselves in extraordinary times.
Firstly, I would like to express my deep thanks to all of you for the way in which you have all responded to this crisis and the way in which we have held together as a community. I would also like to express my heartfelt appreciation to our critical workers for your role in the fight against this virus. As a school we are committed to helping you in whatever practical way we are able to and have remained open in order to do that over the last couple of weeks. Arrangements have been made over the Easter break for those students we have accommodated, therefore, we will not be open over the Easter holidays.
We understand that the situation for our critical workers, and our most vulnerable students, could change over the coming days. Should we need to accommodate this, we have a staff rota in place to open the Academy if needed. However, it is absolutely key to remember that the Government's guidance is for people to stay at home.
If your situation changes and you need support from the Academy, you can contact me on: 07436 020 713 or call the safeguarding phone on 07395 933 598 between 9.00am and 3.00pm.
On Monday 30th March the AET 15 day online timetable for Years 10 and 11 was launched through our virtual learning platform to bring structure and consistency to your child’s learning. These are available to access over the Easter break. As it is very likely that schools will continue to remain closed next term, we will continue to develop this platform so that we can start the summer term in the best possible shape.
Student’s can also access work via the Student Hub. There is also a section on wellbeing for parents which you may find useful. However, please can I stress that this is a school holiday and children’s wellbeing must come first so there is no expectation for them to complete work over this two week period. Although they are unable to go out, our hope is that you will be able to do some fun things together at home.
Free School Meals
We are pleased to be able to tell you that AET has made the decision, at this difficult time, to provide our free school meal pupils with supermarket vouchers to cover the forthcoming Easter holiday period. The vouchers will be set at the rate of £25 per eligible pupil and will cover the 2 week Easter period.
The Government has also released details of the Free School Meal scheme which we will be using after the Easter period to give registered families the ability to provide meals during
this difficult situation. The scheme has been set at £3 per day - £15 for a five day week per pupil who is registered as allowed to receive Free School Meals.
You can choose to receive vouchers from Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and Marks & Spencers. The Government is working with other supermarkets to add them to this list and I will update you as this happens.
Vouchers will normally be available electronically. We will send you an eCode, this will go to the email address registered with us. This will allow you to choose the supermarket you want to use. You will then receive an eGift card, within 3 hours, which you can use to buy food at your local supermarket.
If you do not have a working email account, please do let us know as soon as possible so that we can print out your eGift card for you. At the same time you will also need to tell us which supermarket you want to use. If this is the case, please contact me on 07436 020 713.
Once you have received your eGift card, you will be able to redeem it in your selected supermarket by either:
● presenting the voucher on a smartphone or tablet
● presenting a paper copy of the voucher
Please remember that the vouchers must not be redeemed for any age-restricted items, such as alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets but used to buy food.
Looking ahead to next term, we will be introducing options for you to be able to have virtual conversations with us about how things are going and to listen to your feedback, and there will also be opportunities to come together online for some events and challenges.
One of the initiatives I would like to draw to your attention is our Remarkable World Competitions. Last year the children had great fun entering all sorts of competitions and some had the opportunity to attend the AET Festival of Remarkable Lives in Northampton. We are going to do the same thing this year, only virtually, and competitions will be open for the whole family to vote on. I’ll be back in touch after Easter to share more details on this.
Thank you again for everything, please stay safe and look after each other. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Mrs J Cookson Interim Headteacher
Frequently Asked Questions from CCA Parents (23/03/2020):
I am not a key worker. Can I send my children into school?
Following the announcement from the government that all schools must be closed from Monday 23rd March, no children are permitted to attend the academy unless they meet the strict eligibility guidelines.
I am a key worker. Can I send my children into school?
There will be limited places available to children of key workers. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be at home. Our priority is to protect our staff, students and wider community, so we ask that your child only attends if staying at home means that you cannot go to work. The academy will be operating with a skeleton staff for the duration of the closure.
I am a key worker but my child is feeling unwell. What do I do?
Any child who is feeling unwell must not attend the academy. Please follow the latest guidance issued by the NHS if you think your child might have symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus.
Will my child receive their normal lessons if they are in school?
Children attending school will not experience a continuation of their usual classroom-based, teacher-led routine, however, they will be able to access appropriate learning opportunities that they would otherwise have accessed at home. The aim is to ensure all children are accessing the work set by their teachers appropriate to their ability and prior learning.
I don’t have a device at home to access the remote learning resources. What should I do?
We have a limited number of Chromebooks that we are able to lend to students. These students were identified through a survey completed with their tutors and eligible students have been allocated a device. The eligible students have been issued with an Agreeable Use Policy, which must be signed in order for the Chromebook to be issued. If your child has not yet collected the device, we will endeavour to deliver this to you in the next few days. Please do not come to the academy to collect it.
Update: Following the latest Government advice on self-isolating, Chromebook deliveries will be suspended until further notice.
I don’t have access to Wifi at home to access the remote learning resources. What should I do?
We have identified students who do not have access to Wifi and will issue work packs in the next few days to ensure they can still access appropriate learning resources.
I have requested a Chromebook but my child hasn’t been issued with one. What should I do?
We have allocated all the devices that we have available. More may become available in the coming days, however, we will notify parents as they become available. They will be allocated to students who have no access at all in the first instance.
My child is having issues accessing Google Classroom. Who do I need to contact?
Please email ITSupport@clactoncoastalacademy.org with your queries. We are experiencing a high volume of questions, so we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Where can I find the Google Classroom Codes for my child?
Classroom codes can be found by accessing the links below. These documents also include your child's timetable for the day.
I am worried about my year 11 or year 13 child’s grades. What should I do?
The DFE is currently working on their formula for calculating grades for our year 11 and 13 students. Please do not email your child’s teachers as they will not be able to provide any clarification at this stage.
Year 9 Options
To prepare our year 9 students for choosing their options, 1-2-1 appointments will be held with students and parents on the 11th and 12th March. Please see below links to the Options Information Sheets to help students to choose their subjects. More information will be available during the evenings.
*UPDATE* 3rd February onwards
Timings of the School Day
The Academy will be open for students from 8:00.
8:40 - 9:00 - Period 1 (Tutor Time)
9:00 - 10:00: Period 2
10:00 - 11:00: Period 3
11:00 - 11:20: Break
11:20 - 12:20: Period 4
12:20 - 13:00: Lunch
13:00 - 14:00: Period 5
14:00 - 15:00: Period 6
Students are expected to be on site by 8:30 to ensure they are ready to start at 8:40. Students must have correct uniform and equipment to ensure they are prepared to learn.
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GCSE Results Day
Congratulations to all of the students at Clacton Coastal Academy who received their GCSE results on Thursday. The day saw the culmination of 5 years of hard work, dedication and resilience. This years results showed a marked Improvement in the number of students achieving a 4+ (basic pass) and a 5+ (strong pass) in both English and Maths.
Individual successes were seen across a range of subjects. Samuel Curtis secured a Grade 9 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Abbie Gossage and Thomas King secured a Grade 9 in Mathematics and Tyler Sales secured the highest levels of progress in the year group. Arthur Levett was also one of our top performing students achieving excellent grades across all of his subjects.
A significant number of students will be continuing their studies with us as they move in Clacton Coastal Academy's 6th Form, where they will complete their further qualifications and work related learning programmes. We wish Year 11 the very best of luck for the next step in their journey.
Dale Jackson - Executive Principal
Key Stage 5 Results Day
Clacton Coastal Academy welcomed another strong set of results, with the majority of students securing their first choice university places. A number of students have also gained full-time employment as a result of the substantial work placements undertaken alongside their qualifications.
Laura Leatherby, Assistant Vice Principal for Key Stage 5 said: "I am delighted with the results our students have achieved and the variety of destinations they have chosen to pursue, both at university and the world of work. Our goal is to prepare students to fulfil their potential and secure the best possible opportunities for further education or employment. These results are a testament to the incredible drive and hard work of our staff and students and I am certain that this is just the beginning of many very bright futures."
"This year marks the first set of results for our hugely popular Childcare Diploma. 86% of students obtained a B grade or above, which is a fantastic achievement, especially considering that students also had to undertake 750 hours of work experience to complete the qualification. We put a great deal of work into educating our students about the different careers available to them, so these results are excellent evidence of the positive impact having a clear future focus can have on student performance."
A significant number of students were also supported by IntoUniversity, an innovative programme that supports young people to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.
Daniel Beck achieved a triple Distinction* in Creative Media and will go on to study Digital Film Production at the University of Suffolk.
Chloe O’Reilly achieved an A grade in Childcare and will study Early & Primary Education Studies at Anglia Ruskin University.
Kady Follon also achieved an A grade in Childcare and has been accepted onto the Childhood Studies course at The University of Essex.
Grace Fermor achieved an A grade in Childcare and has already secured a teaching assistant role at a local primary school as a result of her work placement.
Harry Collison achieved an A grade in the Design, Engineer, Construct qualification and has already secured employment at Dura Composites as a result of the work placement he had undertaken alongside his sixth form studies.
Ellie Gibson achieved a double Distinction and Merit in Business and has already secured an unconditional place at the University of Hertfordshire studying Marketing.
Liam Kirk achieved a double Distinction in Business and a grade B in his Institute for Fiscal Studies Diploma and will go on to study Business Management at The University of Essex.
Rebecca Knights achieved a B grade in Childcare and will go on to study Primary Education Studies at Anglia Ruskin University.