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Sir Christopher Hatton


Mrs Raku's End of Term Letter

JULY 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

As summer approaches, the time has come to reflect upon another amazing term at the academy.

We welcomed our new Y6s for two excellent transition days. The students were well behaved and really enjoyed their time with us and we are looking forward to them beginning properly in September!

Y7 took part in the annual Trust Fun Run last week with over 1200 students from across all of our schools. The sun shone and students participated with enthusiasm and determination; it was a pleasure to watch. Y7 also enjoyed their last disco, supervised by our hugely supportive HSA, this week. Mrs Williams reported there to be lots of dancing and we look forward to continuing the tradition of the Y7 disco next year!

On the 4th July, we had the pleasure of hosting our second Y8 HBACC graduation ceremony at the Castle theatre in Wellingborough. The evening was glorious, with the String Group and the Hatton Singers beautifully opening the ceremony and all students proudly ‘walking the stage’ to receive their graduation scrolls. Mr Mitchell imparted lots of sage advice at the end of the ceremony with his own rendition of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Sunscreen’, which was appreciated by all.

Y9 have been busy completing their first year of GCSE study and have also had career taster opportunities provided by the University of Northampton and the Army. Y10 have also been diligently working on their GCSE courses and recently received their mock results in an impact assembly. We enjoyed meeting parents and carers at Year 10 parents’ evening and look forward to continuing to work closely together next academic year whilst we support and guide Year 10 through their GCSE year.

Interviews for Head Boy & Head Girl took place this half term and from a very impressive field of candidates, we were delighted to appoint Georgina Scott and Maciek Wolnicki to the roles. As a collective, Y12 also enjoyed two weeks’ of work experience this term. Each year, Y12 take part in the Sixth Form Olympics with other local secondary schools and this year, we were thrilled to come home to the academy victorious, having been crowned overall winners of the event!

Students across the academy have embraced many of the extra-curricular and enrichment activities on offer to them. Term 6 has seen trips out to the Science Museum, Birmingham & Germany. We have also had Duke of Edinburgh expeditions over several weekends. Our new Combined Cadet Force successfully recruited its first contingent and we are looking forward to watching the group develop and flourish as they embark on their CCF journey next year. The Summer Arts Festival was very well attended and provided an excellent showcase of the stunning work that goes on in DT, Art & Performing Arts. The Performing Arts department also held auditions this term for next year’s production of Oliver! The cast is almost complete, with additional auditions for our new Y7 taking place in September. We hosted our annual County Big Book Quiz this term, led by our brilliant librarian Nikki Evans, with students in KS2 and KS3 from across Northamptonshire and beyond joining us for a day of literary fun. In school, students from all year groups got to experience the Health Fair, with external and internal providers reminding students of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for both body and mind.

With so much going on, time has passed quickly! I’d like to take this opportunity to wish those staff who are moving on to pastures new the very best of luck in the future: Mrs Acquaye, Mr Lilley, Mrs Marriott, Mr Kneeshaw, Mr Macdonald, Mr Coleman, Mr Marston, Mr Wilson: we wish you well. After 31 years at the academy, we also say goodbye to the wonderful, inspirational Mrs Blackett, who after dedicating her time and energy to the academy over such a long period, retires to have some much needed time to herself! We wish her a long and happy retirement.

Finally, as I prepare to move on to my new role at Sharnbrook Academy in Bedfordshire, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents, carers, staff and the wider community for their continued support over the 6 years I have been at Hatton. Of course, I also wish the students the very best for the future, but I am certain that under Mr Mitchell and Mr Salisbury’s leadership, the academy will continue to provide a world class education for all of the children in its care. 

We look forward to welcoming all students back to school on Wednesday 4th September. Students must be in school by 8.30am in time for form time to begin promptly at 8.35am. You will continue to be able to find regular, ‘real time’ updates of all the excellent learning that takes place across the academy by using our Twitter handle - @heartofhatton. May we also remind parents that all students are expected to be ‘Ready for Excellence’ with the correct equipment and books with them for every lesson. Student timetables will be available on Edulink. Academy staff will continue to carry out ‘spot checks’ regularly and thoroughly in Term 1; students who are not ‘Ready or Dressed for Excellence’ will receive a sanction in accordance with our Behaviour Policy. 

We wish you all a restful, relaxing summer and thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully


Clare Raku

Head of School