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Parent Bulletin

Dear Parents/Carers,

As the term draws to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the successes and achievements of our students. It has been an excellent start to the year, and we were thrilled to report that the progress of our Year 11 students this summer was the best in the County again! The progress of our students also puts us in the top 3% of all schools nationally: this is as a result of the hard work, dedication and tenacity of our staff, students and parents. We would like to thank you for your ongoing support as Team Hatton continues on our journey ‘beyond outstanding.’

Term 1 has seen so many achievements for our students that it has been hard to summarise them all in this letter! In sport, the Year 7 and 8 Dodgeball teams came second in the district and progressed to the county finals. Year 8 and 9 girls also got to the district football finals. The Year 9 football team remain top of the district league and the year 9 Netball team have had tremendous success.

In other news, Year 7 enjoyed their annual disco in the last week of term: many thanks to the Home School Association for their support with this. We said, “Hola” to the students returning from Barcelona after a fabulous week of language immersion and cultural experiences. Over 100 Millionaire Readers enjoyed a trip to Harry Potter World this term in recognition of their reading success. Interviews took place with the sixth form for House Captains and we were delighted to appoint 16 new House Captains after interviewing a field of nearly 50 students.

The term has culminated in our annual ‘Wear it Pink’ week in support of local charity ‘Crazy Hats.’ We have had staff versus students dodgeball competitions every lunchtime, a tombola, cake sale and our fantastic students have been selling pink merchandise every day in A block cloakroom. The whole of Team Hatton have given their time and money generously and we await the final total of how much we have raised! Once we know, we will announce it on our Twitter feed and invite all parents and carers to check regularly for real time updates of student successes across the academy: https://twitter.com/schoodlenews.

We carry out regular ‘Spot Checks’ to ensure that students are ‘dressed for excellence’. Whilst touring the school with prospective Year 7 parents & students, we have been so proud of our students and the pride they have demonstrated in being part of ‘Team Hatton’ through their high standards of dress and attitude. Since the start of the year, 58 students have been nominated by faculties for Ambassador of the Week to recognise their excellent achievements across the curriculum.  An amazing 4286 Team Hatton awards have been awarded to students who have gone ‘above and beyond’ our very high expectations either in lessons or across the academy. Next term will see our first Celebration Assemblies of the year where we will recognise achievements for all year groups; students in Year 7 and 8 will also be awarded their first ‘HBACC’ badges of the year: more information about these assemblies will follow from Mrs Gunn & Mrs Davé.

It has also been extremely pleasing to see students ‘Ready for Excellence’, with the correct equipment for all their lessons. We are thrilled that as a result of support from both the Home School Association and the Enterprise Team, we are now offering a Stationery Shop to students on a Tuesday & Thursday lunchtime in A block cloakroom – so there is no excuse for students to not have the correct equipment! May we also please take this opportunity to remind you that ALL students must have a scientific calculator, purchasable at a discounted rate through the maths department. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 must also have a reading book with them at all times – we hope to top the number of Reading Millionaires to well over 100 this year, further building on our reading and literacy success.

As we look forward to next term, we would like to draw your attention to several key events happening across the academy. Parent Tutor Day is on Friday 2nd November, and this is an opportunity to meet your child’s tutor, and find out how they have settled into the new academic year. Our Director of Online Safety & E-Learning, Mr Chambers, will also be on hand to answer any queries or concerns you may have about social media or your children’s safety online. We would love to see all parents and carers, and invite you to make appointments with tutors using our online booking system.

Sixth Form Open Evening is on 7th November at 6.30pm, and if you are the parent of a Year 11 student, we strongly suggest you come along to this evening to see the wide range of successful academic and vocational courses we have on offer.

Next term, there will also be a range of events taking place as part of our continued commitment to students’ social, moral and cultural education. On the 7th November, Year 7 will experience a Theatre in Education event exploring issues surrounding anti- bullying and the consequences. Year 8 students will soon be making their exciting HBACC project choices -  please look out for more information coming soon from Mrs Gunn. On the 30th October Year 9 students will experience a Theatre in Education event and workshop to explore issues surrounding aspects of developing a safer lifestyle.

Year 11 are currently all receiving one to one careers interviews and this programme will continue after half term. We would also like to inform Year 11 parents that mock exams start on the 8th November – further information will follow from Mr Salisbury. Details about revision guides, student well-being during the exam period and how to support your child with their revision can all be found here

At 11am on Friday 9th November, all students at the academy will attend our annual Armistice service in the Heart of Hatton. We invite all students who attend a uniformed organisation outside of school to bring their organisation uniform to school to wear for the day as part of this occasion. Week commencing 12th November marks the start of ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ and there will be a range of activities and events on around the academy based around the theme of ‘respect’.

Finally, the next meeting of the Hatton Home School Association takes place on Monday 29th October, 7-8.30pm, meeting in main reception. For further details of how to get involved, please contact Miss Ali at  alit@hattonacademy.org.uk. The Hatton Home School Association have supported us over many years and we would love to see as many parents as possible getting involved in school life. It is thanks to the HSA that we have recently purchased an all-weather table tennis table for students to enjoy at break and lunch times.

At Team Hatton, we live and breathe our motto of ‘aiming for excellence in all that we do’; however, this is impossible without parental support. We would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their continued support and engagement with the academy, and look forward to seeing you all on Parent Tutor Day.

Wishing you a restful half term.

Clare Raku

Head of School