What a great start to the New Year we have had!
At the end of last term, we had a team of senior leaders from other school across the country join us for the day as part of the Challenge Partners evaluation programme. The team were impressed by what they saw across the academy, and recognised the outstanding quality of education received by students at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy.
In January, we received an award from the National Citizen Service in recognition of the numbers of students actively participating in their citizenship programme, demonstrating Hatton students’ determination to become active and well-rounded citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
We were also recognised as the Anti Bullying Ambassador School of the Month by the Diana Award, having been chosen out of a pool of over 1000 active schools. This is an excellent achievement and testament to the hard work of the peer buddy team, who give up their time to support other students and raise awareness of anti-bullying across the school community.
Term 3 has also seen the first House Leaders committee meetings take place. House Leaders are representatives from every year group and every house, whose job is to gather the views of all students and bring them to the table for discussion. The meetings are led by the Sixth Form House Captains, who shape the discussion and bring suggested actions to the Leadership team for discussion. We are looking forward to working with the House Leaders over the coming months.
The Sixth Form House Captains have been leading the sale of roses this week, in honour of Valentine’s Day but with the aim of students being able to give a special message of friendship or thanks to someone deserving. Many roses were sold, underlining just how thoughtful our students are.
This week has seen the inaugural ‘Great Hatton Bake Off’ with over 80 students from across the Houses competing to impress the judging panel with their culinary skills. The standard of baking has been extremely high, and it has been a pleasure to see so many students getting involved in this house competition.
All year groups have been working extremely hard, achieving success academically and in extra-curricular activities. Y11 received their mock results, have experienced life in the Sixth Form during their Taster Day, and have had their interviews to join the sixth form. Y11 continue to work hard in lessons, and we would like to remind parents that students are set homework and revision activities on Edulink; however, the expectation is that students should be working beyond these minimum activities. Students should have a revision timetable by now, and should have set aside a significant period of time each day to focus on their additional revision. Y12 & 13 students have also had mock exams and parents’ evening, and students are working hard on their studies and being excellent role models around the academy for younger students. It has been a delight to see sixth form students throwing themselves into academy life – volunteering to lead activities and providing support for younger students both in lessons and pastorally. There are revision sessions running in the holiday for both Y11 and sixth form, details of which can be found here: https://www.hattonacademy.org.uk/page/?title=Half+Term+Intervention+Sessions&pid=1333
Students in Y8 have been working hard on their HBACC projects, and there has been extra-curricular success across key stage three. Students in Y7 and 8 participate in a Boccia competition, qualifying to reach the Your School Games county finals! The Y8 & Y9 futsal team were crowned district champions which is an excellent achievement.
Last week was E-safety week, with students participating in activities aimed at raising their awareness of online safety. The last day of term, to coincide with Northants Mental Health Awareness day, has seen a ‘mobile phone blackout’ across the academy, aimed at raising students’ awareness of the amount of time they spend on their phones, and the well-documented risk this could pose to their education and mental well-being if not used in moderation. On 12th March, at the Y8 options evening, Mr Chambers will be available for support and advice on social media and e-safety for parents, and can also be contacted with any queries on an ongoing basis if parents have any concerns.
Safeguarding is our number one priority, and there has been serious concern both locally and nationally at the dangers of students being groomed into criminal activity, including gangs. Teenagers are vulnerable and susceptible to exploitation, and we urge all parents to be vigilant about their children’s activities, including online. It is not an invasion of your child’s privacy to check what they are accessing through their smartphones. Northamptonshire Police have recently launched a new initiative called CIRV aimed at supporting young people who may be in a gang and want support to leave; anyone can make a referral or call for support, and the details can be found here: https://www.aimonline.org.uk/
As we look forward to Term 4, I would like to draw your attention to the following dates for your diaries:
- Students in Years 7 and 8 dressing up for World Book Day on 6th March
- The production of Schools Will Rock You on 6th and 7th March – tickets available from main reception
- HBACC celebration assemblies for Year 7 on 20th March and Year 8 on 22nd March
The academy reopens on Monday 25th February and we look forward to seeing all of our students Dressed and Ready for Excellence, and in form time by 8.35am. Please may we politely remind parents that when picking students up and dropping them off, they should park safely and sensibly, and please remember that there is no vehicle access to the school site due to student safety.
I would like to thank you for your continued support, and wish you all a restful half term.
Mrs Clare Raku
Head of School