Letter to parents

13th February 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

School Day and Transport Arrangements

I am writing to you with a reminder that the school day changes after half term starting Monday 25th February 2019. The school day will begin at 8:25am and finish at 2:30pm. Enrichment will run from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. The new bus timetables have been previously shared and can also be found on the Academy website. We appreciate that there will be a period of settling into the new routine and we will be sensitive to any issues in the first few weeks of operation. The bus companies will also be on hand to monitor capacities and timings and to ensure everything runs smoothly moving forward.

Last week we had buses arriving at 9:15am due to the fact that they were late following servicing school routes elsewhere. Moving forward, Darton Academy will be the first drop off so this shouldn’t happen in the future.

There are assemblies this week for all students to outline the new school day and transport arrangements. If students have any questions then please direct these to Mrs Callaghan, Vice Principal.

Associate Principal

Can I also remind you that Mrs Briggs will start after half term as the new Associate Principal. Mrs Briggs joins us from The King’s School in Pontefract and has a wealth of experience in secondary school leadership. I will continue as Executive Principal and will be on hand to support Mrs Briggs in her transition into the Academy. You will have the opportunity to meet her at all Academy events moving forward.

Investment in the school environment

The next phase of building work to construct classrooms in the open spaces around the atrium will be completed over the February half term. The classrooms currently used by Miss Copley and Mrs Mitchell will have walls when the students return creating an environment that allows students to learn without disturbance.

Phase 4 will start over the Easter break and will include work in the Geography area and Food Technology.

Parent Academy Advisory Board (AAB) members

As part of Delta Academies Trust we have an Academy Advisory Board (AAB) as our governing body. Members are elected from individuals with varying backgrounds, who volunteer their time and commit to supporting the Academy. AAB members bring their life skills, experience and expertise to support and enhance life within the Academy. The aim is to support the Academy to achieve outstanding status, providing students with the necessary skills, learning and opportunities to achieve the best they possibly can in life.

We are currently in the process of looking to recruit a parent member of the AAB. Please contact Janice Young PA to the Principal on for more information if you are interested.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Barnett

Executive Principal