Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are having a good week.
I am pleased to report that, in contrast to national trends, our attendance continues to rise. As always, what matters most is your child’s attendance. Having broken attendance (missing one day off every two weeks, or random days) means missing 5 hours of learning each time, and on return creates a struggle to understand the work given that lessons are taught in sequences that are base don prior knowledge. I thank you for your support, as we are certainly moving in the right direction.Our attendance this year is up 1.1% on this time last year. Whilst this might not sound a lot, it equates to hours of additional learning for our children and will give then the best possible chance of success in their exams. Let’s keep the momentum on this and push toward our goal of excellence.
We are now looking for a parent governor to support the school as it moves forward. Governors play an integral role in the school and the role is an opportunity to have a greater say in the school’s direction. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact my PA Amanda.French@kingsacademies.uk.
In addition, we are also looking for someone to support the Eco work of the school and to continue the excellent work done in this area in the last few years. Full details can be found on our website and at the bottom of this newsletter, and again any questions can be directed towards Ms French.
I hope you had a great week.
Bedrock and SPARX Support Sessions: To help support students with accessing and using both SPARX Reader and Bedrock the English department will be offering help to students who have been unable to access the learning platform at home. These sessions will take place during tutor time and also during Thursday lunchtime. The students will be invited to attend by their English teacher and we hope this will help students to become more familiar with the programme and more confident in using it effectively to improve their understanding of new texts while developing and extending their vocabulary.
On Tuesday 16th January the class made Cheese Scones. The Star Baker of the week was James Dawson with the best cheese scones - delicious! Well done James.
Design and Tech
Year 9 have completed their first project of the academic year! They have all worked so hard on their mechanical toys skills-based project.Mrs. White is very proud of their achievements. Well done!
Year 10 have been hard at work in the workshop (again!) working on their ergonomic hand-held devices. They created their own primary data to develop their ideas, and they’re now well into creating their prototypes. We will update everyone on their final results in the next few weeks. Great work year 10!
We currently have (unnamed):
- 25 water bottles
- 10 winter coats and waterproofs
- 4 black woolly hats
- 3 pairs of gloves
- 2 unnamed blazers, sizes 30" & a brand new 38"
- Lightweight navy blue waterproof with 'Billy' on the label
- PE fleece with the initials FS
- PE shorts with the name 'Jack'(?) in blue pen
- 3 pairs of shoes
- 1 boot bag with black trainers
- A grey drawstring bag containing a new pair of trainers and a new pair of astros
- ...and possibly a partridge in a pear tree but it would be buried by now.
Please name your child's uniform. We have tried without success to find the owners of the named items above.
ALL OTHER ITEMS WILL BE TAKEN TO CHARITY AT THE END OF TERM IF NOT CLAIMED
Second Hand Uniform Group
If you would like to buy or sell school uniforms, please join the Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/KARUniform
A few clubs have new times, please see below.
DT GCSE: Thursday's (not Wednesdays)
Clubs in the LRC:
- Book Club -Wednesday lunchtime
- Creative Journaling -Thursday lunchtime
- Paper art -Friday lunchtime
- KS3 Chess club -Friday lunchtime
Careers / College Events
Open Event at Plumpton College - January 20th from 9am - 12noon
Apprenticeship Vacancy in Lewes at ASL Zenitel
Secret to GCSE Success Webinar for parents of yr 9/10/11 students
Information from Guide to GCSE
They are delighted to inform you about a webinar they have arranged for parents with children in Years 9 – 11. This webinar will take place at 7pm on 25th January and will last 45 minutes with an opportunity to ask questions at the end.
The topic is “The Secret to GCSE Success” and will be delivered by Emily Hughes, author of ‘GCSE Survival Guide for Parents’, founder of the Parent Guide to GCSE and a regular media commentator on teen parenting issues.
The webinar will cover:
- Useful resources to support their child’s revision
- Revision tips and strategies
- The role of parents in the GCSE process
- Tips for getting your child motivated
- Q&A at the end of the session
This is a great opportunity for you to find out what support you can offer at home to reduce stress and maximise performance during the crucial GCSE years.
The event is completely free to attend.
To sign up, click on this link: https://events.parentguidetoeducation.com/secret-to-gcse-success
On signing up you will receive a Zoom link to your email that will give you access to the session.
Free Mental Health Webinar for Parents
Parent Mental Health Day (PMHD) 2024 will take place on the 27th of January and the theme will be “Creating Positive Relationships”. Stem4 is a charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them including their families and carers, education professionals, as well as school nurses and GPs through the provision of mental health education, resilience strategies and early intervention.
Stem4 is offering a 'Creating Positive Relationships webinar' on 25th January 2027 at 7:00pm. If you are interested in attending or know someone who would benefit from this webinar, you can register here.
Internet Safety – free assistance from Tutor Hunt
It can be challenging to keep up with children`s internet activities, especially when they are using websites and apps that you are unfamiliar with. Tutor Hunt believe in providing comprehensive information to promote safe internet use for all ages.
That`s why they have dedicated a significant amount of resources to educate parents and children about digital safety. Their team of experts have created a comprehensive children`s internet safety resource, filled with beneficial insights and practical tips, located here https://www.tutorhunt.com/safeguarding/
Student ambassadors and peer mentors: These students are here to offer support with many issues including friendships, school worries and will listen without judgement. All of these students have completed training, both online and in person they also wear a blue badge so look out for them. Peer mentors are available to meet with you 1:1 during tutor if required.
If you feel you would benefit from a peer mentor OR if you are interested in becoming a student ambassador you can do any of the following;
- Speak to your tutor
- Contact your head of year
- Talk to any of the pastoral staff
- Email Miss Beattie - email@example.com
Ronnie the Resuce Dog
Ronnie is in school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and spends lunchtimes in the eco area, everyone is welcome to join her but eco is a calm and quiet area so numbers are restricted ! Follow Ronnie on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ronnietheringmerrescuedog/
Have your say on the East Sussex Local Transport Plan
Consultation 27 November 2023 – 25 February 2024
We want you to have your say on the future of transport in the County.
- The draft East Sussex Local Transport Plan 2024 – 2050, sets out how we will plan and provide transport for people taking every day journeys in East Sussex, which include getting to school, work or for leisure, now and in the future.
- The plan recognises factors that are important for journeys to school such as enabling safer and more accessible journeys, the benefits to health and wellbeing from more active travel, even if this is part for part of your journey or being undertaken on certain days of the week.
- Many of you will often be combining the school run with other journeys, so undertaking multiple trips, to get to work or for other purposes, so the plan recognises the importance of having a connected transport network.
To take part please select this link and complete the consultation questionnaire
If you want to contact ESCC to discuss this you can do so in the following ways:
Email - LocalTransportPlan@EastSussex.gov.uk
Telephone: 0345 608 0190 lines (open 8am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8am
to 4.30pm on Friday) and ask to be put through to the Local Transport Plan Team.
15 hours per week. Required to start asap
Salary – KGA Pay Scale, Band 4, Points 4 to 6
Ie: £23130pa to £24362pa to be pro-rated
We are looking to recruit a passionate and committed ECO Co-ordinator for 15 hours per week, term-time only. To start asap.
The successful post holder will maintain and develop the schools excellent ECO and sustainability work.
Applications are welcomed from a range of backgrounds although experience of working with young people is an advantage ie: education, social care, health and Police.
King's Academy Ringmer is a rural comprehensive with values of kindness, ambition and resilience. We have a strong reputation for our inclusion, pastoral care and a rapidly improving trend of results in terms of student attainment and progress. The Academy is part of King's Group Academies whose mission is to equip all students with the confidence, knowledge, skills and values that will enable them to thrive in the modern world. We anticipate exciting developments ahead working together with students, parents/carers and the wider community to build upon our strengths and make this an outstanding school.
What can we offer you?
- • A chance to be at the forefront of educational development.
- • An Academy with a positive ethos, motivated students and focus upon learning
- • Excellent induction, support and staff development opportunities
- • A beautiful, rural environment situated approximately 12 miles from the coastal city of Brighton and Hove
For full details and an application form can be download directly from our website: https://www.kgaringmer.uk/news/?pid=6&nid=2&storyid=4 or contact Amanda French on either 01273 815460 or firstname.lastname@example.org quoting job reference P/460. We offer a first class working environment with supportive colleagues and opportunities for career development.
King’s Academy Ringmer is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts within our Multi Academy trust are exempt for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all applicants will be required to declare spent and unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs, including those regarded as spent and complete an Enhanced Criminal Records Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 7 February 2024 at 8.30am with the interview date on Friday 23 February 2024.