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Harton Academy News

Easter Break Update
1 Apr

Easter Break Update

Dear Parents/Carers As we start our Easter holidays, we wanted to summarise a few key points for you all. 1. Water As the weather continues to improve, could you please ensure your child has sufficient water for their day? This is especially important during the pandemic, as we do not have the usual communal water ......

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New School Uniform - SQ
1 Apr

School Uniform

Dear Parents and Carers Many thanks for your continued support of the school and its policies. We believe that it is in the best interests of both the school and the local community we serve, to ask that all of our students wear a uniform and present themselves smartly. Our policy is based on the notion ......

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Gavin Williamson MP Letter SQ
29 Mar

A letter to students

Dear Parents and Carers We have been asked by the Secretary of State for Education to share his message to all our students. It can be found in this link: https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/03/26/a-letter-to-young-people-from-gavin-williamson-mp-secretary-of-state-for-education/ Best wishes. Mr Amos Head of ......

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Quick Update
19 Mar

Quick Update for Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers We thought you would appreciate a quick update, exactly one year to the day when the students were sent home ahead of the first national lockdown. Asymptomatic Mass Testing We have now supervised over 90% of our students, who have had a total of 4119 COVID-19 tests in school, conducted over ......

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Harton Academy Future First
11 Mar

Sign up to our former student network

Former student? Return to Harton Academy to inform our current students about what life beyond school is really like. Sign up to our former student network to receive news, updates and invites to events: ...

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COVID-19 Quick Update 7 SQ
5 Mar

Lockdown 3 – Update for Parents and Carers

Dear parents/carers/students – I hope you are all well and looking forward to the staggered return to school of our wonderful students next week. Please note that students DO NOT need to wear uniform on the day of their first test but will do thereafter. I thought that I would update you on a few important ......

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Slide10
4 Mar

Slum Project Competition

Students from Year 7 were invited to take part in a Geography competition which involved designing their own slum/shanty town. This complemented work they have been doing in the Africa topic during lockdown. The entries were fantastic! Over 50 students submitted an entry and were then asked to vote on their favourite ones. As you ......

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Sci Club 4th March - Forces
3 Mar

Online Science Club

Harton Academy’s Science club will be on again this week with a later start time of 3:30pm. Details of equipment needed are shown in the poster. Any student in year 7 or year 8 can join us by using the Team code g4hmn57 and their Microsoft Teams log in. Further instructions have been sent to ......

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Scholars Buses Nexus
3 Mar

Back to school transport

Dear Parents/Carers, We have been asked by NEXUS to share some information with you regarding “back to school transport” for the week commencing Monday March 8. Please find  below some information that may assist with student transport. Families should plan how their children will reach schools and colleges comfortably – walking and cycling where ......

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Full Return to School
2 Mar

Full return to school

Dear Parents/Carers As you are aware, we will be reopening fully to students from next week, and are looking forward to welcoming them back to school. We are also testing over 80% of our students for COVID-19, so there must be a staggered return, from Tuesday 9 March. A separate email will come to you regarding your child’s ......

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Square Ads - Image behind 3
1 Mar

Are you considering a career in teaching?

We are offering one to one virtual information sessions, where you can get all of the information you need on the application and interview process, course content and structure and the opportunity to ask any question you may have. Book your appointment now – ...

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Science club - 25th Feb 3.15pm
25 Feb

Online Science Club

As a school, Harton Academy has always run a Science club. With the restrictions we have had to put in place for COVID-19, it has not been possible to do so for a while. We have now decided to move our Science club online. The club will run every Thursday evening from 3:15pm ......

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Mass testing and return of students
24 Feb

Mass Testing and Return of Students

Dear Parents/Carers/Students Consent Form for COVID-19 Asymptomatic Mass Testing from 8 March 2021 As you are now aware, schools are due to return in full from the 8 March 2021. As part of this re-opening programme, we have been asked to partake in asymptomatic mass testing for Coronavirus, which means three in-school tests for you ......

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Stop - Think Fraud
22 Feb

Stop! Think Fraud

The Police, your Bank, HMRC, Amazon or Sky will never ask you to transfer your money, hand over cash, buy vouchers or send via a money service bureau or download an application on your phone.  ...

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COVID-19 Quick Update 6 SQ
12 Feb

Lockdown 3 – Update for Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers As we approach the half term break, we just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for your continued support since Christmas. The demands of providing remote learning, producing assessments, writing reports, making tutor/welfare calls, supervising key worker and vulnerable children, facilitating mass testing, etc. are well known, understood ......

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11 Feb

NHS Foundation Trust’s challenge

Students from the Additional Resource Base at Harton Academy have taken on South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust’s challenge to show our hard-working NHS staff some appreciation and love by creating a heart to place in the window of their classroom. We are very thankful for all the hard work the NHS do. #LoveTeamsSTSFT ......

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COVID-19 Quick Update 4 SQ
29 Jan

Lockdown 3 – Update for Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers We hope you and your loved ones are all keeping well and staying safe. Please take a few moments to read this weekly update Thank you. 1 – Remote learning Senior staff and our subject leaders are keeping a close eye on student engagement. Despite the difficulties and challenges of ......

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COVID-19 Quick Update 3 SQ
22 Jan

Lockdown 3 – Update for Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers At the end of another busy week, I wanted to share this update with you, as we are keen to keep you informed as much as possible. Please do take a few minutes on this. Thank you. 1. Remote learning Many thanks for the overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding this provision. ......

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Summer exam grades - update SQ
19 Jan

Summer Exam Grades Update

We are conscious that there remains a great deal of uncertainty regarding summer examination grades and this is, understandably, a source of anxiety amongst our students and families. The Department for Education and Ofqual are currently seeking views, by way of a consultation document, to gather opinions regarding their proposals for managing the grading of ......

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COVID-19 Quick Update 2 SQ
15 Jan

Lockdown 3 – Update for Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers I do hope you and your loved ones are all well. In Sir Ken’s absence, as he recovers from his operation, I wanted to share an update with you as we complete our second week of Lockdown 3. Please take a few minutes to go through this, as it may also ......

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Mass Testing - Karen SQ
15 Jan

Coronavirus Mass Testing Programme

We would like to announce that we have now set up our Coronavirus Mass Testing Programme for the staff and students at Harton. This started today with the testing of many of our staff. We would like to formally thank the army for their help and support in ensuring the school’s testing centre is fit ......

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FSM Vouchers@3x
14 Jan

Free School Meals Voucher Reintroduction

Dear Parents and Carers I hope you and your loved ones are well. We can now advise you that, as expected, the government has finally re-introduced its voucher scheme for students who are entitled to free school meals (FSM). We are working hard to ensure the vouchers get to you by Friday 15 January. They ......

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Mobile Data Allowance Scheme
12 Jan

Urgent mobile data offer

Harton Academy COVID-19 ICT Support Urgent mobile data offer: Dear Parent/Guardian To help students who rely on mobile phones for their school work but don’t have access to a fixed broadband connection, the Department for Education have offered to increase mobile data allowances. To find out more about the scheme and who can apply, click ......

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Home Learning Resources
8 Jan

Home Learning Resources

It is more important than ever at this time that students in all year groups complete all home/remote learning set by their teachers. At Harton our learners now have one central point to go to find the work set or the instructions they need to follow. The platform we use is our VLE, provided by ......

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Exams Further Update
8 Jan

Exams Further Update

Many thanks to those who have already confirmed their attendance at the examinations today and next week. A number of candidates, who had not confirmed their attendance, arrived for the examination this morning and have been accommodated accordingly. Many students require specific arrangements including access to devices such as laptops and iPads which takes time ......

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COVID-19 Quick Update 1 SQ
6 Jan

Lockdown 3 – Update for Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers I do hope you and your loved ones are all well. Here is an update for you all as we move into Lockdown 3. It feels like recent history is repeating itself far too quickly at the moment! 1. Key Worker and Vulnerable Children We are open for parents and carers ......

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January Vocational Examinations
5 Jan

January Vocational Examinations

Yesterday’s announcement to cancel the summer examination series has created a great deal of speculation and confusion regarding vocational examinations due to begin on Friday. The current DfE and exam board guidance is that examinations will continue as planned. The timetable for these examinations is as follows: Date Year/Subject ......

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COVID-19 - Mass Testing in Schools BW
21 Dec

COVID-19 Mass Testing in Schools

Dear Parents/Carers COVID-19 Mass Testing in Schools Harton will be taking part in mass testing for COVID-19 in January 2021. This is a huge but important undertaking to support the national efforts against Coronavirus. I notified you recently via our website that the school will only be open in the week beginning 4 January 2021 ......

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18 Dec

Schools and childcare settings: return in January 2021

Dear parents, carers and students. Just when we thought we had finished for Christmas, the DfE decided to send Heads an e-mail last night to say that only students in years 11 and 13 will now return on Monday January 4th. Key worker and vulnerable children will also be allowed to return then in order ......

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10 Dec

Changes to arrangements for before and after the Christmas holidays

Date: 10 December 2020 Our Ref: EHT211/SKG Dear Parents/Carers Changes to arrangements for before and after the Christmas holidays The Department for Education (DfE) has contacted us, asking that we look to change our end-of-term arrangements in order to support Public Health England with contact tracing for a six-day period in the lead-up to ......

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Artboard 4
26 Nov

6th Form Virtual Open Evening

Harton 6th Form Virtual Open Evening – Welcome Please see below a welcome video from the Executive Head Teacher and Director of 6th Form. For subject videos, please click here. To apply, please click here. If you have any specific questions please contact ......

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McKenzie Davies
24 Nov

Through Their Eyes

We are delighted to announce that McKenzie, one of our Year 9 students, has now been published twice! One of his pieces appears in ‘Through Their Eyes’. This publication invited students aged 11 to 18 to write a poem from someone’s or something else’s point of view. We have produced it, below, for you to ......

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Face Masks Student Reminder
23 Nov

Face coverings

Students are reminded that face coverings must be worn on scholars’ buses & public transport at all times. ...

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Ex-Year 11 Students Prom 2
20 Nov

Ex-Year 11 Students’ Prom

Dear Parent/Guardian/Ex-Year 11 Student Due to the ongoing lockdown and COVID pandemic, the prom for last year’s Year 11 students has, unfortunately, been moved to another new date: the 20 May 2021. This will, however, be confirmed nearer to the date as we have to follow the government guidelines as they emerge. An email has ......

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Year 7 Baseline Assessment SQ
13 Nov

Year 7 Baseline assessment

Dear parent/carer You will be aware that the Key Stage 2 SATs examinations, taken in Primary Schools at the end of Year 6, were cancelled this year in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Under normal circumstances, these SATs results would have been instrumental in determining Year 7 teaching group structure and in target-setting procedures. It ......

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Local Offer
10 Nov

Local Offer

South Tyneside Local Offer now has a Facebook page. The page will be used to promote what is going on in the local area, engagement opportunities and events. https://www.facebook.com/localoffersouthtyneside ......

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Home Learning - Froglearn
10 Nov

Home Learning

Both during normal school times and when students are isolating it is essential they complete any home learning set by their teachers. All home learning at Harton is now issued to students using our Frog VLE platform which can be accessed via the school website. Parents and carers should now have their own log in details ......

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Homework Club Poster SQ
6 Nov

Homework Club

We have decided to bring back homework club for all year groups. Students will have the opportunity to stay after school until 4:30 one day per week to have access to computers in school. Most home learning (homework) which is issued to students is now online. Each year group will be based in a computer ......

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Gym 1
4 Nov

CLOSING DUE TO GOVERNMENT LOCKDOWN

All Members   As we’re sure you’re all aware by now, the Government is enforcing closure on all Gyms and Leisure Facilities from Thursday 5th November as part of the latest ......

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Phone lines down
3 Nov

Our Phone Lines are down

Our phone lines are currently down which means we are unable to receive and make phone calls. Please be patient with us whilst we resolve this issue. Apologies for any ......

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Why Harton SQ
23 Oct

Why Harton?

Virtual Open Evening – due to the fact that we are unable to hold our usual Open Evening for current year 6 pupils and their parents and carers, we have produced a short video to capture what an amazing school Harton continues to be. Hopefully, we will be able to invite you in to see first-hand ......

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19 Oct

Few Important Matters

Download PDF/printable version of letter here. Our Ref: SKG/pjl/EHT205 Date: 19 October 2020 few important matters Dear Parents/Carers As the October half term draws nearer, I thought it might be timely to contact you regarding a few important matters. Please take a few minutes to read this letter. Thank you. Self-Isolation We ......

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Coat - Hi Vis
15 Oct

Change to uniform policy (outdoor coats)

Dear parent/carer Change to uniform policy (outdoor coats). With pupils’ safety in mind, the school has decided to change its uniform policy, with regards to outdoor coats. We have previously asked that students’ outdoor coats be a plain, dark coat that opens down the front. However, in order to ensure that pupils are visible, and ......

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Email 2
14 Oct

Students’ access to ICT equipment at home

Dear Parent/Carer Just before the weekend, we sent out two emails, one explaining parental access to the learning platform and one had a link to a computer equipment questionnaire to check students’ access to ICT equipment at home. One or two parents have mentioned that their email system marked one or other of these messages ......

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Year 11E Band Students to self-isolate
2 Oct

YEAR 11E BAND STUDENTS TO SELF-ISOLATE

2 October 2020 FOR PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID-19 – YEAR 11E BAND STUDENTS Dear Parent/Carer Advice for Child to Self-Isolate Please note: this is a standard letter from Public Health, so I apologise if it seems somewhat direct. We have just been advised that there has been another confirmed case of COVID-19 within ......

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Year 12 Students to self-isolate
29 Sep

Year 12 students to self-isolate

Dear Parents and Carers Due to the rise in confirmed positive COVID-19 tests amongst our Year 12 students, we have made the decision today to send the rest of Year 12 home to self-isolate from school. This is an important precautionary measure and designed to ensure your child is safe, as well as any close ......

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COVID-19 symptoms for social media 1
23 Sep

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

You can download the letter here: PHE letter to parents and guardians Dear parents and guardians, This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give children and young people the best education in the safest way possible. One important ......

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Coat
23 Sep

Suitable Outdoor Coat

Dear Parents and Carers As we are now starting to experience poorer weather, can we please remind you to ensure your child has a suitable outdoor coat? They will be outside for some of the school day, either queuing to get into school or at breaks and lunch times. Indoor space is a ......

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Year 8 Students can return
18 Sep

Year 8 pupils can return to school on Monday 21 September

Dear Parents or Carers of Year 8 students After a thorough investigation and in line with Public Health guidance, we can confirm that the majority of Year 8 pupils can return to school on Monday 21 September. You will be in receipt of an email, should your child be able to return. Please ......

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Year 8 Parents
17 Sep

FOR THE ATTENTION OF PARENTS AND CARERS OF OUR YEAR 8 STUDENTS

Dear Parents and Carers Please be advised that one of our Year 8 students has a confirmed case of COVID-19. After a late notification from Public Health this evening, Sir Ken and I have made the difficult but important decision to keep the Year 8 students off school tomorrow (Friday 18 September). This ......

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Face Masks
14 Sep

The wearing of Face Masks/Face Coverings in school

Dear Parents/Carers The wearing of Face Masks/Face Coverings in school You may well be aware that South Tyneside has now been identified as an ‘Area of Enhanced Support’ because there were further rises in Coronavirus cases last week. Public Health advice is now very much that we ask staff and students to wear face masks ......

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Year 8 and 9 Teaching Group Arrangements
14 Sep

Year 8 and 9 teaching group arrangements

Dear parents/carers As you know the re-opening of schools, to all pupils, has only been possible by satisfying strict Government guidelines. This has been achieved by zoning the school to allow year groups to remain in discrete ‘bubbles’. To enable this, and the safe return of all pupils, it has been necessary to suspend our ......

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harton-sq
10 Sep

Avoid parking too near to the school

Can parents and carers please avoid parking too near to the school if you need to collect your child at the end of the day? Please try to avoid parking on St. Mary’s Avenue, Lisle Road, The High Road and School Approach. This is simply to ensure the children are able to walk and cycle ......

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Lunch-time Arrangements
9 Sep

Lunch-time arrangements

Dear Parents/Carers As of Monday 14th September there will be some amendments to the lunch-time arrangements for pupils in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. The hot lunch days will remain the same: Year 7 Monday Year 8 Tuesday Year 9 Wednesday Year 10 Thursday Year 11 Friday All pupils, who ...

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