Early Closure for Christmas

16th December 2014

End of Term

The current flu and winter vomiting epidemic is seriously affecting the running of Hanson Academy.  After seeking advice from Bradford Local Authority and Environmental Health, the governing body have taken the decision to close the school early for the Christmas break.  The school therefore will be closed to all staff and students as from Wednesday, 17th December at 12pm.  A deep clean of the whole site will then take place.  Free school meals are available from the Atrium at 12.00pm.  

School will re-open for all students on Monday, 5th January 2015 at 8.10am.  Students are reminded to arrive for registration at 8.08am daily. 

Expectations for Next Term

As part of our drive to continue to raise expectations and standards at Hanson Academy, I would like to highlight the following areas which we will be focusing on next term: 

The importance of attendance and punctuality. If a student is late to a lesson, it is recorded on the register and stored on file, so please inform the school of any medical appointments with a letter from the doctor/dentist etc. Please also be aware that full days are not normally granted for routine or short appointments. 

The use of student planners in improving communication. Student planners are an ideal method of developing a dialogue between home and school. Through the use of planners, punctuality and attendance issues, along with teacher comments, will be noted in here in order for Achievement Mentors, Teachers and House Teams to contact you regarding any key messages. Please ensure that you check and sign your child’s planner at least once a week. 

Uniform. We informed parents and carers at the beginning of this half-term about the expectations around uniform and issued notices to students who were not wearing correct trousers. Black tailored trousers must be worn and must not be closely fitted to the leg. More information is included on the school website under the ‘uniform’ section. Students wearing tight or legging-type trousers will be sent home to change. Thank you for your ongoing support regarding uniform, we have seen a huge improvement in both uniform standards and the positive attitudes of our students. 

Establishing our Parent – Teacher Association

On the 3rd December, we hosted the first meeting of the ‘Friends of Hanson Academy’ Parent – Teacher Association. Considering the relatively short notice for this meeting, the turnout was very positive. Our first ‘Friends of Hanson Academy’ community event will be held early in the New Year. Please check our website for details. 

Parent Governor Vacancies

We currently have 2 vacancies on our governing body.  If you are interested in becoming a parent governor of Hanson Academy please contact the school for further information or visit the school website www.hansonacadmey.org.uk 

Operation Christmas

We are very proud of the great work carried out by our Post 16 students this term. They collected just under 200 Christmas Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas that have been sent to deprived children in Romania and Belarus. Students raised money through events such as fancy dress days, cake sales, raffles and competitions and we are all very proud of their achievements.  All students have contributed to this years Christmas hamper appeal.  Some fabulous hampers have been created and will be distributed to some of the elderly residents of our community this week; a wonderful and welcomed early Christmas treat. 

Leeds University National Senior Maths Challenge

The 5th November saw our Post 16 students reach for the stars and rocket to success! Our year 12 and year 13 maths students all took part in the National Senior Maths Challenge in November. Many were successful in achieving these highly prized awards. We had our best results yet with 3 students gaining gold awards, putting them in the top 10% nationally. 3 students achieved silver awards and a record 9 year 12 students came away with bronze awards. Huge congratulations to Tom Aird and Mahesh Sharma who gained the highest scores in the Gold Category. This put them in the top 5% of entrants and saw them through to the next round. We eagerly await their next results. Congratulations to Jamie Bindley who also achieved a gold award, to Tariq Ashraf, Joe Reynolds and Tom Oman who all gained silver awards. A massive 9 students from year 12 demonstrated their mathematical skills by each achieving a bronze award. Well done Prabdeep, Jamie, Sohail, Lewis, David, Brandan, Talhah, Joe and Manpreet. 

Maths Challenge is run by Leeds University and schools all over the UK take part, the awards gained recognise high skill levels in mathematical problem solving. To gain an award is a great achievement. 

Look out for the Intermediate Maths Challenge coming up in February for year 9 and year 10 students and in April the Junior Maths Challenge for our great mathematicians from year 7 and year 8. 

On behalf of all the staff at Hanson, I would like to wish all students, parents and carers a very Happy Christmas and New Year.   

Yours faithfully                   

Ms Elizabeth Churton