New Families Handbook
The information on this page tells you everything you need to know if your child is starting at the academy, from how to pay for lunch and what students should bring with them, to what time each lesson starts.
New Year 7 students joining the academy in September 2020 can find out all about life at the academy on our Year 7 Transition Website. They will also receive a copy of our New Student Welcome Pack which answers some of the questions they might have about their new school.
Parents and Carers - click on the links below for more information on each topic
- Home Academy Agreement
- Keeping in touch
- Daily timetable
- Uniform guidelines
- Equipment list
- Reporting absence & requesting leave
- Home Learning & Student Planners
- Clubs, trips & extra-curricular activities
- Medical conditions & prescription medication
- Music lessons
The Home Academy Agreement symbolises a three way commitment between the academy, the student and parents/carers to work together to achieve the best possible outcome for every child at the end of their journey through the academy. Every new student and their parent/carer must read and sign the agreement.
The Petchey Academy is committed to enabling you to support your child and maintaining this two way dialogue throughout your child’s time with us. We hold Regular Parents' Workshops on issues such as Online Safety, PSHE, Revision and Mental Health, so keep an eye on our Events Calendar for forthcoming dates.
We do expect parents and carers to have active involvement in their child's education and make every attempt to attend important events such as Parents' Evenings.We are also aiming to redue the amount of paper we use at the academy so as far as possible all communication will be via email. Therefore it is essential that we hold at least 2 current email addresses and emergency contact mobile phone numbers for every child.
We are very keen to involve parents and carers in academy life as much as we possibly can in order to support their child's learning as well getting involved in activities and events within the academy.
We send out a weekly parents' newsletter every Friday containing important information, forthcoming dates and the latest news from the academy.
We're always keen to hear from parents and carers about what issues they would like us to hold information sessions and workshops on, and how else we can help parents and carers to support their children so please email email@example.com with any suggestions, requests or questions.
Academy opens 7.45am
Breakfast Club 7.45-8.25am
All students on site 8.25am
Morning Line-Up & Tutor Time/Assembly 8.30-9am
Period 1 9am-9.50am
Period 2 9.50am-10.40am
Period 3 11am-11.50am
Period 4 & Year 7, 8 + 9 Lunch 11.50am-12.40pm
Period 5 & Year 10 + 11 Lunch 12.40pm-1.30pm
Period 6 1.30pm-2.20pm
Period 7 2.20pm-3.10pm
Clubs/Impact Hour111111 3.10pm – 4pm
Home Learning (‘homework’) reinforces the learning done during lessons, helps
students to develop independent learning skills and encourages wider reading around
The academy sets Home Learning for all students each week. Students must record
all of their Home Learning in their Planner and parents should check and sign the
Planner each week.
There is also a mobile app available to download
which can be found on the App/Play Store.
Show My Homework enables parents to see what Home Learning has been set for their child and any upcoming deadlines, plus whether or not it has been completed.
There is an expectation that parents check the quality and presentation of Home
Learning. Students will be sanctioned if they don’t complete their work. Parents should
feel free to communicate via the planner or by email to the teacher if their child finds
the work particularly challenging.
Home Learning Club
We have a Home Learning Club in the Library from 3.30-4.30pm every day for
students who would like a quiet, supervised place in which to complete their
Alongside all the free extra-curricular clubs provided by the academy, throughout the year students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of trips that support the curriculum such as theatre and museum visits and trips to the Bloomberg offices.
By accepting a place at the academy, all parents also give permission for their child to go on educational visits that occur within the academy day. If an educational visit occurs outside of the school day, or requires a financial contribution from parents, students will be require parental permission.
If a trip has a cost associated with it, this will be payable via ParentPay. Please note that students whose lunch account is in arrears may not be allowed to go on certain trips.
The range of free clubs available to students varies each year and students will have the opportunity to find out what's on and when at the start of their first semester.
We offer a wide variety of musical instrument lessons provided by external teaching staff. Lessons can be paid for via Parentpay and must be paid for inadvance. Further information on lesson availability will be shared at the Year 6 New Parents Information Evening in June.