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  • The Term Ahead letter 12/1/24

    Published 12/01/24
    Dear Parent/Carer, The Term Ahead We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all our students and now update you on our plans for the term ahead. Attendance We would like to remind parents to download the Go4School App so that you can
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  • Report from Children's Commissioner for England

    Published 10/01/24
    Wednesday, 10th January 2024 Dear Parent/Carer, Report from The Children’s Commissioner for England On Friday 8th December we had a visit from the Head of Education Policy for the Children’s Commissioner for England.  The Ch
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  • Grace Academy Coventry Remembers

    Published 13/11/23
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  • 27/10/23: End of Term Letter

    Published 27/10/23
    Dear Parent/Carer, End of Term Letter We have enjoyed a great start to this academic year and I would like to thank you for your support this term. Whole School Update It has been a privilege to have appointed our Student Leadership Team
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  • Year 11 & 13 Mock 1 Timetable

    Published 25/10/23

    Year 11 and 13 Mock Examinations will begin Week Commencing 20th November 2023. They will be running until Wednesday 29th November 2023. The full timetable can be found below.

     

    We have also included a revision planning timetable to support you in putting your revision plan together!

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  • KS3, 11, 12 & 13 Revision Topics

    Published 25/10/23

    Please see below the full topic list for the upcoming Year 11 Mock Examinations.

    In addition to this, there are topic lists for KS3 and KS5.

    Alongside any revision materials students have been provided, the following websites may be useful:

    https://classroom.thenational.academy/

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3

    https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/blog/gcse-revision/

    We have also included a revision planning timetable to support you in putting your revision plan together!

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  • The Term Ahead

    Published 18/09/23

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    The Term Ahead

    Now that we have settled back into school after the summer holidays, I thought it time to share with you our plans for this term.  We are looking forward to this new academic year and are certainly excited about the plans we have for our students to continue to flourish at Grace Academy Coventry. Following on from last year’s success, we are also eager to invite the community in for more events this term.

    Firstly, here are some key dates for this term:

    • New Tutor introductory phone calls - week beginning 18th September
    • Open evening for prospective students currently in Year 6 - Thursday 28th September 6-8pm
    • Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening and Sixth Form Open Evening - Thursday 5th October 5-7pm
    • School closed to ALL students (staff training day) - Friday 20th October
    • End of term – Friday 27th October
    • Half term break - Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November
    • School resumes – Monday 6th November

    Student Expectations

    We pride ourselves on how well our students dress and the pride they take in their uniform. Please use this link to view our Uniform Policy: Grace Academy Coventry Uniform Policy which contains all the information you need regarding uniform. Should you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your child’s form tutor in the first instance.  Additionally, Andy Blair, our new uniform provider, is offering 10% off new uniform when you bring in your old uniform to be recycled. This will not only to help with the cost of uniform but also reduce the level of waste going to landfill.  Details of our new uniform provider can be seen here: https://coventryschoolwear.com/

    A reminder about our behaviour processes are below and our Behaviour Policy can be seen via this link: Grace Academy Coventry Student Behaviour Policy for more detailed information.

    Every lesson, students receive a lesson stamp which indicates how they have behaved in that lesson. Students will receive a subject stamp in lessons if they have consistently demonstrated the “Grace Way”. If students go above and beyond in their lessons they will receive a gold star stamp. Students may also receive negative stamps in lessons including a YCDB (you can do better), NIL (not in line with expectations) or a Parked (removed from the lesson) stamp. The negative stamp is an indication that your child is not making appropriate choices in lessons and these will lead to after school detentions. Please ensure you are regularly checking your child’s planner so you can have conversations with them at home about their behaviour in school. Information about detentions is sent home via our Go4Schools system. If you do not have a Go4Schools account please contact Reception and they can support you with this.

    This year we really look forward to rewarding students who have demonstrated the “Grace Way” with a variety of trips, activities and events. Students have been informed in assembly that it is imperative that they strive for 97% attendance and demonstrate positive behaviour so they can be invited to attend these trips throughout the year.

    We expect all students to maintain a minimum attendance of 97% to maximise their chances of making positive progress in school. We expect that students will arrive to line ups for 8.20am so they can have a calm and positive start to their day. If students arrive after this time they will be sanctioned with a detention for the number of minutes they were late to school. For further information about our attendance policies and processes please read our Student Attendance Policy via this link: Student Attendance Policy .

    Key Stage 4 Update (Years 10 and 11)

    The start of term has been busy for Key Stage 4 as we have been helping students to adjust to their GCSE studies.

    For Year 10, our focus will be helping them to settle into their elected GCSE options. For some students this will mean changing their courses to find an option that they feel more interested in and better suited to study. By the end of this term students will not be able to change their subjects so it is really important for us to support them in finding the right pathway for them.

    Whereas, this term for Year 11 we will be focusing on the academic support offer. Our Year 11 Launch starts on 25th September with coursework catch-up sessions.  Following on from this, we have our Period 6 sessions, where students are expected to attend daily sessions to boost their skills and knowledge. Every day after school students will have a programme of study to attend and we schedule subjects on different days to maximise the additional support that we can offer. Students will be registered in every session they attend so that we can reward them for this attendance.

    Sixth Form

    We have had a fantastic start to the new school year in Sixth Form. Our new Year 12 cohort have made an impressive start to their A level studies, already showing great enthusiasm for their chosen subjects. We are hoping to be able to take the Year 12 students to an Oxbridge University, showcasing their Limitless Potential and raising their aspirations for their future studies.

    Our Year 13 students have come back with a positive attitude towards their final year of studies. Those students wanting to continue their studies at university will be starting their UCAS applications this half term by writing their personal statements and researching different universities and courses on offer. Those wishing to take the route of apprenticeships or employment will be working on finalising their CVs and will be researching different apprenticeship and employment opportunities.

    We are also looking forward to showcasing our Sixth Form at our Open Evening for our current Year 11 cohort on Thursday 5th October, in preparation for them completing their Sixth Form Applications.

    Ethos and Personal Development

    This term, we have kicked off the year with a fantastic opportunity by taking students with outstanding attendance and attitude to see the Lion King in the West End Theatre. 

    This term, some Year 7 students will be taking part in a workshop focused on boosting confidence and self-esteem as they begin their new journey with us. We will also be running some workshops to support students with their mental health and positive wellbeing. 

    We look forward to celebrating various events in the calendar this term, such as European Day of Languages, World Mental Health Day, Children's Book Week, World Values Day and Black History Month. 

    We will be holding our Macmillan Coffee Morning on 29th September and so please do send your child in with change for sweet treats that will be sold during break and lunch time. 

    This term also sees us focusing on Harvest celebration. Each year group will be given a different item to bring in. The year with the most items will win a prize and ALL donations will be taken to support our local food bank.  Mr Driver will be leading assemblies to introduce this in the coming weeks.  

     

    We are also proud to welcome our Early Career and Trainee teachers who bring lots of enthusiasm and fresh perspective to our staffing body, and we look forward to guiding them to become the best teachers they can be and to showing them what a rewarding vocation they have joined.

    To find out more about your child’s curriculum and why they are learning this, please visit our subject pages on our website or click this link: Grace Academy Coventry Curriculum Intent.

    We are excited for the academic year ahead and for our students to continue to flourish and develop, as we move forwards in our 'Grace Way'.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mrs N Whiles
    Principal

     

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  • Year 6 Open Evening - Thursday 28th September 6pm-8pm

    Published 15/09/23

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  • Review of 2022/2023

    Published 07/09/23

    Dear Parents, 

    We have produced a review of last year for you to see the wonderful array of events, trips, cultural events and opportunities given to our students.  It is a wonderful reminder of a fabulous year and we hope you enjoy looking through.  

    Kind regards, 

    Mrs E Williams
    Assistant Principal for Ethos and Personal Development

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  • Arrangements for September 2023

    Published 04/09/23

    Dear Parent/Carer,

    Arrangements for September 2023

    I hope you will enjoy a restful summer break.

    Students will be returning to school in September as follows:

    • Year 7: Tuesday 5th September at 8.20am
    • Year 12: Tuesday 5th September at 10.15am
    • Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13: Wednesday 6th September at 8.20am

    Morning Arrangements

    Students are to line up every morning promptly at 8.20am at the appropriate location where they will be greeted by their Form Tutor and accompanied into the building: 

    Year Group

    Location

    Year 7

    Paved area through the double gates

    Year 8

    Playground by the canteen

    Year 9

    Basketball court (front of school)

    Year 10

    Basketball court (front of school)

    Year 11

    On the Muga

    Sixth Form

    Sixth Form centre

    Students will be allocated a locker in the new term upon receipt of a deposit of £10.00.  Payments can be made via our online payment system, ParentPay.  Login details will be sent to you in due course.  Cash payments cannot be accepted.

    General Information

    Uniform

    All students are expected to adhere to the school’s Uniform Policy; students who are not wearing appropriate uniform may be sanctioned.  Here is a reminder of our expectations, along with a copy of our Uniform Policy:

    • Black Grace Academy Blazer, with appropriate coloured year group flash* and Academy logo.

    * Year 7 – blue, Year 8 – green, Year 9 – purple, Year 10 – red, Year 11 – yellow

    • Plain white cotton shirt with a top button that must be fastened at all times.
    • Purple Grace Academy tie with GA logo on display below the knot.
    • Black full-length trousers which hang below the ankle.
    • Black pleated skirt which must be knee length and worn with plain black tights.  Skirts that are non-pleated will not be permitted. 
    • Piercings: 
      • A single pair f ear studs are the only piercings permitted.  All ther piercings must be removed prior to arrival at the Academy.
      • Clear inserts r plasters covering piercings are not permitted.
    • Watches:
      • A mechanical watch is permitted.
      • Smart watches are nt permitted.
    • No hoodies, denim or leather jackets are allowed.  Students may wear a coat to and from school and during free time, but these will remain in form rooms or lockers during the day. 
    • Hair should be of a natural colour.
    • No false eyelashes or false nails to be worn.

    Key Dates

    We would also like to share some key dates for September with you:

    • School photos: Monday 18th September
    • Years 8-13 New Tutor introductory phone calls: week beginning Monday 18th September
    • Year 7 Meet the Tutor evening: Thursday 5th October:  5pm to 7pm
    • Sixth Form Open Evening: Thursday 5th October: 5pm to 7pm

    We are excited for the academic year ahead and for our students to return to an Academy where they can continue to flourish and develop, embodying our Grace values of Limitless Potential, Intentional Excellence, Genuine Integrity, Mutual Respect and Amazing Grace as we move forwards in our “Grace Way”.

    May I also take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. 

    Yours sincerely,

    Mrs N Whiles
    Principal

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  • Year 13 Results Day 2023

    Published 17/08/23

     

     

    It has been a lovely morning with a buzz of excitement in the air having the students come in to collect their results, with staff here to share the moment with them. Post 16 courses are extremely demanding and the students deserve huge credit for their achievements and the hard work they have put in over the past two years.

    Our partnership with Coventry Building Society has exponentially improved the students’ ability to revise, enhance their study skills and prepare for employment, as reflected by their results and we are extremely grateful to CBS for their continued support for our students. 

    It has been wonderful to be able to speak with all our students in person to discuss their finalised next steps. Many of our students are intending to go on to university, whilst others have achieved good results and are choosing not to go to university and have been offered some fantastic opportunities following the route of employment or advanced apprenticeships.

    Julia achieved an A in Psychology, a B in Biology and a Distinction* in Health and Social Care, and has a place at the University of Warwick to read Psychology. Julia said “I’m so pleased with my results, it’s so nice to know all the hard work has paid off. I know there were many stressful moments but I’m just excited to go to university”.

    Abigail received a good set of results, including a B in Sociology and two Distinctions in Law and Business and has secured a place at the University of Birmingham to read Sociology. Abigail said “I’m so happy about the results I have achieved. The last two years have been a journey, and all the hard work has been worth it. I’m excited for the new chapter I’m about to begin”.

    Lilly-Mae has a fantastic set of results, achieving two Distinctions in Law and Health & Social Care and a grade B in Psychology, and is very excited to be going to travel the world before embarking on further studies. Lilly-Mae said “I am grateful for all of the help I have had from teachers to help me get the grades I achieved. I am planning to travel in my gap year before possibly going to university”.

    This is such an exciting time for our students with new pathways ahead and they deserve our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for their future endeavours.