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  • Students Take Part In Minecraft Wisbech Workshop

    Published 18/03/19

    A group of computer science students honed their problem-solving skills after taking part in a Minecraft Wisbech workshop.

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  • Students Help Renovate Children’s Play Area

    Published 18/03/19

    The secretary of a sports and community centre has thanked a group of Year 10 students who helped to renovate a children’s play area.

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  • Operating Theatre Live

    Published 13/03/19

    Students explored careers in medicine as part of a hands-on surgical dissection experience.

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  • World Book Day Winner

    Published 13/03/19

    The winner of TCA’s World Book Day competition has been revealed after students were challenged to identify which fictional characters staff were dressed as.

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  • World Book Day Celebrations

    Published 04/03/19

    With World Book Day just days away, plans are well under way to mark the annual celebration of reading in style.

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  • Year 9s: Thinking about GCSE options and next steps

    Published 04/03/19

    Year 9 students are giving careful consideration to their next steps ahead of making some important decisions about their GCSE options.

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  • TCA is oversubscribed for September 2019

    Published 04/03/19

    TCA is oversubscribed for the coming academic year following an increase in the number of offers made for places at the Academy.

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  • National Offer Day – March 1st 2019

    Published 01/03/19

    By now, parents should have received confirmation from the Local Authority of the place offered to their child at Thomas Clarkson Academy for September 2019.

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  • Year 10 Work Experience: Employer Feedback

    Published 25/02/19

    Our Year 10s spent a week on work placements at various firms and organisations in the area, some of which they sourced themselves.

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  • Grab a Grade Week Helps Focus Year 11s

    Published 25/02/19

    A week-long programme aimed at helping Year 11s get the best exams results possible proved to be beneficial to students.

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  • Important Behaviour Message for parents and carers

    Published 15/02/19

    Dear Parent/Carer

    I am writing to notify you about some necessary changes to our behaviour system, which will commence Monday 25th February 2019

    This is to further encourage good behaviour in school, which the vast majority of our students display and in turn creates a positive learning environment for the students at Thomas Clarkson Academy.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support. The vast majority of our students are well behaved and their conduct overall is a credit to themselves, their families and the Academy.

    After school detention:

    Detentions will be issued when students haven’t met Academy standards.

    Detentions will be held Monday to Friday starting at 15:00 and finishing at 15:45.

    Should a student fail to attend a detention, they will be automatically entered for a Principal’s detention on a Friday for 1 ½ hours (15:00 to 16:30).

    Failure to attend or complete Principal’s detention will result in the student being removed from our community to work in isolation.

    There will be no second chance detentions or exemptions from the after-school detention system. If your child has a medical appointment, parents/carers must inform the school with evidence and rearrange the detention. It is not possible for a student to rearrange it themselves. If your child is absent on the day of a scheduled detention, it will be rearranged to the next detention session automatically.

    In line with the Department for Education, schools have no legal obligation to inform parents/carers that their child is being kept back after school for a detention. Nor do schools need the consent of a parent/carer to issue and detain a student for an after-school detention.

    As an academy, we have however made the decision to continue to notify parents that their child has been entered for a detention by text or email.

    In the event a child has been issued a same day detention (perhaps due to absence on the day in which the detention was issued), we will endeavour to contact parents by telephone.

    We understand that after-school detentions can sometimes be an inconvenience to parents/carers, however they are an integral part of the behaviour system, and as such we urge parents/carers to encourage their children to adhere to the rules and expectations of the academy, so that ultimately they are not issued with a detention.

    • For further information on the guidance surrounding detentions, please visit the links below for the Department of Education:

      www.gov.uk/school-discipline-exclusions/discipline

    In Summary:

    Detentions

    • Monday to Friday
    • Start time 15:00 – 15:45
    • No second chance detentions
    • Thomas Clarkson will notify parent/carer via email or text.
    • Failure to complete/attend will result in a Principals Detention

    Principals Detention (new)

    • Every Friday
    • Time 15:00 – 16:30
    • Thomas Clarkson will notify parent/carer via email or text.
    • Failure to complete/attend will result in Isolation

    Isolation

    • Monday to Friday
    • Time 08:30 – 16:30
    • Any student will in Isolation will enter the academy via the attendance entrance
    • Thomas Clarkson will notify parent/carer via email, text or phone.
    • Failure to complete/attend Isolation will result in further sanctions up to and including Fixed Term Exclusion.

    Should you require any further information regarding our behaviour systems, please feel free to contact me.

    Yours faithfully

    Mark Taylor

    Associate Vice Principal PDBW

     

     

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  • Important Attendance Message for parents and carers

    Published 15/02/19

    Dear Parent/Carer

    At Thomas Clarkson Academy we thrive to ensure all of our students achieve the best possible outcomes.

    We also recognise that the vast majority of you support your child’s attendance and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

    It is acknowledged that attendance has a direct impact upon achievement, success and welfare. Strong evidence shows that where any individual pupils’ attendance percentage is below 97% it will have a detrimental effect on their achievement, becoming increasingly damaging as their attendance percentage becomes lower.

    It can also impact upon welfare and standards of conduct, where a pupil’s low attendance leads to them falling behind in their learning and subsequently to further disengaging from learning when in school. Non-attendance is one of the single biggest blocks to achievement and to the school carrying out its function in safeguarding the welfare of children. Whether absence is due to term-time holidays, illnesses or truancy, not being present at school disadvantages children.

    Please see table below;

     

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    Please also find below and attached a letter from Cambridgeshire County Council providing more background information to support our message.

    Yours faithfully

    Mark Taylor

    Associate Vice Principal PDBW

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