We would like to congratulate a fantastic group of our students who achieved 100% attendance last academic year. This group of students attended school every day, ensuring that they made the most of every lesson and school day. The students below will receive their 100% attendance certificate to bring home this week and we will be further congratulating them in assemblies over the coming weeks.
At Freebrough Academy, we recognise just how important attendance is and the impact it has on academic progress, but we also understand that sometimes students cannot attend due to illness despite their best efforts. Our attendance target for each student is 96% and we would like to further congratulate all of those students who achieved this last year too.
This letter is to provide information on the forthcoming expansion of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme in schools.
In the UK, we have among the highest HPV vaccination coverage rates in the world and this is largely achieved because it is a school-based programme, with excellent support provided by schools to enable the NHS immunisations teams to vaccinate school age children. Our young people and adult population are well protected against serious diseases as a result.
As schools are a key partner, we would like to make you aware that the HPV vaccine will now be offered to boys, in addition to girls, as part of the routine school-based schedule in England. The extension to boys will take effect from 1 September 2019.
This change follows the Government announcement in July 2018 to extend HPV vaccination to boys, based on the advice of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The JCVI statement about HPV vaccination and expansion to boys is available here: JCVI statement: extending the HPV vaccination programme – conclusions
The vaccination programme will now be offered to any individual who is in school year 8. We will also include eligible individuals who may be home-educated or educated in alternative provision.
Key points that are useful to know about the changes to the programme:
If you have any queries in relation to information sharing and GDPR, please see enclosed letter ‘Information sharing to support the provision of important school
If you have any queries regarding this information, please contact the Childhood Immunisation Team for Durham, Darlington and Teesside on 03000 032544 (Karen Guest-Humphries, Clinical Lead).
If you have any queries in relation to information sharing and GDPR, please see letter ‘Information sharing to support the provision of important school health services’ (Public Health England, 2019) – link provided.
Years 7, 8 and 9 have been set a summer reading challenge. All students have been given a challenge booklet for over the holidays, and we would appreciate parents’ support in getting our young people reading.
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Over the weekend Ellie Smith entered the Under 16 Welsh championships in NFAS (National Field Archery Society) and won. Ellie has now won the under 16 Welsh championships and the under 16 English championships. A huge well done Ellie.
Friday 12th July 2019 saw our third star student event, where students attended a high teas event in the small atrium. The event was put on in recognition of the students hard work and commitment to withholding the Academy’s high standards within all aspects of learning throughout the half term.
To qualify for the event the students needed to receive multiple 1’s on their report from staff, which reflects the excellent effort they have demonstrated throughout all subjects. The students who were invited also took home a certificate and letter to show their parents.
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On Friday June 21st, Year 7 students participated in a Reading for Pleasure workshop run by Seven Stories in Newcastle. Students had the opportunity to discuss their reading preferences, as well as spend some time looking and engaging with a range of books, many of which have now been purchased for our school library. Everyone enjoyed the day, including Molly from Seven Stories, who said: “I thoroughly enjoyed visiting year 7 at Freebrough Academy. The staff at the school were organised and really welcoming, the children’s enthusiasm and respectful behaviour made my day a real pleasure!”
We look forward to more reading events in the autumn term
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Ellie started doing archery when she was 12 in 2017, she shoots for Vipers Archers which is part of the National Field Archery Society (NFAS) and this involves using a bow and arrow and shooting at realistic, rubber 3D animals from different distances. She does this at various clubs across the country.
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Mrs Douglas, Learning Manager for the new year 7 students joining us on 15 July, spent a lovely morning at Hummersea Primary today. Along with Mrs Douglas were four fantastic representatives from our current year 7 group.
Year 6 had lots of questions about what to expect when they join us for transition, ranging from what they will eat at lunch time to what after school activities are on offer.
Year 6 are very excited about the all of new opportunities that are waiting for them at Freebrough. Amongst the many things they are looking forward to include trying out for the football team, taking part in experiments in Science, and making lots of new friends.