There have recently been a number of measles cases in the local area. If you do not know your vaccination status please seek advice from your GP as soon as possible.

6 December 2019

 

Dear parent carer

Monday 9 December – Full closure for KS3 only

I am writing to advise you that we have reluctantly decided to close KS3 all day on Monday 9 December.  This applies to years 7-9 only.  The Academy will remain open for KS4 and KS5.

 

We continue to have major issues with staffing, with nearly one third of teachers off sick today.  I am already aware that I have a high number of staff certified as sick for Monday, meaning that we will be unable to cover classes effectively. 

 

However, by having years 10-13 in school we can continue to provide these exam groups with a quality experience.

 

I expect all students to return to the Academy on Tuesday 10 December.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Kind regards

 

Alison Downey

Principal

 

Romello Interviews....

Year 10 Putney Academy student Romello recently interviewed trainee teacher Nick Penn - who came to talk to us about Teach First and his journey to becoming a successful history teacher. Nick Penn is a University Graduate who lives locally in the area. As an A Level student he studied Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English until he changed his path and fell in love with history.

He is now training through Teach First to help all kinds of students - from pupils that are well behaved to pupils that are challenging throughout everyday life. Nick’s goal is to become a History teacher in Essex when he finishes the course. When I asked Nick what he most enjoy about Ark Putney, Nick said he really enjoyed how the school staff and pupils welcomed him with open arms and treated him as if he was one of our own.

We then wrapped up quickly and said our goodbyes – wishing Nick good luck for the future!

By Romello, Year 10