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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

 

 

Year 12 Trip to Cambridge University - Robinson College

Recently a group of our Year 12 Students from Ark Putney Academy were invited to a University Taster Day at Robinson College, University of Cambridge. This day offered specific 'Subject Masterclasses' providing our students with the opportunity to explore a subject they are interested in studying at university and may not have previously experienced. With several subject events held on the same day, each event included an introduction to the admissions process, two subject specific academic sessions (lectures and supervision style session), a college tour and the opportunity to explore central Cambridge. Throughout the day there was also the chance to hear about student life from current undergraduates.

 One APA student Khalid Said, studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths A Level took the opportunity to study Engineering:

 

I participated in the Engineering lessons at Robinsons College, Cambridge. The lessons were taught by the actual Professors of the department of Engineering so it was a great opportunity to meet them and get to know their teaching style, making it a very insightful and enjoyable experience. We learnt more about college life as a whole, as well as the ways in which lessons are conducted. The Engineering course at Robinsons College has a wide variety of modules that expose the students to different aspects of engineering. This moulds the student into a very well rounded and exceptional worker. I was taken on a tour through the department and the facilities that were shown to me were excellent to say the least. Overall the experience was exceptional and I would advise many people to explore potential events at Cambridge