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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.
The Sixth Form at Ark Putney Academy
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We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school-based Sixth Form which is devoted to helping every student achieve their potential and supporting them into their chosen university or career. We are equally proud of our track record with Oxbridge and Russell Group applications as we are of consistently beating our target grades in vocational qualifications.
Our Sixth Form students are in small classes where they get great teaching and intensive one-on-one support from highly skilled teachers. Our teachers know their students’ strengths and weaknesses and painstakingly plan, prepare and make themselves available to meet students’ needs.
We give every one of our Sixth Form students the opportunity to broaden their horizons with topical speakers, extra-curricular activities and structured debate, discussion and presentations. Each student is also a leader and a role model and we expect each of our students to do something significant to make a difference to the life of the school or the wider community.
We expect all of our students to leave us with:
• An appreciation and curiosity of life and learning
• A sense of ambition to unlock and fulfil their potential
• A desire to contribute to society in a positive way
• A sense of self-awareness, with the courage to be compassionate towards others
We aim to help our students grow into confident, happy and inquisitive adults and we welcome interest from all applicants who can demonstrate their ambition and drive.
I look forward to meeting you.
Matthew Neuberger, Head of Sixth Form