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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




First Story: APA students publish their anthology!

First Story is a literacy charity. It was founded in 2007 by Katie Waldegrave and the writer William Fiennes to improve literacy and foster creativity in young people through creative writing. This year APA students were mentored by Tanaka Mhishi, a writer, performer and researcher who works in London and the South East. He has written/performed for BBC 3, The Rialto, The Brighton Festival and other markets nationwide. and has done a lot of writing to campaign against sexual violence.

Each of our students on the project has produced a piece of creative writing for their very own anthology 'The Rules of Randomness'. For more information or to get a copy of the book please email Ms Greason.