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

 

 

Sixth Form student wins borough award

Sixth Former Sophia Dinnall Wins Wandsworth Young Person of the Year Award

This week a member of our Sixth Form, Sophia Dinnall, had the great honour of being awarded a Wandsworth Young Person of the Year Award. Sophia won the Rotary Award for Making a Major Contribution to the Local Community. Competition for this award is intense and the final decision is made by a selection panel. Many of the young people nominated have overcome considerable difficulties or disadvantage in their education and young lives, but have shown determination, leadership and often concern for others more than themselves. Finalists and families were invited to an awards presentation ceremony and meal, this year served by Wandsworth Girl Guides with the Police Cadets as hosts. The Mayor presented the awards. Miss Brimacombe, Head of Sixth Form commented on the triumph “This award is so deserved, Sophia is an incredible young woman who loves to help and serve others, she is humble and kind; an amazing example to all of her peers.”

As a Young Carer and the chair of the Sixth Form Fundraising committee Sophia dedicates a great deal of her time to others. As part of her role on the fundraising committee she has organised cake sales, raffles and even dressed up as a Christmas tree. Sophia said “I’m really proud to have won the award; it feels like all the hard work I put in has paid off.” Sophia hopes to attend De Montfort or Leicester University next year to study interior design. She says this was inspired by moving houses a lot growing up “I never really felt able to put my stamp on a house and make it a home. I want to find cheap and accessible ways for people to make their homes more comfortable, just because somewhere isn’t permanent doesn’t mean it should feel like a hostel.” On behalf of all of Ark Putney Academy I would like to congratulate Sophia on her achievement.