General Academy Information
The academy day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 2.45pm
MyEd app is an interactive parent app we use that shows you up to date information about all aspects of your child?s school life.Please visit www.myedschoolapp.com for further details and how to set this up.
Engagement for Learning Information for parents/carers
Check your child's planner regularly and sign it each week. Their homework will be recorded in this planner.
How do I report my child absent? - Good attendance is imperative for your child's education. Ensure full attendance but in the event of necessary absence call the Academy before 10am on 0844 2393391 or 0191 4132113 ext.259. On your child's return to school please also send them with a note to explain the absence.
Check the school calendar for the dates of Parent's evenings, holidays and other important events. You can access the dates of school terms through the following link: useful dates
Can I take my child on holiday during term time?
Under amendments to education law in September 2013, school cannot authorise family holidays during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. This change has been introduced to challenge the idea that there is a right to take holidays during term time (which has never actually existed). Parents and carers may no longer request absence for students for a period of up to ten days from school due to a family holiday.
Parents may request Leave of Absence for their son or daughter in exceptional circumstances. The Executive Principal decides if reasons are exceptional. Exceptional events are by definition, unlikely to occur regularly or often. Cheaper holidays in term time are unlikely to be accepted as exceptional.
Examples of circumstances likely to be considered exceptional are:
- Exceptional matters that may affect family wellbeing
If a holiday is taken during term time without authorisation from the Academy you may receive a fixed Penalty Notice from the Local Authority and a fine of ?60, or legal action may be taken against you.
Assemblies. Parents can request that their child be totally or partially withdrawn from collective worship in accordance with the Education Act. Reasons for removing their child do not need to be given. On the rare occasion that Sixth Form assemblies have a religious element, students will be advised in advance and can opt out of the assembly if they chose to do so.
Who do I contact for Free School Meal enquiries? ? Please contact the Academy on 0191 4132113 ext 201. Or Gateshead Council Benefits Team on 0191 4333729. Further information relating to Free School Meals can be found here
How does my child add money to their school meal account? ? Your child can do this in the Cafe between 8:00am and 1:45pm.
What happens if my child loses something? - Please ask your child to contact Student Reception. Remember it is far easier for us to track down the rightful owners of items if they are clearly labelled.
How do I apply for a free school bus pass? Please contact Gateshead Council Benefits Section for the latest qualifying conditions. A direct link to their website page for school transport is here
If you need to contact the bus company you can contact them on the following numbers: Nexus 0191 2020747. Traveline 0871 2002233.
Uniform can be purchased from Michael Sehgal and Sons Ltd online at: www.michaelsehgal.co.uk Their address is 28-40 Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7JB. Tel. 0191 2302320. email address is: [email protected]
If you need to speak to a member of staff in school, contact the Year Teams on 0191 4132113.
Years 7 and 8: Key Stage 3 ext. 216
Years 9,10,11: Key Stage 4 ext. 309
Years 12 and 13: Key Stage 5 ext. 238
You can also email Thorp Academy at: [email protected]