Recent college letters available to download.
Letter to all parent - 16/12/15: End of term letter
16th December 2015
We have had a very busy term during which our students have been working hard and have been successful. As the term draws to an end I would like to take the opportunity to tell you about the arrangements for this last week.
On Wednesday 16th December, students had the opportunity to celebrate together as they enjoyed Christmas Dinner served in the dining rooms. The meal included a traditional two-course meal from a choice of roast turkey, tandoori chicken breast or cheese and onion quiche.
On Friday 18th December the school will be supporting the Text Santa Charity which supports three charities: Save the Children, Macmillan Cancer and the Make a Wish Foundation.
Students may wear a Christmas jumper in return for a voluntary contribution; £1 is suggested but, naturally, should you feel it appropriate to donate more this would be gratefully received.
We hope you will be able to support our efforts to raise money for this very worthwhile cause.
School will close for the Christmas Holiday on Friday 18th December 2015 at 12:00 pm.
School will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016 at 8:20 am.
In January, Colette Roberts will take over as Interim Principal, working closely with Tauheedul Educational Trust. I am sure that you will join me in wishing her much success in her new position.
I would like to say how much I have enjoyed working at Laisterdyke over the last few weeks and to thank students, staff and parents for the support they have offered me. I wish all the students and staff much success in the future.
May I wish you all a peaceful and happy holiday and a very Happy New Year.
Janet Inglis B.E.M.
Letter to all parent - 22.7.16: End of Year letter
22nd July 2016
Dear Parent / Carer
As the school academic year comes to a close, our minds and hearts are filled to the brim. It's been a great year! Special thanks to all of you who have contributed to the success of our school year. We could not keep our doors open without the generous support of time and talent from our parents. It has been an eventful and fulfilling year with the school converting to an Academy, we are proud to be members of the Tauheedul Education Trust.
May I take this opportunity to say it has been a privilege to be the Interim Principal for Laisterdyke Leadership Academy for the last two terms. The whole school community has welcomed the challenge for rapid school improvement posed by myself on behalf of Tauheedul Education Trust. Miss Lisa Corrigan will take over as the permanent Principal from September 2016. She is already working with the staff and pupils to ensure that the transition of leadership in the school is seamless. She is a very experienced school leader. I will continue to work at Laisterdyke in my substantive role as Academy Improvement Director.
As you know the academic year is coming to an end and the last day for pupils and staff will be Tuesday 26th July 2016. I am writing to advise you that the different year groups of pupils will finish at staggered times throughout the day.
The pupils will have two lessons in the morning, a break and will then have tutor time and an end of year assembly. The pupils will be leaving at the following times:
Post 16: 10.30 am
Year 7 & 8: 11.00 am
Year 9: 11.30 am
Year 10: 12 noon
We would ask that where possible parents collect their children from the Academy at the above times and escort them home. If this is not possible, please advise them to come straight home. I appreciate and thank you in advance for this and for your support in this matter.
From all of us at Laisterdyke Leadership Academy we wish you a very restful and pleasant summer and look forward to seeing all pupils back in the Academy ready for the new academic year. The start times for pupils on Tuesday 6th September 2016 will be staggered as follows:
Year 7: 8.20 am - Enter through Year 7 doors
Year 8: 9.00 am - Enter via New Dining Hall
Year 9: 9.30 am - Enter via New Dining Hall
Year 10: 10.30 am - Enter via New Dining Hall
Year 11: 11.00 am - Enter via New Dining Hall
Post 16: 11.00 am - Enter via Post 16 door
TET Designated Interim Principal
Year 10 Parent Consultation
10th December 2015
We would like to invite you to a Parent Subject Consultation meeting on Wednesday 13th January 2016 from 3.30pm until 7.00pm in the Sports Hall.
Below you can download an appointment sheet for your child to collect and record appointment times with their subject teachers over the coming week.
The evening will provide you with the opportunity to meet with your son/daughter's subject teachers to discuss their progress, targets and behaviour.
Your son/daughter will be responsible for making appointments with their subject teachers.
Year Achievement Leader
Mosaic Enterprise Challenge
Mosaic Business Enterprise Challenge
Mosaic is a charitable organisation founded by HRH The Prince of Wales. Every year they hold a Business Enterprise Challenge, open to secondary schools nationwide.
The Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, generously supported by the Apax Foundation and Nectar Trust, is designed to develop and encourage entrepreneurial skills.
Teams of students work with a mentor from the business community to learn about becoming future business leaders, play a simulation game, and come up with fantastic business ideas.
The Challenge, involves our students working with mentors on creating and marketing a new product. The Challenge provides our students with a realistic business scenario where students must learn about key business issues such as finance, sales, marketing and production. The aim of the challenge is for students to grasp and understand the concept of business, sustainability and the meaning of an ethical business.
The Challenge, whilst being fun and exciting, provides an excellent way of introducing enterprise to young adults. In addition the Challenge fulfils the requirements of enterprise education within the National Curriculum and is fully in line with the 'National Strategy for Enterprise Education'.
The business mentors who will support students come from a range of businesses and backgrounds. We are very lucky to have three mentors from a local accountancy firm Hentons.
Waseem Khan from Henton's was awarded 'National Mentor of the Year' and will be working closely with our students.
Morrison's supermarket are also mentoring our students and supporting them with their business ideas.
Each participating school can enter teams, who then have two weeks to record their highest possible profit. Teams also submit an Ethical Business Strategy to demonstrate their understanding of responsible business practices.
Teams from the top 5 schools in each region (ours is the Yorkshire region) are invited to attend the National Finals event, where they present their business idea in front of an audience of 150 business and other leaders. The winners then go on to compete in the Grand Final with schools from all over the country.
A total of 55 of our Year 10 students will have the opportunity to participate in the Enterprise Challenge.
The winner's will receive:
A cheque for £3000 for the school (£500 of which is for the students to invest in their business idea)
A winner's trophy
A winner's medal
The Runners Up receive £2,000 prize money for their school
3rd place receives £1,000 prize money for their school
All finalists receive goodie bags
All students receive certificates
24.02.16 Information Day
12th February 2016
We are heading towards the examination season, with the first exam being on Tuesday 3rd May 2016. As you are aware your child has recently undertaken a series of mock examinations and results will be available at our Information Event on Thursday 25th February 2016 3pm – 6pm.
Your child is now at the crucial part of their Year 11 studies and it is important that they begin to consider their options and the grades that will be needed. All children are now required by law to remain in full time study or training until the age of 18. We are looking to maximise the outcomes of all our students and request your support in this.
To support this process, we are holding an Information Event at the College on Thursday 25th February 2016. The pupils will receive their full set of mock results during lesson 5 in college
[1.45 p.m.]. From 3.00 p.m. onwards you and your child will have the opportunity to meet and discuss their future options. Subject teachers will be present and appointments can be made to discuss their mock results and targets. Our Post 16 team will be present to advise on pathways from Year 11 to Year 12 and 13 at Laisterdyke. Other training providers such as Bradford College, Shipley College, City Training, The University of Bradford, University of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett and many more will be there to help with this important decision.
I will present at the event and will provide further information for you and your child. I will be giving talks at 4.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. The college has prepared a bespoke revision booklet specifically designed for our Year 11 students. The booklet will be given out at these talks and it is strongly advised that you attend one of these. The booklet will highlight what your child and you need to do to prepare for their upcoming examinations.
The evening will be a fantastic event and very informative for you and your child and we look forward to seeing you there.
TET Designated Interim Principal