Dear Students, Parents and Carers
I hope that you have all enjoyed your Easter break. I am very much looking forward to welcoming you all back to our new Academy on Monday 28 April 2014. This will be a WEEK 2 on the timetable.
Please don't arrive at the Academy before 8.10 am and when arriving you will be greeted by staff and directed where to go.
Our Sixth Form students should enter via the Main Academy entrance at the front of the building and go straight to the Main Hall where Mr James and tutors will welcome you in your first assembly which will start at 8.30 am. There is no provision for Sixth Form students driving to the Academy to park in the main car park. However, we have made provision for some cars on the parking area adjacent to the old Maidstone and Community buildings. Students will need to apply for Academy parking permits to use this facility in the coming weeks. Any student in Year 11 or Sixth Form using a moped will need to obtain an Academy parking permit and will be expected to use the designated spaces marked in the main car park.
Students in Years 7 through to 11 will be directed to the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at the rear of the building, which is the Fire Assembly Point, to line up in an orderly way as we practised on the acclimatisation days. From this point students will be led into the Academy by their tutor for a tutor period that will run from 8.30 am through to 9.15 am.
During tutor time students will be given their new colour coded lanyards and identification cards which will be their means of accessing the Academy building along with paying for their food and drink. This card will also give them access to the new printing facility.
Please ensure that you have registered on Parent Pay and loaded some credit on to your child's account ready for our first day on Monday. They will also be given a copy of their timetable, an updated map of the Academy and the timings of the new day.
As with all multi-million pound projects such as this there are inevitably one or two 'teething problems' and, unfortunately, we are not exempt from these. Our cycle sheds and lockers are not quite ready for use and so we are having to put in alternative provision for cycle storage, for which I apologise on behalf of Balfour Beatty in advance.
Please look at the front page of the website where you will find all the vital information that you will need in the coming days and weeks.
We have achieved so much over the past three weeks in moving out of our previous two 'homes' and into our new build. I, along with a few colleagues, have virtually been living at the Academy for the past three weeks to ensure that we can open on time as planned. Please bear with us over the next few days as we all settle into our new home together.
To our students - I very much look forward to meeting you all again on Monday morning, 28 April, when we begin the next stage of our journey to making Felixstowe Academy an outstanding place to learn.
Mr A Salter - Principal