Airy College Update – 11th Mar 2022

Two students using a machine in the Design and Technology classroom watching it work

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are now over halfway through the academic year. I wanted to write to you to share some of the headlines from recent weeks as well as remind you of some key upcoming dates, ongoing expectations around uniform, and the hugely positive impact of our newly formed student government.

It was wonderful on Thursday to welcome so many Y8 parents and carers on site for our very first face to face parents consultation evening since opening the new Academy building. It was a really positive experience and one that we hope parents found useful.

We are delighted to host our first face to face Y9 Options evening event on Wednesday 16th March and our Y7 face to face parents consultation evening on Wednesday 30th March.  Details of how to book appointments will be sent out to y7 parents and carers in the upcoming weeks.

This module we have also appointed our very first Y10 student leadership team across the Academy. I am extremely proud to announce that we have appointed two Airy student principals, Aalyiah and Arnav and five Airy student prefects Lila, Chizara, Deborah, Reda and Jessica. These students will work alongside the wider academy student leadership team and work closely with the student government to strengthen the LAB student voice and promote our LAB values.

As you are aware we pride ourselves on our LAB values and remain passionate about ensuring that our high standards are sustained across the Academy and of course within Airy college. We felt it might be useful, therefore, to take this opportunity to remind parents and carers about our expectations relating to uniform to avoid any confusion.

As per the guidance available on our website, students are expected to wear the following:

  • Our navy blue blazer with academy crest;
  • Steel grey classic trouser or pleated skirt;
  • White button up shirt;
  • Leigh Academy Blackheath college or founders tie;
  • Plain navy or grey socks;
  • Black leather shoes with plain laces (coloured laces are not permitted);

Please also note that students can wear studded earrings, but the following is not permitted: excessive jewellery, brightly coloured hair, nail varnish, nail extensions, false eyelashes and thick make-up.

We do issue sanctions if students are not in the correct uniform, as we believe that students should develop habits of dressing smartly when it is appropriate to do so. This also shows respect for our school community. Please know that we do also issue merits where our standards are consistently met because we wish to encourage said habits.

In order to support the above, I am pleased to inform you that our student government has recently set up a uniform shop onsite, from which you may purchase second-hand clothing at a reduced price (via ParentPay). You may also wish to donate clothing to this cause. Said shop will be running at all onsite events for parents and carers this academic year. Indeed, during our recent year 8 parents’ and carers’ consultation evening, we raised almost £200, which will be donated to the British Red Cross to support the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. This initiative set up by our student government covers all three of our focus groups. The focus groups are sustainability, community and international mindedness. There will be additional projects set out by the student government throughout the year.

Finally, in response to our recent Parents’ and Carers’ survey, please note that we have made some changes to our website such that you can access detailed information regarding the contents of both our KS3 and KS4 curriculum more easily. Please do take the time to visit here for more information.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our parents and carers, for supporting the values of both Airy college and the wider academy. The overwhelming majority of our students arrive every day looking smart in their full uniform, ready and fully equipped to learn, with highly respectful attitudes. They are a joy to both teach and interact with.

Yours sincerely,

Ms C Lindars
Vice Principal – Airy College