Training Day Closure - Monday 29 October 2018

The Academy will be closed to all students on Monday 29 October 2018 due to a staff training day.  Please see the 'latest news' or 'letters' sections of the website for more details.

We would like to thank all parents, children and students for your patience and understanding today.  The level of illness we have experienced amongst staff and students has been unprecedented.  The decision to close the Academy was not one that was taken lightly.  However, as a result of the number of people having to leave due to being sick or feeling unwell, we were left with little choice but to take this extraordinary action.
 
We are aware that there has been some speculation about what has caused people to be unwell.  We would like to reassure everyone that, having spoken to a number of partners, we believe that this sickness bug is a viral illness that has spread as a result of someone unknowingly coming to school while unwell.  We take cleanliness and hygiene extremely seriously and hold our cleaning and catering colleagues to the highest standards.  We do not believe this bug has come about because of any lack of care or attention to these areas.
 
Nevertheless, due to the high number of people who have actually been unwell while at school today, we have arranged for our cleaning and site staff to undertake a thorough clean of the building, which will be completed on Friday afternoon.  We expect to open as normal on Monday.
 
We hope that everyone who has been unwell gets better quickly.  If anyone is ill over the weekend, we would ask parents to keep children at home for a full 48 hours after this has passed.  This will allow us to ensure that the bug does not continue to spread.
 
We are extremely sorry for any inconvenience the decision to close today has caused.  If you do have any further concerns, please contact us on 01274 600550 on Monday.

The parent evening for current Year 7 students will take place on Monday 15 October 2018.  The booking system for appointments with your children's teachers is now open on ParentPay.

We will be hosting an open evening on Thursday 20 September 2018, when will be welcoming parents and children who are considering Appleton Academy for Year 7 in September 2019.

All interested parties are welcome to join us between 5.30pm and 7.30pm when the Principal, current students and staff will be on hand to speak to you and answer any questions you may have.  You will also be able to tour the building and see the exciting work that takes place at Appleton.

If you are unable to attend the open evening but would like to speak to someone about admissions to Year 7 for 2019, please contact us on 01274 600550.  We may also be able to arrange an alternative date and time for you to visit.

We look forward to welcoming everyone.

The Academy will be closed to all students on Monday 29 October 2018 due to a staff training day.  This means that students will now return after the half term break on Tuesday 30 October 2018.  We apologise for any inconvenience this change of term date may cause.  For more details about the closure, please read the attached letter.

School Closure - Monday 29 October 2018

Bradford Dragon Boat Festival

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Success continues for the Academy's 'Dragon boaters' after taking part in the 3rd annual Bradford Dragon Boat Festival in Roberts Park, Saltaire.  Approximately 450 young people from schools and youth organisations across the district, competed in the sunshine in a battle to be crowned Bradford Dragon Boat Festival Youth Champions.  Appleton's team was made up of 15 paddlers and a drummer and included students from Years 9, 10 and Post 16.  Having previously been very successful at the Bradford Dragon Boat festival, taking home 1st place each time, the new team were under a lot of pressure to perform and secure a win for the third year in a row.  The team attended three training sessions in what amounted to a total of 7 hours’ worth of training at Doe Park Water Activities in Denholme.  It was evident from the first training session that we had selected a strong team, despite some students having never paddled before.

The first race of the day left a lot to be desired with a time of 1.31.14, which meant that the Appleton Academy Crusaders were bumped into 4th place after a series of reasonably fast races from some of the other teams.  Race number two proved to be our race, with Appleton Academy knocking a huge 16 seconds off their first time and producing the fastest time of the day with an astonishing 1.15.02.  Securing the fastest time of the day by 6 seconds saw us automatically through to the grand final against Hanson KS4 Pirates and Team Oastlers.  With the championship title well within their grasp, the team were focused and feeling good about the final.  The team got off to a flying start, with long powerful strokes and impeccable timing for the majority of the race. When Appleton Academy Crusaders crossed the line a full boat length in front of the other teams, it was clear that they had given their all in the last race of the day.  When the results came through we were amazed at the time that the team had managed to produce - 1.13.96.  They had beaten the fastest time of the day set by themselves by a further 2 seconds.  To watch a video of the final, please visit the following link:

http://appletonoutdoored.weebly.com/competitions.html

All students were fantastic ambassadors for the Academy and both myself and Ms Foy are extremely proud of the team’s commitment to training and discipline whilst in a boat.

Ms Foy and Mr Ryan

Mountain Bike Club Trip to the National Cycling Centre, Manchester

On Wednesday 4 July 2018 and Monday 9 July 2018, a group of 14 students who had participated in the MTB club at Appleton Academy, had a taste of competitive BMX racing.  The BMX arena at the NCC is comprised of two International level tracks, the pro super cross track and the amateur track.  Students enjoyed an hour long session learning how to pump, jump, brake and corner like a pro, they even had a go on the 5m amateur start hill and learnt how to use a start gate.  The students all had a fantastic time with many eager to go again.  For more information regarding the facilities on offer at the NCC please visit the following website.

http://www.nationalcyclingcentre.com/bmx/indoor-track/

Not only did we make use of the exceptional facilities at the NCC, we also made use of the Clayton Vale trails which are literally over the road.  The trail we rode was the Newton Heath Sidewinder which is a fun fast and flowy blue graded trail approximately 7 miles long.  This trail was a fun and challenging way to end our two wheeled time in Manchester.

Mr Ryan