New Year 7 Induction
Welcome to Cecil Jones!
We are thrilled to have you join our school community this coming September. You are about to embark on an exciting new journey, full of new experiences, challenges, and opportunities for growth.
Starting at a new school can be nerve-wracking, but rest assured that we are here to support you every step of the way. Our dedicated staff and experienced teachers are committed to providing you with the best education possible and helping you reach your full potential.
At Cecil Jones, we believe in fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment where every student feels valued, respected, and supported. You will have the chance to make new friends, learn new skills, and discover new interests, all while developing your academic abilities.
We encourage you to get involved in the wide range of extracurricular activities we offer, such as sports, music, drama, and coding. These activities will help you build new friendships, enhance your talents, and gain valuable life skills.
We are excited to have you join us at Cecil Jones and look forward to seeing you in September. Get ready for an amazing year ahead!
We aim to prepare young people for an ever-changing world that values self-confident, well-educated and enterprising people.
It is a privilege to lead Cecil Jones on its journey to be a school of choice within the local community and to work in partnership with such enthusiastic children, committed staff and supportive parents and governors. We are also pleased to offer a wide range of enrichment activities to support and engage our local community.
Building on our past successes, we continue to seek new challenges and opportunities to help children fulfil their potential, both academically and socially, so that they leave us with the widest range of choices in a challenging society. We want every child to feel a welcome part of the school community.
To achieve this aim, we provide an education that meets the needs of young people, delivered in an educational environment that emphasises traditional standards of uniform, discipline and respect, whilst nurturing talent, ambition and the drive to succeed.
Everything we do at Cecil Jones Academy is centred on ensuring that each individual student is educated and supported to flourish in the world today – as an individual, as a partner, as a member of a team and as a citizen.
With excellent facilities and high quality teaching, the students at Cecil Jones Academy are happy, challenged and motivated. The School is committed to ensure each student is recognised and celebrated for all their achievements, both in and out of school. A triumph can be seen in a variety of different ways and we strive to show all of our students each one is important.
We aim to deliver:
Challenge, relevance and engagement – we want all our students to be fully involved in their learning appropriate skills for living, for work and for happiness
- The skills to make our students active citizens
- An environment in which children enjoying their childhood
- Exam success – we want our students to get the best possible qualifications
- Self-identity and a feeling of self-worth
- Opportunities and experiences that engage our students
- Healthy habits that are embedded for life
If you would like to visit us to tour our school, experience the true atmosphere of our school and see first-hand the changes that have been made since Cecil Jones Academy has joined the Loxford School Trust, then please make an appointment with the school office.
Alternatively, please take a few minutes to click on the school maps and watch our virtual tour of the school/curriculum areas.
You will shortly receive a letter confirming the time and date for your induction meeting with our Assistant Headteacher, these will take place between Monday 17th April - Friday 30th June.
I hope you will enjoy it and we look forward to welcoming you and your child/children to Cecil Jones Academy. Please continue to visit this section of the website as more information will be uploaded during the summer regarding the transition process and the Year 7 Induction Day on Friday 7th July.
Mr R Micek
Welcome letter from the CEO
I have been the Chief Executive Officer of the Loxford School Trust since June 2013 and the continuing Headteacher of Loxford School since January 2008.
Our partnership consists of 7 Academies. Loxford School is an All Through School, Aldborough is a Primary School and The Warren School, Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College, The Tabor Academy, Gaynes School and Cecil Jones Academy are all secondary schools.
In the Trust we believe that students come first and that every child can find a route to happiness, prosperity and success. The Trust was created to enable staff to work more closely together to deliver the best education possible for the students who attend our academies.
We are proud of the improvements we have seen in exam results and every School that has been inspected by OFSTED since they joined the Trust is now either good or outstanding. More of our students than ever before now have qualifications that stand out in comparison with other young people in the city.
Our vision is simple: we believe that by working together rather than in isolation we can accelerate our Academies to be outstanding schools. In doing so, together we create more opportunities for the lifelong success for our students as they become young adults.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message.
Mrs Anita Johnson OBE,
Chief Executive Officer
Important Information for Parents/Carers
In March 2024, when your child is allocated a place at Cecil Jones Academy we will write to you in the spring term welcoming your child to Cecil Jones Academy.
In the summer term, we will schedule a new intake parental meeting. All parents will receive an invite letter with a date and time for their appointment.
Advance notice, the admission form requires us to gather information such as parents’ address and phone numbers, your doctors’ name, address and phone number and the phone numbers for other emergency contacts.
This is a list of information that you will be required to include with the admissions form:
- Proof of address
- Passport size photo of your child
- Your child’s passport or birth certificate
If your child is not going to take the place at Cecil Jones Academy in September we would be grateful if you could inform us urgently by telephoning the school on 01702 440000.
If there are any problems please telephone the school.
Meet the Tutor Evening will be on Wednesday 10th July 2024
- Presentation slides to follow
Handbook for Parents and Carers 2023 – 2024
Year 7 Subject Information
‘Trash’: novel study, Gothic inspired creative writing, Writing fiction and non-fiction, Language analysis through adventure prose, Introduction to Shakespeare, Poetry across cultures
Unit 1: Analysing and Displaying Data, Unit 2: Number Skills, Unit 3: Expressions, Equations and Formulae, Unit 4: Decimals and Measures, Unit 5: Fractions and Percentage, Unit 6: Probability, Unit 7: Ratio and Proportion, Unit 8: Lines and Angles, Unit 9: Sequences and Graphs, Unit 10: Transformation.
Enquiry processes, Forces, the Earth, the Universe, Matter, Separating mixtures, Electromagnets and Current electricity. Ecosystems, Plant reproduction, Reactions, Metals and non-metals, Energy and energy transfer, Waves and Light. Organisms, Cells, Genes, Human and reproduction.
Personal description – Alphabet and phonics, name, age, birthday, hair, eyes, size, personality, where you live. Family – brothers and sisters, pets, descriptions in the 3rd person. School – opinions and reasons for liking/disliking subjects, items in a school bag, telling the time, exploring the Spanish school systems, description of teachers. Free time – hobbies and interests, sports, introduction of the present tense, places in a town. Where you live – description of your town, places in town, activities in town. Culture – Learning about Spanish festivals, creating a brochure about a festival
Where I Live - Weather & Climate - India & China - Physical Processes - Extreme Environments - Global Issues
What is History? Anglo Saxon Prittlewell, The Norman Conquest, Medieval Life, The Crusades, Medieval Monarch, The Black Death, The Black Death.
British Values, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Creation stories
Theory: Thermosetting polymers, Thermoforming polymers
Projects: Keyring, Key holder, Maths – Areas
Skills: CAD / CAM (2D Design), Graphical drawings, Product research, Product analysis, Creative thinking.
ART AND DESIGN
Key skills, Uderstanding TTSH (Tone, Texture, Shade & Highlights), Hundertwasser, Collage, Pattern
3D letters, Fantasy creatures, 3D sculpture, Under the microscope.
The Internet and E-Safety, Programming: Scratch to Python, Microsoft Office Skills,
Data Handling, Digital Graphics, Inside the Computer.
FOOD PREPARATION AND NUTRITION
Basic hygiene - how to prepare for practical, Basic nutrition - the EatWell Guide, Food commodities- Fruit and Vegetables, Identifying key equipment, Basic practical skills being able to make a dish following a demonstration and start to use recipe methods, Self –reflection - evaluating dishes and own performance.
Football, Handball, Rugby, Netball, Gymnastics, Badminton, Table Tennis, Benchball, Dodgeball, Heart Rate Function, Muscles, Bones, Health benefits, Athletics, Tennis, Cricket, Rounders and Softball.
Naturalism/Non- naturalism, Stages, Mime, Characterisation, Vocal and physical skills, Conventions of pantomime as a style, Structure of a script and stage directions, Genres, Adaptations.
Map of Cecil Jones Academy
Parent Pay Letters
Parent Pay invite letters will be posted to all new joiners by the end of July, if you have not received your letter by August, then please contact the school office.
If your Parent Pay account is not active as of the 2nd September 2023, then this might mean your child will not be able to access any funds to purchase items from the school meal provider
Cecil Jones Transition Day
We are delighted to announce that this year's Year 7 Induction takes place on Friday 5th July 2024.
Students will need to attend Cecil Jones Academy wearing their current primary school's uniform. We also recommend that students wear trainers on the day, because some students might have PE as part of their taster timetable.
Please note that for health and safety reasons, students are not allowed to wear jewellery.
All students will be provided with a lunch from our canteen; however, if your child has particular dietary requirements then you can send them in with a packed lunch.
Please use the tabs on this section for information regarding your child joining us.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the academy on 01702 440000
We asked some our current students to share their thoughts and experiences on life here at Cecil Jones Academy.
So many of our students had plenty of valuable advice about settling into secondary school.
“Cecil Jones is very different to my primary school. It’s a lot bigger and we have to wear blazers. All the teachers are really nice and understanding and I already feel like I’ve been here forever. It is really nice to get to earn so many great rewards for achievement and behaviour.”
“We always read our books at the start of the lesson. We have 5 lessons every day. The work we complete is different than at primary school, but the teachers are really helpful and will always help you if you don’t understand.”
“We have such a variety of lessons, including Science, Spanish and Geography. We spend time with our tutor every day. Sometimes we do PSCHE or read our books quietly. Then we can go home and relax (after doing homework of course) The school is a really good place to learn.”
“I’ve really enjoyed my first few weeks at Cecil Jones and know it can only get better. I feel safe and supported and made lots of new friends.”
Feedback From The July 2023 Year 6 Transition Day
Where are they now
Uniform shop dates
|Monday 7th August||Cecil Jones Academy||11am to 3pm|
|Tuesday 15th August||Cecil Jones Academy||11am to 3pm|
|Wednesday 23rd August||Cecil Jones Academy||11am to 3pm|
Free School Meals
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Mobile Telephone Policy At Cecil Jones Academy
A number of students have MOBILE PHONES. Cecil Jones Academy fully supports parents who for safety reasons want their children to be able to speak to them in an emergency.
However, we cannot allow mobile phones to interrupt education. The following rules will be strictly enforced:
- Cecil Jones Academy will not be responsible for investigating damage, loss or theft
- All phones must be switched off during the school day and not seen or heard
- Any telephone causing interruption to a lesson or any other school activity, will be confiscated for a week and only released on production of a letter from the parent. This letter must promise it will not happen again.
At Cecil Jones, we prioritise the development of our students' reading skills, and we implement the Accelerated Reader (AR) program to aid in their progress and encourage independent reading. Our goal is to prepare our students for their future studies.
The AR program allows our staff to monitor students' reading progress from year 7. Each student can choose a library book to take home and read, and once the student finishes the book, they take a computer-based quiz that assesses their understanding of the content. The questions in the quiz adapt to the student's previous answers, providing valuable insights into their reading ability and comprehension. This enables our staff to support each student's progress appropriately.
Research shows that students who read at least 20 minutes a day and achieve a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes make the most significant academic gains. Therefore, our approach focuses on encouraging regular reading and supporting our students in achieving this goal. As well as the reading quizzes, a STAR reading test is done each term. These tests comprise of question that create an estimated reading age of the pupil based on their answers to questions and correct answers from AR book quizzes. This then also recommends a suggested reading level of books. From this, staff can guide students to the correct reading books and work to ensure an upwards progression in reading and understanding.
Students receive various awards based on their Accelerated Reader performance, including: badges, certificates and vouchers to spend in the school library.
At Cecil Jones, we believe that developing strong reading skills is a fundamental aspect of education, and we are committed to supporting our students in achieving their full potential.
“Every child has the right to read for the joy of it and have access to new books” – Cressida Cowell (Children’s Laureate Charter and Author)
At our school, we are committed to providing our students with easy access to a range of books to encourage their love of reading and support their learning. Our library facility is open to students before and after school, as well as during break and lunch, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to access books.
Our library is arranged in clear book level order, making it simple for students to find appropriate level books and monitor their reading progression. We have a broad range of book levels suitable for all abilities, including a dyslexia-friendly section to ensure that every student has access to books they can enjoy and learn from.
In addition to the vast selection of books, students have access to a suite of computers within the library. These computers can be used to complete STAR and AR book quizzes, as well as homework and revision tasks. This approach ensures that our students can access educational resources both in and outside of the classroom, providing them with the tools they need to succeed academically.
At our school, we are committed to creating a supportive learning environment that encourages our students to develop a love of reading and achieve their full potential. By providing easy access to books and educational resources, we aim to inspire our students to become lifelong learners.