Parents

In this section parents can access all the information they need to know regarding their child's education at New Rickstones Academy.

We welcome feedback and suggestions via our Contact Us email address, contactus@newrickstonesacademy.org

If any parents would like to request an extra copy of correspondence / reports to be sent to a second address for a parent not living with his or her child please phone Main Reception.

Parent, Student and Academy Expectations

Education is a partnership between home and school and our aim is 'TO MAKE OUR BEST BETTER'

New Rickstones Academy will do its best to enable students and staff to give of their best and to achieve their best:

  • Spiritually
  • Morally
  • Socially
  • Intellectually
  • Physically

New Rickstones Academy aspires to achieve its aim by:

  • developing the individual talents of all students to their fullest potential, enabling them to gain the best results and qualifications of which they are capable; 
  • engendering a sense of personal worth and physical well-being, enabling students to become self-confident, self-reliant, self-disciplined and responsible, in an environment that offers support, guidance and counselling as necessary;
  • creating an enjoyable, lively and creative process of teaching and learning; 
  • promoting high standards of behaviour, good personal relationships and a respect for the individual whatever his or her age, abilities, race, background or creed; 
  • providing an environment in which all staff experience a sense of professional well-being and are willing to give of their best; 
  • fostering the partnership between students, staff, parents, governors and the wider community; 
  • ensuring ‘every child matters’. 

As part of our charter you can expect the following from us:

  • Homework – Timetable
  • Uniform List
  • Coursework – Timetable
  • Parents’ Consultation Days
  • Regular Reports
  • Regular Newsletters
  • Options Information
  • Open/Information Evenings
  • Extra-Curricular Opportunities
  • A Year 7 Introduction Booklet
  • A Careers Interview
  • Behavioural Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy

The NRA Agreement is as follows

1. The Parents/Carers will:
  • ensure that my/our child attends regularly and is punctual;
  • inform the Academy of any concerns that may affect my/our child’s work or behaviour;
  • attend Parents’ Consultation Days and discussions about my/our child’s progress;
  • ensure my/our child is properly equipped for the Academy and wears the correct uniform;
  • support the Academy's policies and guidelines for behaviour and homework;
  • get to know about my/our child’s life at New Rickstones Academy;
  • ensure that my/our child behaves in a responsible and positive manner towards others.
2. The Academy will
  • care for your child’s safety and happiness;
  • treat each child as an individual;
  • aim to help each student attain his/her full potential;
  • have a special needs offer and respond to the needs of SEND children in accordance with this;
  • provide a balanced curriculum to meet your child’s needs;
  • set regular and sufficient homework;
  • send home regular reports and arrange Parents’ Consultation Days for discussion of student progress;
  • let parents know about any concerns or problems that affect their child’s progress or behaviour;
  • deal with complaints promptly, in accordance with our compliments/complaints policy;
  • keep parents informed about Academy activities through regular newsletters;
  • be open and welcoming at all times.
3. The Student will
  • attend regularly and on time;
  • come fully equipped every day, ready to learn;
  • wear correct uniform;
  • complete my homework
  • observe the Academy's behaviour and anti-bullying policies;
  • ask someone when I need help, no matter how small the problem may seem;
  • respect myself;
  • respect and care for other people, buildings and equipment;
  • keep the Academy free from litter and graffiti;
  • become involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible;
  • enjoy my time at New Rickstones Academy.

Attendance/Absence Reporting

If your son/daughter is absent you need to inform the Academy each day they are off.  You will need to speak to our attendance officer and give the reason for your son/daughters absence, please phone 01376 515756 ext. 265

Where possible doctors and dental appointment should be made before or after school, however in the event that an appointment needs to be made during school time we would expect students to attend their lessons prior to or following the appointment.

From September 2013, holidays in term time cannot be authorised by schools and academies. Such unauthorised absence my result in a fixed penalty notice.

If you require any further information please contact Mr Skinner, Assistant Vice Principal - Student Wellbeing.

Academy Uniform

You can purchase uniform from the Academy finance office, please click here for more information.

Free School Meals

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Claiming is easy - simply contact student reception and complete the application form and provide evidence of the above documentation (We are happy to photocopy this for you).