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Letter to parents / Carers 11.10.21

Letter to Parent/Carers 01.10.21

Letter to Parent /Carers 23.9.21

Letter to Parent/Carers 17.9.21

Welcome Letters from the Head of Year

Year 7 Welcome letter

Year 8 Welcome letter

Year 9 Welcome Letter

Year 10 Welcome Letter

Year 11 Welcome Letter

Attendance information letter – September 2021

Attendance letter LEA Sep 2021

Letter to Y7 parents – re-opening September 2021

Letter to Y8 – Y11 parents September 2021 re-opening

YEAR 7 Covid testing information and consent form details

Letter to Y7 parents re Covid testing September 2021

Y7 – GAA Consent form for COVID-19 Testing

Covid-19 Mass Testing in School FAQ Sheet (002)

Great Academy Ashton – Privacy Notice

Data Protection Covid Testing FAQs for Parents

School Gateway – Information letter

School gateway info letter Sep 21

Tameside free school meals link –

Oldham free school meals link –


Click on link – ‘GCSE Results Press Release 12th August 2021’

Click on twitter link for updates and photographs of the day – @gaaprincipal


End of term letter 16.7.21

15 07 21 – Letter to Parents – DPH – Step 4

GAA Behaviour Policy September 2021


Year 9 Options Information:


BRAND NEW online course from the Solihull Approach (NHS)

Free online offer to all our Parents in Tameside

#BeeWell Survey

BeeWell parent info and consent sheet

ARABIC BeeWell parent info and consent sheet

BENGALI BeeWell parent info and consent sheet

GUJARATI BeeWell parent info and consent sheet

PANJABI BeeWell parent info and consent sheet

POLISH BeeWell parent info and consent sheet

URDU BeeWell parent info and consent sheet

Department for Education mobile data pilot scheme

Click here  – DfE Pilot Scheme – Mobile Data Offer

Discover Kooth drop in-sessions for Mental Health Awareness week 10th – 16th May

GM Parents_Carers Discover Kooth – Mental Health Awareness Week

GM Educational Professionals Discover Kooth – Mental Health Awareness Week

To register a place for one of these sessions, follow the link to Eventbrite here:

Important letters and information

Information sent 16.7.21

End of term letter 16.7.21

15 07 21 – Letter to Parents – DPH – Step 4

GAA Behaviour Policy September 2021

Year 11

Year 11 Exam day letter 14.7.21

Rising Year 7 update letter 22.06.21 – please see below

Cancellation of Family Learning Day 2021 letter

Letter to Parent & Carers 7.6.21

Letter to Year 10 Parents & Carers 28.5.21

Letter to Parents and carers 18.5.21

Letter to Parents & Carers 14.5.21

Yr 10 Letter 28.4.21

Year 7 Parents evening 6.5.21

Year 8 Parents evening 27.5.21

Digital revolution letter 23.3.21

Letter to Parent & Carers 11.3.21

Year 10 Parents Evening – 25th March 2021

Year 10 parents evening letter 11.3.21

Covid testing in school for students

Letter to Parent & Carers 1.3.21

Great Academy Ashton – Privacy Notice

Covid-19 Mass Testing in School FAQ Sheet

Data Protection Covid Testing FAQs for Parents

Letter to parents 12.2.21

Half term Family Reading Challenge

Letter to parents 12.2.21 – Virtual Academy Survey

Children’s Mental Health week 1 – 7 February 2021 KOOTH – Mental wellbeing support

Kooth Eventbrite Poster – Parent Sessions TG

Kooth have developed a new campaign ‘Don’t Do It Alone’ (accompanied by a video launched this week on social media) that’s designed to encourage open conversations around mental health so children and young people know they’re not alone with their struggles.

Bespoke materials

Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 Activities

Online resources for children and young people  

Letter to parents 05.02.21

Letter to parents 28.01.21

Year 7 Head of Year letter January 21

Microsoft Teams – Year 7 Guide

Year 8 Head of Year  letter January 21

Year 9 Head of Year  letter January 21

Year 10 Head of Year letter January 21

Year 11  Head of Year letter January 21

Year 9 Parents Evening Letter

Letter to parents 11.01.21 DWA

Year 10 OCR National Examination, Monday 11th January 2021, Sports Science

Year 11 Examination, Monday 11th January 2021 OCR National Health and Social Care

Year 11 Examination, Monday 11th January 2021 Creative iMedia

Update on Year 11 GCSE and BTEC Examinations 05.1.21

Principal’s Letter 04.01.21

Year 11 Remote Learning Letter 04.01.21

Remote Learning Letter 04.01.21


Update Letter from Miss Owen 18.12.20

Teams Guide for students

End of term letter from Miss Owen 11.12.20

Letter to Parents 11.12.20

Year 11 Virtual Parents evening Thursday 14th January 2021 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Year 11 Parents evening letter 11.12.20

Parents’ Evening Information Year 11

igo Bus Pass – Important information December 2020 (please click on the link below)


THC vape warning





Year 11 Exams Letters KBA 6.11.20



First, FSM vouchers, as you may have seen last weekend Executive Leader, Cllr Brenda Warrington, announced that no child in Tameside on free school meals would go hungry over the half-term break. A voucher to the value of £15 from either Tesco or Asda is available for each eligible child. Parents or carers of children on benefits-related free school meals can go to the Tameside Council website and complete an online form. Further information and how to apply can be found here at

If parents or carers are unsure about filling in the form or don’t have access to the internet they can contact the Early Help Access Team on 0161 342 4260 to talk through the process. Likewise, if families need any other urgent support they can contact the team on the same number. There is also information on wider help available for children and families on our website at


Foundation Learning Curriculum

Power Point and video by Miss Lees explaining the Foundation Learning curriculum in more detail and you will find it in the Foundation Learning section.

A link to the video is:

Please click on link to view Mrs Langley’s letter to parents/carers – Letter from Mrs Langley 31.10.20


FAO All Parents and Students – RE: Face Coverings in School

In line with recent government guidance we are implementing a policy of requiring face coverings in communal areas – for example at social times unless eating, in corridors, before and when leaving the site or at any other point when outside the classroom or learning environment. This is because these are the points where unplanned contact could occur outside planned classes/groups/bubbles.

However, students may be asked to remove a face covering briefly for identification purposes and we would expect them to comply with this request. Face coverings will remain optional when in classrooms/learning environments.

In the same way that there are exceptions for some adults with particular needs that prevent them wearing face coverings we will no doubt need to make exceptions for some students – if this applies to your child, please let their Head of Year know in advance of their return. Please can all parents discuss with the students the reasons for this rule, and the reasons for the exceptions – we do not want anyone isolated or uncomfortable in this situation because of a lack of understanding.

Please note that, in line with many schools, we will consider the face covering part of our uniform policy. Therefore they MUST be plain black, white or grey, with no logos displayed, OR the disposable blue masks currently in general usage. They must be a face covering made for the purpose – NOT a scarf please, this has other connotations that are not to be invited into the school environment.

Staff will also be asked to wear face coverings in the same circumstances.


November 2020 – Miss Owen’s update letter to parents

Letter to parents  6.11.20

October 2020 – Mrs Langley’s update letters to parents

Letter from Mrs Langley 9.10.20

September 2020 – Mrs Langley’s update letters to parents

Letter to Parents 2.10.20

Year 11 Letter 30.9.20

Letter 28.9.20

25.09.2020 – Letter to Parents and Carers

Letter  14.9.20

Letter 7.9.20

Letter 8.9.20


Parent Pack – Parent Information Letter 25.08.20

Parent Pack – Student Return Booklet Sept 2020

Parent Pack – Home School Agreement Sept 2020 – Covid


Update from Mrs Langley 19th August 2020
I hope you have had a lovely summer and are feeling optimistic about a return to school in September. This is just a short note to let you know that we are still working to the plan we shared before the summer, with Y7 starting with us on September 2nd, Y11 on September 3rd and all other year groups on Friday 4th. The timings, entrances and exits, one-way system, timetable plans, routines and Risk Assessment details are undergoing final review this week – so next week we will be sharing with you and all students the detailed information you will all need to help you feel confident about the new term. In general however, be assured that there will be a wide curriculum offer for all students in place, with some logistical adjustments to reduce “contact” numbers and risk. Please look out for our letter and information pack next week, do make sure you are ready with uniform! – and do get in touch if you have any questions, we will do our best to respond as quickly as we can.


Y11 Parent letter update 19.08.20

Y11 Parent letter update 12.08.20

Important update letter to Y11 Parents – 110820

Yr 11 Allocated times to collect standardised grades

Letter to parents 10th July 2020

Letter to parents 3rd July 2020

Year 11 Letter to parents 1st July 2020

Letter to parents 26th June 2020

Letter to parents 19th June 2020

Letter to parents 12th June 2020

Y10 Wider Opening Letter to Parent 12th June 2020

Letter to parents 5 June 2020

Letter to parents 29 May 2020

Letter to parents 18 May 2020


Dear Parent/Carer,

In light of the Covid-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak, Government guidelines state that from Monday 23rd March 2020, if it is at all possible for children to be at home then they should be.

A list of key workers as defined by the Government are detailed here:

  • National Health Service
  • Armed forces
  • Teachers and childcare staff
  • Care home workers
  • Social workers
  • Police officers, community support, civilian staff
  • Prison officer or other probation staff
  • Firefighters
  • Local authority planners
  • Environmental health officers
  • Highway Agency traffic officers

You may be asked to provide evidence of your Key Worker status such as a recent payslip or bank statement.

May we also remind you that if you or any member of your household develops symptoms associated with the Covid-19 (Corona Virus) disease, then you should all self-isolate for 14-days. Please refer to the Government guidelines, the most up-to-date of which can be found on the Government website (

With our very best wishes,
Mrs J Langley




Week 1 23rd March Students taking part in Community Week in school 

Week 2 30th March Students Newsletter

Week 6 27th April Students Newsletter



Messages for Young People re Emotional Wellbeing with COVID19 2020 03 30



The SEND Pupil Support Service is now offering a Parent Helpline. The service is for the parents/carers of children with EHCPs, currently not in school. The service will offer support and guidance to parents who have SEND children at home, and who are currently struggling to support, engage and/or manage their SEND needs. The SEND team may be able to suggest strategies to help parents and carers to engage their child with work set by school. The helpline will be available to parents from Monday 30th March 2020, and will operate between the hours of 9am-1pm.

Helpline details as follows: Monday – Friday:
9am to 11am: 0161-3438381        11am to 1pm: 07971132375