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Handbook for Year 7 Parents/Carers

At Walthamstow Academy we are driven by our motto ‘the best in everyone’, and so everything we do is aimed at ensuring that every single child and member of staff has opportunities to demonstrate our core values of ambition, determination and respect. We want our students to aim high and achieve even more. We want you to be proud that your child attends Walthamstow Academy and proud of what they achieve here.

The purpose of this handbook is to share with you the information you will need to support your child through their time here, and to suggest ways in which we can work together to bring out the best in your child.

Thank you for choosing Walthamstow Academy and we all look forward to working with you.

Ms Skae


We aim to provide your child with the best possible education in a happy and focused environment. To do that effectively, we need to work in partnership with you as parents and carers in order to give consistent messages to the children. The mutual support that both you and we can give each other will help your child make the most of all the opportunities open to them.

The Academy has a Home/Academy Agreement which we ask staff, students and parents to commit to. This will be signed as part of our data collection process prior to your child starting at Walthamstow Academy.

Our Home/Academy Agreement sets out what:

  • you can expect from us
  • we expect from you
  • we expect from your child


Our motto is ‘the best in everyone’ and we set high standards with clear expectations. We focus on encouragement, underpinned by good discipline. Staff, students and parents work together and uphold the same high standards to ensure that the best in everyone means:

  • Best work

  • Best attendance and punctuality

  • Best behaviour, attitude and courtesy

  • Best dress

  • Best contribution to Academy life


Walthamstow Academy Values:


Ambition...to achieve the best for ourselves and others.

We show Ambition when we:

  • Have high expectations, dream big and believe

  • Move out of our comfort zone, broaden our perspectives and extend ourselves

  • Be the best we can be all the time  


Respect...for ourselves and others in all that we do.

We show Respect when we:

  • Value, embrace and celebrate differences

  • Demonstrate good manners and are considerate to each other and our environment

  • Show empathy and are kind


Determination…to overcome obstacles and reach success.

We show Determination when we:

  • Continuously try to improve, learning from feedback and experience 

  • Show independence yet know when to ask for help

Embrace failure, overcome barriers and don’t give up

Year 7 Curriculum:


The Year 7 curriculum will include the following subjects across the fortnightly timetable:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • RE
  • French OR Spanish
  • PE
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Computing

Each student will receive a copy of their timetable in September. The student should copy this into their journal in pencil. Parents/carers are asked to help their child to organise themselves for the following day, ensuring they have the correct books and equipment.

Detailed information on our curriculum can be found here: https://www.walthamstow-academy.org/curriculum/curriculum-intent-and-policy

Extra-Curricular Activities:


We offer a range of lunch time and after-hours activities. Students are encouraged to take up these opportunities and to ensure that they attend each week and uphold all our rules and expectations during this time. Details of lunchtime and after school clubs will be shared in September.


Pupil Charter:


Walthamstow Academy aims to develop character, compassion and service. We want young people to look back on a joyful schooling which has inspired and challenged them, given them wide opportunities and prepared them for life’s broad experiences. As such we are committed to ‘The Pupil Charter’, which sets out our expectations for the wider opportunities that each pupil will access during their careers at Walthamstow Academy.

As outlined in the Pupil Charter, during their time at Walthamstow Academy, students will have:

  • Participated in an individual or team sporting activity for at least half a term
  • Participated in a music or performing arts activity for at least half a term
  • Helped others by participating in a social action campaign or by volunteering time
  • Committed to three other activities by attending each for at least half a term (or equivalent)
  • Attended two cultural, artistic or sporting events, with at least one outside their local area
  • Represented their school/year group by taking part in a cultural, artistic, charitable or sporting event to an audience outside Walthamstow Academy
  • Heard from an inspirational speaker
  • Had a chance to share their views about school via the pupil leadership structure
  • Attended a residential trip
  • Had their talents celebrated and recognised
  • Participated in three experiences that helped them make informed decisions about their future and how to get there.


Student Responsibilities:


Students of all ages are encouraged to take up positions of responsibility representing their form or Year group. We have a student council that enables the student voice to be heard and students to be involved in Academy improvement planning. Elections for these roles will be made in at the beginning of each half term and will provide an opportunity for students to become form representative and/or the Year representatives empowering them to contribute to the continued growth of our school. In addition to these roles, we also have student leadership opportunities such as library assistant; student ambassador and in the sixth form the opportunity to run for Head Student.




Homework is an important part of the curriculum and a way of extending learning for all students. It allows work covered in the Academy to be reinforced or extended.

Homework and additional study are a chance to improve and extend knowledge and skills. Parents/ Carers at home and staff at the Academy need to work particularly closely in this area to provide a supportive, structured framework, within which students can find success.

Some ideas about how we can do this are outlined below:

What we do at the Academy:

  • Provide each KS3 student with a set of knowledge organisers for each subject they study
  • Teach students how to revise key content on a regular basis
  • Provide each student with a Character Journal
  • Provide each student with a log-in to Google Classroom (a website we use to enable students, parents and teachers to access homework set online)
  • Set a regular amount of homework
  • Provide feedback regularly, letting students know what level they are at and what they need to do to improve further
  • Let parents/carers know if homework is not being completed
  • Provide spaces for students to use the Academy facilities at the end of the day and at lunchtime to complete homework

What you can do as Parents/Carers:

  • Provide a comfortable, quiet area for homework with a desk/table on which to work
  • Put aside/plan a set time for homework - avoid a rushed approach from the student
  • Check what homework is being set for your child on a regular basis
  • Monitor homework is being completed to the best of your child’s ability - take an interest, discuss work, offer help and advice when needed
  • Inform your child’s form tutor if you have any concerns regarding homework

Online Learning platforms:

At Walthamstow academy we use a variety of online learning platforms to set homework and also for students to learn independently at home. The platforms most commonly used are Google Classroom, SPARX, Seneca and Tassomai. When your child starts in year 7 they will be provided with log in details for all of these platforms, we encourage students to record these in their planners so they are not forgotten. Below, the purpose of each platform will be explained and how you, as a parent, can connect with them to monitor the homework your child is being set.

Google Classroom:

This is where all homework for every student is set and recorded. Parents are strongly advised to obtain these login details from their child in order to monitor the homework which has been set. Parents will be able to access the homework via the Google Classroom app (available to download for free on all Apple/Android smartphones) or via the Google Classroom website. You can also sign up to be a “Google Classroom Guardian” which will then ensure you are sent regular email updates telling you what your child has been set and when their homework is due.

You can sign up here: Get Classroom email summaries (for guardians) - Classroom Help (google.com)


This is a homework and revision tool used in most subjects.

Your child may be set homework to complete on this platform or they may wish to use it independently in their own time. To monitor what your child is being set and is completing you can sign up for a free Seneca parent account here. Seneca have also made this handy 2 minute video to help you get started.


This is a quizzing website used by the Science department to set homework. Your child can download the Tassomai app to complete this on their smart phone or access it using a web browser.


This is a website used by the Maths and English departments to set homework, this can be accessed from their web browser.

Acceptable Internet Use Policy:

The computer systems are owned by the Academy and may be used by students to further their education. The Academy's Internet Access Policy has been drawn up to protect all parties - the students and the Academy.

The Academy reserves the right to examine or delete any files that may be held on its computer system or to monitor any Internet sites visited. Students requesting Internet access must accept and comply with the following guidelines:

  • Access should only be made via the authorised account and password, which should not be made available to any other person.

  • Activity that threatens the integrity of the school ICT systems, or activity that attacks or corrupts other systems, is forbidden.

  • Users are responsible for all e-mails sent and for contacts made that may result in e-mail being received.

  • Use for personal financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising is forbidden.

  • Computer games must not be saved on the computer network.

  • Personal music, videos or photographs must not be saved on the computer network.

  • Copyright of materials must be respected.

  • Use of the network to access inappropriate materials such as pornographic, racist or offensive material is forbidden.

  • Cyber bullying through any electronic means will be dealt with severely. The Police may also be asked to become involved.


Rules for Responsible Internet Use:

The Academy has installed computers with internet access to help our learning. These rules will keep us safe and help us be fair to others.

  • I will only access the system with my own username and password, which I will keep secret.

  • I will not access, modify or delete other people’s files.

  • I will use the computers for class work and homework.

  • I will only e-mail people I know, or whom my teacher has approved.

  • The messages I send will be polite and responsible.

  • I will not give my home address or telephone number, or arrange to meet someone.

  • I will report any unpleasant material or messages sent to me. I understand this report would be confidential and would help protect other students and myself.

I understand that the Academy may check my computer files and may monitor the Internet sites

Andrea Campbell - Assistant Principal, Parents and Primary Liaison

Jess Capstick - Vice Principal, DSL and Y6 Transition Lead

Dan Seed - Vice Principal, Behaviour and Admissions 

Emma Skae - Principal

Students are expected to take pride in their uniform and appearance, creating a positive first impression of the Academy. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own appearance, upholding the uniform policy and showing themselves to have the highest standards at all times.

Principles, Practice and Expectations:

Students not complying with the expectations below may be sent home to change and/or rectify the situation. Minor infringement of the policy will result in a sanction. Items marked with an asterisk* on the uniform list below must be purchased from our uniform supplier, Speedstitch.

Address: Unit 32 Walthamstow Business Centre, London E17 4SX. Telephone: 020 8531 4446.

If there is a medical reason why black shoes cannot be worn then replacement trainers must be black and the Academy must be sent a copy of the medical evidence.


Academy Uniform





Academy Blazer*

Light blue shirt or blouse

Academy tie* (at least 6 stripes showing)

Academy jumper* (optional)

Grey trousers, grey shorts, Academy skirt* (knee-length) or long grey skirt

Plain black socks

Black tights

Bare legs and patterned or coloured socks and tights are not permitted

Dark coat




Plain, black, leather-style or leather shoes

No heels, plimsolls, canvas shoes, trainers, sandals, open toe shoes or boots




Dark bag

- at least A4 in size




No caps

Head coverings must be plain black; with no visible other colour, adornments or logos. They must be worn in such a way that they do not impede vision nor endanger the student’s safety.

Any hair accessories should be plain black.

Hair should not be excessively coloured.




Single, small (less than 5mm in diameter) plain metal stud allowed in each ear lobe.

No visible necklaces, rings or bracelets allowed

The only visible piercings you may have are one earring in each ear


Make up


No excessive makeup allowed

No false eyelashes

Nails should not be longer than fingertip length

Nail extensions/wraps/tips and nail varnish not allowed


PE Kit


Academy T-shirt with logo*

Academy shorts* or tracksuit bottoms* Academy sweatshirt* optional

White sports socks or navy football socks

Trainers: soles must have grip, no plimsolls and no football spikes



Essential Lesson Equipment:

All students are expected to have the following for lessons and for homework:

  • 2 black pens
  • 1 green pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scientific calculator
  • A reading book
  • Clear pencil case

Other recommended items include:

  • Coloured pencils
  • Highlighters

Lost Property:

Parents/carers must mark all equipment and items of uniform, including PE kit, with student name so they can be returned easily if lost and found. The Academy does not accept responsibility for any property that is lost and will not be liable for its replacement. Lost property may be sold or disposed of if not claimed after a period of time. Lost property is held in reception. If property is lost, then reception should be contacted by a student after a normal search has been carried out. Reception staff may require proof of ownership before handing over property.

Banned Items:

Mobile phones and other electronic devices are not allowed.

If students bring a mobile phone to the Academy they must hand it in to the office every morning and collect it on the way home. If this item is lost or stolen the Academy will not be liable to pay for, replace or locate the item.

Timing of the Academy Day:

08:30            Assembly / Form time
09:00 Lesson 1
10:00 Break
10:20 Lesson 2
11:20 Lesson 3
12:20 Lunch
13:10 Lesson 4
14:10 Lesson 5
15:10 End of the day









• We ask that parents or carers telephone the Academy on 020 8527 3750 whenever a student is absent to explain why the student cannot attend school. The Academy should be contacted every day thereafter until the student returns.

• If the Academy has been given no reason for a student’s absence, we will contact home to investigate why we have not been notified. This contact will normally be made by the Academy’s Attendance Officer.

Students who know in advance that they will need permission to miss school, (e.g. to attend a hospital appointment) should bring a note from their parent/carer in advance. Please avoid making dental, doctor’s or optician’s appointments in school time. Only one appointment of this kind will be authorised per academic year.

If an absence is likely to be prolonged, please contact your child's the form tutor so arrangements can be made to send work home.

Holidays in term time:

No holidays are allowed in school time. This is in line with local and government guidelines. Any unauthorised absence for a holiday will incur a fixed penalty charge and may result in court action being taken. The student may also be removed from the Academy roll and parents/carers will have to go via School Admissions to join the waiting list to be taken back on roll.

Your child can only miss education during term time on compassionate grounds. Parents/carers who wish to apply for compassionate leave should follow these procedures:

• As far in advance as possible, write a letter explaining the reasons for compassionate absence and send it to Mr Seed, Vice Principal.

• Mr Seed will decide, on receiving the letter, whether to give permission for the absence. Mr Seed will take into account the reason and the child’s previous attendance.

• In the event of a compassionate leave being authorised, please ensure that your child asks their Head of Year for work to take with them and catches up with any missed work immediately on their return to the Academy. After any compassionate leave, your child will be expected to attend 100% of the time.


• Students must arrive at the Academy before 8.30am.

• Students who arrive between 8.30am and 9.20am will be marked as late and will be issued with a Centralised Detention until 4pm on that day.

• Students who arrive after 9.20am will be marked as an unauthorised absence. 12 unauthorised absences in a term will lead to a fine and possible court action.

Signing out:

If your child must leave the Academy during the day, please write a note in advance of the date and ask your child to get it signed by Mr Seed. Your child will need to show this to the office staff in order to sign out. Students should not be absent due to routine medical appointments; it is expected that these will be made out of school hours.

Break Time Arrangements:

Students are not allowed off site at break time. Students bring healthy food from home to eat in the Dining Hall or on the Terrace.

Lunch Time Arrangements:

Students in Years 7 - 11 must stay on site at lunch time.

At the beginning of the year, Year 7 will be brought down to lunch 10 minutes earlier than the rest of the Academy in order for them to familiarise themselves with our dining hall and how to select and purchase their food.

The Academy uses a cashless catering system to reduce the amount of cash circulating within the Academy. We will write to you with details of how to set up an account for our online parent payment service before your child starts year 7.

If a child is entitled to a Free School Meal, they automatically get funds added to their account to purchase a lunch meal, but parents can still credit their child’s accounts so that an additional snack can be purchased.

Each year group goes for lunch based on a rota. There is a wide variety of food available at both break and lunch time to suit all students (Halal, vegetarian, vegan etc).


Free School Meals:

If your child is entitled to Free School Meals you can apply online https://walthamforest.gov.uk/content/free-school-meals or go in person to a LibraryPlus, our nearest being Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN.

They will confirm your entitlement and inform us of who is on the list. This information must be kept up-to-date and the Academy must be informed of any changes otherwise the cashless catering system for the student will not work.

We believe that communication is vital in strengthening the partnership between students, teachers and parents. This takes place in a variety of ways, therefore it is essential that you keep us informed of any changes to your address, phone numbers and email addresses.

Contact Details:

Address:                 Walthamstow Academy
  Billet Road,

London E17 5DP

Telephone No: 020 8527 3750
E-mail: info@walthamstow-academy.org
Website: www.walthamstow-academy.org








Character Journal:

All students are given a Character Journal at the start of the academic year. It contains useful information for your child as well as a full year diary.

The journal is a useful point of contact between you and the Academy. You may write messages to staff within the journal and individual staff may write messages to you. You can always ask your child to ask that a member of staff signs your message to ensure they have seen it.


Communication with your Child’s Form Tutor:

Any queries relating to your child should first go to your child’s form tutorParents/Carers are encouraged to contact the form tutor to discuss any aspects of their child’s education or welfare.

If any parent feels they need to speak at a more senior level they should next contact reception and ask for the Head of Year 7. If there are still concerns then parents should ask for the SLT link for Year 7 and finally Ms Skae, the Principal.


Our Online App:

All academy letters are sent home via the new app which we will be launching in September. You can also contact the school, register your child’s absence, make payments and view your child’s praise and sanction points using this system. Please look out for the letter detailing how to access this system towards the end of this academic year.


Student Progress:

Teachers may notify parents of any concerns they might have about a student’s progress. This could be via a written note in the journal, by telephone call, our app, email or letter.

You will receive a progress report for your child every half term and a full report of assessment results twice during the year.

The Academy holds a parents/carers' consultation evening for each year group. You will receive a letter in advance with the time and date. Parents/carers and their children in Year 7 are expected to attend. We aim for 100% attendance at these events, which are important in ensuring that we are working together to achieve the very best for your child..

For Year 7 parents/carers there will also be a meeting with Form Tutors within the first month of school to discuss how your child has settled into Academy life. You will receive the information for this event in a separate letter.



Academic and pastoral assessment is ongoing throughout the year. There are two formal sets of examinations, one in January and one in June. Parents/carers will have the opportunity to see how their child is progressing through progress reports sent after each set of examinations.


Academy News:

The Academy will send regular news on events taking place in the Academy via email, text messages and website updates. We also use social media such as Instagram and Twitter to update parents/carers with news about Academy life. We send reminders of key dates such as holiday closures and staff training days so please ensure your contact details are up to date.

Learning a musical instrument at Walthamstow Academy: Autumn Term 2022


At Walthamstow Academy we are committed to ensure that every pupil has access to affordable musical instrument tuition. We hope that investing in your child’s musical education will enrich and support their development both in and out of school. The lessons are run on a carousel timetable during the school day which prevents students from missing the same curriculum lesson each week. We will endeavour to send out regular reminders of the lesson times, and also request that you encourage your child to maintain a good practice routine and attendance habits.


We are proud to offer an instrumental lesson service that is substantially more affordable than private tuition outside of school. Students who are eligible for the government funding ‘pupil premium’ receive an additional £20 subsidy of the cost. Pupil Premium applies to any child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point during the past 6 years. Your child’s current school will be able to confirm if this applies to them.



Instrument Options

We are currently able to offer the following instruments:

● Piano/keyboard

● Guitar

● Drum Kit


Lesson format

All lessons are 20 minutes long. The programme runs on 10 weeks across a term. We are currently not able to facilitate the sharing of lessons, so all lessons are one to one.

By demonstrating the values of Respect, Determination and Ambition, our students can earn respect points. They are given in the form of P1 (+1), P2 (+2) or P3 (+3) according to the table below.


Respect point

Given when…

Students receive

P3 – “exceptional respect, determination & ambition is who I am”

A student shows exceptional respect, determination or ambition.

This is not an award that can be given for just ‘doing the right thing’. A student must go above and beyond to be eligible.


A letter personally presented by Ms Skae congratulating the student on achieving this respect point.

Three respect points gained.

P2 – “I show respect, determination and ambition repeatedly as I want to have a great future and

impress my teachers"

A student shows sustained evidence of the respect, determination or ambition that we expect.

This award will be given where a student’s progress or attainment puts them at, or near, the top of the class.


An email to parents/ carers congratulating them on achieving this respect point.

Two respect points gained

P1 – “I have completed work to a good standard and I have shown respect, as I enjoy receiving recognition.

A student shows evidence of respect, determination or ambition.

Students may show some evidence of progress in their work, or be working particularly well during a section of a lesson.

One respect point gained.


Where a student fails to demonstrate our values, they will lose respect points and be given a sanction. They are given as S1 (-1), S2 (-2) and S3 (-3)



S1 – “For a short space of time my conduct was below the high standard I expect of myself”

A student shows a momentary lack of respect, determination or ambition.


The student receives a warning during a lesson for minor disruption

A single loss of respect point.

S2 – “I have broken a school rule that was put in place to help me learn. For example, I may have been late to school or failed to complete

my homework”

A student shows a lack of respect, determination or ambition.


The student breaks a school rule and thus places themselves or others at a disadvantage for learning.

A one hour centralised detention after school.


Two respect points lost

S2 – “I have shown a serious lack of respect for myself and/or others, I need time to reflect and I need help to ensure I do not repeat this poor behaviour”

A student shows a serious and/or sustained lack of respect, determination or ambition


A student does not respond to two warnings to cease low-level disruption or when a transgression of the school rules is too serious for an S1 to be given

An entire school day in the Protected Learning Room


Three respect points lost



Respect Boards:

Every two weeks, a student’s respect points total is calculated. Each year group is then placed in rank order, from the person with the highest number of respect points to the person with the lowest. This rank order is published on a board in the Agora. We do this so that there is complete transparency and so that students can see clearly how their conduct compares to others.

Tutors track changes in respect points and discuss these with students in their tutor group. Heads of Year also discuss them in assembly and often run tutor group competitions to see which tutor group can gain the most points overall.


New Leaf Monday & Values Booklets:

We all make mistakes, and we deserve recognition when we change our behaviour for the better. For that reason, every half term the Respect Boards in the Agora are reset to zero for every student. If a student did well in the previous half term and gained a positive score, then they now must show they can do it again. If a student did not do well and had a negative score, then they now have a second chance. For this reason, we call the first Monday back after each holiday ‘New Leaf Monday’.

New Leaf Monday isn’t just about resetting the respect boards. We also use this time as an opportunity to reflect on the extent to which students have demonstrated the school values over the previous half term and to set targets for the new half term. The first week of each half term is a time for reflecting on successes, learning from mistakes and setting a positive tone for the weeks ahead. Students are provided with a ‘values booklet’ which they fill in with their tutor’s guidance during the first week back.


Respect Assemblies:

The final assembly of each half term is a ‘Rewards and recognition assembly’. We use these assemblies to recognise the exceptional achievement off students before New Leaf Monday starts everyone off from zero. In these assemblies, students are congratulated on exceptional attendance, high respect point totals and excellent academic performance.

Illness and Accidents:


If your child is too ill to come in, it is advised that your child remains at home. However, if any illness lasts longer than two days we would expect your child to complete work on Google Classroom once they begin to recover.

If your child becomes ill in a lesson and the teacher feels that medical treatment cannot wait until the next break, your child will be sent to an Academy First Aider. Parents/carers will be contacted if required. In more serious cases, where hospital attention is deemed necessary, the Academy will contact parents/carers who will be expected to accompany their child to hospital. Students do not contact home themselves unless specifically asked by an Academy First Aider.


Medical Information:


You must provide information to the Academy of any medical conditions that your child has. The Academy also needs to be informed of any special measures, e.g. dietary, pre-activity precautions and of any medication brought into the Academy at any time. If a child is registered as having a medical condition such as asthma or an allergy, they cannot attend an Academy trip without their inhaler, EpiPen or other necessary medication. Please ensure the Academy is immediately informed of any medical investigations or concerns you have about your child’s health and wellbeing.

All medical information received by the Academy will be treated confidentially.

The Academy has a strict policy that no medication will be given orally or externally unless written permission has been given by the parent/carer. All medication must be handed in to the Academy First Aider, clearly labelled. It is essential that the Academy has up to date contact details in case of emergency contact being required.

Special Educational Needs (SEN):

Students with SEN or EAL needs at Walthamstow Academy benefit from a number of support strategies in order to meet their individual learning needs. Walthamstow Academy has a strong relationship with all the services offered by external agencies in Waltham Forest and we can direct both our students with SEN or EAL and their families to first class support. The SEN and EAL departments at Walthamstow Academy can deliver personalised intervention programmes to meet the individual needs of our learners.


In-school Support:

  • Students with an EHCP and those registered as having Additional Special Educational Needs receive a Student Strategy sheet which is shared with all staff.

  • Appropriate information is shared about each student’s Special Educational Need with all their class teachers.

  • In-lesson support is provided by our team of Learning Support Assistants. Exam access arrangements are made to support the achievements of all our students with SEN, providing extra time, a reader or a scribe where eligible.

  • Intervention workshops are available to our students with SEN who need additional support with literacy, numeracy, behavioural, social, emotional and communication needs. Some of the intervention programmes offered include: Lexia, Speech & Language Groups, Mentoring, Booster Classes and Homework Club.

The Sanctuary:

  • This nurturing environment offers small group withdrawal programmes to boost literacy, numeracy, social skills etc. These interventions are generally offered before and/or after school as well as at break and lunch times.

  • Students are welcome in this space during break and lunch time to receive support.

  • The progress of students is closely monitored to ensure they can access the full curriculum.

Homework Club:

Every day after school the Academy provides a safe environment and resources to complete homework in the library.


English As An Additional Language (EAL):

Occurring most lunchtimes, our EAL learners are supported in English Language workshops at different levels. This is overseen by a member of the Inclusion Department. All EAL learners are allocated a buddy to support them during their integration into Walthamstow Academy.


Challenge for All:

Every lesson will include specific stretch and challenge activities to extend the learning of our students. This may include questioning, research tasks or working at the board to model work. We also have an extensive enrichment programme which challenges and extends students. Every lesson ensures stretch and challenge for all students, regardless of their prior attainment.


Other Support Services for Students:

The student support services in the Academy include; independent careers education and guidance; personal, social, and health education; our daily tutor programme; student mentoring and higher education guidance.


Overall, our aim is to encourage students to take increasing responsibility in all aspects of their learning and to support them in this process. For this reason, there is a strong emphasis in our tutor programme on individual and group interviews with tutors, target- setting and action planning. You will be involved in this process at our parents/carers consultation evenings.

There are first aiders who can provide health and medical advice as well as providing first aid.

The Academy also have a trained Student Support Advisor who is available to all students on a drop-in basis at break times and lunchtime as well as for scheduled appointments made by the Head of Year. The safeguarding team deal with any emotional, health and welfare issues.


Personal, Social, Health, Religious Education (PSHRE):

PSHE underpins the education of all students at Walthamstow Academy. The school considers it of paramount importance as it helps shapes the lives of each individual student. PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions in relationships to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges, and responsibilities they will face growing up.


The programme is delivered via tutor time and assembly and it takes a holistic learning journey spanning your child’s whole school career, with a progressive, spiral curriculum that addresses real needs in a rapidly changing world. Each session is designed relevant to the age of each child and they explore personal, social and health issues such as taking responsibility, valuing themselves and others, health and hygiene including relationships, religious beliefs around the world, sex and drug education, careers guidance, decision making and study skills.


Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education (SMSC):

SMSC education is taught and championed across the school’s diverse curriculum here at Walthamstow Academy we are aligned with Ofsted who highlights the importance of SMSC as central to the development and growth of pupils as people and at the heart of what teachers would say education is all about. (Promoting and evaluating pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development’ OFSTED March 2004.)


SMSC explores your child’s role in society and the wider community focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose. Areas of study include: Fundamental British Values, LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer plus) month, Black History month, The Prevent Strategy (safeguarding people from the threat of extremism) alongside other topics which promote tolerance and diversity such as social cohesion and race relations.


Work Related Learning (WRL):

The aim of WRL is to prepare students for the world of work. The programme of study throughout key stage 3 (years 7 to 9) focuses on career discovery and skills building by introducing students to the key employability skills and the different careers available to them in the future.  Most of the WRL sessions that your child will participate in, will take place during tutor time, but there will also be several industry-led workshops, trips and activities throughout the academic year. At Walthamstow Academy, we view careers as a journey and each year your child will develop additional skills to support them in their future career.

For more information about our Work-Related Learning and Careers offering, please view the WRL webpage under the curriculum tab on the school website - https://www.walthamstow-academy.org/curriculum/work-related-learning-and-careers

This handbook contains key guidance and, in some cases, summary information on Academy policies. Parents/carers are able and welcome to request sight of the full policies (both Walthamstow Academy and those of the sponsoring body – United Learning) from the Academy office or they can be found on our website. Policies include:


  • Accessibility
  • Admissions
  • Anti-bullying
  • Behaviour
  • CCTV
  • Charging and Remissions
  • Curriulum, Teaching and Learning, and Assessment
  • Data Privacy
  • Data Protection
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Feedback
  • First Aid and Medical
  • Homework
  • Intimate Care
  • Privacy Notice - Home testing data
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safeguarding
  • Special Education Needs
  • Summer School
  • United Learning Group Data Protection
  • Whistleblowing

Autumn Term: (72 days)

  • Thursday 1 September 2022 to Friday 16 December 2022.
  • Half term holiday Monday 24 October 2022 to   Friday 28 October 2022.
  • Christmas Holiday Monday 19 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023

The first day of the school year for students is Monday 5 September. Exact arrival times will be shared later this year.


Spring Term: (59 days)

  • Tuesday 3 January 2023 to Friday 31 March 2023.
  • Half term holiday Monday 13 February 2023 to Friday 17 February 2023.
  • Easter holiday Monday 3 April 2023 to Friday 14 April 2023.


Summer Term: (64 days)

  • Monday 17 April 2023 to Friday 21 July 2023.
  • Half term holiday Monday 29 May 2023 to Friday 2 June 2023.


INSET days (school closed to students):

  • Thursday 1 September
  • Friday 2 September  
  • Friday 11 November
  • Friday 2 December
  • Tuesday 3 January
  • Monday 13 March
  • Monday 17 April
  • Tuesday 18 April

We acknowledge that parents/carers will, from time to time, have normal and legitimate concerns about the progress, achievement, behaviour or welfare of their child. Parents/carers are encouraged to make these concerns known to staff so they can be addressed in partnership with the Academy.

In most cases we would hope to be able to resolve a complaint informally. A concern or complaint may be raised with any member of staff but in the first instance this would usually be your child’s form tutor or Head of Year. They will try and resolve the matter or will refer you to the appropriate person.

If the complaint cannot be resolved or in the event you are not satisfied, you will be advised to make a formal complaint, in writing, to Ms Skae by completing the online form available here or writing to her at the Academy: Billet Road, Walthamstow, London E17 5DP

A full copy of the Complaints Policy is available upon request at reception.

In the event of severe weather, the decision to close the Academy rests with the Principal who will place a message on the Academy’s website and a text message will be sent.

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