Monthly Archives: September 2018

Dates For Your Diary

Following the parents’ meeting on Monday night, here are the year 6 SATs dates for this year:

Monday 13th May –  Grammar and Punctuation (45 mins)
Spelling (15 mins)

Tuesday 14th May –  Reading (1 hour)

Wednesday 15th May – Arithmetic Paper (30 mins)
Maths Reasoning Paper (40 mins)

Thursday 16th May – Maths Reasoning Paper 2 (40 mins)

Writing assessments will continue until 30th June.

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We will also be holding two Parent Workshops for Year 6 parents to attend. These will take place on the following evenings at 6pm:

Wednesday 17th October – Grammar & Punctuation Workshop

Wednesday 14th November – Numeracy Workshop


Signhills Academy Notices

Below are some notices relating to the start of the year.  We will continue to use the online news posts and playground notice boards to share information and news; I would urge you all to use these to stay up to date.  The Signhills News site can be found at signhillsblog.wordpress .com (there is also a link on the school website) and you can ‘follow’ the site to have updates automatically sent to an email address or, if you are a Twitter user, you can follow us at @signhillsblog.  We will also continue to use paper letters and texts as appropriate.


Start of the Day

A number of children have been arriving at school very early.  Please remember that, whilst the gates are open, the children are not supervised by the staff team until 8:45am when the doors are opened for the start of the day.  If your child needs to leave the house considerably earlier than that, we operate a Breakfast Club – in the New Hall – from 8:00am every morning.  This can be accessed as-and-when, with no need to pre-book.  Attendance is £1 per day.


 Jeans for Genes – Friday 21st September

Please let your children wear their jeans to school with their uniform top to raise money and awareness for the thousands of children living with genetic disorders.  Please send a £1 donation.  More information can be found at


Free School Meals & the Pupil Premium

If you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, your child will be eligible for free school meals and additional funding to support their learning. You will also benefit from financial help with residential trips.  To check your eligibility for Pupil Premium (and Free School Meals), please follow the link on the academy website – in Parental Information – or ask a member of staff for further details.


Parents’ Evening             

This term’s parents’ evenings will take place on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th October.  Your child will bring a letter home to arrange the appointment.  On the 9th – from 4:00pm – Chartwells (our school meal provider) will be serving sample meals if you would like to try them.


Individual Photos

Individual pupil photos will take place on Tuesday 30th October.


Open Grammar & Punctuation Lessons

You, or other family members, are invited to work alongside your child in a ‘normal’ punctuation and grammar lesson.  Please limit participants to a maximum of two adults per child and do not bring younger siblings.

Year 3                    Monday 15th October                                     09:05 – 09:35

Year 4                    Wednesday 17th October                              09:05 – 09:35

Year 5                    Tuesday 16th October                                     09:05 – 09:35

Year 6                    Thursday 18th October                                   09:05 – 09:35

Please use the main entrance to attend your child’s open punctuation and grammar lesson.


Book Fair

From Tuesday 30th October until Monday 5th November the Book Fair will be in the Ocean Room, accessible from the playground, after school until 4pm.


Xander & the Peace Pirates Concert

As you (should) already know, we have the band coming into school on Tuesday 25th September.  They are also performing in the New Hall at 6.30pm.  To try to get a good atmosphere for the evening performance we have re-launched the event with all tickets costing £4 per person.  Tickets can be booked at the following web address –


Children in Need

To support Children in Need this year, children may come to school in non-uniform on Friday 16th November.  In keeping with the Children in Need theme – the spottier the outfit the better!


If you have any questions about any of the events, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.

Jeans for Genes


Friday 21st September

Please let your children wear their jeans to school with their uniform top to raise money and awareness for the thousands of children living with genetic disorders.  Please send a £1 donation.  More information can be found at

Xander and The Peace Pirates Performance

We are very excited to have booked a band to perform at Signhills Academy on the evening of Tuesday 25th September from 6:30pm onwards. The band are ‘Xander and the Peace Pirates’ and, in June this year, they were the subject of a BBC3 documentary series ‘Amazing Humans’ with the focus on lead singer, guitarist and songwriter, Keith Xander, who was born with only half a right arm. You can use the following link to watch the BBC3 clip and find out more about the band:

The band’s music is a combination of soul, blues and rock, and they have shared space onstage with many well-known performers such as Bon Jovi, Manfred Mann and Joe Bonamassa. Our pupils will have the opportunity to watch the band perform during the school day and be involved in a Q & A session with the band members, but we would like to offer you all the chance to see the band perform. To support with the cost, tickets for the evening performance are priced at £9 per adult and £4 per child. All tickets must be booked via the link below.

This is a fantastic opportunity for both the school and the community and we hope you will join us on the evening to see this inspirational group perform.