Emailed to parents, carers and students 20/07/22

Arrangements for the Start of Term: September 2022

Monday 5 September is the first day of the new academic year for our students including new Year 7s. This will be week 1 of timetables. The gates will be open at 8:15 ready for the start of school at 8:30. All students will need to please enter via Students Gates A, B or C. For new students, please note that the bike racks are accessible via gates B or C not A. New signage is being installed over the summer break including on the three student gates.

On Monday 5 September, we will be having a staggered start as follows:


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Arrive 8.15am.

Report to the Main Hall on arrival

Arrive by 9.15am.

Report to tutor base at 9.20am.

Arrive by 9.15am.

Report to tutor base at 9.20am.

Arrive by 9.15am.

Report to tutor base at 9.20am.

Arrive 8.15am.

Report to tutor base at 8.30am.

We have four Houses with 11 tutor groups in each House and two tutors in each tutor group. Each tutor group comprises 4 – 5 students from each year group, making a total of approximately 25 students.  Tutor groups are called: C1 to C11 for Churchill; R1 to R11 for Ramsey; E1 to E11 for Ennis; N1 to 11 for Nightingale.

Key Dates for the Autumn Term

For your diary, please note the following key dates:


Wednesday 7 September       School photos for all students/staff

Tuesday 13 September           BBC Careers Story Tour for Years 8 – 11

Thursday 22 September          Year 11 Parent Evening 4 – 7pm

Wednesday 28 September     HPV1 Vaccinations Year 8 boys and girls

Friday 30 September               Community Event: Bake sale in aid of MacMillan

Thursday 6 October                Open evening for Year 6 pupils

Thursday 20 October              Year 11 Success Fayre (Evening)

Friday 21 October                   Community Event: Red Card Day (non-uniform day)

Wednesday 16 November      The Class of 2022 Graduation Evening (Year 11 leavers)

w/c 14 & 21 November           PREs for Year 11 students

Tuesday 13 December            HPV2 vaccines Year 9 boys and girls

Wednesday 14 December      Community Event: Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch

Thursday 15 December          Year 7 theatre trip

Friday 16 December               Whole School Assembly P4 and early close 1pm


Uniform & Equipment

Students must please wear their full and complete academy uniform when they return in September and be properly equipped for learning in terms of pens, pencils, a rule, a Casio calculator, headphones for music/computing and a reading book.

The school photographers will be with us on Wednesday 7 September to photograph students in all year groups and academy jumpers need to be worn. If the weather remains warm at the start of term we will move to warm weather rules where jumpers are optional.

When buying new school shoes this summer, please remember to abide by our rule that shoes must be plain black and made from leather/leather-look materials. Canvas shoes are not permitted because they do not protect your child’s feet in wet weather.

For a reminder of our expectations with regards to equipment, academy uniform, shoes, trousers and accessories, please visit the Parent/Uniform page of our website.

PMG Schoolwear Ipswich have asked us to tell parents that they are offering online shopping as well as an appointment system. Their deadline is 12 August for delivering clothing items in time for the start of term.

Finally, may we take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and restful summer.  We look forward to seeing all of our students again in September and to welcoming our new Year 7 students.


Mr Mark Bouckley



Attendance/Absence:  or 01473 466145
Complaints: or 01473 466136

Exams: or 01473 466108
General queries: or 01473 742315

Safeguarding concerns: or 01473 466156

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VISION & VALUES: Westbourne is an inclusive academy. We support all students, regardless of starting point, to achieve their potential and develop the skills necessary for employment and life.