Acland Burghley

Acland Burghley



Dear Parent/Carer,

Arrangements for the start of the academic year

I am writing to introduce myself to you as the new Headteacher of Acland Burghley School from 1st September. It has been a great pleasure meeting so many parents and students over the last few months, and I am very grateful for the warm welcome I have received. It is an exciting time to be joining the school, and I am looking forward to working in partnership with families and the whole local community to ensure that every student reaches his or her potential.

Excellent learning sits at the heart of school life, and we need to ensure together that all students make rapid progress and do their very best. To this end I would strongly encourage all students to read widely, both about their topics of study, and also novels and non-fiction texts which expand their horizons and expose them to new ideas.

In our school students do not wear a uniform, but there are many things we do in a uniform manner to identify ourselves as a learning community with high standards and expectations. Every student comes to school every day, on time, with a bag containing all the necessary equipment for the day’s lessons. Student planners are used daily to record homework and independent learning tasks, and for communication between families and the school. We take pride in the work in students’ books, and as from this term, we are asking parents to support this by ensuring that every exercise book is covered neatly with sticky-backed plastic by the end of the first full week back.

As well as working hard and learning in class, school is a time to make friends and take part in sport and extra-curricular activities. Because of this, we do not encourage students to bring to school electronic devices, including mobile phones and head phones. The use of electronic devices by students in years 7 to 11 is not permitted on the school site. 

We take seriously our responsibility to promote healthy eating. To support this, we encourage students to eat a healthy school or packed lunch in the school dining room. Students in Years 7 to 11 will remain in the school at lunchtime. We do not permit fizzy or sugared drinks.

If you have any concerns about any part of school life, do please feel free to contact me at the school. I look forward to meeting you soon, and working with the whole school community as we learn to succeed together.

Yours sincerely, 



Nicholas John