Information for current parents

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‘The Source’ is the weekly newsletter for parents and carers of students at Shenley Academy. Click below to read the copies of the newsletter which have been published this academic year and to see archives of our previous years.

 The Academy Day

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Each college has three morning assemblies over the course of a two week period. One assembly is delivered by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the others are usually delivered by the Head of College. The content of each assembly is often linked to the ‘Theme of the week’, which can be found on the main academy calendar. Form groups are invited to make suggestions for the weekly themes.

Students are also expected to help compose and deliver form assemblies on a rota basis throughout the year. These are a vehicle for the development of some of the key skills and attributes that are at the heart of everything we do as an academy. More detail on these skills can be found in the curriculum area of the website in our Shenley Horizons curriculum overview.

In addition there are times in the academy year where it is important that year groups are able to attend assemblies on aspects of their learning which are unique to their academic year e.g. preparation for work experience assemblies are held in years 9 and 10; preparing for examinations are held in years 10 and 11; an introduction to the maths mastery curriculum is held in year 7.

At the end of every term, each college comes together to celebrate the achievements and efforts of all students in a special ‘Awards Assembly’. Certificates of merit are awarded to students depending upon their performance in a range of academic and pastoral criteria throughout the term.

The academy assembly schedule is highlighted below:

Week 1 Assemblies
10:45 - 11:0511:10 - 11:30
Week 2 Assemblies
10:45 - 11:0511:10 - 11:30
*Neptune and Saturn alternate their Tuesday (Week 2) assembly slot on a half-termly basis


In order for children to achieve to the best of their ability it is important that they attend academy every day. Each student is given an individual target of 97%.

If your child is genuinely ill please contact the attendance team on the day of absence before 9.00am. Please try and arrange medical appointments out of the academy day however we appreciate that this is not always possible.

If you have any questions please contact the pastoral support managers for your son/daughter’s college:

CollegePastoral Support Manager
JupiterMrs Benham
MercuryMiss Stevenson
NeptuneMr Beeston
SaturnMiss Fletcher
VenusMiss Blanchette

Holidays During Term Time


What the law says:


The DfE regulations make it clear that parents do not have any right or entitlement to take a child out of school for the purposes of a term time holiday. The regulations do state that Headteachers may, in exceptional circumstances, grant up to 10 school days leave in a school year for the purposes of an annual family holiday but parents should not expect such leave to be granted as a right. The law says that it is likely that in most cases Headteachers will refuse to authorise absence. The Government’s guidance on term-time holidays states: ‘Parents should not normally take pupils on holiday in term time’.


In exceptional circumstances, parents must apply in writing using the academy’s leave of absence form.

Pupil Term Time Leave Request Form

This must be done at least 2 weeks in advance.


It is the decision of the Headteacher as to what might qualify as an exceptional circumstance and each request for term-time absence will be considered on an individual basis. The Headteacher will also look very carefully at the child’s previous attendance record when considering a request.


  • If we do not agree to grant leave and parents take their child on holiday in spite of this, then it will count as unauthorised absence – the same as ‘truancy’.
  • If the child remains absent for longer than agreed then this extra time will be recorded as unauthorised absence.
  • 10 or more sessions of unauthorised absence from the academy may result in the issuing of a fixed penalty notice.
  • If a child fails to return to school within 10 days of the agreed return date and there is no appropriate contact from parents/carers, we are entitled to remove the child from our roll and will take action to report the child as missing from education.

Family emergencies need careful consideration. It is not always in the best interest of the child; nor appropriate for them to miss school for family emergencies that are being dealt with by adult family members. Being at school, friendships and support from staff can provide children with stability and care during difficult times. The routine of school can provide a safe and familiar background during times of uncertainty.


Parents /carers can be prosecuted for their child’s truancy or poor attendance. We want to avoid this happening and will do our best to work with families, but we will take legal action in cases of persistent absence, unauthorised leave or truancy.

Academy meals 

Aspens is the company chosen by Shenley Academy to provide our meal services.

We believe that the food children eat plays an important role in their wellbeing, and eating a well-balanced diet will not only maintain and improve their health, but will also set them on the right track for later life. We understand this and that’s why we are passionate about ensuring our students are served fresh, high-quality and locally sourced food that is cooked in our kitchen.

  • Lots of choice: we have a fantastic range to choose from and we make sure that we serve the variety of food that children like and want to eat.
  • Special diets and food allergens: don’t think our great food can’t be enjoyed if you have a special diet. We provide food for students with any intolerance, allergies or alternative choices due to religious beliefs.
  • Free school meals: did you know that your child might be entitled to free school meals? For more information and details on how to claim click here.
  • Great value for money: we have a range of meal deals on offer every day to help save money. Whether they want a hot meal or something to just grab and go, there will be an offer available.
  • The menu: if you want to look at the current menu cycle or have a question you would like to ask, please click here.

Parent Pay

Parent Pay enables parents and carers to see our online payment system to make dinner money top-ups or trip payments quickly and easily. View your child’s balance online or receive SMS texts alerts from our parent communication system.

An introduction to Parent Pay

Parent Pay users manual

For any other information please either contact Ian Long or visit the Parent Pay website.

Parent and carer feedback

We value feedback from our parents and carers. Your input enables us to ensure that we are meeting your expectations at all times and ensuring that each student receives the best education possible.

We take pride in the relationship we have with our local community and wish to ensure all views are voiced.

Please contact Ruth Evans (Headteacher’s PA) or click the feedback form below

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