Principal’s Blog – 15th February 2019

Behaviour Policy Updates

Mr Opara is currently supporting another Academy so Mr Tony Stephenson will be the Behaviour Lead on the senior team moving forward. Mr Stephenson has had many years working with the students and families at John Port and I am sure you will join me in congratulating him in this promotion.

The behaviour policy adopted in May 2018 has had a really positive impact on the behaviour of the students in the Academy. There is far less disruption in and out of lessons. I have been discussing the policy with a range of parents, staff and students and although the X system is working for behaviour it is causing undue stress for lack of organisational skills for some students. The following changes will take place after the half term holiday (from February 25th onward).

  • Students will be given a warning for a forgotten pen/pencil /exercise book and a note placed in their planner. Students will only be given an X if it is a regular occurrence (3 times in a row)
  • Homework not completed will lead to a department detention to complete the work
  • Forgotten PE kit, first offence a warning repeated offence an X given.

The sanctions for poor behaviour remain unchanged.

Parents Evenings

Thank you to all parents who attended parents evenings this term. I would also like to thank you for the positive and encouraging comments made on the questionnaires.

The Year 11 support evening was very successful in encouraging students to plan their revision in advance.


I am very disappointed with the amount of litter being collected by the site staff after break and lunchtimes, so after half term we will be having a real focus on respect. Any students caught dropping litter will be provided with a litter picking stick and a bag and will spend their break times and lunchtimes improving the environment. All parents whose students have dropped litter will be informed.

Beauty and the Beast

The students have presented an absolutely incredible performance of Beauty and the Beast. We were joined by Egginton and Etwall Primary schools for the dress rehearsal on Monday and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Mr Mitchell and Mrs Hodgson have been supported by students and staff to produce an amazing night of entertainment. We have such talented students at John Port and I was lucky enough to see the production on both Monday and Thursday evening. Well done to all the student’s involved on stage, in the orchestra and also backstage with the costumes, lights and props.

Success this term

Mrs Lowndes attended the National Citizen Service awards evening this week and I am pleased to say that the Year 11 cohort of 2017/18 won GOLD . 68 of our students participated in the programme and engaged in some fantastic community projects.

Each year, Mrs Peers organises for a group of students to take part in the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Top of the Bench’ competition. This year one of our teams was successful in obtaining a place in the Regional Final at Derby University. Although they did not win they worked incredibly well in a very competitive field.

On Friday last week the sixth form had a dress down day and cake stall in aid of Young Minds, to support their work in raising awareness of mental health in children and young adults. The team managed to raise £407. The Student Leadership team have been presenting in assemblies this week to raise awareness of Mental Health issues and how to help each other.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful half term and remind students that Monday 25th February is a staff training day and we look forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday 26th February.

Mrs Squire