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Frequently asked questions

During the course of your son or daughter’s education at Nelson Academy you will almost certainly have questions about their progress and the continual development of the academy.
In addition to our regular newsletters, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and our answers that we hope you find useful. If you have a question that isn’t listed here, please contact us, and we will respond to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, please call our reception, where a member of staff will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

My son or daughter is unwell and will not be attending today. How do I report this to the academy?

To make it as easy as possible to report student absence, we have set up a dedicated page with information here.

My son or daughter is going to be late. How do I report this to the academy?

If your child will be slightly late, please write a note in their diary explaining the reasons. If there will be significant lateness, please report it here. We appreciate your support in ensuring that children arrive to the academy on time.

My son or daughter has a dentist/doctor appointment during the day - what should I do

If you know your child is going to be absent, for a dental/doctor's appointment, for example, please contact the school office or let the class teachers know in advance.

What is the procedure for asking the academy to grant my son or daughter exceptional leave of absence?

As you may be aware, new Government guidelines have made it clear that head teachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Exceptional circumstance may be:

  • Families of armed forces personnel returning from a tour of duty
  • Police or other service personnel whose leave has been cancelled during academy holidays, such as occurred during the London Olympic Games
  • A family funeral

Please be aware that these guidelines are set by the Government, not schools and if you decide to take your child out of the academy during term time unauthorised, you may receive a penalty notice from the Local Authority.

If you wish your child to be considered for a leave of absence, then please send a letter to the Principal – for more information please see the Nelson Academy policies.

What time does the academy open and close, and how is the school day structured?

Teaching times vary for pupils at Nelson Academy:

Nelson Academy Nursery
Morning session 9.00am – 12.00pm
Afternoon session 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Morning session 8.45am – 12.00pm
Afternoon session 12.45pm – 3.00pm
(15-minute break at 2.15pm)

Key Stage 1 – 5.25 hours
Morning session 8.45am – 12.00pm
(15-minute break at 10.30am)
Afternoon session 12.45pm – 3.00pm
(15-minute break at 2.15pm)

Key Stage 2 – 5.5 hours
Morning session 9am – 12.30pm
(15-minute break at 10.30am)
Afternoon session 1.15pm – 3.15pm

How much homework should my child be doing?

On average, 30 minutes per night. 

How do I know if my son or daughter is making enough progress?

All students should have a progress chart showing current grades, next steps and target levels/grades in each of their books or folders. Books and folders should show written feedback and a summary level or grade for each course or half-term module. In addition, a progress check will be sent home six times in each year to show the current situation and next steps for improvement. There are also parents’ evenings for each year group where you may meet with your child’s teachers and an academic review day when you will be invited to discuss your child’s overall progress with a senior member of staff.

How do I give feedback on Nelson Academy?

Ofsted’s Parent View website allows you to give your views and read the results of previous parent questionnaires.
If you have any feedback that you would like a response to, please contact us.