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ACE Days 2017

Dear Parent/Carer and Student,


We are very pleased to share with you our plans for A.C.E. Days 2017.

On Thursday 13th and Friday 14th July 2017 all Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 students will have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of Adventure, Challenge and Education based activities both in the Academy and off site as the timetable will be suspended.

We have worked hard to build on the success of previous years to make sure that we offer a wide range of activities which challenge, stimulate and educate our students, whilst providing excellent value for money. In response to your feedback, we have aimed to offer more on-site, free and local activities for 2017 and we are confident that there are activities to suit all ages, interests and budgets. Our hope is that all students will have the opportunity to participate in an activity or experience that is new to them on these days and, as such, the activities are divided into 3 categories - Adventure, Challenge and Education and students are expected to complete at least one from each category during their time at The de Ferrers Academy.

The brochure of activities will be available via The de Ferrers Academy website from Friday 16th December 2016 (should you require a hard copy please request one through Support & Guidance).  Please take time to read through the diverse range of activities on offer. We have built in some “thinking time” so that students have the opportunity to read the options available thoroughly and discuss with friends, family and staff before the system goes live.

As in recent years we would request that all students sign up for the activities they wish to participate in (whether paid or free) using our online Wisepay system. To ensure that you are able to access Wisepay on the release dates, please test your username and password as soon as possible. If you experience any difficulties logging in to the Wisepay system or have mislaid your details, please email stating “ACE Days-Wisepay” as the subject to your email.

When you login from 4pm on Monday 30th January 2017 the first phase of activities will be available to book through this system. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and once booked through Wisepay places are confirmed, and consented to, for your child (subject to sufficient uptake to allow the activity to run).  Please note that our most popular activities from last year have been extended to unlimited places where possible to ease the rush for places.  Booking for these ‘unlimited’ activities will open on Friday 3rd February 2017.

Some activities are two-day programmes, whereas others are one-day programmes and students will therefore need to select two different one-day activities if this is their preference to cover both days. One-day activities will, on most occasions, be available on both Thursday and Friday.  Please ensure activities are selected on Wisepay to cover the two days and you do not sign up to two activities running on the same day!

I would be grateful if, to assist the next stages of planning, all students could select their activities using Wisepay by Friday 17th February 2017.  Booking will then close to establish the viability of activities.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the ACE Days, please do not hesitate to contact me at the Academy. I look forward to the ACE Days offering an exciting and enjoyable programme for all students.

Best Wishes

Mr G Hand

Vice Principal

Director of Support & Guidance – KS4


Ace Day Activities Guide 2017 can be found below.