Latest News at Alde Valley School

PMG Schoolwear re-opening

posted 25 Jun 2020, 04:42 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 25 Jun 2020, 06:14 ]

Dear School Principal, Head Teacher, Bursar, Business Manager, School Administrator and the myriad of other titles who we deal with on a day to day basis in our schools.


I felt it was important, as the Managing Director of PMG Schoolwear, to write to you personally regarding our arrangements to ensure your parents are able to get hold of their children’s School Uniform this Summer.


My teams and I have been working tirelessly to ensure that our stocks of every single school’s uniform are ready and available. I am delighted to be able to say we are ready to serve every single school as we always do.


Our online business has continued to be available throughout the lockdown period and we feel sure that many parents will chose to shop this way during the Summer months until confidence returns on the high street. There is no question that we would encourage parents to buy online this year more than any other.


I am delighted to announce that our stores will re-open on 29th June. As I am sure you are all only too aware, government guidelines will make things more challenging this year. We have of course prepared the stores for social distancing and providing a safe environment. We will be operating an appointment only system for all visits to the store whether it be to buy new starters uniform, top up for children already at the school or for refunds and exchanges. Every visitor to the store must book appointment which they can do on the home page of our website  This is the only way we can safely manage the number of people in the store at any one time even if the social distances get reduced.


I have attached a flyer which explains how we will be operating and I would ask you to distribute this through all means at your disposal to get this message out to ALL of your parents – New Starters and Current Pupils – since everyone will be affected. Putting it on your website is a great help but as you know, this will only be seen by people who specifically go to the website. Therefore I would ask you to be more proactive and distribute it to every parent using your parentmail system or equivalent. This will ensure no parent turns up at the store and is disappointed that they cant just walk in like normal. If you have social media streams such as Facebook or Instagram please post it on there too as we know so many parents actually prefer this as a way of communicating.


If you are able to stress to parents to book early or purchase online early this would also be helpful. There will be limited appointment slots and we don’t want parents to end up with inconvenient times and dates or worse still to miss out altogether.


I know that usually PMG Schoolwear helps to promote our Summer availability by attending fitting days and intake events. None of these have been possible this year and we do not have direct communication with parents - but you do. So I would urge you to please communicate this document and any extra guidance to your parents. It is in everyone’s interest this year that parents are more informed about how to buy uniform than ever before. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated but will also ensure we do not have angry and disappointed parents turning up as they usually do in the last weeks of the holiday to buy uniform.


I cannot thank you enough for your help getting this message out this year and hope you will appreciate the reasons for seeking your help.


If there are any questions or you need any clarification of our plans please do not hesitate to contact me either by email or on my mobile which is 07808 924024. 


Kind regards and Best wishes


Paul Gelernter

Managing Director




PMG Retail Ltd

T/A PMG Schoolwear

Mob: 07808 924024


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Couch to 5K

posted 22 Jun 2020, 04:01 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 22 Jun 2020, 04:01 ]

Students, staff and parents are currently training  in the "Athletes in Lockdown Couch to 5/10k challenge" to raise money for our NHS. As a community school it is inspirational to see how  Alde Valley Academy is working together to train and fundraise for the NHS . Please support our enthusiasm and donate to our Just Giving Page. The intention is to host an alternative sports event to our traditional summer House Sports Day when we return in the new school year. Please support our Athletes in Lockdown and support our NHS!'

School Travel Opt-In

posted 2 Mar 2020, 09:00 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 2 Mar 2020, 09:01 ]
All children using SCC funded school travel will have to opt-in to the service each year by no later than the 31st May to ensure that the transport provision is in place by the start of the new academic year in September. If you apply after 31st May, there is no guarantee that your child's transport provision will be in place for the start of the new school year.
Please see for further information.

Where have all the eels gone?

posted 10 Jan 2020, 05:35 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 26 Feb 2020, 01:43 ]

Our students have been investigating the critical decline in the local eel population. This project was delivered by Victoria Bolton from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, with funding from Galloper Windfarms. We met every Thursday after school to learn about eels, and made several visits to our local nature reserve on Sizewell Belts to find out more about the eel's habitat. The students were really engaged with the making of this stop-motion film about eels, we hope that you enjoy it.

Visit the exhibition at Aldeburgh Library between the 17th February and 16th March to find out more about the amazing story of the European eel and why this endangered species is under threat of extinction.

Eel Movie

Year 11 Parents Evening - Date Change

posted 28 Nov 2019, 08:49 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 28 Nov 2019, 08:50 ]

Due to the General Election the Year 11 Parents Evening has changed from 12th December 2019 to the 11th December 2019 at 4:00pm - 6:30pm.

After School Maths Revision

posted 13 Nov 2019, 07:32 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 13 Nov 2019, 07:32 ]

Careers and Progression Evening

posted 17 Oct 2019, 02:22 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 30 Oct 2019, 08:40 ]

Alde Valley Academy would like to invite all students and parents to the Careers and Progression evening on Thursday 7th November 5-7pm.
Meeting employers is a vital opportunity for students to talk to them about future employment opportunities and how to achieve them.  Local sixth forms and colleges will be attending to advise students about the courses on offer and where different subject choices can take you. 

Year 11 Parents Information Evening

posted 8 Oct 2019, 06:35 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 8 Oct 2019, 06:44 ]

If you want to remind yourself what was discussed at the Year 11 Parents Information Evening, then here is the slide deck that you can download or browse through.

Congratulations to all our year 11 and year 10 students

posted 22 Aug 2019, 03:38 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 22 Aug 2019, 04:20 ]

Congratulations to all our year 11 and year 10 students for receiving a fantastic set of exam results today. The best of luck to you all as you move onto further education or employment with training.

A huge thank you to all the dedicated staff, parents and guardians who have worked alongside our young people, supporting them to achieve these great outcomes.

Open Evening - 19th September

posted 12 Aug 2019, 06:45 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 3 Sep 2019, 01:05 by Admin Admin ]

Alde Valley Academy is open to anyone who would like to look around and see what we are like and learn about what we offer to our students. This Open Evening is on Thursday 19th September. We will be open from 6pm until 9pm with a presentation at 7.30pm. Just turn up.

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