PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to advise you that there were 3 nominations for the recently advertised position of Parent Governor.  Therefore, an election will take place. 

Please find below three short statements written by the nominees. 

You can vote in one of two ways:

  • using the slip at the bottom of this page, which can be handed in to Reception (please provide all the information requested, if the section giving your name and your child’s details is not completed your vote will not be valid and therefore discounted)
  • online (you will have received an email which explains how to do this)

Please vote for one candidate only. 

A hard copy voting slip is available from Reception, if required.

 

Voting ends: Thursday, 14th November 2019.

Ms Sharon Julien 

My daughter Mia, is in Year 7N.

As a co-opted governor at my old secondary school in London, I was an active member of the Finance and HR committees, and played a key role in setting and implementing the strategy.

I vowed that when I had my own child, I would become a parent governor, so when I heard about the vacant governor post – I had to apply.

I work at the Bank of England and have worked within the Financial Services sector for many years; managing large complex: programmes, budgets and multi-disciplinary teams. I also volunteer in schools in: recruitment fairs, mentoring, interview practice and CV workshops.

With my skills, experience and as a black woman, from a working class background; I believe I will enrich the governing body by providing a diverse perspective resulting in a positive difference for all of the parents, and girls at the school.

 

Mrs Rebecca Carrigan

My daughter is in Year 7.

I am thrilled at the prospect of bringing my skills, integrity and experience to the role to ensure a well-rounded education for the benefit of all current and future students. 

I run an events/catering/cake company following 20 years in the film business.  I bring a conscientious, proactive work ethic, an ability to be objective and diplomatic in the face of tough decision-making, working with challenging budgets to solve innumerable problems and keeping the wheels turning!  

My parent governorship at All Souls Primary is about to end and I look forward to new challenges that the secondary phase of my daughter’s education brings. On the learning and achievement committee, I worked with progress data to target resources to ensure the school had the best impact on every student in its care.  As link governor for SEND I helped set up a new Autism centre and I was PTA Chair for five years.  Until recently I was part of the Economic Development, Education and Place Shaping (EDEPS) Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Westminster.

 

Dr Simon Manara

I have a very happy daughter Elöise who is in Year 7H and so will be in involved at the school for the next five years.

I am a specialist orthodontist by profession working in the local area since 2002. At my daughter’s previous school I enjoyed being involved with the numerous parent association events and served as co-chair for two years.  I was privileged to be elected to serve as Parent Governor which was a wonderful opportunity to be able to see the workings of the school.

I am passionate about developing lifelong opportunities for children and believe that pastoral care, rigorous academic structures and engaging extracurricular activities lie at the heart of any happy and successful childhood. 

I am keen to advise, support staff and help ensure that St Marylebone School achieves all the success it is capable of.  As a governor I offer commitment, and enthusiasm to make a difference: striving for academic excellence and working to improve communication between the governing body and parents.

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Yours faithfully,

Kathryn Pugh

Headteacher

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ELECTION OF A PARENT GOVERNOR

Please return to Dot at Reception by 3:30pm on Thursday, 14th November 2019

Please vote for one candidate only.

 

  • To vote for Ms Sharon Julien please put a cross here   [    ]

 

  • To vote for Mrs Rebecca Carrigan please put a cross here   [    ]

 

  • To vote for Dr Simon Manara please put a cross here   [    ]

 

Your name  _________________                                Your signature ____________________

 

Student’s name __________________                   Student’s form ____________________

Safety on autumn and winter nights

Dear students, parents and carers,

I’d like to remind you all about safety out on the streets at night, notably around Bonfire Night and as we go into the Christmas season when you may be travelling in the dark.  Please be extra vigilant about your own safety and consider  the following things:

– Don’t go out alone in the dark. Make sure that you plan your journey so that you are travelling with a friend and you let your parent / carer know where you are.

– Be mindful of your personal possessions. Do not have any valuables on display and be careful about where you use your telephone. You should not make yourself a target for street robbery.

 – Walk away from trouble, not towards it. If you see something that looks unsafe you should trust your instincts and move away from the situation. 

 – If you see rowdy or anti-social behaviour, do not join in, do not take an interest, walk away from it and make sure that you are not associated with it in any way.

 – Act in a kind and considerate way to members of the public and the police. 

If you are concerned about any of the issues raised in this please do speak with a member of the Pastoral Team.

Best wishes,

Ms Swan

Attendance Bulletin

Friday 1st November


Dear parents and carers,

I hope you all had a restful half-term.  I’m writing to remind you of our attendance expectations so that we can work together to ensure that students attend school unless they are really very unwell. 

This is an 8 week term. It’s the term in which students tend to get colds and minor ailments and, as the evenings draw in, students’ attendance levels drop.  No-one likes having a cough or a cold but a good deal of the time, we are not too unwell to go to school or work. Quite often, young people feel better once they get into school, into their lessons and see their friends. So, we urge you all to send your children to school unless they are seriously unwell.

We know that there is a strong link between progress, attainment and attendance: if a student misses school they are missing out on their learning.  The figures below show you approximately how attendance rates correspond to lost learning:

Attendance rate %

Days missed by the end of the Autumn term (approx)

Days missed by the end of the Spring term (approx)

Days missed by the end of the Summer term (approx)

100%

0 days

0 days

0 days

95%

4 days

7 days

10 days

90%

7 days

13 days

20 days

85%

11 days

19 days

30 days

95% attendance = 10 days absent = 60 lessons missed

90% attendance = 20 days absent = 120 lessons missed 

85% attendance = 30 days absent = 180 lessons missed

Missed school time means … 

  • missed lessons which cannot be re-gained just by reading the notes afterwards; the live experience is where the learning happens
  • lost learning time which can feel stressful for students as there are gaps in their knowledge when they return
  • time lost with friends which can lead to anxiety and a sense of being left out. 
  • missed opportunities, for example support at help clubs, mentor support, trips, clubs, extra-curricular activities, speaker talks, competitions, sports, arts … and so on. 

Of course, there might be times when a student is genuinely not well enough to attend school but, for all the reasons above and more, we ask that we all work together to improve our young people’s school attendance.

Thank you for your support and we wish you all a healthy, happy second half of the autumn term. 

Best wishes,

Sarah Swan
Deputy Headteacher

Early School Closure All Years – Tuesday 24th September,  2019 Student Independent Study Afternoon

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

As per the School calendar, next week, on Tuesday, September 24th, the School will be holding its Staff Appraisal meetings. In order for this to take place students in all Years will be dismissed from school at the end of period 3 at 11.55am. Please make the necessary arrangements to expect your child home earlier on this day.


Independent Study Afternoon

During this time, if your child is in Year 7-11, they will have received work to complete independently to facilitate the skills students need to develop as part of the revision process.  We believe this is a valuable exercise for all students. Completing a range of set tasks on one topic helps students understand that the revision process involves much more than simply re-reading a text. This activity means students have to think and engage with the material taught in order to truly learn it.   The resources can be accessed by students on their Google Classroom as listed by subject below:

  • Year 13        Students should be working on their personal statements and UCAS applications ahead of UCAS lock in 10th October. 
  • Year 12        Students should access their subject specific Independent Learning Materials via the folder in their Passport Google Classroom and complete the weekly tasks for each of their subjects. Subject teachers may also set specific work for students to complete. 
  • Year 11           English 
  • Year 9/10     Religion Ethics & Philosophy (REP)
  • Year 8            History
  • Year 7            Maths  

Please do engage in this revision process with your child on the evening of the 24th and see how active their revision or independent research has been. 

Yours faithfully,

Ms F Congdon

Assistant Headteacher – Intervention & Progress

Climate Change Protest

Wednesday 18th September 2019

Dear students, parents and carers,

Re: Campaign Against Climate Change

Many in our school community feel strongly about climate change and rightly so. You might know therefore that another young people’s protest in the Campaign Against Climate Change is scheduled for Friday 20th September. 

As previously, this puts the School in a difficult position. On one hand, we respect our students’ passionate concerns about climate change and indeed the cause itself. On the other hand, if the School were to authorise absence from school for this, we would be agreeing to students missing important learning each time – and moreover, we agree to students taking part in a public protest without our supervision. We would be in a terrible position if something unpleasant or dangerous happened and the School had condoned, indeed encouraged students’ participation. 

Every day in school is important for students’ learning, including new content, assessments and coursework. We all know that missing lessons puts students at a disadvantage. The administration and management of attendance around the protest is considerable, as is the additional teacher-time spent enabling students who miss lessons to catch up. 

While we understand why some students might want to attend the next protest, we urge them not to and we would appreciate parents’ and carers’ support with this.  Parents and carers: if your child does, with your permission, take part in the protest, please inform the School of their absence in the usual way. 

I hope to have outlined here a clear picture of how the School both supports the climate change cause and needs also to fulfil its duty to deliver education and not agree to activities during school time over which we have no control. 

Following this letter is some advice from the Metropolitan Police about the protests who are concerned about young people’s safety.  

Best regards,

Ms Pugh

Kathryn Pugh

Headteacher

Metropolitan Police Letter

Leaflet

 

“Worth Less?”: a letter from Ms Pugh about school funding

Dear students, parents, carers, staff, governors and all St Marylebone community,

Worth Less? school funding update

As you know, the School has been actively campaigning as part of the Worth Less? campaign for better funding for schools.  Here is an update.

Despite intense lobbying of the Government and Department for Education, matters remain extremely challenging.  In short, schools are still not being provided with adequate funding and resource to deliver the level of provision and support that is expected and that our families and children deserve.

Current national concerns:

  • Since 2010 school budgets have been reduced in real terms by 8% and by 20% at post-16
  • Class sizes are rising and the curriculum offer is being restricted
  • Increasingly, schools are being asked to support with children’s emotional health and wellbeing.  Frequently, we do not have adequate resource to meet a growing need.
  • Often, the most vulnerable students, those from disadvantaged backgrounds or those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), are bearing the brunt of cuts and schools are struggling to provide the levels of support due to these students.

This short clip gives you more information: https://www.theguardian.com/education/video/2019/feb/28/why-are-englands-schools-at-breaking-point-video

These issues are not only affecting a few schools.  They are common features across our education system up and down the country.  The concern is so widespread amongst headteachers that we are all working together in the Worth Less? campaign.  

As such, we have written to the Secretary of State for Education on three separate occasions since September 2018.  We are dismayed that he has chosen to ignore our communications and repeated requests to meet. On 13 December 2018, we were informed by a junior civil servant that I am afraid that, on this occasion, the Secretary of State and the Minister of State must decline your offer to meet.  I hope you will understand that their time is heavily pressurised and their diaries need to be prioritised according to ministerial, Parliamentary and constituency business.  

Given the seriousness of the current school funding crisis and the impact upon schools, children and families, headteacher colleagues and I think this approach is entirely ill-judged.  On 14 January 2019, we wrote again to the Secretary of State for Education asking that he reconsider meeting with representative headteachers. Six weeks later, this request was declined once more: “As I’m sure you will appreciate, both their diaries are very full and they are unable to accept your kind offer at this time.”  

In September 2018, over 2000 headteachers campaigned at Westminster in order to underline the seriousness of the current situation.  This action was unprecedented.

The Worth Less? campaign group now comprises 64 local authorities and boroughs, covering thousands of schools and millions of families.  This gives a clear indication of the levels of concern felt by reasonable and moderate head teachers in England.

We recognise that there is not a bottomless pit of money and also acknowledge that many local MPs across the political spectrum are taking a supportive approach.  We must make clear, however, that the current response from the Department for Education is inadequate.

Why we need to meet with the DfE:

  • We want to contribute constructively to overcome current funding issues.
  • We want to convey the serious concerns expressed by families regarding inadequate levels of resource and provision, especially for our most vulnerable students.
  • We want to ensure that schools receive a much better deal when future Government spending plans (the Comprehensive Spending Review) are drawn up over the next few months.  
  • We want to indicate serious and rising concerns relating to the wider pastoral and social care that schools are expected, by default, to provide against a background of severe cuts to local authority provision.

Headteacher colleagues and I really appreciate how we have been so strongly supported by our communities as we campaign for a much improved level of funding for our schools and pupils.  We urge you to continue to make representations to your local MP, to the Department for Education and wider Government to ensure that matters improve.

I’ll endeavour to keep you updated on the facts and to campaign vigorously over coming weeks and months.  A positive starting point should come from the Secretary of State for Education in the form of a meeting.

Meantime, be assured: St Marylebone’s can-do spirit will continue to offer the best we can to our young people.

Yours faithfully,

Ms Pugh

Early School Closure Yr 7, 8, 10 & 11 – Thursday 7th March, 2019

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Choices – Year 9 Options

Dear Parent/Carer,

Next week, on Thursday, March 7th, the school will be holding its Key Stage 4 options afternoon and evening for all Year 9 students. In order for this to take place students in Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 will be dismissed from school at 12.50pm. Year 9 will remain in school as normal until 3.30pm. Please can we ask that you make the necessary arrangements to expect your daughter home earlier on this day. Year 12 and 13 will not be affected by this early closure, lessons will continue as normal for them in the afternoon.

Year 9 Parents/Carers

Your daughter has now received the Options Booklet and has listened to the Options Assembly. On Thursday, March 7th, Year 9  will have an options afternoon, where they will hear directly from subject staff and will be able to ask subject specific questions regarding courses offered.  On the same day, from 5pm – 7pm, you are invited into school for the options evening at the school’s main site. During this time you will have the opportunity to speak to Heads of Learning and subject staff.  There will also be a presentation given for parents/carers about the options process. Please attend either the first presentation at 5.15pm or the second presentation at 6pm. The evening will finish at 7pm. Please read through the options booklet with your daughter before this important day.

 If you have any questions, please come and speak to me at the options evening or e-mail me:  s.george@stmaryleboneschool.com

I look forward to seeing you at the options evening next week.

Yours faithfully,

Ms S. George

Assistant Headteacher – Curriculum

Early School Closure Yr 7, 8, 10 & 11 – Thursday 7th March, 2019

St Marylebone Messenger

Warm yourself up with the new edition of our school magazine, The St Marylebone Messenger, Winter/Spring 2019. Edited by Flora and Caitlin in Year 13, assisted by Simran in Year 11, it is packed with a wide array of lively accounts of trips and educational visits (from Bletchley Park to Snowdonia), activities closer to home (e.g. Shakespeare Summer School) as well as thought-provoking articles (e.g. on ‘toxic masculinity’ and Black History Month), and poetry inspired by Refugee Week. All this is complemented by gorgeous artwork as well as photographs, including …

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LETTER REGARDING PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION

23rd January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION

 Would you – or someone you know – like to be a Parent Governor? Our School Governing Body has a vacancy for a Parent Governor and we are looking for nominations from parents who would be interested in filling this role.

The role of the Governing Body is to help shape the overall direction of the School, monitor progress and standards, review and approve the budget, appoint and support the Headteacher and senior staff, review policies and procedures and ensure the School fulfils its statutory duties.

Governing Body meetings are held on Tuesday evenings. There are six meetings a year and Governors are also expected to be a member of a sub-committee which will also meet on a Tuesday six times a year. For more information about the role of a School Governor please contact our Clerk, Martha Blackwell, (clerk@stmaryleboneschool.com). Training and support will also be provided.

If you are interested, please fill in the form below, including the signatures of a proposer and a seconder who must be a parent or carer of a pupil at our school. Please also include a short statement about yourself (a maximum of 150 words) with, if you wish, a passport sized photograph. This information will be circulated to all parents in the event of an election; which will be held if there is more than one nomination. Your form, statement and optional photograph should be given to Dot at Reception by 12.30pm on Thursday, 7th February 2019.

The election will be by ballot and every eligible parent will be able to vote. We will send you more information about this later.

The closing date for the receipt of nominations is 12.30pm on Thursday, 7th February 2019. Please contact Dot at Reception if you require another copy of this letter. A copy can also be found on the School Website.

Yours faithfully,  

Kathryn Pugh

Headteacher

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ELECTION OF A PARENT GOVERNOR

Please return to Dot at Reception by 12.30pm on Thursday, 7th February 2019

Name of nominee ________   Signature of nominee ____________
Student’s name __________   Student’s form __________________

Proposed by _____________  Signature of Proposer ___________
Student’s name ___________  Student’s form__________________

Seconded by _____________   Signature of Seconder ___________
Student’s name ___________  Student’s form __________________

PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION

Year 9 Careers Inspiration Fair, Thursday 14th February, 3.45pm-5.15pm, (main site)

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to invite you and your daughter to a Year 9 Careers Inspiration Fair on Thursday 14th February. There will be a number of employers from a range of sectors including ICT, Engineering, Law, Media, Performing Arts and Architecture, who will be available to talk to students about their job roles and the industries they work in.  The employers will also answer questions about their different career paths and the skills and qualifications needed in their industry.

The purpose of the evening is to:

  • Raise student awareness about different careers and entry routes to those careers
  • Inspire students to develop new skills and interests
  • Help students make informed decisions on which GCSE options to pick based on potential careers they are interested in

Pastoral and Senior Staff will be supporting the event alongside the school’s Independent Careers Advisers Mr Jackson and Ms Kenneth to offer advice and guidance for students and parents.

Over the years we have found this event to be extremely useful when it comes to your daughter making her GCSE subject choices. It also serves as a great opportunity to engage in careers discussion with your daughter.

We would like all students to attend this event with their parents, however, if this is not possible please ensure your daughter comes independently. I hope you will be able to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. The amount of time you spend at the evening depends on how many professionals your daughter wants to talk to. I would encourage that they speak to as many professionals as possible. Nearer the event date your daughter will be provided with a mini resource pack to help direct conversations and allow students to complete some independent research prior to the event.

Please return the reply slip below no later than Friday 25th January to confirm your attendance. Please can I also ask you to indicate the time frame you will be likely to visit on the slip below. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Yours faithfully,

Ms F. Congdon    

Assistant Head Teacher – Careers

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Reply slip for Year 9 Careers Inspiration Fair Thursday 14th February 3.45-5.15pm in the Maths corridor

Student Name: ______________________________________________________     Form: _________________

Please tick the appropriate statement:

  • My daughter will be attending this event and I (Parent/Carer) will be accompanying her _______
  • My daughter will be attending this event on her own ______

 

Please circle likely time of arrival:  

3.45 – 4.15pm                         4.15 – 4.45pm                       4.45pm – 5.15pm

Signed (Parent/Carer) __________________________________________

Please return this slip to your daughters Form Tutor by January 25th.

Year 9 Careers Inspiration Fair, Thursday 14th Feb, 3.45 – 5.15pm