SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 11TH MARCH 2019

The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 18th March 2019) is available using the following link.  It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.

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 Week 25 issue 24 

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 11TH MARCH 2019

The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 11th March 2019) is available using the following link.  It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.

(You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).

 Week 24 Issue 23

“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

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 4TH MARCH 2019

The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 4th March 2019) is available using the following link.  It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.

(You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).

 Week 23 Issue 22

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

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 25TH FEBRUARY 2019

The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 25th February 2019) is available using the following link.  It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.

(You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).

 Week 22 Issue 21

Annual Quiz Night

Our next fundraising event is the Annual Quiz Night on Friday 15 March 6.30 – 9.30 in the main site theatre

You can help by: 
  • Volunteering to help set-up from 4.30pm or to clear up from 9.30pm
  • Offering to sell raffle tickets on the night or serve tables from the bar
  • Donating 20 chocolate brownies – homemade would be lovely but bought ones won’t be rejected! Remember no nuts please.  Please email Nikki or Natalie if you an bake please so that we can keep track of amounts thanks.
  • Donating raffle prizes – we would like a few good quality raffle prizes. e.g., weekend at your holiday home or similar super generous offer! Please email Carole MacLeod:  carolemacleod@hotmail.com
  • Company Match Funding – if you work for a company that would like to sponsor or match fund for this event please contact Nikki or Natalie PTA@stmaryleboneschool.com
  • Sponsorship for the quiz prizes donations made via parent pay please

Please contact Nikki or Natalie at PTA@stmaryleboneschool.com to volunteer or for further information.  As always thank you for your support.

Funds raised from this event will go towards the Marylebone Loves Music fundraising campaign

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 4TH FEBRUARY 2019

The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 4th February 2019) is available using the following link.  It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.

(You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).

 Week 20 Issue 19

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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