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

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 4TH NOVEMBER 2019


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Week 9 Issue 8

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

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 14TH OCTOBER 2019

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Week 7 issue 6

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 7TH OCTOBER 2019

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Week 6 Issue 5

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 30TH SEPT 2019

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Week 5 Issue 4

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

SCHOOL BULLETIN WB 23rd SEPT 2019

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Week 4 Issue 3

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

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