Weekly Bulletin: 3rd May 2016

Dear parents and carers

I do hope you had an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.

I’d like to start by thanking those parents who attended the Parents Forum event last week to discuss the issue of home-school communication. It was a very productive evening and has given us a good deal of food for thought as we continue trying to improve the consistency and quality of communication. I have written some notes summarising the key points as well as an initial action plan based upon what was said: you can read these by clicking here. I would also encourage all parents and carers to read our ‘Communication: FAQs’ document, which can be found by clicking here. If you do have any other suggestions or queries relating to communication, please do let me know.

Last week saw the launch of a new rewards scheme, including some fantastic prizes available to students (many of which have been kindly donated by local businesses). You will know that we have done a great deal to tighten up our expectations around behaviour this year and all the evidence suggests that this has made a significant difference. We will continue to work hard to ensure there are swift and proportionate sanctions for students who are not conducting themselves appropriately, but we also want to do more to recognise and reward the vast majority of those who are doing the right things every day. This initiative forms just part of that goal.

A few dates for your diaries over the next few weeks include:

  • Year 7 Parents’ Evening on 12th May
  • A ‘battle of the ages’ rugby match at Lymm Rugby club on the evening of 13th Kick off is at 6.45pm and it should be a great evening.
  • School closes early on Thursday 16th June for Open Evening and will also be shut on 17th June for an INSET day. If either of these are likely to cause you significant childcare issues, please let us know; we do have the capacity to supervise a number of students if necessary.

External exams begin next week and I know you will want to join me in wishing all the students and families involved the very best with those. We also have Year 10 internal exams this week and are doing all we can to support students here.

Finally, sincere thanks to all those of you who have signed up to support the new Development Fund either by completing the standing order form or making a donation via Parent Pay. If you have not yet done so, but feel able to contribute, we would really appreciate it. Being able to refurbish the PE changing rooms sooner rather than later would be wonderful and, as I said in my letter, the reality is that we will not get sufficient money from  the government to do it without support from parents and local organisations. If you missed it, full information on the Development Fund can be found by clicking here.