This week is:
20 - 24 March is a Week 2
27 - 31 March is a Week 1
Events this Half Term (please park on lower site for all events):
|Thursday||23||March||Y7S Progress Evening|
|Friday||24||March||Non-Uniform for Red Nose Day|
|Wednesday||29||March||Challenge Day 5|
|Thursday||30||March||Y7P Progress Evening|
|3 - 17 April||Easter Holidays|
Red Nose Non-Uniform Day
This Friday, the 24th March, is Red Nose Day. We will be supporting the event by holding a non-uniform day across Years 7-11. Students will need to bring in £1 that will be collected on the gate as they enter. Ideally, they will show their support by wearing something red but the usual non-uniform day rules apply:
- Students must remember their squid cards
- Students must bring their normal PE kit
- No extra piercings
- No inappropriate clothing (offensive slogans etc)
- No crop tops or outfits that allow the midriff to be visible
Careers, information and guidance programme
As you may be aware, alongside our curriculum we run a careers, information and guidance programme to ensure our students are sufficiently well informed and guided through their educational career and into the world of employment.
We work closely with Futures who provide bespoke guidance, interviews and planning sessions to help you and your child navigate the ever changing world of education and employment. In order to run this service efficiently, we need to share basic information about your child and their curriculum with Futures. Futures will store student data according to data protection regulations; this data will not be shared with other agencies and will remain confidential.
If you DO NOT wish for your child’s information to be shared with our Future team, please email email@example.com so a record can be kept of this not being permissible.
Message from the Principal, January 2017
Happy New Year! I hope you all had restful holidays. It's great to welcome everyone back....
Hard at work...
Students in Year 12 and 13 have all had mock examinations before Christmas and many have had them since coming back. Year 13 and 12 parents can find out more about how their son or daughter did in the upcoming parents' evenings (see below).
There are more mocks for our Year 11s over the next few weeks in order to prepare them as fully as possible for success in the summer. We will be letting you know how they have got on and it’s vital that your son or daughter uses their time as wisely as possible in the weeks and months ahead, so please encourage them to work hard at home, too. We welcome your support. Year 11s are also having their sixth form interviews here too - please ask them about how they are getting on with those as well.
A reminder that we also run period 6 most nights after school to support our students with homework and controlled assessments from any year group – please encourage your child to go.
Year 9 are busy choosing their options - please use their upcoming parents evenings to help make informed choices and do final bits of research. Year 8 are starting to get ready for graduation too – please ask about their progress towards this too.
It's not long until our inclusion drop in and there are always lots of other fun things going on too, for example our Harry Potter night in February in the (Great?) Hall for all you Potter Fans.
Whilst we are on the subject of events, I’d like to thank the Friends of George Spencer or ‘FRoGS’ for their tireless fundraising on behalf of the school. Each year they raise thousands of pounds for the school that benefit the everyday experiences of your children. In these more financially challenging times for all schools nationally, their role is even more important. They are never busier than November and the Christmas period – supporting the Fireworks event, Strictly George Spencer and the Christmas Fayre to name a few. All were fantastic – thank you! Please consider helping them in any way you can – more details are available here.
An eye on the weather
The news is telling us we may be in for some freezing weather soon. I wanted to remind you that we will always do our very best to stay open and we are proud of our tradition of doing so – if there are any issues we use our website and textcall service to keep you up to date – please check those first rather than ring in.
World Class Status
By now I hope most of you know that we achieved the World Class School Quality Mark in December. To be World Class each school has to demonstrate that they far exceed the highest Ofsted inspection grade, and have successfully undertaken a rigorous quality mark assessment process to demonstrate that they are a class apart. Just as I said when we were awarded outstanding again eighteen months ago, we know that this does not mean we are perfect. We will always be striving to improve on what we do, but it is great for students and staff to enjoy this special moment in time....
We would like to thank all of our parents who contacted school this morning to make us aware their child was going to be late to school. As you can appreciate, the school reception was incredibly busy with the number of calls being taken so please accept our apologies if you could not get through straight away. Please be reassured that no student will be sanctioned for poor punctuality given today's exceptional circumstances due to the traffic issues.
We are aware of several of our students that play at a representative level either County or Nationally in our school, but want to know about them all. We want to give them recognition for this but also opportunities to demonstrate their skills or to compete for school where possible.
If your child plays at representative level either County or Nationally for their particular sport/activity then we would love to know about it. We would like to reward and acknowledge this at school. Initially we will add them to our Sports Stars display in the Sports Hall and therefore if your son/daughter competes for either county or at a national standard then we would like you to scan/email or send in a 6x4 photograph of your son/daughter competing in their sport. Either in their sports kit or an action shot.
By closely monitoring this information we hope to keep track of both sporting achievement and the level of student participation out of school.
Please email any details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicken pox, Measles and shingles
Please may we ask for your co-operation in an important matter.
One of our children is receiving medical treatment for cancer which puts them at risk of becoming very unwell if they are exposed to measles, chicken pox and shingles.
If they are exposed to chicken pox they will need to be given treatment as soon as possible. If your child is suspected of having chicken pox you should let us know immediately.
Your child is not at ANY RISK whatsoever from this situation. However, the health and well being of our pupil who is at risk, does depend on the cooperation of all other parents and carers and we hope you can help us.
For all events can you please park in the dedicated spaces on lower site (Toton). It makes life really difficult for our neighbouring residents on Arthur Mee Road, Wellspring Dale and other nearby streets when people park on them – especially when pavements are mounted or driveways are blocked. If you need to visit upper site reception during the school day, either for a meeting with a teacher, or to collect an ill child, then please press the buzzer on the gate and we can allow you access, again, please do not park on Arthur Mee Road or Wellspring Dale.
Share your views through the Parents' Forum and Parent View
Parents and carers are invited to our Parents' Forum meetings. The meetings takes place at 6pm in the Conference centre. Parents and carers can also give their views of our school at any time of the school year and at the time of a school inspection using an online questionnaire called Parent View. When our school is notified of its next Ofsted inspection, parents will be invited to give their views about the school to inspectors using the Parent View online facility as this has replaced Ofsted's paper questionnaire. Please make sure we have your most up-to-date contact details.
Please register with an email address and a password here . Once your login has been activated, it only takes a few minutes to complete answers to 12 short questions about aspects such as bullying, the quality of teaching, level of homework, etc. Your views are important in helping inspectors make a decision about our school, and to help us know what is going well and what could be improved. If you do not have a computer or an email address or if you would like help to use Parent View, please come into school and ask at reception.