Dear Parents and Carers,
I thought I would take the opportunity to write to you as I begin my second half term at AMSI. Firstly, I am delighted to be working here! Over a 17 year teaching career, I have taught in schools across London, and now find myself at a school serving the area I live in. Our vision for AMSI is for it to be an outstanding school serving our local community, without compromising our comprehensive ideals. The way in which we will achieve this is by working together with families to enforce high expectations for all our students. With this in mind, I have a few reminders as we go into the new half term;
- Please replace any lost or damaged items of uniform – students should not be attending school in trainers or not wearing their blazers. If there is an issue, please write a note in your child’s planner. – the Head of Year can then issue a temporary uniform (for no longer than a week).
- Mobile phones and headphones are not to be out in the school community. From when students come in to school to when they leave, we will operate a policy of ‘See it, Hear it, Lose it’. Students who refuse to hand over these items will be sanctioned.
- Hoodies and tracksuit tops are not be worn on the school site. It worn, they will be confiscated. Again, refusal to hand over will result in sanction. As a rule of thumb, outerwear should be a coat with lining.
- False acrylic nails are not to be worn – these are a health and safety risk.
- We are a healthy school – students should not bring large packs of crisps, sweets, fruit juice or fizzy drinks of any kind on to the school site. When found, these will be confiscated and donated to the local food bank. Where it is clear that students have bought items in as part of their lunch or a snack, this is permissible, apart from fizzy drinks, which are not permitted in any size.
Students who do not comply with our uniform and appearance rules may be placed in to the Inclusion room until the problem is rectified.
All of these are existing rules, and I will be asking Heads of Year to reiterate these expectations in their assemblies.
Dealing with these issues is sometimes a distraction from the reason we are all here – to support our young people in receiving an excellent education. At AMSI, we believe that every child is a scholar, and if we do not hold them to a high standard, we are doing them a disservice.
I know I can count on your support in achieving excellent outcomes for our young people. I look forward to working with you all.