Parent Information: Autumn Term

5th December 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

The autumn term had many extra-curricular events which your child may have participated in and I would like to signpost particular highlights in each year group:

Year 7: International Evening & Shakespeare Schools Festival

Year 8: Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch Performances

Year 9: Middlesex University Dance Project

Year 10: Black History Month celebration

Year 11: Mock Examinations

We are delighted to have from September, through our partnership with Cubitt Arts, artists who are based on our school site and they have committed to support the curriculum creatively as the year progresses. The Brazilian Art Project has already begun in Spanish with selected students and great success. The potential to develop this partnership further is a very exciting prospect for my staff and students.The Danish exchange with our Dance students and the visit from Taiwanese educators this term were excellent examples of how we are growing and sharing our creative curriculum internationally. Our extracurricular provision continues to be supported by partnerships which have a mutual benefit for our community.

I would like to remind parents and carers that the school app “My Ed” is the most recent addition to improve communication with the school. Once downloaded, you will be able to:

  • Report your child’s absence
  • Communicate via email with the Head of Year (HoY) and other key staff members
  • See attendance and behaviour data for your child
  • See term dates and key events and add these to your personal calendar
  • Access relevant school information such as policies
  • Receive instant notifications via push message regarding concerns, urgent information
  • Complete trip forms and other details the school requires at a touch of a button
  • Access Parent Pay

The school continues to implement the AMSI blueprint for behaviour and focus on rewards and positive communication with parents/carers. I hope that by the end of this term you would have received at least 1 positive form of communication from school, whether it be a postcard home, a phone call, a letter or a meeting.

A reminder to parents/carers that we have and will continue to reinforce the uniform expectations. Students must wear the school blazer to school as this is compulsory and school shoes not trainers. No hoodies instead of jumpers, black leggings/jeans or baseball caps. Students may be sent home by the Head teacher to change into forgotten uniform in order to ensure that our standards are met.

If for any reason the uniform worn is incorrect then this must be communicated to school via the planner or speak with the HoY on the day to explain why this is the case. A white slip will then be written from the pastoral team to verify this to staff in school when students are challenged. This would only be a short term measure as the expectation for every child is that they wear our uniform with pride.

We have three key rules:

1. Be ready to learn

2. Be respectful

3. Be safe

Please work with the school to ensure that this expectation is understood by your child as well as supporting staff as we work to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be a scholar. May I wish you all a pleasant Christmas break and school will reopen for the spring term on Monday 7th January 2019 as highlighted in my other letter for end of term arrangements.

Yours sincerely

Susan Service

Head teacher


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