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Be Ready: A Focus on Punctuality and Uniform - 

After a busy six weeks of school we are already half way through the spring term. Our focus for second half of the term remains on ensuring the behaviour and attendance of our pupils allows everyone in school to progress towards their potential. We have been pleased with the impact of our changes to classroom consequences over the last few weeks and grateful for the feedback received from parents.

One of our core school rules is to 'be ready'. Having students smartly dressed in full uniform undoubtedly helps to maintain standards in school, allowing students to feel part of and show respect for our school community. As such, there will be a significant focus on uniform next half term and we would be grateful if parents and carers can ensure that pupils have everything they need on their return after half term.

Punctuality to lessons will also be high on the agenda over the next half term. Whilst the majority of pupils have no issues with this, there is a significant minority of pupils who can take too long to move between lessons, losing valuable learning time.

Parent Forum – Weds 13th March (6.30pm) - 

These consultation events form a very important part of our school improvement planning. The focus for our next meeting is to discuss the ethos behind our new behaviour policy. We will share pertinent aspects of the training that our staff have had to help you better understand this approach to behaviour management. There will also be the opportunity to discuss the recent changes to the behaviour policy so that you can help us to evaluate its strengths and areas for further development. We hope you are able to attend.

Iceland Trip - 

We have a number of students and teachers setting off for Iceland over half term. We wish them a safe journey and look forward to hearing all about what is sure to be a memorable experience. Our thanks go to all of the staff involved in organising and running the trip and to parents for supporting such an opportunity.

Year 9 Options - 

Thank you to all Year 9 pupils and their parents/carers who attended this week’s option choices evening to choose the subjects they wish to study at KS4. This is an important decision for the pupils and it was pleasing to see how much thought they had put into the decisions they made.

Year 11 Revision and Support - 

We will be soon publishing information about revision and study support sessions beginning after half term. There are already numerous activities in place during lunchtimes and after school. This half term break is an important opportunity for students to continue their independent study, with GCSEs beginning on 13th May. A reminder that our GCSE Exam Hub contains a range of useful resources for students and parents.

FOOS tombola - 

FOOS will be running a tombola at parents’ evenings after half-term. Any donations for prizes would be gratefully received at the school office up to the 28th February.

Sporting success - 

Congratulations to the U14 basketball team who last night won to become Lancashire champions and progress to the next stage of the competition. Well done to all those involved!

We look forward to seeing pupils after the half-term break.

 

Mrs K Smith & Mr A Wood

Co-Headteachers

Dates for your diary

Friday, 22nd February
Half Term Closure
Monday, 25th February
Year 11 GCSE Oral PPEs
Monday, 25th February
Year 13 PPEs
Thursday, 28th February
Year 8 Parents' Evening 4:30PM
Monday, 4th March
GCSE Practical Food Exams
Monday, 4th March
National Careers Week
Thursday, 7th March
Year 7 Parents' Evening 4:30PM
Tuesday, 12th March
GCSE Music Practical Exams
Wednesday, 13th March
Parent Forum 2
Tuesday, 2nd April
Able and Ambitious: University Challenge
Thursday, 4th April
Shine Show
Monday, 8th April
Easter Holiday

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