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Pastoral Letter April 15

Pastoral Letter April 15

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your on-going support and to brief you on some important information.

There have been many changes introduced in the pastoral life of the school this year, with successes enjoyed so far largely down to the support of parents. Although not even a year has passed, the early signs show that Vertical Tutoring is having a positive impact in the school. Attendance, persistent absence, punctuality and exclusion rates are currently better than national averages. This is highly pleasing but as a school we feel that there is always room for improvement in order to support the education of all pupils.

We are introducing our summer shirts and blouses on 1st May. These are designed to improve pupil comfort during the hot summer weather and hence support their learning potential. Guidelines for use are as follows:

  • In the first instance pupils must wear them with a blazer
  • If summer shirts/blouses are worn they must be tucked in
  • No tie is required
  • Top button can be open
  • Girls must still wear tights – no socks allowed
  • When the school declares no blazer days or weeks, blazers can stay in bags or at home
  • If pupils choose not to wear the summer shirts or blouses, they are expected to wear ordinary full school uniform
  • Year 11 can purchase these shirts or blouses to wear during their exams
  • 6th Form students can wear the summer shirts or blouses should they wish

Summer shirts and blouses can be purchased from Midland School Wear in Acocks Green and pupils can wear them at any time until the end of the Summer Term. Next year, we plan to allow pupils to wear these after the Easter holidays and may extend it into September.

Finally, the threat posed by the internet is not lost on us in school. The school has always taken E-Safety seriously but recent high profile stories in the press have resulted in a review of our current procedures. With this in mind, the school will be taking part in an E-Safety pilot programme which will improve in-school monitoring of pupil usage of the internet. If your child uses certain words of phrases that may indicate misuse, an immediate flag will be sent to either their Head of House or myself. We will then investigate the situation and issue a consequence if necessary. We will also alert parents about any misuse so that you can monitor use at home and prevent possible dangers.

As we approach the final stages of the academic year, I hope that your child has worked hard and fulfilled their potential. I wish all of those pupils doing public examinations in the coming months every success. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your continued support.

Please contact me should you wish to discuss any of the above.

Mr C Crehan

Assistant Head Teacher


Attendance target is 96%
Punctuality target is 98%
Break Time Detention daily for lateness
Homework Detention every Thursday 3.10 – 4.10pm
Senior Staff Detention every Friday 3.10 – 4.30pm
Pupils must attend sanctions or more severe consequences will be imposed