Dates for your diary
15/2/19 School breaks up for half term
25/2/19 School reopens
06/03/2019 Parent and Student Revision Evening with Tim Benton, author of ‘Brain Box’ https://www.independentthinking.co.uk/associates/tim-benton/ (Useful for any parent or child interested in techniques for revision.)
14/03/2019 Year 10 Parents Evening
I would like to draw your attention to our behaviour and attendance policy, we require all students to have at least 96% attendance and ask all students that they adhere to our school behaviour policy. We have made the decision to send letters home to students who are not in school to explain the negative impact that this is having on their education.
All Sixth Form students are aware of where they can and cannot study during their non-contacts and what they should be doing during those times. The library is only for quiet study and it should be respected.
The Sutton Trust School deadline: 28th of February 5pm for applicants.
All Year 12 students have been given information on their personal statements, slides have been sent to students and staff on Insight so that you can have discussions at home.
Year 9 Pupil Premium Meet and Greet afternoon 12th February.
Puzzle of the Month
Post 16 Digital Success
The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.
Ski Trip Easter 2019
Diary date for all those skiing at Easter.
Final parents evening is Wednesday 6th March, 6pm.
Please ensure you bring your child’s passport with at least 6 months validity and a valid EHIC card. Order your EHIC here…..
As it stands we are planning for the status quo to maintain post Brexit day at the end of March. Thus the need for you all to still have a valid EHIC card, should we leave with a deal then these will still be valid. I have been in constant consultation with Interski and should we crash out with no deal the insurance policy already in place covers all participants on the trip for medical expenses.
Summary of Year 9 English Study
From February half term, Year 9 classes will be working on completing their GCSE Speaking and Language presentations and will be either beginning, or continuing, their study of ‘The Sign of Four’, which is s set text for the GCSE English Literature examination. The purpose of this is to introduce pupils to the plot, characters and themes of the novel, in preparation for more detailed study in Years 10 and 11.
Resources: ‘The Sign of Four’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Available from the school online shop, at a discounted cost of £1.50
Also see the GCSE Pod resources.
Summary of Year 10 English Study
From February half term, Year 10 classes will be completing their study of non-fiction writing from the Victorian Era and the present, or commencing study of J.B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’, which is the set text for the GCSE English Literature examination. The purpose of this is to introduce pupils to the plot, characters and themes of the play, in preparation for more detailed study in Years 10 and 11.
Resources: Copies will be provided by the school from after February half term, although you are welcome to acquire a copy for your child to use if you wish to.
Summary of Year 11 English Study
From February half term, Year 11 classes will be revising all units in the lead up to the examinations. After school classes are in full swing and we encourage all students to attend.
See GCSE Pod resources to support revision.
Additional revision guides will be added to the English School shop from after half term.
On Tuesday 5th March, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, Mr Hulme will be delivering a presentation to parents about the content and structure of the two English GCSE examinations, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. The presentation will also include advice on how to help pupils best prepare for these examination. The presentation will take place in the school theatre. All are welcome.
Parking outside school when dropping off students
JCQ Exam Contingency Period – Wednesday 26th June 2019
Please see clarification on the notice previously issued – this was initially misinterpreted by many as ‘one day’. On the basis of this, JCQ have now issued clarification that there is to be a ‘contingency period’ ending on Wednesday 26th June.
The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam/s in the event of a national incident, and to rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance. . This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 26 June 2019.
Parents Evening to help support your son/daughter with revision
6th March 6.00pm. Tim Benton
News from PE
On Sunday 10th February the Punchard sisters entered the JIRR trials at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham on behalf of Trent Rowing Club, Burton on Trent in the double sculls event. They both had really good times but Isabel was selected to represent the East Midlands at Peterborough in April as part of a Junior 15 quad with Nottingham Union rowing club. They have both been invited to join a training camp at Nottingham on 2nd and 3rd of March, Eleanor as a reserve in J16.
U16 House Football winners Elkes.
3rd/4th place play off Elkes 0 v Orme 1
This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Crum are:
Wren Tilbrook and Rebecca Wooliscroft for excellent effort and consistent attainment in Science.
Sam Archer for excellent effort and enthusiasm in Science.
Sam Cope, Max Hayes and Tazmin Jones for consistent excellence in Science throughout the year
Emma Allen, Dan Hensman, Aaron Gwynne and Shani Wright for consistent excellent work and high achievement this year.
This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:
Felicity Burgess and Isabel Smith for consistently good effort and positive attitude.
Rachel Spence and Morgan Perry for care and attention to their course work.
Respect Spring Term 2
Advice From Childline
Free for Safer Internet Day
TikTok: child-safety factsheet for parents
Several local schools are contributing to fundraising for the family affected by the fire in Stafford last week. Should any student or parent/carer wish to make a donation then this can be passed to form tutors and we will share this with Staffordshire fire service.
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