This Week's Notices
It is important to us that parents are kept up to date with notices from the College. Please check here each week for important information about your child and the College.
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From the Principal
Thank you to all parents/carers who have taken their time to complete the parent survey. We highly value the feedback that we receive as this helps us to review and improve our provision and practice.
For students in Year 10 and 11 the next few months are crucial as they prepare for their GCSE exams. We would like to remind students of the importance of eating healthily, exercising, relaxation and getting plenty of sleep to make sure they are well prepared both mentally and physically as they enter this important time.
A reminder that our Year 11 parents evening will be taking place on Thursday 23 January 2020 and we look forward to seeing you then.
Reminders for the New Year
Please ensure your child comes to college wearing the correct college dress. Please do not be persuaded to purchase your child footwear or college dress items that you know will cause issues and lead to further expense when you are required to purchase items that do fit within the dress code. In addition, please do not allow your child to get any piercings over the holiday as these also do not adhere to the college dress code and students will be expected to remove them.
Any student not wearing the correct college dress will be given the opportunity to borrow from the college to enable them to participate fully in all aspects of college life. Student refusal will result in withdrawal until the college dress is corrected.
Punctuality is really important to ensure that students are settled and prepared for the day of learning. Poor punctuality disrupts learning for all students. The school day starts promptly at 8.30 am and we expect students to be in registration by 8.25 am. Registers are marked at 8.30 am and you will receive a late mark if you are not in registration by that time. If your child receives a late mark for the morning registration, they will receive an automatic after school detention on that day. The detention will be for 30 minutes between 2:45 pm and 3:15 pm. A text message will be sent to you as parents and carers to inform you of the detention.
Expectations and behaviour
We thank parents and carers for their contribution in supporting our high expectations at the College. The newly implemented Behaviour Policy has had a positive impact and we will be reviewing this in full at the start of the next academic year.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday 7 January 2020 at 8:20 am.
Changes to how we manage lateness
We aim for an environment which enables and encourages all members of the community to reach out for excellence. For students to gain the greatest benefit from their education, it is vital that they attend regularly and that your daughter is on time each day. If your daughter misses the start of the day they can miss work and do not spend time with their class teacher getting vital information and news for the day. Students arriving late also disrupt lessons.
The school day starts at 8:30am and we expect your daughter to be in school by 8:25am. Registers are marked at 8:30am and your daughter will receive a late mark if she is not in her lesson by that time. If your daughter receives a late mark for the morning registration, then she will receive an automatic after school detention on that day. The detention will be for 30 minutes between 2:45pm and 3:15pm. A text message will be sent to you to inform you of this. This system will be in place when we return back to college on the 7th January.
Thank you for your continued support
For 2020 we want to provide all students with as many different opportunities as possible both in College and out. So our challenge to all students is for you to take part in at least one of the additional educational experiences we run in College or one of our many trips or ideally both! During the autumn term we ran a range of in college events including a chemistry master class, speed networking and a horrible health event. While some of the trips and visits we offered included the Space Centre, Pooles Cavern and Barcelona. We also continue to be extremely well represented across a range of sports and very successful in these areas too. Look out for more and more opportunities for you all to take part in 2020.
The College takes its many responsibilities for the health and safety of students, staff and visitors seriously. Students can learn the skills which will help them to ‘stay safe’ as they inevitably become more independent from both their parents and their teachers.
Please can we ask you to remind your daughter about the need to be aware of her safety on her journey to and from College. As the dark nights continue, students should use well-lit areas and avoid walking by themselves. Students should avoid taking short cuts through isolated areas including the ‘mud dumps’ and Nature Reserve.
School Gates at the End of the Day
The main college gates will be closed from 2.45 pm until 3 pm in order to allow our student to vacate the College safely. If you need to leave the site during these time you are advised to park off site. Taxis for students with special requirements should be clear of the site before the gates are closed or will have to wait until the gates are reopened. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding on this matter.
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