Dear Parents/Carers and Students,
Firstly, I’d like to thank all students, parents and staff at Moseley School and Sixth Form for the very warm welcome I have received over the first half term. I have had the pleasure in meeting many wonderful students, celebrating in their achievements and sharing in their successes. Likewise, I have met every member of staff who have shared with me their positive thoughts about our school and some ideas for further improvement in the future. And, whilst we have had to deal with some very sad circumstances along the way, overwhelmingly the atmosphere around school is one of positivity, ambition and motivation to be the very best we can be in character and scholarship.
Notable successes this half term have been:
- Our third place at the Columbia Trophy Awards for the production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
- Binta Dibba winning the Edgar Andrews Trophy for the best individual performance.
- Launching our Young Enterprise programme in conjunction with HSBC.
- A very successful Erasmus visit to Germany.
- A presentation by an ex-Moseley student now working for Jaguar Land-Rover to Year 11
- Year 7 students who braved the floods earlier this half term to the Brig House as part of the JASS project.
- The rice that everyone helped to collect at the end of the summer term has now been shipped to its destination in the Yemen. Thank you to Mrs Dibba for leading on this.
- Bikeability running with the year 7 students.
- The successful integration of our mental health well-being mentors. Thank you to Ms Snowball for her training and work with the students.
- The highest turn out at our open evening for a number of years.
- A very positive settling-in evening for Year 7 and Sixth Form students this week.
As a community, we all wish for our students to stay as safe as possible. And while we do everything we can in school to educate them in the best ways to do this, it ultimately is their responsibility to do the right things, in the right place at the right time. We wish to remind students that dark mornings and evenings will soon be upon us and to take extra care when walking to and from school when we return after the holiday.
While on holiday and during out-of-school hours, we also ask for your support in talking to your children about staying safe on streets, in parks, avoiding hanging around in large groups, not carrying anything that could place them in danger or harm and taking responsibility for their actions.
Whole school focus
I have spoken with all of the students this week in assemblies on the importance of reflection, and being able to move forward and make improvements by reflecting on our past experiences and actions. I have asked several ‘why things matter’ questions and the first impressions people make of us from our actions, the way we look and the things we say.
We will be focusing on two aspects of this character development and the impressions we give to others next half term and I ask for your support in this.
Our website and student planner clearly identifies what is and is not permitted to be worn to school. Blazers are to be worn at all times (a plain black V-neck jumper can be worn underneath the blazer if they are cold) and black shoes are the only footwear allowed. A proper outdoor coat may be worn around the school site but without the hood up (unless it is raining). From Monday 4th November, any hoodies, tracksuit jackets, or items that do not meet the uniform requirements will be confiscated from students and returned only on Thursday evenings. Please reiterate this message to your children so there is no confusion or disappointment when items are removed. We believe that students should take pride and respect in the way they present themselves at all this; good first impressions matter.
Behaviour and conduct
As a school we set very high ambitious standards for everyone – staff and students alike. This is because we believe that good, safe behaviour and conduct, not only makes the school a pleasant place to be and ensures we can all get along well in a respectful manner; it also creates the best conditions for your children to learn. We expect students to take ownership of their behaviour and make good, sensible choices about what they are doing and how they are doing it. I am pleased to say that the vast majority of our children are demonstrating the ability to make good choices that benefit their learning. For those that choose to make poor choices, we will use necessary sanctions to ensure that the school remains a safe, secure and inspirational place for our children to learn and succeed beyond what they thought was possible. I know that you will support the school fully in creating the conditions that will enable your child(ren) to be successful young people.
Year 11 Pre Public Exams
The year 11 PPE exams will be taking place in the first two weeks when we return. All year 11 students attended a motivational assembly this morning where they received some great revision and time management advice along with their revision folders. Please help them by supporting their revision and preparation during the half term to enable them to achieve in the final exams. We look forward to meeting with you and your child at the PPE Progress evening on Wednesday 27th November to reveal their successes.
I hope you have a wonderful restful half term break and we look forward to seeing all students back on Monday 4th November at 8.30am.
With best wishes
Mr A Bate,
Headteacher Moseley School and Sixth Form