Dear Parent and Carers,
Many of our students, families and staff will be celebrating Eid next week on Wednesday 12th May, Thursday 13th May, or Friday 14th May and we would like to pass on our best wishes at this time. It is important that we respectfully remind parents and carers that all students are only entitled to one day of leave from school for religious observance. We would ask that you support your child’s education by ensuring that only one day is taken to celebrate. Any student taking more than one day will be marked for the additional day as having an unauthorised absence as by law they will be expected to be in school on the other days next week.
Due to the large amount of both staff and students who will be celebrating, those students who are in school will have class bubbles collapsed to allow us to maintain purposeful lessons.
We have noticed that attendance and punctuality have dipped through the weeks of Ramadan and in particular on Fridays. Students must not take time off if they are feeling tired and should manage their fasting to still be able to attend school every day. Students are not permitted to take time off on a Friday to attend prayers. We offer an opportunity for students to pray in school on a Friday if they wish to do so. Students have missed so much face to face learning this year and it is essential that students attend school every day in order to succeed in their education. Research makes it clear that it is short, regular absences from school that set students back most and prevent them from achieving their expected outcomes.
Your child’s attendance is listed on their most recent interim report and for reference our expectations are as follows:
The majority of students wear our school uniform very well and look smart and respectful. With all non-essential shops now open since 12th April, there is now no reason for students to arrive to school wearing incorrect school uniform or PE kit. Any student wearing incorrect school uniform or PE kit will receive a 30 minute detention. Please follow the link for further guidance on what your child must wear to school: School Uniform
No coats will be worn in classrooms and hoods should not be up onsite unless the weather requires it. In addition to their PE kit on colder days, students are allowed to wear plain black tracksuit bottoms, their plain black school jumper and blazer – no tracksuits, no hoodies and no converse style trainers are allowed. Students will be sanctioned for wearing any of these items into school.
New PE Kit
The PE department have worked with a student focus group on how we can improve the school PE kit. We will be phasing out the school rugby top and the fleece and replacing these with a tracksuit top. Students felt that this was a warmer and more comfortable alternative. The rest of the PE kit will remain the same. Students can continue to wear existing tops throughout 2021-22 however, when new kit is needed it should be bought from the new kit list with everyone in full new kit by September 2022. Please follow this link for full details of the new kit: New PE Kit
Mr S Bowler