Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you to all of our students (and families) for such a wonderful positive start to the school year. We have focused this week on ensuring our students are Ready for the new school year, Responsible for their learning journeys and Respectful of the new systems we have put in place and to refocus on our school ethos and expectations.

To be successful in their studies, all students should aim to meet our RAISE school values at all times:

  • Resilience
  • Ambition
  • Independence
  • Supportiveness
  • Effective communicators

Arrival to school

All lessons start at 8.40am across the school. Gates open for students to begin entering the school at 8.20am. Students should not be arriving before this time and should ensure that they are not blocking footpaths or standing on our neighbour’s property whilst they are waiting to enter the school. Gates close at 8.35am, if your child arrives to school after 8.35am, they will need to sign in late with the late duty team at Gate A on Wake Green Road.

Students who are late to school will be placed in a 20 minute break time detention with their year team. Students arriving significantly late (after 9am) to school will receive a 60 minute detention after school.

Please support your child in being punctual to school as the impact of late arrivals on lessons is very disruptive, not only for those arriving late who have missed the start of their lesson, but also for the vast majority who have arrived on time.

Uniform and equipment

We expect our students to be in the correct uniform and to have all of the required equipment every day.  Students who do not come ready to learn will be directed by their period 1 teacher to attend a 20 minute break time detention with their year team. Please ensure your child is preparing this the evening before school and telling you if they are missing any items. If you have any difficulties, please contact the relevant Head of Year or Pastoral Manager for the year group.

Edulink Launching

We are excited to be launching Edulink on Monday 20th  September for all of our families. This is an online tool that will allow you to see the details of the tasks your child has been set as well as well as keeping up to date with your child’s general day to day progress. Apps are available for both apple and Android devices and Edulink can be accessed through a web browser on a computer or laptop.

You will be provided with login details to your personal account, ready-linked to your child’s Independent Study calendar via your child. They will be issued with a personalised letter with your specific login details within the next week.

In the next week your child will be bringing home a parent pack with guidance on how to use the system. We will separately post a letter to you with your log in details and information on training sessions we will be holding this half term.

Edulink will provide you with a deeper insight into your child’s progress, and enable us to work closely together to ensure your child is successful in school.


When student behaviour falls short of our basic expectations of our 3Rs, Ready, Respectful and Responsible, our staff will set afterschool pastoral detentions with their year team. A text message will be sent home to inform you if this is the case, please ensure we have your most up to date details and phone number registered on our system. The message will be sent to the number that you have informed us is your priority or first point of contact. Most detentions are 30 minutes, but missed detentions and more serious disruptive behaviour causing loss of learning or around site will result in a 60 minute afterschool detention. If your child receives a detention, please discuss this with them our expected standards of behaviour that will allow them and others to learn and progress.

Faculties may also set 60 minute detentions after school if student’s work is not meeting the student’s expected standard. These detentions will be supervised by faculty teams who will support students with their work and ensure they are making expected progress in their learning.

We look forward to a positive year, hopefully without any disrupted learning.

Yours sincerely

Mr A Bate


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