Dear Parents and Carers
We welcomed our pupils back into the school for the second half of the Spring term last week and are now back in full flow for what is another relatively short 5-week stint running up to the Easter break. These short half terms always feel intense and are often packed with events. That is certainly the case this time around.
Before I get into the details about events for this half term, I’d like to remind you about the parent survey.
Please complete the survey to give your views about the school. Click here: http://edurio.com/poll/J54Ono
This Thursday (29th February) at 8:30am, we are hosting a parent forum in school. This is an opportunity for you to come and hear about what is happening at the school, and to ask any questions on your mind.
Please arrive to Main Reception to be signed in; the event will be taking place in our open space and I will be personally hosting the morning. I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
Year 11 Parents' Evening
Next Thursday (7th March), from 4-7pm, is our second Year 11 Parents’ Evening of the year. All parents of Year 11 pupils must attend.
Your child will book appointments with their teachers to discuss their results from their recent GCSE mock exams. At the event, there will also be information about how to best use your child’s laptop to help with revision, and information to help them plan for Year 12. I look forward to seeing all of you there.
Year 7-10 Assessments
Pupils in Years 7-10 are undertaking assessments this week and next week. Following these assessments, pupils will be given a percentage mark, and you will receive these on a report before we break up for Easter. These marks will also form the basis of the conversations in the summer term when you come in for your child’s parents’ evening.
Please encourage your child to revise for these assessments and to try their best so that they can achieve the best marks possible.
Ramadan begins in around two weeks, which will be a significant event in the lives of many of our pupils.
Every year, we receive questions about Ramadan and its implications on subjects like PE and Music, and the availability of prayer facilities. Please see https://arkboulton.org/parents/parent-letters for a full breakdown of Frequently Asked Questions relating to Ramadan, and the school’s response.
Working Together: Restorative Approaches
It is as vital as ever that we – the school, parents and carers – work together to do the best by your children. Part of this also involves working in partnership with local services such as the police. The police have noticed a rise in incidents where parents’ actions have escalated situations of conflict. Please see here for a letter from the police which advises the best course of action if your child is involved in an incident at school.
Thank you for taking the time to read this update, and I look forward to seeing many of you over the next fortnight at the parent forum and our parents’ evening.
Mr Cole, Interim Head of School