15 October 2019

Dear Parents, carers;

I hope this letter finds you and your families well.

The half term has absolutely flown by and we cannot believe we are breaking up today!

Year 7s

We have had an excellent start to the new academic year and a very good half term. Students are working hard, being kind and respectful and we are particularly impressed by our lovely new year 7. They have settled in really quickly are polite, hard–working and a total asset to us. Thank you for choosing Sale High for them!

Uniform for winter weather

As winter approaches, could I please remind you of uniform expectations? Students should have a sensible winter coat. We do not allow hoodies in school. Students should wear a Sale High School jumper if they need an extra layer under their blazers. Students are now allowed to wear scarves in the school building or in lessons. If they wish to wear a scarf to and from school, they must be placed in their bag during the whole school day, or they will be confiscated. If they are cold on the yard at break and lunch, they should wear a coat. A reminder too that facial piercings and magnetic jewellery are items not permitted in school. Sale High School operates a zero tolerance approach to jewellery and body piercings worn by students. Students wearing these items will be asked to remove jewellery/piercings immediately. If students repeatedly break this rule, items will be confiscated by staff and locked away. Students will be issued with a receipt and a parent or carer must collect the item. We do allow a watch and one small sleeper or stud earring in each ear. Thank you for your support with this.

School skirts

The school requires students to wear appropriate length skirts. The majority of students manage to follow this dress code but unfortunately, a small minority do not. We appreciate that parents send their children to school in the appropriate uniform and that some young people choose to adjust this before arrival.

  1. Skirts must be worn to the top of the knee
  2. Tights can be worn and socks need to be below and not above the knee

Please refer to the website for information on uniform and standards: http://www.salehighschool.org.uk/images/download/policy/uniform_June2019.pdf

School fund

We would like to start building up a ‘school fund’ to buy equipment and resources. Many schools have this and find it invaluable in saving for larger items such as buying playground equipment or improving facilities. Many parents have suggested this to me at headteachers surgery that this is something they are used to doing at primary schools and they would be glad to continue. It would brilliant if parents were able to commit to this and so helpful to us. We would like parents to agree to set up a standing order to Sale High School for £5 a month towards a school fund. If you would like to do so, the school bank details are sort code 309016 account 02661601 reference School Fund/donation. This is a voluntary contribution and we would like to thank you in advance for your support. I will keep you posted as to our progress and how we are using the money to better improve your children’s experience at Sale High School.

Parent volunteers

I would like to set up a list of parent volunteers who would receive some training, and get a DBS check in order that they could accompany students on school visits – these would not be residential, but during the day visits. Please email my PA via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in undertaking this opportunity. This is a great idea, suggested again by a parent at headteacher’s surgery and I think it could be an excellent way of us working together.

 

Highlights

 

We have had many brilliant highlights this term. Students really enjoyed the Super Learning Day, particularly year 7 who raised nearly £500 for the British Heart Foundation through their skip-a-thon! We had a very successful MacMillan coffee morning with students buying and selling delicious goodies. Attendance has been brilliant at our year 7 settling in evening, our welcome to year 8, 10 and year 11 evenings.

We were also overwhelmed by attendance at our open evening last month. I had to give my talk to prospective parents’ three times, and each time to a packed hall. We estimate that approximately 500 people attended, showing again how popular school is within our local community and beyond. We have also give our more 100% attendance certificates this half them than any other before. Keep it up!

Calendar

The draft calendar for 2020-2021 is now on the website. This will be ratified at the full governing body meeting in December. Meanwhile please do check this when looking to plan holidays.

For parents of year 11 students, please see additional newsletter from Mr Williams added separately.

We would like to draw your attention to some key events for the next half term as per our attached calendar of events.

Please note, ‘headteacher’s surgery’; 15 minute meeting slots with myself will take place on 11 December between 10 – 2 pm. We can offer a small number of meetings out of these hours for working parents. If you would like an appointment, please contact Ms Stead, Headteacher’s PA via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best wishes for a lovely half term break. Once again, huge thanks for all your support!

 

Jayne O’Grady

 

Headteacher