Dear Parent / Carer

With so much going on in school this term, I am trying to rationalise what I share with you. Our website however and our Facebook page will fill in the details, these are regularly updated and help create a fuller picture of the range of activities our wonderful students are engaged in.

Thank you for your support of our literacy fortnight, which saw all students involved in ‘drop and read.’ Please encourage your children to keep up this habit at home, as we know it is good for them! We launched the green pen initiative too and this will continue to be embedded across the whole curriculum. The idea is that students review their own writing with a green pen, correcting any errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar. We believe self-review is essential and our teachers will encourage it and check for accuracy in written work. I hope your children will talk to you about the literacy pyramids and connective posters used in lessons too.

I would like to thank FOSH (Friends of Sale High) who planned and executed a successful car boot sale at school recently. As a result, they donated £600 to the school and I have purchased two cameras for the media and arts teams as well as another ‘visualiser’ to support teaching and learning. We very much appreciate the on-going support of this parent body and always welcome new members.

I have recently reviewed ‘Parent View’ and although a very positive picture is presented, we only have 12 parents who have accessed this facility. We would appreciate more of you taking the time to answer a few simple questions via Ofsted’s website at We will use this to support our continued development.

Year 9 students have a Parent Information Evening on 26 February, straight after half term and so our students will be gathering appointments next week. We hope to see you there. On 14 March, just two weeks later we have our KS4 Information Evening for year 9, which will provide details of the planned pathways for their KS4 programme to ensure success.

I am delighted that our year 10 students are embracing the roll out of the new ‘aspirational target setting’ process. This procedure enables students to agree higher target grades to stretch themselves, and is based on the percentage chance of gaining that grade on research of data of students with similar profiles. Please ask your children about this.

Thank you to parents for continuing to support standards in uniform, attendance and punctuality. We are delighted with the high standards we are maintaining.

Yours sincerely,


L. Nicholls