7October 2013

Dear Parent / Carer

It has been a very busy term already and our new students have settled in well. It was wonderful to see so many visitors to school at our annual open evening and for so many of our students to give up their time to support the guided tours and answer parent questions. I am always very proud of the way in which the students conduct themselves on these occasions and the feedback from parents was full of praise of them too.

Our new teachers have also settled in well and are getting involved in the wider activities of the school. You will recall that Mr Fox left Sale High School to take up a deputy head teacher post in Liverpool and so I seconded Mrs Vile to work with us until we appoint another senior leader in replacement. Mrs Vile is from Blessed Thomas Holford School in Altrincham. 

Last week we also had our first annual ‘Super Learning Day’ and each year group experienced a deep learning opportunity away from their normal timetable and involving external agencies/visitors to school. Year 11 students are currently preparing for their most important year and are being supported with independent careers information, advice and guidance. Their day was focused on preparing for the next steps and built upon some of the recent visits from colleges and sixth forms currently taking place on Fridays.

I was delighted to be a ‘dragon’ alongside our guest from Key 103 for the year 10 students who pitched their enterprise ideas to a large audience. Judging the best business venture was extremely difficult as there was so much confidence, so many enterprising ideas and a range of creative approaches to select from.

Later that afternoon Mrs Chapple and I were reduced to tears of joy after watching a rehearsal of a scene from the production of ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell.  This is a play full of humour and pathos. I was delighted to see our students performing it so well and bringing the characters to life with confidence, clarity and personality. The tickets are on sale now and you must not miss out! Please see the letter in your pack for further details.

We have launched several year 11 focus groups this year, involving parents and in order to raise the confidence, increase support and ensure all students are on track to achieve good progress. With the regular changes in government policy it is important that we ensure our students do not suffer and can reach their full potential. Parental support at this important time is essential.

I am aware we have been experiencing some technical faults with our parent -mail system and are currently engaged in conversations with our provider about this. I am sorry for any inconvenience caused and hope to get the system back on track. We have an LPPA meeting planned (Leading Parent Partnership) and we look forward to welcoming new parents to join us at the subsequent meetings. Look out for a flier and notification on the website. We have vacancies for parent governors and so I enclose some documentation about the process.

Mr Reeve has asked me to inform parents and carers that the ‘extended learning and reading list’ can be accessed via the website and that if anyone would like a hard copy to leave him a message at school. Also, for parents of year 11 students, Mr Reeve is putting the presentations given to year 11 students by our local sixth forms and colleges onto the website. These will be updated each time a college visits and provides us with their presentation and should help students and their parents to decide on post 16 destinations.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents in anticipation for your support of our harvest festival activities. We will be collecting food items for the harvest at St Anne’s primary school and the food bank initiative with St Francis Church. Students can leave donations at student services.

Please see enclosed our mini journal which provides a snapshot of school activities.

Yours sincerely,

Lynn Nicholls