I am writing to you close to the end of another school year to give you details about the end of term. It was great to see many of you at the four Awards Evenings recently at Friesland for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively, attended by parents, students, governors, friends of the school, the Mayor of Erewash and a Capital FM DJ to celebrate outstanding achievement and effort this year. They were great occasions once again. It was also good to see so many of you at the amazing KS3 show ‘Alice’ last week.
I also write to confirm details about the end of this term. School will finish for this academic year at 12.00pm on Friday 21st July 2017. Arrangements will be made for all buses to pick students up at this time. Year 10 students on work experience complete their normal working day on Friday. I can also confirm that the dates of the five INSET days next year will be as follows:
- Monday 4th September 2017
- Friday 24th November 2017
- Monday 27th November 2017
- Friday 5th January 2018
- Monday 25th June 2018
School re-opens after the summer holidays at 8.25am on Tuesday 5th September 2017 for all year groups.
You will be aware that the new timetable for 2017/18 has already begun and your son or daughter has started their next school year already. Heads of Year for September are as follows:
A reminder to that following the consultation decision school closes for Christmas on Friday 22nd December 2017 and students return to school on Monday 8th January 2018
- New Year 7 intake in September: Mrs Reynolds and Mr Rothwell / Mrs Johnstone
- Year 8: Miss Faulkner
- Year 9: Mr Slaney
- Year 10: Mr York
- Year 11: Miss Belgrich
- The Head of KS3 (Years 7, 8 & 9): Mr Middleton
- The Head of KS4 (Years 10 & 11): Mrs Lacey
Mr Hardy oversees the Pastoral Team. The form tutor is still your first point of contact if you have a query about your son or daughter. The whole of the team work very hard to ensure that our students are safe in school, behaving well and learning. We do this with your support for which we are very grateful.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of some key on-going issues for school:
Good attendance is crucial to your son’s or daughter’s academic success. Holidays in term time are not authorised and we expect attendance to be at least 95%, for a normal healthy child of school age. Attendance has again been much improved this academic year but can be even better next year.
Whilst on the whole uniform has been extremely smart please ensure that your son or daughter is dressed properly for school and check the uniform policy on the school website.
We are concerned that a small number of students, including some younger ones, have thought it appropriate to bring e-lite cigarettes into school on occasions this year. Clearly, this is completely inappropriate as smoking is banned on site. Any student who does so can expect a serious sanction.
Can I please continue to appeal to all parents not to drop off or pick up students either from Nursery Avenue or the school site at the start and the end of the school day. Nursery Avenue was not built to cope with the volume of traffic often experienced at these two points of the day. We have three double-decker buses that have to make their way up and down Nursery Avenue at these times. At times, they can barely do so. I am really concerned about the health and safety aspects of increased traffic with parents dropping off and picking up at these times. It also makes life extremely difficult for our neighbours on Nursery Avenue. Parents should only drive on to the school site if they have booked a meeting in school with a member of staff or your child has an injury that prevents them from walking into school. Many thanks in anticipation of your support with this.
Thank you for your continuing help and support with all aspects of school life which is very much appreciated. I will write again in September with news of the results our students achieve in Years 11, 12 and 13.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer.
Mr P Monk – Headteacher