Welcome from the head

May 2017

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to introduce myself to you as Headteacher of St.Thomas More Catholic School and to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to the school.

As Headteacher, I have grown to know and love this vibrant and caring school community.

Although very proud of our most recent judgement as “Good”, we do not seek to serve Ofsted, or league tables, rather we aim to support the children who attend our school and help them develop their relationship with God, their relationships with other people and to provide them with an excellent education.

From my experience as a school leader, I know that success in the larger things – relationships, sporting achievement, extra-curricular activities, and lessons is formed by concentrating on the smaller things, such as manners, punctuality and appearance. I am aware that at times our school may appear to be concentrating too much on issues, however, without these ‘small things’ in place, the larger (and seemingly more important) will not follow.

So I would ask you to work with us, informing your child’s tutor of any issues we need to know about promptly, and supporting us by abiding by our school rules especially those applying to appearance, attendance, punctuality and being prepared for school and for lessons. As a parent, and an experienced teacher, I know at times this can be difficult, however, please be aware that if your child claims “that everyone else is allowed”, to break the rules, this will not be the case.

Please continue also to support your child’s education by attending Parents’ Evenings, and other events in school, our on line school newsletter MN – (More News) or MyEd (online school app) and other documentation posted by school.

I am aware of how precious your child is and I assure you that St Thomas More Catholic School is truly a place where each child is known and valued as an individual. This level of pastoral care, which is, excellent, is only possible through the commitment of the experienced and caring staff and through the support we, as a school, receive from you. In partnership we can achieve anything.

I look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks.

Yours faithfully

Dr Sarah Hatfield

Headteacher

Important dates

Induction and Curriculum Evening for new Year 7 students, parents and carers

Tuesday 20 June

You will have the opportunity to meet your new Form Tutor and have any questions you or your Parents/Carers may wish answered.

You will also have the opportunity to meet some of our RE, Maths, English and Science teachers who will explain about their subject, the type of activities you will complete, homework tasks given, and how your parents might help you at home. There will be time also, for you to see how Show My Homework works and gather information on our Rewards and Consequence systems.

Please see the letter in your induction pack for more information and your allocated start time.

Induction Day for new Year 7 students

Friday 30 June

A chance for students joining us in September to try out our school, meet with staff and familiarise themselves with our procedures.

Summer School

Wednesday 26 July - Friday 28 July

We are offering the opportunity for our new Year 7 students to join us for one week at the beginning of the summer holidays to experience a variety of exciting and challenging activities based in school . These events are designed to prepare and support them for transition from primary school to St Thomas More Catholic School.

For more information please see the letter in your induction pack.

Downloads and other important information

Downloads for new starters

Service 25 Timetable

PDF. 15.84 KB

Diversions in place 30 Nov 2016 to 26th Apr 2017. Please see Service 25 diversion information.

Service 82 Timetable

PDF. 14.02 KB

Resources and Study Skills

Revision Presentation

PDF. 6.04 MB

A presentation highlighting the importance of revision, including tips and guidance for parents and students.

Study Skills and Revision Presentation

PDF. 1.17 MB

Useful revision and exam techniques.

Revision Timetable Year 9

PDF. 556.76 KB

Printable revision planner for Year 10 students.

Revision Timetable Year 10

PDF. 558.55 KB

Printable revision planner for Year 10 students.

A Student's Guide for Exam Revision Presentation

PDF. 1.65 MB

Presentation with useful tips and guidance during the exam season.