Dear Parents/Carers,

As we begin this new academic year we wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your on-going support and encouragement in the work that we do here at St Thomas More Catholic School. If your son/daughter is new to our school we look forward to nurturing our relationship with you as parent/carer and working with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your child(ren).

As a school community it is important to us all, as staff and parents/carers, that our children are equipped and ready for what lies ahead of them, in the short term the school day or week and in the long term their future academic and  working life. To support this personal, social and academic development it is essential that as a community of carers we work together to encourage and ensure the highest standards of behaviour from our children.

As a school we would be most grateful for and call upon your vigilance and support with the following:

  • Our school day starts at 8.40am with Form Time, Assembly or Voluntary Mass. We expect students to be punctual in their arrival to school and ask that they be in school for 8.30am to ensure a prompt arrival to and start of the school day
  • As a school we would ask that medical appointments are scheduled for outside of school hours where possible and if not that evidence of the appointment is made known to your child’s Form tutor
  • Furthermore we would ask, as per Walsall LA policy, that holidays are not taken during term time
  • We work hard to maintain our high standards of uniform amongst our students. Full details regarding  our uniform code is to be found in our students’ handbooks and on our school website. It is important to note that for all students plain black school appropriate footwear is expected and that trainer-like shoes, pumps or boots of any kind are prohibited.
  • Students are expected to come to school each day equipped and fully prepared for the day ahead. It is a basic expectation that all students will have basic equipment i.e. pen/pencil/ruler/sharpener and eraser and that in addition and on the days required calculator for Maths, kit for PE and cooking ingredients for D+T
  • We appreciate that at certain times all students will make mistakes and that as a school we may need to utilise the sanctions in place to address this behaviour. Again we look to you for your support in ensuring that your child(ren) understand the importance of adhering to standards of behaviour that are designed to encourage and foster a community that is safe and welcoming for all who belong to it and may visit it. Therefore please support us if your child is required to attend detention be that during the day or after school or is required to spend some time with a certain member of staff or in one of centres of support in school
  • An important aspect of nurturing our relationship with you and in furthering and supporting the academic progress of your child(ren) is Parents’ Evening. You will be made aware of the date(s) relevant to your child(ren) and we would welcome and encourage your attendance at these important evenings. If at any point, for reasons beyond your control, you are not able to attend we would welcome contact with you and are happy to arrange a mutually convenient time with you to meet with one of our Pastoral leaders to discuss current progress and possible ways forward.

If at any point you wish to speak with us or feel the need to come into school to discuss issues in more detail we would welcome this contact and would ask that you liaise with your child(ren)'s Form Tutor to arrange an appointment. To do otherwise may mean that relevant staff may not be available to meet with you.