Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you enjoyed reading our last edition of More News. As promised this edition includes an introduction to even more of our staff. This week we have included our administration, data and finance staff. I am sure some you may know because you see them when you pop into school and others you may not see at all. To help you get to know them a little better we have included some information explaining how long they have been part of our school community, what their role entails and what they like about working at St Thomas More.

We have had an exciting time since our last publication. We have interviewed for and appointed our Sixth Form Senior Team - that is our Head Boy and Girl and our Deputy Head Boys and Girls. We expect great things of them but are also confident that they have much greatness to offer our school community. This is an important tradition and role in the life of any school but even more so in the context of a Catholic School as we consider our calling to serve each other as an essential part of our daily school life. In our next edition I would like to remind you of our out going Sixth Form Senior Team and thank them for the outstanding role they have played during the course of the last year whilst in post.

This week is an important week for our Year 11, 12 and 13 students as their exams begin in earnest. This is also an important week for those students in Year 6 as SATS begin on Monday 14th. We will be praying for all students taking exams and weekly voluntary Mass will be offered up for their intentions. We would ask that you join us in praying for all our children facing this challenging time and to wish them every success.

As May is the month dedicated in the Church to our Lady we continue to pray to her in Assembly and Form prayers. If you have been into reception you will have noticed the statue of Our Lady in reception and the flowers placed in front of her statue. The act of placing flowers in front of her statue is a tradition in the Church and helps us to remember how important she is as a role model for us all.

I would like to thank all our Year 7 Parents and Carers. It was wonderful to meet so many of you during Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Thursday. I was also greatly encouraged to hear the many positive and complimentary comments you made about our school, our teaching and support staff, the excellent standard of teaching and learning, the strong progress you believe your child has made, the high standard of pastoral care provided and the caring and encouraging ethos both you and your child experiences whilst with us.

Thank you also for your continued support in helping us to address any concerns we may raise with you individually regarding standards of dress and uniform. It is important that children remember that standards in dress, appearance, behaviour, speech and work ethic are an expected part of any work place, the beginning of which commences in school.

God bless,

Mrs Bowen, Headteacher

Aimee gets gold

During the summer, Year 8 student Aimee travelled to Barcelona in Spain to compete in the Dance World Cup.

Oh what an evening - Open Evening

Thursday last, September 20th, saw us throw our doors open to prospective students and their parents/carers. From 5.00 - 8.00pm we saw a steady stream of visitors from a wide variety of primary schools, all interested to see what we could offer as a Catholic school with a solid reputation for spiritual, pastoral and academic care and direction. Enclosed are a variety of pictures taken by Mr Barratt during the evening. We hope you enjoy them.

Headteacher’s Award

It has given me great pleasure to present the students listed with a Headteacher’s Award for the following reasons:

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