As we come to the end of anther very busy half-term I would like to thank you for your ongoing support.
We are sad to say goodbye to our Year 13s but wish them all the very best for their results and life beyond our school; God has a plan for each and every one of you; you are all known and loved. I would like to add my personal thanks to a year group who I consider have given a lot back to our school community. They have been involved in raising money for charity, looking after younger students and have helped to lead school events for parents and the community, have been fully involved in the school musical and have been key to a number of political activities including the mock election and EU referendum. I hope to see some of you in Parliament in the future!
You will always be St Thomas More students, you will always be a part of our community. God bless and good luck.
Years 11, 12 and 13
Our older students have been preparing thoroughly for their exams and I would urge them to make good use of half-term, attend any revision classes that are available for them and to prioritise good quality revision time along with some opportunities for rest and relaxation. Keep going - you are doing a great job!
Maintenance of high uniform standards
As mentioned in last week’s More News, we are awaiting further guidance regarding fines for absences, but Ofsted, the Local Authority, the Diocese and we believe that a student’s place is in school. Every day in education counts and missing work results in students getting left behind and feeling frustrated. As a Head I cannot authorise a child’s absence from school in all but the most exceptional case.
If you remove a student from school during term time, unless in an exceptional circumstance, the days involved will be recorded as an ‘unauthorised absence’.
School rules and Ofsted
Please do not threaten staff with Ofsted. Ofsted has a range of very valuable functions and there are instances when contacting them would be appropriate. Ofsted will encourage you to go through the school’s complaints system before taking most issues any further. I would also encourage dialogue with our school as the means to provide a good solution to almost all school-related issues. Whilst I appreciate that sometimes our rules might appear to be quite strict, they allow us to run a ‘good school’ with high standards. Invariably we check any new policies according to Ofsted guidance (e.g. in reference to attendance and uniform) and all policies have to go to the governing body before they are adopted.
Dr Hatfield, Headteacher